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 traveled from Maryland to Colorado to strike it rich in the gold mines.

After producing a carload of ore, their mine ran dry. They dug on for a few more weeks and then quit, selling their rights, their equipment and their maps to local junk man. The junk man hired an engineer to look at the maps and, after digging another three feet, struck one of the richest gold veins inColoradohistory.

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 that unfortunate switch a mere three feet away from astounding wealth.

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