There is no such thing as SOMETHING FOR NOTHING! A tree never tries to be anything but a tree. It grows and flourishes where it’s planted. It consistently grows the fruit it was created to produce. It doesn’t strive to be a flower. It’s not trying to be a bird. It is solidly and unapologetically a tree. The same holds true for us. It is not only WHAT TO DO, BUT ALSO HOW TO DO IT!
A little more than thirty years ago, Edwin C. Barnes discovered how true it is that men really do think and grow rich. His discovery did not come about at one sitting. It came little by little, beginning with a BURNING DESIRE to become a business associate of the great Edison.
He wanted to work with Edison, not for him. When this DESIRE, or impulse of thought, first flashed into his mind he was in no position to act upon it. Two difficulties stood in 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 are sufficient to discourage the majority of men from making any attempt to carry out their desires.
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 by “blind baggage,” rather than be defeated. He presented himself at Mr. Edison’s laboratory, and announced he had come to go into business with the inventor. In speaking of the first meeting between Barnes and Edison, years later, Mr. Edison said, “He stood there 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 had come after.
Truly, “thoughts are things,” and powerful things at that, but when they are mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a burning desire it creates determination.
It is this-all achievement, all earned riches that have their beginning in an idea!
From this little story about Barnes who was determined to work with Mr. Edison proves that there is always a difference between success and failure. The man determined to succeed is clocked in 1:37:22…one minute, thirty-seven and twenty-two one-hundredths seconds while the one with little determination is clocked in 1:37:25…one minute, thirty-seven and twenty-five one hundredths seconds.
The difference between being a champion and just another skier is three one-hundredths of a second! The magic formula for success is a proven in a simple method which can change your life…if you give determination the chance.