Earl Nightingale was born in 1921, was an author, a motivational speaker and also an American radio personality.
Most of his works were filed under the personal development niche and were often known as the Dean of Personal Development. When he was young, Nightingale joined the US Marine he was on the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor that started World War 2. He was one of the fifteen marine survivors during the attack. After he left the marine, he started his career in the radio industry and eventually became a motivational speaker.
In 1949, Nightingale read Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and he was inspired by Hill’s work. And in 1956, he produced a motivational audio program called The Strangest Secret, which sold more than a million copies to date. The Strangest Secret was the first spoken-word recording to achieve Gold Record status and immediately shot Nightingale to fame.
In 1960, Nightingale created a condensed audio version of Think And Grow Rich that he narrated it himself, which was published by Success Motivation Institute. Besides, Nightingale also co-found the Nightingale-Conant Corporation with Lloyd Conant.
In 1987, Nightingale published another groundbreaking audio book called Lead The Field. It was another immediate success and that led him to write and publish his first book entitled Earl Nightingale’s Greatest Discovery.
In his lifetime, he has produced more than 7,000 radio programs and more than 250 audio and video programs. One of his radio program, Our Changing World, was the most syndicated radio program ever and was heard across worldwide in countries such as the United States, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Fiji, Bahamas and even Africa.
Nightingale also received the Napoleon Hill Gold Medal for Literary Excellency for his book, Earl Nightingale’s Greatest Discovery. Today, he was considered one of the greatest successors in the self-help industry right after Napoleon Hill.