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Synopsis: Think and Grow Rich, Chapter 1

Chapter 1: Introduction

The Man Who “Thought” His Way Into Partnership With Thomas A. Edison

This is a first in a series of chapter synopses of Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. I won’t bother to cite details, as I’ve already read them. The point of these synopses is to jog the memory and record the salient points.

The first chapter is a “dimming of the lights” in preparation for the contents to come. We meet a man who gave up digging for gold, not knowing that he was just 3 feet away from striking it rich (he should have asked an expert). This same man witnessed an event where a young colored girl didn’t back down to a white uncle and got what she wanted. Remember that this book was written in the 1930’s and is recording a common, racially sensitive issue. We discover that this man goes on to become a successful insurance salesman who makes most of his sales after the pitchee has said “no.”

The common thread here is determination or desire. The miner lacked it, the colored girl didn’t know that she had it, and the salesman had learned from his previous mistakes.



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