When I hear the same thing in quick succession from 2 or more people who aren’t related to each other and have no vested interest in the comments, I feel the Universe is giving me a sign to pay attention!
Such was the case this week with the classic motivational book As A Man Thinketh by James Allen, originally published in 1902. I don’t remember, but I think this work was referenced in The Secret. Since I am vitally interested in the power of our thoughts and words to create our reality, I recently downloaded the free audiobook of this work available from LearnOutLoud.com.
I began listening to it on 13 July. Ten minutes after I started listening, I decided I had heard enough. The audiobook narrator included at least 3 stumbled words, several lipsmacks and an uninteresting method of delivery. With the availability of low-cost and free audio editing software, I am incredulous that someone would choose to leave the stumbles and extraneous noises in an audiobook, even one offered for free. An audiobook is a thing of permanence. I would like to think that people would seek out my audiobooks 100 years from now, just as I was seeking out Allen’s book.
I was showing my new business cards to a friend of mine this afternoon. She said she had a book that she wanted me to see. She and I have had many great discussions about the extreme power of our thoughts, and the book was on that subject. Which book do you think she recommended? Yep, that’s right — As A Man Thinketh by James Allen. Although I had abandoned the free audiobook, the Universe was telling me to give the book another try! I told my friend that I would get the book tonight.
However, I wasn’t the only person who made a special trip to the book store. The store was crowded with people waiting for midnight, when the last Harry Potter book goes on sale. Someone who has been living under a rock or totally new to the country might think that tonight was Halloween, given the number of young people dressed in costume at the mall. Of course, they were flocking to the book store. They were not looking for a title associated with the Law of Attraction to help them live their lives to the best potential. No, all of those young people and their parents were at the book store to buy the final installment about the boy who lived!
I am not still at the store, waiting to get my copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I will, however, buy the audiobook version consisting of 17 CDs sometime over the weekend. (I doubt that I will be wearing a costume when I buy it, though!) I encourage anyone interested in performing audiobooks to listen to Jim Dale’s masterful narration of any book in this series. I would imagine that this final book will be loaded on ITunes in the near future.
Also note the high level of production quality in one of these books. The series is so popular that the audiobook is published simultaneously with the hardback edition. Jim Dale didn’t even have the opportunity to read the entire book before entering the recording studio. He read the book in segments of 100 pages. For a fascinating article about Jim Dale and his role as narrator of the Harry Potter series, you will want to read this feature story published 17 July in the New York Times.
Success leaves tracks,
and you can gain valuable insight about the preparations for audiobook narration, as well as the production, by paying attention to Dale’s comments.
Earlier this week, the GalleyCat feed included a link to a hilarious YouTube video of a Harry Potter parody. Those of you who remember the 70s TV show Welcome Back Kotter will find it particularly humorous.
Many people comment negatively about J. K. Rowling’s immense wealth resulting from the publication of the Harry Potter series. In skimming my new book by James Allen, I see a page that applies not only to J. K. Rowling, but to successful voice-over talent and anyone else who has had the courage and persistence to follow their dreams. Read these inspiring words, and pay attention to the message in the final two sentences:
The thoughtless, the ignorant, and the indolent, seeing only the apparent effects of things and not the things themselves,
talk of luck, of fortune, and chance.
Seeing a man grow rich, they say, “How lucky he is!”
Observing another become intellectual, they exclaim, “How highly favored he is!”
And noting the saintly character and wide influence of another, they remark, “How chance aids him at every turn!”
They do not see the trials and failures and struggles which these men have voluntarily encountered in order to gain their experience; have no knowledge of the sacrifices they have made, of the undaunted efforts they have put forth, of the faith they have exercised, that they might overcome the apparently insurmountable,
and realize the Vision of their heart.
They do not know the darkness and the heartaches; they only see the light and joy, and call it “luck”;
do not see the long and arduous journey, but only behold the pleasant goal, and call it “good fortune”;
do not understand the process, but only perceive the result, and call it “chance”.
In all human affairs, there are efforts, and there are results,
and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result. Chance is not.
“Gifts”, powers, material, intellectual, and spiritual possessions are the fruits of effort;
they are thoughts completed, objects accomplished, visions realized.
The Vision that you glorify in your mind, the Ideal that you enthrone in your heart —
this you will build your life by, this you will become.