“People usually fail when they are on the verge of success. So give as much care to the end as to the beginning.” – Lao-Tzu
Napoleon Hill the student of Andrew Carnegie and author of the timeless classic, “Think and Grow Rich” astutely said that “one of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat”. Obviously, we have all quit somewhere along the line in life but in recovery we must make it a habit to persist when the going gets tough. We never know when we are going to have the breakthrough we crave! We never know when we are right at the edge.
In fact, Hill tells the story of R.U. Darby. Darby during the Gold Rush out West decided to head West in pursuit of a great fortune. He landed in Colorado and began his hunt. To his joy he found just that. Without any further unearthing he headed back East to raise the funds to mine the Gold he came upon. He raised the funds and went back to work. He dug and and dug until he nearly paid everyone back that he owed. But then, it went dry. He searched and dug to no avail. He finally quit and sold the machinery to a local junk man.
The story does not end there. This junk man hired himself an engineer to take a look at the site and yes, only three feet away from where Darby quit was the gold vein! The junk man went on to make millions! Darby quit! Don’t be a Darby, never, ever, ever quit! Recovery is way too important. Don’t quit before th emiracle.
Go, Go, Go…