Is time on your side?

When a woman breaks up with a man all he can do is hope she’ll come running back to him someday.

Time On Your SideWords like that inspire poets and song writers. Jerry Ragovoy wrote a lot of hit songs in the sixties. One day in 1963 those words of a jilted lover came to him. The song and the melody took shape. A year later twenty year old Mick Jagger pouted up to the microphone in a recording studio and belted out the words, “Time is on my side, yes it is.”

So, Jerry Ragovoy under the pseudonym of Norman Meade penned a song that has racked up royalties for over fifty years. The fact that Mick continues to rock into his seventies proves that age is a state of mind.

It is not fame and fortune that keeps us young. It is very simply what Earl Nightingale said over and over, “We become what we think about.”

Do our thoughts really bend time?

How many old looking people do you know? Old looking is the key, not how old in years. Many times people will start saying things like, “Getting old is a bitch.”

Actually, getting older is a blessing. Think of the alternative.

As those heavy in the gut and short on breath console themselves with self defeating statements about declining health being an expected part of life, they are right. Their own statements age them faster.

We all have a subconscious mind that believes anything we say. Tell it you’re feeling aches and pains of aging and it will give you aches and pains.

On the other hand, that powerful subconscious mind built you in the womb. The sculpting of cells and genes and DNA formed your arms, legs, brain, heart, and all of you. That same powerful unleashed subconscious mind is still sculpting each new cell that is generated by the millions every minute in your current body.

Order your subconscious minds with thoughts of healing and rebuilding.

Never, ever think or say your own death sentence, “I am getting old.”

You are getting better, healthier, smarter.

Earl Nightingale addressed this on one of his radio broadcasts titled, When Your Dreams Die. Here’s the way he opened the segment, “How would you like a recipe for staying young? From earliest times people have believed that their search for a fountain of youth would be rewarded. And they found that the secrets of both youth and happiness lie in the same place: within themselves.”

As in many of Earl’s writings he searched for and found perfect quotes to amplify his message that day when he quoted a philosopher who once wrote, “There is not much but to bury a man when the last of his dreams is dead.”

These thoughts explain why we all are as young as our dreams, why some people appear old at forty, and others become famous at ninety. It explains a lot about Mick Jagger dancing across a stage at seventy-three still singing, “Time is on my side, yes it is.”

In the broadcast, Earl listed a few points to consider as you seek to find the right things to tell your subconscious.

First, a list that ages us faster:

  1. The person who has no dream or goal to achieve is already old.
  2. Age comes when hope and planning for the future die.
  3. Every person’s life work must be much larger than an eight hour workday.
  4. People grow old in occupations with fixed limitations, uninteresting surroundings, and no call upon the imagination.

Next, the list that keeps us younger:

  1. Some stay young regardless of their work because they strive for a higher calling such as providing for family members.
  2. People who stay young are those that feel young regardless of their age.
  3. Youthful individuals try new things, learn new skills, and plan new careers whether they live long enough to reach it or not.
  4. Those of us who stay young never think much about old age or death.
  5. Staying alive and young requires people with a sense of humor.
  6. Happy youthful people among us do not hold grudges or hatred.
  7. People who stay young are quick to accept new ideas and have a healthy curiosity.


Earl goes on to say, “Above all they continue in pursuit of a dream, something to learn and earn, and a higher plateau upon which to stand.”


Finally, Earl gives this challenge, “What are you trying to bring into fulfillment? A person is as young as his dreams, and as old as his doubts.”

You are better for criticism


During the heat of the political season the newscasts on all channels are filed with pundits arguing over which candidate’s temperament is worst.

This article has nothing to do with candidates. It has everything to do with temperament and mentors.

There is so much nonsense today about safe zones. To dispel this dangerous myth, the following two examples make the point that honest, tough mentors that are ready, willing, and able to kick you in the ass may elevate you to become a winner. These are true stories from my life.

Case number one. My radio career turned into the third year as I reached 16. It was the first night on staff at WRVA radio in Richmond, VA. At 16 of course I knew everything. My mentor was the production director, Harold Phillips. This cigar smoking drill sergeant of a guy with gray  hair addressed me, Mr. Nuckols. Imagine that; ‘Mr. Nuckols’ to a kid of 16. He said, “Mr. Nuckols, it’s time to find out what you know. Go in the production room and record this newscast.”

Harold Phillips, WRVA Radio
Harold Phillips, WRVA Radio

To me, a seasoned two year veteran that was no big deal until he listened to the tape. My newscast rolled less than thirty seconds when he stopped the machine, dropped his head, closed his eyes, and said, “It is beyond me to ever understand how anyone so bad could ever be hired by WRVA.”

Imagine the crushed ego of a 16 year old with no safe zone to run to. Then, Harold took me to his office and gave direction that would change my life, “Okay, Mr. Nuckols. You have a decision to make. If you get your feelings hurt and can not take constructive criticism, you may as well run home crying to Momma. If, instead, you can listen, rehearse, learn, and improve you may some day become something.”

That’s a speech never to be forgotten and the months that followed were brutal. Because of my southern accent, he made me record a full half hour tape saying, “running, jumping,”… and any dangling participle that came to mind to make me stop dropping the ‘g’. No more ‘runnin’ jumpin’ in my vocabulary. To use my resonating chambers in my sinuses he made me record a half hour of humming. He must have had a good laugh. But, I did it. Every exercise was taken with the same seriousness of an Olympic athlete practicing for hours. Think of a swimmer up at 4:00AM to repeat laps over and over to shave even the smallest fraction of a second from her speed. People who become successful are those that will do what others will not.

Thank you Harold… Mr. Phillips.

Case number two. Jump ahead to my thirties when W. Robert Lappin at WNJY in Palm Beach, FL entered my life. He retained my position as General Manager when he bought the radio station. The first thing he did was to have me call him Bob. Next, he had me frame and hang a poster with a W. Clement Stone quote, “Intentions are one thing, results are another.”

