Come with me to Brazil in 1979.
We're going 270 miles down the Amazon river.
Splashing around on a muddy riverbank, a child discovers a shiny object the size of a dime.
Gold. 6 grams.
The price of gold increased 133% in 1979.
Starting at $240 rising to nearly $600.
By January 1980, it was at $850 per ounce.
For context, in 1977, it closed at $161 per ounce.
Within a week, thousands descended upon Serra Pelada, that's where the gold had been found.
Translated, that means, "Naked Mountain."
Thus begun the world's largest gold rush to what would become the world's largest open air gold mine.
“violence, death and prostitution was rampant.
The diggers scratched through the soil at the bottom of the open pit, filled it into sacks each weighing between 30 to 60 kilograms (65 and 130 pounds), and then carried the heavy sacks up some 400 meters of wood and rope ladders to the top of the mine, where it is sifted for gold. Because they work in mud, the gold diggers were called “mud hogs.” On average, workers were paid 20 cents for digging and carrying each sack, with a bonus if gold was discovered.” - ---- from Rare Historical Photos site
It was a gamble for money.
While “officially” the thousands of miners hauled out 45 tons of gold.
Those on the ground say as much as 90% was smuggled away.
Without really meaning to I bet you've made some assumptions about who would submit to this hellish experience day in and day out for the chance to score lots of money fast.
It might surprise you to know these miners came from all social classes. Many were college educated.
And this mine was not easy to get to. It was far in the middle of nowhere. If you wanted a shot at it, you had to walk the last 10 miles, college diploma or not.
"Every time a section finds gold, the men who carry up the loads of mud and earth have, by law, the right to pick one of the sacks they brought out. And inside they may find fortune and freedom. So their lives are a delirious sequence of climbs down into the vast hold and climbs out to the edge of the mine, bearing a sack of earth and the hope of gold."
Is that so different from what professionals do?
A lot of professionals feel as if they're carrying sacks, hoping one day there'll be a chunk of liberating gold inside.
Fever. Rush. Passion. Rampant Desire - these can powerful fuel for success.
Yet without a method, your energy might only enrich business owners in a boomtown.
Here are some methods that work. Grab them (they're free) and see for yourself.
The best thing you can do for your career is help someone else with theirs.
In that spirit...
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