Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Kristen Burnett Fairhope, Alabama, United States

Posted: 2020-04-15

To quote Hill " You have been disappointed, you have undergone defeat during the depression, you have felt the great heart within you crushed until it bled. Take courage, for these experiences have tempered the spiritual metal of which you are made-- they are assets of incomparable value. 

Remember, too, that all who succeed in life get off to a bad start, and pass through many heartbreaking struggles before they "arrive". The turning point in the lives of those who succeed, usually comes at the moment of some crisis, through which they are introduced to their "other selves."


These quotes and the following practical examples of the people who succeeded after suffering all sorts of punishments, have really spoken to me about the almost mandatory suffering an individual must go through to find their" other self". I think this "other self" is the one that has realized the ultimate goal, and wants more than ever to pursue it. I think the "other self" is the truest self and that they were not able to truly understand themselves and their value UNTIL they suffered immensely with one thing or another. In this way, I think we can be truly grateful for the challenges ( even when they seem endless) -also when they seemed so unfair and so incomparable to what our peers were faced with at the time. Because the more strife seems to = the more things learned = the truest self emerges. 


Another part of this chapter that really impacted me was that Edwin Barnes never quit focusing his all into ONE desire/ goal and never faltered. Though he appeared a tramp, and people probably said all sorts of unkind things about him or scoffed upon finding out his dreams, he never let it affect his determination - how he felt about HIMSELF. 


Then, 5 years passed before the chance he was seeking actually appeared to him. This means that things TAKE TIME. Even though Barnes had dreamt, pursued and worked tirelessly toward his dream, things weren't instant. The waiting period must have been really hard, even with him doing all he could do. But again, he never gave up. I think this says that even though you have an intense desire for something and are pushing hard and putting in the work, you sometimes ( and often for the really good things, ALWAYS) have to wait for the timing to be right. I feel that things have to transpire out in the universe in order for the dream to come into being and even though the waiting is hard, we can BELIEVE that what we receive will be very worth the wait.


Lastly, Barnes didn't say to himself " I'll try to become a partner with Edison" he said " I will see Edison and let him know that I have come to be in business with him". No matter how Barnes might've looked on the outside when he first started his journey, he must have been extremely intelligent to know that "try" wasn't an option. 


And for all these reasons he was immensely successful. 


Thank you to Linda and Michael Dlouhy for creating and devoting so much time to MFF and for all those who share the call with me and let me in on your intelligence and brilliance. 



Kristen B./ Fairhope, AL