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Publisher's Summary

Discover Earl Nightingale's legendary problem-solving program.

This audiobook is divided into ten volumes. Volumes I through VI help you develop an excellent attitude, enhance your self-esteem, foster your creative genius, set and achieve goals, harness your mind's power, and explain the elements of personal growth. Volumes VII and VIII deal with critical success factors such as writing skills, public speaking skills, effective communication skills, and fostering excellent relationships. Volumes IX and X will teach you how to achieve success and happiness throughout your life. Experience the magic that started the personal and professional development industry and created Nightingale-Conant.

©1989, 2002 Earl Nightingale (P)1989, 2002 Nightingale Conant

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Classic !

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An absolutely brilliant piece of work! This audio program is a goldmine of information on almost every conceivable subject including: The importance of attitude, Enthusiasm, Listening skills, Public speaking tips, Writing tips, How to deliver a talk, The purpose of life, Goal setting, Happiness, Cultivating a healthy self-image, Marriage, What to teach your children, Being calm in a crazy world, The power of persistence, Imagination , Dealing with change, Risk taking, Cultivating creativity, Traits of a good leader, Overcoming stress, Patience, Developing good friendships and much more. Im blown away at how much value I received from this one book, I'm truly grateful to the author for taking the time to put it together. As an author myself, I can only imagine how much work it took to finish this project. It is truly an amazing piece of work.

29 of 30 people found this review helpful

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The goto best self help book out there!

I rarely write reviews however I was a little skeptical and curious about this book. I just got done listening to it and I'm astonished on how good this audio book was! Earl Nightingale narrating it was the icing on the cake :) I've read and listened to many authors on these self help/progressive topics and now I know where it all came from... The original self help guru and author Mr. Earl Nightingale! I love it! thank you!

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Great book really recommend it

This is a great book with key information to help anyone succeed. It is a complete book for anyone who is actively developing themselves.

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Amazing!

This is truly the essence of success! This is a must for anyone looking to accomplish something amazing with their life!

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Inspirational

I usually don't write reviews but this program is inspirational. A real awaking experience to the truth that you can be and do what you want in life if your heart is really in it and you have the necessary mental attitude. It takes you on a journey through several volumes which really make you question what you really want out of life. listened through and I'm going to listen again 10 stars!

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Timeless Principles for Self Growth

The only negative point in this book is that old tapes from Earl Nightingale are not well restored and might prove unenjoyable to listen to, although his narration is among the best in recorded history. That's only ~10% of the book so it shouldn't deter you from purchasing it, but you should plan a relatively quiet environment and be prepared to lower the speed sometimes (if you're used to 2x speeds as I am). I averaged between 1.3 and 1.8x.

Everything else about this program is world-class advice for a great life. I've rarely seen a better collection of sound suggestions, on pretty much every topic. There are many quotes of famous (and unknown) authors throughout the book, which serve the many points quite well, and are very fruitful to ponder alone.

It's already long but covers a wide variety of things, so obviously you'll find useful using it as a starting point for self growth, read more specific books on each topic. But as far as general life advice goes, this is pure gold.

If you're already familiar with several works in this field, you'll probably recognize many a principle explained by Earl Nightingale, for he's probably the leader of them all; but repetition is always good to really integrate concepts, and besides few managed to word these so well as he did.

If you don't know these things, chances are you're missing out big time on your potential in this life.

For all these reasons, and because I've tremendously enjoyed this audiobook, I wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone. Everyone.

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Meant for success!!

There isn't anything I disliked! I loved it!
I wish I had bought this audio book sooner!

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It is a guide for life!

Wonderful lessons for personal growth one of the best audiobooks I have! He is truly a wise man. A must have!

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Earl is a classic

This is a great collection of Nightingale wisdom he's been gone for many years but the accuracy of the message never ages. A true gem

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great book

If you could sum up The Essence of Success in three words, what would they be?

a success magnet

What other book might you compare The Essence of Success to and why?

think and grow rich

What about Earl Nightinale’s performance did you like?

i touches everyday life

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

how to be sucessful

Any additional comments?

no this was a good book

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael Lake
  • 04-29-16

Simple rules to live by

A classic with simple rules to help you think positively and move forward. I will listen to it again.

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  • deepak
  • 07-25-15

An apt title

Would you listen to The Essence of Success again? Why?

Yes. This book has so much in the way of treasure. I keep going back over it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Essence of Success?

Yes, all of it... I'm defiantly a fan.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There really is too many to list. Just start from the beginning. I think most people will find most of the content very useful.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?


It felt as though I was listening to someone who embodied integrity and honour. Such correctness made me want to stand upright. There was also the relaxed soothing delivery in the authors voice.

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  • terry
  • 05-11-17

really enjoyed this

it's one of those listening experiences you will repeat a few times . you can't listen to this book once you got to return to it

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  • Owi
  • 05-09-17

Patient and persistence required

The audio book is full of many nuggets..shared in part by other authors.
* Create a time for thinking
* Plan your day etc.
The listen was long...

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  • @CmdrJonty
  • 02-08-17

Not as good as the tape cassette version

Would you listen to The Essence of Success again? Why?

Bears repeat listening, if you can find a way of converting the audio files to remove Steve Kings' annoying preambles and interruptions.

What did you like best about this story?

Episodic format

What aspect of Earl Nightinale’s performance might you have changed?

Unfortunately, Steve King, the other narrator that introduces the passages gets in the way - the original version was just Earl. You keep thinking, "Yeah-yeah, Steve, enough already, STFU!".

Steve's introductions are utterly superfluous and pad out the audiobook with preambles of each part that Earl manages to speak himself anyway about the subject with considerable more brevity, avuncular warmth and authority. Steve seems cheesy by comparison.

Nightingale-Conant in the early days messed around far less with it's archive material.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no, it is 16 hours, probably an hour of that is padding of Steve King's cheesy 'gee whizz' comments.

Any additional comments?

The original audio has been slightly sped up and the background music is entirely unnecessary.

lacks chapter markings

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  • ALAN MELROSE
  • 08-07-15

Loved it.

Very thought provoking. Loads of ideas and ways to challenge yourself and become the person you want to be.
A must have if you want to improve in life.

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  • elizabeth nyamekye
  • 04-08-15

Brilliant

Beyond measure! I am happy I spent that money it is worth. Every penny. Excellent

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  • Martin Yeboah
  • 02-11-18

Excellent!

One of the best motivational audibles ever.. simply in every field..I can't stop loving it.

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  • EffMercedes
  • 10-26-15

outdated

What disappointed you about The Essence of Success?

Long-winded, tedious way of saying think positive.

What could Earl Nightingale have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Offered more concrete advice with exercises.

How could the performance have been better?

Reader was good but content empty. Very dissatisfying.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Essence of Success?

I wouldn't have commissioned this.

Any additional comments?

refund please.

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