Maintaining a successful mindset: Don't throw the quit switchBlog added by Sandy Schussel on April 4, 2014
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At the beginning of his classic self-help book, "Think and Grow Rich," Napoleon Hill tells the story of R. U. Darby and his uncle, who went out to Colorado from their homes in Maryland to strike it rich digging for gold.

After finding a carload of ore, their mine ran dry. They dug on for a few more weeks and then quit, selling their rights, their equipment their maps to a junk man.

The junk man consulted an engineer to take a look at the maps, and after digging another three feet, struck one of the richest veins of gold in Colorado history.

In their book, "100 Ways To Motivate Others," Steve Chandler and Scott Richardson call what Darby and his uncle did "throwing the quit switch.” The gold-diggers threw the switch just three feet away from incredible wealth.

Every day, I speak with professionals who have either thrown the quit switch or have one in hand.

"Asking for referrals never worked for me.”

“I tried doing seminars a few times, but they never did anything.”

“I tried running my own practice, but it was just too hard.”

“You can’t make a living as a [financial advisor, insurance agent, small-town attorney, realtor — you insert the category]. Well, I know some people do, but I can’t.”

"It was difficult, or it wasn’t instantly successful. Throw the quit switch!"

"It was going along, but too slowly. Throw the quit switch!"


NFL Coach George Allen said, “Most people succeed because they are determined to. People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit.”

If your career or practice isn’t where you want it to be, stop thinking that you know when to quit. You may be only three feet away from your vein of gold.

One of the points Napoleon Hill makes in his story about Darby is that the junk man was smart enough (or humble enough) to call in an engineer (an expert) to look at the mining maps. That option was always open to Darby and his uncle, but they either didn’t think of it or they ignored it, and they chose to stop digging instead.

The only real question is: Do you want to be successful in this career or not? If you do, get the help you need to succeed. Don’t wait until you feel like it’s hopeless and you already believe you have no choice but to give it all up. In other words, if you really want to make it happen, you have to swallow your pride.
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