Good morning Mintdom
I had never heard of Edwin C. Barnes before this weekend. Today, he is one of my role models! He taught me that desire is the starting point of all achievement and the first step for reaching my goals. He also gave me a good example for how powerful our mind is.
Edwin C. Barnes had a strong, specific desire to worth with Thomas Edison. He did not want to work for Mr. Edison; he wanted to work with Mr. Edison. Two big obstacles stood in his way. He did not know Thomas Edison and he did not have enough money to get to Orange, New Jersey. What Edwin did have, however, was a strong desire and determination.
Edwin C. Barnes did not let these obstacles to stop him. Instead of taking an expensive passenger train, Edwin took a freight train to Orange. He then proceeded to present himself at Thomas Edison’s laboratory and announced that he had come to go into business with the inventor. Mr. Edison speaking about that first meeting remembered the expression on Edwin’s face conveyed the desire and determination and gave him the opportunity he asked for. Of course, Edwin did not start out as a partner of Thomas Edison, but eventually, Edwin saw an opportunity with a new invention, a dictating machine. No one but Edison and Barnes were interested in the machine. Barnes knew that he could sell the Edison Dictating Machine. He suggested this to the inventor and promptly got his chance. He did such a great job that Edison gave him a contract to distribute and market it all over the nation. Out of this business association grew the slogan, “Made by Edison and installed by Barnes.” Thus, a ‘partnership’ with Thomas Edison and Edwin C. Barnes was born and I have a new role model!
I know I my posts have been few and far between; however, I have been working on my goals. I have been swimming at least twice a week and walking once or twice a week, and now I have a role model to encourage me to reach higher and work harder. Do you have a dream or a goal to achieve?
Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.
What are you waiting for?
Life is good!
A Mini Minty MoMINT
My mom says that I can achieve my goals if I have desire and determination… and I LIKE IT!