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The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale (Full Transcript)

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Here is the transcript and summary of the famous speech titled “The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale”. This transcript is without the long intro by Diana Nightingale, widow of Earl Nightingale. We hope that you get inspired by his wisdom and insights.

NOTABLE QUOTE FROM THIS SPEECH:

“Opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice. It is conformity.”

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TRANSCRIPT: 

Earl Nightingale – American author

I’d like to tell you about the strangest secret in the world.

Not long ago, Albert Schweitzer, the great Doctor and Nobel Prize winner was being interviewed in London and a reporter asked him, “Doctor, what’s wrong with men today?”

The great doctor was silent a moment, and then he said, “Men simply don’t think!”

And it’s about this that I want to talk with you.

We live today in a golden age. This is an era that man has looked forward, dreamed of, and worked toward for thousands of years. But since it’s here, we pretty well take it for granted.

We in America are particularly fortunate to live in the richest land that ever existed on the face of the earth – a land of abundant opportunity for everyone.

But do you know what happens?

Let’s take 100 men who start even at the age of 25. Do you have any idea what will happen to those men by the time they are 65? These 100 men who all start even at the age of 25 believe they’re going to be successful.

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