How much did I liked it? 10/10
This merely 30min Audio is PoWeRfuL! Earl Nightingale's voice is fantastic.
It sounds like coming straight from the Fourth Dimension original TV series.
Clear, concise, to the point, articulated, authoritative, informative.
The perfect voice for the perfect "secret".
It feels like you just discovered a chest from the ancient time. The excitement increases as you dust if off. You know this is a rare find. It might shake your destiny.
I pretty much like the introduction. Catchy, Short. What's wrong with us nowadays? We don't think.
Then, a quick bite in the calves: we take the world for granted.
We live in a world Mankind spent thousands of years to build with blood and sweat. We live in the Golden Age our ancestors dreamed of. They gave us this extraordinary legacy.
What do you do with it? Are you worth it? Do you honor them? Are you here just to enjoy eating the dessert? Do you feel gratitude? Don't you want to give your best in return? Aren't you eager to contribute?)
Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.
"The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it's conformity." (Rollo May, Man's search for himself).
(Ok, Ok, another stroke on the top of my head. Book added to my to-read-list!
I so much agree with this quote. It bitterly illustrates the experience I had with Education. Like making a pact with the Devil: We promise you security, in exchange of taking your uniqueness. We'll burry it so deep that you'll spend your life to find it again, not knowing who you are. But in exchange, you just need to follow us without thinking too much, we'll give you food and a roof for living.)
It really is funny how he says it:
Conformity. People are following the wrong percentage group (the 95%). Why do these people conform? Well I really don't know (in a condescending tone). (That's the funny part. Like saying: why do people eat poison? I really don't know.)
These people believe that their lives are shaped by circumstances.
They surveyed a group and asked: why do you work, why do you wake up in the morning? 95% had no idea.
They do it because everyone else is doing it.
The successful person is the one who decided "I'll become this", and work toward that goal.
Someone who's doing deliberately a predetermined job that he decided to do. 1 out of 20 does that.
Instead of competing, all we have to do is: create.
(I love this quote. Change your focus on creating. Don't bother with all the mess everyone is competing with)
"For 20 years I looked for the key which would determine what would happen for a human being. Was there a key, I wanted to know, which would make the future a promise that we could foretell. Was there a key that would guarantee a person becoming successful if he only knew about it, and knew how to use it."
"Well, there is such a key."
(this is the moment you pause and don't want to die yet)
Many people work so hard without achieving anything in particular. Why? Goals.
Like a ship with no aiming point. We just start the engine and let it go.
No guidance and no destination. Just like a human being.
(already heard this one, but never was it this convincing)
"The human race is fixed, not to prevent the strong from winning, but to prevent the weak from losing."
That's why it's so easy to make a living today. It takes no particular brain or talent.
So we have a plateau or so-called "security". To succeed we have to decide how high above this plateau we want to aim.
(Ok I need to pause here. I didn't get it the first time, but it really is powerful.
Basically, either you go to school, you get a job, raise a family, and get your "normal life". This is not particularly hard, you just need to conform. But this "safety" has a price to pay. Humankind is slowed down. You could have offered so much more.
Just like a convoy's speed is slowed down to its slowest part. Humankind need to wait for you to continue the dance, the exploration, its evolution.
Or, you don't want to keep floating, you swim. You don't stay at the surface, you dig. You don't conform, you act upon your own wildest instinct.)
"If you understand what follows, your life will never be the same again."
(second pause, and "I don't want to die yet" moment)
Here's the key to success, and the key to failure: We become what we think about.
Marcus Aurelius: "A man's life is what his thoughts make of it."
(in case you're still not convinced, or think it's a new "discovery")
Disraeli: "Everything comes if a man will only wait… I brought myself by long meditations of the conviction that human beings with a settled purpose must accomplish it. And nothing can resist a will that will stake even existence for its fulfillment."
(Stay in place and take the time to set a worthy goal - instead of running everywhere - because once it is correctly set, it will almost be fulfilled by itself)
Ralph Waldo Emerson: "A man is what he thinks about all day long"
(Love the guy, love the quote. So much wisdom in it. Work on your awareness)
William James: "The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can all alter his life by altering his attitude of mind."
(He thought it's a new discovery. Anyhow, there's beauty in discovering it by oneself, and he's lovely expressing it in his own unique way)
William James: "We need only in cold blood act as if the thing in question were real, and it will become infallibly real by growing into such a connection with our life that it will become real. It will become so knit with habit and emotion that our interests in it will be those which characterize belief."
(I didn't get what he means by "in cold blood"? I see it like a visualisation, or like reprogramming ourselves.
After some research, I got the meaning right: fake it till you feel it. I found the explanation in the following book, and added it to my ever expanding to-read-list: "William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism".)
William James: "If you only care enough for a result, you'll almost certainly attain it. If you wish to be rich, you'll be rich. If you wish to be learned, you'll be learned. If you wish to be good, you'll be good. Only you must then really wish these things, and wish them exclusively, and not wish at the same time a hundred other incompatible things just as strongly."
(Sounds like an extended version of Aladdin's lamp. Make your wish, and it will become true. But don't wreck/sabotage your dream with opposite thoughts)
Bible, Mark 9-23: "All things are possible, to him that believe it."
