James Lombard Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
“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”. Desire, belief, planning and persistence are the themes running through this chapter. While the above quotation from Hill refers to the acquisition of money, it also applies to the attainment of other riches, such as, riches of the mind and character, without which, money would be worthless and unattainable. When you crystallize your heart-filled desires into a written-down life’s purpose, I believe it should not refer solely to the acquiring of money; it should also refer to making oneself into a well-rounded human being who wants to use money for the benefit of others.
Hill says: “Wishing will not bring riches. But desiring riches with a state of mind that becomes an obsession, then planning definite ways and means to acquire riches and backing those plans with persistence which does not recognize failure will bring riches”. The dictionary definition of ‘obsession’ is “influenced by a feeling, idea or impulse that a person cannot escape”. Desiring the riches he was seeking became an obsession for Barnes, to such an extent that he absolutely believed he would attain them, planned ways and means of attaining them and persisted through what seemed like failures. He believed that “he was the partner of Edison every minute of the time from the very day that he first went to work there”. He acted as if the partnership had already been realized. His purpose too was not wishy-washy: it was definite and clearly spelled-out.
While constantly bringing his self-talk to the forefront of his mind, he used his visual and auditory senses: “He saw himself standing in Edison’s presence”; and, “He heard himself asking for the opportunity”. These quotations show his total self-belief that what he sought would come to pass and, waiting 5 long years was not a problem.
Hill describes Barnes as a practical dreamer; he says: “Practical dreamers do not quit”, and “A burning desire to be and to do is the starting point from which the dreamer must take off”. Lastly, he did not recognize failure. When the opportunity was presented to him to sell the phonograph, which Edison’s experienced sales staff felt was ‘impossible’ to sell, he embraced the challenge with enthusiasm. Hill sums up the results of this state of mind as follows: “Through some strange and powerful principle of ‘mental chemistry’ which she has never divulged, Nature wraps up in the impulse of strong desire, ‘that something’ which recognizes no such word as ‘impossible’ and accepts no such reality as failure".
Regards and best wishes to all.
James Lombard, Dublin, Ireland.