Personal Inventory, Self-Analysis Questions from Think and Grow Rich by
Napoleon Hill

It is recommended that you find your own sacred space to go to each day. This is the space where you read, write, think and process while learning to know and love You more. This is also a place to go to when you want to meditate as well as just being still or practicing your breathing, BCET, ALT or NHT.

I knew a woman who made a beautiful space in her closet. Another already had her office which could be opened to the outside when the weather was pleasing. Wherever you choose to be, make it a habit to return to these questions bi annually or maybe more often if you feel pulled to do so.

Do you complain often of “feeling bad”, and if so, what is the cause?
Do you find fault with other people at the slightest provocation?
Do you frequently find mistakes in your work, and if so, why?
Are you sarcastic and offensive in your conversation?
Do you deliberately avoid the association of anyone, and if so, why?
Do you suffer frequently with indigestion? If so, what is the cause?
Does life seem futile and the future hopeless to you? If so, why?
Do you like your occupation? If not, why?
Do you often feel self-pity, and if so, why?
Are you envious of those who excel you?
To which do you devote most time, thinking of success, or of failure?
Are you gaining or losing self-confidence as you grow older?
Do you learn something of value from all mistakes?
Are you permitting some relative or acquaintance to worry you? If so, why?
Are you sometimes “in the clouds” and at other times in the depths of despondency?
Who has the most inspiring influence on you? What is the cause?
Do you tolerate negative or discouraging influences which you can avoid?
Are you careless of your personal appearance? If so, when and why?
Have you learned how to “drown your troubles” by being too busy to be annoyed by
Would you call yourself a “spineless weakling” if you permitted others to do your
thinking for you?
Do you neglect internal bathing until auto-intoxication makes you ill-tempered and
How many preventable disturbances annoy you, and why do you tolerate them?
Do you resort to liquor, narcotics, or cigarettes to “quiet your nerves”? If so, why do
you not try will-power instead?
Does anyone “nag” you, and if so, for what reason?
Do you have a definite major purpose, and if so, what is it, and what plan have you for
achieving it?
Do you suffer from any of the Six Basic Fears (poverty, criticism, ill health, loss of
love of someone, old age, death)? If so, which ones?
Have you a method by which you can shield yourself against the negative influence of
Do you make deliberate use of auto-suggestion to make your mind positive?
Which do you value most, your material possessions, or your privilege of controlling
your own thoughts?
Are you easily influenced by others, against your own judgement?
Has today added anything of value to your stock of knowledge or state of mind?
Do you face squarely the circumstances which make you unhappy, or sidestep the
Do you analyze all mistakes and failures and try to profit by them or, do you take the
attitude that this is not your duty?
Can you name three of your most damaging weaknesses? What are you doing to
correct them?
Do you encourage other people to bring their worries to you for sympathy?
Do you choose, from your daily experiences, lessons or influences which aid in your
personal advancement?
Does your presence have a negative influence on other people as a rule?
What habits of other people annoy you most?
Do you form your own opinions or permit yourself to be influenced by other people?
Have you learned how to create a mental state of mind with which you can shield
yourself against all discouraging influences?
Does your occupation inspire you with faith and hope?
Are you conscious of possessing spiritual forces of sufficient power to enable you to
keep your mind free from all forms of fear?
Does your religion help you to keep your own mind positive?
Do you feel it your duty to share other people’s worries? If so, why?
If you believe that “birds of a feather flock together” what have you learned about
yourself by studying the friends whom you attract?
What connection, if any, do you see between the people with whom you associate
most closely, and any unhappiness you may experience?
Could it be possible that some person whom you consider to be a friend is, in reality,
your worst enemy, because of his negative influence on your mind?
By what rules do you judge who is helpful and who is damaging to you?
Are your intimate associates mentally superior or inferior to you?
How much time out of every 24 hours do you devote to:
a) Your occupation
b) Sleep
c) Play and relaxation
d) Acquiring useful knowledge
e) Plain waste
Who among your acquaintances:
a) Encourages you most
b) Cautions you most
c) Discourages you most
d) Helps you most in other ways
What is your greatest worry?

Why do you tolerate it?
When others offer you free, unsolicited advice, do you accept it without question, or
analyze their motive?
What, above all else, do you most desire?

Do you intend to acquire it?

Are you willing to subordinate all other desires for this one?

How much time daily do you devote to acquiring it?
Do you change your mind often? If so, why?
Do you usually finish everything you begin?
Are you easily impressed by other people’s business or professional titles, college
degrees, or wealth?
Are you easily influenced by what other people think or say of you?
Do you cater to people because of their social or financial status?
Whom do you believe to be the greatest person living?
In what respect is this person superior to yourself?
How much time have you devoted to studying and answering these questions?
[Recommended at least 1 day]