Month: December 2009

Daily Inspiration 12-31-09

Daily Inspiration 12-31-09

Jim Rohn Week

To honor the passing of Jim Rohn on December 5th, 2009, I will be sharing some of my favorite quotes throughout the week. Jim Rohn was a powerful influence in my thinking beginning with my introduction to his teaching in early 1981. See more about Jim Rohn at www.jimrohn.com.

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“The philosophy of the rich versus the poor is this:
The rich invest their money and spend what’s left;
the poor spend their money and invest what’s left.”

“To become financially independent you must
turn part of your income into capital;
turn capital into enterprise;
turn enterprise into profit;
turn profit into investment;
and turn investment into financial independence.”

“I used to say, “Things cost too much.”
Then my teacher straightened me out on that by saying,
“The problem isn’t that things cost too much.
The problem is that you can’t afford it.”
That’s when I finally understood
that the problem wasn’t it–the problem was me!

— Jim Rohn (1930-2009)

How many times I have heard excellent advice about money and finances and have decided to do as I had done so many times before. Somehow, I would think that it would all work out and that I could get to the point where I could start properly and make a go of it when I had enough to start or the perfect right time. That day never came. No surprise to most of you probably, but many people I know were in the same poor thinking that I had accepted.

Jim Rohn suggested that the first 30% of your income should be allocated like this: 10% for investment, 10% to give away, and 10% for savings, then the rest could go to take care of living expenses and desires. I used to think that the way to do that was to start over and do it right from that point. A total fantasy. There is only one way: to start from where I am now and do it. If I wait for things to change, I will be waiting all my life.

Jim’s ideas about money and investments is backed up thoroughly by hundreds of successful people. I’ve read many of them and have seen similar concepts. Most of them include 10% as a give away, whether it is tithing to a church, or giving to a favorite charity, or giving it directly to people in need. The grand idea is gratitude. It is a way of expressing abundance and gratitude at the same time. In effect, we are saying that we have plenty to give this away.

Today is the last day of 2009 and many will be writing out resolutions for the new year like losing weight, getting control of finances, getting a better position, etc. It’s a great time to make a change we think. Out with the old and in with the new. Wipe the slate clean and start again. The beginning of a new year sounds so like a wonderful place to start fresh. You know what? Today is Thursday and tomorrow is Friday. That’s it. Just another day. . . unless. . . we really are serious and follow through. Don’t I know this! How many times have I thought a day or a time frame would make a difference. There is only now.

Whether it is Jim Rohn’s ideas or another wise person, we can take that wonderful advice and make the change anytime we decide. Maybe it is me. Maybe it is now.

There Is Only Now!

Spread Some Joy Today–Feel as if you’ve made the major change you’ve wanted to make for so long. Feel as if it has been in place and the change has been made. Other people will see your new confidence. It is unmistakable!

Daily Inspiration 12-30-09

Daily Inspiration 12-30-09

Jim Rohn Week

To honor the passing of Jim Rohn on December 5th, 2009, I will be sharing some of my favorite quotes throughout the week. Jim Rohn was a powerful influence in my thinking beginning with my introduction to his teaching in early 1981. See more about Jim Rohn at www.jimrohn.com

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“Pity the man who inherits a million dollars and isn’t a millionaire.
Here’s what would be pitiful, if your income grew and you didn’t.”

“Unless you change how you are,
you will always have what you’ve got.”

“Character isn’t something you were born with
and can’t change, like your fingerprints.
It’s something you weren’t born with
and must take responsibility for forming.”

— Jim Rohn (1930-2009)

You’ve read about it and maybe seen some examples on television where someone won a huge lottery and within a short time, they were broke. “Pity the man who inherits a million dollars and isn’t a millionaire. Many of us have always thought it was about money, but it isn’t really.

I’ve also heard the thought that if the country’s wealth was gathered and divided equally, it would be back in the same places in a very short period of time. Again, because it is the thinking, not the money that creates the accumulation or the spending.

Personal development is too soft a phrase to use here. A better one is growing as a person as in expansion, enlightenment and character building. Jim used to like to say, “watch what you become in pursuit of what you want.” Or he might say, “It’s not becoming a millionaire that matters as much as what you become in order to get the million.” It was expressed sort of as a warning but really was an encouragement.

I’ve been in sales management in one capacity or another for about 35 years and I’ve seen a lot of people who wanted to be the sales manager–to be in charge. Almost none of them would do what it took to get there. Those that got there without the willingness to become what you must become to do well as a sales manager, were obviously poor at it. I found as Jim said that it is more important what I became as a result of the job.

