Thursday, December 3, 2009

A Bit of Truth from Og Mandino

I saw this quote today . . . my apologies to whoever posted it because I failed to jot down the site's url so I could link back to it later:

"Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again."
--------------------Og Mandino

This struck me as a great truth.

I didn't recognize Og Mandino's name, so I immediately became curious and looked him up.

Augustine Mandino was an Italian immigrant (whose mother was Irish) who became an American author of books about success. He was born in 1923 and died in 1996. His personal story is fascinating. You can listen to it as well as read it at Og's Story.

Twenty-two books are listed on the author website, among them titles such as The Greatest Salesman in the World, The Greatest Secret in the World, and Secrets for Success and Happiness. It appears there is now an Og Empire with Og Speakers, Og Coaches, Og Retreats, etc. Some of his books have recently been released in gift editions or new formats.

I couldn't help popping over to to see if there was any writerly advice I could post. Here's what I found:

"To be always intending to make a new and better life but never to find time to set about it is as to put off eating and drinking and sleeping from one day to the next until you're dead."

"To do anything truly worth doing, I must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in with gusto and scramble through as well as I can."

There seems to be a theme running through the quotes that speak directly to those of us who are victims of too many interests and a lack of focus:

"It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world. The great man or woman is the one who never steps outside his or her specialty or foolishly dissipates his or her individuality."

I can't really argue with Og's words. When we read interviews with the greatest athletes, musicians, dancers, writers -- whatever the specialty -- we see a common thread. These folks knew what they wanted at a young age and they made a commitment in time and energy to succeed. That's what we need to do, you know, no matter where we are or how old we are. Recognize what we want to do and commit the time and energy to do it. Og Mandino figured it out. So can we.


Kerrie said...

I love quotes--Thanks for sharing these and for sharing about Og. I am going to have to learn more about him.

Mason Canyon said...

What a beautiful post. The quote by Og Mandino is something to post on our bathroom mirror to read and remember each day. Thanks for sharing.

Jeanie said...

Patricia, These are good inspiration for writers, or for just living life. BTW, I loved picturing you trying to stare down the lady in the waiting room on her cell phone in your previous post

Patricia Stoltey said...

Hi ladies, thanks for stopping in. It's fun to follow a great quote back to the source and discover a whole new world of ideas.

Jeanie, there's nothing more annoying than giving someone my best cranky glare and having them not notice.

Karen Walker said...

I remember reading some of his books back in the eighties. It was good advice then and it's good advice now. I really need to focus on one thing at a time. I am super aware of dissipating energy and needing to put it where it needs to go. Thanks, Patricia.

Anonymous said...

The great man or woman is the one who never... dissiapates their individuality. This struck me more than any of the other. It reminds us to BE.

Also loved the first one about how to treat people. Just attended a funeral today and thought the same thing.