W Robert Lappin
W Robert Lappin, Formerly Lappin Communications Inc, Founder of The Palm Beach Pops Orchestra


Bob was an extremely successful businessman that demanded excellence, and sales. He was never one to sugar coat facts. In one of our meetings he said, “I don’t get ulcers, I give them.”

Today there’s a desire to protect people in ‘safe zones’ where tough talk is not allowed. We miss something grand by that. While working for Bob, there was pressure; so much pressure it kept me awake late at night. There I was, starring into darkness when a quiet prayer came to mind, “Why are you doing this? Do you want me to do something else with my life? Should I not be a general manager?”

Another Bob of influence in my life was Robert Schuler, the Crystal Cathedral pastor on TV, who had spoken on the power of two way prayer. Pose a question and wait for a response. Within a nanosecond an answer came, “I am making it tough on you to make you a better general manager.”

From then on, every word spoken by my mentor Bob Lappin rang true. We hit our goals.

Then, being full of myself, a desire to be more became stronger as my goal became to own a radio station. Bob counseled me, and like Harold told me I had a decision to make. I considered it wise counsel when he asked me to decide to continue to give full attention to his station, or pursue my own dream. We eventually parted. I was the beneficiary and received far more than I could have given Bob. His leadership encouraged me to do better. Years later, Bob sold his radio stations and pursued a higher calling of his own. In addition to his business acumen, Bob was a master pianist and composer. After retiring from business, he returned to music, guest conducting orchestras for several years. He founded the Palm Beach Pops, where he became the dominant force — designing programs and performed 36 concerts annually at the Kravis Center, the Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens and the Florida Atlantic University Performing Arts Center in Boca Raton.

The point of having great mentors is a topic not foreign to Earl Nightingale. In one of his radio broadcasts, he quoted Dr. Abraham H. Maslow formerly of the Department of Psychology of Brandeis University, “The person who is criticized honestly may be hurt for the moment but ultimately is helped and cannot but become grateful. It is a great sign of respect to me, for instance, if someone feels I’m strong enough and capable enough.”

Maslow was best known for his revolutionary hierarchy of needs; a theory of psychological health predicated on fulfilling innate human needs in priority.  He stressed the importance of focusing on the positive qualities in people. Earl quoted him on a number of occasions to illuminate specific points of interest on developing our full potential. On the topic of criticism, Earl wrote, “The secret test to which criticism should be put before it is spoken is to be sure it is born of love and courage; not out of anger, or spite, or to make the other person feel small.”

As for me, my two tough mentors must have spoken from love and encouragement as there was no benefit to do otherwise. I had no position or leverage that could in anyway be a threat to them. They taught tough, and I have loved and admired them for it. There have been other mentors along the way that will be the subject of various articles based on other topics. These two stand out as the first and last mentors during my radio career that inspired me. I remember Harold for testing me, “If you can listen, rehearse, learn, and improve you may some day become something.” And, I will never forget Bob for the sign he had me make, “Intentions are one thing, results are another.”

Now, it’s my turn to become a mentor and pay it forward to hopefully inspire you. The first lesson; surround yourself with those that will speak the truth, even when it hurts

Visualization brings hope alive

An entire generation of mostly young men came back from the Pacific and Europe with a hope of a better life they kept alive by fighting enemies over there. Crowds waved flags along packed sidewalks and confetti filled the sky above the streets with each parade of soldiers back in the states. Women and men of World War II were cut from strong cloth. Strands of that cloth bound them together in the struggle to win, and now formed a new bond to build, grow, succeed, and create a world worth living. Hope everywhere was high, even the Chicago Cubs made it to the World Series. The local radio station played Frank Sinatra singing, “Put Your Dreams Away.”

Those lyrics, “Wishing on a star never got you far, and it’s time to make a new start”, filled the cab of the car until the driver clicked the radio off as the car pulled to a stop in front of KTAR Radio.

The young driver marched through the lobby and swung open the thick sound proof door to the studio.HOPE VISION

Behind the double pane glass window an engineer nodded to the guy. In the control room, the second hand notched its way around the large face of the Western Union clock hung over the other side of that double glass window.

The engineer puffed a Lucky Strike and a suited man walked in, “What’s network doing?”

Both guys laugh, “That guy really thinks he’s going to make it to the big time.”

That young man they nicknamed ‘Network’ was Earl Nightingale.

Earl adjusted his collar, stood tall before the microphone, cleared his throat, and looked over the copy finding just the right words to emphasize. He rehearsed. But more than the guys in the control room could see, Earl Nightingale visualized himself as he planned to be, not as he was. His training to focus, his study of Napoleon Hill, and his burning desire to rise to the top worked together to prove a powerful point. Six words that changed his life and the lives of millions he would never meet. There are just six words.

We become what we think about.

Those two guys in the control room and others at the local station warned Earl about the huge risks of trying to make it in the big time. Earl packed his car for Chicago. As the car pulled away, the engineer from the station struck a match, and sucked in smoke from another Lucky Strike and told his buddy, “He’ll be back.”

Earl Nightingale never looked back. It wasn’t long until his friends heard Earl Nightingale star on a national radio drama as Sky King.

Once in Chicago, a new world opened for Earl Nightingale. That’s a story for another day. 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.

Help yourself to success by finding a need, and filling it.

Her eyes are locked on the computer screen at the register. She looks up over the rim of her glasses to address the distraction you pose, “Can I help you?”HELP

This interaction happens in every restaurant, department store, boutique, or anyplace where there is a need for a human. The question to offer help automatically triggers a strong “No” response, since people don’t want to be bothered by salespeople. Yet, the offer to help is asked millions of times everyday. Untold fortunes are dismissed.

Earl Nightingale began transforming lives with six words, “We become what we think about.”

Earl also shared another six words that is the absolute foundation for success, “Find a need, and fill it.”

