If you ever knew of the great insurance sales man, R . U. Darby, you should also be familiar with his gold exploration escapade. Back in the 1800’s in the midst of the gold rush, R. U Darby and his uncle travelled from Maryland to Colorado to dig gold and get rich. They decided to stake a mining claim in Colorado. They were not lazy folks. They worked really hard. The sun smote their bare backs and their bodies produced heavy sweat. Once a while, each one would stop and wipe the sweat off his face. It was almost like their bodies were sprayed with water. See two men working with picks and shovels. They were determined to find gold and become wealthy.
GREAT NEWS!!! They found something.
After much toil, they found what they were looking for. They filled their cars with ore and sent it to the smelters to determine the gold content. The results showed that there was a lot of gold in the ore. This was what they had risked their lives for. They thought to themselves. We have to make this big time. Let us go and get heavy equipment so that we can mine the gold and grow rich. They covered up and went to tell their family about their find. They needed to raise the money to purchase these equipment. As you can imagine, the family members were thrilled at thought of owning what was going to become one of the richest gold mines in the States. You can also see that the money was easier to raise. Soon, they purchased the equipment they needed for their mining. They went back to Colorado to continue mining. The work went faster because the money made from their initial finds was great their desire to be rich got them to work harder and faster. They knew that if they made a few more loads, they would become very wealthy soon.
As they were digging and expecting to uncover more gold, something terrible happened. The gold VANISHED. No one could tell where it had gone. It disappeared. They had hope however. They continued digging trying to rediscover the missing vein which gave them their initial hope of wealth.
This time, their work did not pay off. At least, this went through their head.
With drooped heads showing their disappointment and discouragement, they packed their bags, sold their equipment for whatever money they could find and then moved back home. All their sweat and hard work had amounted to nothing. A junk man purchased the equipment and the field from them for peanuts.
This junk man was smart. He hired the services of a mining engineer to find out if the vein had disappeared for sure. The engineer predicted that, the gold is THREE FEET below where R. U Darby and his Uncle stopped digging.
For R. U Darby and His uncle, they lost an opportunity which they were sitting on.
Presently, there is a new wave… Is it a new wave? Well, many ordinary people are being made millionaires work from home or at home. Home based businesses give many ordinary people the opportunity to build the life of their dreams. Sadly however, the stats show that, over 95% of people fail or give up in their home business. The main reason why some people decided to join home business opportunities is the reason why they don’t start (More on this later). Some also give up too early just like Darby did. Are you one of these or do you know someone who thinks that building a business at home does not work? Have you given up because of the hurdles and challenges you faced? You could be JUST 3 FEET DEEP. Do what the smart Junk man did.
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