Earl Nightingale

Earl Nightingale (March 12, 1921 - March 25, 1989) was an American motivational speaker who was born in Los Angeles, California. Earl Nightingale was on the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor. After the war Nightingale began work in the radio industry, which eventually led to work as a motivational speaker. In 1956 he produced a spoken-word record, The Strangest Secret, which sold over a million copies, making it the first spoken-word recording to achieve Gold Record status. Shortly afterwards, he cofounded the Nightingale-Conant corporation with Lloyd Conant

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Am I motivated by what I really want out of life -- or am I mass-motivated?
Courage changes things for the better...With courage you can stay with something long enough to succeed at it, realizing that it usually takes two, three or four times as long to succeed as you thought or hoped.
Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.
Everything that's really worthwhile in life comes to us.
Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude towards us.
People are where they are because that is exactly where they really want to be - whether they will admit that or not.
People with goals succeed because they know where they're going.
Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.
The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!
The man who succeeds above his fellows is the one who early in life clearly discerns his object, and towards that object habitually directs his powers.
The mind moves in the direction of our currently dominant thoughts
The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.
To give oneself is the only way of becoming oneself.
We all walk in the dark and each of us must learn to turn on his or her own light.
We can help others in the world more by making the most of yourself than in any other way.
We tend to live up to our expectations.

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