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Acres of Diamonds: Your Wealth and Your Duty Paperback – May 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Books (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586607359
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586607357
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,164,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ron Atkins on June 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
Russell Conwell's book, "Acres of Diamonds" was developed from a speech he delivered to church congregations over 5,000 times. The proceeds he earned from this speech are reputed to have given him a fortune, which he used to found Temple University in Philadelphia.

"Acres of Diamonds" is the story of a successful farmer in India named Al Hafed. Hafed is tempted by the allure of wealth and sells his farm to search the world for diamonds. Years later he dies penniless, having not found diamonds. However, back home the man who purchased Hafed's farm accidentally discovers a huge field of diamonds on Hafed's former land.

Conwell uses this story to illustrate that success often lies close at hand, if you are willing to open your eyes and mind to opportunity. Conwell further suggests that most people are "pygmies of their possible selves," rarely achieving the potential of their innate abilities or local opportunities. Conwell also discusses his basic philosophy of business and gives several rules, or suggestions, for budding entrepreneurs:

1. The seeds of fortune are close at hand. Stick with what you know, find your niche, and don't be swayed by the allure of "greener pastures."
2. Find out what people want, and fill that need. This sounds obvious, but many entrepreneurs start with a product or service, and then try to find a market for their product or service. Conwell advises finding the market first, then developing a product or service to meet that demand.
3. Make the best possible product and provide them to a large number of people.

"Acres of Diamonds" was first published in 1921. It is still valid today, and provides valuable lessons to anyone attempting to achieve financial success.

You may also want to read Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and The 17 Principles of Creating Wealth by Phillip Collinsowrth.

Ron Taylor
Author, Network Marketing: MLM strategies for Success and Wealth Creation
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By Me on May 28, 2013
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I like this book for its depth and for its ability to draw many points about life in one small speech. I think that if you want to think more about your life and seeing where possibilities lie then you should read this book.
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By Smooth on March 12, 2013
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As far as the timely shipping and condition of the book is concerned, I was pleased. i was somewhat disappointed with the contents and especially the very hard to follow prose. I didn't much care for the writing.
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