Three feet from Gold

Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about”- Sir Winston Churchill

Currently, I am reading ‘Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill where he mentioned this story. Back in the days of the gold rush, RU Darby’s uncle got into the gold mining business in California. He started digging at a place. After weeks of labor, he finally discovered a shining ore. With the help of some of his relatives, he collected money and bought the machinery needed to bring the ore to the surface. When the ore was mined and shipped to the smelter, it was found that they had the richest mine in Colorado. This money would have cleared them from all their debt. With even higher hopes, they started digging further but unfortunately, the vein of gold disappeared. After much effort, they finally decided to quit. They sold the machinery to a junk man for a few hundred dollars and went back.

The junk man went back to the site with an engineer who found that the vein of ore vein disappeared due to some fault lines and that the gold would be found exactly 3- feet below the point where Darby and his uncle stopped digging. The junk man ended up earning millions. Darby though regretted having quit early, learned a lesson to never give up and ended up being one amongst the top 50 people who sell more than a million-dollar worth insurance annually.

We all have certain goals in our minds that we want to achieve and also work for it. Then comes a point where all the routes seem to be blocked. This phase is so designed by life that a weak-willed person would give up. Only those who are patient and consistent despite the challenges put forth by life, make through the phase, and then after a few more steps, the person attains his goals.

Life plays this trick on everybody who wants to do something big in his life. It makes you feel that you are falling off a cliff and lost everything. But for those who keep on fighting, it pulls back and opens the gate to success. It slides an unforeseen opportunity in your life that will take you towards your goal.

All you need to do is to prove that you are worthy of the success you are dreaming of.

Let me know your view on this.

Published by Sruti Shivakumar

An architect from India on a journey of self exploration

3 thoughts on “Three feet from Gold

  1. Sruti, a great story! I think it is often true that hanging in there just a little while longer will help us achieve success. That is a very idealistic view, though, and the other side of the coin is the person who invests all their money, effort, and time into something that will never succeed. There is a Kenny Rogers song, “The Gambler” which says, “You got to know when to hold them, know when to fold them…” I am not a country music fan, but I do think that is pretty good advice! All the best! Cheryl

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    1. Thankyou for this insight Cheryl ☺☺. It is true that a person should know when to hold on and when to give up. Giving up should be done after we have put all our effort and know for sure that there is no use of holding on to it. Take care!

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  2. A very important lesson that helps the many virtues discussed in the book.

    Your conclusion is very precise “All you need to do is to prove that you are worthy of the success you are dreaming of.” Through persistence


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