“And so I set out on a voyage of discovery which carried me through biographies and autobiographies and all sorts of dissertations on success and the lives of successful men until I finally reached a point at which I realized that the secret I was trying to discover lay not only in what men did, but also in what made them do it.
I realized further that the secret for which I was searching must not only apply to every definition of success, but since it must apply to everyone to whom it was offered, it must also apply to everyone who had ever been successful. In short, I was looking for the common denominator of success.”
~ Albert E.N. Gray from The Common Denominator of Success
This is a dinky little pamphlet of a book based on a speech Albert E.N. Gray gave to a group of Prudential life insurance agents back in 1940.
I hesitated to do a Note on it for a while because it’s so short (this Note will be about as long as the “book”) but it’s so packed with goodness that I figured we’d have fun unpacking the wisdom.
(Plus, I got such great feedback on Courage Under Fire by James Stockdale—which was another super short speech-book I almost didn’t create a Note on—so here we are. And… While we’re on the topic, James Allen’s As a Man Thinketh falls under the super-short-but-awesome category as well as do Wallace D. Wattles’s Science of Being Great + Science of Getting Rich! :)
You can get the little pamphlet-like book here here or free online versions here.
With that, let’s jump in and see how we can apply this common denominator of success to our lives!
First, let’s define it.
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