For last few months, I’ve been closely watching Ben’s 6aliens blog. On this site, Ben has a lot of top-notch personal development posts that are filled with useful content. So I was really excited when he contacted me last week for a guest post.
Success in life, no matter what field or niche you are in, leaves clues that others can follow. The vast majority of successful people, those high-achievers who we all look up to in awe, have made their fortunes by innovating other people’s beliefs and strategies.
If you think about it, for you to learn something new, you very rarely discover it for yourself. What you do is pick up a book, watch a video, speak to a friend or take a class. To gain a great understanding, you actively learn from what others before you have done and learned. You already know that success leaves clues and you’re working with that principle right now by visiting Steve’s site and reading this.
The Maximise Potential Podcast
Maybe it’s the teacher in me, I don’t know, but I can find knowledge and inspiration for action just about anywhere. Today I want to share with you one of my favourite stories to help demonstrate one of the most critical parts of success that most people run from.
Before I get into it though, I was listening to a podcast called Maximise Potential the other day (its a really good listen if you like your motivating podcasts by the way) and there was an interview with record breaking explorer and adventurer, Pen Hadow.
In the episode, Pen was talking about his view of failure and it was interesting to hear that he doesn’t see “failures” as anything more than opportunities to learn, develop and change something that brings you closer to your goals. Bear that in mind while you chase your goals today.
Giving up on the gold rush
It was this idea of quitting when presented with temporary defeat that caused a prospector, RU Darby, and his uncle to give up on a fortune. Life generally throws a curve ball and makes things difficult, right before you break through to achieve a goal. Darby and his uncle didn’t know this and missed out on wealth greater than they could ever have imagined.
Caught by “gold fever” Darby’s uncle staked a claim and set to work with picks and shovels. After weeks of hard work he struck gold. With no heavy machines to haul it out of the ground he covered his new fortune up and raced home to rally his family and friends for financial support. Darby stepped in and, armed with enough money to buy the kit they needed, they headed back to mine. They drew out the first load of gold to find that they had stumbled on to one of the richest deposits of gold in the state of Colorado! Excitedly, they ploughed on but after a few more loads, discovered that the gold vein had stopped. Their future wealth literally disappeared from sight.
They drilled on but kept coming up with nothing. Finally, after an endless search, they gave up, sold their machines to a local junk man for a couple hundred bucks and left for home with not much to show for all their hard work.
But, as with all good stories, there’s a twist at the end of this tale. The junk man wasn’t as stupid as people thought he was. After Darby and his uncle had left, he called a mining engineer to come and have a look at the mine. Having had time to study the mine, the engineer came to the conclusion that the only reason the mine had dried up was because of fault lines. After working out the numbers, he realised that Darby had stopped drilling just 3 feet from a vein of gold worth millions of dollars. Obviously the junk man set to work and mined until he was a very wealthy man. Who wouldn’t?
Quitters never win – winners never quit.
Quitting when it seems like you’re at the end of your run is never the right decision if you’re passionate and driven enough by your goals. If RU Darby had kept drilling, found his own engineer to offer advice or kept on trying elsewhere, the story may not have the impact that it does. If you’re a goal driven person and you’re chasing your dreams of success, don’t give up until you strike gold. If it seems that the end is in sight, get help, try somewhere else or just keep going. You’re much closer than you think.
Steve’s Note: Ben Lumley is a Success Coach and Speaker from the UK who writes about self development at his blog 6aliens.com. Why not connect with him on Twitter @6aliens or if you liked this article then why not subscribe to his RSS Feed.Take Action. Get Results.