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I finally watched The Social Network last weekAlogarithm Still Photo from The Social Network and was very impressed with this film.  I take it for what it is and nothing more: just a film based on a book based on true events.  For me, there is one major takeaway from this movie that was probably lost to most in the ensuing drama.

I’m not a fan of Mark Zuckerberg, despite the fact that we share a first name and his accomplishments are very impressive.  I do not know him personally or enough about him to form an opinion one way or the other.  When I meet him, then I’ll let you know.  What I can say is that Mark Z. got it right, and by it, I mean the core concept behind all entrepreneurial effort.  The creation and propagation of Facebook into a world-wide phenomenon is the result of one word: Action.

Consider the sequence of events:

Think and Grow Rich Audio BookSeveral months ago, I read Think and Grow Rich, the classic motivational book by Napoleon Hill.  I have listened to an audio book version, specifically the 21st Century Edition, but I wanted to have the original 1937 edition as an audio book so that I could listen to the book without the additional modern commentary to distract from the original text. I also wanted to provide this as a free download here on my blog.  I initially began recording the book, but a series of winter colds, travel, and other commitments have prevented me from completing this in a timely manner.

As a result, I decided to create the audio book using high quality text-to-speech (TTS) software.  I used TTS software for several reasons: [continue reading…]

I am pleaThink and Grow Richsed to offer the classic book, Think and Grow Rich, by Napolean Hill, as a free download. Thanks to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA), this book is in the public domain and can be freely copied and distributed throughout the United States and most of the free world.

I may, at some point in the future, write a detailed review of this book. For now, let me just state that this book is as influential a book as you will find anywhere. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. The fact that it is free does not mean it does not have value. If the concepts within are applied in full, you will find this to be the most valuable book you ever read. [continue reading…]

{{ Update: you can now get the audio book here: Think and Grow Rich Audio Book }}

Read, Think and Grow RichI have been reading my way through a number of classic motivational books and have recently read the grand-daddy of them all, Think and Grow Rich, by Napolean Hill. I recall seeing this particular book on my maternal grandfather’s bookshelf when I was young. I never gave it much thought because the title didn’t appeal to me, but I decided to read it a few months ago. I really wish I had read it 30 years ago.

I have decided to record Think and Grow Rich as an audiobook, using the original text, and provide it as a free download. I have several reasons for this:

  • Firstly, I believe this book is hugely important for those who read and apply the principles that Napolean Hill suggests.
  • Secondly, I believe this should be free, as in free speech and free beer. [continue reading…]