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

Posted: 2019-12-16

Chapter 2 - Desire

Barnes believed so much in himself and attaining what he
desired that he said "I will burn all bridges behind me, 
and stake my ENTIRE FUTURE on my ability to get what I want.”

He did not say I will stake my entire future on my desire.
What he said was "I will stake my ENTIRE FUTURE on my ability 
to get what I want.”

Ability is the capacity, fitness, or tendency to act or be 
acted on in a (specified) way.

Barnes was not just counting on the fact that he had a huge 
desire; he was staking his future on his ability to act 
on achieving it and sticking to it until it became a reality.

W. Clement Stone has said "When you discover your mission, 
you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm 
and a burning desire to get to work on it."  

And Barnes "got to work on it" until he achieved his desire.
His mind was focused, persistent and consistent in everything 
he did.  He did not let his dream die. Barnes did not concern 
himself with how long it would take, he was not concerned with 
what he had to do to get there, he was not fearful that it 
would never happen.  These things did not enter his mind.  

Baltasar Gracian has said "When desire dies, fear is born."

Barnes did not let his desire die and what a great example for
us today.  When our business is not going as we expect, when it
is taking longer than anticipated, when we get the "no's" are we
still focused, persistent and consistent in our actions.
Are we willing to continue to begin again and again when situations
stop us, or do we tell ourselves "that is enough, I quit".  

Barnes never said "that is enough, I quit" 

HIll tells us "Five years passed before the chance he (Barnes) had been 
seeking made its appearance. During all those years not one ray 
of hope, not one promise of attainment of his DESIRE had been 
held out to him. To everyone, except himself, he appeared only 
another cog in the Edison business wheel, but in his own mind, 
HE WAS THE PARTNER OF EDISON EVERY MINUTE OF THE TIME, from the 
very day that he first went to work there."

Will we stick with it for five years like Barnes did? Will we 
stick with it for 10 years or 15 years?  How big is our desire
and are we willing to "stake our ENTIRE FUTURE on our ability 
to get what we want.”

Tuula Rands