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 brought over 6,000 instances round the world.
The important suggestion of the paintings is that one needn't glance in different places for chance, fulfillment, or fortune -- the assets to accomplish all great things are found in your individual neighborhood. This subject matter is constructed by way of an introductory anecdote, instructed to Conwell by means of an Arab advisor, a couple of guy who desired to locate diamonds so badly that he offered his estate and went off in futile look for them; the hot proprietor of his domestic found wealthy diamond mine used to be positioned correct there at the estate. Conwell elaborates at the topic via examples of good fortune, genius, provider, or different virtues concerning usual americans.
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But, friends, you should have seen the surprise that ran over the audience when they discovered that the old fellow was going to deliver that speech himself. He had never made a speech in his life, but he fell into the same error that hundreds of other men have fallen into. It seems so strange that a man won't learn he must speak his piece as a boy if he intends to be an orator when he is grown, but he seems to think all he has to do is to hold an office to be a great orator. So he came up to the front, and brought with him a speech that he had learned by heart walking up and down the pasture, where he had frightened the cattle.
Oh, is that so? '' Young man, won't you learn a lesson in the primer of politics that it is a prima facie evidence of littleness to hold office under our form of government? Great men get into office sometimes, but what this country needs is men that will do what we tell them to do. This nation--where the people rule--is governed by the people, for the people, and so long as it is, then the office holder is but the servant of the people, and the Bible says the servant cannot be greater than the master.
You would not dream that he was a great inventor if you did not see something he had actually done. His neighbors do not regard him so great. You never see anything great over your back fence. You say there is no greatness among your neighbors. 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.