It was nearly 40 years ago that I sat, nervous and excited, in an office at 333 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago. The man sitting behind the desk began to speak--and the room was filled with a familiar voice. For the past four or five years, many times a day, I would lower the phonograph needle onto the record that I had become addicted to playing, and I hear that melodious voice say:

"Hello, this is Earl Nightingale ..."

... and I would often think, "Wow--if God had a voice ...!"

Earl Nightingale was the broadcaster's broadcaster: he had what those in the industry refer to as "great pipes." In those days, he was also referred to as "the dean of personal motivation." His recording of "The Strangest Secret" was the first record outside the entertainment industry that sold over a million copies; it is 40 minutes of the best philosophy you will ever hear. (On a wall in my home hangs an autographed photograph of Columbia Records presenting Earl with a gold record.)

Early one morning as I listened to "The Strangest Secret," I decided I wanted to meet the voice that played constantly in my mind and was changing my life. Now here I was, sitting with my secret mentor, eager to hear his answers to my list of well-prepared questions. He told me something in that meeting that I still think about daily: if I wanted to live a fulfilling life, suggested Earl, I should find what it was that I loved doing--and then make a decision to dedicate the rest of my life doing that.

It was most exciting statement I had ever heard--because I already knew what I loved to do. I had been doing it with everyone I knew for years: I loved sharing with others what I was learning from him! Until that moment, I had never thought of turning it into a career. On that record Earl had said, "If you can tell me what you want, I can show you how to get it." And he could! When I left his office, my decision was made.

A few years later I moved to Chicago and went to work with Earl Nightingale and Lloyd Conant. The next five years was a richly rewarding experience. They introduced me to other great teachers, men and women who continue to expand my mind and enhance my career. For the past 35 years I have had the opportunity to serve many of the world's leading organizations, helping them to develop their greatest resource--their people.

I come to this position at Networking Times with enthusiasm and an eagerness to share this valuable information with a larger community in the network marketing industry. I have accepted the position on one condition: that I not be paid. I simply want to make a greater contribution to networking.

I have come to believe that network marketing is the result of a major shift in the world--a spiritual transition where people from all walks of life are waking up in great numbers. The opportunity and compensation plan that is offered by every reputable network marketing company is one of the most moral forms of compensation that exists.

I view Networking Times as a tremendous instrument for me and everyone else who wants to see network marketing continue to evolve and improve the quality of life for millions more worldwide.

I am asking you to follow my lead--to encourage as many of your friends as possible to subscribe to this magazine, and to use the information that it contains to help someone else. I close with a quote from a dear friend, Steve Bow:

"God's gift to us is more talent and ability than we could use in this lifetime. Our gift to God is to develop as much of that talent and ability as we can in this lifetime."

Bob Proctor is Publisher of Networking Times.
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