Have you ever describe the rain using “Perseverance”? Perseverance means continuing in a course of action without regard to discouragement, opposition or previous failure. The rain did go on and off, on and off, the whole weekend.
In his all-time classic book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill tells the story of R. U. Darby.
Harby’s uncle had gold fever, so he staked his claim and started digging. After a lot of hard work, the uncle found a vein of ore, so he covered up his find and returned home to raise the money for the machinery that he would need to bring the ore to the surface.
They raised the money and Darby travelled with his uncle back to the site to make their fortune.
Things started well and before long, they had enough to clear their debts. They were excited, everything from here on would be profit and things were looking good.
Then the supply of gold stopped. The vein of ore had disappeared. They kept on digging, but found nothing.
After a while, they quit in frustration and sold their machinery to a junk man for a few hundred dollars.
After they went home in disappointment, the astute junk man called in a mining engineer who checked the mine and calculated that there was a vein of gold just three feet from where Darby and his uncle had stopped digging. The junk man went on to make millions from the mine.
Darby returned home, paid back everyone who had lent him money and was determined to learn from his mistake in giving up too soon. He went on to become a phenomenally successful insurance salesman, more than recouping what he would have made from the gold mine.
This is the famous story of “Three Feet From Gold”. It is such a lesson that reminds us to keep up when we are so close to what we want, our dreams, our success, the relationship we want, the fortune we pursue, and etc.
Perseverance is one of the key factors leading to success. However, when do we know whether we should be persistent or let go?
Think about this. You know your goal is to run 20 minutes on the treadmill everyday. Now there’s only 2 minutes left. Will you keep it up even if you are really out of breath? You have been asking this girl out for weeks using various strategies. You can feel the loose in her attitude. Will you keep it up or just let her go? Your goal for the day is to finish the report. When it’s time to go home and you only have the final paragraph to finish. Will you keep on writing to finish it or leave it unfinished and go home?
When the goal is very clear, when we are very clear about the goal, when we know clearly what it would be like when we reach the goal, we are more likely keep it up, continue until we finish. It’s not likely that we will stop “Three Feet From Gold”.
Therefore, don’t feel bad about not keeping on with something. Try to clear up what you want to get from the keeping up, a.k.a. your goal, you will a lot more likely to finish it, because you know that is important to you.
To your success.