“Men are developed the same way that gold is mined. When gold is mined several tons of dirt must be moved to get an ounce of gold; but one doesn’t go into the mine looking for dirt-one goes in looking for the gold.” – Andrew Carnegie
Wouldn’t it be great if you could go for a walk and find piles of pure gold waiting to be gathered? No effort would be required. All you would have to do is shovel as much gold as you wanted into buckets. However, if gold were so abundant, it wouldn’t have any value. The aura of gold is linked to its exclusivity.
What makes gold so expensive is that it is so difficult to come by. Mining gold takes a great deal of time and effort. First a mine has to be discovered. Several mines might have to be dug before gold is reached. Next, extensive digging is required. All of the many tons of excavated dirt have to be carried out of the mine.
Even when gold is found, it is not in usable form. Raw gold is very crude, a far cry from the metal we see in jewelry or coins. Before it can be used, it must be melted down in order to remove the impurities.
Because of all the work involved, gold is one of the most desirable metals. You will never hear someone say, “I don’t want gold, it takes too much effort to get it.” However, when it comes to achieving dreams, “It takes too much work” is a commonly heard mantra.
Anything worthwhile takes effort. Whatever is readily available doesn’t have much worth. Gold is a perfect example of this concept. Reaching your goals is no different from searching for gold. The reason more people don’t live their dreams is because it requires hard work and dedication.
Taking the easy route may be appealing from an effort standpoint, but the destinations easily reachable don’t have much value. Going into the woods and gathering rocks is easier than finding gold. However, no one will be willing to pay you hundreds of dollars per ounce for the stones.
Developing yourself follows the same rules. It takes effort to enhance your value. People with more knowledge typically earn more than those with less. Knowledge can be obtained from many sources, not just formal education. Continual learning should be a lifetime endeavor.
In addition to education, you have numerous personality attributes you can continuously enhance. Your character traits are just as valuable, if not more so, than what you know. Individuals who are trustworthy, hard working, dependable, honest, pleasant, friendly, kind, and motivated are considered invaluable.
Your search for gold within yourself is a never ending pursuit. It’s a journey, not a destination. You can always dig deeper inside with the objective of further self-development. Each of us has flaws that can be corrected.
It doesn’t matter how old or young you are. It’s never too early or too late to begin your internal prospecting. To start, look in the mirror. What you see is your gold mine. There is a virtually limitless supply of riches within you.
How far or how long you have to dig is irrelevant. Time goes by regardless of what you are doing. Why not devote your energy to going for gold? You can live your dreams. Get started today. You will never have any regrets you did.
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