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Og Mandino

The Greatest Salesman in the World
Born December 12, 1923
Italy
Died September 3, 1996
United States
Occupation Inspirational author
Website
Ogmandino.com

Augustine "Og" Mandino II (December 12, 1923 – September 3, 1996) suffered devastating losses while struggling with alcohol abuse yet overcame his obstacle, and discovered the greatest secret of success in all ventures to become one of America's most beloved and trusted authors and mentors.

He wrote the bestselling book The Greatest Salesman in the World. He remains one of the best-selling inspirational authors today. His books have sold over 50 million copies and have been translated into over twenty-five different languages. He was the president of Success Unlimited magazine until 1976. He had been inducted into the National Speakers Association's Hall Of Fame.

Og Mandino died in 1996.

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Biography

Mandino was born December 12, 1923 in Italy. According to the 1930 U.S. Census, he was named after his paternal grandfather.

Mandino was once the editor of a high school paper and planned to attend the University of Missouri's journalism school. But in the summer of 1940, before Mandino was able to enter college, his mother died suddenly from a massive heart attack. This happened while Mandino's mother was in the kitchen preparing his lunch. After the incident, Mandino decided to work in a paper factory until 1942. Afterwards, Mandino joined the United States Army Air Corps where he became a military officer and a bombardier. He flew for thirty bombing missions over Germany on board a B-24 Liberator during World War II.[1] It was also during this time that Mandino flew with fellow pilot and movie star, James Stewart. Mandino kept a personalized 8 X 10 photograph of Stewart. This photograph hung on the wall of his home office where he wrote his books.

After his military duties, Mandino discovered that many companies were not hiring many former bomber pilots. As a result, he became an insurance salesman. Traveling on the road and sitting in bars at night, Mandino became an alcoholic. He was unable to keep a job. As a result, Mandino's wife, together with their only child, left him. One wintry November morning in Cleveland, Mandino almost tried to commit suicide. But as he sorted through several books in a library, volumes of self-help, success and motivation books captured Mandino's attention. He selected some titles, went to a table and began reading. Mandino followed his visit to the library with more visits to many other libraries around the United States. He read hundreds of books that dealt with success, a pastime that helped him alleviate his alcoholism. It was in a library in Concord, New Hampshire, where he found W. Clement Stone's classic, Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude, a book that changed Mandino for the better.

Mandino eventually became a successful writer. His works were inspired by the Bible and influenced by Napoleon Hill, W. Clement Stone, and Emmet Fox.

Philosophy

Mandino wrote The Greatest Salesman in the World which contains the "time-tested wisdom of the ancients distilled into ten simple scrolls" which, if followed for the prescribed ten months, will as Og says, "will seep into my other mind, that mysterious source which never sleeps, which creates my dreams, and often makes me act in ways I do not comprehend. As the words of these scrolls are consumed by my mysterious mind I will begin to awake, each morning, with a vitality I have never known before. My vigor will increase, my enthusiasm will rise, my desire to meet the world will overcome every fear I once knew at sunrise, and I will be happier than I ever believed it possible to be in this world of strife and sorrow." (Scroll I)

The scrolls each have a principle designed to replace bad habits built up over a lifetime which "threatens to imprison my future" (Scroll I) with good habits developed through a ten month process of studying the scrolls. Each Scroll's principle is life altering. They are:

  • Scroll I - Today I begin a new life.
  • Scroll II - I will greet this day with love in my heart.
  • Scroll III - I will persist until I succeed.
  • Scroll IV - I am nature's greatest miracle.
  • Scroll V - I will live this day as if it is my last.
  • Scroll VI - Today I will be master of my emotions.
  • Scroll VII - I will laugh at the world (Keep perspective)
  • Scroll VIII - Today I will multiply my value a hundredfold.
  • Scroll IX - I will act now, I will act now, I will act now.
  • Scroll X - I will pray for guidance.

Mandino's main philosophical message is that every person on earth is a miracle and should choose to direct their life with confidence and congruent to the laws that govern abundance. He wrote in Scroll I, "I will not fail as the others, for in my hands I now hold the charts (the Ten Scrolls) which will guide me through perilous waters to shores which only yesterday seemed but a dream." Og was also a proponent of taking action now. In Scroll IX, the phrase I will act now is written 18 times. He recognized that all successful people take on their own lives by "charting" or consciously choosing both the desired destination and the path to reach it. Mandino's philosophical messages have Christian undertones. They are encouragements to build good habits, to live according to the laws that govern abundance and to find a vigor and joy in life as we learn to stand at the helm of our ship charting its course into the safety of the harbor instead of just waiting for someone else to bring it in.

Profile

Mandino was married to his second wife Bette on December 9, 1957. He wrote a total of 19 books, 16 of which are still in print, the first being The Greatest Salesman in the World. He retired at the age of 52.

Mandino's hometown was Natick, Massachusetts. He was the oldest of three children.

