Success as a Gold miner (Conclusion)

(Native New Mexican and "newbie" placer miner Rod. S. classifies and buckets gold-bearing gravel.)

In this series of posts I'm discussing what it takes to become a more successful gold prospector and miner. Here are a few more tips for you:

Continually Develop Your Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

Becoming a success at gold mining requires knowledge, skills, and experience. Much of this is gained over the course of years, if not decades. However, your need to learn more doesn't stop simply because you reach a certain point of efficiency in prospecting or mining. You see, there's always more to learn whether you're a total greenhorn "newbie" or a grouchy old timer like me.

Mining Equipment
Gold Concentrates
Gold Concentrators
Learn more about what, you ask? Well, that's a simple question to answer:
  • gold geology and mineralization 
  • deposition physics
  • mining history
  • stream hydraulics
  • equipment types
  • methods and techniques
  • various small-scale approaches
This list is not complete by any means.

 (Natural beauty and unbeatable combination.)

If you're one of those delusional types who thinks you know it all when it comes to mining let me tell you something...chances are you don't know half of what you think you do (which is a nice way of saying you don't know shit). Developing your mining knowledge, skills, and experience level is a life-long pursuit. Remember that.

Use Your Knowledge, Experience, and Skills to Their Fullest Potential

This tip follows hard on the heels of the previous one. In truth, it really doesn't matter if you're a gold-mining novice or a veteran miner with literally decades of experience. The point is this...if you don't apply your existing mining knowledge, experience, and skills to their fullest potential, I can tell you right here and now you'll never achieve the mining success you seek. 

So you want more gold do you? Even bigger and better gold? Then I suggest you quit half-assing things (if that's your M.O. now), pull out the jams, and go for it. Use your gold mining knowledge, experience, and skills to their fullest potential and you'll be amazed at the results. As I've said many times mining is not for the lazy or the faint of heart. So "be all you can be" mining wise.

Best of luck to you.

If you liked this post, you may want to read: "Small Scale Mining Success Stories (Part 1)"

(c)  Jim Rocha (J.R.)  2012

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  1. Hello Jim, Great news (I hope) checking on the prospecting troubles I've been haveing. It seems that the US Forest "service" has no legal rights over the streams in Idaho.That falls under the Department Of Water Resorces. I got ahold of them, they said no moterized equipment, but my stream sluice/gold pan IS LEGAL! What dose this have to do with your post? Well, if I had quit learning and gave up to their bluff, I'd be done. As with life in general, the more you know the better off you are. Only tiny minds fill up with no more space for new info. Anyhow, THANKS! Gary

  2. Sounds like a bit of good news there Gary. Now maybe you can get out and start running some material! Best, J.R.


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