Acres of Diamonds - (Formatted & Optimized for Nook)

Acres of Diamonds - (Formatted & Optimized for Nook)

by Russell Conwell
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Acres of Diamonds - (Formatted & Optimized for Nook) by Russell Conwell

"Acres of Diamonds" originated as a speech which Conwell delivered over 6,000 times around the world. It was first published in 1890 by the John Y. Huber Company of Philadelphia.

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 one's own community. This theme is developed by an introductory anecdote, told to Conwell by an Arab guide, about a man who wanted to find diamonds so badly that he sold his property and went off in futile search for them; 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 Americans contemporary to his audience: "dig in your own back-yard!".

In A People's History of the United States, historian Howard Zinn comments that the message was that anyone could get rich if he tried hard enough while implying that Conwell held elitist attitudes by quoting the following from his speech:

"I say that you ought to get rich, and it is your duty to get rich.... The men who get rich may be the most honest men you find in the community. Let me say here clearly .. . ninety-eight out of one hundred of the rich men of America are honest. That is why they are rich. That is why they are trusted with money. That is why they carry on great enterprises and find plenty of people to work with them. It is because they are honest men. ... ... I sympathize with the poor, but the number of poor who are to be sympathised with is very small. To sympathize with a man whom God has punished for his sins ... is to do wrong.... let us remember there is not a poor person in the United States who was not made poor by his own shortcomings. ..."

Conwell's capacity to establish Temple University and his other civic projects largely derived from the income that he earned from this speech.
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Product Details

BN ID: 2940012866127
Publisher: Classic Century Works
Publication date: 06/16/2011
Series: Wealthy Success Package , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 160 KB

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Acres Of Diamonds 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
1000_Character_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Based on a speech originally given as a lecture to raise money for what would become Temple University, this parable about seeing the riches around you can help give you a new perspective. Short and powerful (the book is much like "Who Moved My Cheese" in that it is brief, but contains an important lesson told in the form of a story) "Acres of Diamonds" will force you to take a new look at your own backyard when looking for opportunity. The basic story revolves around a Persian farmer who loses his life and significant wealth looking for a mine of diamonds when, ironically, his own farm land (which he sold to finance his search for diamonds) literally contained acres of diamonds. Conwell gives several other examples of similar stories revolving around gold, oil, etc. The grass isn't always greener on the other side...don't discount where you are, what you know and the relationships that you already have too quickly. Rambles a bit, but it's still a great story with a timeless message.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Be a winner or a whiner. That is the message in thisshort book. The writing is outdated and dogmatic but the premise is sound--quit looking for greener pastures and blossom where you are planted. Give the people what they want and they will come. Worth a read if you can get past the pontificating. This review refers to the Spire Book version.
Carolyn Foss More than 1 year ago
I love this book but the free version is full of typos. You may have trouble reading this unless you have already read the hard copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never give up---!
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False teahing from the pit...
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What age? Please tell me