These words drive sales and launch businesses and even entire industries.

Earl goes on to say, “The extent of your success will be determined by the need’s importance and your ability to fill it. The size of your success is controlled by the number of people it serves and the extent of the need it fills.”

Good salespeople know to resist the ease of asking any question that can be answered, “No.”

Great salespeople always dig for the driving need a customer has. Once known, the sales process becomes easy and nearly automatic.

The question, “What do you need?” is better than ‘what you want’ because wants may not be so easily satisfied whereas businesses do fulfill needs.

On a larger scale, the secret sauce to business success, fame, and fortune comes from the answer to that mantra, “Find a need and fill it.”

An exercise to do this requires two things:

  1. The need must be a real need and not contrived. It must ring true.
  2. A true need may not exist until the entrepreneur defines the need.

Today we all must have some form of computer. That need did not exist until Bill Gates dreamed of the day that every household will have at least one personal computer.

The true underlying need was the need for a tool to speed up executing repetitive boring activities.

In The Secret Advantage, Earl tells one of many stories about a friend who transformed his gasoline service station into a full service convenience store to fill the need for customers to buy items they needed as they waited for their cars to be services. The Earl Nightingale message forced me to ask, “Do people really need another Earl Nightingale program?”

Sure, listening to Earl is encouraging and entertaining, but is there is significant clear and real need to hear what he has to say? The real underlying need for another new Earl Nightingale program can be summed up with one word, “Future.”

What promise lies ahead? Each of us seeks a better future. The pull of the future makes us move. Our vision of the future creates the world we live in. Earl Nightingale’s life work is a resource that has inspired innovation and motivated millions to discover their own personal idea of the future they want.

Therefore, my answer is a resounding, “Yes.”

Yes, we need the wisdom and mentorship of Earl Nightingale today more than ever to release a powerful future.

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.


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.

Why so few get rich

He was a tough little package; the guy that lived three rows over in the makeshift tent city on the downside of Los Angeles.

Why so few get richThose lost angels of the dirt scraped by day-by-day while the hot California sun baked, and the cold desert nights ate every wave of heat. All around this boy people were hungry, but he had a hunger for something better than day old bread thrown out unsold by the markets.

The boy snuck away from the bullies and kids who had nothing better to do than play stickball. He found a hiding place in the Public Library at Long Beach. Some days on his journey, he would stop to gaze out past the docks at Long Beach and watch ships come and go. Shading his eyes from the glare of the Pacific Sun, big black expensive cars would slip by him. One specific day he entered the Library and asked the prim librarian, “Why is it some people get rich and others just get by?”

She didn’t answer, instead sent the boy to a row of books on the back shelves.

There were none of his favorite Zane Grey or adventure books on these shelves.

Instead, these books looked like work.

One caught his eye. The book may have just as easily jumped off the shelf and magically flew to him. There were no Harry Potter inanimate volumes flying about. Just the printed words on the book cover. He read, “Think and Grow Rich.”

Just as he mumbled the title, the idea that all a person had to do to become rich was to think. Then, the concept made sense. How would anyone ever become rich if they did not think it first?

He grabbed the book, checked it out, and hurried back to his canvas home to read a new kind of adventure. A spell binding story in which he would be the main character in a new kind of book that would teach him to be rich.

Earl Nightingale found the secret to success in Napoleon Hill’s book revealed in just six words. Those words became the catalyst for The Strangest Secret, the first spoken word recording to sell over a million copies. The boy grew to be the man that launched the personal development audio publishing industry with his partner, Lloyd Conant.

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 became a hero in the Marines. That story for another day.

Acting on purpose

Ever pose the conflict, “What’s it all about and just what is my purpose for being here?”

PURPOSE SINK OR PULLAnyone who has ever achieved anything asks that question often. Today there are books, seminars, even courses on finding purpose.

That’s not enough.

The real challenge is to act on that purpose in such a way to doing something important. That is the point of no return where some make it and most fail. Earl Nightingale wrote a powerful passage on purpose.

“Occasionally a strange sight is seen at sea. The wind, the tide, and the surface ice will all be going in one direction, but moving majestically against these forces will be an iceberg. The reason is not hard to find. We see only a small part of the iceberg. Deep down in the water is the base, controlled by more powerful, deeper currents.”

Earl was a great writer proven by the fact that his words paint pictures, come alive, and ring with resonance. There is something more to his messages. Each story, example, or advice that he penned drove meaning and inspiration home. Notice the words, “Moving majestically against these forces.”

We all have that conflict that comes with hidden forces, and some of us turn the conflict into a powerful purpose. Earl continued writing about the above by writing, “Strength of character is the powerful current that keeps us going in the right direction.”

Finding purpose is one thing, getting there is another and it takes action. Here are some of the actions Earl suggested several questions we should ask from time to time:

  • “Where am I going?
  • “Am I living in such a way as to bring lasting, important benefits to myself and those that depend on me?”
  • “Am I honestly proud of the job I am doing?”

He goes on to say, “A good place to start is to try to become as good as you can at what you are doing. No matter what the job happens to be, it will take on dignity and meaning if you do it as well as you possibly can.”

Think of that advice in today’s world. The customer service person that complains about helping customers can’t wait to take a break, and divides attention between Facebook and Twitter while on duty. Or, in a restaurant the server that is rude to a customer when asked to correct an order. Restaurant personnel are notorious for fighting over prices or burnt eggs. They have not been taught the high value of lifetime customers and the high cost of customer acquisition. Not to mention the damage they do to themselves by submitting to the deep unseen forces of negativity.

On the other hand, the person that shows pride in their work also shows promise to the people that will promote them.

Are forces pulling you in the wrong direction? Discover more ways to attack the forces of failure in the new program from Earl Nightingale. The Secret Advantage, CORE fundamentals to Get Anything You Want.

Why can’t we be friends?

There was a great divide between the two groups of friends.


