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90 Day Personal Growth Boot Camp: Day 27 – Three Feet From Gold

Studies show that 5{4917788a0bd7aa7369c2a945027b4fe6c9853cda4150a24fe1255b18ce3083dc} of people reach all their dreams of success, the reason the other 95{4917788a0bd7aa7369c2a945027b4fe6c9853cda4150a24fe1255b18ce3083dc} do not found in the true account of RU Darby.

During the Great Depression Napoleon Hill started a mind revolution with the publication of Think and Grow Rich. Hill was given access to 500 of the richest people in the country, having been mandated to glean their secrets by the richest man in America, Dale Carnegie. Hill opened his book with the story of Darby.

Darby had an uncle who was a gold prospector. Sure he would strike it rich he came up with a plan to mine gold in Colorado. After weeks of searching the uncle found gold, but was unable to move the soil to get to it.

He marked the spot and returned to Maryland where he convinced Darby to help fund the purchase of equipment and the removal of the gold. With new machinery Darby accommodated his uncle back to the spot where he first found the gold. Sure enough they found the treasure and paid off all their debts. However, they had not yet struck it rich, and before their initial celebration was over they could not find any more gold.

They then did what many people do when they hit a wall, they quit. They sold their machinery to a local man and went back to Maryland.

However, the local miner had been looking for such machinery and a lead like Darby offered. But unlike Darby this man hired an engineer to inspect the area where Darby had been digging. The engineer explained that gold ran in veins and Darby had possibly been digging on the wrong side of the vein.

Following the engineer's advice the local miner began to dig and found a huge reserve of gold, only three feet from where Darby had searched.

The story does not end there. Darby found out about the man's discovery. He was devastated. However, he determined to learn from his mistake of giving up. He pushed himself to never give up again and become a wealthy businessman. More than that, he traveled around sharing his own story of how he kept up on his dream just three feet from gold.

He learned as Napoleon Hill would later teach as well, learn to deal with challenges, do not give up when they hit. Instead, expect them to come, and know that when they do come, you are not further from your goal but actually closer than you ever imagined. Why do 95{4917788a0bd7aa7369c2a945027b4fe6c9853cda4150a24fe1255b18ce3083dc} of people not reach their goals? They give up before they reach them.

Do not let setbacks stop you, instead embrace them as a chance to learn and grow. Never quit, you never know just how close to the finish line you really are. Indeed, it might only be three feet in front of you.