Did you ever hear about the story of a man who became partners with the great inventor Thomas Edison? If you haven’t the man’s name was Edwin C. Barnes and he had a dream, a vision to become Edison’s partner. It was a long and unforgiving journey for Barnes made more difficult by the fact he had no money, no experience and no prospects.

He simply had a vision to become Edison’s partner!

He ended up hustling his way to see Edison and was offered a menial job–but the inventor saw something that burned deep inside the man who came in from the cold.

Barnes worked his way up by seizing a golden opportunity when others gave up: he created and followed through on marketing and successfully selling a dictating machine for Edison.

He was so successful in growing Edison’s business that Barnes became very, very wealthy and…you guessed it Thomas Edison’s partner!

This whole story can be found in a great book called Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill who dedicated over two decades of his life to finding what made successful people tick.

Now think about your life and your career. Have you ever made excuses why you can’t start on the path of a career of your choosing? Mr. Barnes had nothing–no money and no connections, yet the dream he had and his commitment to making it real consumed him so much but he had no choice but to succeed!

Do you have this burning desire to do something amazing in your life? You don’t need experience or a vast network of people to build your career. All you need is a want to do something you want to do without excuses.

This is your chance to shine and Edwin C. Barnes has shown us anything is possible if you simply follow your dream.

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