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Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, author of The Power of Positive Thinking, described this work by Og Mandino as “one of the most inspiring, uplifting and motivating books I have ever read.” Mandino’s works have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide. This book tells the story of an ancient merchant and his 10 mystical scrolls, each bearing a spiritual precept that is applicable to sales success. getAbstract recommends Mandino’s advice to those in sales or sales management who gain support from self-help literature with a Christian point of view.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Hafid, this fable’s main character, became the greatest salesperson of his time;
  • What life lessons and sales principles his ancient scrolls reveal; and
  • How to apply Hafid’s principles to become a better salesperson and a more fulfilled human being.

About the Author

The inspirational author Og Mandino, a former World War II US Army fighter pilot and insurance salesman, overcame alcoholism, wrote 19 books and headed Success Magazine.



The Old Merchant’s Treasure
In ancient times, a wealthy merchant named Hafid was renowned as the world’s greatest salesman. He lived in a Damascus palace filled with opulent furnishings, and he owned warehouses packed with beautiful textiles, precious gems and rare merchandise. Knowing...

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    Angela Blaise Calumpang 7 months ago
    I loved this story ever since my father gave it to me and encouraged me to read it. An instant favorite.
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    edwin frias 2 years ago
    An instant classic

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