The Strangest Secret

October 13, 2016 by

“Instead of competing…all we have to do is create.” ~ Earl Nightingale

The other day I was surfing through UTube and came across a presentation I hadn’t heard in over 50 years (yes…I was VERY young when I first heard it), called “The Greatest Secret”. It was a lecture given in 1964 by Earl Nightingale and it electrified listeners all over the country. It became so famous that it was recorded and became the 1st non-music record to sell over 1 million copies.

If you have some spare time, please visit UTube for the entire presentation. I think it is well worth your effort. If time is hard to find, and I know that feeling, here is a short excerpt.

“George Bernard Shaw said “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, they make them.”

Well, it’s pretty apparent, isn’t it? And every person who discovered this believed (for a while) that he was the first one to work it out. We become what we think about.

Conversely, the person who has no goal, who doesn’t know where he’s going, and whose thoughts must therefore be thoughts of confusion, anxiety, and worry – his life becomes one of frustration, fear, anxiety and worry. And if he thinks about nothing…he becomes nothing. How does it work? Why do we become what we think about? Well, I’ll tell you how it works, as far as we know. To do this, I want to tell you about a situation that parallels the human mind.

Suppose a farmer has some land, and it’s good, fertile land. The land gives the farmer a choice; he may plant in that land whatever he chooses. The land doesn’t care. It’s up to the farmer to make the decision.

We’re comparing the human mind with the land because the mind, like the land, doesn’t care what you plant in it. It will return what you plant, but it doesn’t care what you plant.

Now, let’s say that the farmer has two seeds in his hand – one is a seed of corn, the other is nightshade, a deadly poison. He digs two little holes in the earth and he plants both seeds – one corn, the other nightshade. He covers up the holes, waters and takes care of the land…and what will happen? Invariably, the land will return what was planted.

As it’s written in the Bible, “As ye sow, so shall ye reap.”

Remember the land doesn’t care. It will return poison in just as wonderful abundance as it will corn. So up comes the two plants – one corn, one poison.

The human mind is far more fertile, far more incredible and mysterious than the land, but it works the same way. It doesn’t care what we plant…success…or failure. A concrete worthwhile goal…or confusion, misunderstanding, fear, anxiety and so on. But what we plant must return to us.

You see, the human mind is the last great unexplored continent on earth. It contains riches beyond our wildest dreams. It will return anything we want to plant.”

It is truly amazing, that way back in 1964 Earl Nightingale was explaining, in his own way, the Law of Attraction. Remember, everything is energy…thoughts become vibrations that go out into the world searching for like vibrations (like little magnets). Like attracts Like!

So…what are you planting in your mind? Positive, happy, fun-loving, thoughts and vibrations …or…negative, “nightshade” poison thoughts and vibrations?

The key to success, and the key to failure is “We become what we think about.”

Just like the land…the choice is up to you.

“Act as if it were impossible to fail.” ~ Dorothea Brande


I am constantly aware of my thoughts and vibrations… keeping them positive

I am focusing on planting positive seeds


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