Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Rick Burnett Spanish Fort, Alabama, USA

Posted: 2018-06-28

I had an aha moment on last weeks lesson on thoughts are things and noticed a theme throughout the chapter. First it was mentioned that Barnes wanted to be in businesss with Edison MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE!. He burned ALL BRIDGES  and poured himself into his dream 100% It was ALL OR NOTHING! Bob Shoaf mentioned in his lesson that you can’t be lukewarm in your desires. It can’t be a hobby. 


Harv Eker talks about the advice some give about having balance in their lives. 50% into play and entertainment. 50 % into growing your business, He says no, that’s not the way. He says when you are growing your business it should be 100% effort and your play time and entertainment should be 0%. When you are engaged in your play and entertainment it should be 100% and your business at 0%. What ever you are engaged in should be 100%. In other words FOCUS. You can’t be proficient in anything without it and if your attention is divided to 10% here on this thing, 30% on that, 20% on another chances are that your focus is weak.

So the first thing I noticed in this lesson is that Hill picks right up on those thoughts from the first chapter and continues right on in this chapter on desire so I am just going to highlight some of the times he mentions it.  


  • Barnes’ desire was not a hope! It was not a wish! It was a keen, pulsating DESIRE, which transcended everything else. It was DEFINITE

  • Barnes succeeded because he chose a definite goal, placed all his energy, ALL his will power, ALL his effort, hEVERYTHING back of that goal

  • In his own mind, HE WAS THE PARTNER OF EDISON EVERY MINUTE OF THE TIME, from the very day that he first went to work there.

  • Barnes won his goal, because he wanted to be a business associate of Mr. Edison, MORE THAN HE WANTED ANYTHING ELSE!

  • “Money consciousness” means that the mind has become so thoroughly saturated with the DESIRE for money, that one can see one’s self already in possession of it.

  • You may as well know, right here, that you can never have riches in great quantities, UNLESS you can work yourself into a white heat of DESIRE for money, and actually BELIEVE you will possess it.

  • He stood by his DESIRE until it became the DOMINATING OBSESSION of his life—and—finally, a fact!

  • 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


Well all of that before we even got a quarter of the way through the chapter so I think we can all see the pattern of what Hill is telling us. You can’t be Lukewarm like Bob mentioned, there has to be an URGENCY! Your dream can’t be put off until tomorrow because as I have witness firsthand, tomorrow may never come. Desire is not something to be put off, it has to be now. Remember when you were a kid waiting on Christmas to come? It took forever. You were OBSESSED it’s coming. That's all your mind was consumed with until THAT DAY was here! You rattled the packages for clues to what was inside in anticipation. You didn’t sleep the night before because of all the excitement. That is the kind of desire we need for our business!

Thank you thank you thank you Linda and Michael Dlouhy for providing this life changing platform and for believing in us and for all my friends and mastermind partners who share their brilliance with me weekly.

Rick Burnett

Spanish Fort, Al