Mindset Mastery 14 – How Did Barnes Do It

Mindset Mastery Ebook By Sean RasmussenWith seemingly insurmountable hurdles before him, how did Edwin C. Barnes convince a great and successful inventor like Thomas Edison to make this penniless dreamer his partner? Read on…

“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’.

I will see you back here Monday and Thursday every week for the continuation of the Mindset Mastery series.

Sean Rasmussen
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  1. Since I first read Napoleon Hills book I have come a long way towards reaching my first goal, and every time I reread it I discover something new.

  2. Hi Sean,

    He did it because “a strange power came to the rescue” Possibly the same power that came to the rescue for the little girl wanting the 50c …..possibly it was “persistence” because Edwin Barnes had persistence ….mixed with something else as well, maybe………..

    Possibly the two stories have a (close) connection. We will see …..

  3. Barnes looked like an ordinary tramp?!? LOL! I wonder what Barnes thought about that comment… That sounds very funny in today’s language 🙂 Thanks for your honesty Edison.
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..Richard Branson Business School: A day visit =-.

  4. I note your comment re the drive being a lost characteristic today. After these last few days, I trust your point have view may now allow that there still is a ‘little’ drive present in a few places.
    Maybe the drive diminished when people started thinking chauffeurs were the goal?
    .-= Jo Carey-Bradshaw´s last blog ..Empowering Mindset – Mindfulness =-.

  5. I agree that this can still happen today. Once you see determination in someone’s eyes to do whatever it takes the biggest hurdle is already taken. Because people do recognize that strength and somehow object less than when this determination is missing. Probably because they know they won’t be able to stop that person anyway 😉
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Definition Of Motivation =-.

  6. I wonder if Edison is telling it all here. People are like radio stations, they broadcast. I sometimes amaze people by telling them what they are broadcasting (some are louder than others). Edison was, by all accounts, highly intuitive and part of intuition is to know such things. I suspect Edison intuitively knew that Barnes would get the job done by the messages he was getting from the broadcast. If Barnes was in a high powered state, the broadcast would have been very loud.
    .-= Wal Heinrich´s last blog ..Think And Grow Rich Mindset Mastery =-.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    I once had a discussion with a friend concerning determination and drive. My stance being that the most successful had both to the point of being obsessive-compulsive. That being said, it means that the most successful people are “afflicted” with a mental disorder. Personally, I don’t think this is a bad thing. All of my favorite people are at least slightly unhinged. 😀

  8. Hi Sean,

    I can’t believe I missed this the first couple of times around. So, what do they say; the eyes are the windows to the soul? Clearly Edison saw the determination in Barnes’ eyes and realised he wasn’t a man to be trifled with.

    Also, Edison may have found that a very desirable quality in his assistant. Because anything he gave him to do would get done.
    .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Sean Rasmussen – Aussie Internet Marketer Making a Difference =-.

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