“Many years ago, when I was just about as complete a failure as one can become, I began to spend a good deal of time in libraries, looking for some answers. I found all the answers I needed in that golden vein of ore that every library has.” – Og Mandino
From the depths of despair and on the doorstep of suicide, hope was born. With his last thirty dollars in his pocket and a twenty-nine dollar pistol in the window of the pawn shop, the pain of life could be over in an instant… Or, something miraculous could happen, and a different path would reveal itself. Call it saving grace, cowardice, or divine intervention, either way, Og Mandino never bought that pistol…
What happened instead as he went from menial job to job just to survive, was he began spending time in libraries to get out of the cold. In the library, he found himself inexplicably drawn to books on success as he contemplated how he had made such a mess of his own life. Og began to question how and where he had gone wrong.
In the library, he began to study the great self-help authors of the day. He studied Dale Carnegie, Norman Vincent Peale, Maxwell Maltz, Napoleon Hill, and even Emerson. Later, as things began to slowly improve, he found the book “Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude.” This book and the woman he eventually met and married changed everything.
Og Mandino attributes his success to the books he read and the changes he made in his life because of the books… The real key here lies in the words: “the changes he made.” Og Mandino made “massive” changes in his life. He applied the lessons he learned from the books he read. It was not what he read, but the application of what he read that changed everything. Reading is not enough, we must apply! The real key to success is this: Read, Learn, Apply, Repeat… Then repeat the process again and again and again until the desired results are achieved… We must learn to apply what we read to our own individual lives and circumstances. Application is Key!
Author: Bobby Kountz
Bobby Kountz is a former Oncology Nurse, a seasoned Oncology Sales Professional, and Personal Development Enthusiast. He is also an Inspirational Writer, Professional Speaker, Personal Development and Career Transition Coach, Dedicated Community Volunteer, Social Equality Activist, Mental Health Activist, and Loving Father and Husband.
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