It's safe to say that world-famed speaker and author Og Mandino has as many friends as any man alive, thanks to his inspiring motivational lectures and his bestselling books. Whether he's writing in his old New Hampshire farmhouse on a snowy winter day or in a hotel room just about anywhere in the country; whether he's refilling the bird feeder, comforting a sick friend, racing to catch a plane, receiving a standing ovation, or planting his tomatoes, Og weaves his secrets of success into the fabric of his life and the pages of his book.
So when I went to my local library the other day to see what I could find on its shelves, and having just released my latest offering The Creator, to my blog audience, I was surprised to stumble across a book written by Og that I had never heard of before this day. Og had been challenged to keep a journal by a friend of his so that his readers could obtain a greater insight into the life of this great writer. Once again I was being enveloped by the same feelings that I experienced all those years before – but here was Og sharing from his daily ‘real’ life. As one who has kept a journal since 1979 – not so consistently at first in the early years – but the other day, when I was cleaning out my office, I carefully stored 52 journals that I have filled to date throughout the years. Og was inspired by another hero of mine – Henry David Thoreau – who wrote in his tenth journal (he apparently had 39) on October 21, 1857 – ‘Is not the poet bound to write his own biography?
In this journal, that he knew he would publish, we watch as he produces his last two books, his method of responding personally by letter to those of his readers who wrote to him from all around the world, his care for his farm, his love of nature, his garden and the wildlife that visited him from time to time, his method of giving speeches, his frustrations expressed when people didn’t respect him, even after all his success, his wisdom, his love of collecting checks signed by famous individuals, his observation of a world at times gone mad, his fight with health challenges, his love of family, and of people. After his military duties, he discovered that many companies were not hiring many former bomber pilots.

Og Mandino’s main philosophical message is that every person on earth is a miracle and should choose to direct their life with confidence and congruent to the laws that govern abundance.
As I now leave the shores of self-publishing and embark upon my own journey into the world of literary agents and publishers, it is comforting to have my dear old friend, one of the great men who inspired me to explore and express my own creativity in writing, close beside me cheering me on after all these years. This new book is a special gift to all his friends, old and new, a book they may cherish above all the rest.
He shares anecdotes, both sad and funny, and his feelings about his fan mail and the people he meets. Immediately I fell in love with the style of his writing and the mystical atmosphere that seemed to surround me as I entered his imaginary world.
Afterwards, he joined the United States Army Air Corps where he became a military officer and a bombardier. But as he sorted through several books in a library, volumes of self-help, success and motivation books captured his attention. Census, he was named after his paternal grandfatherHe was once the editor of a high school paper and planned to attend the University of Missouri’s journalism school. He flew for thirty bombing missions over Germany on board a B-24 Liberator during World War II.

But in the summer of 1940, before he was able to enter college, his mother died suddenly from a massive heart attack. He followed his visit to the library with more visits to many other libraries around the United States. He read hundreds of books that dealt with success, a pastime that helped him alleviate his alcoholism. As the words of these scrolls are consumed by my mysterious mind I will begin to awake, each morning, with a vitality I have never known before. They are encouragements to build good habits, to live according to the laws that govern abundance and to find a vigor and joy in life as we learn to stand at the helm of our ship charting its course into the safety of the harbor instead of just waiting for someone else to bring it in.
Clement Stone’s classic, Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude, a book that changed Og for the better.

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