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When I was a youngster, down in the hills of Tennessee, a man visited our house one day and said he was going to put in a saw mill down the creek on our farm, so he could saw lumber for the people of the community who had surplus timber. I remember how excited I was the day they moved the saw mill in because it was pulled by a steam engine. This marvelous piece of machinery was so designed that, when the wood fire was burning at full capacity, it would turn the water into steam. It would then channel this steam into a cylinder, where it would move a piston, creating motive power.
This power would not only pull the steam engine and the saw mill along the road, but it would turn a large flywheel on which was attached a belt. This led to a pulley on which was a circular saw. Through the power created by this fire they were able to saw large logs in to lumber. All of that was a rather intriguing operation for a youngster 8 to 10 years old.
I remember how amazed I was that steam, compressed into a small chamber and directed where it would cause a small piston to move up and down, could create enough power to move this mighty steam engine. I remember they used just "snake" logs from the hills with this steam engine, and I was amazed at the power that it had in pulling these great logs. One morning, I went down to the mill early, before the crew arrived, and observed how cold this engine was and how powerless it was. I got up in the driver's seat and pulled all the levers, pushed all the brakes and clutches, turned everything, and nothing happened because the source of power was not present. The machine had not generated any steam.
The steam in this great big engine compares with the emotion in the human being. I learned a long time ago, before I understood the law of motion, that people around me who seemed to be very successful were those who had the capacity to feel strongly about life. They felt strongly about their business, in fact, they felt strongly about everything in which they were engaged. Thus, I have come to believe, that in order for anyone to be successful, they must develop the capacity to feel strongly about a great human need, and the capacity to feel strongly that they have the ability to take the answer to the need in quality and quantity.