What’s it gonna’ take to knock some common sense into you?

 

Momma always enjoyed the Comic Section in the Sunday Paper. She’d say something about Dagwood, or Peanuts and chuckle, then ask me, “Want to see the funny papers?”

On those Sunday afternoons after our fill of fried chicken, the miraculous appearance of full color pages made one section of the paper interesting for a young boy. The funny papers on Sundays, and in the fall, the Sears Catalog with its pages of toys in the toy section were highly anticipated literary volumes in the early 1950’s. Not like today when toddlers haul around volumes of Harry Potter that weigh more than they do. It’s good to see kids so young falling in love with books. Beyond the funny papers, mother kept my small library full of books like Black Beauty, farmers, and cowboys. She also had common sense enough to make me read and study the school books. She said, “Work hard on your education now and you won’t have to work hard when you are grown.”

Common sense was a major course for those of my age group. It made the world safe to explore all day until it got dark.

It may seem sentimental to visit those old days when today there is nothing funny in the newspaper. Today’s newsprint only seems to deliver hate, division, and mismatched ideas. Take for example the Green New Deal environmentalists that clear cut six thousand acres of Virginia forest to build a solar panel farm. That’s about as mismatched as you can get. Consider the logic:

  • Pick a state that offers cloudy gray skies just about all winter for a solar farm. Virginia is my home state, so the impact of light deprivation is known.
  • Cut down a forest half the size of Manhattan robbing the area of life giving oxygen from trees.

There’s nothing wrong with exploring ways to make solar efficient. As it is today, you can’t depend on it. Florida is home now and our previous pool was heated with solar panels. Now our pool is heated by an electric heater. The electric works better. Cloudy skies, even in Florida, can really dampen expectations.

Could common sense point us to the vast thousands of acres of barren desert in the Southwest? No trees to chop and no dastardly cloudy gray skies. Environmentalists are supposed to care for trees and fresh air. Common sense needs to be taught. Momma said many times, “What’s it gonna’ take to knock some sense into you?”

Training Does Not Work

You may think that, “Training does not work,” is a strange thing for a motivational trainer to say.

Lifelong training is what personal development is all about. Recently my time has been devoted to a new program for Nightingale Conant that will be coming out later this year. The program will be called, Pump: Get Motivated. Stay Motivated.


It’s has been known that the shot in the arm motivational meetings lasts as long as it takes for the line of losers at the coffee machine to wear you down. Here’s something scary:

According to some studies, U.S. companies spend over $70 billion annually on training. However, most of the information is lost within days. Training meetings are great for a shot in the arm session to jumpstart a new program. However, what about the lasting impact? What about the daily pump?

Consistency in training not only has to do with attempting to get people to do what they are not, consistency also has to do with repetition. That’s why these audio courses and programs are so effective; you can listen over and over to cement the ideas that do reflect who you are and what you want. For any kind of training to have any real impact it must be remembered, not just during the emotional high of getting pumped. It has to be remembered over time. How challenging is this? It has been studied and proven over time that repetition is key.

That’s why we really appreciate this review from an Amazon Customer about one of our other programs, The Secret Advantage, Core Fundamentals from Earl Nightingale.

Five Stars, May 14, 2018 By Amazon Customer – Verified PurchaseThis review is from: The Secret Advantage: Core Fundamentals to Get Anything You Want (Audible Audiobook)

“AWESOME AND INSPIRING! I LISTEN TO SEVERAL CHAPTERS OF THE SECRET ADVANTAGE EVERYDAY!!!”

This customer knows what it is about; listening everyday to something positive and inspiring.

This challenge of memory has a lot to do with our formal education, as our institutions of higher learning teach us to memorize stuff up to the day of the final exam. As I continue to re-write my book, It Is No Secret, life teaches us far more.

Your grade point average looks great on a resume…your life lessons make you indispensible.

That new version of It Is No Secret will also be out later this year.

Game Changer

Thinking of changing to the highest paid career on the planet?

Here’s what a new Keller Williams agent had to say.

Jeffrey 01-29-18

Best business book ever! Hundreds of helpful gems. 

I switched careers from computer programming into real estate sales and found this audiobook many times more helpful than the training at Keller Williams. This is the BEST sales training audiobook for any industry. I especially like the different perspectives and the depth of experience from the authors. I have been a fan of Brian Tracy for years and now have several other great authors to follow.

You’re a G.O.A.T.

How do you handle being called a G.O.A.T?

When I read this review about the program I did featuring the life works of Earl Nightingale, my first thought was the reviewer considered Earl and I are old goats. Then, the reviewer wrote, “Impossible to surpass such vital deep memorable information.”

The two statements seemed to contradict each other.