Each group congregated and held true to their convictions. One believed the other group was nothing more than money grabbing whores with nothing against selling their own mother. The accused believed the other group did nothing but complain about not having money, but refused to do anything about the situation. These two factions stuck to their position with deep roots of conviction. This is not the state of the union. These are not Republicans and Democrats. This is a radio station. The slacker disc jockeys show up in jeans, drink a lot of coffee, complain a great deal about management, work only four hours a day, and hate the money grabbers, the sales department. Meanwhile, the sales people talk fast, drive expensive cars, take lunch with media buyers, and stand on the backs of the artists, disc jockeys, to get away with larceny.

The great divide between friends may be the true landscape of other industries, but can easily describe the standard operating behind the scenes of your favorite stations. That was true of the radio station in Miami where I worked on the bohemian team of my disc jockey friends.

One day something changed. A new program director did the unthinkable. He suggested we were all on one team. How could any station exist where the inhabitants worked elbow to elbow, jock, and peddler? Next, the new program director hosted a meeting and pulled from his briefcase a book titled, “Think and Grow Rich.”

What the hell was he thinking? Approaching the true artist of the program department with a book that heralded the mantra of the opposing team of money grabbers caused shock and dismay.

Then, he explained Napoleon Hill’s Mastermind Alliance. Basically, and paraphrased, it goes, “Two or more like minds working together in complete harmony can accomplish any goal or desire.”

He then promised us magic, “Within one year, we will be number one in Miami.”

Against all odds he spoke. Our station was a small AM station at 1260 on the dial, which means, lousy signal coverage. To make it even more of a challenge, our format was country music before country was cool.

The guy added, “There can be no negative thoughts. Anyone that can not buy in must leave.”

We all wanted our jobs, so we bought in. This all happened in the early 1970’s when one of the giant FM music stations promised to give away three million dollars in a contest. We had no such budget. My friend must have been crazy, or inspired.

The year passed and one of our interns visited the big FM station, WMYQ, with the three million dollar contest, where he procured one of their sales kits that included the newly published ratings. In bold letters they claimed the remarkable result to show up number two in certain day parts. There in number one position, on their stationery, the little station that could, WWOK.WWOK RATINGS

The Mastermind Alliance worked as we became number one in one year.  Disc jockeys and money grabbers alike danced in the hall, hugged each other, and tore down the old walls of separation to celebrate one team.

If a small band of misfits can come together with a limited tiny radio station, why can’t the most powerful nation on earth?

Napoleon Hill’s book charted our course the same as the words motivated another young radio guy, Earl Nightingale. Earl discovered the six words, “We become what we think about.”

Earl went on to become host the daily radio program Our Changing World that was heard on over 1,000 radio stations for over 30 years. Earl’s recording The Strangest Secret became the first spoken word record to sell over a million copies.

It’s your turn. Join our mastermind alliance and change your world. We have published a new landmark program based on the best messages that relate to our 21st century in The Secret Advantage.

What impossible dream are you ready to make possible?

Forecast the future

The forecast proved accurate that morning. The sky was clear and a warm breeze made for an unremarkable day in the Netherlands.

The calendar told a different story. August 2, 1944. Miep Gies shuffled papers on her desk in her morning routine when the door burst open. The man in the uniform yelled, “Stay put! Don’t move!”

A tip from a disloyal friend told the Nazis where to go.

In the heat of the moment, she made a fateful decision. She scrambled to hide a diary from a young Jewish girl her family had been hiding during the war.

One year later on another late summer morning, she delivered bad news to the businessman she worked for. The man had been rescued from the German camps and returned home. She had to tell him his two daughters, and wife; his family was gone. In addition to the bad news, she handed Otto Frank the diary of his youngest daughter, Anne Frank. As the sole survivor of his family, he left the pages unread for some time. Finally, he was persuaded that Anne’s writing would shed light on the Nazis and forecast a warning for future generations. He published The Diary of a Young Girl in 1947, and oversaw its transition to the stage and screen. Otto Frank has been quoted, “In order to build a future you must know the past.”

Otto Frank could have wasted his future in heartache of the past, but he looked forward. He made a decision we all must make no matter how enormous or small our challenges may be. We may learn from the past, but the future demands forward thinking.

Abraham Lincoln certainly knew tragedy. The war torn shambles of the country he inherited a century earlier demanded vision. No matter how heavy his heart was, he addressed the times when he said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

Few experience such monumental challenges as President Lincoln, or Anne Frank. Each of us faces adversity. Challenges appear everywhere. From crowded streets, cluttered offices, to lonely hard fields across open farmland adversity presents itself. Earl Nightingale wrote, “Show two people the same picture and each will see a different scene. One sees a depressing rundown neighborhood, another sees the perfect location for a new factory, or high rise building.”

WHAT DO YOU SEEOur modern skylines are punctuated by structures that have risen a thousand feet into the clouds from foundations of ruin. Bare farmlands have become suburbs and massive shopping centers. Today, we are so numb to progress we run the risk of missing it.

Earl Nightingale told a story from a simpler time about a farmer who was left with nothing but his vision for a future. A Wisconsin farmer found himself faced with a forecast of failure when he was stricken with polio and left paralyzed. Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease with no cure. Vaccinations have all but erased cases of Polio in modern times, except for third world countries. Breathing was made possible by the iron lung that imprisoned patients for life.

“Flat on his back, unable to farm his land,” said Earl, “he was forced to think creatively.”

For most, there would be no escape. But, for this farmer there were no limits to the potential of his future. Without moving from his bed, he built one of the country’s largest and most successful meat packing companies in Wisconsin. His once un-used farmland was converted into a sprawling factory and employed thousands.

None of us may never become the victims of war and face imprisonment of war camps or small attics to hide us from oppressors. Few are tested by the crucible of leading a war. The physical iron lung is a relic because of modern vaccinations; however Earl Nightingale warned of a very present danger when he said, “Every one of us lives in a kind of iron lung of our own fashioning. Each of us has opportunities just as great as the farmer. But few of us are forced to reach deep into the full abilities we have.”

