At the Professional Speaking Association meeting in London at the weekend, I recalled, word for word a poem, from a book that I first read 25 years ago. Just one phrase triggered the whole poem, and I recited it to the whole gathering. It came out easily…
The words came from the classic success book ‘Think and Grow Rich’, by Napoleon Hill. One of the stories shared by the author is the true story of R.U. Darby and his Uncle. Over a hundred years ago they were caught up with “gold fever”. They headed west to seek their fortune.
After weeks of labor they were rewarded with an inkling of what they felt might very well turn out to be one of the richest mines in Colorado.
But despite countless days digging and drilling, the profitable vein of gold ore they expected to find, never appeared. Frustrated and discouraged, they sold all their equipment to a junk dealer for a few hundred dollars and headed home.
The wise junk dealer called in a SPECIALIST mining engineer who advised that the project had failed because the Darby family weren’t familiar with “fault lines”.
His calculations showed that the vein of gold would be found…
JUST THREE (3) FEET FROM WHERE THE DARBY’S HAD STOPPED DRILLING.
And that’s exactly where the junk dealer discovered one of the largest deposits of gold up to that time that had EVER been discovered.
Napoleon Hill writes, “It rewarded him with millions of dollars because he knew enough to seek expert counsel before giving up.”
Let me ask you something…
If you were just “three feet” away from living your life with wealth AND happiness just by looking at things in a different way, would you seek expert counsel?
How do you know, right now, that you’re not?
What a shame it would be to stop making the effort (or to continue in the wrong direction, for you), when just one more bit of guidance would make it all worthwhile. Let me be your ‘Specialist’ to see if you are indeed 3 feet from gold!