The Greatest Salesman in the World, Part One

The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino has had a huge influence on my life and my career. In fact, I’ve been carrying a copy of this book for over 20 years. This book isn’t just for salespeople. It’s for everyone who wants to put the principles that drive success in their life.

“Only principles endure and these I now possess, for the laws that will lead me to greatness are contained in the words of these scrolls.”

– Og Mandino
The Greatest Salesman in the World

The book starts with a short, fictional story followed by 10 scrolls. The story’s good, but, to be honest with you, I’ve read the story once. The scrolls (each is maybe a 5-minute read) are critical to your success. Each scroll contains a principle that shapes your thinking. Your thinking determines your actions. Your actions create your results

So, let’s dig in…

Scroll One: Today I Begin A New Life. I Will Form New Habits And Become Their Slave.

The Greatest Salesman in the World, Scroll One

“In truth, the only difference between those who have failed and those who have succeeded lies in the differences of their habits. Good habits are the key to all success. Bad habits are the unlocked door to failure.”

– Og Mandino

This is a foundational scroll because it says that your life springs from your habits. What you repeatedly do becomes your life.

While watching the video about Scroll One, ask yourself:

  • What areas do I do well?
  • What areas can I change?
  • What areas do I want to add?

Stay tuned. Next week we cover Scrolls Two, Three, and Four.