December 17.2013 – Acres Of Diamonds – By Earl Nightingale

Acres of Diamonds

One of the most interesting Americans who lived in the 19th century was a man by

the name of Russell Herman Conwell. He was born in 1843 and lived until 1925. He

was a lawyer for about fifteen years until he became a clergyman.

One day, a young man went to him and told him he wanted a college education but

couldn’t swing it financially. Dr. Conwell decided, at that moment, what his aim

in life was, besides being a man of the cloth – that is. He decided to build a

university for unfortunate, but deserving, students. He did have a challenge

however. He would need a few million dollars to build the university. For Dr.

Conwell, and anyone with real purpose in life, nothing could stand in the way of

his goal.

Several years before this incident, Dr. Conwell was tremendously intrigued by a

true story – with its ageless moral. The story was about a farmer who lived in

Africa and through a visitor became tremendously excited about looking for

diamonds. Diamonds were already discovered in abundance on the African continent

and this farmer got so excited about the idea of millions of dollars worth of

diamonds that he sold his farm to head out to the diamond line. He wandered all

over the continent, as the years slipped by, constantly searching for diamonds,

wealth, which he never found. Eventually he went completely broke and threw

himself into a river and drowned.

Meanwhile, the new owner of his farm picked up an unusual looking rock about the

size of a country egg and put it on his mantle as a sort of curiosity. A visitor

stopped by and in viewing the rock practically went into terminal convulsions.

He told the new owner of the farm that the funny looking rock on his mantle was

about the biggest diamond that had ever been found. The new owner of the farm

said, “Heck, the whole farm is covered with them” – and sure enough it was.

The farm turned out to be the Kimberly Diamond Mine…the richest the world has

ever known. The original farmer was literally standing on “Acres of Diamonds”

until he sold his farm.

Dr. Conwell learned from the story of the farmer and continued to teach it’s

moral. Each of us is right in the middle of our own “Acre of Diamonds”, if only

we would realize it and develop the ground we are standing on before charging

off in search of greener pastures. Dr. Conwell told this story many times and

attracted enormous audiences. He told the story long enough to have raised the

money to start the college for underprivileged deserving students. In fact, he

raised nearly six million dollars and the university he founded, Temple

University in Philadelphia, has at least ten degree-granting colleges and six

other schools.

When Doctor Russell H. Conwell talked about each of us being right on our own

“Acre of Diamonds”, he meant it. This story does not get old…it will be true


Opportunity does not just come along – it is there all the time – we just have

to see it.

Earl Nightingale

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