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Serenity

Few people in the world today manage to achieve serenity: that calm, inner peace that gives them strength and happiness. This thought made me turn again to one of the finest pieces of writing ever ...
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Curious Things and People

Have you gone through your attic lately? Some of the most interesting stories revolve around the unusual. Sometimes enormously valuable things that can turn up in a dark corner of an attic or basement. For ...
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Our Debt to the Native Americans

Have you ever thought about why the United States is so distinctively different from any other country on earth? Well, I’ll tell you why. It’s because of the Native Americans. This is why America is ...
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Tall Trivia

I was reading in “Book Briefs” in “Quote Magazine” that Indiana University’s Novel Prize-winning geneticist, Herman J. Muller, has listed for “Popular Science” some speculations about beings on other planets. They will, he says, be ...
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Enjoy The Present

George Santayana once wrote, “There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.” A statement like this can shake a person. Have you ever thought about how much time we waste? ...
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Appreciation Comes First

The morale of people is a significant problem with all of us. Businessmen want their employees’ morale to be high; wives want the morale of their husbands and children to be high, and the husband ...
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Another Fortune Teller

The trouble with people is not their ability to reach their goals, but rather to establish them. People can achieve that which they want to accomplish if they’ll decide on something and stay with it. ...
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Just Fifteen Percent

The Carnegie Institute once analyzed the records of ten thousand persons. They reported that only fifteen percent of success is due to technical training. While eighty-five percent of success rests upon personality factors. The records ...
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Learn to Forget

I ran across something I enjoyed reading by the well-known psychiatrist, author, and lecturer, Dr. David Harold Fink. It was a short piece called “A Doctor’s Diagnosis: LEARN TO FORGET.” The doctor points out that ...
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The Effects of Prohibition

There is no person on earth to fear or avoid more than a bitter, narrow-minded, so-called moralist who thinks that his opinions should be forced upon everyone else. This is the kind of person who ...
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#4- Who’s the Boss

WHO’S THE BOSS:  Featuring none other than Co-Founder of Nightingale Legacy, Thomas MacDonald, this episode of Flat Tire is packed with invaluable wisdom on client relationships. After revisiting Earl’s talk, “Who’s The Boss?”, Thomas reveals ...
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What Do You Do With Time?

I recently read in “Quote Magazine” about a Chinese gentleman who was shown around an American house. He listened patiently to explanations of the purpose of each timesaving gadget. At the end of this enlightening ...
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Thoughts From Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson was one of the most remarkable men this country has produced. He was a man whose works affected the entire world. He was born in Boston in 1803 and graduated from Harvard ...
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People Seek Danger

Have you ever wondered why a person would ever want to become a stunt man, lion tamer, or any of the other vocations which deliberately involve the risk of death? I have. It seems that ...
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Single Men & Women of America

I read the most astonishing thing the other day. This will come as a shock. According to this source, one-fourth of the men in the United States are not married. A full twenty-five percent of ...
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On Unemployment

Ever since a shaggy, beetle-browed caveman discovered the importance of trade, we’ve had the problem of unemployment. Theoretically, the perfect society would be one in which every man has a job producing something of benefit ...
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How’s Your Conversation?

The experts claim that one of the biggest problems of marriage... And one of the prime causes for the failure of a marriage - is the inability, or reluctance, on the part of husbands and ...
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What Do You Think of Honesty?

You know, if we’re not careful, we’re going to become a nation of crooks, liars, and cheats. We'll turn this country into a nation of people who believes it’s alright to break the law, just ...
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A $25,000 Idea

An interesting true story appeared in The American Salesman magazine, and I’d like to pass it along to you. It’ll show you the value of one good idea, and what it can be worth: “One ...
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The Road to Ruin!

I want to ask you a question -- and I hope you’ll answer it as honestly as you can. Let’s say you have a neighbor who earns ten thousand dollars a year; this is his ...
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Who Wants to Get Ahead?

