Shirley Gekler Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
THE MAN WHO "THOUGHT" HIS WAY INTO
PARTNERSHIP WITH THOMAS A. EDISON
Truly, "THOUGHTS ARE THINGS," and powerful things at that
when they are mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence,
and a BURNING DESIRE for their translation into riches, or other
Edwin C. Barnes discoered how true it is that men really do
THINK AND GROW RICH. His discovery did not come about
at one sitting. It came little by little, beginning with a
BURNING DESIRE to become a business associate of the
One of the chief characteristics of Barnes' desire was that it was
definite. He wanted to work with Edison, not for him.
Edison gave him the opportunity he asked for, because he saw he
had made up his mind to stand by until he succeeded. -- Subsequent
events proved that no mistake was made." Barnes was ready to do
WHATEVER IT TOOK -- HE WAS ALL IN!
When the opportunity came, it appeared in a different form, and from
a different direction than Barnes had expected. That is one of the
tricks of opportunity. It has a sly habit of slipping in by the back door,
and often it comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary
defeat. Perhaps this is why so many fail to recognize opportunity.
Mr Edison had just perfected a new office device, known at that
time as the Edison Dictating Machine (now the Ediphone). His
salesmen were not enthusiastic over the machine. They did not
believe it could be sold without great effort. Barnes saw his
opportunity. It had crawled in quietly, hidden in a queer looking
machine which interested no one but Barnes and the inventor.
Barnes new he could sell the Edison Dictating Machine. He
suggested this to Edison, and promptly got his chance. He did
sell the machine. In fact, he sold it so successfully that Edison
gave him a contract to distribute and market it all over the nation.
Out of that business association grew the slogan, "Made by
Edison and installed by Barnes."
Out of this association, Barnes made himself rich in money, but
he did something infinitely greater, he as proved that one really
may "Think and Grow Rich."
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all of us to learn and grow into the people that we were meant to be.
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