Mindset Mastery 47 – Origins Of Achievement: Desire

Mindset Mastery eBookWe’re now starting into the second chapter of Hill’s book, the part where he starts to more specifically explore what it takes to be wealthy. In this chapter he illustrates how desire lays the foundation for achievement and wealth. He credits desire as the “Starting Point of All Achievement” and the “First Step toward Riches.”

The First Step Toward Riches

“When Edwin C. Barnes climbed down from the freight train in Orange, N. J., he might have looked like a vagabond, but his thoughts were those of a king!

As he made his way from the railroad tracks to Thomas A. Edison’s office, his mind was at work. He saw himself standing in Edison’s presence. He heard himself asking Mr. Edison for an opportunity to carry out the one consuming obsession of his life, a burning desire to be the business associate of the great inventor.

Barnes’ desire was not a hope! It was not a wish! It was a keen, pulsating desire, which transcended everything else. It was definite.

Building, Burning Desire

Burning desireThe desire was not new when he approached Edison. It had been Barnes’ dominating desire for a long time. In the beginning, when the desire first crossed his mind, it may have been, probably was, just a wish, but it was no simple wish when he presented himself before Edison with it.

A few years later, Edwin C. Barnes stood before Edison again, in the same office where he first met the inventor. This time his desire had become a reality. He was in business with Edison. The dominating dream of his life had become a reality. Later in his life many people who knew Barnes envied him, because of the “break” life yielded him. They saw him in the days following his success, without taking the trouble to investigate the cause of his success.”

Lessons From Barnes

This shows us two things—first, that a definite desire is necessary to succeed and be wealthy, but also secondly that such a desire can be cultivated, and will often grow from just a simple thought or a mere, fleeting wish. We all, however, have it within ourselves to cultivate that wish and grow it into something larger, and more fruitful; a burning desire to succeed.

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
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About Sean Rasmussen

Sean Rasmussen is a passionate blogger and has been a full time internet marketer since 2005. When he's not with his family, or dog Buddy, Sean is usually blogging or doing something related to the internet.


  1. Just a random question. Who does your book covers?

  2. I use a guy in India. He always gets good results with book covers.

  3. No doubt, desire is necessary to be successful and wealthy.

    For transforming your desire in reality, the essential things are – to make your desire the burning desire, putting the efforts in right direction and practical thinking.

    Andre Koens last blog post..Never Give Up

  4. No doubt, desire is necessary to be successful and wealthy.

    For transforming your desire in reality, the essential things are – to make your desire the burning desire, putting the efforts in right direction and practical thinking.

  5. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,
    I love how Barnes seemed to use visualization to bring his desire to life. He saw it happening, felt the emotion of it passionately and thus, created what he so badly desired.
    I’ve read that the mind can’t distinguish between a real and imagined event. So, if you can create in your mind a vision of what you truly desire; and see yourself being, doing and having your desire; you will create it in your life.

  6. The example of Barns shows why a lot of people don’t succeed.

    They “would like to” be rich/successful or “it would be nice”. That is not a burning desire, that shows that you are not willing to do what it takes because it is really important and close to your heart.
    So the first step is to find that desire and cultivate it. Make a habit out of “feeling yourself there” already. As Jazz mentioned above, the brain doesn’t know the difference between “imagination” and “reality” – let’s use that to our advantage 🙂
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Overcoming Procrastination =-.

  7. Gotta hand it to Barnes for approaching Edison. Most people would have put Edison on a pedestal and, by doing so, lowered their own self-worth. Just think of all the great relationships and opportunities we miss out on, because we think someone we admire is too good for us…
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..Richard Branson Business School: A day visit =-.

  8. Hi Sean,
    It feels so good to achieve positive results in this way. To go for what you want without being competitive with anyone else but to instead have a thought of helping them. That way it becomes a win, win situation to benefit both people.

    The first step…….

  9. It is handy to remember that burning desires to succeed are not dependent on whether the outcome is positive or beneficial or not. As Nap said in the previous chapter, the power makes no discrimination between destructive and constructive thoughts.
    .-= Wal Heinrich´s last blog ..Think And Grow Rich Mindset Mastery =-.

  10. Hi Sean,
    Barnes had taken the first step and it was a doozie. The first step is so important to take and to have the principles of it not leave you.

    For some reason the next words here always make me smile when I read them. “When Edwin C Barnes stepped down from the freight train he may have looked like a vagabond but his thoughts were those of a king”

    I find this particular piece of writing, this whole post so inspiring. I can see Barnes and almost feel thoughts as I read it.

    Thank-you, Sean I look forward to reading your next article.
    .-= Jill Brown´s last blog ..Common Law Marriage – What is Common Law Marriage? =-.

    • Hi Jill,

      It just goes to show that it really doesn’t matter what you look like. It’s what’s in your heart and mind that matters and if you can adequately convey that to other people.

      This reminds me of Susan Boyle. Susan was definitely a diamond in the rough. I bet when she stepped onto the stage, she had the thoughts of a king; even if she didn’t look like one. Once she started to sing; it didn’t matter that her look wasn’t what we expected.
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

  11. Hey Sean,

    The point that I like about this post is that Hill points out that it took a few years for Barnes to achieve his goal! This is good because it shows that Hill is trying to point out a simple that system that is based in reality, and doesn’t go promising wildly that your life will change before your very eyes in a matter of weeks! It doesn’t falsely raise the reader’s expectations.

    Just a thought!


    .-= Pete´s last blog ..peteboyr: @bullhunter Thanks, Sean. Just reviewing the webinar, and will get to your blogs after that. Big night ahead, pizza on the way! =-.

  12. Hi Sean

    It tells us that it is worthwhile to persevere, no matter how long it takes. It qualifies all our efforts and striving to reach our goals. It makes any of us able to succeed like Barnes if we wish to be so dedicated.

    It is giving us the the thumbs up with space and time to take action on our visions of how we want our lives to be.

    It screams at us ” You can do it”!


  13. Erika schollum says:

    I love this story and would like to store it away for those particularlly unfocused days! I think the kind of focus Barnes showed would be viewed as obsessive in this modern world- but there’s nothing wrong with focused drive and determination- I need heaps more of that! I guess it would be easy to look from the outside and call Barnes success “luck” but if you experienced with him the burn, you’d not dare call it luck- you’d call it inevitable! I’m hoping for a lot of inevitable success in my own world! tx for the boost sean! e

    • Hi Erika,

      I think those unfocused days are just a fact of being human. I’m sure that Barnes would have had the odd day where he felt a little like he wasn’t 100% in the moment. It would take a lot of energy to do that and I’m not sure it’s possible.

      Everyone needs some time off. I think it’s important to chase after your burning desire with all your might. Think it, feel it and live it. But, it’s definitely okay to take breather to renew your efforts tomorrow.
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Sean Rasmussen – Aussie Internet Marketer Making a Difference =-.

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Feel it, think it, live it, see it, be it. For it to happen, we at least need to imagine it for starters. And Barnes did. When your dream becomes your passion, and your passion becomes a burning desire that strips away everything except the truth of that which has become your life’s goal, then reality shifts so that it reflects your will.

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