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?
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