I liked having the author read it. I feel that gave it more importance and made me understand exactly the point he was trying to make.
David Ponder learns many lessons throughout the book. I think he is attempting to be the "Average Joe" but at some points he comes off as being immature and ignorant. But, in the end he learns the lessons he is intended to and redeems himself.
He put EVERYTHING into perspective. So often we forget about problems of the past because we get caught up in our daily life. The past is there to provide lessons that can, in fact, be very helpful for today's world.
This book gave me the chills the entire time I read it. It struck an emotion within me that I had no idea I had. Andy Andrews gave me a gift of wisdom, perspective, and most importantly, clear examples. After reading the book, I researched all 7 people David Ponder met. Each person had an amazing and TRUE story that serves as an example.
Yes, I bookmarked each scroll and listen to the same scroll daily for 21 days, then I move on to the next scroll. Og Mandino struggled with depression and even contemplated suicide. It's truly inspiring that he can overcome his personal issues and create this masterpiece that inspires others to be THE GREATEST SALESMAN IN THE WORLD!
I like that the book, whether intentional or unintentional, metaphorically relates people to salesmen. The scrolls help the main character learn the secret of being a good salesman, but in reality, they apply to all aspects of life. I love when an author is able to teach valuable, life-long lessons through stories rather than pounding lesson after lesson in our heads. Additionally, I love that the scrolls are in first person. It's crazy but being able to hear the words in first person helps when your brain triggers the memory of those words.
While his voice is a bit hard to listen to, I was able to overcome it knowing his past. With Mandino narrating, I was able to truly feel the power of his words and feel it would have been lacking by another narrator.
The most important lesson I learned is that it's never too late. In life, many things happen outside of our control and that can be incredibly frustrating. However, it's what we choose to do with these outside forces that make or break our success. Through the scrolls, I learned that everything is relative; along with beauty, happiness and success are in the eye of the beholder. The only person who can make you be the greatest salesman (person) in the world is you. The only person stopping you from being the greatest salesman (person) in the world is you. And how? Through habit. "In truth, the only difference between those who have failed and those who have succeeded lies in the differences of their habits. Good habits are the key to all success."
I could go on for days...
I'm very into Sci-fi and decided to give this book a try. I was engaged throughout the entire novel. It's not in my top 10 favorite audiobooks but definitely worth listening to. The story slowly goes from a normal to sci-fi. The normal part of the book seemed a bit unrealistic but perhaps it was necessary to foreshadow what's to come.
The aspect of surprise. For the first half of the book I continued to make different theories and they continued to be false.
Definitely the main character.
How far would you go to unlock a secret?
Absolutely! It will help anyone think positively by using affirmations (statements) in first person. I recommend listening to this for 10 consecutive days before bed, even if you do not think it's working. While you listen, pretend it works. Pretend the magic of meditation is real. If after 10 days you do not feel a change about you, then you have my permission to give up. Odds are, not only will you notice a POSITIVE change within yourself, but others around you will too.
I listen to this before bed for the breathing techniques to help me fall asleep. Most the time, I fall asleep before it's over but the positive thoughts and ideas Glenn presents stay with me the following day. The subconscious mind is an amazing thing :)
Glenn's voice is soothing and gentle. His accent helps ease the meditation process.I feel as if he is sitting next to me using magic to alter my thoughts.I have almost all Glenn Harrold's meditations and this one is my absolute FAVORITE. I can't imagine my life without him :)
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