I’m going to ask a question, and let’s see how close you can come to the right answer. Ready? O.K. -- Let’s suppose you’re the head of a large company employing, say, a couple of ...
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One Road is Enough

It has long been a fact that one of the biggest problems with people is finding their own particular road in life. There are so many things any one individual can do - and do ...
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Advantages of Losing a Job

We were talking, just recently, about how hard it is to fire someone. But, have you ever thought much about the advantages of losing a job? Somebody ran a survey once among very successful people ...
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#3- Limitless

LIMITLESS: In this episode of Flat Tire, we welcome best-selling author, speaker, and entrepreneur Jim Cathcart to discuss his journey of financial success. In this inspiring show, Jim talks about the importance of Earl’s influence, ...
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We Need Reminding

Back in the year 1690, about two and three-quarter centuries ago, a wise gentleman by the name of John Locke wrote an essay on human understanding. In that essay, he said something I think all ...
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It’s Hard to Fire Someone

The other day I was having lunch with some old friends of mine and one of them (one of the country’s top advertising executives and creative geniuses) made a statement to the effect that one ...
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Where We Live

Sometimes, when you find your problems getting out of proper proportion, it’s a good idea to look at yourself and your world in the proper perspective. I was reminded of this recently when I read ...
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On Age

Henry Ford once said, “You take all the experience and judgment of men over fifty out of the world, and there wouldn’t be enough left to run it.” He’s probably right. Even though we’re moving ...
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Live to Be a Hundred

A good friend of mine, Gordon “Parky” Parkinson, from Kansas City, dropped into my office some time back and, as usual, we got into a very interesting discussion. We got to talking about age, the ...
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About that Work

Some time back, I read an interesting little story written by a man who spent forty years learning a rather interesting thing. This individual was not what you could call the busy, bustling type of ...
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#2- Your Grass is Greener

The Flat Tire Podcast title is based on Earl Nightingale’s famous quote, “A bad attitude is like a flat tire; you can’t go anywhere until you change it.” Each episode will include a clip from ...
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More than your philosophy has dream of

We’ve been talking about the subconscious mind the last few programs… and ways, the few we know of, of bringing more of its power and problem solving ability to bear in our lives. A number ...
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Episode 1- Win Today, Win Tomorrow, Win Always

The Flat Tire Podcast title is based on Earl Nightingale’s famous quote, “A bad attitude is like a flat tire; you can’t go anywhere until you change it.” Each episode will include a clip from ...
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Great Ideas Come When The World Needs Them

William Lyons Phelps made a comment that we should have print and put someplace where we can regularly be reminded of it. He said: “Great ideas come when the world needs them. They surround the ...
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A Cure for Paralysis

Many years ago, there was an Associated press dispatch which reported an amazing incident: Eight patients, all helpless paralytics, were confined to a ward in a hospital in Ecuador. One day a giant boa constrictor ...
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The knack of using your subconscious mind

Recently I told you about the subconscious area of our minds… the great unplumbed reservoir of creative insight and intuition… and how the great majority of people never learn to use this great source of ...
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Relax and let it work for you

Previously I mentioned that creative people, people who earn their keep through the use of their imagination, should probably not work for more than four to six hours a day if they want to sustain ...
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The Four Hour Day

It was in 1955 that ‘Harpers’ published a little book written by a New York City career consultant, William J. Reilly, with the intriguing title: “How to Make Your Living in Four Hours a Day ...
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Aid to India

Aid to India has been as much a part of the daily newspapers as the comic page or the financial section. Most of us have grown up taking aid to India for granted, like the ...
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Marching Backwards Into The Future

An ad for the Mobil Oil Company had a headline which read: “Marching Backwards Into The Future.” And the copy went on to say that, “Today’s doomsters, like yesterday’s suffer from tunnel vision. They are ...
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Future Innovations

My good friend Professor Jay Mendell sent me a copy of “FutuREport”, a newsletter on the future, for planners, educators and other, which contains some very interesting items. For one thing, according to Doctor Seymour ...
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Change Is Growth

Most of the problems facing human society today can be said to have been brought about by the “Change Revolution.” And one of the best and most lucid examples of this revolution is given in ...
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Happiness

One of the greatest teachers this country ever produced was a professor at Yale University by the name of William Lyon Phelps who taught, lectured, and wrote for more than fifty years. And in August ...
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Opportunity Is Everywhere

How many times have you heard someone say: “There just isn’t any opportunity anymore?"Well, the trouble isn’t with opportunity because every one of us is surrounded by more opportunity every day than he could develop ...
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The Machine Is Your Friend

Y’know, all through the slow, painful and bloody centuries of human progress, there has been a shortsighted individual who has steadfastly refused to disappear from the scene. No matter how much you show him to ...
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Where Your Money Goes

A comment that has almost become a part of the American way of life is, “Where does all the money go?” At the end of the month, or the end of a year, most of ...
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A Philosopher’s Point of View

Do you ever wonder what modern-day philosophers are thinking about? What ideas they’re coming up with? For some years, I’ve been receiving a terrific little magazine called SCIENCE OF MIND. In the January 1961 issue, ...
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Are You Afraid?

