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Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Since its original publication in 1938, Think and Grow Rich has sold about a quazillionbilliontrillion copies. For realzies. It’s all about how realizing your dreams–using visualization, positive thinking/energy flow, and perseverance are the way to achieve fabulous wealth. There’s no formula for getting rich while sleeping??

Dang it. There go my plans… ThinkAndGrowRich3

Written around the time of the Great Depression, TAGR was probably one of the first (if not THE first) motivational book on making money. I’m sure it’s inspired tons of people to pursue their dreams over the last several decades. My only problem with the book is that it was written during the time where America was still portrayed as “the land of opportunities” and that the “streets are paved with gold.” Flash forward seventy-five years, and things don’t seem quite so peachy. It’s much more difficult than it once was to just contact the head of a company and, say, get a book published, or land your dream job. College degrees hardly mean much anymore.

While I definitely support the ideas that Hill demonstrates, like self-confidence, dreaming big, and not taking no for an answer–his “answer” to all our modern-day money woes seem to be a little out of reach. (Plus, his suggestion to channel all excess sexual energy into productivity is just… strange.)

I feel pressured by society to rate this book higher, but for application with MY generation, I feel like it deserves:

3 dolla dolla bills ya’ll of 5

Be Thrifty: How to Live Better with Less compiled by Pia Catton and Calithia Suntree

So, in light of the not-so recent economic downturn (or better yet, in light of the fact that I’m working for minimum wage for the first time in 6 years) I decided to give Be Thrifty: How to Live Better with Less a try. A compilation by Pia Catton and Calithia Suntree (a name only previously thought to exist in World of Warcraft…) the book is a collection of essays, recipes, tips, tricks, and skills on how to—get this— spend less and save more! While not exactly a novel concept, I liked the way the book was fashioned, with the sections being organized into the categories of your life they’d fall under (ex. saving in the kitchen, home repairs, personal grooming, raising thrifty kids, etc…)

Be Thrifty

Definitely my favorite part were the essays located in each chapter, because they are what gave real life to the book. Call me crazy, but reading 30 pages on how to fix a toilet or patch a hole in the wall is just not my idea of entertainment. To give credit where credit is due, though, I’m sure this book isn’t really meant to be read from cover to cover as I did, so that’s why I may have found that it lagged a bit.

I did learn several new products/skills to use in my everyday life that will aid me in the pursuit of saving rather than spending. I really liked the idea presented about shopping. Basically it stated that when you stumble upon something in a store that you “can’t live without,”  just realize that, up until five minutes ago, you were doing exactly that. Before you knew it existed, you were perfectly content with what you had. Something to think about, for sure…

4 of 5 stars