Destiny pulls us forward

Creatures delay their destiny to rest before stirring the black waters. In the dark, long before the sun dares to poke up over the marshes and cut through ghostly Spanish moss draped from big cypress trees all is quiet. Enemies must sleep. Bodies are stacked in rows covered by wool olive colored blankets. Silence is ripped open by a blaring trumpet and a short tough guy with a voice big enough for four men yells, “Hit the deck.”

Young men with no hair bolt out of bunks ejecting their greenish blankets.

Their boots kick up dust and stomp down a path through the dark. At last, a pink sky shoots some light across the sign they march past. The sign reads, “Let’s be damned sure that no man’s ghost will ever say –‘If your training program had only done its job.”

It had been many years since the first Marines landed on Paris Island in 1861.


Rumors of intense tough training over all those decades became clear to the young recruits in that line.

The young man calling cadence and menacing the young troops would be destined to train millions of people worldwide how to become successful and fulfill each destiny.

That morning before the great war, the young man with the big voice was Earl Nightingale. Soon on another morning, Earl watched the sun begin to rise over the Pacific as he stood on the deck of the USS Arizona. Buzzing of the foreign fighter planes parted the clouds and bombs fell when America’s destiny changed on December 7, 1941.

The huge devastating explosion knocked Earl off the deck. A fellow sailor pulled him to safety. Earl was one of only a handful of young Marines to survive the explosions on the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Later, Earl stated that he felt he was saved for a special destiny. He recalled words from the Marine’s creed, “I swear this creed. My rifle and I are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life. So be it, until there is no enemy, but peace.”

His destiny expanded to help millions master their enemies with six words he discovered in a book that ignited his passion to record the first ever million selling spoken word recording, “The Strangest Secret.”

Today the company he co-founded, Nightingale Conant, has taken the best of Earl’s life work to release a new updated Earl Nightingale program, The Secret Advantage: CORE Fundamentals to Get Anything You Want.

Earl also hosted the most widely syndicated radio program for over thirty years. The story how that happened is amazing.

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