In every one of his insightful and powerful self-help books, Marden often used stories of famous people throughout history as examples. Great people who used determination to overcome many hardships on their road to success. But, Marden himself was the ultimate example of an iron will.

Born in 1948 in New Hampshire USA, Marden lost his mother when he was three years old, and then his father when he was seven years old.

Subsequently, he and his two sisters were put in several different foster homes where Orison earned his keep as a hired boy.

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Marden’s fate cast its spell upon him when he was in his early teens after he found a copy of Self-Help by Samuel Smiles in an attic.

So inspired by the book that he fully assimilated and memorized it, years later Marden referred to it as being “worth its weight in diamonds.” Personally, I often refer to many classic self-help books as being priceless.

Infused within by the strength of will, ambition, and tools of self-improvement that Self-Help had taught him, Marden made up his mind that one day he too would help and inspire others just like Samuel Smiles had done for him.

An enterprising young man, by his early thirties, Marden had achieved academic success by obtaining degrees in the arts, science, medicine, and law.

While in college, Marden worked in a hotel, but after graduating, he became the owner of several different hotels and a resort.

After suffering business losses during the Depression of 1893, Marden decided to dedicate himself to the writing self-help books.

During a hotel fire, Marden narrowly escaped death, but he lost the fruits of his labors – over 5,000 pages of manuscripts that he had worked on in his spare time over the previous fifteen year period, which included the manuscript for his first book Pushing To The Front.{<Free Audiobook}

But, the unstoppable Marden armed with his arsenal of self-help insights immediately started over again. He moved to Boston where he rented out a little room, bought himself a notebook, and started rewriting Pushing To The Front from memory.

It didn’t take him long to rewrite that classic book, and in the process the remarkable Marden also wrote Architects Of Fate. 

In 1984 Pushing To The Front was published and became the best-selling self-help book ever at that time. Many greats have often cited it as their inspiration including Harvey Firestone, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford.

In 1897 Marden founded Success Magazine which published articles on the principles of success, and interviews with great people such as Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller.

Success also included articles from many notable self-help motivators through the years including Napoleon Hill. And in 2007 the magazine was re-launched by Darren Hardy as Success Unlimited.

Between his first book and his death in 1924, Marden wrote over fifty more books and booklets. He greatly inspired many motivational speakers and self-help authors through the years.

Some of my favorite quotes, and those of many others came from the profound mind of Orison Swett Marden. In fact, Tony Robbins named his book Awaken The Giant Within {<Free Copy} after the ultimate expression of Marden himself – the following Marden quote:

“Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action.”

The Orison Swett Marden Library Of Self-Help includes:

“Orison Swett Marden: An Original Thinker” – an article by Success Magazine.

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My Top 10 Orison Swett Marden Quotes include:

  1. “Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers…” – The one from above.
  2. “All men who achieved great things were great dreamers.”
  3. “We must conquer inward mental poverty before we can conquer outward poverty.”
  4. “No one has a corner on success. It is his who pays the price.”
  5. “It is like the seed put in the soil – the more one sows, the greater the harvest.”
  6. “Success is the child of drudgery and persistence. It can not be coaxed or bribed; pay the price and it is yours.”
  7. “When we rate ourselves properly we shall be in tune with the Infinite; our faculties will be connected with an electric wire which carries unlimited power; and we shall no longer stumble in darkness, doubt and weakness. We shall be invincible.”
  8. “Oh, what miracles have been wrought by the self-confidence, the self-determination of an iron will!”
  9. “No man fails who does his best.”
  10. “There is always a place for an original man.”

To be continued…

Regards, – Herb.