Og Mandino quotes page 2
First, recognize that you are not a sheep who will be satisfied with only a few nibbles of
grass or with following the herd as they wander aimlessly, bleating and whining, all of their
days. Separate yourself now from the multitude of humanity so that you will be able to
control your own destiny. Remember that what others think and say and do need never
influence what you think and say and do.
Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you
have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as
work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration.
Defeat. What is it? Nothing but a little education, nothing but the first step to something
better. The only people who never fail are those who never, never try.
A smile remains the most inexpensiv gift I can bestow on anyone and yet its powers can
We have forgotten one of the basic facts of life: When we were given dominion over this
world, we were also given dominion over ourselves. We each plot our own map. God is not our
navigator. It was never His intention to chart a course for each of us and thus place us all
under His bondage. Instead, He bestowed on each each of us intellect and talent and vision
to map our own way, to write our own Book of Life in any manner that we choose.
How do I change?
If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
When it comes to improving the career side of your life, the greatest secret of success was
delivered to us from a mountaintop, nearly two thousand years ago, when Jesus told us that
if we were compelled to go a mile with someone, we should always go two. The extra mile.
No matter what you choose to call it, positive thoughts produce, negative thoughts hamper
Live this day as if it will be your last. Remember that you will only find "tomorrow" on the
calendars of fools.
Man is the only creature endowed with the power of laughter, and perhaps is the only creature
that deserves to be laughed at. The finest of all laughter, however, is that of the person who
has enough self-confidence to laugh at himself. This shows the rare ability to look at oneself
objectively, and if you can do that, all your worries will shrink in size.
Treasure the friendship you receive above all. It will survive long after your gold and good
health have vanished.
Any goal that forces you to labor, day after day and year after year, so long and hard that
you never have any time for yourself and those you love is not a goal but a sentence... a
sentence to a lifetime of misery, no matter how much wealth and success you attain.
Today will never happen again. Don't waste it with a false start or no start at all.
Obstacles are necessary for success because in selling, as in all careers of importance, victory
comes only after many struggles and countless defeats.
Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to
improve your performance the next time.
I will consider each day's effort as but one blow of my blade against a might oak. The first blow
may cause not a tremor in the wood, nor the second, nor the third. Each blow, of itself, may be
trifling, and seem of no consequence. Yet from childish swipes the oak will eventually tumble. So
it will be with my efforts of today.
Success and procrastination are absolutely incompatible.
A cyprus tree touched with the genius of man becomes a shrine.
Five hundred years from now people will be writing about you. What they don't know they will
invent. Why not give them authentic material?
Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.
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
Today, and every day, deliver more than you are getting paid to do.
He who worries about calamities suffers them twice over.
Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your
Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday.
Be a self-starter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is
certain to echo through your entire day.
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
If you want to succeed, you must learn to live with failure. We learn wisdom from failure
much more than from success. Show me the person who has never stumbled, never messed
up a job, never made a mistake, and I'll show you a person with a very dim future.