A Burning Desire… Have You Burned Your Ships?
As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog I am reading (again), or actually listening to Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill on my daily walks. I thought I would write a little summary or thought for the day from each chapter.
Today I was listening to Chapter 2 (Desire), which starts off on the story of Edwin C. Barnes and his burning desire to work with Thomas A. Edison, the great inventor. Now mind you he did not want to work for Mr. Edison, he wanted, no desired with a burning passion to work with, as a business associate of Mr. Edison, and he would settle for nothing less.
Mr. Barnes had never met Thomas Edison and did not even have enough money for a passenger train ticket. But that did not stop him. He traveled by freight car to the city where Mr. Edison had his business and introduced himself as a future business associate. He had no choice, no money to return home and no alternative. He had burned all ships to get to where he was and to succeed at his burning desire to become a business associate of Mr. Edison. He worked for Mr. Edison five years before the opportunity presented itself that would change his life forever… But hey, I don’t want to give it all away here.
That’s not the end to the chapter, no, that is just the beginning. He goes on to talk about the great fire in Chicago and the business men who were faced with whether to rebuild or move to another city with more opportunity. All but one of the businessmen left. The one that stayed, a Mr. Marshall Field who was determined to rebuild the greatest store of all time right there where last one burned down. And he did! Now remember, this book was written in 1937 and his store did become one of the great retail stores of the times. And then tells the story of a deaf boy with no ears...
The second chapter is one of the most important of the book as it lays out the six steps necessary to achieve great wealth. This is not just a get rich quick book, nor is it a positive thinking book filled with dreaming and no substance. This book outlines the exact steps necessary to become successful and to achieve great wealth, if one has the burning desire to do so. These are not just the ideas of Napoleon Hill, a journalist, these are the steps as outlined by the great Andrew Carnegie and then reviewed and given the stamp of approval by Thomas A. Edison himself!
There is a lot more in Chapter 2 and not enough space or time here to cover it all. Plus that would take all the fun out of reading it yourself, or reading it again, as I have done for the umpteenth time! And I get something out of it each and every time.