A few weeks back we had a guest post about The Power of Mentorship by my friend Dustin, which in turn got me thinking about my own mentors, and how they affected my life. Looking back now I realize for me, mentors have been many and varied; some coming from jobs I’ve had, as well as people whose books, seminars and workshops have influenced me to try and do more, and be more with my life. And you know what I’ve realized?
Out of the hundreds of books I’ve read, dozens of seminars/workshops I’ve attended, or “bosses” I’ve reported to, when it comes to real guidance, one name has consistently stuck out above all others as the “go-to” guy for wisdom, common sense and integrity… and that name is Jim Rohn.
I first saw Jim Rohn in 1996 in Victoria at an all day workshop called “The Winners Seminar”. He headlined the program, and was joined on stage with Olympic swimmer Mark Tewksbury and David Chilton, The Wealthy Barber (and current “Dragon” on Dragon’s Den). And while Tewksbury’s talk on visualization was inspiring, and Chiltons antidotes of “investment gone awry” entertaining it was Jim Rohn whose simple, home-spun yarns that had the most – and longest lasting – impact on me. Each “Life Philosophy” he presented was (a) simple to understand, (b) honest, and (c) promised a better life if followed.
An example was this: He said to the crowd “A WHAT a day keeps the doctor away?”, to which the crowd enthusiastically shouted out “An apple!” “That’s right!” he said in his Yankee drawl; and then – after a perfectly timed pause – he added this statement: “But what if someone made a mistake with this? What if someone thought instead of an apple, they thought it was a chocolate bar a day? What kind of a change would that one small mistake make? Remember, don’t ever mistake the chocolate bar for the apple; because after a year of doing so, the results will be very, very different!” (paraphrased)
This is classic Jim Rohn wisdom: It not only illustrates how little changes each day can make a huge difference over time, but gets us to think about the differences in whether those changes are good or bad. And that’s why I call Jim Rohn the best mentor I’ve ever had. His wisdom is timeless, and can help anyone who (a) reads it, and then (b) applies it, achieve the goals that they want to achieve. I first saw (and met) Jim almost 20 years ago, and can tell you that I still rely on his words for guidance.
Jim has written several great books, and has terrific CD programs that are especially good for people who spend a lot of time driving. Trust me when I say anything by him is a good investment – as long as the material is followed. I’ve read most of his books, listened to all his CD’s (a million times) and learn something new every time. If this sounds good to you, just look for these things over at amazon.ca, or at jimrohn.com and find something that appeals to you, where you are right now. I can honestly say that there is “no” bad Jim Rohn materials out there.
And just to get you started, here are 15 of my personal favourite quotes by Jim; I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. As you read each one, I challenge you to see how it pertains to your own situation – if you are anything like me, they will also instantly inspire and motivate you to get working on whatever it is you are working on! Good luck, and enjoy the wisdom of Jim Rohn!
MY FAVOURITE JIM ROHN QUOTES
“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”
“Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.”
“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”
“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.”
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planed for you? Not much.”
“Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”
“Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.”
“There are two types of pain you will go through in life; the pain of discipline and the pain of regret. Discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tonnes”.
“Work hard at your job and you can make a living. Work hard on yourself and you can make a fortune.
“Everything you need for a better future and success has already been written, and is within your reach, and guess what? All you have to do is go down to the library”.
“The book you don’t read can’t help you”.
“For things to change, first you have to change”.
“The more you know, the less you need to say”.
“Finding is reserved for those who do the looking”.