So, I Googled what it means when someone refers to a G.O.A.T… to my surprise it is urban slang for a compliment. The Urban Dictionary explains, “An acronym for G.reatest O.f A.ll T.ime” “Greatest Of All Time. Not a title that should be easily given out.”

Well then, thank you very much!

 

Here’s the complete review of The Secret Advantage:

Ummmmm….“THE….G.O.A.T. Impossible to surpass such vital deep memorable information. That’s all I’m going to say!”

The program itself is based on an acronym; C.O.R.E. This is for skills based on Competency, Opportunities, Results, and Effectiveness.

In addition to Audible and Amazon, get the complete collector’s edition box set with the BONUS Six Classic Earl Nightingale videos and the Nightingale Conant Documentary at discount.

There’s another program based on the word; G.O.A.L.S.   The new Goals and Vision course that will be live on Audible soon. Goals,

It is safe to say that if you want the C.O.R.E. skills to be a G.O.A.T. you will have to know everything you can about G.O.A.L.S.  Goals, Opportunities, Attitude, Leadership and Lifelong Learning, and Success.

GOAL That would be the Greatest Of All Lifetimes.

 

Forced to settle for less creates huge unrest

More people today are looking for work instead of pursuing a meaningful purpose as they feel forced to settle for less.

SETTLE FOR LESS

Tough times define people in two ways. There are those who simply give up and settle for whatever wages they can get. The other group sees tough times as a time to take advantage of ideas based on the fundamental fact that all success began as one idea that answered a problem.

 

Nightingale-Conant and personal development expert Joe Nuckols have released a new comprehensive collection of Earl Nightingale’s most relevant messages for success in the 21st century to address the issue.

Earl Nightingale had one great idea that was the seed of thousands of life changing ideas. Inspiration hit him as a young boy in a tent city in Los Angeles. Everything around him pointed to a life where he would be forced to settle for less. He chose a different path. He found the secret to riches in a book. Inspired with just six words, he grew up to revolutionize the personal development industry with his recording of, The Strangest Secret. The message he taped became the world’s first spoken word recording to sell over a million copies. In the 1960s there were no self-help sections in books stores, and no Oprah on TV.  Earl stood out with a national following on over a thousand radio stations. Chicago businessman, Lloyd Conant, shaped the success of the messages from Earl into a new business model. Nightingale Conant grew to publish hundreds of best selling authors and create more millionaires than all personal development experts combined over the company’s fifty-plus years as the world leader in personal development.

Vic Conant took over the company as President and Chairman and led the publishing giant into new media formats to change with the times, but remain true to the concepts that change lives, “I have always believed that thoughts and ideas are our most powerful possessions. An idea can change the way we look at the world and the way we think. Ideas improve every area of our life – career, relationships, personal wealth, and self-confidence. Today, there is no reason for anyone to feel pressure to settle for less.”

Today, Vic has taken on the challenge to find the most relevant messages for today’s growing population that can take advantage of the life work of Earl Nightingale. There are thousands of recordings from his best sellers and radio broadcasts. Over the past year, Earl’s extensive library has been researched and edited into a new release called, The Secret Advantage, CORE Fundamentals to Get Anything You Want. In a discussion with Joe Nuckols to create a formula for the program, Joe mentioned to Vic, “Today, businesses are looking for core fundamentals in the people they hire and promote.”

One idle comment started the engine of the creative process. Research conducted with top CEO’s and Business Owners revealed something in what Joe said. The top concerns of the leaders included developing dynamic core competences, focusing on and building human capital, effectively using new technology, engaging in valuable strategies and building new organization structures and culture. That research gave direction and shape to the new program to be based on four core fundamentals. Joe developed the concept around the acronym, CORE for Competency, Opportunity, Results, and Effectiveness. With this concept in mind, Joe took on the task of becoming a contributing author and producer to find Earl’s best messages to address each of the four core fundamentals.

The result is over 21 hours of edited best principles. The program is produced in 64 episodes of approximately 20 minutes each for easy listening and reference. In addition to the audio library, the program includes a half hour video documentary on the lives of Earl Nightingale and Lloyd Conant.  The course also includes six unedited Earl Nightingale Classic Videos.

Earl Nightingale proved that one great idea is like a seed that never stops producing. The harvest is natural. It will happen. The key is to plant the seeds of greatness boldly with an expectation of an abundant harvest.

Joe Nuckols first heard Earl Nightingale’s Our Changing World on radio while working as an on-air talent in Miami, Florida in1970.  Earl emphasized six words, “We become what we think about.”

Joe’s story proves Earl Nightingale is right, “Listening to Earl gave me an idea of a radio station that featured positive information all day.  So, I wrote my goal on a card to own a radio station and carried it everyday in my wallet to read over and over. This proves that just one idea from Earl can be the catalyst that moves us to success.”

