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THIS WEEKS THOUGHT - Acres of Diamonds - 7th July 2007

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acres of diamonds

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This is a great story that Brian Tracy pointed me towards. The story was first told a hundred years ago but is still as meaningful today as it ever was.

"There was an old African farmer who had done very well in life, one day he became very excited on hearing that a number of people had gone off in search of Diamond mine; and on finding one became fabulously rich. So he decided to crown his life by going off in search of a Diamonds mine and become fabulously rich.

He searched the huge African continent for 13 years but finally broken alone, sick and tired he threw himself into the ocean and drowned.

 Recommended Audio CD's
 Think & Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
 Good to Great - Jim Collins
 Psychology of Achievement - Brian Tracy
 Discover Your Strengths - M Buckingham
 7 Habits of Highly Effective- Stephen Covey
 Rich Dads Secrets - Robert Kiyosaki
 Maverick Mindset - John Elliot
 Vocal Power - Roger Love
 Quantum Memory - Dominic O'Brien
 Getting Things Done - David Allen


 Recommended Books

 Good to Great - Jim Collins 
  7 Habits - Stephen Covey
  Discover you Strengths - M Buckingham 
  Richard Branson's Auto biography
  Brilliant Memory - Dominic O'Brien
  Think & Grow Rich -  Napoleon Hill 
  Freakonomics - Stephen Levitt
 Getting Things Done - David Allen
 The Machine That Changed the World
  Watching the English - Kate Fox




First impressions in 30s

The Two Minute Rule

 Noughts and Crosses

 Think and Grow Rich

 3 Blind Men & An Elephant
 Someone Everyone Anyone No-one
 12 Questions to High Performance
 The Bee Can't Fly but No-one told the bee
 The Maverick Mindset of Baseball
 Three Men and a Boat
 Two Cannibals & a Beautiful Girl
 The Meaning of Life  
 What was your name again?
 Two Frogs
 Is Common Sense Possible
 An Architects Vision
 Does Edison Turn Your Light On


Other books and CDs I've mentioned can be found here

There are loads of great audio programs at Nightingale Conant's ,web site here,

Mean while back at his old farm the new farmer one day was out watering a mule in a stream and he found a rock which threw off light in a remarkable fashion. He took the rock to a friend who took him to an expert. This expert identified it as a diamond of immeasurable value. The expert asked ďwhere did you find thisĒ So the farmer took him to where he had found it and low and behold he found another, and then another and then another.  Soon he realised that the whole farm was literally covered in acres of diamonds.

The old farmer had gone off looking for diamonds somewhere else without ever looking under his own feet. The reason he didnít realise that the diamonds were literally under his feet was that diamonds donít look like diamonds in there rough form, indeed they just look like rough rock, burnt fragments and chapped remnants of coal. Indeed for diamonds to become diamonds as we know it they must be cut shaped and polished"

Reflecting on the story I wondered if I capitalised on the resources and contacts I already have, maybe this would help me find my rough diamonds of opportunity. Then by developing skills I already have maybe I can shape those rough diamonds of opportunity and polish them into my own sparkling diamonds of achievement.

This story has so many great messages but the one the I go away with, is a happy realisation that I donít need to change everything in my life, because most likely everything I want is right under my feet and all I need to do is look. 

Enjoy looking for your diamonds, till next week

David Gardner