Actually getting started in a reading program can be challenging. Good intentions being what they are…. So, let’s talk about it a little. Do you start with the ‘classics’? OK, but which first and what are the classics, and are they right for today – for you? People who are not regular readers balk at taking the plunge with a 300 page book written 80 years ago that references names and places they are not familiar with. These feelings add to putting it off. Personally, I think it’s good to start with a short, easy to read work that offers immediate understanding. Now is not the time for subtle points.
A tip for those new to reading in the self improvement area: take what is called the ‘supermarket’ approach. During the trip through the supermarket that is the book, pick and choose what you want. If it does not agree with you – just move past it. Read it? Yes. Contemplate it? Yes. Get stuck on it and mentally toss out all the good stuff too? No. When you are in the produce aisle you pick out the items you like and notice but leave the rest. If you despise bananas you do not spend an hour ranting about how the store has them next to your beloved apples do you? No. You see the bananas, then you see the apples. You take the apples and leave the bananas. Simple. Use it, it works.
My recommendation for a good starter happens to be a classic and it was written over 80 years ago. If that stops you from moving on then perhaps you need to rethink your commitment to changing your life. Why this particular choice? It is short, easy to read yet brings home some simple truths which must be understood. I come from the generation where many went ‘walkabout’ to find themselves. Did they? Some, but most did not. They should have read “Acres of Diamonds.” Russell Conwell, the founder of Temple University, gave this talk, “Acres of Diamonds,” over 6000 times! It is ranked as one of the 100 Greatest Speeches of all time. At the request of many the transcript was released in book form.
Below are several comments and reviews by others about this little book, and a link to read or Download it in PDF format.
Acres of Diamonds has a powerfully simple message which has helped millions of people recognize their potential for success. One of the most dynamic motivators of all time, Temple University founder Russell Conwell, promises if you will respond genuinely to the needs of humanity, you can find self-fulfillment “in your own backyard.”
Meet a self-made man who lived a totally unselfish life, and who opened doors of opportunity for untold millions through his philosophy that “ALL GOOD THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!” He believed that each of us is placed here on earth for one main purpose–to help others.
Book Review by JD
I used to be one of those people who looked for diamonds in faraway places. I dreamed of doing something — I didn’t know what — until one day I found an opportunity that had been in front of me all the time. Have you taken stock of your life lately? Perhaps there are diamonds sitting just outside your back door.
Be sure to read it. As you know, owning a book and not reading it provide no value to you. This is a book that has made more millionaires than just about any other book. Don’t underestimate the value because it is simple.
I read Acres of diamonds more than fifteen times and each time I read it I discover something new I did not see the last time I read it. I am current working on my third book and I am making reference to Acres of diamonds on the ignorance of many people leaving wealth in search of wealth.
After you have read and/or studied “Acres of Diamonds” please leave your Comments here for others to read. Implement what you learn and the results will be an inspiration to all you tell. There are several versions of the book available. The simple unadorned PDF can be read or saved to your computer by clicking here. For if those who prefer to own an actual book you can get it from Amazon here. Acres of Diamonds: All Good Things Are Possible, Right Where You Are, and Now!
Either way – use it. Remember, reading is one of the greatest tools available to a Student of Winning.