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Chapter 2 - Desire
Hill tells us it was five years before Barnes saw the chance
he had been seeking of being a partner of Edison. During those
five years he never waivered, never gave up hope, never doubted.
He kept doing whatever menial task he was asked that took him even
one step closer to his goal.
Once Barnes attained his goal people envied him because of the
"break life yielded him". Today people would say he was "lucky."
Robertson Davies states "What we call luck is the inner man
externalized. We make things happen to us."
Barnes did not rely on luck. He made things happen for him.
He was there every day, he did his menial work, he kept alert
for any opportunity and he watched and learned. He did not
As Ray Kroc had put it "Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more
you sweat, the luckier you get."
Do we look at successful people and say "They were so lucky,
Or do we recognize that success takes work?
We know that Michael Dlouhy stated his success was because of
his daily "self talk". It was in the doing; he did not just say his
self talk he carried it through every day by putting time into
his business doing those menial tasks, just like Barnes. And
some people say Michael "was lucky".
Barnes succeeded because he chose a definite goal, placed all
his energy, all his will power, all his effort, everything
back of that goal and Michael Dlouhy did the same. LUCK HAD
NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.