Mindset Mastery 21 – Decision Time

Picking up where we left off with Darby and his Uncle, let’s see what happens next.

“The first car of ore was mined and shipped to a smelter. The returns proved they had one of the richest mines in Colorado! A few more cars of that ore would clear all debts. Then they would make a killing in big profits.

“The drills went down as the hopes of Darby and his Uncle excitedly went up! Then something happened. The vein of gold ore disappeared! They had come to the end of the rainbow, and the pot of gold was gone! They drilled on, desperately trying to pick up the vein again–to no avail.”

Journey To Wealth Creation

Mindset Mastery Ebook By Sean RasmussenThese are the times that every one of us is destined to face on our journey to wealth creation. These times are the true test of our ‘metal’ so to speak. And what you choose to do in times like these is what separates you—makes you the one who succeeds to go on to build great wealth, or makes you fail and continue to struggle in financial stress.

Let’s remember what Napoleon Hill said was one of the biggest reasons people fail to get rich…”…they quit when faced with temporary defeat.”

So did Darby and Uncle let temporary defeat put an end to their success? We’ll find out soon enough…

I will see you back here Monday and Thursday every week for the continuation of the Mindset Mastery series.

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
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Sean Rasmussen is a passionate blogger and has been a full time internet marketer since 2005. When he's not with his family, or dog Buddy, Sean is usually blogging or doing something related to the internet.


  1. Napolean said it right……. put in constant input to your work …….

  2. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,
    My guess is that Darby and his uncle do give up in the face of what seems like defeat, because I don’t think the uncle had a clear vision of success and what it would take to achieve that in the first place. It’s also what most of us do when faced with the same situation.
    I think the ability to persevere when all seems lost is an essential ingredient for success. I don’t have a problem with being persistent but if I did; do you think this is something you can learn to do, Sean?

  3. Hi Sean,
    That does happen, fairly often when prospecting for gold, apparently. The vein runs out and can be picked up again down the way. A large gold nugget found on father’s day and so was named, The Father’s day Nugget, found at Ophar, near Orange NSW, in the 1970’s had the finder still looking for the vein 20 years later. He could possibly be still be there another 20 years later, not sure. Point is though that when gold is found usually the finder gets “gold fever’ and can’t give up on finding more.

    Not in this case with Darby and his Uncle, I don’t think but it’s still an interesting story about the find in NSW.


  4. Out of all the stories I have read in this book, this is the one for me that raises the most ‘alternative’ scenarios. I get the message about the persistance – there are those who describe me as one who has lock-jaw when I have grabbed hold of something. And then i have to ask myself – what was missing from the Darbys’ thinking that led to the story that unfolded?
    .-= Jo Carey-Bradshaw´s last blog ..Empowering Mindset – Mindfulness =-.

  5. That’s when the nasty feeling comes up of maybe “flogging a dead horse”. Time to step back, take a deep breath, re-assess the situation and get new determination. Blind panic and drilling like crazy without a plan might not lead to the best results.
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..The Best Way To Get Motivated =-.

  6. Obviously the message is going to be something like if Darby had the right mindset then he would have gone on to make it rich. His inadequate mindset led him to the inevitable decision to stop. It’s not whether or not there’s gold there, is whether you have the golden mindset that matters most.
    .-= Wal Heinrich´s last blog ..Think And Grow Rich Mindset Mastery =-.

  7. Hi Sean,
    It’s hard to know when to keep going or when it’s time to give up digging. The fact is though, if Darby’s Uncle had persistance and a positive mindset he would have been sure that there wasn’t anymore gold ore before abandoning the mine.
    .-= Jill Brown´s last blog ..Common Law Marriage – What is Common Law Marriage? =-.

  8. Hey Sean,

    While I do understand the need to push through obstacles when they present themselves, and to not give up at the first sign of ‘non achievement’ (as opposed to failure), but at what point does it stop being passion-driven, burning desire, to blind obsession and almost addiction? Especially with mining, he could have gone on for another mile, with no result, and still pulled up 3 feet short.

    I know in my personal life, there have been plenty of times when I’ve thought to myself, “Just 15 more minutes!” and thought that a few times, until two hours later, I’ve realised that time was wasted and left with no result.

    Just a thought!



  9. Hi Sean

    This is one story I have always remembered. Yes, Darby did stop within 3 feet of the mother lode but he gave up because at the time he was ignorant. He had no understanding of fault lines and he failed to get expert advice.

    This story is not just illustrating never giving up, but having a solid education and knowledge for the business you want to create and asking for advice or looking at all possibilities before changing a course of action.

    It is a warning not to go charging ahead without adequate information and the skills needed for the job.

    That’s the way I see it anyway… what do you think?

    .-= Elly´s last blog .. =-.

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Yes. In this case, you would want to make sure you had all the information before you decided to quit or continue. If you don’t have the necessary knowledge to make an educated decision, then you find someone who does. Quitting just because it looks like it’s gone bad means you’ve not truly thought about what you are doing.

    About 12 years ago I was partners with the woman who’s business I bought this year. We had been working together for almost 2 years and I was starting to realize a small income from my share of the business. It was very small and I reinvested it so as to increase my inventory. Unfortunately about that time my ex-husband decided that I needed to quit the business and get a paycheck job. He had been injured on the job and Worker’s Comp was barely keeping us afloat. He had never had faith in me and my business and probably never would. So, I reluctantly did as he said.

    The next year my partner’s business really took off. Our reputation had grown quickly over that winter and she had so much business that she had to hire people to help her with the sewing. I watched with envy and sadness as she enjoyed what I should have been there for as well.

    Now, 12 years later, I am doing it again. This time, it doesn’t matter if my spouse believes in me or my business. I believe. (Although my husband of 9 months does believe in me) 😀 I’ve spent 12 years yearning for, wanting, thinking about, needing the success and prosperity I knew could be mine. This time, it’s going to happen.

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