Posts Tagged ‘Burning Desire’

“The world is filled with talented poor people. All too often, they’re poor or struggle financially or earn less than they are capable of, not because of what they know but because of what they do not know.”

Robert Kiyosaki, “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”

I have had a copy of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” for a long time, read it when I bought it, and haven’t picked it up to read again until this past week.  As I read through this book at this junction in my life’s journey, so much of it is making more sense now than it did in my first reading.

When I came across the above statements in the book, the reality of why so many people trudge along never finding financial success or freedom hit me like a ton of bricks. When we shut down the learning process, and we close the doors to learning something new, the opportunities to grow and expand our wealth are reduced greatly.

From my viewpoint, there are two things that will cause someone to change course from where they are to something better: desire or pain.

Desire is the strong emotional component that can drive someone forward, pushing through obstacles, and will only stop when it reaches its destination. Wait. Let me rephrase that. A BURNING DESIRE will push people to see a goal reached. Now, I have the desire to own a Nissan 370Z. However, that desire is not a burning desire so I don’t put much effort into attaining that goal. When it comes to my life goal, to inspire one million people to Dream BIG and LIVE their dream, that is my burning desire.

Pain is also a strong motivator to change. For some people, the pain comes too late to make the necessary course changes to LIVE a fuller life. For others, the pain of being where they are in life becomes so unbearable, they do what it takes to change the course of their life. The memory of that pain motivates them to push forward and crush the obstacles that stand in their way.

Unfortunately, the majority of people endure the pain, never seek to flame the desire within themselves, and don’t seek out what they need to learn to make that one change that will push them toward a more rewarding financial journey.

When you take a look at where you are at today, are you satisfied with your place in life? Does your financial balance sheet give you a sense of security for your future? If you answered yes to both of those questions, congratulations. If you could only say yes to one of those or no to both, what is keeping you from reaching your goals? Make a conscious decision to learn what it will take to make your goals happen, and start making the changes necessary.


“Those who have cultivated the HABIT of persistence seem to enjoy the insurance against failure. No matter how many times they are defeated, they finally arrive up toward the top of the ladder. Sometimes it appears that there is a hidden Guide whose duty is to test men through all sorts of discouraging experiences. Those who pick themselves up after defeat and keep on trying, arrive; and the world cries, ‘Bravo! I knew you could do it!’ The hidden Guide lets no one enjoy great achievement without passing the PERSISTENCE TEST. Those who can’t take it, simply do not make the grade.

“Those who can ‘take it’ are bountifully rewarded for their PERSISTENCE. They receive, as their compensation, whatever goal they are pursuing. That is not all! They receive something infinitely more important than material compensation–the knowledge that ‘EVERY FAILURE BRINGS WITH IT THE SEED OF AN EQUIVALENT ADVANTAGE.'”

Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

Napoleon Hill describes persistence as being “insurance against failure.” Very thoughtfully, he doesn’t describe it as a “guarantee” against failure. There is a big difference in those two statements. One buys insurance to reduce the potential loss one would take in an unfortunate event. Buying car insurance doesn’t guarantee you won’t be in an accident any more than buying life insurance is going to guarantee you long life. The insurance simply reduces the out-of-pocket expenses you will incur should an incident happen.

Persistence acts in the same way. When you have a burning desire to reach a goal, you will not let setbacks, failures, or any barriers hinder you from continuing forward. When those things do come, there is an expectation of learning something new or an advantage you didn’t have before presenting itself. There is a payout of something unexpected that allows you to continue to move toward your goal.

What separates great leaders from those that “do not make the grade” is what happens when a discouraging experience shows up. Great leaders will display persistence and push through that experience. They will also inspire those following them to continue to push forward. They won’t give up and throw in the towel when they see their leader keep going.

Great leaders will not hide or cover up a failure. They will be forthcoming about the experience, especially with their mastermind group, in order to minimize loss and maximize any new opportunities this experience provides. All eyes will be looking for that “seed of equivalent advantage.”

What goal are you pursuing right now with such burning desire that you will persevere through any challenge to obtain it? The greater the goal and the more emotionally attached you are to that goal will increase your likelihood of being persistent through any challenge.

One final thought: Persistence is a HABIT that can be developed. It develops as you push through each and every discouraging experience. Each time you push through, you create a thought to feed your subconscious mind. After you have “banked” enough of those thoughts, your mind will start to automatically encourage you to move forward despite any setbacks. Unfortunately, you have to experience failures, setbacks, and discouraging situations to build this habit. So take some risks and push toward your goals. Become a persistent leader!

This piece was published about a friend of mine, Shaheen Shabrou, A truly inspirational story that is just the beginning.

Shaheen Shabrou silences his doubters


March 7, 2012

As you read his story, you begin to see how a burning desire can provide you with the motivation to overcome obstacles life throws your way. And this is only the beginning of what we will see from Shaheen.

Dreams have their beginning as a thought in the mind of the dreamer.  The thought grows into a vision where one can visualize the realization of the dream being lived out. Napoleon Hill began the first chapter of his book, “Think and Grow Rich,” with these words:

“TRULY, ‘thoughts are things,’ and powerful things at that, when they are mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a BURNING DESIRE for their translation into riches, or other material objects.”

When a person begins to realize how their thoughts become things, “powerful things,” it triggers a self-evaluation.  What have their thoughts manifested in their life? Who has been in control of those thoughts? Where have those thoughts led their life up to this moment? There may even be the question, are thoughts really things?

An experiment in thought may bring to light the power of thoughts.  The following paragraph is designed to have a physical response to the reader as it is read.  The reader simply needs to create a mental image of all the details in the story.

“Timmy was one of the most curious three-year-old children his mom, Laura, had ever met. From across the room, she watched him as a bright yellow fruit she just sliced caught his eye. Making his way to the table, Timmy climbed up onto the chair. He stretched out and grabbed a wedge. Deciding that it would fit perfectly into his mouth, he sunk his teeth into the lemon.”

A true mental picture may have induced a physical reaction.  Perhaps a puckering of lips or a tightening of the body as if it just bit into the lemon. Yet, if there was no real lemon present, why did the body react?  If thoughts can produce a reaction in the body, they can produce results in our life pursuits.

The dreamer must realize the importance their thoughts have in living out their dreams. The more detail the dreamer puts into their dream, the more information the mind has to work with to begin perceiving opportunities to bring it to pass.  Because the mind does not differentiate truth from falsehood, it begins to manifest what it is being fed. Feed the mind with positive thoughts and vivid pictures of the dream and the dreamer will see them being realized.

The process of living out a dream requires more than just thoughts.  As Napoleon Hill said, “..when mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a BURNING DESIRE…” thoughts become powerful, life-changing things.  It begins with thought!

Dream BIG and LIVE your dream!