A Better Way to Live

by Og Mandino | Bantam Books © 1990 · 129 pages

Og Mandino was the most popular inspirational author of his era. Before that he was a 35-year-old drunken derelict! In this book, he tells us how he found "a better way to live" and shares his 17 Rules to Live By so we can rock it as well. We'll start by building foundations below our air-castles, counting our blessings, going the extra mile and learning from Lady Liberty's Hair-do.

Choice! The key is choice. You have options. You need not spend your life wallowing in failure, ignorance, grief, poverty, shame and self-pity! There is a better way to live!
Og Mandino

“How do you get the most benefit from all seventeen Rules to Live By? Easy. Just remember that all of us have a pretty large collection of bad habits that weaken our chance to succeed in life. Each of the rules you will learn will help you to get rid of a bad habit by replacing it with a good one. That’s your key to a better life...

The plan is simple, but it’s all up to you. Persist, give it a fair chance, and soon you will discover that many of your old bad habits that have been holding you back are gradually being replaced by good habits, life-changing habits. What to do then? Share what you have learned, just as I have shared myself, and my life, with you.

Only then will you realize what success and a better way to live truly means.”

~ Og Mandino from A Better Way to Live

Og Mandino was the most popular inspirational writer of his era (essentially the 70s and 80s). At the time he published this book, his 14 books had sold 25 million copies in 18 languages.

But Og wasn’t always Mr. Inspiring.

In fact, at one point he was a 35 year-old drunk derelict contemplating using his last 20 bucks to buy a gun to kill himself.

In this book, he shares his personal story of redemption and the 17 rules he followed to create a better way to live.

He’s an AMAZING writer—kinda reminds me of Paulo Coelho in his simple, unpretentious yet captivating style—and this little book brought me to inspired tears several times. It’s packed with wisdom.

I’m excited to share some of my favorite Big Ideas so let’s jump straight in.

We’ll start with a quick look at those 17 Rules to Live By!

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About the author


Og Mandino

Went from being suicidal to being a bestselling author and legendary speaker.