Earl concluded that segment with a quote from Thoreau, “We find only the world we look for.”

Fear filled me.

Fear filled me. Words popped in my mind, “What have I done?”

The first time swells from memory. It’s a good feeling. In the spring of my fourteenth year it happened.

WHAT IFSeated by the control board in a radio station, watching the guy training me, the glare of the chrome microphone drew my focus as if the barrel of the gun was trained to shoot between my eyes. “Can I really do that?” “Can I Open the microphone and find words, or choke.”

The next day taking that leap changed my life.

One simple action killed the possibility of living a life burdened by the question, “What if?”

Today there is no reason to look back and ask what if I had tried. Stepping out of fear working past stage fright opened doors that would have never been open. Now, the burning question is, “What’s next?”

Watching friends on social media pine for the good old days, there is this advice; God did not create rear view mirrors.

In the natural, we are forward motion beings traveling at light speed in our galaxy always moving forward across the universe. This heady topic relates to our daily life of achievement.

Those adolescent feelings have returned to butterfly once again. This time the anticipation comes from the product launch of a lifetime.

A new Nightingale Conant program from Earl Nightingale is massive in scope. The new program is relevant for the 21st Century with updated messages that relate to taking your next steps to do whatever it is that causes fear.

Do not take this lightly. The messages create the pull of the future that will drive you to achieve beyond your purpose.

Living a life wondering what if you had tried is not the life you want. You want to thrive in forward motion to always ask yourself, “What’s next?”

Earl Nightingale devoted his lifetime of work to research, write, and record volumes of audio programs. Earl also was drawn early in life to radio broadcasting. He broke away from the small time to the major leagues as a successful commentator from a station in Chicago. Thousands of daily radio broadcasts for over three decades were carried on more than a thousand radio stations. Millions would tune in daily for advice loaded with practical information about success.  Earl has literally helped millions break down self limiting beliefs to achieve levels of success most only dream of.

Updating his work is daunting, so no wonder the same fear felt long ago is reawakened. Over a year ago we began researching and editing the best segments for a revolutionary program that meets the demands of today. Finally, the new program is ready.

Earl Nightingale’s The Secret Advantage, CORE Fundamentals to Get Anything You Want is now available.

Glad and sad at the same time


The morning will seem to be normal.

You grab a $5 latte, check your social media, and drive like a maniac to work. All day you put up with whatever you put up with until finally, you pull up in your driveway back at home. You open the mailbox and reality takes a bite out of your day. The greeting letter from AARP, The American Association of Retired Persons, says Happy 50th Birthday!


Earl Nightingale told a relevant story that illustrates the feeling one gets when reality hits. Earl tells in The Secret Advantage the fable of a man riding across a desert in the dark of night. As he crossed a dry riverbed, a voice came out of the darkness ordering him to halt. The voice told him to get off his camel and pick up some gravel from the riverbed. Then the voice told the man to get back on the camel and ride on into the darkness. As the man left the voice said, “In the morning in the light of day you will be both glad and sorry.”

Just as the first rays of sunlight appeared, the man looked at his handful of gravel from the riverbed. He discovered it was not gravel at all, but rare precious stones worth a fortune. The man understood the warning. He was both glad and sorry. He was glad he had picked up the few stones he could, and he was sad he had not picked up more

Human nature is a great topic of fables and legends. It is also true that most of us wait until it’s too late to grab life’s riches.

Earl states in this segment a startling fact, “Imagine one hundred young Americans who all start off financially even at age twenty-five. Forty years later, when all are sixty-five, only one out of the original one hundred will be considered wealthy. Only one in four will be financially independent for life.”

Earl recorded the message that is featured as one of hundreds in The Secret Advantage over 40 years ago. It is uncanny how he was able to forecast the stats. The very latest U.S. Census Bureau statistics reports the same finding is true today. Only 1 percent of all Americans are wealthy. Just 4 percent are safe to retire. The remaining 95 percent did not make it. And, each and every one mentioned by Earl started off with equal amounts of money and abilities.

Political seasons illuminate the impact of fables. Our leaders from one side of the isle blame the rich for all the problems of being poor. The other side blames the poor for depending on government handouts. Both fables lead to arguments and a vast tour away from reality. Our country provides each of us an opportunity to be a part of the top five percent.

It does not take a genius or silver spoon to become financially fantastic. It takes a simple plan

Our reality check comes from the latest statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau report from the website, Statistic Brain that the average retirement age is 63. The report shows that 95 percent will not have enough money to live on during their retirement years, which by the way, is an average of 18 more years to support. The average person that reaches age 50 and gets their greetings from AARP has barely $40,000 saved. That leaves three out of ten to rely exclusively on Social Security alone.

Here’s the way to beat the system.

Invest 10% of your monthly income into some sort of interest bearing safe account when you begin your career in your early twenties. Can’t do it? How much to you invest in Starbucks at $5 a day? What did you spend in data charges last month on your cell phone? Would an hour or two away from Facebook and Twitter kill you? Can you go more than two weeks without a manicure or pedicure? For those of you that spend $3 bucks a day for a pack of cigarettes, don’t worry; you won’t live that long.

Of course, we can pay our selves first. If you do save just a small portion of your salary at a modest 6% annual return on investment compounded, you will retire with over $600,000. That is a very comfortable nest egg that lands you in the top 5% of all Americans. That sum, in addition to Social Security, will make you one of the few financially secure people. But, it gets better. This scenario is based on constant income with no raise for 40 years. As you progress through your career using the four core fundamentals that Earl Nightingale teaches, you can double your savings and end up with over $1,500,000. When you accomplish this, you will have an annual income over $100,000 every year for the rest of your life.

In the end, you will be glad for grabbing more than a handful of stones.

What’s your sentence?

