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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
they decided to QUIT.
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
FROM WHERE THE 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.
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.
five hundred of the most successful men the world has ever known became successful by taking 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
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill