CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION: THE MAN WHO “THOUGHT”
HIS WAY INTO PARTNERSHIP WITH THOMAS A. EDISON
I want you to stop thinking right. Don’t have a single thought.
No wishes, dreams, desires, ideas, absolutely think of nothing.
“Can you, do it?” Are you now work hard enough not to think? It can’t be done!
We were created with a mind and given the ability to think. We
were endowed with power to create, to reason, and to grow beyond
where we are today. The one things we can control is what we think.
We don’t have to let anyone think for us, to do so if give up our
freedom. Waiting for someone to tell us what to think is to expect
Listen to the words Mr. Edison wrote about Edwin C. Barnes, “He stood
there before me, looking like an ordinary tramp, but there was
something in the expression of his face which conveyed the impression that he was determined to get what he had come after. I had learned,
from years of experience with men, that when a man really DESIRES a
thing so deeply that he is willing to stake his entire future on a single
turn of the wheel in order to get it, he is sure to win. I gave him the
opportunity he asked for, because I saw he had made up his mind to stand
by until he succeeded. Subsequent events proved that no mistake was made.”
Barnes stood before Edison what a burning desire which began as a thought,
“I will be in business with Thomas Edison.” Did he know the HOW? No. Did
he know WHEN? Someday. Did he know the WHAT? No really, his mind was
set on his definite major purpose “I will be in business with Thomas
Edison” and he did not let anything stop him.
“Barnes literally thought himself into a partnership with the great
Edison! He thought himself into a fortune. He had nothing to start
with, except the capacity to KNOW WHAT HE WANTED, AND THE DETERMINATION
TO STAND BY THAT DESIRE UNTIL HE REALIZED IT.”
Back to our thoughts, as for me it’s time to put the definiteness of
purpose into high gear. My how, when, what are not a problem. I choose
to ignite the flame of desire, repeat the self-talks to bring the thoughts
of my mind to see the finish line, in possession of the riches life has
Thank you Linda and Michael Dlouhy for the gift of this mastermind group,
it has changed my life. Thank to Bob Shoaf for belief and friendship. To
all who are on the calls and participate for your shared knowledge. A
special thanks to each person who downloads “Success in 10 Steps” and has
joined this trip.