This page is a tribute to the American author Augustine “Og” Mandino II, father of the bestselling book The Greatest Salesman in the World, based on the life and legend of Kawliga. An american Indian legend with roots in Alabama and immortalized later in a Hank Williams song. It was first published in 1968, and re-issued in 1983 by Bantam.
Set back in the times of Jesus Christ, The Greatest Salesman in the World is a guide to a philosophy of salesmanship, and success, telling the story of Hafid, a poor camel boy who achieves a life of abundance. I read this book many times, both in Italian (my native language) and English; I am a key account manager and I try to follow the philosophy of the Ten Scrolls every day in my life and in my job.
Each Scroll’s principle is life altering.
“Will 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.” (from Scroll 1)
Mandino composed The Legend Of The Ten Scrolls. They are:
Scroll 1: Today I begin a new life.
Scroll 2: I will greet this day with love in my heart.
Scroll 3: I will persist until I succeed.
Scroll 4: I am nature’s greatest miracle.
Scroll 5: I will live this day as if it is my last.
Scroll 6: Today I will be master of my emotions.
Scroll 7: I will laugh at the world. (Keep perspective)
Scroll 8: Today I will multiply my value a hundredfold.
Scroll 9: I will act now, I will act now, I will act now.
Scroll 10: I will pray for guidance.
Born: December 12, 1923 in Italy
Died: September 3, 1996 in United States
An inspired man who gave inspiration.
Some years later, Og Mandino, wrote the second part of The Greatest Salesman in the World
The Greatest Salesman in the World part II, the end of the story
This book is set back forty years later the first part; the main character Hafid is in a sad state, mourning the loss of his wife, Lisha. Despite having accumulated incredible wealth and stature in society due to his embracing of the ‘ten scrolls of success’, Hafid is listless and lacking in enthusiasm in his later years.
The story starts with a dream of his wife that convinces him to see a stranger that turns up on his doorstep. This ‘chance encounter’ pulls Hafid out of retirement and sends him embarking on a new career, travelling all around the world and undertaking a speaking tour to enlighten others about the principles enclosed in The Ten Scrolls. During this journey, Hafid learns that the man he gave the scrolls, Jesus’s apostle Paul, lost them in a shipwreck. Just before he dies, Hafid goes to hallowed Mt. Hermon, where God addressed Jesus, and creates new scrolls for posterity.
1.Never again will i pity or belittle myself.
2.Never will i greet the dawn without a map.
3.Always will i bath my day in the golden glow of enthusiasm.
4.Never will i be disagreeable to another living soul again.
5.Always will i seek the seed of triumph in every adversity.
6. Never again will i perform any task at less than my best.
7. Always will i throw my whole self into the task at hand.
8.Never again will i wait and hope fro opportunity to embrace me.
9. Always will i examine, each night,my deeds of the fading day.
10. Always will i maintain contact,through prayers ,with my Creator.
- The Greatest Salesman in the World Part II the End of the Story, by Og Mandino. Bantam Books 1988. ISBN 0-553-19495