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

Posted: 2019-12-15

“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, everything back of that goal. He did not become the partner of Edison the day he arrived. He was content to start in the most menial work, as long as it provided an opportunity to take even one step toward his cherished goal.

Barnes won his goal, because he wanted to be a business associate of Mr. Edison, more than he wanted anything else.” Hill  Now i’m talking to myself, do I want my business to be successful more than ANYTHING else in this world and why? What is my burning desire that will make me do what I need to do to have that success? Or is it just a wish? Is my desire so strong that I will put everything else aside until I get it? 

I really think that the coach who told Michael Jordan to give it up and all the other negative things he told him was his wake up call and sparked the desire to become the greatest basketball player ever. He did everything it took to prove him wrong and it worked. 

When Edison looked at Barnes he was not looking at his physical appearance, he was looking right at the desire in his eyes. Do we have that same desire in our eyes? If not we need to because that is exactly what our prospects are going to be looking at. If they see that we are determined to get what we want and will do whatever it takes it’s game over and they will want to be a part of that also. They want to know if they invest their time and money it needs to be with someone with that kind of desire, not someone doing it for a hobby!

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. Barnes left himself no possible way of retreat. He had to win or perish! Do I have to win or is it just another option?

I am so grateful that Linda and Michael Dlouhy had a desire so strong to do this Mentoring For Free program  that it has been going strong for 15 years. Most people who have reached their level of success will sit back and enjoy the fruits of their labor and there's nothing wrong with that. There is a quote by zig Ziglar that states if you just help enough people get what they want you will have everything you want and sometimes I think it is over used or for the wrong reason even though it's true. But there is a difference in that philosophy and what Michael and Linda do. In the Ziglar quote I think sometimes we give so we can get and I’m guilty of that also. But they just do it because they genuinely love helping people in all areas of their lives. Big difference and for that i’m eternally grateful. Thanks you two for always modeling that! And thanks to my friends and mastermind partners for sharing your brilliance with me each and every week. Thanks to all who download my ebook and allow me to learn by mentoring. 

Rick Burnett

Fairhope, Al