Yet before another ten years had passed, he was dictator of all Arabia, ruler of Mecca, and the head of a New World religion which was to sweep to the Danube and the Pyrenees before exhausting the impetus he gave it. That impetus was threefold: the power of words, the efficacy of prayer and man's kinship with God.
Barnes succeeded because he chose a definite goal, placed all his energy, all his will power, all his effort, everything back of that goal.
Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.
It may interest you to know that Marconi's friends had him taken into custody, and examined in a psychopathic hospital, when he announced he had discovered a principle through which he could send messages through the air, without the aid of wires, or other direct physical means of communication. The dreamers of today fare better.
The capacity to surmount failure without being discouraged is the chief asset of every person who attains outstanding success in any calling.
I am also trying to emphasize another point, namely, that both success and failure are largely the results of HABIT!