The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
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The Greatest Salesman in the World is a book, written by Og Mandino,
In a nutshell, the book is about a young man named Hafid in ancient Jerusalem in Biblical times who attains success principles from a very wealthy
Lessons & Notes:
“Wealth, my son, should never be your goal in life. Your words are eloquent but they are mere words. True wealth is of the heart, not of the purse.”
Don’t strive to be rich only in wealth. Strive to be rich also in health, peace of mind, love, happiness, and serenity
“Only a habit can subdue another habit.”
He who permits his thoughts to control his actions is weak.
He who forces his actions to control his thoughts is strong.
Good habits are fundamental to success.
Welcome each day with love in your heart.
You are nature’s greatest miracle.
Live each day as if it is your last. No one is promised a tomorrow.
“The rewards are great if one succeeds but the rewards are great only because so few succeed.”
However you define “God,” don’t ask “God” to provide with you gold, success, riches, or happiness, instead pray to “God” for guidance, light, direction, and strength. Your prayers will be answered when you let God show you the way to acquire these things.
“Obstacles are necessary for success because in selling, as in all careers of importance, victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats. Yet each struggle, each defeat, sharpens your skills and strengths, your courage and your endurance, your ability and your confidence and thus each obstacle is a comrade-in-arms forcing you to become better… or quit. Each rebuff is an opportunity to move forward; turn away from them, avoid them, and you throw away your future.”
Humans are the only creatures who can laugh, and the best thing to laugh at is ourselves so cultivate the habit of laughter. Whenever things appear stressful or miserable, repeat the word, “This too shall pass,” and all upsetting feelings will seem lighter.
Laughers puts successes as well as failures into perspective.
You can’t be prosperous without being grateful.
The only difference between those who fail and those who succeed are in their daily habits.
Dreams, goals, plans are of no value unless they are followed by action.
“If I feel depressed I will sing. If I feel sad I will laugh. If I feel ill I will double my labor. If I feel fear I will plunge ahead. If I feel inferior I will wear new garments. If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice. If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come. If I feel incompetent I will remember past success. If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals. Today I will be master of my emotions.”
Always do more than is required of you.
Poverty is an honor and even a way of life for the monk in the desert; learn to be agile and happy with having nothing.
Delay short-term gratification – “The beggar thinks only of his next meal and I think only of the meal that will be my last.”
Each action that becomes a habit in living becomes a part of your identity and destiny.
“And most of all I will love myself. For when I do I will zealously inspect all things which enter my body, my mind, my soul, and my heart. Never will I overindulge the requests of my flesh, rather I will cherish my body with cleanliness and moderation. Never will I allow my mind to be attracted to evil and despair, rather I will uplift it with the knowledge and wisdom of the ages. Never will I allow my soul to become complacent and satisfied, rather I will feed it with meditation and prayer. Never will I allow my heart to become small and bitter, rather I will share it and it will grow and warm the earth.”