Acres of Diamonds
Profound, yet easy to read, this self-help classic addresses the relationship between spiritual and material desires. Delivered as a lecture thousands of times by the founder of Temple University, it providespractical advice on opening your mind and making the most of your circumstances to find riches in your own backyard....more
We live in a society where everything better is assigned an 'elusive' tag. Where everything better is always something we don't possess.
This little book reminds us that that is not always the case.
We are taught to always weigh all our options before proceeding with a decision and too many times we only weigh 'outer' options failing to take stock of what we already po...more
Conwell, who presented this lecture in excess of 5,000 times during his life, was a Civil War officer, lawyer and pastor. His family farm was one of the stops on the Underground Railroad and he established one of the first schools that would educate African-American children....more
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For some reason, the simplicity of the standard “success story” conjures the hopeful sentiment that such accomplishments could occur in any life. Truthfully, most successful stories begin with an idea, a notion of which all human beings are equally capable. In Acres of Diamonds, Russell Conwell utilizes positive and negative narratives in order to inspire productivity in his community.
In Defense of Wealth
Simply speaking, Conwell is pro wealth. While many theologians and ethici...more
Genre: Self-help, Motivational
Generally, the book is a short read. It tackles our usual perception and often times, misconception that the grass is always greener at the other side of the fence. It just looks that way, but the book has several true to life stories about people who made it big just because they tried to look around them and looked for a need that they can supply, and in fact some of these people even created a need for their product. On the othe...more
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Mr. Conwell was driven for the need to help other people help themselves. His primary motivation was to meet the needs of other people.
Have you heard of the Chinese proverb - 'Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed h...more
The most important message in this book is this "whatever you want in life can be found in your own backyard". You don't have to go searching across seven seas to find it.
I apply this principle using the 80:20 rule. 80% of the time this is true. Only when one has exhausted all options available locally should only look for help elsewhere.
A must read.
Vivek Rajan Viv...more
Very good moral ...
This book with its examples has explained the real truths and its a must read for all ambitious people.
We are indeed blessed to have such truths in a book!
I could sum it up if you like, save you the trouble - but you won't listen to me: "There is wealth all around you - get some"
This is a very quick read and I would recommend keeping it round as a reminder for when things feel like they’re getting tough.
Story was good and I plan to read it again since I didn't give it my full attention with everything going on around me in the waiting room.