The word, “sentence,” conjures a judge’s stern face popped out of a black robe ready to doom you with one stroke of a gavel.

The good news is the sentence referenced here has nothing to do with punishment. The challenging news is your need to draft the most important grammatical unit in language. One sentence formed by words connected in a sequence that communicates a complete thought. This is the sentence you will be remembered for as your life’s mission.

In The Secret Advantage, we learn how important just six words are from Earl Nightingale. At the end of this post, we have examples of last sentences that literally changed the world. Follow the steps in the exercise and you will accelerate you career and life to any level of success you want.


Step One: Imagine you have been invited to address a large television audience.

Millions of people around the world will hear this address and they will remember you as this address will be about your achievement and your purpose in life.


Step Two: You are allowed only one sentence. Just one.

How can you sum total all of your life’s work into only one sentence. If you can do this, you will create an unbeatable pull into the future, as this one sentence will be the headline of your goal and mission statement. This will take some work, so here are the exercises:

  • Exercise One: Write down the first thing that comes to mind concerning what you want to do.
  • Exercise Two: Imagine you are the audience, not the speaker, to test whether you believe the statement. Be ruthless in your critique. How would you tear the statement apart?
  • Exercise Three: Re-write the sentence. Make it ring true.
  • Exercise Four: Tear this new version to shreds.
  • Exercise Five: Revise, revise, revise until you have shaped the most powerful statement you can.
  • Exercise Six: Carry this statement with you daily.
  • Exercise Seven: Re-visit and revise your sentence every year.

You will be shocked at the progression of your statements. When you’re young, your statement may have to do with twenty million dollars. That statement will morph into a new statement about what you will do with twenty million dollars when you are seventy.

You were promised some examples in the opening of this post. First, Earl Nightingale’s motivating sentence came from Napoleon Hill. The sentence is just six words, “We become what we think about.”

Those simple six words changed Earl Nightingale’s life and millions around the world that have enjoyed positive impact from Nightingale Conant.

Want a real and proven example of the power of one sentence?

In the dark that night long ago, the man knew he would die the next day. Candle light brushed his skin leathered by dry heat, sun, and dust of a desert. He stood as a man beyond his young age. He did not have an audience of millions on TV. He stood before twelve trusted friends. Here is his sentence, “Love one another, as I have loved you.”

How’s that for just eight words?

One simple sentence quoted from John 13:34 in the Bible.

Jesus gave his one last sentence to twelve friends that made up his mastermind group. Eight powerful words given at a time he knew another kind of sentence would be faced within hours; the other kind of sentence ordered by a judge. His brief statement has changed the lives of billions over two thousand years as those words became the basis of a new religion. A lot can happen with just one sentence.

   What impact will your sentence have?

Dream Big. Start Small.

Dream big ideas, but be willing to start small, just like all the other big businesses.

dream bigSmall business opportunities offer the fastest proven way to economic growth and power. All the big businesses started small. In fact they all started with one thing in common. Each began with one idea.

This is a timely message since the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) declared May 1-7 as National Small Business Week. We are extending that to small business month, year, and century with the release of the most powerful resource of ideas proven to create more millionaires that any other system of personal development.

Every year since 1957 more people have been encouraged by Earl Nightingale, co-founder of Nightingale Conant.

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business. This huge economic engine of our nation is driven by six words, “We become what we think about.”

Thousands of Earl’s most powerful messages have been collected for you in the new volume, The Secret Advantage, CORE fundamentals to Get Everything 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.

Who wins the battle for your mind?

BATTLE FOR YOUR MINDIn the book by advertising gurus Al Reis and Jack Trout, “Positioning: The Battle For Your Mind,” demonstrate the media bombardment to get a piece of your mind as you desperately fight for just one moment of peace of mind. The first book to deal with the problems of communicating to a skeptical, media-blitzed public was written back in the seventies.  The wild west of the media frontier was over the air television, as the cable companies were just beginning to lay wire across neighborhoods. The authors wrote of the tens of thousands of TV, radio, magazine, and newspaper ads that fight for the coveted top of mind awareness to sell soap, cars, and perfume.

Fast forward to today’s world of the hundreds of viewing and listening choices on cable, satellite, computer, telephone apps, and just about any device that will support a chip to catch all that data to be thrown at you. The DVR and the fast forward button on your remote are not sufficient to shield you. Somebody’s got to advertise different items in your grocery store. There are ads on shopping carts, specialty radio channels piped into chain stores, even ads over the urinal in the men’s room. There’s junk mail, spam mail, pop-ups, the little on screen TV “bugs” – those small animated ads that crawl on your screen promoting the next CSI autopsy while you’re trying to concentrate on the current NCIS autopsy. If you are trying to escape, it will take a Houdini magic act of Thoreau hiding away on some pond where you can cuddle up with Gibran. But wait, good ole Kahlil waxed on endlessly about the clutter of civilization. So, it’s not a new problem. Just bigger.

This is not a new phenomenon. Back in 1961, Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton N. Minow spoke to the National Association of Broadcasters. He gave a famous speech titled, “The Vast Wasteland.” As he advocated for programming in the public interest, here’s part of what he said:

“When television is good, nothing — not the theater, not the magazines or newspapers — nothing is better.But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite each of you to sit down in front of your own television set when your station goes on the air and stay there, for a day, without a book, without a magazine, without a newspaper, without a profit and loss sheet or a rating book to distract you. Keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that what you will observe is a vast wasteland. You will see a procession of game shows, formula comedies about totally unbelievable families, blood and thunder, mayhem, violence, sadism, murder, western bad men, western good men, private eyes, gangsters, more violence, and cartoons. And endlessly commercials — many screaming, cajoling, and offending. And most of all, boredom. True, you’ll see a few things you will enjoy. But they will be very, very few. And if you think I exaggerate, I only ask you to try it.”

Remember, that speech was given in 1961 speech at a time when there were only three networks. So, who will you choose to win the battle for your mind?

