The Power of Thought
“TRULY. “thoughts are things. and powerful things at that, when they are mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a BURNING DESIRE for their translation into riches, or other maternal objects.”
“A little more than thirty years ago, Eawin 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.”
“One of the chief characteristics of Barnes’ Desire was that it was definite. He wanted to work with Edison. not ror him. observe, carefully. the description of how he went about translating his Desire into reality, and you will have a better understanding of the thirteen principles which lead to riches.”
“When this Desire, or impulse or thought, first flashed into his izund he was in no position to aet 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 were sufficient to have discouraged the majority of men from making any attempt to carry out the desire. But his was no ordinary desire! He was w determined to find a way to carry out his desire that he finally decided to travel by blind baggage.” rather than be defeated. (To the uninitiated, this means that he went to East orange on a freight train)”
“He presented himself at Mr. Edison’s laboratory-, and announced he had come to go into business with the inventor. In speaking or the first meeting between Barnes and Edison. years later, Mr Edison said. “He stood there before me. looking like an ordinary tramp, but there face something in the expression of his race which conveyed the Impression that he was determined to get what he had come after.” (Page 19, Think and Grow Rich)
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