Og Mandino was a U. S. pilot during World War II, and after the war he worked as a magazine editor.
While I have read many motivational authors, Og Mandino is the one who touched me the most. A lot of his work is written in story form and leaves you with messages and thoughts to think about. He touched my life and gave me inspiration when I was going through a very difficult time. His books are ones that I keep and reread. No matter how many times I reread one of his books, I always put it down with new thoughts to reflect on my own life.
Thousands of people from all walks of life have openly credited Og Mandino with turning their lives around. His books have sold more than 25 million copies in 18 languages.
In 1968 he published The Greatest Salesman in the World, a parable with common sense advice on how to succeed in life.
The book was a success and Mandino became one of the most popular motivational speakers in the U. S. He went on to write other self-help books, including
The Greatest Secret in the World,
A Better Way to Live, and
The Return of the Ragpicker.
He left a great legacy in the form of his books for many generations to follow to enjoy!
"Welcome every morning with a smile.
Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator,
to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday.
Be a self starter.
Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day.
Today will never happen again.
Don't waste it with a false start of no start at all.
You were not born to fail."
"There is no better than
Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed,
its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time."
"Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if
they were going to be dead by midnight.
Extend to them all the care, kindness, and
understanding you can muster,
and do it with no thought of any reward.
will never be the same again."
"I will smile at friend and foe alike and make every
effort to find, in him or her, a quality to praise, now that I realize
the deepest yearning of human nature is the craving to be appreciated."
"There is an immeasurable distance between late and too late."
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"Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong
"Never allow anyone to rain on your parade and thus cast a pall of gloom
and defeat on the entire day. Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no
brains, no character, are required to set up in the fault-finding business.
Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it.
Your time is too
precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating the menial forces of hate,
jealously, and envy. Guard your fragile life carefully. Only God can shape
a flower, but any foolish child can pull it to pieces."
"Take the attitude
of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to
learn something new."
"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."
"Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your gold
and good health have vanished."