Recently I was re-reading some articles from previous years issues of Success magazine, and I came across an article on Og Mandino. I was impressed with his story of how he went from a drunken failure to become a great life and business philosopher, and author who influenced millions of lives. So I figured I would share my thoughts for people out there who had not heard of him.
OG MANDINO – EARLY ON
Og, which is a nickname for Augustine, was born in 1923. He originally had great dreams, but they were interrupted when his mother died suddenly. This shock caused him to abandon his plans for college, and instead enlisted in the armed forces as a pilot. It was here that he met and became friends with a fellow pilot who went on to become famous in Hollywood. Do you know who? (answer at the end of this post).
Afterwards, he got married, and attempted to make it in the world of insurance sales. This was a time of tremendous failure for him, and soon his frustration led him to a drinking problem, which ended up costing him his wife and child. At one point, he even contemplated suicide.
Think of that – one of the great business philosophers of this century, was just one step away from making a difference in NO one’s life.
THE DISCOVERY AND TURNAROUND
As he told it, Providence intervened and directed him away from the gun at the pawn shop, to a library nearby where he discovered the world of self-development, motivation and success. He turned this early discovery into a routine and lifestyle of pursuit of the principles and guidelines for achieving success from reading hundreds of books by many different authors.
Is this a step you would consider as part of your payment for success?
He re-entered the world of insurance again, this time working for one of his mentors, W. Clement Stone. This time though, having learned some very important lessons, he was determined not to fail.
Sometimes that’s all it takes. Desire, and the determination for action to make it happen.
LESSONS LEARNED AND SHARED
This time, he didn’t fail. Promotion followed promotion, and soon he was putting into words his own philosophies of success, as he developed into a personal development author in his own right.
His most famous book of the 19 he wrote, was The Greatest Salesman in the World. The wisdom in this book is contained in the 10 scrolls for successful selling and successful living. Each scroll contained a principle to be applied in one’s life. They are
1. I begin a new life.
2. I will greet this day with love in my heart.
3. I will persist until I succeed.
4. I am nature’s greatest miracle.
5. I will live this day as if it is my last.
6. Today I will be master of my emotions.
7. I will laugh at the world.
8. Today I will multiply my value a hundredfold.
9. I will act now. I will act now. I will act now.
10. I will pray for guidance.
As you can see by #10, Og Mandino was a spiritual man, and considered The Bible as one of the 12 greatest inspirational and self-help books ever written. He was a man of action, and he believed that everyone was unique, and deserved the opportunity to struggle for success. After all, he was able to turn his life around, and he believed that everyone with the desire to do so, could if they applied action to their dreams and aspirations.
Og Mandino died in 1996 at the age of 72, but not before changing the lives of many people who heard him speak or read his books.
I will act now. Success will not wait. If I delay, success will become wed to another and lost to me forever. This is the time. This is the place. I am the person. Og Mandino. By Geophrey A. Tenganamba: firstname.lastname@example.org …
If you’ve read The Greatest Salesman in the World or any other books by Og Mandino, please share your thoughts in the comment section below. And the guy who became a Hollywood legend – Jimmy Stewart.
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