In the mid 1800’s Russell Conwell, an educator & minister was approached by his following to assist them in getting into college. He felt very strongly about creating the opportunity for poor folks to get formally educated. He spent years raising the millions to establish Temple University!
He accomplished this by giving 6000 free lectures where he told the following TRUE tale of an African farmer:
The farmer excited about prospecting for diamonds spends his life in vain pursuit! Despondent, he threw himself into the river & drowned.
The new owner of the African farmers original property, the one he vacated to find his fortune, discovered a large crystal in the stream that ran through the property. He placed it prominently on his fireplace mantle.