– Robin Sharma –
That was great advise from Robin Sharma! I was replying to an email from a friend this morning about the times when I just felt like giving up but something good always happened that make me persevered. Perhaps he said it best that the moment when we most feel like giving up is when we most need to be keeping on.
I was listening to a TEDx talk by Dr. Ivan Joseph the other day on ‘The Skill of Self Confidence’ and in the talk he mentioned that the easiest way of building self confidence is ‘Repetition, repetition, repetition.’ ‘Repetition’ is indeed a great way to build self confidence; when we become so good in doing something and it becomes so natural that we become confident. He observed that the problem with repetition is people bailed after the first bit of failure or adversity. He went on to say, “Maybe it shouldn’t be repetition … maybe the answer should be persistence.”
I believe ‘Persistence‘ to be the key in repetition; to persist even when we hit roadblock after roadblock. This reminds me of a story I read many years ago in the book ‘Think and Grow Rich,’ by Napoleon Hill, about an uncle of R. U. Darby who joined the “gold fever” bandwagon during the gold-rush days and went west to dig and grow rich.
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 and went back home to raise money for the needed machinery. The uncle and Darby went back to work the mine. Initially, they seemed to have one of the richest mines in Colorado and they seems to be in for the big killing in profits.
But then it stopped. The vein of gold ore disappeared! They drilled on desperately in vain to try to pick up the vein again. Finally, they decided to give up and sell the machinery to a junk man for a few hundred dollars.
The junk man recruited the expertise of a mining engineer whom upon looking at the mine, calculated that the vein would be found just three feet from where the Darbys had stopped drilling! And three feet is exactly where it was found!
The junk man went on to make millions of dollars from the mine. Quoting Napoleon Hill from the book, “One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.”
This is a great lesson in ‘Persistence,’ which we can learn from the story. Are we not guilty of this mistake at one time or another? The next time when we feel like giving up, remember that we may be just three feet from gold!
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