Think and Grow Rich was written in 1937 by Napoleon Hill, promoted as a personal development and self-improvement book. Hill writes that he was inspired by a suggestion from business magnate and (later) philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
While the book's title and much of the text concerns increased income, the author insists that the philosophy taught in the book can help people succeed in any line of work, to do and be anything they can imagine.
Chapter 1 — Introduction
Chapter 2 — Desire: The Turning Point of All Achievement
Chapter 3 — Faith Visualization of, and Belief in Attainment of Desire
Chapter 4 — Auto-Suggestion the Medium for Influencing the Subconscious Mind
Chapter 5 — Specialized Knowledge, Personal Experiences or Observations
Chapter 6 — Imagination: the Workshop of the Mind
Chapter 7 — Organized Planning, the Crystallization of Desire into Action
Chapter 8 — Decision: the Mastery of Procrastination
Chapter 9 — Persistence: the Sustained Effort Necessary to Induce Faith
Chapter 10 — Power of the Master Mind: the Driving Force
Chapter 11 — The Mystery of Sex Transmutation
Chapter 12 — The Subconscious Mind: The Connecting Link
Chapter 13 — The Brain: A Broadcasting and Receiving Station for Thought
Chapter 14 — The Sixth Sense: The Door to the Temple of Wisdom
Chapter 15 — How to Outwit the Six Ghosts of Fear
Napoleon Hill (October 26, 1883 – November 8, 1970) was an American author and impresario who cribbed freely from the new thought tradition of the previous century to become an early producer of personal-success literature. At the time of Hill's death in 1970, his best-known work, Think and Grow Rich (1937) had sold 20 million copies. Hill's works insisted that fervid expectations are essential to increasing one's income. Most of his books were promoted as expositing principles to achieve "success".
Hill was an advisor to two presidents of the United States of America, Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.