Earl Nightingale


Born into hard times, by the time Earl Nightingale was 12-years old, he, his two brothers and his mother were living in a tent in, Tent City along the coast of, Long Beach, California and wondering why they lived as they did?

  Since no one could answer this question to his satisfaction, Earl marched off to the Long Beach Public Library, where he was certain he'd the find the answer for himself, not realizing that he was beginning what was to become a 35-year quest.

  When Earl was seventeen, a Marine Recruiter, enticed Earl to join with the promise that he would get to go to, Japan.  Instead, he was sent to, Hawaii where he was stationed aboard the USS Arizona.

   Earl, was at his station on the USS Arizona at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was 1 of the 12 Marines aboard that day to survive.

   After the war ended, but before being mustered out of the Marines, Earl took his first radio job at WJNC in, North Carolina.

  Once out of the Marines, Earl began his radio career in Phoenix and from there on to the radio capital in the Windy City of Chicago where in addition to his daily radio commentary, he was every child's radio hero, Sky King!


When he was thirty-five years of age, Earl was reading, Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill, whom he had met and knew as a friend.  It was on one of those pages that he discovered what he had set out to find as a child - why people become what they become.  He read, and immediately understood that, "We become what we think about".

Shortly thereafter, wanting to take a fishing trip and wanting also to leave his salesmen with inspiration, he wrote an essay and with the help of his friend who worked for Columbia Records, pressed the message on a single record to be played in his absence.  He called the recording, The Strangest Secret.

When Earl returned from his trip, he learned that the salesmen had been so inspired by the recording that each wanted one.  Earl had a few records pressed and each person who had the record, played it for others who in return, wanted copies for themselves.  In a surprising amount of time, without any advertising or marketing of any kind, he had sold over ONE-MILLION COPIES earning a Gold Record. It was the only Gold Record ever to be presented for a spoken word recording.

The Strangest Secret has continued to sell for more than sixty-years and has been translated into other languages and continues to sell daily around the world.

Because a small boy, living in poverty, wondered why they were so poor while others were not, as a man, became one of the world's leading authorities on how to live a successful life and with the recording of one, profound message helped countless millions of people around the world to shape and change their lives for the better!


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