One Inch From Your Gold
- April 4, 2017
I am going to tell you a story of a young ambitious guy who was mining for gold. It was the period where most people were turning their careers to mining as there was plenty of gold to be found and make one rich. This young guy was so happy to wake up every single morning to go mine for his gold. He could see himself building a mansion for himself and his family, he could see how people would respect him and even went further to believe that people would raise a status of him for his achievement. As there were many people mining at the same spot, the inevitable happened. The gold started being scared and abandoning the mines had become a common practice.
Every two days, there would be news of five people who had given up. The young man still had some faith, he told himself “I just need to go a little deeper”. He will wake up, smile to himself and say “today, I am going to be rich”. As days go by, his friends were advising him to give up because according to them he was wasting his energy and time for something that is not there. It did not take long for the young man to start accepting in his heart what others were shouting out loud. He stopped smiling, he started waking up late and he would say to himself “I miss home, I think the earth has given its best”. After two months of working in the mines, he decided to accept his fate and give up. He sold his tools for a ticket back home and finally said, “it is over”. As he was saying that he heard a loud shout, he taught someone was being strangled. He ran to the source of the scream, maybe someone was stuck and needed some help. Arriving at the scene, an old man in his fifties, was on his knees crying and next to him was a huge piece of gold. The piece of gold was so big that, it would be impossible for one man to carry it alone. The place where the old man had found gold was exactly where the young man was digging early that day. The young man was shocked and asked the old man “how did you find it”? The old man replied, “I dug one inch deeper, and I found it”.
Does that sound familiar? How many times have you stopped working on something and later on regret that you did not persevere? How many times, have you listen to other people and gave up easily? How many times, have you said “I wish I had pushed and believed harder? Do you think that the person who created electricity found it the first few times he tried? Do you think that the cars we drive today were created in one day? Do you really believe that success comes easily? Great things take time.
The moment you feel it is too hard to carry on, remember that is when you are about to win. Other people may give up, but you were not called to this world to fit it but instead to stand out. They might laugh at you or even call you crazy, but soon they will tell your story to young generations. One day people will know you for the fight that is in you. You will be a source of inspiration and when they think of giving up, they will remember you and push harder. There is a reason why they say “where there is a test, there is a testimony”. The greatest stories came from the greatest battles, that were the hardest to win. Stand up now, and tell yourself it is not yet over. Stand up now, and never stop at an inch from your gold.