How much is fear a part of your life? The scientists are discovering a lot about fears and a really fine collection of their findings was put together by John E. Gibson in an article ...
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Happiness Comes From Doing Things

Have you ever given much thought to the fact that the size of an individual depends upon the size of his work? I don’t mean physical size, I mean as a person – a human ...
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Are You Keeping Up With the World?

Here’s a pretty good question: “Are you keeping up with the world?” Or do you feel you’ve done enough and can coast the rest of the way in. Well, you may or may not be ...
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An Inside Job

One of the things that helps me tremendously when it comes to writing and producing two hundred and sixty radio programs a year, is the amount of wonderful suggestions, ideas, and material that are sent ...
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Would You Risk The Chance?

The other day I got into a rather interesting discussion with a very close friend of mine. I don’t remember how the conversation turned on this particular tangent, but we came up with a rather ...
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What Is Simple – Is Best

A friend of mine ran across a fine little article in PRINTER’S INK, the magazine of advertising, and kindly sent it to me. It was written by Tom Batman the creative director of a New ...
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Be Consistent – After Ninety

Bruce Barton, writer, businessman, public servant, and all-around genius once wrote an interesting little article about the business of being consistent, and he wrote that he expects to be entirely consistent – after he reaches ...
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The Magic of Believing

Let me tell you about a book that I think should be on everybody’s home book shelf. The title is THE MAGIC OF BELIEVING by Claude Bristol. If you’ve read it many years ago, as ...
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What do wives want?

If someone offered you a million dollars if you could correctly come up with the answer to what wives want from their husbands – in the order of their importance – do you think you ...
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Taking Stock

From time to time on the great ships which ply the oceans of the world, an officer will walk to the wing of the navigation bridge, raise his sextant to his eye, and “shoot” the ...
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They Drive Us Away

The other day I had a lot of writing to do at home. I skipped breakfast and went to work in my study. About eleven o’clock I realized I was hungry, got in the car, ...
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What Can I Do?

How often have you heard someone say about some big problem, “What can I do?” I received a little circular of Christopher Notes the other day, and I thought the lead article was really quite ...
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Do What You Should

A woman reading the Christopher column, “Three Minutes a Day”, in the HOUSTON POST, was deeply affected by the story of the mail carrier who began hiding some of his mail on what he called ...
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A Way To Get Rich

Several months ago I had as the subject for one of my radio programs the importance of having a good vocabulary. I mentioned at the time that a person’s life inextricably connected in many ways ...
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On Solving Problems

Some time back there appeared an article in WOMAN’S DAY MAGAZINE by Hollis Alpert called “In Defense of Excitement.” My fine, winsome and winning secretary, name of Harriett, found it for me. It points out ...
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Ignorance Is Not Bliss

In the November issue of TIME MAGAZINE, back in old 1960 there appeared an interesting little article. It concerned a little learning and pointed out that about half of the U.S. college students believe that ...
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What’s Normal? (Part II)

Recently, I got off on one of my pet subjects – this business of being normal. I quoted the well-known author and expert, Ardis Whitman, and pointed out that to be normal is to be ...
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What’s Normal?

#271 – What’s Normal? My secretary brought me an article from the magazine, WOMAN’S DAY, written by Ardis Whitman, titled, “What Do You Mean, Normal?!” And in this article, I think Miss Whitman makes a ...
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The Baboon Boy

It seems that no matter how strange fiction is written, the truth is always stranger. We’re all familiar with the story of Tarzan and the Apes. But not too many people know that a good ...
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Watch That Generalization

You know, one of the many paradoxes of the human race is the old belief that you can tell a person’s character by his face. There are probably more bosses and personnel managers who think ...
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The Milky Way

As you know, the planet Earth belongs to the Galaxy known as the Milky Way, but have you any idea how big, how extensive, this one Galaxy is? Or the distances between the stars? In ...
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Strange Ones

If someone walked into your office, or home, and asked for all of your money and told you that if you refused you’d be blown up immediately, what would you do? On December 4, 1894, ...
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Keep Moving

Have you ever noticed that the longer you look at something you should be doing – the more difficult it seems to appear? That the longer you put off something you should do – the ...
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The Cardiff Giant

One of the most interesting little magazines you can find is the amazing FARMER’S ALMANAC. It’s the oldest magazine in the country having been continuously published every year since 1792. It gives advance weather forecasts ...
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This, Too, Shall Pass

Perhaps you’ve heard the old legend, supposedly true, about the king who offered riches to any person in his kingdom who could come up with a saying which would apply to anything. As the legend ...
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A Year Can Be a Long Time

Here’s something that might shake you up a little. There will be more buildings erected in the next ten years than have been built in all the preceding centuries of human civilization! How about that? ...
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Who’s The Boss?

