The Strangest Secret|
originally recorded in 1957
By Earl Nightingale
I'd like to tell you about The Strangest Secret in the World.
The late Nobel prize-winning Dr. Albert Schweitzer was once asked,
"Doctor, what is wrong with men today?"
We live today in a golden age. This is an era that humanity has looked forward to, dreamed of, and worked toward for thousands of years. But since it is here we pretty well take it for granted. We are fortunate to live in the richest era that ever existed on the face of the earth. A land of abundant opportunity for everyone. But do you know what happens?
Lets take 100 individuals who start even at the age of 25.
These 100 people, who all stat even at the age of 25, all believe they're going to be successful. If you ask any one of them if they want to be a success they would tell you they did. You would notice that they are eager toward life, there is a certain sparkle in their eye, an erectness to their carriage. Life seems like a pretty interesting adventure to them.
But by the time they are 65,
only one will be rich,
Now think a moment: Out of the 100, only five make the grade!
Why do so many fail?
The Definition of Success
If someone is working toward a predetermined goal and knows where they are going, that person is a success.
"Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal."
Rollo May, the distinguished psychiatrist, wrote in his wonderful book called: "Man's Search for Himself".
And there you have the trouble today; the reason for so many failures.
Now think of it.
We learn to read by the time we are seven.
Why do people conform?
A survey was made one time that covered alot of people, working people.
If you press them they will say,
Now let's get back to our definition of success.
The only person who succeeds is the person who is progressively realizing a worthy ideal.
I'll tell you the successful people are.
A success is anyone who is pursuing deliberately a predetermined goal, because that's what he or she decided to do ... deliberately.
That is why today there is really not any competition unless we make it for ourselves.
For twenty years I looked for the key which would determine what would happen to a human being.
Have you ever noticed that a person who becomes successful tends to continue to become more successful?
The difference is goals.
It's that simple.
Failures, on the other hand, believe that their lives are shaped by circumstances ... by things that happen to them ... by exterior forces.
Think of a ship leaving a harbour.
Now let's take another ship, just like the first, only let's not put a crew on it, or a captain at the helm.
Let's give it no aiming point, no goal,and no destination.
We just start the engines and let it go.
It's the same with a human being.
Take the salesman for example.
Someone once said the human race is fixed. Not to prevent the strong from winning, but to prevent the weak from losing.
Western society today can be likened to a naval convoy in time of war. The entire economy is slowed down to protect its weakest link, just as the convoy has to go at the speed that will permit its slowest vessel to remain in formation.
That's why it's so easy to make a living today. It takes no particular brains or talent to make a living and support a family today. We have a plateau of so-called "security", if that is what a person is looking for. But we all do have to decide how high above this plateau we want to aim.
Now lets get back to the Strangest Secret in The World, the story I wanted to tell you today.
Why do those with goals succeed in life, and those without them fail? Well let me tell you something which, if you really understand it, will alter your life immediately. If you understand completely what I'm about to tell you from this moment on, your life will never be the same again.
You will suddenly find that good luck just seems to be attracted to you.
Here is the key to success, and, the key to failure.
Let me say that again.
Throughout history, the great wise men and teachers, philosophers, and prophets have disagreed with one another on many different things.
It is only on this one point that they are in complete and unanimous agreement - the key to success and the key to failure is this:
Listen to what Marcus Aurelius, the great Roman Emperor, said:
Benjamin Disraeli said this:
Ralph Waldo Emmerson said this,
William James said:
And he said,
He also said,
He continues though,
In the Bible you will read in Mark 9-23:
My old friend Dr. Norman Vincent Peale put it this way:
The great law briefly and simply stated is:
"That simple fact," he went on to say, "is the basis of an astonishing law of properity and success."
William Shakespeare put it this way,
George Bernard Shaw said:
Well, it's pretty apparent, isn't it?
"We become what we think about."
It stands to reason that a person who is thinking about a concrete and worth while goal is going to reach it, because that's what he's thinking about. And we become what we think about.
Conversely, the person who has no goal, who doesn't know where they are going, and whose thoughts must therefore be thoughts of confusion, anxiety, fear, and worry becomes what they think about. Their life becomes one of frustration, fear, anxiety, and worry.
And if we think about nothing ... we become nothing.
Now how does it work?
Well I'll tell you how it works as far as we know.
