Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Bud Fields Columbia, TN, United States

Posted: 2017-01-19

Desire: The FIRST Step

The Starting Point of All Achievement

Hill continues his discussion of Edwin C. Barnes. I believe this is because Hill is instinctively aware that, due to recent national financial calamity, enough time has passed where folks have either forgotten, or have never experienced anything they could legitimately refer to AS desire.

The nation, and her people have been beaten down from the Great Depression. It is entirely possible that someone reading this book for the first time had never experienced absolute desire—or faith; the two ingredients Hill calls accountable for success (achievement).

I do not think it unrealistic to imagine people today who cannot grasp truthfully the notion of desire. It could come from socio-economic realities in their lives thus far. It could be that they have been familially, societally, or perhaps even educationally trained to believe that they should NOT desire--to stave off disappointment. “You are what we have always been. We cannot become that which we are not.” In this uncertain world of today, it could well be that those who could develop a burning desire purposely “protect” themselves from it.

Hill, using this example is, I think, walking us through the “what” of desire—and especially for those unfamiliar with it. He refers to Barnes’ desire as a “burning, consuming obsession”. Then he walks us through giving it a name. Then, Hill gives us a proscription for how to recognize achievement’s hallmark traits:

            “Barnes succeeded BECAUSE he:

  • Chose a definite goal
  • Placed all his energy, will power and his efforts
  • Into THAT goal (no other)"

Barnes did not immediately achieve what he sought. He had to learn, grow, test and strengthen through adversities the “muscles” of achievement—and use  (master) them. But Barnes did something most people do not do. He kept the goal in front of him! His “why?” was sufficient to overcome the temptations of the easy way, or giving in, or of giving up. I submit this is because Barnes understood that a goal without a plan is but a dream: a grave without a headstone: a rut. His goal was:

  • Conceivable
  • Believable
  • Achievable
  • Measurable
  • Definable
  • Controllable

Through his lesson with Barnes, Hill teaches us that these are necessary requirements of achievement, and that these ladder “rungs” lead to the correct and even predictable result—and that result becomes yet one rung on a new ladder that will take us to places, heights and achievements we haven’t yet imagined.

Yet, Barnes didn’t live in a world different than Hill, or anyone else. His perspective was different. He somehow realized that he wasn’t genetically castigated to failure. Like Hill with his own son, Barnes did not believe that it must be as it always had been, and especially for him. It was still the same unforgiving world, yet Barnes saw himself (as Hill saw his son) differently. His perspective was the correct one. He did what achievement required. He won.

We can all win. It doesn’t have to be earth-shattering, or paradigm shifting levels of success. Just ours. It does require that we adopt, or learn, or lean on someone who can help us define our burning desire. Not our passion. Our definition of our lives which provide justifiable value to others. For me, I can’t think of a greater, or more honorable desire than that.

I would say that neither could Napoleon Hill. He did, after all, spend his life teaching that concept.

Thank you for the opportunity to share with this amazing group that is already teaching me much through the TAGR Mastermind lessons.

Bud Fields