The Strangest Secret In The World


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A while ago I came across an MP3 recording called “The Strangest Secret In The World”, by a man called Earl Nightingale. I didn’t know who he was, but the title was intriguing enough to get me interested.

I listened to it, and it was probably the best motivational piece I ever heard. As the name implies it has some resemblances with the concepts explained in “The Secret”, but I found it to be much more practical and down to earth.

Here is a quote from the transcript:

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.
Do you have any idea what will happen to those men and women by the time they are 65?

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,
four will be financially independent,
41 will still be working,
and 54 will be broke – depending on others for life’s necessities.

Now think a moment: Out of the 100, only five make the grade!

Why do so many fail?

If you are curious to know why, well, just listen to the recording (it’s 30 minutes long or so). Here’s a page which has both the recording and the transcript (I highly recommend listening to the audio if you can though).

You’ll thank me later!

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11 Responses to “The Strangest Secret In The World”

  • Jerrick

    The The Strangest Secret Mp3 seem not working so i just able to study the transcript.
    100 people and only 5. It almost diminishing my hope to be success.
    But what i learn here is “We become what we think about”.

  • Matej

    Mark, I used Video Downloader Firefox add-on to download it.

  • Robert C

    That IS a very motivational piece and I agree that the impact is enhanced by listening as opposed to reading. Believe it or not, I purchased the “cassette tape” set a couple of decades that included this particular recording. His message is just as relevant today.

    Thanks for recommendation. I agree, it is worth going back to periodically to keep us on track.

  • jorge jacobo

    Eres lo que le pongas a tu mente!

    Gracias Daniel, Thank you Daniel for Sharing!

  • Daniel

    Yeah! I saw it on you-tube a while back.

    It is a very inspiring. More as a wake up call than anything else.

    Dale Carnegie has some great stuff, also. I went through a stage whereby, I was reading quite a number of Authors, who were writing similar messages(Motivation, inspiration, organization, etc,etc,etc) A number of lesser known Authors have written some pretty interesting works, as well. Some of those lesser known books were written around the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. Those books went on to be the inspiration(or be of some influence) to a number of books that(Within that field) became household names(The foundation books in the motivation—self improvement industry).

  • Eric Murphy

    nice article. thank you for the article

  • Dummy Cooker

    I think the article is a way too long for the idea it delivers. In short: one has to set up one goal at a time, vizualize it and then work hard to reach it.
    Did I get it right?;)
    But I must admit, the name was really intriguing – I was curious and read the article till the end hoping to figure out what this “strangest secret” was about.

  • Austin

    Statistically this may hold some truth. But, that would be for the overall population. Your odds increase depending on eduction, upbringing, and I am sure many other things.

    For example, a 25 year old who has a college education and no debt will be far ahead of many.

  • Mark Aylward

    That’s wonderful. Is there a way to download the mp3 so I can take it on the run? I couldn’t seem to figure that out

  • Sarbjit Singh

    That was a good read. I prefer reading over listening to stuff.

    A man is what he thinks about… very true. I wish this will motivate some of us to set “goals”

  • Andrew Groat

    Very interesting…

    I’m going to listen to it again later tonight when I’m not so damn busy!

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