One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat. All of us are guilty of this mistake at one time or another.
3 Feet From Gold
Napoleon Hill, in Think and Grow Rich, referred to “3 feet from gold.” This analogy comes from a story during the gold rush of a young man who was mining for gold for months. Then he decided to quit. He sold all of his equipment to a “junk man” who sought counsel prior to start digging only to find out that gold would be found just 3 feet from where the previous miner had stopped.
He was right. The first miner was literally three feet away from striking gold before he quit.
Never Give Up
Of course there are many lessons to be learned from this story, but what we’re getting at is this: too many people decide to give up right before they get a chance to experience a breakthrough…because it gets TOO hard.
Our message to you all is to remind you to keep going, no matter what obstacles you face.
Most of the time, those last 3 feet will be the hardest, but remember – you may be closer to your goals than you can see right now.