Don’t give up now!

Brad Stanton —  November 17, 2012 — 11 Comments

A man who studied 500 of the most successful people in the world wrote a number of books about his findings. One idea that he stresses in his writing is:

“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.” 1

A man named Darby lived during the gold-rush days of the west in the USA and moved to an area where many were finding gold. He searched for weeks and finally found  gold. He covered up the mine and went back east to raise money from friends and relatives so that he could buy the equipment he needed to mine the gold. Because he was so enthusiastic, many agreed to invest money in his gold mine.

He mined a sizable amount of gold with his uncle, but not enough to pay off the debt. In doing so he found that this was one of the richest mines in Colorado! He kept working, bringing up more gold and bringing it to the smelter.

Darby and his uncle drew up more gold and were very happy. But then the unimaginable happened. The vein of gold was mined and they found no more veins. They searched day after day but could not find any more gold.

They grew weary and decided to quit.

They took the machinery that mined the gold and sold it to a junk man for very little money. They did not realize the junk man was very clever. He called in a mining engineer to investigate the mine and apply his knowledge of mines to search for more gold. According to the engineer, the original project failed because the owners were not familiar with “fault lines.” The amazing thing he found was that the owners had quit digging just three feet from a mother lode, a huge vein of gold.

The junk man made millions of dollars from the mine because he knew enough to seek expert advice.

So it seems that it might be a sad ending for Darby. But the truth is that he learned a very important lesson. He realized he had stopped just short of millions of dollars’ worth of gold. He realized that he quit too easily and that even though the chances looked bleak, he should have kept going and sought expert advice.

So Darby began to sell insurance. Many try and fail at this endeavor. But Darby had learned his lesson, he learned to keep going no matter how bleak things look and to seek advice. He learned not to give up when a potential buyer said no. Because of the lesson he learned he was able to sell more than a million dollars of insurance every year, and that was in the days when a million dollars was worth much more than it is today.

“More than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known told the author their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them. Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. It takes great delight in tripping one when success is almost within reach.” 2

 

1 Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill page 22

2 Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill page 23

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11 responses to Don’t give up now!

  1. 

    I appreciate the kick in the pants– thanks! : )

  2. 

    Greetings from Australia,
    Dedication and perseverance directed by faith are essential to success. From a Christian point of view I’m more driven by certain principles, namely how can I use my gifts to express love for my fellow neighbour as a simultaneous expression of love for my heavenly Father.
    God bless

  3. 

    Ya…I needed that. Thank you!

  4. 

    I totally needed to read this today. It’s so easy to quit. Usually for me it starts with procrastination… which slowly leads to “ah – why bother”! Don’t give up was exactly what I needed to hear. Now back to work I go… Thanks!

  5. 

    Thank you so much!! I really needed to read this. I started my home-based business, book editing, writing and marketing/promotions (plus a potpourri of other things) four years ago. Once again I’m going through a slow period thanks to Hurricane Sandy.

    But I truly believe my business will be back on top again. Sometimes I feel I have no choice but to NOT give up. What else would I do after managing to keep my business going during a recession and earning a much higher salary than I would working a “normal” job?

  6. 

    Thanks so much for inspiring all of us to continue down the road less traveled! Reward is always there.

  7. 

    Amazing how sometimes these posts come at exactly the right time. Thank you for reminding me.

  8. 

    giving up is a loser…our goal is HEAVEN. In going there is not easy, temptations are behind us that is why we are trained by the word of God. We are thought to be patient and endure hardships in order to reach our goal. Thank you for sharing..

  9. 

    I’ve read and re-read this book and I found it very useful. In practice, it’s not easy to not giving up. It takes a lot of perseverance to keep on going, knowing there definitely will be obstacles along the way. But I always told myself to not giving up, consoling myself that I will find my “gold” soon. Thanks for the motivation, appreciate the “push”. By the way, thanks for dropping by at my blog.

  10. 

    failure is a dirty word! love this thank you so much for sharing!

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