"When the opportunity came, it appeared in a different form and from a different direction than (he) had expected. That is one of the tricks of opportunity. It has a sly habit of slipping in by the back door, and often it comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat." from Think & Grow Rich by Napolean Hill
Who hasn't had the emotional or financial wind knocked out of them at one time or another? Some of us may even feel the kick of misfortune on a fairly regular basis. The challenge is to find the lesson or opportunity in the kick. Don't quit. Set your focus on the goal, get expert advice if needed and don't take "No" as an acceptable answer.
In Think & Grow Rich, Mr. Hill tells the story of a man who found gold in Colorado. He and his family invested a fortune in more mining equipment and were devastated when the vein of gold ended. They sold the equipment at a huge loss to a scrap dealer who then hired an engineer to evaluate the land where the man and his family had met their financial dirt wall.
The scrap dealer learned that a fault had shifted the undiscovered vein of gold to an area just three (3) feet from where the man and his family had stopped digging. The scrap dealer made a fortune! The man and his family quit just 36" from their goal.
It's always darkest before the dawn.
If you are experiencing a challenge that seems insurmountable, get help if you need it but don't give in to the despair. Look for what is working in your life. Identify the goal that will inspire the passion within you. Take steps every day toward your goal knowing that you will succeed. You will. You are closer to success than you know.