Don’t sit in front of the cold stove and ask for heat, for you can sit there until you freeze to death. Pile in the wood. Serve first and the heat will come as a result.”Earl Nightingale


The rewards we receive in life are always in exact proportion to our service. In this episode, Brian introduces the third in a series of unheard recordings by personal growth legend Earl Nightingale. Earl teaches the rule of cause and effect and explains why what we put out into the world is what we get back in return.



  • Why increasing your service increases your rewards.
  • How rewards come in two forms.
  • Why you should work to become great where you are.



Episode 61, The Strangest Secret – by Earl Nightingale


Episode 287, A Worthy Ideal – by Earl Nightingale


Episode 298, The Miracle of Your Mind – by Earl Nightingale


“On Vital Reserves,” by William James



“Determine what it is you want. Look objectively at the place in which you now find yourself and determine ways of increasing your service so that you will earn the rewards you seek.” Earl Nightingale

“Our fulfillment as individuals depends upon our reaction to what we’ve been given.” Earl Nightingale

“Each morning and during the day ask yourself this question: How can I increase my service today knowing that my rewards in life must be in exact proportion to my service? Do this every day for 30 full days and you will have formed one of the most valuable habits in the world.” Earl Nightingale

“If you’re worried about your income or your future, you’re concentrating on the wrong end of the scale. Look at the other end. Concern yourself only with increasing your service, with becoming great where you are, and your income and your future will take care of themselves.” Earl Nightingale

“Next time you’re off by yourself in a quiet place, contemplate your plot of ground and begin now to sow the seeds which will yield you a rich harvest.” Earl Nightingale

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