Every moment of every day, we have the choice of how we spend/ invest our time. One of our biggest choices is whether we treat our dreams as sidelines or as full-time endeavors. 90+% of us seem to leave our passionate dreams as sideline hobbies or retirement adventures, investing our education and careers in more traditional paths. Most of the remainder strike out on our visionary journeys, but always have a backup plan that we ultimately fall back on. Very few have enough faith to burn our bridges.
One of Napoleon Hill's stories is about Edwin Barnes' burning desire to be Thomas Edison's business partner.
"He said, 'There is but ONE thing in this world that I am determined to have, and that is a business association with Thomas A. Edison. I will burn all bridges behind me, and stake my ENTIRE FUTURE on my ability to get what I want.'
"He left himself no possible way of retreat. He had to win or perish!
"That is all there is to the Barnes story of success! A long while ago, a great warrior faced a situation which made it necessary for him to make a decision which insured his success on the 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 soldiers and equipment, then gave the order to burn the ships that had carried them. Addressing his men before the first battle, he said, 'You see the boats going up in smoke. That means that we cannot leave these shores alive unless we win! We now have no choice—we win—-or we perish!'
"Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat. Only by so doing can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a BURNING DESIRE TO WIN, essential to success."