Born in 1921, Earl Nightingale was a child during the Great Depression. By 1933 Earl, his mother, and his two brothers were living in Tent City.
It was these humble beginnings that caused Earl to become consumed with the ideas of success and wealth – why some people were so poor while others had an abundance of riches.
At age 17 Earl joined the Marine Corps to be a radio announcer. He was at Pearl Harbor in 1941 when the Japanese attacked. He was one of 12 Marines aboard the USS Arizona that survived.
After the war, Earl’s career in radio announcing eventually landed him in Chicago where during the early 1950s he became the voice of Sky King – the hero of a radio adventure series. From 1950 to 1956 he hosted his own daily commentary program on WGN where he arranged a deal that also gave him a commission on his own advertising sales. By 1957, he was so successful, he decided to retire at the age of 35.
In the meantime Earl bought an insurance agency where he used his talents to motivate his sales force. The salesmen quickly became addicted to his weekly inspiration talks. When Earl decided to take a vacation and would be away for a period of time, his sales manager urged him to put his weekly talk on an LP record. The result later became the recording entitled The Strangest Secret, the first spoken word message to win a Gold Record by selling over a million copies.
Earl’s success as a radio personality grew over the years. His program Our Changing World became the most highly syndicated radio program. In 1985 he was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. He also received the Napoleon Hill Gold Medal for Literary Excellency and the Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International. Lead the Field is the culmination of Earl Nightingale’s life’s work.
Earl’s enlightenment came from Napoleon Hill’s masterpiece Think and Grow Rich. If you haven’t studied that program, please do so BEFORE you venture into Lead the Field.