My journey and reflections in life…
If you haven’t read the book yet, here’s a short review of the first chapter. Edwin C. Barnes – virtually an unknown person before he went to Thomas Edison- had a definite desire to work with (not for) the inventor. Seeing his determination, Mr. Edison gave Barnes a chance, at first, to work for him at a very nominal wage.
Mr. Barnes saw an opportunity when Mr. Edison had recently perfected the office machine called the Edison Dictating Machine. His salesmen however did not believe they could sell the machine without great effort. Barnes, however, believes otherwise and took the chance to prove to Mr. Edison that he is worth becoming his partner. He did sell the machines. So successfully that Mr. Edison made him the distributor of the machine. From a person who could not even afford a train fair to go to Mr. Edison from the start, Mr. Barnes, become a rich man and a partner of Thomas Edison.
Mr. Edison’s sales team had a difficulty in selling the machine so they stopped selling the machine. Mr. Barnes however, saw the situation differently. He saw an opportunity. Perhaps the others saw a great chasm that divides two lands, Mr. Barnes saw an opportunity to create a bridge to cross that chasm.
I myself is like the people in Mr. Edison’s sales team. I encounter a difficulty, I would – most of the time- get discouraged. Often times though, I believe that the difficulty is mostly in my head.
My personal problem is, I easily get discouraged. Perhaps that’s the main reason that whenever I have something good to start with, I always end up not finishing it. I always get discouraged before I could finish things.
I know that the things that I have started are useless since I did not finish them.
I should be more like, Mr. Barnes, who could see an opportunity while others sees only difficulty. I should even think like Mr. Edison, who took 10,000 tries before he was able to develop the practical the incandescent light bulb.
What I should always think:
Whenever I encounter difficulties, look for the opportunity that comes with it.