One of the things is we tend to give up too soon. We get knocked down a couple of times, and we stay down. It’s so important to get back up again.Og Mandino
The height of my goals will not hold me in awe, though I may stumble often before they are reached.Og Mandino
I am rare, and there is value in all rarity; therefore, I am valuable.Og Mandino
Who is Og Mandino ?
The American author Augustine “Og” Mandino II was. He wrote The World’s Greatest Salesman’s bestselling book. About 50 million copies of his books have been sold and translated into more than 25 languages.
Until 1976 he was the president of the magazine Performance Unlimited and was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Speakers Association.
According to the United States 1930 Census, Mandino was born on 12 December 1923 to parents Silvio and Margaret Mandino in Natick, Massachusetts.
He was named after his paternal Italian ancestor, Augustine. Once Mandino was the editor of his high school paper, and he planned to attend the journalism school at the University of Missouri.
His mother died in 1940, before entering college, from a massive heart attack. Up until 1942 he decided to work in a paper mill. He entered the U.S. Army Air Force afterwards where he became a military officer and a bombardier. During World War II, he flew with fellow pilot and film star James Stewart for 30 bombing missions across Germany on board a B-24 Liberator.
Mandino grew into an insurance salesman after his military duties. One wintry morning in Cleveland in November, he was considering committing suicide. But as he went through several books in a library, he caught his attention by volumes of self-help, performance and inspiration books. He picked news, went to a table and began reading.
He followed his visit to the library with more visits to many other libraries around the United States. He read hundreds of books that dealt with success, a pastime that helped him alleviate his alcoholism.
This was at a Concord, New Hampshire library that he met W. Clement Stone’s classic, Performance Through a Positive Mental Attitude, a book which has changed the life of Mandino. Finally, Mandino became a popular writer and orator.
His dissertation was biblically inspired and influenced by Napoleon Hill, W. Clement Stone and Emmet Fox. He was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame National Speakers Association