Og Mandino Biography
“So long as there is breath in me,
that long will I persist
For now I know one of the greatest
principles of success;
if I persist long enough I will win…
I will persist. I will win.”
Og Mandino is the most widely read inspirational and self-help author in the world today.
In 1976, at the age of fifty-two, he shocked the publishing industry by resigning his presidency of Success Unlimited magazine to devote all his time to writing and lecturing. Thousands of people from all walks of life have openly credited Og Mandino with turning their lives around and for the miracle they have found in his words.
The principles that Og Mandino teaches are tried and tested in his own life. Many are surprised to know that at 35, Og was a wandering derelict–a hopeless alcoholic who nearly spent his last few dollars on a suicide gun. He describes his early life as never being more than a few paces ahead of bill collectors. When he finally hit rock bottom, Og credits books, both modern and classic, with rescuing him. He was particularly moved by Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude by Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone. Within 10 years using the principles he had learned, he was executive editor of Success Unlimited Magazine and the published author of his his first best seller, The Greatest Salesman in the World. As he learned skills and attitudes that helped him succeed, Og was anxious to share them with the world. This led to more books, lectures, and speaking engagements. At his death, he was among the most sought-after speakers in the world.
Og Mandino’s sixteen books of inspiration, love, and wisdom have sold more than 36 million copies worldwide in eighteen different languages, second only to the Bible. He was the first recipient of the Napoleon Hill Gold Medal for literary achievement and has been called “The Greatest Writer in the World.”