As I am re-reading Think and Grow Rich, something is jumping out from the pages. I re-read several books annually.
Edwin Barnes was an unknown, poor man with no experience. Yet, he became the business partner of the famous inventor Thomas Edison. Barnes nurtured a thought/wish into a burning desire to become Edison’s business partner. Once the thought became a dominant thought, Barnes cut off everything else and set out a journey to join Edison (it sounded impossible given Barnes’ background). Barnes was so determined that he left himself no other options. It was rather a success or die. Barnes was like a great warrior facing a powerful enemy. The warrior burned off his boat, let go his horse, and left no other way to retreat but to win (Win or Perish).
It’s common that majority of mankind play safe. People stay on the job they hate or work with people they dislike because it’s safe. They maintain unhealthy relationships because it’s safe.
Fortunately, the world still has many people who burn their ships and cut all sources of retreat and leave themselves no other options but to win. More often than not, they did. Just like Edwin Barnes. Stef Wertheimer left a stable job with a good salary and a high status to start his own company with no capital. He built it into a multi-billion dollar business in a country where everyone thought was impossible. He left his job when he had a family with two young kids to take care of. It was that kind of decisions that separated the successful from the crowd who only wish to be successful.
It’s truly that a winner never quits and a quitter never wins. You can’t fail unless you quit.
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About the author: Hoan Do is a certified leadership coach, a value-oriented investor, and an entrepreneur. Hoan led multiple teams at Symantec Inc. across the globe delivering world-class solutions to protect consumers and businesses. Hoan is an expert in building highly performing teams. He believes that the best leader is the leader that could grow his followers to be leaders. Hoan has trained many leaders via mastermind groups, workshops, and one-on-one coaching.
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