As a Depression-era child, Earl Nightingale was hungry for knowledge. From the time he was a young boy, he would frequent the Long Beach Public Library in California, searching for the answer to the question, "How can a person, starting from scratch, who has no particular advantage in the world, reach the goals that he feels are important to him, and by so doing, make a major contribution to others?" His desire to find an answer, coupled with his natural curiosity about the world and its workings spurred him to become one of the world's foremost experts on success and what makes people successful. Earl Nightingale's early career began when, as a member of the Marine Corps, he volunteered to work at a local radio station as an announcer. The Marines also gave him a chance to travel, although he only got as far as Hawaii when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. Earl managed to be one of the few survivors aboard the battleship Arizona. After five more years in the service, Earl and his wife moved first to Phoenix then Chicago to build what was to be a very fruitful career in network radio. As the host of his own daily commentary program on WGN, Earl Nightingale arranged a deal that also gave him a commission on his own advertising sales. By 1957, he was so successful, he decided to retire at the age of 35. In the meantime, Earl had bought his own insurance company and had spent many hours motivating its sales force to greater accomplishments. When he decided to go on vacation for an extended period of time, his sales manager begged him to put his inspirational words on record. The result later became the recording entitled The Strangest Secret, the first spoken word message to win a Gold Record by selling over a million copies. In The Strangest Secret, Earl had found an answer to the question that had inspired him as a youth and, in turn, found a way to leave a lasting legacy for others About this time, Earl met a successful businessman by the name of Lloyd Conant and together they began an "electronic publishing" company which eventually grew to become a multi-million dollar giant in the self-improvement field. They also developed a syndicated, 5-minute daily radio program, Our Changing World, which became the longest-running, most widely syndicated show in radio. When Earl Nightingale died on March 28, 1989, Paul Harvey broke the news to the country on his radio program with the words, "The sonorous voice of the nightingale was stilled." In the words of his good friend and commercial announcer, Steve King, "Earl Nightingale never let a day go by that he didn't learn something new and, in turn, pass it on to others. It was his consuming passion." Quotes by Earl Nightingale "You become what you think about." By Earl Nightingale "People with goals succeed because they know where they are going... It's as simple as that." By Earl Nightingale "What's going on in the inside shows on the outside." By Earl Nightingale "Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm." By Earl Nightingale You are, at this moment, standing, right in the middle of your own "acres of diamonds." By Earl Nightingale
"I don't remember when I received the tape "Strangest Secret", but I do know it had a great influence on me. I grew up in a broken home with lots of negative. We didn't have much. After high school, I worked odd jobs and then started with General Motors in Detroit. Some how, eight years later,in 1969, I graduated from Eastern Michigan University. I left my job with GM and headed to Colorado. I knew what I had; a wife, two children, broke, and no job. It was here a new friend gave me a tape called the "Strangest Secret". I listened to that "tape" hundreds of times and never looked back. It is true "Man is what he thinks about ... ". I became the best insurance person I could be. Later, I retired early and moved to Oregon. I am still active in continuing education for insurance brokers. God is my partner and Earl is often in my thoughts. What would I have done if I hadn't met Earl? Thank you, Earl. Gary A. Kemp, Sr. International Risk Manager Salem, Oregon" - Gary A., Semi-retired, Western Agency Ins. (Detroit, Michigan) "I was one of Earl Nightingale first tape distributors in Southern Califoria back in 1968. It was my first failure. I still have his movie The Strangest Secret and his record with the same title. The Man on A White Horse from the Lead The Field Program became my mantra as it inspired me in many ways as I've evolved through my life, my work and on my various career paths. Earl's stuff is the best! - Paul Coulter" - Paul C., Entrepreneur/Personal Coach/Consultant, Coulter Enterprises/Leadershiptalent4u.com (Florence, Ky) " I was giving a cassette tape of the strangest secret in the world on April 14, 1989, and my life change for the better since that day. I eventualy lost the tape and forgotten about it. Since that time things have taken a bad turn for me. Then, nearly 16 years later I started changing my life for the best. I remembered the tape by Earl Nightingale and purchased it and now my life is changing for the best." - Paul C.