Earl Nightingale – Amazing Motivational Thoughts
✔️ Transcript From the Recording: LEAD THE FIELD – MIRACLE OF YOUR MIND By Earl Nightingale.
Most people do not know how to think. When they are faced with a problem, they will go to any length to avoid thinking. They will ask advice from the most illogical people – usually people who don’t know any more than they do, such as next-door neighbors and members of their families.
Very few of them have reference books. But much more important than that, only one in I don’t know how many thousands will take a large notepad, write the problem at the top of the page, and then deliberately turn on his thinking apparatus.
But some people do think – they do, indeed. Reflect for a moment on the human mind; consider what it has accomplished! As you do, realize that we are developing so rapidly that we’ve come farther in the realm of progress in the past 50 years than we have in all the preceding 10,000 years of human civilization.
Of all the scientists who ever lived, it’s estimated that 90 percent of them are alive today!
We’ve reached in the area of ideas and human advancement a plateau so high, it was undreamed of by even the most optimistic forecasters as recently as 30 years ago. But every new idea triggers additional ideas, so now we’re in an era of compounding advancement in every area, and on every front, that staggers the imagination.
The harnessing of the power of the sun in our atomic plants and ships; the speed-of-light computers that, in minutes, save months and years of calculating drudgery – every advance you see and touch spawned from the most powerful agency in the world: the human mind.
Dr. Harlow Shapley of Harvard University said that we are entering an entirely new age of man. He called in the psychozoic age: the age of the mind. And you, my friend, own one! Free and clear!
Now, let’s look at a few facts.
The 40-hour week, a long standard is in an imminent likelihood of being shortened even further. This means that the average working person has, at his disposal, an enormous amount of free time. In fact, if you’ll total the hours in a year and subtract the sleeping hours (assuming eight hours of sleep every night), you’ll find that this person has about 6,000 waking hours, of which less than 2,000 are spent on the job.
Now, this leaves 4,000 hours a year when a person is neither working nor sleeping.
These can be called discretionary hours, with which that person can do pretty much as he pleases.
So you can see the amazing results in your life, I want to recommend that you devote just one hour a day, five days a week, to exercising your mind. You don’t even have to do it on weekends. Pick one hour a day that you can count on fairly regularly. The best time for me is an hour before the others are up in the morning.
The mind is clear, the house is quiet, and, if you like, with a fresh cup of coffee, this is the time to start the mind going.
And here’s one good way to do this:
During this hour every day, take a completely blank sheet of paper. At the top of the page, write your present primary goal – clearly and simply. Then, since our future depends upon the way in which we handle our work, write down as many ideas as you can for improving that which you do now.
Try to think of 20 possible ways in which the activity that fills your day can be improved. You won’t always get 20, but even one idea is good.
Now, remember two important points with regard to this:
1. This is not particularly easy;
2. most of your ideas won’t be any good.
When I say it’s not easy, I mean it’s like starting any other habit. At first, you’ll find that your mind is a little reluctant to be hauled up and out of the old, familiar rut. But as you think about your work and ways in which it might be improved, write down every idea that pops into your head, no matter how absurd it might seem.
Let me tell you what will happen.
Some of your ideas will be good and worth testing. The most important thing this extra hour accomplishes, however, is that it deeply imbeds your goal into your subconscious mind and starts the whole vital machinery working, the first thing every morning. And 20 ideas a day, if you can come up with that many, total 100 a week, even if you skip weekends.
An hour a day five days a week totals 260 hours a year and still leaves you 3,740 hours of free leisure time. Now, this means you’ll be thinking about your goal and ways of improving your performance – increasing your service – six-and-one-half full, extra working weeks a year!
Six-and-one-half 40-hour weeks devoted to thinking and planning. Can you see how easy it is to rise above the so-called competition?
And it will still leave you with seven hours a day to spend as you please!
Starting each day thinking, you will find that your mind will continue to work all day long. You will find that at odd moments when you least expect it, really great ideas will begin to bubble up from your subconscious.
When they do, write them down as you can. Just one great idea can completely revolutionize your work and, as a result, your life!
If you want to develop the muscles of your body, you engage in a daily exercise of some sort. The mind is developed in the same way, except that the returns are out of all conceivable proportion to the time and energy spent.
The mind of man can lift anything. His muscles – even the best developed – are puny alongside those of some of the dumbest animals on earth. If man had
depended on his muscles for survival, he probably would have disappeared, as did the dinosaurs – which were, incidentally, the most physically powerful creatures that ever lived.
Let me give you just some of the results people have reported to me as a consequence of following this one-hour-a-day routine:
An office-equipment salesman sold more of his company’s product in one month than he had formerly sold in an entire year during the four years he had been with his company.
And a Sunday-school teacher with five pupils set a goal of 30 pupils.
In her last letter, she told me she now has a class of 25. She’s almost reached her goal.
I’ve used this system for years, and it has given me some of the most gratifying and rewarding experiences of my life. And it costs only five hours per week – five hours out of 168. Is it worth it? It’s like spending five hours a week digging in a solid vein of pure gold because your mind is all of that – and much more!
Each time you write your goal at the top of a sheet of paper, don’t worry or become concerned about it.
Think of it as only waiting to be reached, a problem only waiting to be solved. Face it with faith, and bend all the great powers of your mind toward solving it, and, believe me, solve it you will!
This puts each of us in the driver’s seat.
ABOUT EARL NIGHTINGALE
Earl Nightingale (1921 – 1989) was an American radio speaker and author, dealing mostly with the subjects of human character development, motivation, and meaningful existence. He was the voice during the early 1950s of Sky King, the hero of a radio adventure series, and was a WGN radio program host from 1950 to 1956. Nightingale was the author of The Strangest Secret, which economist Terry Savage has termed “…one of the great motivational books of all time“.
By 1976 Earl had been awarded the first ever Golden Record for his work ‘The Strangest Secret.‘ Also, he had won the Golden Gavel Award from the ‘Toast Masters International;’ and they then inducted him into the ‘National Speakers and Associations speakers Hall of Fame.’
He then went on further, by 1985, to becoming inducted into ‘The Association of National Broadcasters and National Radio’s Hall of Fame.’ During this same period – the mid-eighties, Earl had written another book, ‘Earl Nightingale’s Greatest Discoveries,’ and had received the ‘Napoleon Hills Gold Medal for Literary Excellence,’ for it.
Over his lifetime, Earl Nightingale had produced over 7 000 radio programs, 250 audio programs and also television and video programs.
Even before his death in 1989, he had created a new format for a book titled, ‘The Winner’s Notebook,’ and included his text and his own illustrations, and he had incorporated specific space for a private journal.
On March 28th, 1989, a message went over the airways from Earls good friend Paul Harvey, he spoke of Earls death and said: “The sonorous voice of the Nightingale was stilled.”
Many reminisced the words of Steve King, Earls friend, and commercial announcer as he reminded the world of how “Earl Nightingale never let a day go by where he didn’t learn something new, and in turn, passed that learning, on to others.” He also reminded the world that, “it was his all-consuming passion.”
So began the replays of Earls many recordings, which inspired nations, and nationalities and crossed cultural borders, and inspired people to live their lives to the fullest.
Even more than 20 years on, his best-selling programs and audio books continue to sell daily; still inspiring thousands of people to continue and become successful. His recordings and tireless work have not ceased to make huge impacts upon this world.
People like Zig Ziglar and Earls widow Diana, continued to echo the truths of Earls philosophy, reminding people that they can reach their highest potential with his simple message:
“You become what you think, you reap what you sow, and you must provide service to others that you meet.”
He is remembered as one of the greatest philosophers of his time.