The Greatest Salesman in the World, by OG Mandino: Book Review – Donna Wildman

The Greatest Salesman in the World, by OG Mandino: Book Review


Have you read the book “The Greatest Salesman in the World, by OG Mandino?

The book has been in print for more than 50 years and still today is considered to be the best book ever written on the subject of salesmanship.

I highly recommend it for anyone in network marketing, sales or who is an entrepreneur or anyone in any profession that wants to win in life!

RECAP of The Greatest Salesman in the World

This short fable is about a man named Hafid who is known as the The Greatest Salesman in the World.

It begins with Hafid disposing of all his inventory and only keeping enough of the profits to live his life to the end. What remained was to be given to the poor.

Hafid had started out in his young life a mere camel boy to his adoptive father, Pathros, who at that time was known to be the greatest salesman throughout world and very wealthy.

Hafid had stood by most of his young life watching the other salesman bring back goods and talents to Pathros and so wanted to be more than just a camel boy.

He wanted to be wealthy and be able to provide for his future family with the finest of worldly goods and give the rest to the needy.

In retrospect that sounds like a magnificent plan, however as Pathros advises Hafid wealth should never be the goal in ones life.

Pathros explains to Hafid that “true wealth comes from the heart, not the purse.”

Pathros after explaining to Hafid the true meaning of wealth decides to give Hafid a chance to prove himself as a salesman.

There are many trials and tribulations Hafid endures and a sign from God before Pathros turns over the 10 Scrolls that he was given so many years ago that made him the Greatest Salesman in the World.

These scrolls are only passed on to someone who is worthy to receive them and will study them and use them wisely.

The Scrolls Inside the Chest

There were 10 scrolls inside the chest, each with their own message.

The Scroll Marked I – Today I begin a new life.

In this scroll you understand the importance of making today the best day of the rest of your life, and changing your habits by taking 100 percent of the responsibility for your life, in other words, getting rid of the victim mentality. It also sets forth the instructions of reading each scroll three times a day for 30 days. 

The Scroll Marked II – I will greet this day with love in my heart.

Explains that Love is the greatest secret of success in all ventures and that you should always stay positive and find the good in everyone.

The Scroll Marked III – I will persist until I succeed

You are reminded that you were not brought into “this world in defeat, nor does failure course in your veins.”

It talks about the “never giving up attitude” that successful people have and about having a plan, setting it up and never giving up.

The Scroll Marked IV – I am nature’s miracle

Is reminder that you are nature’s greatest miracle.

There is no other person on earth like you.

You are one of a kind.

You are unique.

The Scroll Marked V – I will live this day as if it were my last

Is a reminder to live everyday as if it were your last on earth.

To cherish every day you have on this earth.

To give thanks that you were given another day.

The Scroll Marked IV – Today I will master my emotions

This scroll is a reminder to find balance between the ups and downs that life offers and how to mentally prepare for whatever comes your way. 

The Scroll Marked VII – I will laugh at the world

Did you know that the human race is the only living creature on earth who can laugh, and laugh we should. Life is way too short to take it seriously!

This scroll teaches us how to laugh at ourselves, be optimistic, happy and never take yourself seriously.

The Scroll Marked VIII – Today I will multiply my value a hundredfold

This scroll is a reminder that to have wealth you must bring value to the marketplace.

If you want wealth you must provide value!

The Scroll Marked IX – I will act now

This scroll reminds us to never put off until tomorrow that can be done today.

The Scroll Marked X – I will pray for guidance

Never ask the Universe, God or whoever you pray to for materialistic things. Always ask for guidance instead. The rest will come.

Additional thoughts

I absolutely loved this book. It is definitely one I will keep near me and re-read many times over.

It is full of reminders on how to be the best person you can be and that once you master these simple principles in the book, you will be The Master of Your Destiny!

“The beggar thinks only of his next meal and I think of my next meal as my last. No son, do not aspire for wealth and labor not only to be rich. Strive instead for happiness, to be loved and to love, and most important, to acquire peace of mind and serenity.”

Do what you love, give love and receive love with a peaceful heart and mind.

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actualize - March 28, 2017 Reply

I have this book, and I used to read the scrolls over and over but I dropped out…however this is still one of the best books out there, and Og mandino is awesome. Thanks for this review!

    SucceedWithDonna - March 28, 2017 Reply

    Thanks Adewale! I am also rereading the scrolls and reading PartII The End of the Story. It’s great also.

Mike Marko - March 28, 2017 Reply

This book is great! It has nice content and details! Love your post Donna

    SucceedWithDonna - March 28, 2017 Reply

    Thanks Mike! It is a great book. I’m reading Part II now and it’s great also.

Irene Franzese - March 29, 2017 Reply

Wow Donna, I read that book such a long time ago. I will have to pick it up and read it again.
Great post…

    SucceedWithDonna - March 30, 2017 Reply

    Yes Irene, it’s worth another read for sure and if you haven’t read The Greatest Salesman in the World, Part II, The End of the Story I highly recommend that one also. 🙂

Kenny Santos - March 29, 2017 Reply

Awesome book, I’m on scroll 7 and will be on scroll 8 in the next couple of days. Thanks for sharing.

    SucceedWithDonna - March 30, 2017 Reply

    You’re welcome Kenny! It is a great book. 🙂

Nancy Loehr - March 30, 2017 Reply

This is one of my all time favorite books in the world. I have read this book many times and whenever I am having a down day I always refer to it. Simple and inspirational – it was one of the first personal development books I ever read. It will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this special story.

    SucceedWithDonna - March 30, 2017 Reply

    I agree Nancy, it’s a great book for inspiration and reminding us about the important things in life. 🙂

Reba Linker - March 31, 2017 Reply

What a beautiful and informative book review. I am so glad to learn about this book!

    SucceedWithDonna - April 4, 2017 Reply

    You have to get it Reba. It is eye opening for sure. 🙂

Jonita D'souza - March 31, 2017 Reply

This is a good synopsis of this book. I have never heard of it before but totally love all of the 10 scrolls.

    SucceedWithDonna - April 4, 2017 Reply

    It is a great book Jonita and Part II is very good also.

Daniel Ndukwu - April 6, 2017 Reply

I will persist until I succeed. How can we say it better. I’ve heard of this book, but never actually read it. Thanks for the share.

    SucceedWithDonna - April 24, 2017 Reply

    Daniel you should totally get your hands on it. It’s a great read and very insightful. 🙂

tmlovelace - April 11, 2017 Reply

Hi Donna…I am currently reading this book and it is awesome. I also read The Richest Man In Babylon. Such insight in these books. Thanks for the review! 🙂

    SucceedWithDonna - April 24, 2017 Reply

    It’s awesome right Theresa? I have not read The Richest Man in Babylon but intend to. 🙂

Lorraine Menza - April 18, 2017 Reply

I am always up for a good book; love the 10 scrolls!

    SucceedWithDonna - April 24, 2017 Reply

    It is a great book and is recommended you reread each scroll for 30 days. I’m almost on scroll 2. LOL

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