DO NOT QUIT THREE FEET FROM GOLD
// This true story is derived from
Napoleon Hill’s book Think and Grow Rich…
Insurance SalesmanR. U. Darby’s uncle
went west to dig for gold and got rich
during the gold rush.
After weeks of hard work and digging, he
discovered a piece of gold.
He needed machinery to go deeper, so
he discreetly covered up the mine,
returned home and hatched a plan with
his relatives and neighbors.
They pooled their money, bought the
needed machinery and had it shipped to
the place where the mine was located.
Darby and his uncle returned to the
mine and began working.
After filling their first car of the shining ore,
they discovered that they had one of the
richest gold mines in Colorado. A few more
cars of ore would clear their debts and set
them up to start clearing huge profits.
But when the drills went down again, the
gold had disappeared. They continued
drilling hoping to find something, but
came up empty handed.
They finally quit and sold the machinery
to a junk man.
The junk man was no dummy.
He called a mining engineer to look at the
mine. After some calculating, the mining
engineer advised the junk man that the
project had failed because the owners were
not familiar with fault lines.
His calculations showed that if Darby and his
uncle had drilled just three more feet, they
would have hit the vein of the gold mine.
FOLLOWING THE MINING ENGINEER’S ADVICE, THE
JUNK MAN DRILLED THREE FEET OVER, STRUCK
GOLD AND MADE MILLIONS.
LIKE THE DARBY’S, MOST OF US STOP SHORT OF
STRIKING GOLD BY GIVING UP TOO QUICKLY.
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