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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.”