You’ve probably heard the three bricklayer story. One is laying one brick on top of the other with mortar in between. The other is building a wall so long and so high. The last is building a school where children will learn and play. You could use the word attitude. That word has taken a beating over the last 20 years or so, but it is true. Attitude is so important because it makes such a difference in what you become in pursuit of what you want.

Of course, the way of all of this is that in order to change, we have to change. Seems like such an obvious thing, but how hard it is to get to that final decision point and then move beyond it to the actual change. The really good news is that we all can do it and have the power. All we really need is the desire.

It seems like I have always been in a state of becoming. I have grown to love that state. It is a powerful thing to become, don’t you think? We’ll just keep going down the path of becoming together. I have realized as you may have that it is not a destination, but a journey. There’s actually a lot of peace and comfort in that. I hope you feel that as well.

I’m On A Journey Of Becoming!

Spread Some Joy Today–Pretend that you have a million dollars in the bank today. Feel as you would feel. Is there a smile permanently etched into your face? A joy welling up inside? Or just a calm, confidence that others can feel? Share it.

Daily Inspiration 12-29-09

Daily Inspiration 12-29-09

Jim Rohn Week

To honor the passing of Jim Rohn on December 5th, 2009, I will be sharing some of my favorite quotes throughout the week. Jim Rohn was a powerful influence in my thinking beginning with my introduction to his teaching in early 1981. See more about Jim Rohn at www.jimrohn.com.

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“Life is part positive and part negative. Suppose you went to hear a symphony orchestra and all they played were the little, happy, high notes? Would you leave soon? Let me hear the rumble of the bass, the crash of the cymbals, and the minor keys.”

— Jim Rohn (1930-2009)

I love this quote about the positive and the negative and using the orchestra to make the point that both are necessary and desired.

Many people call me Mr. Positive or some other less endearing names, and it might seem like a dichotomy to accept the idea of the negative mixing with the positive being a good thing. I absolutely focus on the positive whenever I can, yet what would positive be without the negative? What would solutions be without problems? What would success be without failure? I don’t think it is possible to be one and completely exclude the other. I think excluding one would automatically exclude the other, then there would be nothing.

The deal is, where do I focus my attention? I focus on uplifting and exciting! I am well aware of downgrading and boring. I have no use for them except as a contrast to what I desire. Yet, without them, what would uplifting and exciting mean? It would mean nothing. If I were to focus my attention on downgrading and boring, I would achieve a different result. I suppose a good question then is which would you choose? How would you like to feel? Choosing to focus on one is not excluding the other, but acknowledging it.

Now, here’s what I really get from this quote: My goal is to be neutral, centered. Think of it like stereophonic music where you hear different parts through the right and the left, yet you are centered and can experience them both and reap the rewards of the combination.

I absolutely love music to the degree that I can become absolutely lost in it as I experience the different sounds. I can totally appreciate them together while at the same time hearing them as separate. I love a good sad song once in a while, but I find that happy, uplifting, powerfully expressed, moving beat music is my preference. The main reason is how I feel when I hear it. Or, better said, how I want to feel.

How do you want to feel? Choose your focus. Don’t exclude anything, but choose your focus and then you get to feel how you want to feel. Isn’t it so awesome that you get to choose all of that? So powerfully enabling!

I Love Music! I Love Joy! I Appreciate All!

Spread Some Joy Today–You know, there is just no better way to show how you feel than a smile from knowing you are loved so deeply that it is the love of God. Smile that way today for others to see. It is incredibly powerful and yet so simple.

Daily Inspiration 12-28-09

Daily Inspiration 12-28-09

Jim Rohn Week

To honor the passing of Jim Rohn on December 5th, 2009, I will be sharing some of my favorite quotes throughout the week. Jim Rohn was a powerful influence in my thinking beginning with my introduction to his teaching in early 1981. See more about Jim Rohn at http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=ikjbgfdab.0.0.jddxifcab.0&p=http://www.jimrohn.com/&id=preview.

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“Don’t let the learning from your own experiences take too long.
If you have been doing it wrong for the last ten years,
I would suggest that’s long enough!”

“If someone is going down the wrong road,
he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up.
What he needs is education to turn him around.”

“Learning is the beginning of wealth.
Learning is the beginning of health.
Learning is the beginning of spirituality.
Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.”

