The Greatest Salesman in the World Summary

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The Greatest Salesman in the World is a bestseller by Og Mandino. His books have sold over 50 million copies.

Published in ’68, and reissued in ’83 by Bantam, it’s a guide to a philosophy of salesmanship, telling the story of Hafid, a poor camel boy who achieves a life of abundance.

What you are today is not important… for in this runaway bestseller you will learn how to change your life by applying the secrets you are about to discover in the ancient scrolls.

A cloth edition containing the scrolls was published by Buccaneer Books in June 1993. It takes ten months to read the book.

His instructions are for you to read Scroll I (Ch. 8) three times a day for 30 days.

In addition, after completing Scroll I continue to II (Ch. 9) & so forth thru X (Ch. 17).

The Greatest Salesman in the World Summary

The Ten Scrolls are:

  • I – Commitment
  • II – Love
  • III – Persistence
  • IV – Miracle
  • V – Time
  • VI – Emotion
  • VII – Laughter
  • VIII – Value
  • IX – Action
  • X – Guidance

His primary message is to “do it now”. In the marking of Scroll IX, “I will act now” appears 18 times.

While his messages have Xian undertones, it’s still a message of repetitive actions to build good habits.

The Greatest Salesman In The World has influenced countless lives and it can do yours too.

Here is the legend of Hafid, a camel boy of two thousand years ago, and his burning desire to improve his lowly position in life.

To prove his potential ability, he is dispatched from Bethlehem by his master, the great caravan merchant, Pathros, to sell only one robe.

He fails and instead, in a moment of pity, gives the robe to warm a newborn baby in a cave near the inn.

Hafid returns to the caravan in shame but is accompanied by a bright star shining above his head.

This phenomenon is interpreted by Pathros to be a sign from the gods, and he gives Hafid ten ancient scrolls, which contain the wisdom necessary for the boy to achieve all his ambitions. 

If you followed Mandino’s suggested reading structure, it would take you about 10 months to read the book.

Each generation produces its “literature of power.”

Furthermore, Mandino’s type of writing literally has the power to change your life.

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