Earl Nightingale – a name that many may recognize but of whom few truly know the story.

A beloved American radio personality and author, Earl Nightingale is considered by many as the father of personal development. Perhaps his best-known contribution, The Strangest Secret, remains one of the most noteworthy and frequently downloaded motivational monologues ever given.


Nightingale’s words have inspired millions to break the cycle of conformity and boldly pursue their dreams. His most famous and multi-platinum selling work, The Strangest Secret is the most frequently downloaded motivational monologue ever. By encouraging listeners to take charge of their thoughts because, only our thoughts will determined what we become. The very thought leaders we follow were first inspired by his words. Because of Nightingale’s insights, our world will never be the same.

His Story

A true rags to riches story, the life of Earl Nightingale is an inspiring tale of determination and perseverance.

Nightingale was born on March 12, 1921 in Long Beach, CA to Gladys and Earl Nightingale IV. In 1933, Earl’s father abandoned the family, leaving Gladys alone to raise Earl and his siblings. Struggling as a single mother, Gladys moved her children to the Tent City district, where they remained for the rest of Earl’s childhood.

To learn the rest of the story of how Earl went from Tent City to the first ever Gold Record for Spoken Word for "The Strangest Secret", visit his site, On that site you can download "The Strangest Secret" and join the Millions of people that have had their lives changed by it.