By Russell H. Conwell

Russell Herman Conwell used to be an American Baptist minister, attorney, author, and striking orator. he's top remembered because the founder and primary president of Temple collage in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and for his lecture and booklet Acres of Diamonds .

Acres of Diamonds originated as a speech which Conwell added over 6,000 instances round the world.

The significant thought of the paintings is that one needn't glance in other places for chance, success, or fortune -- the assets to accomplish all great things are found in your personal neighborhood. This topic is constructed through an introductory anecdote, informed to Conwell via an Arab consultant, a few guy who desired to locate diamonds so badly that he bought his estate and went off in futile look for them; the recent proprietor of his domestic came across wealthy diamond mine was once positioned correct there at the estate. Conwell elaborates at the subject matter via examples of good fortune, genius, provider, or different virtues regarding traditional american citizens.

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A poor man in Massachusetts who had worked in the nail works was injured at thirty-eight, and he could earn but little money. He was employed in the office to rub out the marks on the bills made by pencil memorandums, and he used a rubber until his hand grew tired. He then tied a piece of rubber on the end of a stick and worked it like a plane. '' He went to Boston and applied for his patent, and every one of you that has a rubbertipped pencil in your pocket is now paying tribute to the millionaire.

It is all away off somewhere else. Their greatness is ever so simple, so plain, so earnest, so practical, that the neighbors and friends never recognize it. 30 True greatness is often unrecognized. That is sure. You do not know anything about the greatest men and women. I went out to write the life of General Garfield, and a neighbor, knowing I was in a hurry, and as there was a great crowd around the front door, took me around to General Garfield's back door and shouted, ``Jim! '' And very soon ``Jim'' came to the door and let me in, and I wrote the biography of one of the grandest men of the nation, and yet he was just the same old ``Jim'' to his neighbor.

He who can give to this city better streets and better sidewalks, better schools and more colleges, more happiness and more civilization, more of God, he will be great anywhere. Let every man or woman here, if you never hear me again, remember this, that if you wish to be great at all, you must begin where you are and what you are, in Philadelphia, now. He that can give to his city any blessing, he who can be a good citizen while he lives here, he that can make better homes, he that can be a blessing whether he works in the shop or sits behind the counter or keeps house, whatever be his life, he who would be great anywhere must first be great in his own Philadelphia.

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