#BookNotes no.6— The Greatest Salesmen in the World by Og Mandino

It’s 6 books in and I’m getting to an itchy point. It’s the same sort of feeling when I start a new habit. You get excited, think you’ve nailed it instantly and then you want to jump onto something new. But finishing is the ultimate goal and even though it’s becoming more and more difficult to sit and write (as it is yet a habit) I will persist. It’s not going to be easy.

Which leads me to this week’s book. The Greatest Salesmen in the World.

I wasn’t sure what to expect at first. I thought it might be about sale strategies or understanding what drives people etc etc. Then I remembered it was recommended reading in my Law of Attraction coach training course, so it must be about Law of Attraction. But Law of Attraction and Sales? How does that work?

Well, with anything it’s all about what you focus on.

This book is a magical read and reminds me of the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It’s a fable set in an ancient city told through characters that have been chosen to hold a wonderful secret only known to ones who where the greatest salesmen in the world, and now as directed it is shared to the people of the world.

My feeling right now is to not go through each of the 10 ‘scrolls’, where each carry it’s own wisdom, because I actually recommend you read the book to digest each scroll in your own way and apply it into your life your own way.

But I will say they are tasks anyone can master. The scrolls hold principles that become part of your personality and eventually a living habit. That is the premise of the book.

We are taught moments happen for a reason because you asked for it, hence the Law of Attraction connection, but we must follow our heart even if it ‘looks’ like we’re giving up on our dream because true wealth is of the heart. Strive to love and to be loved.

Recognise signs even if others are unsure they are transmitting these signals and never feel shame for trying and failing.

So many of us face obstacles with fear and doubt, but victory only comes after many, many struggles and defeats. One of my favourite quotes in the book is “Failure will never overtake you if your determination to succeed is strong enough.”

At some point you may feel your confidence waning when you’re on the verge of change and success, often comparing yourself to others and feeling stupid. However your doubts will quickly disappear when you think of your reason, purpose and vision.

So what thought entered your mind that drove away the doubts and gave you new courage to try again? Remember that thought and think about that again, and again, and again.

Good habits are the key to all success and the 10 scrolls in this book will set you on this journey.

Thanks for the wisdom Og Mandino RIP

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