Jim Rohn, the man many consider to be America's Foremost Business Philosopher, shared his success philosophies and principles for over 46 years, with more than 6,000 audiences and over 5 million people worldwide. Here are some of his terrific teachings that can benefit any leader.
- Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job. If you work hard on your job you’ll make a living, if you work hard on yourself you can make a fortune.
- The greatest gift you can give somebody is your own personal development. I used to say, “If you will take care of me, I will take care of you. Now I say, I will take care of me for you, if you will take care of you for me.”
- Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become. Rather than thinking about what you need to do in order to be successful, why not ask yourself what person do you need to become to be where you want to be?
- If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. Many people spend more time planning their vacation that planning their life. If they were to plan their life meticulously like they do with their vacations, they would probably be more successful. If you have no clear goals, you will end up working for people who do have goals (probably less exciting goals than you wish)
- Miss a meal if you have to, but don’t miss a book. Leaders are readers. Books are incredibly cheap especially when you take into account the fact that the authors sometimes spent years working on them. It is amazing to see that we can buy books from world experts who studied a certain topic for 40 years for just a few dollars, and pick their brain. Don’t miss a book!
- Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. We all have problems in life, and they won’t magically disappear no matter how successful we become. We must continuously learn and outgrow our problems. It is the way we approach problems that will determine whether we are successful or not.
- The greatest value of discipline is self-worth & self-esteem. People teach self-esteem these days but they don’t connect it with self-discipline. The least lack of discipline and it starts to erode our psyche. Self-esteem and self-discipline are closely interconnected. Unfortunately, not many people are realizing that.
- Neglect start as an infection, and if you don’t take care of it it becomes a disease. It is easy to ease off a little bit, and doing a little bit less than our best. However, each neglect and bad habit will have an impact on your performance as well as on your self-worth. Before long it will affect your whole life.