The introductory part of this book lays the foundation on how our thoughts, definite purpose, ideas, persistence , faith and a burning desires are the bedrock of all riches and achievement.
Napoleon Hill told a story of the Man who thought his ways into partnership with Thomas Edison the famous inventor and founder of General Electric (GE).
The Man Edwin C. Barnes thought his way to becoming a partner with Thomas Edison.One of the characteristics of Barnes was a burning desire that was definite to become Edison’s associate, however, two difficulties stood his way, he did not know Mr. Edison and he did not have enough money to pay his railroad fare to Orange, New Jersey.
These difficulties were sufficient to discourage the majority of men from making any attempt to carry out their desire. But his was no ordinary desire! He was so determined to find a way to carry out his desire that he finally decided to travel as a cargo train rather than be defeated.
He presented himself to Mr. Edison’s Laboratory and announced he had come to go into business with the inventor.In speaking of the first meeting with Mr. Barnes, Edison said;
“He stood 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 has come for. I have 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 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.”
Edison just perfected the device known as Edison Detecting Device now the Ediphone.His sales men were not enthusiastic about the machine and they did not believe the machine could be sold without great effort.Barnes saw his opportunity, hidden in the queer- looking machine which interested no one but Barnes and the inventor.
Barnes knew he could sell the Ediphone and suggested to Edison and promptly got his chance. He did sell the machine, in fact he sold it so successfully that Edison gave him a contract to distribute and market it all over the nation.
This business alliance has been in operation for more than thirty years. Out of it Barnes has made himself rich in money, but he has done something infinitely greater: he has proved that one really may “Think and Grow Rich.”
Barnes literally thought himself into a partnership with the great Edison! He thought himself into fortune. He had nothing to start with, except the capacity to know what he wanted and the determination to stand by the desire until he realized it.
he had no money to begin with.He had but little education.He had no influence. But he did have Initiative, Faith and the Will to win.