Og Mandino’s book The Greatest Salesman in the World has been a top seller for a couple of decades and never fails to inspire, amuse and challenge with each reading.
This is the second time I am reading the book now and I feel as equally motivated by the book as I did the first time that I read it. The book is about the greatest salesman in the world whom became so as a matter of chance and providence.
On the eve of Jesus’s birth an animal keeper named Hafid is followed by a star back to his camping site where his master Pathros who is awaiting him after asking him to unsuccessfully sell a garment to prove his worth as a salesman. Hafid does not manage to sell the garment but rather gives it away to a needy couple that has just birthed a baby in a cave.
Pathros, Hafid’s master, does not seem to care that the boy has given the garment away instead of selling it and considers Hafid’s attempt at being a salesman a success because he had learned one of the most valuable lessons of love towards other people.
Pathros takes the star following Hafid back to camp that he should teach Hafid the lessons on becoming the greatest salesman in the world like himself. He endows upon his a group of scrolls that he must read and follow in order to achieve his dreams. Hafid as a result of the scrolls goes on to be the greatest salesman in the world. The scrolls come with a simple rule that he was to read each rule they presented each day over the period of the month until they became habit through repetition.
The scrolls endow upon Hafid lessons of love, perseverance, and the ability to laugh at ones self weather in success or failure. They represent universal lessons of being successful in any chosen field of endeavor and their message is not limited to sales but any chosen field. The lessons of Og Mandino’s book The Greatest Salesman in the world are timeless and the book is relevant for any generation for people whom are not willing to give up in their chosen vocation and are seeking for a bit of light within the storm.
Og Mandino’s book reminds me of some of the life lessons that are available on an adult life-learning site called Mindvalley, which deals with adult education.
If one reads Og Mandino’s book I would also recommend that they also buy Vishen Lakhiani’s book: The Code of the Extraordinary Mind.
Vishen Lakhiani is also the founder of Mindvalley website. When the two books are read in conjunction they present a powerful case for personal transformation and bending reality to one’s will, and achieving the kind of success that one dreams of. Og Mandino’s book The Greatest Salesman in the World comes highly recommended for the Raw Book review series.