The Greatest Salesman in the World, by Og Mandino – Have you read this wonderful piece of distilled inspiration?
This little gem of a book contains 10 scrolls of wisdom. Each one of them contains a principle to drive bad habits from your life and replace it with a good one. The goal is to memorize each single scroll verbatim. That’s about 9,500 words.
The scroll’s titles are:
Today I begin a new life.
I will greet this day with love in my heart
I will persist until I succeed
I am nature’s greatest miracle
I will live this day as if it is my last
Today I will be master of my emotions
I will laugh at the world
Today I will multiply my value a hundred-fold
I will act now
I will pray for guidance
So far I memorized almost 3 out of 10 scrolls, that’s words verbatim already.
My current strategy is proceed slowly but surely by adding each day about 2-3 sentences.
For the scrolls I do no t use any special memory techniques. I’m using a simple system I learned from William Walker Atkinson’s book called “Memory Culture.”
He named it the Cumulative System for it does not involve any memory techniques but instead focuses on building your ability to recall information. Basically it’s the way how people memorized ‘sacred teachings’ and philosophies the same size of the bible or even larger.
I thought, why not give it a try and make this one a personal experiment. And it turned out to be a very enjoyable experiment.
Here’s what you do: 1st Day: Commit to memory one or two sentences. Whatever feels more convenient to you. I suggest to start very slowly. Repeat it from memory aloud.
2nd Day: Review yesterday’s sentence(s) and add one more today. Review both together…aloud.
3rd Day: Add your third sentence and continue in like manner for the following days.
After some time, you’ll see, it will become much easier to recollect information (2-3 weeks) and you may want to add more information to your memory per day.
Avoid repeating aloud anything you are not sure about… rather consult your book in this case, no matter how often you need to.
Review the whole text daily aloud.
Soon, you’ll find, this process will be very enjoyable and the text will become part of your active thinking and you’ll be able to use any piece of it anytime in conversations.
Per day I memorize about 50 - 75 words now.
And, if you use this method, you will be able to recite the text, from memory, without hesitation.
I made slow progress the last month because work occupied a big part of my time, but eventually… I’ve finally reached the 5th scroll and have memorized 4,245 words by now. That’s about 45% of my challenge.
Also, in addition to that, I’ve memorized 3 sales letters from a marketing book, (1,250 words) for fun and to improve my English and marketing know how.
Sorry for the late reply. I’ve been offline for some time.
While I didn’t complete the whole mission, the experiment was still a success.
I’ve kept at it until I memorized about 6,000 words verbatim. Then, I stopped because it consumed a lot of time to maintain and review the content. But in the end, I think it’s been rather eye-opening to realize that --even without ‘artificial’ memory devices-- we’re able to memorize a couple of thousand words verbatim.