Daily Prompt – Second Time Around

I found today’s Daily Prompt an easy one:  Tell us about a book you can read again and again without getting bored — what is it that speaks to you?

I first read The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino as compulsory reading during sales training.  Although the story is based on a salesman, I have found the principles applicable to all walks of life.

It works on the basis that you read each one of the scrolls for a period of 30 days, 3 times per day, before moving on to the next.  This way the scroll becomes a part of your subconscious mind and habits.  Only by performing good habits continually can we move forward and grow.  I am yet to find someone who did not find this book useful and there is at the very least one scroll which will be applicable to your life.

The Scroll which most spoke to me was Number 4.  Here it is:

“I am nature’s greatest miracle

Since the beginning of time never has there been another with my mind, my heart,
my eyes, my ears, my hands, my hair, my mouth. None that came before, none that
live today, and none that come tomorrow can walk and talk and move and think
exactly like me. All men are my brothers yet I am different from each. I am a unique
creature.

I am nature’s greatest miracle.

Although I am of the animal kingdom, animal rewards alone will not satisfy me.
Within me burns a flame, which has been passed from generations uncounted, and its
heat is a constant irritation to my spirit to become better than I am, and I will. I will
fan this flame of dissatisfaction and proclaim my uniqueness to the world.

None can duplicate my brush strokes, none can duplicate my chisel marks, none can
duplicate my handwriting, none can produce my child, and, in truth, none has the
ability to sell exactly as I. Henceforth, I will capitalize on this difference for it is an
asset to be promoted to the fullest.

I am nature’s greatest miracle.

Vain attempts to imitate others no longer will I make. Instead I will place my
uniqueness on display in the market place. I will proclaim it, yea, I will sell it. I will
begin now to accent my differences; hide my similarities. So too will I apply this
principle to the goods I sell. Salesman and goods, different from all others, and proud
of the differences.

I am a unique creature of nature.

I am rare, and there is value in all rarity; therefore, I am valuable. I am the end product of thousands of years of evolution; therefore, I am better equipped in both mind and body than all the emperors and wise men who preceded me. But my skills, my mind, my heart, and my body will stagnate, rot, and die lest I put them to good use. I have unlimited potential. Only a small portion of my brain do I employ; only a paltry amount of muscles do I flex. A hundredfold or more can I increase my accomplishments of yesterday and this I will do, beginning today. 

Nevermore will I be satisfied with yesterday’s accomplishments nor will I indulge,
anymore, in self-praise for deeds which in reality are too small to even acknowledge.
I can accomplish far more than I have, and I will, for why should the miracle which
produced me end with my birth? Why can I not extend that miracle to my deeds of
today?

I am nature’s greatest miracle.

I am not on this earth by chance. I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow
into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply all my
efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it
cries for mercy.

I will increase my knowledge of mankind, myself, and the goods I sell, thus my sales
will multiply. I will practice, and improve, and polish the words I utter to sell my
goods, for this is the formulation on which I will build my career and never will I
forget that many have attained great wealth and success with only one sales talk,
delivered with excellence. Also will I seek constantly to improve my manners and
graces, for they are the sugar to which all are attracted.

I am nature’s greatest miracle.

I will concentrate my energy on the challenge of the moment and my actions will
help me forget all else. The problems of my home will be left in my home. I will
think naught of my family when I am in the market place for this will cloud my
thoughts. So too will the problems of the market place be left in the market place and
I will think naught of my profession when I am in my home for this will dampen my
love.

There is no room in the market place for my family, nor is there room in my home
for the market. Each I will divorce from the other and thus will I remain wedded to
both. Separate must they remain or my career will die. This is the paradox of the
ages.

I am nature’s greatest miracle.

I have been given eyes to see and a mind to think and now I know a great secret of
life for I perceive, at last, that all my problems, discouragements, and heartaches are,
in truth, great opportunities in disguise. I will no longer be fooled by the garments
they wear for mine eyes are open. I will look beyond the cloth and I will not be
deceived.

I am nature’s greatest miracle.

No beast, no plant, no wind, no rain, no rock, no lake had the same beginning as I,
for I was conceived in love and brought forth with a purpose. In the past I have not
considered this fact but it will henceforth shape and guide my life.

I am nature’s greatest miracle.

And nature knows not defeat. Eventually, she emerges victorious and so will I, and
with each victory the next struggle becomes less difficult.

I will win, and I will become a great salesman, for I am unique.

I am nature’s greatest miracle.”

Beautiful is it not?  Do yourself a favor and get yourself a copy of this book.  It is guaranteed to have an impact on your life!

More facts on me – Q & A With Louisa

Thanks Louisa for taking part in the Liebster Awards!

Since I’ve already done my post on this, I will just do a short Q & A to answer your questions:

What is your biggest fear? Water, without a shadow of a doubt! I have this unreasonable fear of water. So many people have tried to get me over it, but it’s just useless.
What is your biggest dream/wish? My biggest dream is definitely to publish my novel. My biggest wish is for financial security for me and my family (all of them!)
If your closest friend/s had to describe you starting with “Most likely to…” what would they say? Difficult one! I would have to say “..surprise you”. As donkey said in Shrek: I am an onion and I don’t think anyone has every managed to get through all the layers.
This is not a Question per se…draw something and show me? Anything – but you must use your favourite colour! http://www.layoutsparks.com/1/97522/ice-heart-red-passion.html
What is the one thing you wish you had? (can be a characteristic, body part, material object – anything) A decent camera DSLR Nikon / Canon
What time do you get up, and how do you spend the first hour of each day? 5AM – Robin Sharma’s 5 AM Club was initially very difficult, but it’s proven to be very effective in creating a good start to the day!
You know how sometimes a smell can remind you of a person? (I’m talking about good smells here, like oranges, or vanilla or something). Name three people you are close to, and what smell reminds you of them and why? Varnish and wood glue and Old Spice reminds me of my dad – he is always tinkering away in the garage on some or other wood project. I don’t know when last he wore Old Spice, but somehow I think of him every time I smell it. Baby powder will always remind me of Luke when he was just born. There is a certain perfume, the name of which I can never remember, but whenever I smell it, I think of my mom. Somewhere in the distant past she used to wear it and to me, that will always be mom’s smell.
Have you ever stalked someone (yes, even online), has anyone ever stalked you? Explain… Can’t say I have nor do I know of anyone who has ever stalked me. For that matter, I’ve never even had a secret admirer (that I know of at least!)
What does comfort food mean to you? YUM!!!! Chocolate brownies covered in First Choice Vanilla Desert. Seriously, is there anything else?!?!
Does absolute silence get to you? With no stimulation whatsoever…nothing to read, nothing to listen to, nothing to look at, how long can you be comfortable in silence and where does your mind go? Definitely not! We need to more silence. I wish I could retreat once a month to a monastery somewhere in the mountains where you do nothing but meditate.
When last did you have a proper belly laugh, and why? Too long ago