Disclaimer: This post is inspired by the chapter Desire from Think And Grow Rich.
What is desire? It’s the starting point of all achievements.
How can one achieve anything? Is hoping or wishing enough? One must have a burning desire to achieve any goal.
What is the difference between a hope and a wish?
Hope is when we think everything will finally work out and fall in place. The Law of Averages states that future events are likely to turn out so that they balance any past deviation from a presumed average. Hoping is when we want the law of averages to catch up. Whereas wishing is something definite. It’s a belief that one would achieve their goals by hook or by crook.
What is desire then?
Desire is when you don’t want anything else. Desire is an obsession about something in particular. It’s when you burn all the bridges behind you and strive to achieve the goal with persistence. It’s when we don’t look for any alternate opportunities. How can you focus on a single goal if you are aware of an alternative?
A long while ago, a great warrior faced a situation that made it necessary for him to make a decision on a battlefield. He was about to send his armies against a powerful foe, whose men outnumbered his own. He loaded his soldiers into boats, sailed to the enemy’s country, unloaded the soldiers and the equipment, then gave orders to burn the boats that carried them. Then addressing his men before the first battle, he said, “You see the boats going up in smoke? That means we cannot leave this shore alive unless we win! We now have no choice! We win or we perish!”
Every person must find a way to maintain this burning desire to win or to achieve anything.
Any achievement cannot be left to chance, good fortune or luck. We must realize that ones who have achieved great things, first went through a certain amount of dreaming, hoping, wishing, desiring and planning before reaching their goals. Every great leader from the dawn of civilization to the present was a DREAMER.
And DREAMERS DO NOT QUIT.
Henry Ford, poor and uneducated, dreamt of a horseless carriage. He went to work with whatever tools he possessed, without waiting for opportunity to favor him. This turned his dreams into facts. Only because he was not afraid to back his dreams. He made a plan and implemented it.
Every greatest achievement was, at first, a dream. So never stop dreaming and never let go of the burning desire.
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