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Unformatted text preview: esterday, the marvelous description you gave of the method by
which Henry Ford, with but little schooling, without a dollar, with no inﬂuential friends, rose to
great heights. I made up my mind then, even before you had ﬁnished your speech, that I would
make a place for myself, no matter how many difﬁculties I had to surmount.
“Thousands of young people will ﬁnish their schooling this year, and within the next few years.
Every one of them will be seeking just such a message of practical encouragement as the one I
received from you. They will want to know where to turn, what to do, to get started in life. You
can tell them, because you have helped to solve the problems of so many, many people.
“If there is any possible way that you can afford to render so great a service, may I offer the
suggestion that you include with every book, one of your Personal Analysis Charts, in order that
the purchaser of the book may have the beneﬁt of a complete self-inventory, indicating, as you
indicated to me years ago, exactly what is standing in the way of success.
“Such a service as this, providing the readers of your book with a complete, unbiased picture of
their faults and their virtues, would mean to them the difference between success and failure.
The service would be priceless.
“Millions of people are now facing the problem of staging a come-back, because of the depression, and I speak from personal experience when I say, I know these earnest people would welcome the opportunity to tell you their problems, and to receive your suggestions for the solution.
“You know the problems of those who face the necessity of beginning all over again. There are
thousands of people in America today who would like to know how they can convert ideas into
money, people who must start at scratch, without ﬁnances, and recoup their losses. If anyone
can help them, you can. 20 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH “If you publish the book, I would like to own the ﬁrst copy that comes from the press, personally
autographed by you. “With best wishes, believe me,
“JENNINGS RANDOLPH” 21 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH Chapter 2
DESIRE: THE STARTING POINT OF ALL ACHIEVEMENT
The First Step toward Riches
WHEN Edwin C. Barnes climbed down from the freight train in Orange, N. J.,
more than thirty years ago, he may have resembled a tramp, but his thoughts
were those of a king!
As he made his way from the railroad tracks to Thomas A. Edison’s ofﬁce, his
mind was at work. He saw himself standing in Edison’s presence. He heard himself asking Mr. Edison for an opportunity to carry out the one CONSUMING OBSESSION OF HIS LIFE, a BURNING DESIRE to become the business associate
of the great inventor.
Barnes’ desire was not a hope! It was not a wish! It was a keen, pulsating DESIRE, which transcended everything else. It was DEFINITE.
The desire was not new when he approached Edison. It had been Barnes’ dominating desire for a long time. In the beginning, when the desire ﬁrst appeared...
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