"Where you now stand is a result of thoughts and feelings that you have offered before, but where you are going is a result of your perspective of where you now stand." 
~Esther Hicks
Sunday, 01 September 2013 00:00

Are you stopping three feet from gold?

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There is a great story in Napoleon Hill's book Think and Grow Rich where he shares a story called Three Feet from Gold. It's basically a story during the time people went digging for gold to achieve wealth.

Well, there was a man (Mr. Darby) that used his savings and those of his family's and bought a great deal of equipment to go digging for gold. He then went digging and got to a point where all signs of gold seemed to disappear. Feeling disappointed and frustrated, he then sells all the equipment's to some junk man who sought counsel of an engineer that lead him to finding gold just three feet from where Mr. Darby left off!

This story struck me because there are so many times when many of us face what seems to appear as a defeat and failure as we take on a project that we hope will bring us success. I see this a lot in business owners. We get an idea that we are passionate about, and then we plan and start taking action. At first things are going well and we are surprised at all the opportunities that seem to present themselves to us. As time goes on, things may get stagnant and we feel that our business is not progressing and we find it difficult to get to the place we envision in our dreams. Months, even years go by and nothing. As a result, many of us see this as a sign that it was not meant to be and often times, just when the tide is about to turn, we give up!

What would have happened if Mr. Darby kept going? He would have had all his dreams come to reality. However, his dreams of finding gold never come to pass because he stopped just three feet from gold! How many times has that happened to you? Did you ever start something just to give up because it was just too difficult? If you knew you could not fail, what would have been your choice? I truly, believe that we can never fail! I know some people may not agree with this statement, but that is my belief! If we are persistent enough and keep working on our dreams, we will see it in physical form.

I am also reminded of the story of Jim Treliving who is Owner of Boston Pizza International Inc. and also one of the dragons in Dragon's Den, the show where wealthy high-powered entrepreneurs are pitched ideas from hopeful entrepreneurs looking for the dragon's investments. I saw a feature story on Jim when he was just starting out. There were times that were so difficult for him and his business that it was difficult to make ends meet. He worked several different jobs just to keep his business going. It amazes me when we look at him now, and admire or even envy his success and not realize nor think about all the trials he went through before "he reached gold". He did not stop when times got tough, but keep persisting until his goal became a reality.

This is not easy to do, I know this, and that is why I always advise people to have passion in whatever business they wish to pursue. Because that passion will fuel your energy and will not allow you to give up just shy of your goal. It is the passion and love for what you do that drives and inspires you to keep going and push past any delays or detours in your journey. During these times, it is important to remember that these delays are not denials and that it only becomes a denial when you say so! Only at the point that you call it quits will you lose because if you keep persisting you will eventually achieve your dreams. It is not a matter of if, but when!

Have you stopped 3 feet from gold in the past? Is there a goal that you have and are so passionate about? In what ways can you commit this week to keep moving forward towards your goals no matter what? Share your story with us on the comments below. Don't forget to share this post with those that need an extra push and reminder to keep going and not give up. They may not know it, but they may be steps away to realizing their dreams!

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