Your diamonds are not in far distant mountains or in yonder seas;
They are in your own backyard, if you but dig for them.
RUSSELL H. CONWELL

Few motivational talks have influenced or inspired as many people as Russell Conwell’s
speech called Acres Of Diamonds. He delivered the speech more than 6,000 times
around the world.

When it was published it became an immediate best-seller and a classic in inspirational literature.

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The central idea of the work is that one need not look elsewhere for opportunity, achievement,
or fortune — the resources to achieve all good things are present in your own community.
The story Conwell told in his lecture is developed by an introductory anecdote,
told to Conwell by an Arab guide, about a Persian farmer named Ali Hafed who
wanted to find diamonds so badly that he sold his property and went off to travel the world
in a futile search for them;  He looked everywhere but he could not find the diamonds he
lusted after. Finally, alone and in despair as a homeless pauper, Ali Hafed ended his own life.
His search for riches had consumed him.

In the meantime, the man who bought the land from him was grateful for every blade of grass
that was now his and lavished love and hard work on his farm. At night, surrounded by his family
and eating the fruits of his labor, he was a contented man.

One day he made a remarkable discovery. In the backyard that All Hafed had abandoned was
a diamond mine-literally an acre of diamonds. The simple farmer became wealthy beyond his
wildest dreams.

Conwell used this parable to illustrate an extraordinary and wonderful message: within each of us
is a wellspring of abundance and the seeds of opportunity. For each of us there is a deeply personal
dream waiting to be discovered and fulfilled. When we cherish our dream and then invest love,
creative energy, perseverance, and passion in ourselves, we will achieve an authentic success.

Where is your acre of diamonds? If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?

Yes’, that very thing right now that you believe is impossible! Would you open a store, nurture a family,
record a hit record, write a screenplay? We all have an acre of diamonds waiting to be discovered,
cherished and mined.

We all have a place from where to begin. Let your imagination soar, for it is your soul’s
blueprint for success.

The new owner of his home discovered that a rich diamond mine was located right there on the property.
Conwell elaborates on the theme through examples of success, genius, service, or other virtues involving
ordinary people: “dig in your own back-yard!”

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