Re: Thought for the Day… - Posted by Ed Garcia
Posted by Ed Garcia on October 23, 2000 at 09:44:19:
Let me tell you a story taken from Napoleon Hill’s " THINK and GROW RICH"
To say, NEVER GIVE UP or NEVER QUIT. Is not just a phrase or philosophy, but is an attitude and a way of life.
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 thoughts of men than has ever been taken from the earth. He staked his claim and went to work
with pick and shovel.
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, and told his relatives and a few neighbors of the
"strike." They got together money for the needed machinery, and 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
Finally, they decided to quit.
They sold the machinery to a junk man for a few hundred dollars, and took the train back home. The junk man called in a mining 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 Darby’s had stopped drilling! That is exactly where it was found!
The junk man took millions of dollars in ore from the mine because he knew enough to seek expert counsel before giving up.
Before success comes in any mans 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 quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do.
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 delight in
tripping one when success is almost within reach.
I have just given you your own personal thought for the day?.