Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Sometimes what you are seeking is right under your nose!

SHERO on Opportunity: 

The minute you change your tune from why me? to why not me, you will start to see opportunities instead of road blocks. You have heard the saying when life gives you lemons you should make lemonade but it goes beyond that... don't just make lemonade.. sell the lemon to someone who needs it, think of making lemon pie, use the lemon for cooking... the point is that there are always always always many opportunities lurking around you but if you are not open to them they will simply pass you by. Sometimes we think that the grass is greener on the other side or that we have give up everything and start again where all we had to do was look under our nose for the opportunities that were lurking.. Here's a story by Russell Conwell and later popularized in achievement circles by Napoleon Hill "Acres of Diamonds" that will put things in perspective for you....It is a true story of an African farmer who heard tales about other farmers who had made millions by discovering diamond mines. He decided to sell his farm (at a very low price) and go prospecting for diamonds himself. He sold the farm and spent the rest of his life travelling the African continent searching unsuccessfully for the elusive gems that brought such high prices on the markets of the world. Finally, worn out and disillusioned he threw himself in the river and drowned

Meanwhile, the man who had bought his farm happened to be crossing the small stream on the property one day, when suddenly there was a bright flash of blue and red light from the stream bottom. He bent down and picked up a stone. It was a very large stone, and admiring it, he brought it home and put it on his fireplace mantel as an interesting curiosity.

Several weeks later a visitor picked up the stone, looked closely at it and was frozen with excitement. He asked the farmer if he knew what he’d found. When the farmer said, no, that he thought it was a piece of crystal, the visitor told him he had found one of the largest diamonds ever discovered. The farmer had trouble believing that. He told the man 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 original owner of the farm was sitting on acres of diamonds and he had no idea. He had sold it and walked away from his opportunity. If the first farmer had only taken the time to study and prepare himself to learn what diamonds looked like in their rough state, and to thoroughly explore the property he had before looking elsewhere, all of his wildest dreams would have come true.

How many of us are sitting on our own Acres of Diamonds but are looking elsewhere and outside of ourselves for opportunities?