End of Chapter One “The Greatest Salesman in the World”
Today I shed my old skin which hath, to long, suffered the bruises of failure and the wounds of mediocrity.
“Today I am born anew and my birthplace is a vineyard where there is fruit for all”
“Today I will pluck grapes of wisdom from the tallest and fullest vines in the vineyard, for these were planted by the wisest of my profession who have come before me, generation upon generation.”
“Today I savor the taste of grapes from these vines and verily I swallow the seed of success buried in each and new life sprouts from within me.”
The career I have chosen is laden with opportunity yet it is fraught with heartbreak and despair and the bodies of those who have failed.
“Yet I will not fail, as others, for in my hands I now hold the charts which guide me through perilous waters to shores which only yesterday seemed but a dream.”
Nature has already supplied me with knowledge and instinct far greater than any beast in the forest.
Only principles endure and these I now possess, for the laws that lead me to greatness are contained in the words of these scrolls. What they teach me is more to prevent failure than to gain success.
In truth, the only difference between those who have failed and those who have succeeded lies in the difference of their habits.
Thus, the first law I obey, which proceedith all others is I form good habits and become their slave.
And how is it I accomplish this difficult feat?
For it is another of nature’s laws that only a habit can subdue another habit.
I must discipline myself with the first of my new habit’s which is as follows: I read each scroll for 30 days in this prescribed manner, before I proceed to the next scroll.
As I repeat the words daily they soon become part of my active mind, but more important they also seep into my other mind, that mysterious source which never sleeps, which creates my dreams , and often makes me act in ways I do not comprehend.
Thus a new good habit is born through repetition
When I preform it often it becomes a habit and I become it’s slave and since it is a good habit this is my will.
Thousands of grapes are pressed to fill one jar with wine, and the grape skin and pulp are tossed to the birds. So it is with these grapes of wisdom from the ages. Much has been filtered and tossed to the wind.
Only the pure truth lies distilled in the words to come. I drink as instructed and spill not a drop and the seed of success I swallow.
Today my old skin has become as dust. I walk tall among men and they know me not, for today I am a new man, with a new life.