Seventeen years later, Joe and his wife Terry, in partnership with Nightingale-Conant  created the world’s first all motivation radio format, WNN – Winners News Network in Fort Lauderdale.

Later, Joe was the morning personality on the Personal Achievement Radio Network, syndicated by ABC Radio Networks heard in Los Angeles, Chicago, and other markets nationwide. In another Nightingale-Conant Best Seller, Joe wrote, narrated, and produced the first full length video documentary featuring the greatest personal development minds of all time — influencers such as Dr. Joe Vitale, Jim Rohn, Jack Canfield, Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Napoleon Hill, Earl Nightingale, Wayne Dyer, and more in another acronym driven program based on 4 Power  DARE Principles: Desire. Accurate Thinking. Resources. Execution. The DARE Matrix Movie.        Joe says, “The Secret Advantage program completes a full circle to be a part of the incredible life story of Earl Nightingale. His words changed my life. That inspiration gave me determination to deliver positive messages. It feels like destiny.”

Earl Nightingale also felt destiny in the pull of the future. On December 7, 1941, Earl was at Pearl Harbor on the Battleship Arizona. A thousand men died on the Arizona. Earl was one of only a hundred who survived. He was literally blown off the ship, unconscious, and another sailor pulled him to safety. Earl said that he felt that he had been spared for some reason. After the war Earl became obsessed with why everyone in his neighborhood was poor and confused. He wondered why one person was able to create wealth and happiness for his family, while another with a similar background stayed ignorant and penniless. Answering these questions became Earl’s life work. The best of his work is easy to access in Earl Nightingale’s new program, The Secret Advantage, CORE Fundamentals to Get Anything You Want.

Don’t Monkey Around When Choosing a Life Coach

Learning to live by watching our elders is in the DNA of all life. All animals play life coach to their offspring.

How to Choose a Life Coach Chimpanzees teach their young to use rocks to break open nuts. Unlike the Chimps, we can choose our life coach. That requires caution.

Ancient man passed on fire starting skills, and today long lines of interns compete for a perch at Apple to show off their code writing skills and get close to the place where the goddess of mega success strikes with lightning bolts of genius. Each of us needs direction, but today finding the best life coach to get everything you want can be a challenge before you light a fire that only burns through tons of your cash.

First, let’s take a snapshot of the playing field. The term, mentor, in our books has been written about since the early 1800s and has steadily grown ever since. We all want someone to show us the way. Take the more contemporary buzz word, life coach. Experts coined that in 1960’s self help publications. Today, the use of the life coach term is off the charts. Early craftsmen that swung hammers and sloshed paint learned the ropes during long days as an apprentice. Today interns nervously hang on to whatever the elders say from board rooms to boiler rooms. It’s a good system. The system is so good everyone wants to jump on the band wagon. There are five million six hundred thousand Youtube videos based on the query, life coach. Search Amazon on the topic of life coach and over 30 thousand books pop up. As we visit meeting rooms in hotels worldwide, we experts on every topic rallying the cry to become the next best mentor with the promise to be your life coach. Could be there’s a lot of coaching and very little living happening as a result.

There are factors you can use to find the right life coach to help you get everything you want. Earl Nightingale was more than a best selling author since his works have been used as a means of personal coaching. Denis Waitley, the first major author published by Nightingale Conant, has contributed a lot to raise the bar on the skills needed to be a real life coach. Denis spoke freely of our currently dominant thoughts, which paraphrases Earl’s teaching, “We become what we think about.”

Denis shared a study by two researchers named Emily Werner and Ruth Smith. Here’s an excerpt from Denis, “This study, which followed more than 450 people from childhood through their adult lives, was an attempt to learn why some people are motivated to overcome severe disadvantages, while others from the same background seem to have been overwhelmed by their problems. This research continued for an incredible length of time: 40 years, to be exact.  According to the research, one of the most interesting qualities of these motivated individuals is their ability to recognize potential sources of support in other people, to look beyond the walls of their homes to find relatives, friends, teachers, or other role models who can provide help. This very important finding illustrates the benefits of forming mentor relationships to encourage achievement.”

Highly motivated people use a coach or mentor. However, Earl cautioned for care to be taken when choosing a life coach. It is critical to choose the various life coaches over your life wisely. The process begins with your life’s goals. Find people doing what you want to do and learn from them.

Make sure that the mentors you choose have a genuine history of success and your life coach must show the ability to achieve goals.

Research your needs for a life coach.

Life coaches base their practices on a particular subject area such as business, relationships, grief, mid-life issues, etc. Decide what you need life coaching for. The hourly fee for a life coach can run from $50 to $400 or more per 1 hour session. A life coach can help you if you feel stuck and keep you motivated.

Research your life coach.

Once you have identified a life coach explore them online. Compare the information you gather from the life coach’s online presence with other sources.