As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap
The human mind is much like a farmer's land.
Remember we are comparing the human mind to the farmers land because, the mind, like the land, doesn't care what you plant in it.
Lets say that the farmer has two seeds in his hand - one a seed of corn, the other is nightshade, a deadly poison.
He covers up the holes, waters, and takes care of the land.
Invariably, the land will return what is planted.
Remember, the land doesn't care.
The human mind is far more fertile, far more incredible and mysterious than the land, but it works the same way.
The human mind is the last great unexplored continent on earth.
So you may say, if that is true, why don't people use their minds more?
The problem is that our mind comes as standard equipment at birth.
The paradox is that exactly the reverse is true.
But the things that cost us money are actually very cheap and can be replaced at any time.
The human mind is not used because we take it for granted.
"Familiarity breeds contempt".
So decide now.
Do you want to be an outstanding salesman?
It not only will, there's no way that it cannot.
Think about your goal in a relaxed, positive way.
Ours has been called a Phenobarbitol Age, the age of ulcers and nervous breakdowns and tranquilizers at a time when medical research has raised us to a new plateau of good health and longevity, far too many of us worry ourselves into an early grave trying to cope with things in our own little personal ways, without learning a few great laws that will take care of everything for us.
These things we bring on ourselves through our habitual way of thinking.
We are where we are because that is exactly where we really want or feel we deserve to be - whether we'll admit that or not.
Each of us must live off the fruit of our thoughts in the future,
because what you think today and tomorrow - next month and next year - will mold your life and determine your future.
I remember one time I was driving through eastern Arizona. I saw one of those giant earth-moving machines roaring along the road at about 35 miles an hour with what looked like 30 tons of dirt in it - a tremendous, incredible machine - and there was a little man perched way up on top with the wheel in his hands, guiding it.
As I drove along I was struck by the similarity of that machine to the human mind.
Just suppose you are sitting at the controls of such a vast source of energy.
You see, the very law that gives us success is a double-edged sword.
We must control our thinking.
That very same law can lead them into the gutter.
This is The Strangest Secret in the world.
Why do I say it's strange, and why do I call it a secret?
It was first promulgated by some of the earliest wise men, and it appears again and again throughout the Bible. But very few people have learned it or understand it. That's why it's strange, and why for some equally strange reason it virtually remains a secret.
I believe you could go out and walk down the main street of your town and ask one person after another what the secret of success is and you probably would not run into one person in a month that could tell you.
This information is enormously valuable to us if we really understand it and apply it.
Life should be an exciting adventure.
A person should work fully, be alive.
One time I heard Grove Patterson, the great late editor in chief of the Toledo Daily Blade make a speech.
And as he concluded his speech he said something I've never forgotten. He said,
30 Day Action Ideas For Putting The Strangest Secret To Work For You
I've explained the Strangest Secret in the World, and how it works.
I want you to make a test that will last 30 days.
Back in the 17th Century, Sir Isacc Newton, the english mathematician and natural philosopher gave us the natural laws of physics, which apply as much to human beings as they do to the movement of bodies in the universe. And one of these laws is: "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction".
Simply stated as it applies to you and me, it means we can achieve nothing without paying the price.
The results of your 30 day experiment will be in direct proportion to the effort you put forth.
But to be successful in selling our way of the good life, we must be willing to pay the price.
First, it is understanding emotionally as well as intellectually that we literally become what we think about, that we must control our thoughts if we are to control our lives. It is understanding fully that: "As ye sow, so shall ye reap."
Second, it is cutting away all fetters from the mind and permitting it to soar as it was divinely designed to do.
And third, it is using all your courage to force yourself to think positively on your own problem.
And fourth, save at least ten cents of every dollar you earn.
It is also remembering that no matter what your present job, it has enormous possiblities, if you are willing to pay the price.
Lets go over the important points in the price each of us must pay to achieve the wonderful life that can be ours.
Next, I'll outline the 30 day test I want you to make, keeping in mind that you have nothing to lose by making this test, and everything you could possibly want to gain.
For the next 30 days, follow each of these steps every day until you have achieved your goal.
First, write on a card what it is you want more that anything else.
Write down on your card specifically what it is you want.
Carry the card with you so that you can look at it several times a day.
In fact, it is really yours the moment you write it down and begin to think about it.
Now we come to the difficult part.
