“Barnes showed up unexpectedly at Edison’s laboratory, and announced he had come to go into business with the inventor. Years later, speaking of their first meeting, Edison said, ‘He [Barnes] stood there before me, looking like an ordinary tramp, but there was something in the expression of his face which conveyed the impression that he was determined to get what he had come after. I had learned, from years of experience with men, that when a man really desires a thing so deeply that he is willing to stake his entire future on a single turn of the wheel in order to get it, he is sure to win. I gave him the opportunity he asked for, because I saw he had made up his mind to stand by until he succeeded. Subsequent events proved that no mistake was made.'”
Drive And Determination
Great for Barnes, but could that happen today? Absolutely. Some things never change, and pure drive is one of those things – those who have it, show it, in any way they can. Such drive and determination is obvious to others and, increasingly, a lost characteristic among men and women today who always strive to earn wealth by ‘playing it safe’.
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