"Your diamonds are not in far-away mountains or in distant seas," assures the author of this self-help classic, "they are in your own backyard if you will but dig for them." Profound, yet easy to read, Acres of Diamonds addresses the relationship between spiritual and material desires, providing practical guidance on finding riches in your own backyard by opening your mind and making the most of your circumstances. Russell H. Conwell, the founder of Temple University, delivered the substance of this volume as a popular lecture on more than 6,000 occasions. Audiences listened eagerly to his timeless advice about finding a market for goods and services, getting started without capital, and finding local opportunities. Conwell cites important inventions created by ordinary people who discovered new uses for familiar objects, while offering inspiring advice about abandoning preconceived notions and rediscovering the value of the commonplace.