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

Posted: 2017-08-12


The First Step toward Riches

The story of Edwin C Barnes is a powerful lesson in being ‘All in’, focusing on the dream and simply refusing to let that dream go.

Well before presenting himself to Edison, Barnes had rehearsed exactly what he was going to say, how he would feel and the results he wanted, in fact partnering with Edison had become an all-consuming obsession.

Because he had committed so much of himself to that desire and in his mind had rehearsed every possible scenario of his ambition, by the time he arrived for that first meeting, there was no room for possibility of failure. Although it took some years Barnes never once wavered, never once considered quitting and looking for an easier opportunity, he remained fixed on that one dream of becoming a business partner of the great Thomas Edison until it happened.

That partnership came about because he recognized his opportunity and seized it to sell an invention in which he saw incredible opening at a time when Edison’s existing staff had written it off. It is worth noting that Barnes did not achieve his ambition by taking something from anyone else but by seeing what others had failed to see.That decision made both men extremely wealthy while giving Bane’s his long dreamt of partnership.

 The lessons for me in this chapter are: -

  • To create a self-talk focusing on the thing I truly desire, repeating and rehearsing the words, feelings and sights of that desire accomplished, (Daily self-talk) until it becomes a part of me.

  • To stay focused or ‘all in’ and not to be distracted by the next shiny object opportunity to appear over the horizon.

  • Associate with those willing and able to help without promoting their own agenda (the Mentoring for Free Mastermind Group).

This quote from Mr. Hill makes the point far better than ever I could “Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat. Only by so doing can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a BURNING DESIRE TO WIN, essential to success”.

John Smith. Gloucester UK

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