Second, stop thinking about what it is you fear.
You must begin now to place yourself in that group.
In addition to maintaining a cheerful positive outlook,
give of yourself more than you have ever done before.
The moment you decide on a goal to work toward, you immediately are a successful person.
Don't concern yourself too much with how you are going to achieve your goal.
Remember these words from the sermon on the mount, and remember them well.
It is as marvelous and as simple as that.
For 30 days, do your very best.
If you are a homemaker, devote your 30 day test to completely giving of yourself without thinking of recieving anything in return, and you will be amazed at the difference it makes in your life.
No matter what your job, do it as you have never done before, and if you have kept your goal before you every day for 30 days, you will wonder and marvel at this new life you have found.
Dorothea Brande, the outstanding editor and writer, discovered it for herself and talks about it in her fine book
"Wake up and Live".
Now, you make your test for 30 full days.
If you should fail within your first 30 days, by that I mean finding yourself overwhelmed by negative thoughts - you have to start over again from that point and go 30 more days.
Gradually, your new habit will form, until you find yourself one of that wonderful minority to whom virtually nothing is impossible.
And don't forget the card.
On one side of the card, write your goal, whatever it may be.
In your spare time during your test period read books that will help you.
Nothing great was ever accomplished without inspiration. See that during these crucial first 30 days your own inspiration is kept to a peak.
Above all ... don't worry!
Remember also to keep calm and cheerful, don't let petty things annoy you and get you off course.
Now since making this test is difficult, some will say,
Well look at the alternative.
Therefore remember that you must reap that what you sow.
Gradually you will have a tendency to forget what you have just learned.
Most people will tell you that they want to make money, without understanding the law.
This is what causes those who keep looking for something for nothing, or a free ride, to fail in life.
Therefore the law is that our financial return will be in direct proportion to our service.
Success is not the result of making money.
Most people have this law backwards.
It's like the man who stands in front of the stove and says to it:
We've got to put the fuel in before we can expect heat. Likewise, we've got to be of service first before we can expect money.
Don't concern yourself with the money.
Prosperity is founded upon a law of mutual exchange.
Sometimes the return will not come from those you serve, but it must come to you from someplace, because that is the law.
As you go daily through your 30 day test period,
your success will always be measured by the quality and quantity of service you render,
and money is a yardstick for measuring this service.
You can drive down any street and from your car estimate the service that is being rendered by the people living on that street.
Have you ever thought of this yardstick before? It's interesting. Some, like ministers, priests and other devoted people measure their returns in the realm of the spiritual, but again their returns are equal to their service.
Once this law is understood, any thinking person can tell their own fortune.
If you believe you can enrich yourself by deluding others, you can end only by deluding yourself. It may take some time, but as surely as you breathe, you will get back what you put out.
Don't ever make the mistake of thinking you can avert this. It's impossible: The prisons and the streets where the lonely walk are filled with people who tried to make new laws just for themselves. We may avoid the laws of men for a while, but there are greater laws that cannot be broken.
An outstanding medical doctor recently pointed out six steps that will help you realize success.
The doctor that wrote those words is a noted west coast psychiatrist, Dr. David Harold Fink.1. Set yourself a definite goal.
Do what the experts since the dawn of recorded history have told you you must do:
pay the price by becoming the person you want to become.
Take this 30 day test, then repeat it ... then repeat it again.
But what's more important, you'll have peace ... you'll be in that wonderful minority who lead calm, cheerful, successful lives.
This is Earl Nightingale.
|Text of Video Version
But, getting back to the Strangest Secret. What makes it a best seller? What is it about that recording that caused millions and millions of people to want to hear it over and over again and let their children hear it and play it for their employees and salesforces. Well I'm making a talk here today in which I will cover the highlights and philosophy of the Strangest Secret, and I'd like to invite you to join us. I hope you find it of some value.
I want to tell you the most interesting story in the world. Why a person becomes the person they become. Why a little boy or a little girl grows up to be the kind of person he or she becomes.
The estimates by the experts in this field are that most of us are using somewhere around 5% of our real potential, some experts say as little as 1%.
It means that we are only giving about 5% of ourselves to what we are doing, to our days, our work, our families, everyone we know, our entire environment.
But it also means that we are only experiencing 5% of the fun, 5% of the joy, 5% of the rewards we could be knowing, or less.
