When last we left Napoleon Hill he had just started to tell us how people came to envy the easy break that life dealt to Edwin Barnes, when in fact it was nothing of a break at all. What Barnes had backing him was the real cause of his success, and it was much more than happenstance.
Success, Cause And Effect
“Barnes succeeded because he chose a definite goal, placed all his energy, all his will power, all his effort—everything—behind 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.
Five years passed before the chance he had been waiting for appeared. During all those years not one ray of hope, not one promise of attaining his desire had been held out to him. To everyone, except himself, he looked like just another cog in the Edison business wheel, but in his own mind, he was Edison’s partner every minute of every hour, from the very day that he first started working there.
It is a remarkable illustration of the power of a definite desire. Barnes reached his goal because he wanted to be a business associate of Edison more than he wanted anything else. He formed a plan in order to attain that purpose. But he burned all his bridges behind him.
He stood by his desire until it became his dominating life obsession—and—finally, a fact.”
This begins to show us the real cause, the reason that Barnes succeeded. He did all he could to keep his desire burning, and to see it through to fruition. He made it so that he had to succeed, so that failure, or “going back” was not an option, and then made that desire a true fact of his life, one that was certainly not something left to chance as people would be so quick to assume.
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