Favorite books

The following books are what Mandino believed to be the twelve greatest self-help, self-knowledge, and self-inspirational books ever written:[2]

Books written by Mandino

  • U.S.A. in a Nutshell
  • Cycles
  • The Greatest Salesman in the World
  • The Greatest Secret In The World
  • The Greatest Miracle In The World
  • The Gift Of Acabar (with Buddy Kaye)
  • The Choice
  • The Christ Commission
  • Mission: Success!
  • The God Memorandum
  • The Greatest Salesman In The World Part II: The End Of The Story
  • The Ten Ancient Scrolls For Success: From The Greatest Salesman In The World
  • He Is Tough
  • University of Success (Compilation from other works)
  • A Better Way To Live
  • The Return Of The Ragpicker
  • The Twelfth Angel
  • Spellbinder's Gift
  • The Greatest Mystery In The World
  • Secrets For Success And Happiness
  • The Greatest Success In The World

References and external links

References

  1. ^ Og Mandino. The Og Mandino Story http://web.archive.org/web/20071219185032/http://www.ogmandino.com/ogstory/ogstorywritten.htm. 
  2. ^ Og Mandino (1972). The Greatest Secret in The World. pp. 183–185. 
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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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I will greet this day with love in my heart. For this is the greatest secret of success in all ventures. Muscle can split a shield and even destroy a life, but only the unseen power of love can open the hearts of men and until I master this art I will remain no more than a peddler in the marketplace.

Augustine "Og" Mandino (12 December 19233 September 1996) was a "sales guru" and author, most famous for his book The Greatest Salesman in the World (1968).

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I will love the sun for it warms my bones; yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit.
I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars.
I will become a firefly and even in the day my glow will be seen in spite of the sun.
I will act now.
For now is all I have.

The Greatest Salesman in the World (1968)

  • I will greet this day with love in my heart.
    For this is the greatest secret of success in all ventures. Muscle can split a shield and even destroy a life, but only the unseen power of love can open the hearts of men and until I master this art I will remain no more than a peddler in the marketplace. I will make love my greatest weapon and none on whom I call can defend against its force.
    My reasoning they may counter; my speech they may distrust; my apparel they may disapprove; my face they may reject; and even my bargains may cause them suspicion; yet my love will melt all hearts liken to the sun whose rays soften the coldest clay.
    I will greet this day with love in my heart.
    • Ch. 9 : The Scroll Marked II, p. 58
  • Henceforth I will look upon all things with love and I will be born again. I will love the sun for it warms my bones; yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit. I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars. I will welcome happiness because it enlarges my heart; yet I will endure sadness because it opens my soul. I will acknowledge rewards because they are my due; yet I will welcome obstacles because they are my challenge.
    I will greet this day with love in my heart.
    • Ch. 9 : The Scroll Marked II, p. 59
  • I will persist until I succeed.
    I was not deIivered unto this world in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd.
    • Ch. 10 : The Scroll Marked III, p. 64
  • Always I will take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult.
    I will persist until I succeed.
    • Ch. 10 : The Scroll Marked III, p. 65
  • I will avoid despair but if this disease of the mind infects me then I will work on in despair. I will toil and I will endure. I will ignore the obstacles at my feet and keep my eyes on the goals above my head, for I know that where dry desert ends, green grass grows.
    • Ch. 10 : The Scroll Marked III, p. 66
  • Each day will be triumphant only when your smiles bring forth smiles from others.
    • Ch. 14 : The Scroll Marked VII, p. 86
  • Today I will multiply my value a hundredfold.
    • Ch. 15 : The Scroll Marked VIII, p. 88
  • A field of clay touched by the genius of man becomes a castle.
    • Ch. 15 : The Scroll Marked VIII, p. 88
  • I will commit not the terrible crime of aiming too low. I will do the work that a failure will not do. I will always let my reach exceed my grasp.
    • Ch. 15 : The Scroll Marked VIII, p. 91
  • I will act now. Never has there been a map, however carefully executed to detail and scale, which carried its owner over even one inch of ground. Never has there been a parchment of law, however fair, which prevented one crime. Never has there been a scroll, even such as the one I hold, which earned so much as a penny or produced a single word of acclamation. Action alone is the tinder which ignites the map, the parchment, this scroll, my dreams, my plans, my goals, into a living force. Action is the food and drink which will nourish my success.
    I will act now.
    • Ch. 16 : The Scroll Marked IX, p. 93
  • I will become a firefly and even in the day my glow will be seen in spite of the sun. Let others be as butterflies who preen their wings and yet depend upon the charity of a flower for life. I will be as the firefly and my light will brighten the world.
    • Ch. 16 : The Scroll Marked IX, p. 94
  • Happiness, in truth, may not be the fruit plucked by my action yet without action all fruit will die on the vine.
    I will act now.
    I will act now. I will act now. I will act now.
    • Ch. 16 : The Scroll Marked IX, p. 95
  • I will act now.
    For now is all I have.
    Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when the evil become good. I am not evil. Tomorrow is the day when the weak become strong. I am not weak. Tomorrow is the day when the failure will succeed. I am not a failure.
    I will act now.
    • Ch. 16 : The Scroll Marked IX, p. 96

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