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more gold has been mined from the brains of men than has ever been taken from
the earth. He staked a claim and went to work with pick and shovel. The going
was hard, but his lust for gold was deﬁnite.
After weeks of labor, he was rewarded by the discovery of the shining ore. He
needed machinery to bring the ore to the surface. Quietly, he covered up the mine, 11 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH retraced his footsteps to his home in Williamsburg, Maryland, told his relatives
and a few neighbors of the “strike.” They got together money for the needed machinery, had it shipped. The uncle and Darby went back to work the mine.
The ﬁrst car of ore was mined, and shipped to a smelter. The returns proved they
had one of the richest mines in Colorado! A few more cars of that ore would clear
the debts. Then would come the big killing in proﬁts.
Down went the drills! Up went the hopes of Darby and Uncle! Then something
happened! The vein of gold ore disappeared! They had come to the end of the
rainbow, and the pot of gold was no longer there! They drilled on, desperately
trying to pick up the vein again-all to no avail.
Finally, they decided to QUIT. They sold the machinery to a junk man for a few
hundred dollars, and took the train back home. Some “junk” men are dumb, but
not this one! He called in a mining engineer to look at the mine and do a little
calculating. The engineer advised that the project had failed, because the owners
were not familiar with “fault lines.” His calculations showed that the vein would
be found JUST THREE FEET FROM WHERE THE DARBYS HAD STOPPED
DRILLING! That is exactly where it was found!
The “Junk” man took millions of dollars in ore from the mine, because he knew
enough to seek expert counsel before giving up. Most of the money which went
into the machinery was procured through the efforts of R. U. Darby, who was
then a very young man. The money came from his relatives and neighbors, because of their faith in him. He paid back every dollar of it, although he was years
in doing so.
Long afterward, Mr. Darby recouped his loss many times over, when he made the
discovery that DESIRE can be transmuted into gold. The discovery came after he
went into the business of selling life insurance.
Remembering that he lost a huge fortune, because he STOPPED three feet from
gold, Darby proﬁted by the experience in his chosen work, by the simple method
of saying to himself, “I stopped three feet from gold, but I will never stop because
men say `no’ when I ask them to buy insurance.”
Darby is one of a small group of fewer than ﬁfty men who sell more than a million dollars in life insurance annually. He owes his “stickability” to the lesson he
learned from his “quitability” in the gold mining business. 12 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH Before success comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet with much temporary
defeat, and, perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and
most logical thing to do is to QUIT. That is exactly what the majorit...
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