All the experts are agreed that in each of us, there are deep reservoirs of ability, even genius, that we habitually fail to use.
We know that most people desire by nature to succeed. But what is success?
What is this word that has become so famous in the world?
Most people do not know what success is all about, and since they do not know what it is about, they really don't know where to look for it.
Success is really nothing more than the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.
This means that any person who knows what they are doing and where they are going is a success. Any person with a goal towards which they are working is a successful person.
This means that a boy in highschool working towards a diploma, the girl in college towards a degree, is just as successful as any human being on earth, because they know what they are doing, why they are getting up in the morning, and where they are going.
But conversely, if a person doesn't know what they are working toward, what it is they want, doesn't have a goal towards which they are working, then they, at least by this definition, be called unsuccessful.
Why isn't then, with this simple definition, why isn't everyone successful? It should be easy. Yet surveys indicate that 19 out of 20, 95% at least are not. In fact a survey one time asked thousands of working men why they got up in the morning and went to work, and 19 out of 20 didn't know.
19 out of 20 working people didn't have the foggiest notion why they got up in the morning and went to work. Under closer questioning they said, "Well, everyone works."
Well, that would be a good reason to quit. In fact, a little rule of thumb you might want to remember: What ever the great majority is doing under any given circumstance, if you do exactly the opposite, you will probably never make another mistake as long as you live. Just something to keep in the back of your mind.
The problem with most people is that they are playing the world's most unrewarding game, and the name of the game is: Follow the Follower.
There is a story about a small town in which there was a jewelery store, and like all jewelery stores, or most jewelery stores at least, there was a big clock in their front window.
Every morning for years, the jeweler had noticed a working man stop, adjust his pocket watch to the same time as the clock in the window.
He has been doing this for many years. One morning the jeweler was out in front sweeping his sidewalk, and asked the man, "Why do you adjust your watch to my big clock every morning? I've noticed you doing that for years."
The man said, "Well I'm the foreman down at the big plant. I want to make sure my watch is correct because I blow the quitting whistle every night at 5 o'clock.
The jeweler looked at him rather strangely for a moment, and then he said, "Well that's funny, I've been setting that big clock in the window by that quitting whistle all these years."
A very logical thing, but between them they could have been off six months! It is a case of people just going along with what they thought to be correct without checking their references.
So I want to suggest that from now on out, at least we do that. That we check our references, and ask ourselves, "Are the people I'm following going where I want to go?"
Let me tell you the story of what we might call the average young man in our society. From the time this boy is born, there is only one thing on this earth he can do, and that is to begin to think, act, and talk like the people by whom he is surrounded. This is all in the world he can do.
But right off the bat, the odds are 95 to 5 that he is thinking, acting, and talking like the wrong group. They are wonderful people, they love him, they would do anything in the world for him, they want him to succeed, but the odds are 95 to 5 that they have not got the answers he needs if he is to reach fulfillment as a human being, if he is to reach this success that he wants, if he is to reach into the deep reservoirs of ability and genius we know he posesses and draw it out.
Well, he starts in school. The most important thing to a boy in school is to be liked by the other little boys in school. And so at this tender age he begins to follow other little boys his same age who don't know any more than he knows, do not have his best interests at heart, and who do not necessarily have any capacity for leadership.
He does this in the first grade, and the second, and the third, and the fourth, and the fifth, and the sixth, and the seventh, and the eighth, and year after year after year he forms himself into a composite average of other little boys his age, trying to be like them. Trying to do the only thing in the world it is impossible for a human being to do, which is to be like somebody else.
Now lets say he goes all the way through school, and then usually he goes in the military service. Again he is caught in the vicelike grip of conformity.
Now lets say he is 25 years old, out of school, out of the service. What's he going to do? As a rule, he will go back to his home town, unless he is married in which case he will go to his wife's home town, but lets say he goes back to his own home town.
He is single. He doesn't know quite what to do. He is standing on a corner one morning and a friend that he knew in school comes up and says, "Hi there Charlie! What are you doing?"
He says, "Nothing." His friend says, "Why don't you come down and work where I work. Its a pretty good place, the pay is regular, we've got all kinds of fringe benefits... and so on." And so he does.
The odds are about again 95 to 5 that his first job is taken as a result of random application.
