The 3 Step Process of Making Diamonds and How That Relates to Your Journey

Christian Yang
Jan 2, 2017 · 4 min read

Ever heard the phrase “A diamond in the rough”? Have you ever tried to comprehend the meaning of it?

I start my week by watching Eric Thomas’ “Thank God It’s Monday” (TGIM) series. This helps me prepare for the goals and obstacles I have to attack for the upcoming week. His video TGIM: Pressure Makes Perfect breaks down the process of how diamonds are made and relates that back to arguably the best NFL quarterback ever in Tom Brady.

Tom Brady as we know is a 4x Super Bowl Champion, 3x Super Bowl MVP, 2x NFL MVP, 11x Pro Bowler and much more. Pretty good resume I would say. He must have a first rounder in his draft class right? Wrong. Brady was selected with the 199th pick in the 6th round of the NFL draft by the New England Patriots. That means that all 32 NFL Teams passed on him at least six times. Why did every team underestimate what he could become? Tom Brady was a diamond in the rough.

Diamonds are one of the most luxurious gifts out there. That is why when a couple gets married; they get a diamond ring to show their union. The process that diamonds must go through before reaching the shelves of stores is something we don’t get the chance to see.

According to Live Science, to make a diamond there is a three step process.

  1. Once found, the diamond is put under pressure of 725,000 pounds per square inch.
  2. It is also put under extreme heat of 2,200 Fahrenheit
  3. Then they cut it.

Amazing right?

How does the diamond making process relate to you?

Tom Brady didn’t start right away when coming into the NFL. He had to wait for his opportunity. His opportunity came when the starting QB for the Patriots (Drew Bledsoe) at the time got injured and Brady was thrown into the fire and under extreme pressure. His first couple games were a hard transition for him as he posted below average numbers. After a couple of games he caught his stride and the rest was history. Brady did not let being passed by every team six times derail him. He also did not let the pressure get to him when his name was called upon. Brady took all these moments and used them to fuel him into becoming the diamond he is today.

Diamonds are not easy to come by. This is why they make fake diamonds that look exactly the same. The way to figure out which is a real diamond and which isn’t; we must test them. The word Diamond comes from the Greek word meaning unbreakable. Real diamonds are unbreakable.

This year, Brady was suspended for four games for an issue that may not have even been true. This was more fuel for him to use. Brady came back his first game and threw for over 400 yards and three touchdowns. The Patriots are now 11–2 this year, favorites to win their division and on their way to the playoffs.

My favorite bible verse comes from the book of James 1:2–8.

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

Life is going to present challenges that we don’t believe we can overcome. Many people let life’s obstacles determine the outcome of their lives. Use these obstacles that life throws at you as fuel to your fire. Use it to motivate you to work even harder and persevere through every challenge that comes your way. We must understand that these challenges presented to us are an opportunity to be put under pressure, in extreme heat and then cut into the diamonds that we are.

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