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

Posted: 2017-01-16

Here are a few key things that I noticed about Mr. Barnes.


He visualized by using his senses… he SAW himself standing in Edisons presence. He HEARD himself asking Mr. Ellison for an opportunity.


He had a CONSUMING OBSESSION not just a wish!


He succeeded because he chose a definite goal, placed all his energy, all his will power, all his effort, everything back of that goal


He burned all his bridges and staked everything he had on his dream.He didn’t have a “plan B”, it was do or die!


Even when nothing was visibly happening for 5 years Barnes held the thought that he was the partner of Edison since the first day he arrived.



Even though I have thought that I have a big why I know that I don't have an obsession and it has been hard for me to cultivate one even though I don't want to remain where I'm at. I hate being owned by the people I work for, trading time for dollars. I read in the book where it says” he stood by his desire until it became the dominating obsession of his life-and-finally. a fact So just maybe I have not stood by long enough for it to become an obsession although it seems like an eternity, persistence is mandatory. I am in no way a lazy person so I know it must have to do with the sub conscious…my self talk. 


The other thing I could think of would be my belief level after failing for so long in the industry. I know that Michael always says that you will see it when you believe it, not the other way around. Here’s what Hill had to say about belief. “No one is ready for a thing, until he believes he can acquire it. The state of mind must be BELIEF, not mere hope or wish. Open- mindedness is essential for belief. Closed minds do not inspire faith, courage, and belief.”


One thing that I do know is that all the answers are here in this book and I will never stop trying until I find them and my desire grows white hot and turns into that obsession.


Rick Burnett