“We become what we think about.” — Earl Nightingale

In the world today, we’re drowning in information, but starving for wisdom. While the tools we use in our daily lives continue to change with advances in technology, the principles of success remain the same. In this episode, Brian introduces us to “The Strangest Secret” by Earl Nightingale, which was the first spoken word recording to sell more than a million copies. Earl explains how your thoughts determine your success, particularly if paired with a goal. You’ll learn why only 5 percent of people succeed, ways to overcome the plateau of security and how to put what you’ve learned into action in 30 days. By the end of the episode, you’ll be ready to harness your thoughts and change them for good.


Inspirational quotes from today’s interview:

“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.” — Earl Nightingale

“The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice; it is conformity.” — Rollo May

“The only person who succeeds is the person who’s progressively realizing a worthy ideal.” — Earl Nightingale

“A success is anyone who is doing deliberately a predetermined job because that’s what he decided to do deliberately.” — Earl Nightingale

“Instead of competing, all we have to do is create.” — Earl Nightingale

“Selling is the highest paid profession if we’re good at it and know where we’re going.” — Earl Nightingale

“A man’s life is what his thoughts make of it.” — Marcus Aurelius

“Everything comes if a man will only wait. I brought myself by long meditation to the conviction that a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it and that nothing can resist a will that stay even existent for its fulfillment.” — Benjamin Disraeli

“A man is what he thinks about all day long.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.” — William James

“If you only care enough for a result, you will almost certainly attain it. If you wish to be rich, you will be rich. If you wish to be learned, you will be learned. If you wish to be good, you’ll be good. Only you must really wish these things and wish them exclusively and not wish at the same time a hundred other incompatible things just as strongly.” —William James

“If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” — Mark 9:23

“This is one of the greatest laws in the universe. Fervently do I wish I had discovered it as a very young man. It dawned upon me much later in life and I found it to be the greatest, if not my greatest discovery outside of my relationship to God. Simply stated if you think in negative terms, you’ll get negative results. If you think in positive terms, you achieve positive results…This is the basis of the prosperity of success. In three words: Believe and Succeed.” — Norman Vincent Peale

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get out and look for the circumstances they want and, if they can’t find them, make them.” — George Bernard Shaw

“Everyone is the sum total of his own thoughts.” — Earl Nightingale

“What you think today and tomorrow will mold your life and determine your future.” — Earl Nightingale

Sermon on the Mount: “Ask, and it shall be given you. Seek, and you shall find. Knock, and it shall be opened onto you.”

“Success isn’t the result of making money; making money is the result of success. Success is in direct proportion to our service.” — Earl Nightingale


Mentioned in the episode:

Man’s Search for Himselfby Rollo May
Wake up and Liveby Dorothea Brande


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