He was staring at a gun displayed in a gun shop, a few dollars in his pocket just enough to buy that gun and end his life… what he did after made the difference between (A) dead 6 feet under ground or (B) a multi awarded life coach, best-selling author, legend.
I’m not talking about a cartoon superhero with special superpowers, not a fiction book character either. I’m talking about a real person, humble beginnings facing unimaginable rejections but eventually became immensely successful.
This is not a story from a Hollywood movie, this is a story from a real man undergoing through life’s lessons. He never gave up, he never gave in to life’s most difficult lessons.
That man is Og Mandino, he was on the edge, contemplating of giving up, he is making a choice between giving-in to the comfort offered by death or embracing the pain of living the life. He chose not giving up, and the rest is history.
Augustine “Og” Mandino originally was a worker in a paper factory, joined the United States Army Air Corps and was a bombardier during world war II. Reportedly he flew 30 bombing missions over Germany during that war.
When Og returned after the war, he became an alcoholic, the downward spiral of his life began. At his lowest point, he almost committed suicide.
Fortunately, Og never gave up and turned his life around. That resulted to Og writing several books and sold millions of copies, he is one of the most respected self-help authors in the world. The most famous book he has written is “The Greatest Salesman in the World” which up to this day still selling by the thousands and helping people improve their lives around the world.
How did Og recover from that dark period of his life? He simply started reading books. He went to his local library and started reading success and self help books. Fast forward many years from that day, it is his books that will help those who are in or want to help someone in the same situation.
Anyone who has read these books ended up recommending them to friends and loved ones too, a way of paying it forward after benefiting from these life changing works of art.
The Greatest Salesman In The World part one’s story revolves around a poor camel shepherd boy who fell in love and got inspired. He was able to work for the richest merchant in his time and he became the recipient of the merchant’s long hidden secret to success. The 10 Ancient Scrolls that contained the priceless ancient wisdom that has the potential to change the life of the reader from a life of poverty to an existence of abundance.
Each specific scroll is supposed to be read 3x each day for one month. Reading the scroll once after waking up, once after taking the midday meal and once before going to sleep. With each scroll taking 1 month to complete which means a total of 10 months to complete all the scrolls, it is undoubtedly a life changing experience for a lot of people.
Here’s an example from the SCROLL Marked III
I will persist until I succeed
I was not delivered into this world into defeat, nor does failure course into my veins.
I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd.
I am a lion and I refuse to talk, to walk to sleep with the sheep.
The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny!
I will persist until I succeed.
Thanks to the internet, you can also now access a lot of Og Mandino’s work in the Og Mandino Leadership Institute website.