Earl Nightingale The Strangest Secret (Summary)

Earl Nightingale The Strangest Secret

The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale introduce the everyday public to the idea that you become what you think about. This idea took off and is today more commonly known as the law of attraction.

Earl Nightingale’s The Strangest Secret is probably one of the most significant personal development works of the decade and the truths contained in this program really is life transforming.

The Strangest Secret answers so many unanswered questions and the transforming truth of this strange secret contains the answer to many people’s lives of desperation, striving and ‘bad’ circumstances.

Earl Nightingale’s The Strangest Secret is simply this:

You become what you think about.

Your thoughts are your ultimate power in life and every person’s life is governed by this ultimate law.

The big thing is that you know what you want.

Earl Nightingale

We live in an exact universe. That which we generally refer to as ‘chance’ or ‘luck’ or ‘fate’ is nothing but a natural law exerting itself. The law of thought and of mind is the law that governs your entire being.

Although this transforming truth has been revealed many times over, the majority of people never believed it. When you study the ancient religious documents, there is one universal truth that is reflected in virtually ALL of them and it is this: we become what we think about.

Even if you study the work and the writings of all the great avatars who ever lived – Michelangelo, Beethoven, Einstein, Lao Tzu, Edison – they all tapped into this ultimate law which is Earl Nightingale’s Strangest Secret.

To the rational thinking human being, caught up in the daily grind, this law might sound incredibly strange and almost unbelievable – maybe even a little bit silly, but when you start to trace your circumstances back to your dominating thoughts, you will see just how accurate this law actually is.

In his wonderful book As A Man Thinketh, James Allen wrote that ‘a man’s circumstances does not make him, but that it reveals him’ and that by virtue of your thoughts you will make or unmake your entire life.

The challenge that most people face is that they offer their thoughts in response to their circumstances. According to the law of thought, you will only attract into your life what you think about and consequently you end up attracting more of what you already have.

We all walk in the dark and each of us must learn to turn on his or her own light.

Earl Nightingale

Your current circumstances are only a reflection of your past thoughts. If you keep your thoughts on what you already have, you will only continue to produce more of that.

Your thoughts are powerful on many different levels. On the most esoteric level you are nothing but a thought and even on a deep psychological level your thoughts make up your entire character.

Your thoughts are also that which you act upon and what you think about is what you will move towards – you simply cannot help but to. Just try not to think of a pink elephant after I’ve mentioned the words ‘pink elephant’!

Thought is everything and Earl Nightingale’s strangest secret, regardless of how strange it might be, really does reflect one of the great secrets and one of the great laws of the universe.

People are anxious to improve their circumstances, but they are unwilling to improve themselves.

I am here to remind you that whatever you want to manifest in your life, it all starts with a thought. That which you keep your thoughts on must come into being according to this great and ultimate law of the universe.

One of the ways you can start to use this great law is to simply start paying attention to your thoughts. You don’t have to monitor your every thought, but start paying attention to ‘where’ you spend your emotional time.

Dedicating time to deliberately offering your thoughts to what you want most in your life will start to activate the creative process and as you focus your attention on what you do want, you will start to change your habitual thinking.

We all walk in the dark and each of us must learn to turn on his or her own light.

Earl Nightingale

Earl Nightingale’s strangest secret is out, and you have the choice to either use it deliberately in your life and to get what you want or to ignore it and get whatever shows up. Getting whatever shows up is usually nothing but a result of your rampant and habitual thoughts – which is almost always the result of ‘what is’.

To change yourself and your life from ‘what is’ to what you truly want for yourself, it all starts with your thoughts.

The entire premise of Earl Nightingale’s famous book is that what you think about is what expands in your life. The only ‘things’ that can grow in your life is that which you give your energy and your attention to.

Many people who try and use the law of attraction fail to understand the power of directing your energy and your attention.

It is not good enough to only think of what you want for five minutes every other day. To use vague visualisations and have the odd affirmation here and there.

What you truly desire needs to consume you. It needs to become so big and so real inside you that you can not help to feel it and get excited about it showing up.

Earl Nightingale’s Process For Applying The Law of Attraction

He lays out a very simple process for how to use this “strange secret” to create anything you want in your life.

  1. Set yourself a definite ‘goal’ or specific outcome you want to achieve.
  2. Write it down on a card.
  3. Carry the card in your pocket and read it every chance you get. At least once in the morning and once in the evening before bed.

This sounds super simple but it is incredibly effective. With modern law of attraction teachers there are so many techniques and strategies that you can easily lose sight of the basics.

By fixing just one idea in your mind. Getting really clear on what it is you want and writing it down you are already 90% there. Most people never do this and never take the time to decide what it is that they really want.

By looking at your written card many times a day it acts a trigger to help direct your thoughts to what you want and thus invoking the law of attraction.


With a passion for spirituality, self discovery, and understanding this life, Neod spends his time musing about what is, what could be and what might come about. After writing for 20 years he's still growing, learning, exploring and sharing with love, joy and compassion.

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