Just Three Feet

Posted by on Mar 15, 2011 in Blog, Business, Inspiration, Success | 0 comments

I should start my blogging debut off right with some good old fashioned motivation. No kooky New Age one liners, no quotes by random famous people, no feel good about yourself for being a wimp because next time it will be better, and certainly no rehashed advice. Simply good old-fashioned, practical motivation on persistence, from Napoleon Hill’s book Think and Grow Rich. If you haven’t read this book, go buy it and read it. If you have read this book, pick it up again and read it. It’s a classic in self-help and success literature. One of the first stories within Napoleon Hill’s book is Three Feet from Gold. It is the story of the uncle of R.U. Darby and his gold mine. After his first strike, he invested in mining equipment and went to work along with his Nephew, R.U. He had found one of the richest gold veins in Colorado, but soon the mine dried up and there was no other vein to be found so the equipment and rights to the mine were sold to a junkman. Now this junkman had the good sense of hiring a mining engineer to further inspect the mine before digging in. Low and behold, because of the fault line Darby was only three feet to striking more gold from where he stopped digging. Yes, three feet. Three rulers put together, a yard, thirty-six inches, a tenth of a football field, the difference between failure and success. After Mr. Darby sacrificed many expletives to the gods of anger and frustration, he realized and applied a valuable lesson: Persistence. He later on went to sell millions in life insurance annually because he would always say to himself “I stopped three feet from gold, but I never stop because men say ‘no’” and he went on to strike it rich in the insurance business. As Napoleon Hill’s book mentions, “He owed his “stickability” to the lesson he learned from his “quitability” in the gold mining business”. When the going gets tough, remember: Just Three Feet.

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