Today, I want to share some thoughts with you regarding your mindset.
One of the things that really sticks with me is about one of my favorite books telling a story about a guy with the last name of Barnes. Most people probably don’t even remember him. He was the right-hand man of Edison. All of Edison’s stuff states, “Invented by Edison, installed by Barnes”.
The story of Barnes started whenever he was penniless. He had absolutely nothing. He went blind-baggage. We don’t know what that even means anymore. He traveled with the livestock, crates, and stuff on the train. He was in this car where the doors and windows are shut.
He goes the whole way without anything. He barely had the money to buy a ticket. He shows up at Edison’s doorstep. Edison was famous at this point. He said, “I’m here to see Edison.” They finally let him through because he wouldn’t go away. He told them that he would wait.
He goes in and sees Edison. The guy had nothing. He smells bad and was horrible. He went in to Edison and said, “I’ve come here to work with you.” He didn’t say that he was there to work for him. He told him that he was there to work with him.
He put him on notice. Edison probably didn’t think anything about it. He gave him a remedial job just to work his way up the organization. Barnes ended up working his way through the Ediphone.
The Ediphone comes up as a bust. Nobody wants it. Nobody wants to have anything to do with it. The sales people hate it. They’re about to let it flop. Barnes said, “Let me try this on.”
Within six months, it became the biggest seller. But the whole time, the important part of this story is that he put on what is installed by Barnes. Then from there, it just blew up.
Barnes became Edison’s right-hand man and made millions of dollars a year in the early 1900s and that was a ridiculous amount of money.
The moral of the story is that Barnes kept telling himself that he was going to get there, that he was going to be his associate, and that he was going to work with him. For one second, he never believed that it wasn’t going to happen. In spite of everything, he never said that he was going to give up and would not keep going. He said that he would do whatever it took to become an associate of Edison. And he did it.
He did everything to become his associate and he made it. In the book “Think and Grow Rich”, Napoleon Hill talks about this. This is where the story is from. Hill said that you need to prime yourself conscious in order for success. It just doesn’t happen. It’s something that you have to work for, work on, and build.
In order to do that, he said and I think it’s a great practice that you should write your goals to make it definitive. Write it on paper. What is it that you want to achieve? What is it that you want to do? How much money is it that you want to make? Write those goals down. Read them every morning and every evening.
I say prayers in the morning and after that, I sit down and read it. Right before I say prayers in the evening, I read it to myself every evening. I’ve been reading that for two years. I believe it’s going to happen. I believe it’s only a matter of time before it happens. Everything that I do is working to that end.
I really believe that it’s a great practice in it and everybody should adopt it. First up, read that book “Think and Grow Rich”. It’s a life-changer. Even if you don’t do that, start writing what your goals are. There’s something about writing things down and repeating them to yourself, writing them down and putting them in black and white, and making even the idea into something real, something tangible, and something to look at.
The mindset is just everything. Write those down and make them tangible and real. The more real they become to you, the more you start to believe them. The more you start to believe them, the more you’ll see everything as an affirmation of what you’re doing, that you’re going to get there, and that you’re going to achieve your goals. The more you believe it, the easier it is to be felt.
That’s pretty much it about the mindset, writing down your goals, making them definitive, and work towards them.
Everyday, say what you’re willing to give up in order to reach those goals. Be definite about this. You cannot be vague because if you do, you give yourself ways out.
Write down your goals, keep working, keep pushing, and you’re all going to get there.