In “The Strangest Secret”, Earl Nightingale gives his definition of success:
Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.
You don’t need piles of money.
Lots of achievements.
A degree. Or a house. Or a car.
You just need to set a worthy goal, and steadily work toward making it a reality.
Do that, and you’re a success.
In his speech, “The Strangest Secret”, Earl Nightingale issues a challenge. He says to keep a card in your pocket for a month. On one side should be your goal for that month, and on the other side should be Matthew 7:7-8:
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Look at the card several times a day, to remind yourself of your goal.
My goal this month is, “Only Say Positive Things.”
I underestimated how difficult this would be.
I have a tendency to complain. Quite a bit.
It’s hard to feel good about life when you complain so much.
It’s also hard to believe it will get better.
The month is still young, though.
I intend to achieve my goal, even if it takes several months.
It will be easier to achieve my other goals once I do.