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Diamond in the Backtar
- Prof. venkata ramanamurty mallajosyula
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To access all the previous stories of inspiration, please click here. Though only a boy of 12, Silas Harper exhibited all the characteristics that ingratiated his elders. It was hard not to like the kid cheerful, enthusiastic, diligent, helpful your typical boy scout type. His family eked out a meager existence on a less than desirable piece of property on the outskirts of town. The rocky outcrops on the small Arkansas farm did not bode well for wheat or corn, so the Harpers did what they could with some livestock and doing odd jobs for the other families in town. Silas, as always, did more than his share to help with the chores. As he grew into adulthood, his ambitions and charm grew too. Some thought he would become a banker or lawyer. But Silas had bigger dreams than that. 'My dad's farm is a nice place, but what would I do with that property?' he asked friends. He didn't get any arguments. The farm was hardly workable and for all intents and purposes was good for nothing. By the time he was 19, Silas had saved enough money to board the train and head west to seek his fame and fortune. He set up an import business in San Francisco, and was not only well received by the business community there, but also achieved success in a relatively short time. Colleagues liked and trusted him. It seemed that luck was on his side, until several years later when he stood on the street and cried while he watched a fire destroy his business. Everything he had worked for had gone up in smoke. The Worst Day of My Life But nothing and no one would ever stand in his way. 'I must say that I thought that was the worst day of my life,' Silas later recalled, 'but that wasn't the only setback I experienced as destiny handed me my fate.' Indeed, Silas spent the next forty years spanning the globe, living in exotic places, and putting deals together. However, he was overtaken with illness, dishonest business partners, and other misfortunes.

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