The Greatest Salesman in the World

The Greatest Salesman in the World is a literary work that tells the story of Hafid, a poor camel boy who eventually rose to become the owner of the most powerful trade empire of his time, earning him the title of the greatest salesman in history. The book divides into two sections.

The first half includes Hafid's acquisition of the principles of salesmanship from ancient scrolls, while the second section devotes itself to the actual text of the ten scrolls.

Scroll I: Today I begin a new life.

I will live this day as if it is my last. This day is all I have and these hours are now my eternity.

Why have I been allowed to live this extra day when others, far better than I, have departed?

Is this another opportunity for me to become the man I know I can be?

Scroll II: I will greet this day with love in my heart.

Scroll III: I will persist until I succeed.

The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny.

I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep.

Never feel shame for trying and failing for he who has never failed is he who has never tried.

My dreams are worthless, my plans are dust, my goals are impossible. All are of no value unless they are followed by action.

Scroll IV: I am nature's greatest miracle.

Nature has already supplied me with knowledge and instinct far greater than any beast in the forest.

I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand.

Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.

Scroll V: I will live this day as if it is my last.

I will waste not a moment mourning yesterday’s misfortunes, Yesterday’s defeats, yesterday’s aches of the heart, for why should I throw good after bad?

Yesterday is buried forever and I will think of it no more.

Scroll VI: Today I will be master of my emotions.

Scroll VII: I will laugh at the world.

Wealth, my son, should never be your goal in life. Your words are eloquent but they are mere words. True wealth is of the heart, not of the purse.

Wealth is good when it brings joy to others.

And so long as I can laugh never will I be poor.

Scroll VIII: Today I will multiply my value a hundredfold.

I will form good habits and become their slave.

I determine to render more and better service, each day, than I am being paid to render. Those that reach the top are the ones who are not content with doing only what is required of them.

Scroll IX: I will act now.

My dreams are worthless, my plans are dust, my goals are impossible. All are of no value unless they are followed by action.

Obstacles are necessary for success because in selling, as in all careers of importance, victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats.

Yet each struggle, each defeat, sharpens your skills and strengths, your courage and your endurance, your ability and your confidence and thus each obstacle is a comrade-in-arms forcing you to become better... or quit. Each rebuff is an opportunity to move forward; turn away from them, avoid them, and you throw away your future.

Scroll X: I will pray for guidance.

Within me burns a flame which has been passed from generations uncounted and its heat is a constant irritation to my spirit to become better than I am, and I will.