Saturday, November 1, 2008

Practice the "3 Ps" and Get More Gold


There are No "Quick Fixes" 

There are many people today who continually search for "quick fixes" to solve complex problems or to use as substitutes for plain old hard work. But I am here to rain on that parade, my friend, especially as it relates to gold mining. Why? First of all, there are no quick fixes when it comes to getting placer gold and placer mining, despite what some people think, is not some "get-rich-quick" scheme that you can throw a few hours and dollars at and expect sudden wealth. No sir, no way, no how.

Practice the "3 Ps" 

But I do have a plan to present you that, if applied conscientiously and worked at over time, will make you much more successful at your recreational or small-scale mining endeavors. What do I mean by that exactly? I mean you will get more gold, pure and simple. So forget about shelling out your hard-earned dollars for bogus "quick fixes" and concentrate instead on practicing the "3 Ps."

The "3 Ps"

1. Patience: Patience is absolutely fundamental to gold mining success. Making the transition from novice miner to "old sourdough" takes time, study, effort, and practice. Just as wealth is not created overnight but is instead built up over time through commitment, effort, and discipline, so it goes in the world of gold mining. Enthusiasm is fine and a necessary commodity for each and every miner, but patience is indeed the greater virtue. If you are not patient, if you seek those "quick fixes" in gold mining, those magical shortcuts to hard-earned experience or wealth, you are sure to be disappointed. Learn to be patient. All good things come to those miners with the capacity to wait.

2. Persistence: Nearly all successful people, gold miners included, share one thing in common: they don't roll over or give up at the first sign of difficulty or hardship. Instead, they think and work their way through these very same difficulties and hardships until success is achieved. So must it be for you and I because gold mining on any scale can be immensely frustrating at times. Great amounts of effort are expended for very small returns and each mining area we work throws curve balls our way eventually. You must have the capacity for getting past the "lean" times, to persist in the face of adversity, if you want more gold in the long run.

3. Perseverance: I can't think of one successful gold miner I've known over the past 30 years (myself included) who did not have the capacity to persevere. Nope, not a one. Some say that the ability to ride things out, to endure, is based on stubbornness or hard-headedness to some degree. There may be some truth in this premise since many miners I have admired over the years had one or both of these attributes. Either way, they displayed the ability to stick with it over time, to keep on truckin', sometimes in the most boring and repetitive manner, through thick and thin, until those ounces of gleaming placer gold were tucked safely away in their pokes. And if you want to tuck your own gleaming piles of gold away my friend, you too must have the capacity to persevere.

A Bit of Miner's Philosophy

I bet some of you were expecting a "quick fix" here weren't you?! Sorry if I disappointed you. But those of you who can step past the quick fix mentality understand that what I am communicating here is gold miner's "philosophy." Perhaps you see now that not everything that brings success in gold mining has to do with pans, tools, or equipment. No, not at all. A successful attitude is just as important.

(c)  Jim Rocha (J.R.)  2008

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