The Strangest SecretAs suggested, I said that I would give a listen to Earl Nightingale’s “Strangest Secret,” which can be easily found on youtube.

The version I found had an introduction by the co-Founder of “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” Mark Victor Hansen, who tells of his dark times before playing the Nightingale’s Audio-clip (Click on the picture, should lead you to the video/audio).

In the clip, Nightingale said a few interesting things.

First is that he said that “success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.” Odd thing is that I’ve heard it before, in the songs from “Mulan,” not in the same words exactly, but they both have songs in which indicate that you should find something worth fighting for.

Second is that he said that “We become what we think about.” Have any of you guys ever heard about the labelling theory (I heard about it from Sociology, but I also thin you can hear about it from Psych)? The Labelling theory follows that thinking, meaning that if we label ourselves to be really good at something, we will inadvertently become good at that thing, but only if we really believe in it. In other words, “if you think in positive terms, you will achieve positive results.”

Thirdly [not sure if that’s spelled correctly], he talked about the difference on values in terms of what’s free and what costs (financially). What’s interesting is that he said that we tend to put a higher value to things that costs money rather than those of which we given for free (i.e. mind, friends, shelter, food, clothes, love, family, etc.). What he suggests that we do instead is to realize that everything that is priceless can never be replaced and the things of which we pay for can be easily replaced or rebuilt.

In fourth, he mentioned something that reminded me of the movie “Lucy.” Now, sidetracking a bit, I loved that movie, but the facts they mentioned about the performance of the brain got me really frustrated – we don’t just use 10%, we use nearly all of our brain’s function both consciously and subconsciously. Back to “The Strangest Secret,” he briefly mentioned that Universities seem to think that we only work to 10% of our true potential. (That, I will accept, not the fact that we use only 10% of our brains – FALSE)

“We should make our time here exciting.” In the minds of whovians (That is, fans of the British show, Doctor Who), we should dress everyday as we would if we were to run off with the Doctor.

“To be successful, we need to be willing to pay the price.”But what is that price? It’s realizing that…

  1. “Every action has a reaction” “We become what we think”
  2. “Your limitations are self-imposed” “Let your mind soar”
  3. “You force all of your courage to think positively on your problems.”
  4. “Save at least 10% of what you earn”
  5. “Action – ideas are worthless unless we act on it”

Near the end of the clip, he suggested a 30 day experiment (Like something to get you started), where you write the answer to certain questions [the following is paraphrased]

  1. What do you really want? (i.e. more money, a beautiful home…) Be specific, make it clearly defined and think about it in a positive light.
  2. Stop thinking about what it is that you fear. Instead, replace it with a more positive though and goal.
  3. Do more than you have to do.

“The more you decide to do what it is you want to do, the closer the you will be to your goal. Don’t think about how you will get there – just keep it in mind for 30 days. ”

Mr. Earl Nightingale, I love your speech. I also know that maintaining this way of thinking for 30 days is going to be a big pain in the butt. However, if this does work, I’m probably going to find myself wishing that I had found this earlier and would actually take this seriously.