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Three Feet From Gold

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Remember the story about R. U. Darby from the blockbuster book Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill? Hopefully you’ve read Napoleon’s book because it’s probably the #1 most important money-making book ever written.

Anyways, Mr Darby was a Colorado gold prospector that gave up on his mine when he was just three feet away from discovering a multi-million dollar ore producing vein.  Three friggen feet!

Darby found some gold on his mine claim but knew little about how gold veins actually developed. After he found the initial gold he continued digging but in the wrong direction. After giving up in frustration after months of hard work he decided to quit.

He sold his mining equipment and claim to a local ‘junk man’ for just a few hundred dollars which was only a fraction of what it was worth. The junk man, also knowing little to nothing about gold mining, hired an expert (mine engineer) to survey his new digs. The mine engineer quickly discovered that Darby had failed to recognize the fault lines inside mine where the gold developed.

With his newfound expert knowledge the junk man had to dig only 3 feet from where Darby left off to find and absolute bonanza of gold beyond his wildest dreams! 

I bring this up because I’ve seen many internet marketers give up on their business (and their dreams) when they were actually much closer to success than they were to failure. I’m certain that you’ve seen this in your own life too. 

Fortunately for Mr. Darby he didn’t let his initial failure destroy him.  He went on to make a fortune selling life insurance.  He credited his perseverance and ultimate success to the lessons he learned from the gold mining venture.  Never again did he allow his lack of persistence to keep him from what he wanted.gold miner image

“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” – Napoleon Hill

Do you have a success conscious or a failure conscious?  Do you expect to succeed?  Are you willing to make all of the sacrifices required to get you there?

Do you even know what it is exactly that you want?  You’d be surprised at how many people either don’t know what they want or provide a vague answer such as “to be wealthy”.  That’s not good enough.

  • How much money exactly do you want to make?
  • When do you plan to have the money by?
  • How are you going to earn that amount of money?
  • What do you plan to do with the money once you earn it?
  • Do you have a clear, concise, written plan on how you will get there?
  • Do you read and re-read your plan and your goals every single day?

Do you know the answer to these questions?  Do you know what you’ll do if you experience any setbacks along the way?  Because you will; we all do.

If you don’t know all of this its OK but you need to figure it out as soon as you possibly can and now is the perfect time.  The new year brings a fresh slate for you to work with.  Figure out exactly what you want to accomplish and get it down on paper.  Now.  

It’s never too late to find your own gold.  There is plenty of room at the top!  Just know what you want and pursue it as if your life depended on it.  And never, ever give up.

Do You Need Motivation?

Need More To Pump Yourself Up? How About 33 Amazing Motivational Quotes:


  1. “Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.”–Stephen Covey
  2. “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”–Norman Vincent Peale
  3. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” –Thomas Jefferson
  4. “The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”–Benjamin Mays
  5. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” –Vidal Sassoon
  6. “Give yourself an even greater challenge than the one you are trying to master and you will develop the powers necessary to overcome the original difficulty.”–William J. Bennett – The Book of Virtues
  7. “The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and actualizer… He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen.”–Robert L. Schwartz
  8. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.” –Robert Collier
  9. “All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” –Michael John Bobak
  10. “A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.” – Vince Lombardi
  11. “Don’t stop when you’re tired. STOP when you are DONE: – Anonymous
  12. “Success… seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton
  13. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso
  14. Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn
  15. “It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
  16. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear–not absence of fear.” –Mark Twain
  17. “By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands — your own.”–Mark Victor Hansen
  18. “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” –Pablo Picasso
  19. “The great successful men of the world have used their imagination. They think ahead and create their mental picture in all its details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building – steadily building.”–Robert Collier
  20. “It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.”–Arnold Toynbee
  21. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing–that’s why we recommend it daily.” –Zig Ziglar
  22. “We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret.” –Earl Nightingale
  23. “The starting point of all achievement is desire.” –Napoleon Hill
  24. “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. ” –Les Brown
  25. “I find that when you have a real interest in life and a curious life, that sleep is not the most important thing.” –Martha Stewart
  26. “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” –Anonymous
  27. “If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.” –Thomas J. Watson
  28. Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” – John Wooden
  29. “The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” –Colin R. Davis
  30. “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” –Ralph Nader
  31. “You may only succeed if you desire succeeding; you may only fail if you do not mind failing.” –Philippos
  32. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” –Maya Angelou
  33. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” –Bill Gates

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About Yesenia Barboza

Yesenia Barboza
My name is Yesenia Barboza. I have been in online marketing and business since 2005. Since that time, I have managed several websites and blogs while establishing a successful strategy business coaching program. Most of my clients and students range from start up businesses up to companies that want to expand the growth of their existing business.

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