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Earl Nightingale, The Dean of Personal Development

If you have not heard about Earl Nightingale, please set apart 10 minutes of your time, YouTube search him and listen to his content of your choice. My life has changed, ever since I learned about him. He is known as, The Dean of Personal Development. His content is all about personal development, changing your mindset, setting goals to reach your dreams, success and much more. In a nutshell, he is the one you should listen to if you’re feeling lost on how to approach your goals or if you have no idea what goals to set. His ideas are simple. When you listen to him it feels like a spell has been broken. Like you were blind and now you can see. To simply find out why you have been following, “the norm,” and start thinking for yourself. It is an incredible feeling.

Now, don’t get me wrong. You may feel like simply listening to him, your life will change. No, there is so much more to it. You, my friend, have to do your part. Don’t expect Mr. Nightingale to do all the work for you. The great motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar said, “Earl Nightingale has inspired more people toward success and fortune than any other motivational speaker on the planet.” His most recognized work is his audio recording known as, The Strangest Secret in the World.” This was one of the most sold non-music records in the world. He speaks on human conformity, setting goals towards success and fortune and his most important phrase he learned from another great man, Napoleon Hill. the phrase is, “We become what we think about.” Something as simple as our thoughts is the key to many things in life. If you go on about life with a negative view, then negative you will receive. If you go on positive then positive you will receive. It’s all in how you perceive things and the attitude you put forth.

I’m listening to one of his recordings titled, “Earl Nightingale Dean on Personal Development,” on YouTube. What I enjoy about his talks are his use of stories and examples from scripture. In the following weeks I’m going to dive into his main ideas. The main ideas are:

  1. The Miracle of Your Mind
  2. Being a Leader
  3. Recognizing Opportunity
  4. The Goose or the Eggs
  5. The Rewards of Service
  6. The Strangest Secret
  7. The Magic Word
  8. Your Self Image
  9. The Personal Commitment
  10. The Boss
  11. The Power from Within

I hope you enjoy learning about Earl Nightingale’s ideas and that you will be able to apply it to your life to improve it and others as well. Please, feel free to share your favorite ideas, quotes or how Mr. Nightingale has changed your life.


Hi! My name is Alejandra Salgado and I'm a working professional in the maritime industry. Follow my journalism journey on Instagram @alejandra.salgado.rtv Whether you are incorporating a new element into your career or completely changing careers can be a challenge. The upside is that, on the journey, you get to meet incredible people, be inspired, and grow. Follow my blog to learn, feed your curiosity, and improve different areas of your life through the lens of storytelling.

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