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In Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill writes about an incident that occurred to a man named R.U Darby during the gold rush.
Darby’s uncle came across gold ore in Colorado and enlisted Darby to join him in mining. Initially, things went well but over time the vein of gold they’d been drilling died out.
They’d still not cleared the loan they took out to purchase mining equipment so they continued drilling hoping to find more gold. However, they kept piling more and more debt until they eventually quit and sold all their equipment to a junkman. The junkman sought counsel with a mining expert who told him that if he continued with the vein abandoned by the previous miners, he would find gold just three feet away. He did.
R.U. Darby still went on to acquire wealth later in his life but he told Napoleon Hill that this incident was one of the most defining moments of his life.
There’s a lot to be learned from this story, the main lesson being to persist even when things get hard. As Napoleon Hill writes, ‘before success comes in anyone’s life, that individual is sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes a person, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to QUIT. That is exactly what the majority of people do.’
I’d like you to think about these two things this week:
Do you seek expert counsel when the way forward isn’t clear?
- How do you handle frustration when you feel like things are not going right, do you quit or do you persist?
Onwards and upwards my friend.