Edwin Barnes and his decision to partner Thomas Edison is often used as an example of white hot desire and with every good reason.
In an age of instant gratification the flames of real, burning desire can easily be snuffed out by the passing wingbeat of the next shiny thing that flies by. In a world where too many mistake want for desire, where many leap from opportunity to opportunity almost as fast as they change tv channels Barnes surely provides the example worth following.
How many of us could look squarely at ourselves in the mirror and say “my desire is so strong I am willing to work for five years of patient effort with never a promise of my desire becoming a reality”? Very few I would guess.
Fortunately few will have to wait that long to begin to see those dreams, plans and desire begin to flower, although it can often take great mental strength to ignore the siren messengers of the next best, greatest thing.
Here again Barnes is an excellent example for all - He did not say, “I will work there for a few months, and if I get no encouragement, I will quit and get a job somewhere else.”
He did not say, “I will keep my eyes open for another opportunity, in case I fail to get what I want in the Edison organization.” He said, “There is but ONE thing in this world that I am determined to have, and that is a business association with Thomas A. Edison. I will burn all bridges behind me, and stake my ENTIRE FUTURE on my ability to get what I want.”
He left himself no possible way of retreat. He had to win or perish!
The lesson here is once you have found your Five Pillar Company – decide to be ALL IN for as long as it takes for your desire to become your life reality. Decide to be on the Mentoring for Free calls, decide to both learn and contribute and decide to use your power of independent thought to think outside the box to adapt and use the lessons to best suit your needs and circumstances.
Finally, enjoy the ride, life is so much more fun when you live it!!