Taken from my favourite book – THINK AND GROW
RICH by Napolean Hill…
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.
An uncle of R. U. Darby was caught by the ‘gold
fever’ in the 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 earth. He staked a claim and went to
work with pick and shovel. The going was hard, but
his lust for gold was definite.
After weeks of labor, he was rewarded by the
discovery of the shining ore. He needed machinery to
bring the ore to the surface. Quietly, he covered up
the mine, retraced his footsteps to his home in
Williamsburg, Maryland, told his relatives and a few
neighbors of the ‘strike.’ They got together money
for the needed machinery, had it shipped. The uncle
and Darby went back to work the mine.
The first car of ore was mined, and shipped to a
smelter. The returns proved they had one of the
richest mines in Colorado! A few more cars of that
ore would clear the debts. Then would come the big
killing in profits.
Down went the drills! Up went the hopes of Darby and
Uncle! Then something happened! The vein 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.
Finally, they decided to QUIT.
They sold the machinery to a junk man for a few
hundred dollars, and took the train back home. Some
‘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 not familiar with
‘fault lines.’ His calculations showed that the vein
would be found JUST THREE FEET FROM WHERE THE DARBYS
HAD STOPPED DRILLING! That is exactly where it was
The ‘Junk’ man took millions of dollars in ore from
the mine, because he knew enough to seek expert
counsel before giving up.