R. U. Darby


Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. It takes great delight in tripping one when success is almost within reach.

In his seminal and very influential book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill shared the story of a man named R.U. Darby, who gave up on his dream of becoming rich by prospecting for gold, he quit 3 feet before a significant gold vein. The central theme of the story is that most of us stop, especially when we are very close to achieving our dreams.

Ross Perot was right when he said: “Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one-yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touchdown.”

Napoleon Hill wrote: