In the movie National Treasure, Nicholas Cage didn’t just read the map and “X” marked the spot? NO! They had to go through hell and back to find the treasure. He faced all types of adversity on his way to the prize. And he didn’t do it alone. It’s like that in every treasure hunting movie (i.e. Goonies and Tomb Raider). There’s always a journey and there will always be obstacles. Don’t just skim the surface, dig deep! You may be using a shovel or you may only have a spoon, but you’ve got to use what you have to the best of your ability.
In my previous post Don’t Quit, I mention the story of the miner who almost gave way to impatience.
In book the Alchemist persistence and perseverance are key. The book goes on to say, “The miner was about to give it all up, right at the point when, if he were to examine just one more stone – just one more – he would find his emerald.” See 2 Words: Don’t Quit for more.