Online Business: Turning Problems into Projects - Earl Nightingale Another essay by Earl Nightingale from the How to Completely Change Your Life Series When we use a euphemism, we use a word that is perhaps less expressive or direct, but often less distasteful or less offensive than another. When we say a person has passed away instead of saying he has died, we are speaking euphemistically. In that particular case it’s less than ideal, but euphemisms, properly used, can change one’s entire outlook on a situation. My old friend, Parky Parkinson, reminded me that by changing the word “problem” to “project,” we can change our attitude toward the situation. The great Arctic explorer, Roald Amundsen, said that he and his men could never have gotten through the situations they faced if they … [Read more...]
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Self-Help: Keeping the Luster in Your Life - Earl Nightingale Another essay by Earl Nightingale from the How to Completely Change Your Life Series Have you ever thought much about newness? You know, it’s the quality people talk about when they say, “A new broom sweeps clean,” or “Turn over a new leaf.” Well newness, like most things, has its good side and its bad, depending on how we look at it. A person in a new job, for instance, may feel he’s at a disadvantage. He may be nervous, uncertain of just what he’s supposed to do and just how to do it. Sometimes he’s bewildered by all that’s going on around him. Maybe he’s even a little scared. Even so, the person who’s new to a business has a unique advantage over some of the other more seasoned women or men in the company. His job has a … [Read more...]
Writing: Our Idea of Reality - Earl Nightingale Another essay by Earl Nightingale from the How to Completely Change Your Life Series Let me quote something found in Carl Sandburg’s account of the Kansas sodbuster. Who was that early sodbuster in Kansas? He leaned at the gate post and studied the horizon and figured out what corn might do next year and tried to calculate why God ever made the grasshopper, and why two days of hot winds smothered the life out of a stand of wheat, and why there was such a spread between what he got for grain and the price quoted in Chicago and New York. As he was contemplating these notions, a new-comer drove up in a covered wagon. “What kind of folks live around here?” he asked. “Well, stranger,” said the sodbuster, “what kind of folks was there in the … [Read more...]
Online Business: How to Sell Your Ideas - Earl Nightingale Another essay by Earl Nightingale from the How to Completely Change Your Life Series Elmer Wheeler, the famous “Sell the sizzle, not the steak” man, had some good advice about how to sell your ideas. Have you ever approached your boss with a red-hot idea for increasing efficiency, only to have him become resentful instead of enthusiastic? Have you ever offered your wife or husband or the neighbors so-called good advice? If you have, you know what I mean when I say that people resent having other people’s ideas forced on them. When someone approaches us with a new idea, our instinctive reaction is to put up a defense against it. We feel that we must protect our individuality and the status quo; and most of us are egotistical … [Read more...]
Self-Improvement: We Invent Ourselves - Earl Nightingale Another essay by Earl Nightingale from the How to Completely Change Your Life Series Have you given much thought to the fact that you create yourself? You do, to an altogether unsuspected extent, simply by the choices you make; by the things you decide to do... or decide not to do. As Kierkegaard said, “The self is only that which it is in the process of becoming.” So it is that an adult can stand in front of a full-length mirror and take a good long look at what he’s created. We leave home and we form ourselves into new people and we learn, as Thomas Wolfe learned, that we can’t go home again; that we don’t fit as well as we used to. We wonder, after a visit... as we leave to regain our own lives, what happened, if … [Read more...]
Business: Our Rewards Equal Our Contribution - Earl Nightingale Another essay by Earl Nightingale from the How to Completely Change Your Life Series “Our rewards in life will always be in direct proportion to our contribution.” This is the law that stands as the supporting structure of all economics and of our personal well being. Unfortunately, most people either don’t know about this wonderful rule or think that somehow it applies only to the other guy. Most people believe that we should have speed-limit signs, too, but that they’re for other people who don’t know how to drive as well as they do. Let’s get back to the law of rewards equaling contributions. The law is in operation all the time, whether or not we know about it and go along with it. It’s like an apothecary’s … [Read more...]