Apr 20

Do Not Quit. You might be Three Feet from Gold. #AtoZChallenge 2015 @AprilA2Z

‘Q is for Quitting | Positive & Inspired Living A to Z’


It doesn’t matter what we do in our lives, there will be times when things don’t go according to our plan. We might feel like everything is going against us, and we simply cannot succeed against the odds. It is precisely at these times that we need to persist through the dark tunnel,  until we see the light at the end. After all, quitting is the easiest and surest route to failure.

I am sharing a story that I came across in the book – Three Feet from Gold. This story has kind of stayed with me through the years.

Story adapted from the book – Three Feet from Gold

During the California Gold Rush, there were two brothers who sold all they had and went prospecting for gold. They discovered a vein of the shining ore, staked a claim, and proceeded to get down to the serious business of getting the gold ore out of the mine. They dug very deep and all went well at first, but then a strange thing happened. The vein of gold ore disappeared! They had come to the end of the rainbow, and the pot of gold was not there. The brothers continued to pick away, but without much conviction or success. Finally, they gave up in disgust.

They sold their equipment and their claim rights for a few hundred dollars, and took the train back home. The man who bought the rights hired an engineer to examine the rock strata of the mine. The engineer advised him to continue digging in the same spot where the former owners had left off. The new owner started digging. He dug only 3 feet before he struck gold.

Had they just not quit, the two brothers would have been millionaires themselves.

Walt Disney was turned down 302 times before he got financing for his dream of creating the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’. Today, due to his ‘never say die attitude’, millions of people have experienced ‘The Joy of Disney’. Colonel Sanders spent two years driving across the United States looking for restaurants to buy his chicken recipe. He was turned down 1009 times! If he had quit in the face of rejection, wouldn’t we have missed Kentucky Fried Chicken?

Lots of Love


This post is written for the AtoZChallenge2015.



  1. I like the quote. So appropriate for this stage of the challenge. I am tired but I see the light at the end of the tunnel.
    We are almost there fellow A-to-Z challenge participant!!!
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  2. I love stories that celebrate the triumph of the human spirit. Quitting is what seems comfortable especially when you have no encouragement or motivation to see you through. But to surmount it against all odds and keep going. THAT’s the prize at the end of the rainbow. Loving the way you are doing justice to your theme, Shantala 🙂
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  3. Yay! Super inspirational post dear! Loved it! So important to stay in here, not to quit, but to go on.You write about it so beautifully – loved the story about the two gold digging brothers… Something to learn from
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  4. Walt Disney was an amazing man. I love so many of his inspirational quotes. He actually talked the talk, too. 302 rejections!?! Now that’s perseverance!!! Too bad those gold miners didn’t have any of Walt’s quotes.

    Scribbles From Jenn – Visiting from the A to Z Challenge

  5. Thank you for that post!
    It just hit the spot for me this Monday morning.

  6. OMG! How sad and disgusted they must have been! Poor brothers…literally and figuratively 😀
    It is true, winners are not those who never fail, but those who never quit!
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  7. Success comes from perseverance. Good story and love the quote.
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  8. Liked the story very much and also the quote. Even the examples u gave are equally inspiring.

  9. one needs to believe in what they are doing, their passion … I love reading such success stories. thanks for sharing.
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  10. What a great story of encouragement. Thank you for sharing!!

    –Mee (The Chinese Quest)
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  11. Great post. I knew the story, and I think there’s a great picture on the internet that illustrates not giving up in a similar way.
    My link: http://www.devikafernando.com/blog/blogging-from-a-to-z-challenge-letter-q-quotes

  12. Wonderful, full of optimism and encouragment. Keep posting!!
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  13. I feel so inspired every time I come here. And this time was no less 🙂
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  14. The facts that you give at the end of every story are truly inspiring..

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  15. Oh wow that mining story. Those guys must have been so upset to here that afterwards.
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  16. Sometimes quitting & failure are not bad. Take your ego out of the problem and accept that you are not perfect and do not know everything. Then be aware. If what you are doing isn’t working learn what you can, then quit and pivot, and try again. Rinse and repeat until you get the results you want. Failing fast is the easiest and surest route to success.
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  17. Beautiful stories and examples! Something which I had to read today 🙂 Thanks!
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  18. That’s a great story. I never new that about the inventor of KFC. Quitting is easy and can become a habit.

  19. Sometimes quitting sounds like the easiest option. But what we have to remember is that it is easy but not worthy. We should do what makes us happy and quitting surely doesn’t take us there! Great post Shantala 🙂
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  20. Great post! Disney I knew about, but not Colonel Saunders! Thanks for sharing.

    Let’s press on!
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  21. Super post Shantala! I especially loved reading the story of Walt Disney and KFC. Never heard those. simply amazing 🙂

  22. That was an awesome post..Reading it at the end of the tiring day, it has prepared me for tomorrow. Inspiring! Glad i came by 🙂
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  23. And what would we do without KFC?! 😀
    I loved the story about the gold miners, Shantala! It’s mind-boggling that they only had to dig another 3 feet!
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  24. That’s a very positive approach! Reminds me of the JK Rowling story as well, which I think you may have shared.
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  25. Positive thoughts, thanks for that!

  26. Excellent post on not quitting!
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  27. I find these kinds of stories inspiring. They drive me to never give up.

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Member of C. Lee’s Muffin Commando Squad
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

  28. This was a good, yet sad, story. To think, only three feet more… Good quote as well, especially now! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com
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  29. that was an interesting story of the gold miners…and yea, the electric bulb, the first plane etc would have never been invented if the inventers had quit..
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  30. I recognized that story from Napoleon Hill’s book “Think and Grow Rich” (I see that the book you mentioned is inspired by it). It’s a great story… and thank you for the reminder to pick up that book again!
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  31. Great story and there are many others like it: Thomas Edison who invented the lightbulb after 1,000 or more attempts, etc. What would we have done and where would we be without these leaders who luckily didn’t give up, for our sake (and theirs)! 😉 <3
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  32. Poor brothers!!
    And yeah…quitting is too easy that we should think 100 times before quitting.

  33. Talk about synchronicity! I have the Napoleon Hill book that inspired Three Feet from Gold, and he talks about the original story… Also, after the two men gave up too soon, one of them went into another business and the lesson he learned about not quitting too soon stayed with him his whole life and he made millions of dollars, because he would not give up and took the “no’s” into stride.
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  34. Hearing these success stories is really inspirational. ‘Quit’ is something i thought of doing at every point in this A-Z challenge, purely due to lack of motivation. But it’s getting to be fun 🙂
    Good one Shantala.
    Love the quotes.

  35. Oh wow ! People have such persistence to keep at it even after being rejected 302 or 1009 times. Goes to show how committed they were in their fields. Truly inspiring. 🙂
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