On the job, without thinking about it, the most natural thing in the world for him to do is to look around, see how the other guys are doing their job, and begin doing his the same way, assuming that what is normal for them is normal for him. No reason for this, he doesn't think about it, he just does it.
Now he has stretching in front of him fifty years or more in the golden age that man has been dreaming of since the days of ancient Greece. What is he going to do with these fifty golden years? Well lets take a good close look at him.
We know that he works 40 hours a week, as a rule. This leaves him 72 hours a week when he is neither working nor sleeping. 72 free discretionary hours each week to do with as he pleases.
Now at this point of course he is married and has his little house and little car. And this is about what he does with his free 72 hours every week. He'll do what the other guys are doing with their free 72 hours every week, which is virtually nothing at all.
On a typical day, he'll quit right on the dot, get in his little car, go to his little house, go in his little kitchen, kiss his little wife, and say I'm tired. They have even figured out why he says that. The experts believe that he used to hear his father say that back when men used to get tired working during the day and he picked it up and he repeats this every night when he gets home.
He bolts down his little meal and then he heads to the living room where he turns on his escape box. Click!
It take 15-20 seconds for the screen to light up, an period of time he finds intermidable, but he gets through it somehow, kicks the dog or thumbs through a magazine or something.
Then the screen lights up and he does too a little bit. There in front of him he sees people in all kinds of funny old time costumes all killing each other at a great rate. Now one expert has agreed that the average family can see more death and bloodshed and carnage on the television set in a week than Crassis saw when he crucified 6000 prisoners on the southern road to Rome, but you know how those experts are, they can certainly be off one or two.
But he sits there for five or six hours. Twenty five percent of all free time now is spent in front of the tube according to the latest statistics.
Now there is nothing wrong with this particularly, except that he is watching other people who are earning excellent incomes in the pursuit of their careers while he does not make a nickel, and gets one of the only two things you can get by watching TV on that kind of a schedule... red eyes and a hollow head.
This is not meant to be an indictment of television I've got a couple of television sets at home too. I've got a couple of cars at home too, but I don't go home at night and drive around the block for six hours! If there is someplace I want to go, fine, my car will take me there. If there is a great program, like a golf match or something like that, I want to see it.
But he sits there for five or six hours until finally his wife, who is a little more practical than him, taps him on the shoulder and says, "Charlie, I think it is about time you went to bed. You've got to get up in the morning and go to work." He says OK and shuts it off, he knows how to do that, he just shuts it off and goes to bed.
The next morning he gets up and he does this all over again. He does this every day for 40 years. At the end of 40 years he gets retired, which always kinda catches him by surprise, no one has ever figured that out either, and then he dies at 85 or 90, the way medical science is moving us along, out of sheer boredom.
Well what is the problem?
But there is a terrible tragedy here if he is living that way because of a total lack of a decision. If he is living that way simply because he is still doing what he was doing in the first and second grade, and that is going along with all the fellows up and down the block on the unspoken assumption that they know how to live. Then there is a real tragedy there, because they have never known how to live, not in all the recorded history of mankind.
He never finds out who he is.
Well what is new?
The first thing that he ought to have on his checklist, in my opinion, is the word: "Goal". A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder. He doesn't know where he is going. He then belongs to that 95% that are just living day by day, week after week, month after month like a starfish or an ameoba. He needs to know where he is going.
Back in the early days of navigation, sailors used to see a strange sight in the Antarctic. They used to see a giant iceberg towering high out of the sea, and it would be moving against the wind. The wind would be blowing one way and the iceberg would be moving right into the teeth of the wind. This frightened the sailors whose ships were powered by the wind, until it was discovered that only a fraction of the great iceberg was visible and it's huge ponderous roots were caught in the great currents of the ocean. It was being carried purposely along its way regardless of the winds and the tides on the surface. This is what a man needs.
He needs his roots deep in the great mainstream of his own choosing, and then he'll move along his way regardless of the winds on the surface of his life or short term expediency. And then he will get to where he is going.
A second word on our checklist might be the word: "Attitude". It has been called the most important word in any language in the world, because it is our attitude toward our world and toward all the people in it that will determine the world's attitude and all the people's attitude toward us. It is a simple thing, most of us know it but we tend to forget it. People will react to us according to our attitude. Our attitude is the greatest gift we can be given.
