Succeeding in the Age of Uncertainty – Study History

Orison Swett Marden Knew How To Succeed In Any Circumstance

Orison Swett Marden Knew How To Succeed In Any Circumstance

I realize some people are feeling a chill breeze blowing through their ideas of prosperity right now.   But really it’s just a matter of perspective.   Lets look at history, and one person in particular – Orison Swett Marden.   Marden lived from 1850 – 1924.  He was orphaned at 7 years old and had to work as a houseboy to survive early in life.  He managed to graduate from Harvard Medical School and went on to a life that had it’s trials and triumphs.  

He published a scad of books on personal success and believed that our thoughts influenced our lives and our life circumstances. He said, “We make the world we live in and shape our own environment.”  “The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.”

Here is a list of the books he penned:

  • Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties. 1894.
  • How to Succeed or, Stepping-Stones to Fame and Fortune. 1896.
  • Architects of Fate or, Steps to Success and Power. 1897.
  • The Secret of Achievement. 1898.
  • Cheerfulness as a Life Power. 1899.
  • Character 1899.
  • The Hour of Opportunity. 1900.
  • An Iron Will. 1901.
  • Every Man a King 1906
  • Do It to a Finish 1909.
  • Eclectic School Readings: Stories from Life, A Book for Young People.
  • The Man You Long to Be article printed in Nautilus January 1918
  • Ambition. 1919.
  • Prosperity – How to Attract It. 1922.
  • Thank you to Mike Litman for introducing me to the work of Orisson Swett Marden

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