Success as a Gold Miner (Part 1)
(Old timers at work near Santa Clarita, California back in the day.)
Many different factors can contribute to your success as a gold prospector or miner. Here are a few tips that you can apply to great benefit in becoming a successful gold miner over the long haul:
Have a Definite Goal in Mind
Once you've been weaned from the novice stage, you should establish just what it is you want out of mining. Do you want to try and make a living at it? Supplement your income? Or, just mine for the fun of it?
Each of these goals requires different expenditures of commitment, time, effort, and money on your part. If you start off on the right foot and have a definite goal in mind that you can plan for and work toward, you'll gain success over time. Trust me on that.
Be Willing to Work Hard
Most of you out there already know that nothing comes easy in this life (or at least it hasn't in mine). Your willingness to work as hard as necessary to reach your mining and gold recovery goals is an absolute must in achieving success. You've heard me tell you many times here in "Bedrock Dreams" that gold mining is very hard work. Hoo boy! Is that an understatement.
If you're dead serious about your mining and prospecting efforts, I can guarantee you that at least part of the time you'll be working harder than most 3rd World coolies do. Your hands will be ground hamburger, your legs will feel like they're on fire, and you'll be slapping ice on or tying heating pads to your back because it just won't straighten up on you! Ultimately, you'll wonder what drove you to this particular madness to begin with.
One thing I've seen again and again over time in my small-scale mining career is just how quickly the "wannabes" get weeded out once they realize gold mining isn't a get-rich-quick scheme and just how much hard work it requires. To put it bluntly, when it comes to gold mining lazy asses need not apply. Hell, if gold was easy to locate and recover it wouldn't be worth a zinc penny anyway!
Gold mining has its share of ups and downs. Again, most of you with mining and prospecting experience already know this to be a fact. One minute you're all hyped up and excited, pulling really good gold, thinking you've finally hit that magic paystreak, and already spending all that money you'll make.
(Placer gold like this doesn't come easy.)
Then you start following that paystreak downstream only to have it pinch out on you 10 minutes later. Or, alternately, you find a nice nugget snugged up under a boulder and start rubbing your hands together in anticipation, only to find out that was the only nugget under a boulder in a 5-mile radius. Or worse yet, you're a "newbie" who just can't find a speck of color in your gold pan no matter how hard you try.
So it goes...That's why it's important not to get discouraged and to remain motivated. Maintaining a high level of motivation in the face of setbacks and adversity is absolutely fundamental if you're going to be a successful miner.
Just saddle up, lock n' load, and motor on.
There's more to come next time. Until then...best of luck to you and yours.
(c) Jim Rocha (J.R.) 2012
If you liked this post, you may want to read: "More on Midwestern Glacial Gold (Part 4)"
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