Sometimes you may find the perfect life coach is someone you will never meet. Many people find mentors in the form of self study. Authors, educators, or artists can be role models. If you discover someone with whom you feel a special affinity, make an effort to obtain everything that person has written or said. Really become a student of the person’s work and life. Earl Nightingale did this and his life’s work factually changed the world. He was a young man when he read Napoleon Hill’s book, Think and Grow Rich. Napoleon Hill built his career around the hundreds of interviews he conducted with the richest people of his day such as Andrew Carnegie. They became his mentors. Napoleon Hill went one step further to imagine a host of special mentors from historical people from the past he never met in his mastermind alliance. We’ll write more about that in another article, but for now think of any person you admire, living or dead, whether you met them or not.  Now consider the following quote that had an impact on Hill:

“Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are, for it shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be.” – Thomas Carlyle

That first experience of reading Hill ignited a hunger for information for Earl Nightingale. Earl was forever changed and continued his lifelong learning. Some of the most prolific writers were his personal life coaches. In many cases he discovered that some of the best advice has to do with being our own life coach. Check out these quotes he collected on the topic of role models:

“Enjoy your own life without comparing it to another,” – Condorcet

“Insist on yourself; never imitate.”  – Emerson

“Everyone undertakes what he sees another successful in, whether he has aptitude for it or not.”  – Goethe

It sounds like Earl cautioned to be careful who you choose to follow as you set the course for your own individual life. In other words, study others, but be your own life coach. Ultimately, nobody else is responsible for your life but you. Nobody else is accountable for your actions but you. Therefore, nobody’s expectations for you and opinions about you are as important as your own. So make sure your opinions take precedence in your mind over all others, and when you do need to consult with someone else, think very carefully before you choose exactly who.

If you have to choose between a job or a career, your college education has not worked.

More people today are looking for work instead of pursuing a meaningful purpose.

DECISIONSThe rising cost of college measured by a resulting career has been delivering a failing grade for return on investment leading to mass disappointment. These are not new challenges. It doesn’t matter when the graduation date fell on the calendar. Many that graduated in the summer of love in 1967 are still searching for purpose. Millions today are looking toward the upcoming days of the 21st century with the same question, “What’s the purpose of my life?”

Tough times have always defined people in two ways. There are those who simply give up and settle for whatever wages they can get, and that amount defines their lifestyle. Then there is the other group who see tough times as a time to get motivated to find a career, make changes, and take advantage of ideas that emerge in times of dissatisfaction.

Earl Nightingale lived in a tent city in Los Angeles as a boy. Everything around him pointed to a life where he would be forced to settle for less. He chose a different path. As a young man he found the secret to riches in a book. Inspired with just six words, he grew up to revolutionize the personal development industry with his recording of, The Strangest Secret. The message he taped became the world’s first spoken word recording to sell over a million copies. That was in 1960 when there were no self-help sections in books stores, and no Oprah on TV.  It was this success, and Earl’s national following on over a thousand radio stations, that Lloyd Conant shaped into a new business model. Nightingale Conant has published hundreds of best selling authors and created more millionaires than all personal development experts combined over the company’s fifty-plus years as the world leader in personal development.LLOYD EARL TABLE

Vic Conant took over the company as President and Chairman and led the publishing giant into new media formats to change with the times, but remain true to the concepts that change lives, “I have always believed that thoughts and ideas are our most powerful possessions. An idea can change the way we look at the world and the way we think. Ideas improve every area of our life – career, relationships, personal wealth, and self-confidence.”

Today, Vic has taken on the challenge to find the most relevant messages for today’s growing population that can take advantage of the life work of Earl Nightingale. There are thousands of recordings from his best sellers and radio broadcasts. Over the past year, Earl’s extensive library has been researched and edited into a new release called, The Secret Advantage. In a discussion with Joe Nuckols to create a formula for the program, Joe mentioned, “Today businesses are looking for core fundamentals in the people they hire and promote.”

One idle comment started the engine of the creative process. Research conducted with top CEO’s and Business Owners revealed something in what Joe said. The top concerns of the leaders included developing dynamic core competences, focusing on and building human capital, effectively using new technology, engaging in valuable strategies and building new organization structures and culture. That research gave direction and shape to the new program to be based on four core fundamentals. Joe developed the concept around the acronym, CORE for Competency, Opportunity, Results, and Effectiveness. With this concept in mind, Joe took on the task of becoming a contributing author and producer to find Earl’s best messages to address each of the four core fundamentals.

The result is over 21 hours of edited best principles. From there, the program is produced in 64 episodes of approximately 20 minutes each for easy listening and reference. In addition to the audio library, the program includes a half hour video documentary on the lives of Earl Nightingale and Lloyd Conant is included along with six unedited Earl Nightingale Classic Videos.