Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Nathan Grimes Lubbock, TX, United States

Posted: 2021-06-03

Chapter 2: Desire- The Starting Point
Of all Achievement

It was not just hope. It was not wishing. It was a keen, pulsating
desire
, which surpassed everything else and it was definite
and absolute.
Such was the determination that Edwin had when
he climbed abroad that freight train and come to stand before
Thomas Edison and declared that he was there to be in business
with Mr. Edison.

“Barnes succeeded because he chose a definite goal, placed all
his energy, all his willpower, all his effort, everything back
of that goal. He did not become the partner of Edison the day he
arrived. He was content to start in the most menial work, as long
as it provided an opportunity to take even one step toward his
cherished goal.

“It is a remarkable illustration of the power of a definite desire.


Barnes won his goal because he wanted to be a business associate
of Mr. Edison, more than he wanted anything else. He created a plan
by which to attain that purpose. But he burned all the bridges behind
him. He stood by his desire until it became the dominating obsession
of his life—and—finally, a fact.” Napoleon Hill

I now realize it is time for self-analysis and ask myself if I have
just been just hoping and wishing for all this time. If so, it is
time that I really stroke and fan the flames of desire? I choose to
be definitely and absolutely committed to building my network marketing
business. To create that plan or plans that work for me, to be open to
ideas and hunches, and to put action behind those plans until I obtain
the definite desires, I have set for myself.

I choose to burn all the bridges to the past failures, naysayers,
shortcomings and set my sight on the prize before me. I know the only
one who can get in my way is ME to which I say STOP IT!

I give heed to the words of Christ, “No one who puts a hand to the plow
and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62

Barnes chose to keep moving forward. He left himself no possible way
of retreat. He had to win or perish! Marshall Field said, “I will
rebuild bigger and better.” And he did. Columbus dreamed of an unknown
world, staked his life on the existence of such a world, and discovered
it!

As Hill states, “In planning to acquire your share of the riches, let
no one influences you to scorn the dreamer. To win the big stakes in this
changing world, you must catch the spirit of the great pioneers of the
past, whose dreams have given to civilization all that it has of value,
the spirit which serves as the life-blood of our own country—your opportunity
and mine, to develop and market our talents.”

What history reveals over and over dreamers were planners and definitely
doers. I determine with defiance of purpose to be a doer taking action
daily to the fulfillment of my dreams. I had dreamed of writing a book
and after 3 years of research, writing, rewriting, and some procrastination
I sent the final draft to my publisher on May 18th. I will apply the same
determination and action to build my customer base and business.

Thanks to Linda and Michael Dlouhy for applying your burning desire to
create this platform and mastermind of Mentoring for Free for support and
encourage me and many more. My gratitude to everyone who participates on
the calls every week for the gift of your brilliance,

Nathan Grimes

PS: “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full
​potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” Confucius