Invented by Edison Installed By Barnes 

It has now been over a week since I have last written, almost two. Things have been crazy. I have felt like I have been making it through my days and then falling asleep completely exhausted. Working hard and getting rejected over and over does that. My depression even started to kick in. It took a bit for me to work through the depression. When I start to shut down because of my depression that is when I force myself to make “me” time and read some books.

I started reading two books. One was suggested by my director at Melaleuca. The book is titled Think and Grow Rich written by Napoleon Hill. The book was originally written in 1937 but the principles were developed after Mr. Hill got the backing from Andrew Carnegie to interview 500 successful people of his day and develop the steps it takes for a person to be successful, particularly financially. The principles can still be applied today (the book as been updated multiple times to give current-day examples).

One of the first steps is to develop your own personal mission statement. Mr. Hill states that one’s mission statement should be linked to their “burning desire.” Your burning desire is that thing within you that you can become so passionate about; it can easily become an obsession. For me, I have several “burning desires;” the employment of people with disabilities, helping bullied and or abused people know there is always hope and a way out and helping people know that there are healthy ways to live.

I created my personal mission statement and now I read it every day. First, when I rise, then again; when I go to sleep. From what I have read so far, I agree with the principles. Especially, with the concept of wiring your brain for success. One of the stories I read in the book got to me and has been propelling me forward in becoming a disability support coordinator for Cairn University. It is the story of Edison and Barnes. Barnes knew right from the beginning that he wanted to work with Edison, not for him. He hopped on a train traveling in the baggage car to Orange, NJ. He walked into Edison’s office declaring his intentions. Edison immediately gave him a low-level starting position but Barnes through his creative genius and drive eventually worked himself up to partner.

I have put this “Barnes” way into practice. I met with the President of Cairn on Tuesday. I expressed my desire to see Cairn become a disability friendly and accessible campus. I will be meeting with him again at the beginning of next year. In the meantime, I will be doing research on what makes campuses’ disability friendly and accessible. I will be researching on getting internal buy-in for the message of making disability inclusion apart of the campus mission. I will also be researching on how that message can be externally sold. All of this before we meet again. I knew there was a reason I got two Masters degrees!

I also stated reading The Broken Way: A Daring Way to the Abundant Life. I started reading this book to keep me centered on my faith. I never want to seek success without keeping my faith intact. Success without my faith would mean nothing to me. Ann Voskamp, who wrote the book, says, “I look around the waiting room, the sky pouring out over all of us, raining down. The abundant life doesn’t have a bucket list as much as it has an empty bucket— the givenness of pouring out. That cross on my wrist where I used to self-harm, that cross keeps relentlessly suturing me together. And it might heal the world through this broken, vulnerable way:

Have this same attitude in yourselves which was in Christ Jesus . . . who . . . emptied Himself [without renouncing or diminishing His deity, but only temporarily giving up the outward expression of divine equality and His rightful dignity] by assuming the form of a bond-servant . . . He humbled Himself [still further] by becoming obedient [to the Father] to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2: 5– 8 AMP.)

This is profound mystery: God became emptied of God. (pp. 93-94).

While I am seeking to be successful my intentions are so that I can care for myself, become debt-free and be able to pour myself out and give to others the way others have given to me. I want to be successful while keeping eternity in view.