How many of you have read, “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill (pictured above)? This is one of, if not the top business book of all time.
The inspiration that this book gives anyone who reads it is truly endless.
You know how your grandpa, or even your dad, might tell you, “they just don’t make things like they used to,” or a some other similar phrase…well, I truly believe that books just aren’t written like this anymore.
This book is timeless! It was originally published in 1937 and the theme of the book itself is remarkable. And it is still just as true and impactful in 2016 as it was almost eighty years ago.
If you have not read it yet, do so.
Personally speaking, I have read this five times and it gets better each time.
I want to outline the story that begins this book in Chapter 1. Don’t go any further until you have read the first two pages about Edwin C. Barnes.
How powerful was that? The next story- 3 feet from gold is good too if you want to be more inspired than you already are…
What courage does it take to have such a burning desire to work with, not for, but with Thomas Edison, who is one of the greatest inventors and minds in United States history. You don’t even know Thomas Edison, nor do you have the money to pay for the train ride there, but your only desire is to work along side him so you take a step in faith and do it anyways.
Thomas Edison was no fool. He saw the passion in Edwin Barnes eyes and knew he had something special inside of him. He set Barnes on a path that if he worked hard enough, and truly did have the desire to work with him, he would be able to prove his worth over time.
Barnes started off on an even playing field with everyone else. He was not given any extra opportunities, but he truly was dedicated to achieving his goal, no matter how long it took.
When no one else thought that they could do it, Barnes knew he could. He didn’t just do the bare minimum to squeak by, he knocked it out of the park.
Thats how you go from being an “ordinary tramp” to being a business partner of the “Man of the Millennium“.
I’m no mathematician, but I believe a millennium equals 1000 years.
Thomas Edison was the ”person who brought more value to the human race than any other.”
Edwin C. Barnes must have done something pretty impressive to catch his eye.
What is your burning desire?
What do you want to accomplish more than anything in the world? What would you give up to get there?
Do you really have that desire or does it just sound good? The work that is needed to achieve your burning desire is usually more than what people are willing to do.
What is your desire in terms of your overall health? Are you making any progress towards getting there or are you scared to start?
Besides writing it down and telling someone else what it is, what first step can you take towards that desire?