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The Strangest Secret

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  3,286 ratings  ·  182 reviews
I'd like to tell you about the strangest secret in the world... Live this new way, and the floodgates of abundance will open and pour over you more riches than you may have dreamed existed.

Money? Yes, lots of it. But what's more important, you'll have peace. You'll be in that wonderful minority who lead calm, cheerful, successful lives. Start today. You have nothing to los
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Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 12th 2006 by www.bnpublishing.com (first published January 1st 1976)
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Vaishali
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-improvement
JUST WOW ! From his 1956 gold record… has great jazz music accompanying it! Just so classy, and an absolute joy to listen to. The notes below are copious... His words are so important, I highly recommend listening to his own voice.

Quotes:
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"By the time we're 65 we haven't learned how to be financially independent in the richest land that has ever been known. Why? We conform. And the trouble is we're acting like the wrong percentage group. The 95% who don't succeed."

"The only man who su
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Brian
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
> You will become what you think about
> Remember the word 'imagination' and let your mind begin to soar.
> Courage. Concentrate on your goal every day
> Save 10% of everything you earn
> Action. Ideas are worthless unless you act on them.

> 6 Steps to Realize Success
1. Set yourself a definite goal
2. Quit putting yourself down
3. Stop thinking about all the reasons why you can't be successful and instead think about all the reasons why you can
4. Trace your attitudes back through
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Danijel Brestovac
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
People with goals succeed
because they know where
,they're going
.

We become what we think
about
.

Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes
of mind
.

Believe and succeed
.

We must control our thinking
.

Life should be an exciting
adventure.

Act as though it were
impossible to fail
.

Remember to keep calm and
cheerful.
Diane
Sep 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
This book, by Earl Nightingale, is a classic. It has sold well over a million copies since the 1960's. I was delighted to read it again. Some of his thoughts are:

People with goals succeed because they know where they're going
We become what we think about
Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind
Believe and succeed
We must control our thinking
Life should be an exciting adventure
Act as though it were impossible to fail
Remember to keep calm and cheerful

I love his 30 day
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♥ Ibrahim ♥
1. Set yourself a definite goal
2. Quit putting yourself down
3. Stop thinking about all the reasons why you can't be successful and instead think about all the reasons why you can
4. Trace your attitudes back through your childhood and try to discover where you first got the idea that you couldn't be successful
5. Change the image you have of yourself by writing out a description of the person you would like to be
6. Act the part of the successful person you have decided to become

https://www.youtube
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Kerdel Ellick
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's very motivational. I love it. It's very helpful to people who solely think negatively.
Andrea
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do not keep this to yourself

A quick read to motivate you to get back on track towards your goals. Get your second wind on the path to the life you were meant to live.
Tony Jr.
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
"You know most men will tell you that they want to make money without understanding the law. The only people who make money work in the mint the rest of us must EARN money. This is what causes those looking for something for nothing or a free ride to fail in life. The ONLY way to earn money is by providing people with services or products which are needed and useful. We exchange our product or service for the other man's money therefore the law is that our financial return will be in direct prop ...more
Eric Sutherland
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A mind opening book with a common sense approach and included a bonus book about writers habits.
Now reading Instant Analysis to change these habits.
Dimitris Hall
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently The Strangest Secret was the first record (as in vinyl release) to go gold. Amazing -- the first self-help 'audiobook' before audiobooks existed sold so well as to write history on a music-based medium.

It's nothing terribly ground-breaking, actually what's contained therein might seem trite and overplayed by today's individualistic, success-obsessed ego economy. Still, I have to say that The Strangest Secret itself, that is:

