Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Tuula Rands West Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Posted: 2018-03-21

Chapter 2 - Desire

Hill writes about Barnes -- "He did not say, “I will work there for a few months, and if I get no
encouragement, I will quit and get a job somewhere else.” 

He did say, “I will start anywhere. I will do anything Edison tells me to do, but before I am through,
I will be his associate.”

He did not say, “I will keep my eyes open for another opportunity, in case I fail to get what I want
in the Edison organization.” 

He said, “There is but ONE thing in this world that I am determined to have, and that is a business
association with Thomas A. Edison. I will burn all bridges behind me, and stake my ENTIRE FUTURE
on my ability to get what I want.”

He left himself no possible way of retreat. He had to win or perish!

That is all there is to the Barnes story of success!"

William Lloyd Garrison  states "If nations perish, it is not because of their devotion to liberty, but for
their disregard of its requirements."

Barnes did not disregard the requirements of becoming a partner with Edison. His thoughts were
"win or perish".

Perish in the dictionary is described as  to become destroyed or ruined, cease to exist, 
deteriorate or spoil.

To win is  to get possession of by effort or fortune, to obtain by work, to reach by expenditure of effort,
and 
 to succeed in arriving at a place or a state.

"Barnes left himself no possible way of retreat. He had to win or perish! "

Is that what we do in our business?  Do we leave no possible way to retreat?  Do we have to win or
perish?

Do we have the devotion to build our business or do we disregard the requirements?

Barnes said  “I will start anywhere. I will do anything Edison tells me to do, but before I am through,
I will be his associate.”

Are we willing to do ANYTHING we are told to do?   Are we willing to do the requirements?

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