(Just realized my dad used to say this "All things are possible" with such enthusiasm, he not only understood it, but lived by it)
Vincent Norma Peale: "This is one of the greatest laws of the Universe. Do I wish I discovered it as very young man. One of my greatest discovery along with my relationship to God. If you think in negative terms, you'll get negative results. If you think in positive terms, you'll achieve positive results. This is the basic fact of an astonishing law of prosperity and success. In three words: believe, and succeed."
(sounds simple enough. Most people can understand this. Yet, most people won't live by it. It's like solving a math problem, you really need to discover it for yourself to click and get it)
William Shakespeare: "Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win, By fearing to attempt."
(I guess all great minds have different variations, and WS is no exception. If you don't think right, you might just not try, and miss the opportunity to achieve your success)
George Bernard Shaw: "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 up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can't find them, make them."
(This man is deep inside the "take-responsibility" mindset. Take charge of your life.)
Funny fact, every person who discovered this for a while believed he was the first one to work it out. We become what we think about.
A person who is thinking about a concret and worthwhile goal is going to reach it, because that's what he's thinking about.
Conversely, the man who has no goal, who doesn't know where he's going, and whose thoughts must therefore be thoughts of confusion will therefore create a life of confusion. If he thinks about nothing, he becomes nothing.
(That sounds logical)
Why do we become what we think about?
The farm land can parallel the man's mind to explain it.
The land gives the farmer a choice: he may plant whatever he choses. The land doesn't care. It's up to the farmer to make the decision.
It will return what you plant. But it doesn't care what you plant.
Let's say the farmer plants a seed of corn, and one seed of nightshade (deadly poison).
Invariably, the land return what's planted.
As you sow, so shall you reap (Bible)
(That was actually a useful metaphor. I can't help but to think about the "No one is coming" from Nathaniel Branden, that I discovered through Steve Chandler. We have a very strong habit of being passive when it comes to our life's direction, thinking somehow, someone or some event will make us change for the better. Like waiting for superman to come and rescue us in our miserable/normal life. Now that I'm parenting I can see the roots of it. How dependent my child is on me. I therefore encourage her to act by herself so she doesn't catch this habit of waiting for someone to make her situation better. Ultimately, we're alone in taking charge of ourselves. I fell into this trap. I let my dad decide for me from an early age to adulthood. I was stuck into the "I don't know" syndrome whenever my life was concerned. I thought it was better this way, to be "easy-going". This indifference was surely a kind of laziness, not doing "my homework" consisting in working on knowing myself. I felt like Life and Destiny were bigger than me. I couldn't decide firmly something because I was unsure. I now better understand what "I'm the farmer of my own mind" means. Or as Voltaire put it: "Cultivate your own garden")
The human mind is the last great unexplored continent on earth. It contains riches beyond our wildest dreams. It will return anything we want to plant.
You might say: "If that's true, why do people don't use their mind more?"
Our mind comes as standard equipment at birth. It's free. And things that are given to us for nothing, we place little value on. Things that we pay money for, we value.
The paradox is that exactly the reverse is true. Everything that is worthwhile in life came to us free - our minds, our souls, our bodies, our hopes and dreams, our ambition, our intelligence, our love of family and children and friends and country. All these priceless possessions are free.
But the things that cost us money are actually very cheap and can be replaced at any time.
A man can be broken and make another fortune. But the things that came for nothing, we can never replace.
(I love this paradox. It's so simple, and so brillant because we all forget about it. I experienced it to be so true with my own happiness. As Chateaubriand said: "True happiness is cheap: if it is expensive it isn't of good quality")
The human mind isn't use because we take it for granted. Familiarity breeds contempt.
It can do any kind of job we assign to it, but generally speaking, we use it for little jobs instead of big ones.
(to-read: "The Magic of Thinking Big")
So decide now. What is it you want?
(This is the where I fail, with my "I don't know")
Plant your goal in your mind. It’s the most important decision you’ll ever make in your entire life.
What is it you want? An outstanding salesman? A better worker at a specific job? Do you want to get rich?
All you have to do is plant that seed in your mind. Care for it. Work steadily toward your goal. And it will become a reality.
Not only will, there's no way that it cannot. It's a law like gravity. They always work, they're inflexible.
(it's both intimidating, deciding one's goal, taking responsability for one's life. but it's also highly exciting to realize we and only ourselves can make this decision. It looks "fair enough" that way. In a way, it's a big relief to know Nature makes it fair for us to choose. "The law cannot fail" is a good pitch to make us confident and start)
Think about your goal in a relaxed, positive way. Picture yourself in your mind's eyes having already achieved this goal.
See yourself doing the things you will be doing when you have reached your goal.
Too many of us worry ourselves, trying to cope with things with our own little ways. Without learning a few great laws that will take care of everything for us.
(Reminds me of Nietzsche powerful quote: "he who has a why can bear any how". Don't fight with the how, nurture your why. I usually don't like to do visualization exercices, but I want to experiment with this one, seeing my future self).
Every one of us is the sum total of our own thoughts.
Each of us must live off the fruit of our thoughts in the future, because what you think today and tomorrow — next month and next year — will mold your life and determine your future.
(That sounds logical)