Diamond mining for beginners.
On discovering my story, people often seek to understand what and who inspired me, and what drove my desire to achieve. They wonder if I have the keys to unlock the secrets of success.
In reality we all hold a number of keys to the many definitions of success that there are. It’s only by sharing them that we help others find their own keys.
In the coming months, I will share stories, tools, techniques and insights I discovered on my journey, in the hope that they will unlock something for you or someone you know. I positively encourage you to do the same.
Please share your stories, tools, techniques and insights in the comments below, who knows, it might inspire us to make a featured blog post about it!
When I was around 16, I stumbled upon Earl Nightingale. I saw a flyer for an audio book series, and sent off for the ‘free’ trial. When I received my first recording, I was absolutely hooked. Not only did this guy’s voice sound like a worldly wise grandad giving me great advice, his story telling was so effective, I immediately felt compelled to act on his words.
I have chosen one of his stories to share with you. It’s one of my favourites, because it is applicable to so many situations, and it continues to help and inspire me 28 years after first discovering it.
The story is attributed as inspiration for countless people’s success and is told by hundreds of people all over the world. Temple University in Philadelphia exists because this story inspired its founder. Even though it’s been adapted many times, it is based on a true, and quite incredible real life story. Its timeless wisdom is as thought provoking and relevant now as it was when first told in the 1800’s.
Acres of Diamonds
A farmer who lived in Africa became tremendously excited when a visitor told him about Diamonds being discovered in abundance in fields on the African continent. The farmer, consumed by the idea he could find millions of dollars’ worth of diamonds, sold his farm to head out to the diamond mines.
He wandered all over the continent constantly searching for diamonds and the inevitable wealth which would follow, which he never found. Eventually he went completely broke and threw himself into a river and drowned.
Meanwhile, the new owner of his farm found an ugly and unusual looking rock the size of an egg and put it on his mantle as a curiosity. A visitor saw the rock, and almost had heart failure there and then! He told the new owner of the farm that the funny looking rock on his mantle was probably the biggest diamond that had ever been found. The new owner of the farm said, “Heck, the whole farm is covered with them” – and sure enough it was.
The farm is now known as the Kimberly Diamond Mine, with the Orange River running right through it… the richest mine the world has ever known. The original farmer was literally standing on “Acres of Diamonds” until he sold his farm.
If only he started his quest by first understanding what Diamonds looked like in their rough state. If only he had a good look in his own back yard before looking elsewhere.
Each of us in this very moment are standing in our very own acres of diamonds. All we need is the wisdom and patience to intelligently and effectively explore both ourselves and the life we are currently living.
10 Questions to Mine Your Own Diamonds
What I love about Earl Nightingale, is that he not only provides the inspiration through great story telling, he helps us find our own way by giving us a great context and then asking some pertinent questions.
Here is Earl’s guidance on Diamond Mining:
To prospect your own acres of diamonds and unearth the opportunities that exist in your life right now, regularly challenge yourself with some key questions:
1) How good am I at what I’m presently doing?
2) Can I call myself a first-class professional at my work?
3) How would my work stand up against the work of others in my field?
4) Do I know all I can about my industry or profession?
5) How can the customer be given a better break?
6) How can I increase my service?
7) There are rare and very marketable diamonds lurking all around me. Have I been looking for them? Have I examined every facet of my work and of the industry or profession in which it has its life?
8) There are better ways to do what I’m presently doing. What are they?
9) How will my work be performed 20 years from now?
10) Everything in the world is in a state of evolution and improvement.
How can I do now what will eventually be done anyway? Now, I have reduced the story and Earl’s wisdom into a blog sized retelling. If you can find 10 minutes, I’ve found what I think maybe from the original 10 minute ‘free audio book’ taster I heard all those years ago. Click Here. It looks and sounds old and cheesy, but the wisdom is relevant and insightful. If you are interested in the Acres of Diamonds story, the audiobook is 1 hour and 17 minutes, it’s online here. As with a lot of the old teachings, there are often out-dated turns of phrase and religious references – I just tune out of them, as the lessons are far more valuable than the sometimes frustrating idiosyncrasies of a bygone age.
About Pennie Raven
Pennie is a UK Business and Social Entrepreneur, currently living in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Originally from Essex, she
grew up on a notorious council estate with high unemployment and above average levels of poverty and crime. By the age of 15 she was homeless, fending for herself, yet went on to enjoy a successful blue chip career in HR and Change Management. By 25 she was an influential voice in the boardroom, and was a director by age 29. She discovered her inner entrepreneur founding the hugely successful Direct Human Resources Group, which then became a casualty of the global recession. She has since founded HR Guardian Angels, helping countless entrepreneurs with their own ventures. She Co-runs Pecha Kucha Sheffield, and recently founded Sheffield Soup, a real life crowd funding event for Sheffield people and their ideas. Pennie has broad interests, enjoying science and technology, arts and culture. She is fascinated by neuroscience and biotechnology.
Websites / Twitter / Facebook:
www.sheffieldsoup.com @SheffSOUP Facebook/SheffieldSoup
www.pechakuchasheffield.com @PKNSheff Facebook/PechaKuchaSheffield
www.hrguardianangels.com @hrguardianangel Facebook/HRGuardianAngels
www.pennieraven.com @pennieraven Facebook/JobsInSheffield
Contact Pennie for:
HR Support, Headhunting, Leadership and Management Development, and Business Growth Consulting.
Events coming soon:
Sheffield Soup Launch Party on 29th July
Pecha Kucha Sheffield Volume 19 – The Artisan Rises on 16th July