Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Shirley Gekler Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Posted: 2019-08-28



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 

material objects.

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 

great  Edison. 

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 


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."

Thanks to Michael and Linda Dlouhy for providing this platform for

all of us to learn and grow into the people that we were meant to be.

Love to all 

Shirley Gekler

Sudbury, Ontario