"The Strangest Secret" and "We become what we think about", are two phrases that have memorialized one of the greatest thinkers, and inspirational men of our time - - Earl Nightingale.
Born in Los Angeles, California in 1921. By 1933 Earl's father had left his mother with three small boys, and in order to provide them with the bare-essentials, worked at the WPA sewing factory. They lived in a tent in Tent City with poverty all around them.
Even as a small boy, Earl wondered why they lived as they did while others lived so much better than they, and not finding answers to the questions in his mind, he went to the Public Library to search for the answers - - this search would continue for many years as he studied the world’s great religions, philosophies and psychology.
When Earl was seventeen, a Marine recruiter enticed Earl to sign up, promising an opportunity to explore new and exciting horizons. He was sent to Hawaii, and stationed aboard the USS Arizona.
He was in his station, the morning of the attack on, Pearl Harbor and was one of twelve surviving Marines on board that day.
Before being mustered out of the Marines after the war, Earl returned to the states and became an instructor at, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
While there he noticed a new radio station under construction, and applied for
a job. He was hired by WJNC, and began his radio career.
Once out of the Marine Corps, Earl went to work for KTAR in
Phoenix, Arizona. Radio was in it’s “hay day”, and with Earl’s talent, it
wasn’t long before he moved to where the heart of the action was - - Chicago,
Offered jobs at both NBC, and CBS, he went to work for CBS, where he quickly became a legendary icon to kids across the nation, as the voice of radio hero, Sky King . When he wasn’t flying through the sky in his airplane, The Songbird, or riding off on his horse to round up the bad guys, Earl was busy writing and broadcasting his daily radio, and later, television show, from the broadcast stations in the Windy City.
Later, expanding his horizon, Earl bought a small
Franklin Life Insurance agency, where each Saturday morning, he would give
little pep talks to the salesmen, hoping to inspire and motivate them to be the
best salesmen they could be. Because he wanted to go fishing for two-weeks, he wrote and recorded a message to be played during his absence. He called it, The Strangest Secret, which was to become the seedling from which the Personal Development/Self-help industry has grown.
At the time of his death, and to this date, Earl Nightingale’s multitude of recorded messages have been listened to by countless people around the world, inspiring people from all cultures, nationalities and races, to live their lives to their fullest.
During his lifetime, Earl Nightingale wrote and recorded over 7,000 radio programs, 250 audio programs as well as numerous television programs and videos.
In the mid-eighties, Earl wrote his first book,
"Earl Nightingale's Greatest Discovery", for which he received the "Napoleon Hill
Gold Medal for Literary Excellence" Award.
In 1985, after more than 40-years in radio, Earl was inducted into, The Association of National Broadcasters, Radio Hall of Fame.
Just prior to his passing in 1989, Earl,
created a new format for a book that included his text, his illustrations, and
incorporated space for a private journal. He called it, "The Winner's Notebook".
Today, Earl Nightingale is remembered as the greatest philosopher of his time, and his best selling programs and books continue to sell daily, inspiring people around the world to reach their highest potential.
For more than 25-years, Diana Nightingale has taken the works begun by her husband and has continued to make his messages available through this website, seminars, speeches, and radio. While most often recognized as the widow of Earl Nightingale, Diana, in her own right, is a nationally recognized, speaker, coach, mentor, teacher and author of her own works, and through the years, has shown that she does not live in her husband's shadow, but shines brightly on her own.
In early 2015, Holiday On Earth, book and audio program, written and recorded by Diana Nightingale was released. In this, her third book, she expands on her husband's great message, The Strangest Secret and has made his message part of her book. She released the audio version of both her and Earl's messages in the, Holiday On Earth, Special Edition.