You know, the little creatures of the world were given a wonderful gift by mother nature called protective coloring which lets them blend into their background so they cannot be seen. But man was not given this great gift, because man was given an incalculably greater one. Only man has the godlike power to make his surroundings change to fit him, because his environment will change as he changes. A man's environment is a merciless mirror of him as a human being. If he thinks his environment could stand a little improvement, all he has to do is improve and his environment will improve to reflect the change in him.
Third would be the word: "Think". To think, the highest function of which a human being is capable. It was put pretty well by the great Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Archibald McGleish in his great play "The Secret of Freedom" in which he has one of his characters saying, "The only thing about a man that is a man is his mind. Everything you can find in a pig or a horse." It's true!
And so if we are going to develop something, this is a good place to start. To think deliberately, and with a purpose. To spend a little time each day before a blank sheet of paper with our goal perhaps written at the top. To come up with some fresh new exciting ideas.
Our checklist should include what you might call the law of laws. That's what Emerson called it. The great old law of cause and effect. That our rewards in life will always be in exact proportion to our contribution, to our service. We all know this really. We tell our children in Sunday School, "As Ye sow So Shall Ye Reap", but we forget that that is true. If a man is unhappy with his rewards, all in the world that his has to do is find ways of increasing his contribution, his service.
It reminds me of the story of the preacher who was driving down a country road when he came upon the most magnificent farm he had ever seen in his life. It was beautiful. He saw the farmer approaching the road on his tractor, so he hailed him. "My good man, God has certainly blessed you with a magnificent farm." The farmer thought for a moment and replied, "Yes you are right, he certainly has. But you should have seen this place when he had it all to himself." The preacher had his sermon for the next Sunday. He realized that all the farmers up and down that road had been given the same land, yet one man had made something great out of it.
Well all of us have been given the same land. We are given a human life, and each of us can make something great out of it too if we want.
The next point might be simply the word: "Truth." Since everything we do has an equal and opposite reaction, unless what we are doing is based on truth, we are building on sand, and it can't stand.
Next would be R&D, research and development. None of us would want to work for a company, or invest our money in a company that did not have a very viable research and development department, that is pumping a good percentage of its profits back into research and development because its future depends on it. And so does a man's future depend on it.
You might ask yourself how much of your take home pay and discretionary time have you spent during the past year on materials calculated to make you smarter this year than you were the year before. Calculated to make you a little better, a little bigger as a human being. To perhaps love a little more, hate a little less, do a little better job than you did a year ago. How much time and money are you pumping back into yourself and your future? Its worth thinking about.
And finally, the Strangest Secret. At the beginning I asked, "What makes a child grow up to be the human being he becomes?" Well this is the reason for that.
Of course he is the confluence of a genetic pool, that goes back for thousands and thousands of years. And his environment has an influence on him him of course. But what makes him the person he becomes is that he becomes what he thinks about most of the time. It is as simple as that. We become what we think about most of the time. And that is the Strangest Secret.
This is why thinking is so vital. This is why a goal is so important. Because we will become that. This is why people who set goals achieve them. The trouble with men is not in achieving their goals, they do that. It is in establishing them.
Well that is about it. I think it is good to remember, if we just go along with the crowd, we won't wind up with much more than the wish that we could do it all over again, and as far as we know you can't. If we want to amount to anything as individuals, we need: individual goals, individual thinking, individual actions, and we must never conform to the big group. We must love them, We must help them, We must serve them because our entire success will depend on our ability to do these things, but never lose our individuality and our identity by permitting ourselves to become submerged in what has historically proved itself to be little more than a suffocating sea of indirection and purposelessness. If we want to emulate someone, fine, but lets be choosy in whose steps we follow. Its the only life we've got. And remember to think. Imagination is everything, and we can become what we can imagine.
If you find yourself getting depressed and down at the mouth, as we all get once in a while, you might want to remember this quotation by Dean Briggs. He said, "Do your work. Not just your work and no more, but a little more for the lavishing sake, that little more which is worth all the rest. And if you suffer as you must and you doubt as you must, do your work. Put your heart into it and the sky will clear. And then out of your very doubt and suffering will be born the supreme joy of life. Believe it or not, in an age where we've come to nearly deify leisure time, we have virtually lost sight of the fact that nearly all our satisfactions and rewards will come, not from our leisure, but from our work.
And don't forget "The Strangest Secret". We become what we think about.
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