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Updated: May 11, 2020


Augustine “Og” Mandino II (December 12, 1923 – September 3, 1996) was an American author. He wrote the best selling book The Greatest Salesman in the World. His books have sold over 50 million copies and have been translated into over 25 languages. He was the president of Success Unlimited magazine until 1976 and was inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame.

From Wikipedia we read: According to the 1930 U.S. Census, Og Mandino was born in Natick, Massachusetts, on December 12, 1923, to parents Silvio and Margaret Mandino. He was named Augustine after his Italian paternal grandfather.


Og was once the editor of his high school paper and planned to attend the University of Missouri’s journalism school. In 1940, before he entered college, his mother died from a massive heart attack. He decided to work in a paper factory until 1942. He decided to join the United States Army Air Corps where he became a military officer and a bombardier. He flew 30 bombing missions over Germany on board a B-24 Liberator during World War II. During this time, he flew with fellow pilot and movie star James Stewart.

After the military service, Og became an insurance salesman. One cold and wintry November morning in Cleveland, he contemplated committing suicide. But as he sorted through several books in a library, volumes of self-help, success and motivation books captured his attention. He selected some titles, 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. It was in a library in Concord, New Hampshire, where he found W. Clement Stone’s classic, Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude, a book that literally changed his life for good.

Og eventually became a successful writer and speaker. His works were inspired by the Bible, and influenced by Napoleon Hill, W. Clement Stone, and Emmet Fox.


From 1966 to 1997, Og wrote and published 19 famous titles, many of them became best-sellers. In 1968, he wrote The Greatest Salesman in the World which contains “the time-tested wisdom of the ancients distilled into ten simple scrolls” which, if followed for the prescribed 10 months, will as Og has said, “seep into my other mind, that mysterious source which never sleeps, which creates my dreams, and often makes me act in ways I do not comprehend. As the words of these scrolls are consumed by my mysterious mind I will begin to awake, each morning, with a vitality I have never known before. My vigor will increase, my enthusiasm will rise, my desire to meet the world will overcome every fear I once knew at sunrise, and I will be happier than I ever believed it possible to be in this world of strife and sorrow.”

The scrolls have a principle designed to replace bad habits built up over a lifetime which “threatens to imprison my future” with good habits developed through a ten-month process of studying the scrolls.


*Scroll I – I will form good habits and become their slave.

*Scroll II – I will greet this day with love in my heart.

*Scroll III – I will persist until I succeed.

*Scroll IV – I am nature’s greatest miracle.

*Scroll V – I will live this day as if it was my last.

*Scroll VI – Today I will be the master of my emotions.

*Scroll VII – I will laugh at the world. (Keep Perspective)

*Scroll VIII – Today I will multiply my value a hundredfold.

*Scroll IX – I will act now.

*Scroll X – I will pray for guidance.

The main philosophical message of this book is that every person on earth is a miracle and should choose to direct their life with confidence and congruent to the laws that govern abundance. Og claimed that all successful people can consciously choose the desired destination of their own life and the path to reach it.


Official website: (http://www.ogmandino.com/)

Information retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Og_Mandino&oldid=946118036


Some self-help summaries from another best-seller: A Better Way to Live:

Seventeen Rules to Live By:

1. Count your blessings.

2. Today, and every day, deliver more than you are getting paid to do.

3. Mistakes are life’s way of teaching you.

4. Always reward your long hours of labor and toil in the very best way, surrounded by your family.

5. Build this day on a foundation of pleasant thoughts.

6. Never boast, always let your actions speak for you.

7. Never whine, each day is a special gift from God.

8. Never clutter your days and nights with menial unimportant things.

9. Live this day as if it will be your last.

10. Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead at midnight.

11. Laugh at yourself and at life. Never take life too seriously.

12. It doesn’t matter what others think; only what you think of yourself.

13. Welcome every day with a smile.

14. You will achieve your grand dream a day at a time. Set goals for each day.

15. Never allow anyone to rain on your parade.

16. Search for the seed of good in adversity.

17. Realize that true happiness lies within you. Look inside yourself.


“You were not created for a life of idleness. You cannot eat from sunrise to sunset or drink or play or make love. Work is not your enemy but your friend. If all manners of labor were forbidden to thee you would fall to your knees and beg an early death.”

“Rewards are great if one succeeds but the rewards are great only because so few succeed.”

“Obstacles are necessary for success because in selling, as in all careers of importance, victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats.”

“To learn and master anything, one has to pay the price in time and concentration, until it becomes part of one’s personality and habit in living.


I really enjoyed learning more about Og Mandino and I think you will also. I have read some of his works but not all. I was impressed that as he was thinking about taking his life that he sought help and found it in self-help books and become famous in that area of expertise.

We hope you have enjoyed this article and we thank you for taking the time to read it.


In these crazy uncertain times please stay safe, well, and productive!

Michael Inman


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