Earl Nightingale - A lifetime spent in service to his fellowman. "The Strangest Secret" and "We become what we think about", are two phrases that have memorialized one of the greatest thinkers, and inspirational men of our time.
“Even if our home burns down we can rebuild it. But the things that we got for nothing, we can never replace.”
“A good deal of frustration and unhappiness could be avoided if people would just do what they know they should do.”
“How are you coming with your home library? Do you need some good ammunition on why it's so important to read? The last time I checked the statistics...I think they indicated that only four percent of the adults in this country have bought a book within the past year. That's dangerous. It's extremely important that we keep ourselves in the top five or six percent.
“Your world is a living expression of how you are using and have used your mind.”
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”
“A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.”
“one extra hour of study per day and you 'll be a national expert in five years or less ”
“Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”
“Ask, and it shall be given you. Seek, and ye shall find. Knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh, recieveth. And he that seeketh, findeth. And to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.”
“WE BECOME WHAT WE THINK ABOUT”
“Everything you and I will ever have will come to us as the result of the way we use our minds, the one thing we possess that makes us different from all other creatures.”
“The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!”
“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.”
“William Shakespeare put it this way, "Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.”
“And the greatest teacher of them all, the carpenter from the plains of Galilee, gave us the Secret time and time again, "As ye believe, so shall it be done, unto you.”
“Live this new way and the flood gates of abundance will open and pour over you more riches than you may have dreamed existed. Money, yes, lots of it, but what’s more important you’ll have peace. You’ll be in that wonderful minority who lead calm, cheerful successful lives. Start today. You have nothing to lose. But you have a life to win.”
“as you believe so shall it be done unto you.”
“You are what you think about.”
“A success is anyone who is doing deliberately a worthy predetermined job, because that's what he decided to do ... deliberately.”
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway...”
“Success is not the result of making money; making money is the result of success - and success is in direct proportion to our service.”
“Don't concern yourself with the money. Be of service ... build ... work ... dream ... create! Do this and you'll find there is no limit to the prosperity and abundance that will come to you.”
“don't worry. Worry brings fear, and fear is crippling. The only thing that could cause worry during this test is trying to do it all yourself. Know that all you have to do is to hold your goal before you. Everything else will take care of itself. Remember also to keep calm and cheerful. Don't let petty things annoy you and get you off course.”
“Throughout all history, the great wise men and teachers, philosophers,
and prophets have disagreed with one another on many different things.
It is only on this one point that they are in complete and unanimous agreement. We become what we think about.”
“A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before we changed.”
“You become what you think about.”
“Men credited with all kinds of ability, talent, brains and know how, including the ability to see into the future, frequently have nothing more than the courage to keep everlastingly at what they set out to do. They have that one great quality that is worth more than all the rest put together. They simply will not give up! When a man makes up his mind to do something then it's only a matter of time. Staying with time take bulldog persistence. This seems to be the entrance examination to success - lasting success -- of any kind!”
“No man can get rich himself unless he enriches others.”
“We become what we think about.”
Problems are challenges to creative minds. Without problems, there would be little reason to think at all.”
“The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice... it is conformity.”
“The only person who succeeds is the person who is progressively realizing a worthy ideal. It's the person who says, "I'm going to become this and then progressively works toward that goal.”
“We’ve got to put the fuel in before we can expect heat. Likewise, we’ve got to be of service first before we can expect money. Don’t concern yourself with the money. Be of service. Build. Work. Dream. Create. Do this and you’ll find that there is no limit to the prosperity and abundance that will come to you.”
“When you judge others, you do not define them, you define yourself”
In one of the Monthly Letters from the Royal Bank of Canada it was pointed out that reading good books is not something to be indulged in as a luxury. It is a necessity for anyone who intends to give his life and work a touch of quality. The most real wealth is not what we put into our piggy banks but what we develop in our heads. Books instruct us without anger, threats and harsh discipline. They do not sneer at our ignorance or grumble at our mistakes. They ask only that we spend some time in the company of greatness so that we may absorb some of its attributes.
You do not read a book for the book's sake, but for your own.
You may read because in your high-pressure life, studded with problems and emergencies, you need periods of relief and yet recognize that peace of mind does not mean numbness of mind.
You may read because you never had an opportunity to go to college, and books give you a chance to get something you missed. You may read because your job is routine, and books give you a feeling of depth in life.
You may read because you did go to college.
You may read because you see social, economic and philosophical problems which need solution, and you believe that the best thinking of all past ages may be useful in your age, too.
You may read because you are tired of the shallowness of contemporary life, bored by the current conversational commonplaces, and wearied of shop talk and gossip about people.
Whatever your dominant personal reason, you will find that reading gives knowledge, creative power, satisfaction and relaxation. It cultivates your mind by calling its faculties into exercise.
Books are a source of pleasure - the purest and the most lasting. They enhance your sensation of the interestingness of life. Reading them is not a violent pleasure like the gross enjoyment of an uncultivated mind, but a subtle delight.
Reading dispels prejudices which hem our minds within narrow spaces. One of the things that will surprise you as you read good books from all over the world and from all times of man is that human nature is much the same today as it has been ever since writing began to tell us about it.
Some people act as if it were demeaning to their manhood to wish to be well-read but you can no more be a healthy person mentally without reading substantial books than you can be a vigorous person physically without eating solid food. Books should be chosen, not for their freedom from evil, but for their possession of good. Dr. Johnson said: "Whilst you stand deliberating which book your son shall read first, another boy has read both.”
“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored”
“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become reality.”
“You are now, and you do become, what you think about.”
“We are all self-made, but only the successful will admit it.”
“Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude towards us”
“Wherever there is danger, there lurks opportunity; wherever there is opportunity, there lurks danger. The two are inseparable.”
“Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.”
“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.”
“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.”
“Each of us must live off the fruit of his thoughts in the future, because what you think today and tomorrow, next month and next year, you will mold your life and determine your future. You are guided by your mind.”
“A person who does not read is no better than one cannot read.”
“Every one of us is the sum total of his own thoughts”
“Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude towards us.”
“People who have goals succeed because they know where they're going. It's that simple.”
“The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.”
“We tend to live up to our expectations.”
“Everything begins with an idea.”