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Og Mandino
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Book review of Og Mandino's Great Trilogy


A smile remains the most inexpensive gift I can bestow
on anyone and yet its powers can vanquish kingdoms.


Count your blessings.  Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.
I will live this day as if it is my last. . . I will waste not a moment mourning yesterday’s misfortunes, yesterday’s defeats, yesterday’s aches of the heart, for why should I throw good after bad?  This day is all I have and these hours are now my eternity. I greet this sunrise with cries of joy as a prisoner who is reprieved from death. I lift mine arms with thanks for this priceless gift of a new day. So too, I will beat upon my heart with gratitude as I consider all who greeted yesterday’s sunrise who are no longer with the living today. I am indeed a fortunate man and today’s hours are but a bonus, undeserved.

Remind thyself, in the darkest moments, that every failure is only a step toward success, every detection of what is false directs you toward what is true, every trial exhausts some tempting form of error, and every adversity will only hide, for a time, your path to peace and fulfillment.
Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.

Never neglect the little things. Never skimp on that extra effort, that additional few minutes, that soft word of praise or thanks, that delivery of the very best that you can do. It does not matter what others think, it is of prime importance, however, what you think about you. You can never do your best, which should always be your trademark, if you are cutting corners and shirking responsibilities. You are special. Act it. Never neglect the little things.


Treasure the friendship you receive above all. It will survive
long after your gold and good health have vanished.


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Take the attitude of a student; never be too big to
ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.


Sooner or later all mankind will realize that the greatest cure
for all the ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrow and crimes
of humanity rests solely in acts of love. Love is the greatest
gift from God. It is the divine spark that everywhere produces
and restores life. To each and every one of us, love gives us
the power to work miracles with your own life and those we touch.


The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit
of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious
chore will become endurable as you parade through each day
convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring,
brings you closer to achieving your dreams.


Og Mandino (December 12, 1923 - September 3, 1996), (Per the 1930 U.S. Census, he was named after his Paternal Grandfather and his full name was Augustine Mandino, which explains the nickname - Og) once homeless, was a "sales guru" and author of the best-selling book The Greatest Salesman in the World. His works, based on fundamental Christian beliefs, were also heavily influenced by the likes of Napoleon Hill, W. Clement Stone, and Emmett Fox. Mandino remains one of the most inspirational best-selling 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 the magazine Success Unlimited until 1976 and has been inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall Of Fame.

Og's mother encouraged him to become a writer. He was the editor of his high school paper and was planning to attend the University of Missouri because of its journalism school. In the summer of 1940, just before Og was to go off to college, his mother died suddenly from a massive heart attack while in the kitchen fixing his lunch. Instead of going to college, Og opted to go work in a paper factory until 1942 when he joined the United States Army Air Corps. He became an officer and a bombardier. He flew 30 bombing missions over Germany in a B-24 Liberator during World War II. It was during this time he flew with fellow pilot and movie star Jimmy Stewart. Og kept a personalized 8 X 10 photo of his friend on the wall of his home office where he wrote his many books.

After the military, Og discovered that companies weren’t hiring too many bomber pilots. He later got into selling insurance. Finding himself traveling on the road and sitting in bars at night, he soon became addicted to drinking. He was soon unable to hold a job. Finally, his wife had enough and took their only child and left him. He was homeless and jobless.

Then, one cold wintry morning in Cleveland during the month of November, Mandino was at the point of committing suicide. He entered a public library to stay warm. As he wandered among the thousands of books, he found himself standing in front of the shelves containing scores of volumes on self-help, success, and motivation books. Og selected several of them, went to a nearby table and commenced reading and searching for some answers.

That library visit was the first of many library visits he began making as he wandered across the country. Mandino read hundreds of books dealing with success and gradually his drinking subsided. Then, in a library in Concord, New Hampshire, he discovered W. Clement Stone's great classic, Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude. And his life was never the same.

~~from Wikipedia



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Other people: 

Alan Watts
- Albert Einstein - Albert Schweitzer - Andy Rooney - Anne Frank
Anne Morrow Lindbergh - Anne Wilson Schaef - Annie Dillard - Anthony Robbins
Ari Kiev - Artur Rubenstein - Barbara Johnson - Benjamin Disraeli - Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Hoff - Bernie Siegel - Bertrand Russell - Betty Eadie - Booker T. Washington
Charlotte Davis Kasl
- Cheryl Richardson - Cristina Feldman - C.S. Lewis - the Dalai Lama
Dale Carnegie - Dawna MarkovaDeepak Chopra - Don Miguel Ruiz - Earl Nightingale
Elaine St. James - Eleanor Roosevelt - Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross - Ralph Waldo Emerson Emmet Fox - Frederick Buechner - George Bernard Shaw - George Santayana
George Washington Carver - Gerald Jampolsky - Harold Kushner
Harry Emerson Fosdick - Helen Keller - Henry David Thoreau - Henry James
Henry Van Dyke - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Henry Ward Beecher - Hugh Prather
Immanuel Kant
- Iyanla Vanzant - Jack Canfield - James Allen - Jennifer James - Jim Rohn
Joan Borysenko
- Joan Chittister - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - John Izzo John Ruskin
Joni Eareckson Tada
- Joseph M. Marshall III - Julia Cameron - Kent Nerburn
Khalil Gibran Leo Buscaglia - Leonard Jacobson - Leslie Levine - Lucinda Bassett
Lydia Maria Child - Lynn Grabhorn - Marcus Aurelius - Marianne Williamson
Martin Luther King, Jr. - Maya Angelou - Melody Beattie - Michael Goddart - Mitch Albom
Mohandas Gandhi
- Morrie Schwartz - Mother Teresa - M. Scott Peck - Nathaniel Branden
Nikos Kazantzakis
- Norman Cousins - Norman Vincent Peale - Og Mandino - Oprah Winfrey
- Orison Swett Marden - Pau Casals - Peace Pilgrim - Phillips Brooks
Rabindranath Tagore
- Rachel Carson - Rachel Naomi Remen - Rainer Maria Rilke
Ralph Waldo Trine - Richard Bach - Richard Carlson - Robert Frost - Robert Fulghum
Robert Louis Stevenson
- Russell Baker - Sarah Ban Breathnach - Shakti Gawain
Soren Kierkegaard - Stephen Covey - Stephen C. Paul - Sue Patton Thoele - Susan L. Taylor
Sylvia Boorstein - Thich Nhat Hanh - Thomas Carlyle - Thomas Kinkade - Thomas Merton
Tom Walsh
- Victor Cherbuliez - Wayne Dyer - Wilferd A. Peterson - Willa Cather
William James - William Wordsworth - Zig Ziglar - Rhonda Byrne - Neale Donald Walsch
Carl Jung
- Desmond Tutu - Paulo Coelho - Jon Kabat-Zinn - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Walt Whitman