You Are Standing in Your Own Diamond Mine


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I love The Acres of Diamonds parable. In this story, an African farmer heard fantastic tales about other farmers who had sold their farmlands and invested their money in diamond mines. The farmer became so excited, he sold his farm and spent the rest of his life wandering the African continent searching unsuccessfully for the gleaming gems. Finally, worn out, impoverished and feeling entirely despondent, he threw himself into a river and drowned.

Meanwhile, the man who had bought his farm happened to be crossing a small stream on the property one day, when suddenly there was a bright flash of blue and red light from the bottom of the stream. He bent down and picked up a stone. It was a good-sized beautiful stone, unlike any he had ever seen. He brought the stone home and put it on his fireplace mantel for all to admire.

Several weeks later, a friend came to visit and saw the beautiful stone on the mantel. He picked it up, looked closely at it, and nearly fainted. He asked the farmer if he knew what he’d found. The farmer said “no”. His friend informed him that it was a diamond, and a large one at that. The farmer said that his creek was full of such stones, not all as large as the one on the mantel, but sprinkled generously throughout the creek bottom.

The farm turned out to be one of the most productive diamond mines on the entire African continent. The original owner had owned this hidden diamond mine for years, free and clear … acres of diamonds, as far as the eye could see. But he never took the time to look right under his feet.

We are each standing in our own diamond mine. We just need to realize this.

Your dreams are your diamond mine. Follow your dreams, and not those of others. Put your ladder on your wall and never stop climbing it. It will lead you to acres of diamonds.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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  1. We all really are standing on our own diamond minds. It is ours for the taking.

  2. We all really are standing on our own diamond mines. It is ours for the taking.

  3. Valerie says:

    Such an awesome parable! Thanks for sharing

  4. janie braxton says:

    Beautiful. One of the best sayings to give to people and let them know of the greatness they already possess. Thank you Tom. I read and follow many of the things you publish. You are doing a valuable service that is truly helping those of us who are seeking the real knowledge to help ourselves and others.

  5. I love this thank you

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