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You will become what you Think about !… an excerpt from the 1964 radio message “The Strangest Secret”by Earl Nightingale

Eight years ago, when my daughter was just Five Years Old, she came unexpectedly first in the 50 metres Flat race at her School’s Annual Athletic Meet….. She won her first Gold Medal and has since won many more in Athletics, Gymnastics, Football and Karate

This is what she had declared to me at the end of that race “Daddy, do you know why I came first !? It’s because you told me to tell my Mind, I could win,… and I did and I won !”   

When I read today this fantastic excerpt below from Earl Nightingale’s “The Strangest Secret”, I immediately recollected what my daughter had told me after winning her first race years ago

The Mind indeed is yours to plant or Think whatever you wish… It will return what you plant or think  

In 1964, Earl Nightingale electrified USA by his Radio Message “The Strangest Secret”

The Demand for the Audio Recording was huge and it became the first Non Music Record that sold over a Million Copies !

An excerpt from “The Strangest Secret” by Earl Nightingale

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 come 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 it 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.



2 thoughts on “You will become what you Think about !… an excerpt from the 1964 radio message “The Strangest Secret”by Earl Nightingale”

  1. Absolutely true!!! Am piece of truth; which is sadly unseen inspite of it being beneath our nose( actually..on top of it)…keep up the good work GAURAV….u r indeed a gem of a blogger.

  2. Hi Gaurav, I am catching up with your recent posts-must say this excerpt is really thought-provoking from one of the founders of the Nightingale-Conant Corporation which revolutionized the personal development audio industry. He was also a US-marine who survived the Pearl-Harbour attack! The company has produced many successful audio recordings by famous inspirational speakers and trainers like Deepak Chopra. Thanks!

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