Become Rich with English – “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill


How Do You Become Rich?

Someone studied successful people to find the exact answer to this, and the lessons he shared have been followed for the last hundred years, and the book is still being studied today.

At the beginning of the 20th century (1900) a guy named Napolean Hill was challenged to do something. He was challenged to interview very successful people over the next 20 years to find out what lead to their success.

And through this research, he created the book “Think and Grow Rich” which is a self-help classic.

Do you Want to Become Rich in English?

What he found was that none of these successful people possess skills that were unattainable by most people. What it comes to when gaining big success can be broken down into a process.

And I am going to talk about this process, and how you can apply it to your English learning in this episode of the Feel Good English podcast.

The Main Points
  • Anyone can apply these steps to help them succeed in life.
  • You have to be very specific with what you want. This has psychological benefits as well, which we won’t even notice. Don’t set vague goals.
  • You will have to sacrifice something if you want to gain something else. Don’t always look for “free” answers, or shortcuts. Big results require big sacrifices. Be honest with what you can give up
  • Set a timeline so you will force yourself to work harder to meet that timeline / deadline. Our work will match the timeline we set for it. Be reasonable
  • Create an action plan, thinking of each necessary action you need to take. Spend a lot of time on this step, making sure you are finding all the resources you need
  • Write this plan down, including all 6 steps. We need to get very clear with the plan and solidify on paper.
  • Read this plan to yourself, aloud, 2x a day. In the morning and in the evening before bed. This helps you stay focused and motivated.


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The Joke

“What’s the difference between Dubai and Abu Dabi?”

“Dubai doesn’t like the Flinstones, but Abu Dabi Doooooo!!”

*Fred Flinstone says “Yabba dabba dooo!!” which sounds like Abu Dabi. 

The Vocab & Expressions

told me something that really stuck with me (5:20) – something that doesn’t leave your thoughts, you will remember it

set a deadline (6:30 ) – a timeline, when something should be finished

read aloud (8:35) – read with a loud voice so other people could hear you

it’s pretty straightforward (9:05) – direct, straight to the point, uncomplicated

that’s way too vague (9:42) – not clear nor specific, the opposite of direct


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