You become what you think about

is instrumental advice in turn
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Tao Lee
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Conformity is why america is filled with poor people. Success is doing exactly what you want to do. You are a mother because you want to be a mother, you are a gardener because you love flowers and want to be outdoors planting trees and flowers. You are a firefighter, bc you grew up wanting to save ppl's lives. People with GOALS succeed because they know where they're going, it's that simple. WE BECOME WHAT WE THINK ABOUT. Always save at least 10% of what you earn. Concentrate on your goal every ...more
Gregory
Sep 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book/audio book is a Super Classic.
I have lost track of how many times I have listened to this book but have had an AHA!!! moment each and every time.
I can't imagine life without having been exposed to "The Strangest Secret"..
You should not confuse this book with "The Secret"..
Although sleightly similar in nature, "The Secret" can easily convince the reader that no responsibility or work are required to enjoy a life of success and reward.
"The Strangest Secret" explains the ENERGY and EFFORT
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NiTiN
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-thought
The opposite of courage is not cowardice but conformity.
Preethi Venugopala
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book began it all.
Carl Prieto
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Such a powerful message for anyone! Regardless of profession or stage of life. I would highly recommend. Such a quick and easy read.
Cecilia
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is really helpful, specially when you want to become positive, or become more positive, successful and happy.
It's all about our mindset and what we think.
Jasmin
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, reviewed
I have to admit that I've heard of this man before, but never actually took a particular interest in his life, for my mind was super-busy with other self-help Masters and their masterpieces, such as Napoleon Hill & Think and Grow Rich. I knew that he was one of the world's best deans of Self-help industry and that his speeches have transformed and changed millions of people's lives for the better and that his beautiful mindset was centered around the principles that you cannot be rich unless ...more
Joshua Hector
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wisdom for all ages. Especially when he talks about purpose and the average working-person. A must read for sure.
Raman Hasan
If you are looking for a book talking about creative thinking. This will be the best!
Such as phenomenal Book! Don't skip it!!!
Make creative thinking a part of your life.
Moses Rabuka
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Listen to the audio book version for 30 DAYS I promise YOU, YOU will change whatever situation you are in it will change your life 🙏🏾
Karl
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One would think that with the massive amount of content available to him, Earl Nightingale would be writing books several hundred pages in length, yet “The Strangest Secret” is a mere 42 pages, and that is actually double-counting because the first half of the book is the text from an audio presentation and the last half of the book comes from the video presentation of the same name.
As with several other notable books in this genre though, what “The Strangest Secret” lacks in quantity of content
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Nate Simpson
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Per Earl Nightingale only 5 out of every 100 people make the grade in regards to how financially successful they are by the age of 65.

The reason why that 95% of us fail is because we conform. Most people believe that their life is shaped by circumstances and not by what one makes of his/her life.

In order to be successful you have to have goals. "People with goals succeed because they no where they are going."

"Failures on the other hand, believe that thier lives are shaped by circumstances ... b
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Rebecca
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 out of 5 - This book is a solid, quick read. Nightingale is educational, interesting, and succinct, and his life-altering suggestions have a great deal of merit to them. A definite should-read for almost anyone.

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Gisela Hausmann
Earl Nightingale’s message is over 40 years old and, of course, it is still relevant as then. Only if we apply ourselves to the fullest we can achieve. This Audio CD book is particularly pleasant and useful as one can listen to it in the car, over and over, after all – the message never gets old. Nightingale has a beautiful melodious and pleasant voice, thus it is easy to like the CD. His message is an encouraging one, often spoken quite sternly, reminding us that if we don’t get up and roll up ...more
Laura Vanagaitė
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars (but because of the genre of the book)
I didn't really get it. I see what other people find in this book, but I just can't love it the way they do. First of all, this book was easy to read - which I appreciate. And it had some nice quotes in it. But the praise ends here. Everything I read, I already knew. There weren't any new information or things that were important for me as a growing person. The worst thing was that most of information was repetitive. If we would throw away the repe
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Matthew Ferry
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read.
Princess
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Amazing book. The only reason I rated it 4/5 versus 5/5 is because I felt like the book should elaborate more on goals, how to set them in detail (as it states you should), and what that looks like in written form. I read elsewhere, that our goals should be be contingent upon another person to complete them (i.e. getting engaged, having a baby), but I’m sure these are someone’s goals. Would this be appropriate for the 30 day test?

I appreciated the written audio and video test. They both shared g
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Sukanya Arora
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got introduced to this book by one of my favourite youtubers Sadia Badia, who runs a soulful channel called ‘Pick Up Limes’. Now, I have always been an ardent lover of self-help books, but then they always require a lot of effort: they are huge, and it becomes cumbersome to keep up with them, and simultaneously harness the energy they emit. This one is the perfect mind nutrition given its brief size yet powerful adages that if masticated, are going to bring effective results. I am definite I a ...more
Bogdan
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This little speech is life changing. Everything that I have ever managed to learn about this life is engraved here, in the simplest terms possible. The wisdom one hopes to acquire is always on the surface, yet so difficult to be acknowledged. The most simple things are the hardest to accept. This audio recording is short and precise. Every single word is vital, so it is up to a listener to grasp as much of it as he can.

It will take years and years to make these 30 minutes a part of one's life. A
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Sandra
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A simple, easy to read book. I've listened to this book several times, and I had my children listen to it as well.

This book opened my eyes to the reason why so few succeed, and so many stay behind and only live in their dream. Like Earl asked: "Why do so many fail?"

We all have dreams as children, as young adults and yet, so many choose Not to plant the right seed. The Strangest Secret reveals how your choice determined your destiny. And, Earl gives you a plan on how to get out of your own way..
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Earl Nightingale was an American motivational speaker and author, known as the "Dean of Personal Development." He was the voice in the early 1950s of Sky King, the hero of a radio adventure series, and was a WGN radio show host from 1950 to 1956. Nightingale was the author of the Strangest Secret, which economist Terry Savage has called “…One of the great motivational books of all time“.
“You are now, and you do become, what you think about.” 60 likes
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