Are You a Gold Digger?

Here’s where the future (and possibly your fortune) is headed

Trevor Blake
5 min readJun 23, 2021
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There is no such thing in the world as luck. There never was a man who could go out in the morning and find a purse full of gold in the street today, and another tomorrow, and so on, day after day. He may do so once in his life; but so far as mere luck is concerned, he is as liable to lose it as to find it. — P. T. Barnum

Imagine you’re a gold prospector in the late 1800s…

  • You’re up to your knees in freezing muddy river water
  • You’re starving
  • Some people seem to be making finds, but not you
  • You’ve left your wife and kids hundreds of miles away in a time when it takes 6 months to return to them to seek a fortune to save them from poverty
  • You want to return a hero.

One night in the bar as you knock down a bourbon to beat the stress, someone says, “Guess what? Michael Faraday just proved electricity.”

Somehow, I don’t think you’d be buying that guy a drink.

How could you possibly know that — 100 years from now — your descendants would be sitting around a TV or playing on their devices, communicating globally instantly via something called ‘wi-fi?’



Trevor Blake

Perpetual student of life. Author of NY Times Bestseller, Three Simple Steps. Author of new book, Secrets to a Successful Startup —