There was once a farmer in Africa who inherited land from his father. On his deathbed, his father kept on muttering about the wealth in the land, and that his son should never sell up. The land had once been on the path of the Orange River but over hundreds of thousand of years it had changed course, leaving boulders and rocks littered everywhere and the river many miles away.
For 3 long years the son toiled to make ends meet with the land, but it was difficult to be optimistic. He felt it was unproductive, dry and barren – the land being covered in large rocks made tilling and ploughing awkward and difficult. He started to curse the day he was left the land. One day a smart young man came riding by and stopped to ask to water his horse. The farmer moaned about his lot, and the young man looking at the land offered him a sum of money on the spot. The amount was very tempting, and after a night’s sleep thinking about the offer, the farmer agreed to sell. He had heard that to the south, people were finding diamonds. A diamond the size of your thumb would make you very wealthy, so he had been told.
He looked all over Africa but couldn't find any. He spent years and all of his money from the sale of his farm with his obsession in trying to find diamonds and becoming wealthy. Eventually, tired, broke and disenchanted with life, one night he ended it by drowning in the River Vaal.
Back at the original farm, the young man had not even attempted to farm the land or plant seeds. He just walked into the middle of the nearest field with a mallet and started to break the rocks. One by one, he started to expose small looking crystals, which had a dull shine to them. He sent them to Pretoria for analysis, and sure enough they were diamonds. He was the owner of the largest diamond field in the world!
Moral of the Story:
Opportunity is always under our feet. We don't have to go anywhere, and we have control. All we need to do is recognize it.