Here’s a question I’ll bet you could ask a thousand working people and never get the right answer. The question is: “Who’s your boss?” There’s only one boss, and whether a person shines shoes for ...
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The Number One Sickness

Do you happen to know what the number one sickness is? Dr. John A. Schindler, former chief physician of the well-known Monroe Clinic, talked about it not too long ago in a radio broadcast. What ...
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Life in the United States

I was reading the other day that half of the people in the world today are hungry, poorly housed, in bad health, and scraping along on the incomes of less than $100 a year. [In ...
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So, You’re Different!

Have you ever found yourself saying, “I wish I were like such-and-such a person?" When we were kids, it was almost impossible to go to a movie without wishing we were the hero or heroine. ...
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Exploring Ourselves

Elias Lieberman, a New York Times columnist and Vice President of the Poetry Society of America, points out that: “Henrik Ibsen, the famous Norwegian playwright whose powerful social dramas have stirred so much discussion, makes ...
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What’s Ahead? More!

I was reading something recently which I thought was tremendously interesting. It was a little pamphlet called “Facts & Figures," sent to me by a listener. It reminded me that: When the U.S. economy ran ...
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10 Years on Your Life

Did you know that by the end of this century -- maybe before -- the average American’s life span will be 100 years? And if the average life span is 100 years, this means that ...
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Migration to the Stars

I was flying from Phoenix to Chicago, and I was reminded again of how flying in a jet must be the kind of ride we’ll experience when we have interplanetary travel. It’s an unreal sort ...
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Don’t Wait! Do It Now!

Some time back, I mentioned an amazing survey conducted by a psychologist in which thousands of people were asked what they were living for. It turned out -- even to the expert’s astonishment -- that ...
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Driving Gives You Away

I was reading an article not long ago which was yelling to high heaven about the use of unmarked police patrol cars. It said, “Policemen should not play hide-and-seek with motorists. Since the function of ...
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What Brings Success?

One of the nicest things about life is the friends you make. The other day an old friend of mine, Tom O’Reilly, dropped into my Chicago office for a chat and it was a thoroughly ...
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12 Rules for Living, Part 2

In the previous program, I was discussing Dr. John Schindler’s wonderful book, “How to Live 365 Days a Year,” and his twelve rules that can make your life richer. The first six rules were: Keep ...
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12 Rules for Living, Part 1

If you find you have trouble getting along with others - your work, your family, friends, or yourself - I’d like to recommend a really fine book. It’s titled, “How to Live 365 Days a ...
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Need Isn’t Always Deserving

Have you ever given much thought to the difference which exists between “need” and “qualification?” By that I mean, suppose a person is out of work and “needs” a job. The fact that he needs ...
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A Modern, Old-Fashioned Store

I was talking to an old friend of mine in San Francisco some time ago, and something in his conversation gave me what I think was a good idea. I’ll pass it along and you ...
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Childhood Revisited

Some time back, I revisited an area where I lived as a child. It’s the beautiful area in El Dorado country in Northern California; on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, about 50 ...
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The Unfailing Boomerang

Certainly, one of the most amazing, distressing, confounding and resolute integrants of a human being is his refusal to learn from his own experience or the experience of others. If there’s one great and unchanging ...
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Power Of The Mind

For years one of my favorite pastimes has been reading the remarkable book, "Keep Up With The World," by Freling Foster. He wrote for many years the famous Collier's feature. One section of his book ...
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Profits and People

I suppose all of us are familiar with the old fairy tale about the goose which had the delightful ability to lay nothing but golden eggs. Each day this goose would supply its owner with ...
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Found: A Quarter of 1 Million Dollars

Perhaps you remember reading about the case of the man who found a quarter of a million dollars, or almost that amount, in small, unmarked bills. It seems this man was out of work at ...
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Man And Circumstance

I have long been a collector of sentences or phrases of great meaning and weight. You probably like them, too! So, today, let me pass along one of the greatest you will ever hear. It ...
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The Town in the Sky

Did you know there’s a town in the United States that is eight miles long, and a hundred feet wide? This town has its own fire department, police department, private telephone exchange, a bank! To ...
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The Pursuit of Happiness

Did you know that no other country in the world puts such a premium on human happiness as the United States? It’s the only country in the world that has the “pursuit of happiness” written ...
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