“Acres of Diamonds” was the title of a talk delivered by Russell Conwell in the early part of the twentieth century. His talk became so popular that Russell is reported to have delivered it over 6000 times around the world. At the heart of the talk is a little story—-acres of diamond——-as relevant today it was a hundred years ago.
The story goes that many years ago there was a prosperous Persian farmer named Al Hafed. He had a large tract of land and an even larger heart. He would play host to visiting traders, explorers and priests, and it was from one such priest that he learned about the diamond. Diamonds that could make people rich and make all their dreams come true.
Sensing an opportunity to earn a fortune, Al Hafed decided to go out and hunt for the diamonds. One day he told the priest that he is going to look for diamonds. He sold his farm, left his family in the care of neighbor and went looking for diamonds.
Unfortunately even spending months together he did not met any success. Broke and heartbroken he died soon after.
Meanwhile back on the land the new owner was watering the plants one evening when he suddenly saw something glistening. It was a large stone and he picked it up and put it on his mantelpiece at home. That night, the old priest happened to stop by.
Seeing the large stone he exclaimed: Ah a diamond is Al Hafed Back”? No said the new owner. I just picked it up from the garden. In fact there are lots of such stones all over the garden”.
Yes, there were literally acres of diamonds on the plot of land which Al Hafed had sold and gone away in search for diamonds. It an old story but the lessons are as valid today for individuals and organizations. The goals we seek, the wealth we lust for, they are all there———right beneath our feet. Often in our quest for more, we believe we need to abandon our current position and go out looking for success. We think of job change or change of industry or even a change of location is essential for success.
Why do we fail to recognize the diamonds in our own backyard, under our own feet? That’s diamonds often appear in their rough and uncut form. And polishing those uncut stones is hard work. Very hard work in most cases. Like diamonds in their rough form, we fail to recognize the opportunities that come our way, because opportunities often come disguised as hard work.
Good lesson to remember, in times good and bad. We all have acres of the diamond right beneath our feet. We only need to learn to look!
Edited BY: Zakir Hussain
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