Thursday, 12 May 2011

Pearls of Wisdom from Og Mandino

I have always seen the name of Og Mandino and read some quotes, but I have never totally realized the greatness of this man, who died on 3th Sept. 1996. Yesterday night, I received on line my new issue of “Success”, a magazine I love and that I advise you to read if you want to increase your learning. I came across to a video in which Og Mandino, explained some of “the Secrets of Success”. What I read about his bio (read it on internet, please!), what I heard from him blew me away and I told myself I wanted to share with all of you some of his pearls of wisdom:

1. Life is a game. It’s precious, holy, beautiful…but it’s a game! How can you play, if you don’t know the rules of the game? (Universal Laws!)
Most of the people are spectators of their lives; only few know what they want
(goals setting) and how to get it.

2. Read great books about success and self-help
(two authors changed his life: Napoleon Hill and Clement Stone). He advised to read books from some of famous authors, such as Norman Vincent Peale and Napoleon Hill (both in my MUST READ BOOKS LIST – read my blog post on 3th January 2011

3. Failures always seem to act as if they had 1000 years to liv

4. Never, never treat time as if you had an unlimited suppl

Treat every single person like you know a secret about that person. And the secret is you know that person is going to die at midnight. How will you treat that person? You will show more care, love, compassion…Do it and in 3 months your life will change.

5. If you want to succeed, you have got to learn to live with failure

6. No man, no woman is an island. Success absolutely cannot be achieved alone

Mandino wrote The Greatest Salesman in the World which contains the "time-tested wisdom of the ancients distilled into ten simple scrolls" which, if followed for the prescribed ten months, will as Og says, "seep into my other mind, that mysterious source which never sleeps, which creates my dreams, and often makes me act in ways I do not comprehend. As the words of these scrolls are consumed by my mysterious mind I will begin to awake, each morning, with a vitality I have never known before. My vigour will increase, my enthusiasm will rise, my desire to meet the world will overcome every fear I once knew at sunrise, and I will be happier than I ever believed it possible to be in this world of strife and sorrow." (Scroll I)

The scrolls each have a principle designed to replace bad habits built up over a lifetime which "threatens to imprison my future" (Scroll I) with good habits developed through a ten month process of studying the scrolls. Each Scroll's principle is life altering. They are:

Scroll I - Today I begin a new life.

Scroll II - I will greet this day with love in my heart.

Scroll III - I will persist until I succeed.

Scroll IV - I am nature's greatest miracle.

Scroll V - I will live this day as if it is my last.

Scroll VI - Today I will be master of my emotions.

Scroll VII - I will laugh at the world (Keep perspective)

Scroll VIII - Today I will multiply my value a hundredfold.

Scroll IX - I will act now, I will act now, I will act now.

Scroll X - I will pray for guidance.

Mandino's main philosophical message is that every person on Earth is a miracle and should choose to direct their life with confidence and congruent to the Laws that govern abundance. He wrote in Scroll I, "I will not fail as the others, for in my hands I now hold the charts (the Ten Scrolls) which will guide me through perilous waters to shores which only yesterday seemed but a dream." Og was also a proponent of taking action now. In Scroll IX, the phrase I will act now is written 18 times. He recognized that all successful people take on their own lives by "charting" or consciously choosing both the desired destination and the path to reach it. Mandino's philosophical messages are encouragements to build good habits, to live according to the laws that govern abundance and to find a vigour and joy in life as we learn to stand at the helm of our ship charting its course into the safety of the harbour instead of just waiting for someone else to bring it in.

In some of my quotes or blog posts, when I mentioned about working on our influence, impact and legacy is thinking great souls like Og Mandino, who although is in another dimension, is still having a fantastic impact, influence and for sure left us a beautiful legacy.

Take action NOW! Be the change you want to see in the world – like Gandhi used to say!

Lead from Within!

Linda Lattuca

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Pearls of Wisdom from John Wooden

John Wooden: much more than a Coach

If you love basket, maybe you are familiar with the name of John Wooden. He was (he died last June) one of the greatest basketball coaches of all history, who guided the Bruins to 10 national championships over two decades. Those who had the great gift to have met him or having him as a coach, they told about the great impact John Wooden had in their lives. It was more than a coach: he was a father figure, a teacher, a mentor and a master motivator.

I read an article about him, who was called “Wizard of Westwood” and I wanted to share with you some pearls of wisdom from him. His life changed at 12 years old, when his father gave him a piece of paper in which there was the creed to follow:

“Making the Most Oneself

Be true to yourself.

Make each day your masterpiece.

Help others.

Drink deeply from good books.

Make friendship a fine art.

Build shelter against a rainy day.

Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.”

Since then, he followed what was written in that piece of paper, that he kept in his wallet. He told he wasn’t perfect like all other human beings, but once he said: “Every day, I will still try to live up to the creed.”

Another thing I want to share with all of you is about his strategies to find happiness, which for him comes from making and keeping 9 promises:

  1. Promise yourself that you will talk health, happiness and prosperity as often as possible.
  2. Promise yourself to make all your friends know there is something in them that is special that you value.
  3. Promise to think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best in yourself and others.
  4. Promise to be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
  5. Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
  6. Promise to forget the mistakes of the past and press on to greater achievements in the future.
  7. Promise to wear a cheerful appearance at all times and give every person you meet a smile.
  8. Promise to give so much time improving that you have no time to criticize others.
  9. Promise to be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit trouble to press on you.

Although John Wooden is passed away, his words are still inspiring people all over the world. Me for first!

Keep leading from within

Linda Lattuca