Earl Nightingale was an American-born public speaker, self-help coach, and radio personality. Earl’s most famous work was called The Strangest Secret, which is an audio book that delves into the fundamentals of the Law of Attraction. In fact, this audio book was the first self-improvement work ever to sell over 1 million copies! Like almost all other great success coaches, Earl taught that we become what we think about, therefore personal development should focusing on correcting thinking first. I was originally drawn to his work because I liked the sound of his deep and confident voice, but as I listened to his message I realized his teachings were amazing as well. Legend has it, that a young Bob Proctor got to work with Mr. Nightingale for a long period of time which Bob says transformed his life. Earl claims his big breakthrough came in fall of 1939 when he was just 29 years old. He was reading Napoleon Hill’s book Think and Grow Rich when he suddenly came to the realization that he had be searching for his entire life. At this point he had the surreal realization that, we are what we think about, or put another way, “As ye sow, so shall ye reap.” Earl knew that the secret to success in life, health, wealth, or any other area had to do with the dominant thoughts in your brain. It’s important to note, that thinking alone is not enough for success, one must think and then combine this thinking with bold determined action. The entire chain reaction is initially started and directed by the thinking mind. In Napoleon Hill’s book Think and Grow Rich he talks about the secret to success that is mentioned no less than one time per chapter. I read the book through multiple times before I ever figured out what this secret was. Initially, I found it very frustrating that Hill didn’t just reveal this secret to you at the beginning, but behind this tactic was definitely a reasonable approach on how people learn best.
If you really want to get ahead in life, you can’t do things the same way as others have. Instead, you must “reinvent the wheel” by building on the works of those who came previously, while innovating and taking it to the next level. The fact of the matter is a large majority of people are broke by the age of 65 and live out their golden years dependent upon others. Most people believe that their life is shaped by external events and circumstances that they have no control over. These external forces are at work because of no fault of their own, and are the real reason for their failures. He then goes on to talk about the importance of setting a worthy goal for yourself. This goal must be congruent with your core beliefs and be worthy of your full devotion and effort. In fact, Bob Proctor recommends people set very large goals that both excite them and scare them at the same time.
As you delve deep into the law of attraction you will find the secret to everything is your thinking. In fact, all great religions, thinkers, and philosophers have only one thing in common. Do you know what it is? If you guessed that you are what you think about, then you were correct. It’s important to note, that it’s not possible to wish for 100 different things and obtain all of them. Furthermore, different goals require smaller or larger amounts of effort for their eventually attainment. The Law of Attraction is best applied when you pick one goal, and focus exclusively on its attainment for the required amount of time.
Earl Nightingale produced many incredible works including: