Think & Grow Rich Lessons
John Smith Gloucester, Gloucestershire, UK

Posted: 2017-11-28

Chapter 2 Desire

There are many definitions of the word Desire, pretty much all of which seem to me to be too weak to properly explain the difference between the type of desires most of us have pretty much every day, 'shiny thing' desires and the type of BURNING DESIRE that drives some men and women towards achieving what to many might seem almost impossible until that ‘thing’ has been brought into the light of day and becomes obvious to all.

Michael often tells how positive affirmations of love along with the expressed confidence that our children are capable of being anything they want to be can have an incredible effect on the future and positive outlook of every child growing today. It’s sadly also true the constant drip feed of negative comments and talking down of a child’s abilities can result in a negative, inward looking adult just waiting for the next disaster to strike to prove once again how pointless life really is – and all for the want of a few kind words early on.

Much of Hills desire was focussing on ensuring his son’s life was not overly affected by his lack of ability to hear as others did and, his son’s belief in being told what an advantage he had over those who could hear normally which ultimately led to a successful career in helping others to hear better using advances in audio technology.

Hill tells us “If the thing you wish to do is right, and you believe in it, go ahead and do it! Put your dream across, and never mind what “they” say if you meet with temporary defeat, for “they,” perhaps, do not know that EVERY FAILURE BRINGS WITH IT THE SEED OF AN EQUIVALENT SUCCESS.”

Copernicus, the great astronomer, dreamed of the existence of a universe containing many worlds, and revealed them! Although people undoubtedly had much to say when he first announced his idea, no one denounced him as “impractical” after he had triumphed. Instead, the world worshipped at his shrine, thus proving once more that “SUCCESS REQUIRES NO APOLOGIES, FAILURE PERMITS NO ALIBIS.”

John F. Kennedy went a big step further in declaring “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; and this at a time when the technology to achieve that dream, did not exist.

That’s the thing with big dreamers, they bring burning desire to those big dreams and simply refuse to quit.

As we read in this chapter desire can be a difficult servant, Barnes waited for his chance for years, but he never doubted for an instant that his burning desire would bring him the thing he most wanted – partnership with the man he respected most in the World and, when his opportunity arrived, he was ready to seize it with both hands.

To keep me moving toward achieving my own burning desires I have found the Mentoring for Free forums are like little anchors keeping my mind focused on the bigger picture to avoid those small issues that arise distracting me from what I want to do. If you commit to staying the course, I know this programme will do the same for you.


John Smith - Gloucester UK