     Earl Nightingale proved the statement, “We become what we think about.”

The challenge is to shut out the clutter described above and control our creative powers.

There’s a significant interest in Theta brainwaves as a means to your creative path and achieve any goals you choose while in this meditative state. There’s no doubt about the power of the mind and the creative use of visualization to become the person you want to be. Inducing a mental state where you can ask for your greatest wish and have it granted may not be such a new idea steeped in scientific possibility, but this concept has been around for some time. For the purpose of this article, here’s a quick primer on brainwaves:

  • BETA – 13-30 cycles per second – Awake and engaged.
  • ALPHA – 7-13 cycles per second – More relaxed as if in meditation.
  • THETA – 4-7 cycles per second – day dreaming, creativity, deep meditation, paranormal phenomena, out of body experiences, and ESP.
  • DELTA – 1.5-4 or less cycles per second – deep dreamless sleep

It is possible to be in the Theta range as you drive on a freeway. Like the time you can’t recall the last five miles. This can also occur in the shower or tub or even while shaving or brushing your hair. It is a state where tasks become so automatic that you can mentally disengage from them. Creative ideas flow faster than the landscapes along some freeway blur by.

     Here’s the big headline. You have the power to enter this state at will.

And, while in this state, it is a powerful mind exercise to ask for what you want, and visualization makes it so. New age idea? Not so fast.

Remember the verse from the Bible from Mathew 7 – 7, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”  This must be important because it’s repeated in Luke. Look at chapter 11, verse 9, “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

In a meditative state, theta brainwaves kick in and you become aligned with the universe. Miracles happen. In fact, miracles are to be expected.

Take the challenge to find a quiet place where you can relax, take long deep breaths, work toward a place in your mind where you are not distracted. Then mentally voice your concerns, ask for your wishes, then, be quiet and expect an answer.

There are many sources for more information on theta brainwaves. Knock yourself out learning and discovering exercises to tap this power. However, don’t wait to begin.

What Job Creates Abundance?

CAREER JOBAs the consequences of unemployment continues to spread, so does opportunity on your hunt for a job. 



A recent re-reading of one of my Earl Nightingale books makes a point about getting a job that is worth retelling.

Earl writes, “There is no such thing as a job that cannot, with time and thought, lead to greatness.”

We joke about career choices that lead to, “You want fries with that?” or “Paper or Plastic?” However, most of the CEO’s at McDonald’s started flipping burgers when they were teens. I remember calling on an ad agency that represented McDonald’s back in the 70’s and learning that McDonald’s had the statistic of being the first job experience for one fourth of the workforce in America. Wow, one out of four workers started out at the University of Mac.

In today’s job market if one were to take a job packing groceries and decide to study and learn everything they can about the food industry, how far might they go? It’s just a job to some, but an introduction to an industry to others.

In today’s unemployment economy, there are jobs to be had. It’s kinda’ up to us regarding attitude about those positions. Take the entry level sales job. Accept it even if it’s commission only. It may be the first rung in your climb up to the level of success you were created to achieve.

My son-in-law is a very impressive guy. He’s a decorated USMC Col. Imagine how tough you have to be, to be a Marine … much less earning such a high rank at a young age. When we first met I asked why he joined the corps. Without hesitation he answered, “It’s a calling.”

Wow. Not a job, or career, but a calling. How fortunate to do something you love and were meant to do. And, how fortunate for the rest of us that young men and women hear that calling and rise to the occasion.

But, what about other ways to make a living?

A friend told me of a relative passing and the fact she had worked 55 years at the same fast food restaurant. For someone like me that’s moved 22 times and lived all over the country from Virginia, Miami, Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando, Chicago, Los Angeles, and North Carolina, the same place for 55 years is puzzling.

Earl Nightingale considered the difference between vocation, career, and job. While on the surface these three words seem to mean the same, they are quite different. Vocation carries the biggest meaning. Translated from Latin the core meaning is to call; therefore, the calling. This is the purpose, the nagging inner desire, the big plan. There can be many careers used to support this calling. For example, a person that is called to be a healer may be a doctor, and the many specialties involved, or a nurse. And, there can be many job descriptions that work to satisfy a higher calling such as an orderly. So, the task of changing beds and bed pans may be a means to fulfill that higher purpose. That position of orderly may only look like a job, but it may be the engine that drives a vocation.

Back to our fast food lady, the person who worked for over five decades everyday at the same counter handing out trays of soft drinks, fries, and sandwiches, was she just doing a job? Or, was she motivated by a higher calling to serve others, or maybe something greater, to send her kids to college, pay off a mortgage, enjoy the American dream. We don’t know her higher calling. People may not know your calling by seeing the uniform of your job. Whether you wear a coat and tie, or shorts driving a brown truck, no one knows your vocation. But, you do.

Is your daily routine one of the many gears turning to answer your calling? Or, is it really just a job.

How much money do you need to be successful?

The biggest advantage you have requires no money.

One IdeaIdeas are free and one idea is all you need to be the next big thing.  Just one idea.

Earl Nightingale said over and over, “We become what we think about.

William James

William James in his Principles of Psychology defined genius as, “Little more than the faculty of perceiving in an un-habitual way.”

It is all too common to see things through the veil of our habits. Our day-to-day activities cloud our higher selves. If we look at our surroundings in our homes and businesses and all the things we take for granted the mundane with a newer imagination. These that are called genius among us are those that see beyond the ordinary. Routine actions present problems. Instead of taking these things for granted, they see an answer. The answer may be something as usual as a round stone that becomes a wheel. Answers that cure disease and take us to the moon and beyond were all just ideas that common ordinary individuals were able to see. We all can see beyond the ordinary. We have to resist seeing things as they are, and start seeing them as they can be. The small step from the way the world is to the way it can be is just one small, simple idea that may carry the seed of a revolution.

