This book isn’t your average short fiction read. It’s practically become a bible to me; I read from it three times per day and will continue to read from it three times per day for another six months or maybe more. Let me explain why.
I found The Greatest Salesman in the World through another blog about a year ago and was intrigued because of the way you are meant to read it. It’s a novella about a camel boy named Hafid who has ten scrolls handed down to him by his mentor. These scrolls, repeated three times per day for thirty days each, lead him to a life of ultimate abundance, achieving success beyond his wildest dreams.
As you read the book, you are advised to read the scrolls in the way Hafid did: once in the morning, once at noon, and once at night for thirty days, and then move on to the next scroll and repeat the process. Overall this book will take you ten months to read. It sounds fairly absurd to be honest. Why spend that long reading a book when you can gain the knowledge it provides in one day?
Because the scrolls are not to be taken lightly. They are mantras for life which, if deeply engrained in your being through constant affirmation, will set you up for success in all aspects of life. I’m being 100% truthful when I say that so far this book has positively changed the way I perceive myself and the world. Here’s why:
At a bare minimum, this book will teach you the importance of developing good habits. And it’s a relatively easy habit to adopt. The scrolls act as a source of motivation and take only a few minutes to read at a time, meaning it’s relatively effortless to keep this habit going. I would perhaps go so far as to say it is a keystone habit, as it teaches you the discipline needed to develop other habits; in my case, as it is now a part of my morning routine, the rest of my morning routine has become effortless due to the one discipline of reading when I wake up.
People get confused as to why I carry this little book around with me and read the same thing over and over again. What I don’t understand is that we all develop bad habits which go unnoticed, but people find it weird to purposely develop a good habit. In reality it’s only weird because it’s not something the majority of people do. Being successful isn’t something the majority of people achieve but it’s not weird in the slightest. Food for thought?
If you haven’t heard of affirmations, they are effectively mantras which you affirm by speaking or reading them consistently. Reaffirming something transfers it from your conscious to your subconscious mind, meaning that thought or idea becomes a part of who you are (I give an example of affirmations in my blog post on motivation), therefore it guides you in your actions. As each scroll is a mantra for success, your actions practically all become positive steps towards achieving what you desire, in all walks of life.
I won’t give too much away but as an example, the scroll entitled I will live this day as if it is my last has made me appreciate each day much more, and not take any moment for granted, meaning I am much more productive with my time. The scroll entitled I will persist until I succeed has changed the way I perceive work; I am far more of a believer in delayed gratification now and I look at the bigger picture rather than letting impatience get the best of me.
I highly recommend reading this book and sticking to it for the whole 10 months and even continuing to affirm the mantras beyond that. Affirmations like the ones in this book are so important because to achieve success and build upon it requires maintaining the right mindset, and you can’t do that without developing the mindset in the first place. It takes time and consistency to build something that is solid. You have to lay the foundations before anything can grow from it. So start affirming now and develop a mindset that will point you in the right direction.