Making Life a Masterpiece

by Orison Swett Marden | Adamant Media Corporation © 2005 · 358 pages

Orison Swett Marden is a brilliant old-school writer who mixed a passionate optimism in our potential with an equally passionate commitment to integrity, grit, perseverance and all things good. I like him. In this book he shows us how to make our life a masterpiece by becoming the captain of our own ships, doing first-class work, and finding an hour a day to optimize as we achieving true success.

“No one can make the most of himself until he looks upon his life as a magnificent possibility, the material for a great masterpiece to mar or spoil which would be a tragedy. Without such an ideal, without an ambition to live the life triumphant, the life worth while, that which will call out the largest, completest, superbest man or woman one is capable of being, there is no possibility of true success.”

~ Orison Swett Marden from Making Life a Masterpiece

Orison Swett Marden has quickly become one of my favorite teachers.

He’s a fascinating blend of other old-school writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson and James Allen—integrating an unwavering optimism in our potential with a firm commitment to integrity and grit. Super inspiring.

If you dig his wisdom as much as I do, check out the Notes on a few of his other classics including An Iron Will, He Can Who Thinks He Can and The Miracle of Right Thought.

For now, let’s jump straight in and have fun with some of my favorite Big Ideas from this great book!

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Orison Swett Marden

Founder of Success Magazine