Think & Grow Rich Lessons
John Smith Gloucester, Gloucestershire, UK

Posted: 2017-05-02


Desire -The First Step toward Riches

This chapter is, to borrow one of Michael’s introductions, “where the rubber meets the road” on our journey to achieving our personal lifestyle ambitions.

Interestingly to illustrate his total focus on attaining the only prize he felt worth winning, Mr. Hill spends several paragraphs telling us what Edward Barnes didn’t think.

To show how Barnes had entertained no thought of failing, we read, “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.”

How many times have we heard others, even among our own prospects, say “I’ll give it a go for a few months, if it doesn’t work out I can always find something else”? That’s what is known as a ‘get out of jail’ card, a ready built excuse for failure, so maybe not the person we would want to rely on entirely for our future prosperity?

Instead Barnes 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.” In other words – he was ALL IN.

Something Barnes also said was, “I will start anywhere. I will do anything Edison tells me to do, but before I am through, I will be his associate.” That single sentence is surely the perfectly framed declaration of intent? Simply by stating those words he left himself no possible way of retreat. In those few words, he told his subconscious mind he had to win or perish! He also re-enforced those words with every thought and deed until he became the business partner he had decided to be.

The story of Edward Barnes is one of a man with huge desire and fixed ambition to achieve the only thing he felt so strongly about that nothing could interfere or distract from reaching that goal.

Sadly, for most of us, achieving that level of focus and staying on track is not always as easy and requires us to consciously re-affirm our ‘Why’, ‘What’, ‘When’ and ‘How’ to remind our sub-conscious what we expect it to deliver. Here at Mentoring for Free it’s called daily ‘self-talk’, although in my case it has evolved to daily ‘self- talk and read’ as I find reading the words as I speak them helps stop my mind from wandering off track, quieting my mind to better focus on those things I truly desire.

John Smith – Gloucester UK.