Book Review: Thank & Grow Rich

A longtime favorite, Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill gets a modern face-lift through Pam Grout’s refreshed rendition in, Thank and Grow Rich. The subtle title changes open doors for more profound realizations about what it truly means to be abundant in wealth and bliss.

Whether you subscribe to theories about the Law of Attraction, this book details approachable methods anyone can use to positively transform their life. The core theme is centered upon the notion that if one is grateful for various aspects of their situation, more beneficial circumstances will come their way. Thank & Grow Rich distinguishes itself from countless other theoretical writings about this concept by providing step-by-step explanations of how anyone can integrate these practices into their lifestyle.

Every one of her tactics, or what Grout calls, “Party Games,” are founded upon five basic principles. To begin practicing effective gratitude and experienced unabashed joy, Grout recommends these strategies:

Start identifying good things in your life. Make this an active practice. Do it as if your life depended on it. Gratitude … creates cataclysmic reverberations. It literally changes things. I call this alchemic capital.


Turn your life over to the big mystery. This promotes spiritual capital. We’ll talk more about each of these investments here in a minute.


Move toward that which makes you feel most alive. In Japan, they call it, “waku waku.” You can actually feel it in your body. It’s your most reliable GPS for discovering your already-instilled creative capital. And just so you know, it’s not reserved for artists.

Relax and have more fun. Each of us only gets so many heartbeats. Since we never know exactly how many, every day should be used to generate adventure capital.


Share your good luck. Spread it around. Save a life. Serve the planet. This investment greats social capital. We’re connected to everyone anyway. Might as well be friends” (Grout, 36).

Grout’s personable tone, relatable anecdotes, and approachable tactics can effectively expand one’s mindset to accept more beneficial outcomes in everyday life. Instead of focusing on the negative aspects of one’s circumstances, expressing gratitude for even the smallest factors inherently projects positivity into one’s daily mindset.

This book personally acted as a catalyst in my own life. While I have dedicated myself to a positive frame of mind for pamgroutseveral years now, Thank & Grow Rich has stood out by explaining in layman’s terms strategies that anyone can do. In our busy lifestyles, it can be easy to forget to reflect on all that you are thankful for. However, since reading Thank & Grow Rich, I write down three things I am grateful for every single morning. By doing this, I’m already on the happiness frequency before I really start my day, and can continue on with an unshakable bliss.

Happiness isn’t reserved for the holidays and thankfulness isn’t only required on Thanksgiving. We can choose to smile if we want to. We can find beauty in everything if we choose to. We can be happy. I think it’s worth a try.

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