Lesson: Opportunity is often closer than you think
From the book, "Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search for SUCCESS"
Centuries ago a man named Ali Hafed lived near the Indus River in the Middle East. He owned a large farm with a beautiful garden and enormous grain lands. He was contented because he was wealthy, and wealthy because he was contented.
One day a traveling Buddhist Priest came to his farm and asked to stay the night. Ali provided boarding and fed him. After dinner the priest, laying his toes near the warm stones, told Ali the story of how the world was made. All the world had been a bank of fog until God swirled his finger in it and it turned into a ball of fire. God cooled the world and the earth formed its minerals based on the speed at which parts cooled. First was granite, then copper, gold and finally, diamonds.
Ali had never heard of diamonds. The priest went on to say that a diamond the size of your thumb could buy a country; a man who owns a diamond mine could place all his children on thrones.
Ali had woken that morning a wealthy man, but he went to bed very poor indeed. He had to have diamonds. The next morning he told the priest he would set out to find some. The priest told him that “if you will find a river that runs through white sands, between high mountains, in those white sands you will always find diamonds.”
Ali sold his farm to a neighbor and set out in search of this river. He traveled for years, but could find no diamonds. Finally, ragged and broke, Ali walked into the ocean and drowned himself.
One day not to long afterward, the new owner of Ali’s farm led his camel for a drink in the shallow water in the garden. As the camel swished the water, a gleam of white reflected. Curious, the farmer bent down and picked up a black rock with a crystalline eye that reflected the sun.
Thus was discovered the Golconda diamond mine—one of the richest in the world.
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