Looking at things in our lives differently sparks creativity. Let’s agree to put to rest the way many feel they are not endowed with creative genius. We are born of genius. Humans are all creative beings. There are fundamentals you can develop to elevate your creativity. Earl Nightingale wrote the following short list:

  • A creative person has a clearly defined set of goals.
  • Creative people keep notepad ready at all times to capture ideas.
  • People that create answers to problems are good listeners with a keen sense of observation.
  • Winners expand their circle of friends and acquaintances to feed the idea bank.
  • The real genius understands the value of sharing ideas as one idea will produce many others.
  • Once the idea comes, the genius has a series of steps to improve them.
  • Time is used wisely just as any investment is.

All ideas are free. They come to us all the time. Our problem comes from allowing the old mundane habits filter those bursts of genius. Earl Nightingale wrote and recorded thousands of ideas that have been condensed into over 21 hours of life changing fundamentals in The Secret Advantage.

To excel, think it. Be it.

You were born to excel. Permission granted.

Mind Power to ExcelWow, what a statement! That’s from the official website of the Navy SEAL scout website.

The Navy SEALS the unsung heroes of the seal, air, and land combat have received media credit in recent years as a Navy SEAL took out Osama Bin Laden.

We get a glimpse into their remarkable lives in movies, but very few of us could ever walk a day in their shoes in the real world. That’s okay. Even though we may not make it through the physical training, we can learn from the mental toughness training used to perfect their skills.

It is the mental toughness training a SEAL goes through that makes them survive basic training and excel. Sure they can do more one armed pushups, run marathons, and hold their breath underwater longer, but what does it take to think through the pain and fear they face?

An interesting story on the History Channel provided the answers. Brain training is as much a part of their regimen to excel as is swimming in freezing water, being pushed into a pool with hands and feet tied, and being shot at.

According to the story, there are four phases to the mental training used by the Navy.

1.) Goal setting. One of the SEALS said he uses goal setting everyday in small chunks. When he wakes up, the first goal is to make it through breakfast, then lunch, then the afternoon run.

2.) Visualization or mental readiness. Rehearsing over and over each step of what to do in any given situation. Denis Waitley used this training with the Navy’s elite flight team The Blue Angels. He taught them to visualize each move. Over and over. In the safety of the classroom imagining how to break free from restraints under 20 feet of water, or flying 600 miles an hour with wing tips just inches away from another jet. Allowing the mind’s eye to go there first prepares the student for the real experience and makes the execution something that seems to be effortless.

3.) Self Talk. Each one of us are in a constant state of self talk. The average person thinks 300 to 1,000 words every minute. Our brains are clicking away thoughts involuntarily at an alarming rate. As a speaker, spitting our 120 words a minute is a fast paced 60 second commercial. And our brains are cranking at 1,000 words a minute. What words are you using? Are the words coming from guilt over past experiences? Why not force think positive outcomes, positive feelings, positive results for your life?

4.) Arousal control. This is a big deal if you’re looking down the barrel of a gun pointed at you the way the SEALS are asked to do. Control the arousal of fear.  The SEALS are taught deep breathing exercises; especially long slow exhales that keep more oxygen supplied to the brain longer. That sharpens awareness, heightens the senses, and prepares them to perform as required.

It makes sense that our understanding of these four principles of brain training can assist us in every life function. It’s easy to relate this to sales or business skills. Set goals, Visualize the presentation, Self Talk positive outcomes, and Arousal Control to aid in fear of cold calling or speaking to a group of buyers. It can work in relationship building, raising children and all areas of your life where you want to win.

Skills necessary to control your thinking and excel that you can use immediately to gain an advantage will give you the life you deserve. Earl Nightingale spent his life researching these skills to produce the most effective core fundamentals to focus these energies that have proven time after time to energize powerful lives. Earl himself was a drill sergeant in the Marine Corp and was one of only fifteen Maries to survive on board the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor in 1941. Earl mastered mental toughness and his messages are loaded with hundreds of examples how we can use these principles every day. These core fundamentals work at any age. You do not have to be a twenty year old buffed Navy SEAL or Marine. You can do it. Whatever you want, your permission to excel has been granted.

Are your goals shifting just as the earth’s true north is moving?

The fact that the earth is shifting is not just some wild end of times science fiction. The earth is shifting.

true northTrue north and Magnetic north are moving each year to change the map of the world by degrees that require changes. The airport traffic controllers are renaming runways that take their name from latitudinal co-ordinances. Imagine that as you fiddle with your GPS and stare at your compass. True north is moving closer to the equator as continents float around on the earth’s core.

Charting your goals to set a new course and discovering your true north, or purpose in life, in today’s volatile market comes with as many moving targets just as the universe moves and reshapes all the time. To think that we can do what we did years ago, or even months ago, is as deceptive as thinking the earth is flat.  When Earl Nightingale first coined the title and began his widely syndicated radio program, “Our Changing World,” he looked into the future and led the way for positive thinkers to embrace change and make the most of it. I first heard his daily program back in 1970 as a young disc jockey in Miami driving around checking out the competition listening to other stations. When Earl’s big booming voice caught my attention, he stated how great our world can be. It didn’t take long and I was addicted to the five minute show everyday just as millions across the country were. Earl is long gone, missed by his friends, co-workers, associates, and millions of fans. However, his words live on to change lives and embrace change. His legacy, the Nightingale Conant Corporation, continues to be the world leader in personal development. Fifty years have gone by since Earl first found the words, “We become what we think about.”

Our latest program, The Secret Advantage will carry on the ease of learning success skills with a series of 20 minutes episodes. And as that planet spins, reshapes, moves with the tide of success and failure, we can hang on to the guidance of one of the most prolific writers and speakers on the subject of your success. When you hear an author that grabs your attention, the way Earl did for me so many years ago, you don’t have to wait until tomorrow, or next week’s episode. Sign up to receive free videos and learn how you can get the entire complete un-edited author program at discounts by clicking here.