Lead the Field by Earl Nightingale

General Description (from Amazon.com)

It’s probably getting better care. Success is not a matter of luck or circumstance. It’s not a matter of fate or the breaks you get or who you know.

Success is a matter of sticking to a set of commonsense principles anyone can master. In Lead the Field Earl Nightingale explains these guidelines: the magic word in life is ATTITUDE. It determines your actions, as well as the actions of others. It tells the world what you expect from it. When you accept responsibility for your attitude, you accept responsibility for your entire life.

Earl Nightingale — the “Dean of Development” — offers you a treasure trove of uplifting and insightful information like:

* The importance of forgiveness
* How “intelligent objectivity” can improve your professional life
* The usefulness of constructive discontent

Now it’s your turn to bring positive changes to your own life, changes that will allow you to lead the field yourself!

About the Author
In 1956, Earl Nightingale recorded his essay The Strangest Secret. This recording became the first spoken message ever to receive a Gold Record by selling over one million copies. This triumph led Earl and his business partner, Lloyd Conant, to form Nightingale-Conant Corporation, a company dedicated to helping others achieve personal success. Earl Nightingale created and performed more than 7,000 daily broadcasts for his popular radio program, “Our Changing World,” wrote and starred in many television programs, and was awarded the prestigious Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International.

Why the President Should Read This Book
Much of what is contained in this book seems trite and cliche, but only because the principles it espouses and the stories it contains gained such a hold in its day that they’ve been repeated ad nauseum for the past 50 or so years. More than just another self-help book, this book explains the fundamental building blocks of all successful individuals, including self confidence and integrity. While our politicians may have an infinite supply of the former, many of them sorely lack even a smidgen of the latter.

Personal Notes
As I started this book I wasn’t sure it was worth finishing. I felt like I had heard everything it was saying to the point where it was repulsive. But the more I listened, the more I heard nuggets of wisdom that were either new, that I had forgotten, or that I had heard before but just hadn’t comprehended clearly. For how short the book is, it packs enough value to keep any thinking person busy improving themselves for years to come, even if they’ve already spent plenty of time reading other books of the same genre.