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193 Somewhere in the book you will find an idea that will quicken your receptive
194 powers, and place at your command, for your own benefit, this same irresistible
195 power. The awareness of this power may come to you in the first chapter, or it
196 may flash into your mind in some subsequent chapter. It may come in the form
197 of a single idea. Or, it may come in the nature of a plan, or a purpose. Again, it
198 may cause you to go back into your past experiences of failure or defeat, and
199 bring to the surface some lesson by which you can regain all that you lost
200 through defeat.
201 After I had described to Mr. Darby the power unwittingly used by the little
202 colored child, he quickly retraced his thirty years of experience as a life insurance
203 salesman, and frankly acknowledged that his success in that field was due, in no
204 small degree, to the lesson he had learned from the child.
205 Mr. Darby pointed out: "every time a prospect tried to bow me out, without
206 buying, I saw that child standing there in the old mill, her big eyes glaring in
207 defiance, and I said to myself, "I've gotta make this sale.' The better portion of all
208 sales I have made, were made after people had said "NO'."
209 He recalled, too, his mistake in having stopped only three feet from gold, "but,"
210 he said, "that experience was a blessing in disguise. It taught me to keep on
211 keeping on, no matter how hard the going may be, a lesson I needed to learn
212 before I could succeed in anything."
213 This story of Mr. Darby and his uncle, the colored child and the gold mine,
214 doubt- less will be read by hundreds of men who make their living by selling life
215 insurance, and to all of these, the author wishes to offer the suggestion that
216 Darby owes to these two experiences his ability to sell more than a million
217 dollars of life insurance every year.
218 Life is strange, and often imponderable! Both the successes and the failures have
219 their roots in simple experiences. Mr. Darby's experiences were commonplace
220 and simple enough, yet they held the answer to his destiny in life, therefore they
221 were as important (to him) as life itself. He profited by these two dramatic
222 experiences, because he analyzed them, and found the lesson they taught. But

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