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Acres of Diamonds 💎

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

“If the other guy’s pasture appears to be greener than ours, it’s quite possible that it’s getting better care.”

Yesterday I shared with you “the magic word” from Earl Nightingale’s audio program, Lead The Field (go look for the email if you missed it!).

And today I want to share a story with you from that audio program — it’s called Acres of Diamonds.

There was an African farmer who heard about other farmers who had made millions by discovering diamond mines.

He was so excited by these tales that he sold his farm to go prospecting for diamonds himself.

He spent the rest of his life wandering the African continent looking for diamonds… but never finding them.

Meanwhile the man who bought his farm was crossing a small stream on the property when he saw a glint of light from the stream bottom.

He bent down, picked up the stone, and put it on his mantel.

Later a visitor picked up the stone and gasped. He asked the farmer if he knew what it was and the farmer said, “No”. He had found one of the largest diamonds in all of Africa… and the stream on the property was absolutely full of diamonds.

In fact, that farm turned out to be the most productive diamond mine on the entire African continent.

But the original farmer got so swept up in his vision for how he’d achieve his dream… that he forgot to look in his own backyard for opportunities.

Earl Nightingale sums up the lesson…

"Each of us is at this moment standing in the middle of his or her own acres of diamonds. If we only had the wisdom and patience to intelligently and effectively explore the work in which we’re now engaged, to explore ourselves, we’re usually find the riches we seek… before we go running off to what we think are greener pastures, let’s make sure that our own is not just as green or perhaps even greener… If the other guy’s pasture appears to be greener than ours, it’s quite possible that it’s getting better care."

It’s good to be ambitious… but it’s equally important to temper that ambition with wisdom.

Because the treasures you seek…

…are probably closer than you realize. 🙂

- Russell Brunson

P.S. You can listen to all 5+ hours of Earl Nightingale's audio program, Lead The Field, inside the Secrets of Success Community! Just use a credit if you’re already a member. Or sign up here if you’re not!

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