This is the first step towards riches.In the introductory part of this book, a story was told of Barnes who had made up his mind to be a partner to Thomas A.Edison.
As he made his way from the railroad tracks to Thomas Edison’s office, his mind was at work. He saw himself standing before 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 become 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.
He did not become Edison’s partner the day he arrived, it was after five years that he had the chance he had been seeking made its appearance.
Barnes succeeded because he chose a definite goal, placed all its energy, all his will power, all his effort and everything to back that goal.
“whatever the mind of man can CONCEIVE and BELIEVE it can ACHIEVE”
A long while ago, a great warrior faced a situation which made it necessary for him to make a decision which insured his success on the battlefield.he was about to send his army against a formidable foe whose men outnumbered his own. He loaded his soldiers into a boat and sailed to the enemy’s country, unloaded the soldiers and the equipment, then gave the order to burn the ships that carried them.Addressing his men before the first battle, he said ‘you see the ships going up in flames, that means we cannot leave this shore alive unless we win! we now have no choice- we win or perish!’ They won.
Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat.Only by so doing can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win, essential to success.
Wishing will not bring riches, desiring riches with a state of mind that becomes an obsession, then planning definite ways and means to acquire riches and backing those plans with persistence which does not recognise failure will bring riches.