So I’m looking around my office tonight for a book to give away this week, and the one my eyes stop on is a perfect match: The Greatest Salesman in the World Part II – The End of the Story by Og Mandino.
It’s a perfect match, because one of the ideas in the book is about the offering of Free Personal Development Material.
In this book, Hafid (the “Greatest Salesman”) is now rich. He has begun to charge for speaking engagements in which he shares his secrets of success. He is also very generous with his wealth: feeding, clothing, and sheltering the poor. But, after a conversation with his friend Sergius, he decides to start doing things a little differently:
“Like all other orators, you are charging admission for your speeches and so those who need your message the most do not hear it because they are too poor to attend. They are the same people you now feed and clothe. Change your procedure.”
Sergius then suggests that he begin to speak for free.
“Free? There will be many who will attend only to be entertained or to pass the time of day with no thought of learning how to improve their lot in life.”
To which Sergius says:
“You are correct, without a doubt. Many men of great intellect insist that unless one has to pay or work hard for something, one never fully appreciates it. However, for all of those in your audiences on whom your words will probably be wasted, just imagine how satisfying it would be to you if you learned that there was at least one poor camel boy or street urchin in the crowd whose life might commence to take an upward path because of your words.”
That’s a very brief overview… but you get the point.
I couldn’t find a better book for a giveaway.
But I looked at my copy, and it was in bad shape. And I wondered if someone would want to read part two, if they haven’t read part one.
So… (yes, I’m finally getting to the point here…)
I’m giving away two new paperbacks from Amazon.com – The Greatest Salesman in the World, and The Greatest Salesman in the World Part II: The End of the Story.
I’ll ship them to anywhere in the world that Amazon is willing to send them.
In order to enter, first follow me on Twitter. I’ve had to add this step in order to communicate with the entrants – feel free to unfollow once the giveaway is over.
Then, like last time, use Twitter to send out the following message (or something similar):
You’ve got until January 20th, 2010, 11:59 PM Pacific Time to post the tweet. I’ll draw the winner using random.org on January 21, 2010.
Even if you personally don’t want the books, feel free to enter if there’s someone you know who could use them, or just spread the word using the TweetMeme or ShareThis buttons below the post.
Thanks for reading and participating!