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A true rags to riches story, the life of Earl Nightingale is an inspiring tale of determination and perseverance.

Nightingale was born on March 12, 1921 in Long Beach, CA to Gladys and Earl Nightingale IV. In 1933, Earl’s father abandoned the family, leaving Gladys alone to raise Earl and his siblings. Struggling as a single mother, Gladys moved her children to the Tent City district, where they remained for the rest of Earl’s childhood.

Eager to escape his humble beginnings, Nightingale joined the Marine Corps at just 17 years old. At 20, Nightingale was one of only 15 survivors aboard the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Quickly rising through the ranks, Nightingale became an instructor at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in 1945.

After the war, Nightingale began working in the radio industry, quickly making a name for himself as the radio adventure hero Sky King, and as the host of the WGN radio program, “Our Changing World”. In 1959, Nightingale released his best-known piece, The Strangest Secret. The record sold over a million copies, becoming the first spoken-word recording to ever achieve Gold Record status.

In his lifetime, Nightingale wrote and recorded over 7,000 radio programs, 250 audio programs, and penned multiple successful books. In recognition for his outstanding contributions, Nightingale was inducted into both the National Speakers Association Speaker Hall of Fame, and the Association of Broadcasters National Radio Hall of Fame.

Today, Nightingale’s legacy lives on through the millions of lives changed by his wisdom, and through the love and enduring influence of his wife, Diana.

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Inspiring Essays


Radio Shows


Platinum Records

Impacted Lives


The Strangest Secret

In 1959 Earl Nightingale released The Strangest Secret, a revolutionary spoken-word that became the first spoken-word recording to ever receive Gold Status, The Strangest Secret is the most frequently listened to motivational talk in the world and has inspired, enlightened, and shaped countless lives throughout the past 70 years. Click below to receive a FREE Download of the best selling spoken word in history.



Earl Nightingale's purpose was simple, to provide the tools to those looking for personal growth and success. Though no longer with us, Earl’s mission to raise the restless lives on through the thousands of priceless insights he left behind. Through his legacy of wisdom, Earl continues to invite us all to step out of the shadows of conformity, and into the success that awaits those brave enough to dream.



In 2019, Diana Nightingale founded Nightingale Legacy to Honor Earl’s legacy by furthering the cause of raising the restless to become relentless-dream makers with a clear path to goal realization. Nightingale Legacy is dedicated to providing every individual with the tools they need to adjust their mindset and inspire actionable change.