Og Mandino was one of the most widely read inspirational and self-help authors in the world. His 14 books of wisdom, inspiration, and love have sold more than 36 million copies worldwide in 18 different languages. Og was the first recipient of the Napoleon Hill Gold Medal for literary achievement. He was also one of the most sought-after speakers in the country.
Og struggled as a life insurance salesman after World War II. Already in deep debt, his wife and daughter left him after he developed a drinking problem. Og started making visits to the public library, reading books on success and motivation. His drinking gradually subsided. Og was so impressed with the work and success philosophy of W. Clement Stone, that he got a job as a salesman at Stoneâs insurance company and was promoted within a year.
Og soon became editor of Stoneâs magazine, Success Unlimited. After writing a piece about golf for the magazine, a New York publisher sent him a letter about possibly publishing a book if he were to write one. The Greatest Salesman in the World was soon published and became a bestseller. Thousands of people have openly credited Og with saving or changing their lives.
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â¢ Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
â¢ All your problems, discouragements, and heartaches are, in truth, great opportunities in disguise.
â¢ Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no mater how frightening or difficult, a new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity, but with it you can accomplish miracles.
â¢ I will make love my greatest weapon and none on who I call can defend against its force. â¦My love will melt all hearts liken to the sun whose rays soften the coldest day.
â¢ Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.
â¢ Take the attitude of a studentânever be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.
â¢ Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished.
â¢ Work as though you would live forever, and live as though you would die today.
The Greatest Salesman in the World is one of the most inspiring appealing books that I have ever read, and it is not only for salespeople. Reading this book is clearly the best way to get started with Og Mandino. First published in 1968, it remains an invaluable guide to a philosophy of salesmanship.
The Greatest Salesman in the World is written as a parable set in the time just prior to Christianity, and it integrates mythology with spirituality into a valuable message of inspiration. At the heart of the book is the story of 10 Scrolls that can empower each of us to be more successful. The title of the 10 Scrolls are listed below, but the power comes in the story and the details of the scrolls.
Scroll I. Today I begin a new life.
Scroll II. I will greet this day with love in my heart.
Scroll III. I will persist until I succeed.
Scroll IV. I am natureâs greatest miracle.
Scroll V. I will live this day as if it is my last.
Scroll VI. Today I will be master of my emotions.
Scroll VII. I will laugh at the world.
Scroll VIII. Today I will multiply my value a hundredfold.
Scroll IX. I will act now.
Scroll X. I will seek guidance.
The Greatest Salesman in the World can be read in a day and is a great introduction to the works of Og Mandino.
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