We’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
The 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.
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