Jim Rohn felt for others. He had great empathy for those he taught and his long career as America’s leader in personal development left a huge imprint on those who knew him and learned from him. He was a family man, born on a farm in Idaho in the mid 1900’s who, starting at age 25, dramatically changed his personal level of success after meeting his mentor Earl Shoaff.
He always referred to himself as “The farm boy from Idaho,” and his “down home” style distinguished him from other speakers, but during his lifetime, he inspired a whole generation of speakers and successful entrepreneurs who were trained by his words. The likes of Dr. Denis Waitley, Brain Tracy, Anthony Robbins, Chris Widener, Les Brown, Mark Victor Hanson, Mark Smith, Darren Hardy, and John Fleming (to name a few) listened to the wisdom that Jim Rhon shared and then put it into practice.
In a sense, Jim can be remembered as the “Father of personal-development” by his “Children”–a star-studded list of writers and speakers who continue to quote the “truths” of their friend and mentor when speaking to groups of aspiring entrepreneurs:
“Design your own life or someone else will.”
“Effective communication is 20 percent what you know and 80 percent how you feel about what you know.”
“Discipline is the bridge between thought and accomplishment.”
“Unless you change how you are, you will always have what you’ve got.”
“Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.”
“Success is something you attract by the person you become.”
Kyle Wilson, founder of Jim Rohn International once said,
“Jim had the rare ability to take any concept or idea and then frame it in such a way that the rest of us could see it more clearly. His wisdom and insights positively affected everyone he touched on some level and to so many of us it was in an extraordinary way. But even more impressive was Jim Rohn the man. He possessed style and charisma, yet was humble, kind and understated to all who knew him.”
For those who never had the opportunity to hear Jim Rohn speak in person, we are fortunate to have his wisdom preserved on videos and CD’s, in books and through the words and lives of his protégés.
I, myself, discovered Jim Rohn only recently. When I started my Internet business I realized that if I wanted to be successful, I needed to become the person who could lead others to success. I feel I have Jim Rohn to thank for much of what I’ve learned about becoming a successful entrepreneur, and I know many share my sentiment. Perhaps the most useful of his words for me are these: “Always work harder on yourself than you do on your business.”
To see the complete tribute to the life of Jim Rohn, visit http://tribute.jimrohn.com
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