Feet from Gold
and GROW RICH
One of the most common
causes of failure is
the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.
Every person is guilty
of this mistake at one time or another.
uncle of R.U. Darby was caught by the “gold fever”
gold-rush days, and went west to DIG AND GROW RICH. He
had never heard that more gold
has been mined from the brains of men than has ever been taken from the
staked a claim and
went to work with pick and shovel. The
going was hard, but his lust for gold was definite.
weeks of labor, he was rewarded by the discovery of
the shining ore.
He needed machinery to
bring the ore to the surface.
he covered up the mine, retraced his footsteps to his home in Williamsburg,
told his relatives and a few neighbors of the
They got together money
for the needed
machinery, had it shipped.
The uncle and
Darby went back to work the mine.
first car of ore was mined, and shipped to a
The returns proved they
of the richest mines in Colorado! A
few more cars of that ore would clear the
Then would come the big
went the drills!
Up went the hopes of
Darby and Uncle!
Then something happened! The
of gold ore disappeared!
They had come
to the end of the rainbow, and the pot of gold was no longer there! They
drilled on, desperately trying to pick
up the vein again – all to no avail.
they decided to QUIT.
sold the machinery to a junk man for a few hundred
dollars, and took the train back home.
“junk” men are dumb, but not this one! He
called in a mining engineer to look at the
mine and do a little calculating. The
engineer advised that the project had failed, because the owners were
familiar with “fault lines.” His
calculations showed that the vein would be found JUST THREE FEET FROM
DARBYS HAD STOPPED DRILLING!
exactly where it was found!
“Junk” man took millions of dollars in ore from the
mine, because he knew enough to seek expert counsel before giving up.
of the money which went into the machinery was procured
through the efforts of R.U. Darby, who was then a very young man. The
money came from his relatives and
neighbors, because of their faith in him.
He paid back every
dollar of it, although he was years in doing so.
afterward, Mr. Darby recouped his loss many times over, when he made the discovery
that DESIRE can be transmuted into
The discovery came
after he went
into the business of selling life insurance.
that he lost a huge fortune, because he STOPPED
three feet from gold, Darby profited by the experience in his chosen
the simple method of saying to himself, “I stopped three feet
from gold, but I
will never stop because men say
I ask them to buy
is one of a small group of fewer than fifty men who
sell more than a million dollars in life insurance annually. He
owes his “stickability” to the lesson he
learned from his “quitability” in the gold mining
success comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet
with much temporary defeat, and, perhaps, some failure. When
defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and
most logical thing to do is to QUIT.
That is exactly what
the majority of men do.
than five hundred of the most successful men this
country had ever known, told the author their greatest success came
the point at which defeat had overtaken
Failure is a trickster
with a keen
sense of irony and cunning.
great delight in tripping one when success is almost within reach.
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