Elijah Justice Anderson, South Carolina, United States
Barnes made it up in his body, mind and soul to create the life he wanted for himself. He knew that it wouldn't happen overnight and was willing to do WHATEVER IT TOOK to make it happen. Of course, in those days, people had a much stronger work ethic and was in better physical shape (minus the GMOs and other harmful foods that the corporate giants insert into our foods.) Furthermore, Edison was known to be a "true blue" - very melancholy and had a bad temper at times, in addition to sleeping only 4 hours a night. What a boss he must've been! This didn't stop Barnes from achieving his goals and to live the life that only a few lived then and do today.
In short, we can do the same if we cut out all of the excuses and like Michael Jordan used to say, "Just do it!"