Acres Of Diamonds – By Russell H. Conwell
This book was about the story of Ali Hafed the ancient Persian. This man had orchards, gardens, grain-fields, a large farm and he had money. Because he was wealthy he felt to be a contented man. He was contented because he was wealthy and wealthy because he was contented. This man came to understand that diamonds can be extremely valuable. He decided to give up his land and all that he had to go in search of diamonds. He figured that when he found them he would be even richer than before. Hafed’s fate wasn’t what he expected. The man searched and searched for diamonds but never found any. Because he was so broken, weak & destitute one day he threw himself into the ocean and drowned. Later when Hafed’s successor was looking on the property he noticed something shining and picked it up and put it on his mantle. One day when a priest visited, he explained that the item on the mantle was a huge diamond! Come to find out the entire property was littered with them. Ali Hafed’s property was worth millions and he never thought to look there first. The morale of the story is had Ali Hafed stayed and dug in his own property or his own garden rather than a path of wretchedness, starvation and death by suicide…he would have had Acres of Diamonds.
YOU WILL NEVER FORGET:
- The story of the old Arab guide
- What was hidden on Ali Hafed’s property
- That you might have all that you need right in front of your face
- If it’s possible to make money in Philadelphia
- The man who sold his farm to Colonel Sutter
- The man who learned all about oil only to leave his farm behind which had oil on it
There are a few other similar stories in the book. As the man talks about the different stories you will see the common theme. Each story is short and different but there a lot of similarities. With each story you reach the same moral. Before you go chasing some crazy unrealistic fantasy, build where you are and with what you already have. If you want to gain wealth then you must be able to see value in areas where others cannot. Start with looking for opportunities that are right in front of you.
Read Time: About 30 Min – 60 Min
Genre: Spiritual Principles / Thought Provoking