“Everything you need for your better future and success
has already been written. And guess what? It’s all available.”

— Jim Rohn (1930-2009)

There was a time when I couldn’t wait to get out of school. Now, I can’t wait to learn something new. One was a requirement and the other a choice. What kind of education does one get when it is a requirement? What kind does one get when it is a choice?

Learning from your own experiences is one way to go about living. Another, more efficient way is to at least add other people’s experiences to the mix. A really fast way is to learn from other people’s experience. Why make all the mistakes yourself just to learn when you can see all the mistakes others have made and how they fixed it? And getting several different perspectives might be a good way to go about it. There are so many people who have written about their mistakes and successes. There is so much to learn from them in order to avoid having to learn from the School of Hard Knocks.

Jim Rohn taught me much about learning and what is even better is that he taught me the desire to learn. He made it sound so delightful. He was such an encourager of reading and learning. He was a master of journaling, recording lessons learned, ideas found, inspirations received, and wisdom gained. The way he talked about this created within me more of a desire to learn.

What is more is that he taught me to learn more about philosophy. He’s been called “America’s Foremost Business Philosopher.” Why was even more intriguing to him than what. He would ask his audience, “what is it that makes the difference from being average to fortunate? I don’t know. . .” Then, he would make some suggestions for you to consider. Not edicts, but suggestions. He always left it open enough to let you come in and look for yourself and then make up your own mind.

His audiences brought notebooks and took copious notes. The audience (even several hundred at a time) would be so quiet as he spoke his bits of wisdom because they were absorbing the thought and writing it in their notebook for review later. He was absolutely a great teacher, and yet, he was a friend and mentor to them as Earl Shoaff was a mentor to him, and he was quick to give the credit to his mentor.

Here’s three links to parts of a talk called How To Have Your Best Year Ever so you can see for yourself what his teaching was like and how audiences sat so quietly (don’t forget to get out your notebook first and take the time):

Part 1: http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=ikjbgfdab.0.0.jddxifcab.0&p=http://commercialtrucksuccess.blogspot.com/2008/05/how-to-have-your-best-year-ever-pt-1.html&id=preview

Part 2: http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=ikjbgfdab.0.0.jddxifcab.0&p=http://commercialtrucksuccess.blogspot.com/2008/05/how-to-have-your-best-year-ever-pt-2-of.html&id=preview

Part 3: http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=ikjbgfdab.0.0.jddxifcab.0&p=http://commercialtrucksuccess.blogspot.com/2008/05/how-to-have-your-best-year-ever-pt-3-of.html&id=preview

It is the desire to learn through Jim’s masterful philosophical talks that caught me and encouraged me. Every day is a new day to choose more wisely and Jim has given me the wisdom. I have taken the notes. I need to review them periodically to see where I am in the process. I am so blessed to have accepted Jim’s challenges. There is always today to get back on track and do it well this time. I will rise to the occasion!

Learning Is So Exciting! I Can’t Wait For What’s Next!

Spread Some Joy Today–Spread the joy of learning! Share your enthusiasm! Realize the joy that your enthusiasm creates in others. It is truly contagious.

Daily Inspiration 12-27-09

Daily Inspiration 12-27-09

Jim Rohn Week

To honor the passing of Jim Rohn on December 5th, 2009, I will be sharing some of my favorite quotes throughout the week. Jim Rohn was a powerful influence in my thinking beginning with my introduction to his teaching in early 1981. See more about Jim Rohn at www.jimrohn.com.

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“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. You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills.”

“Don’t say, “If I could, I would.” Say instead, “If I can, I will.”

“Don’t join an easy crowd. You won’t grow. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform are high.”

— Jim Rohn (1930-2009)

Isn’t it so easy to focus on the problems, what is wrong, to want to know why it is not working out and to long for a time when these do not exist. I’ve been there and have thought that as well. Trouble is, it doesn’t help, does it? Nothing changes. All I saw was more problems, more challenges and more frustration.

It reminds me of John Mayer’s very popular song, Waiting On the World To Change. Jim Rohn knows a better way: magnify your skills and become the best you can be.

Hanging around the easy crowd is nice, but it is a pleasant passtime at best. Better to hang around people who challenge you to think, to do, to improve, to be creative, to excel. These people will be so influential in your life–and so much more fun.

Jim Rohn taught me to develop my own philosophy. I accepted that challenge in 1981 and am still in process today. It is a life-long challenge. There is always more to learn.

Wishes Are For Fishes!

Spread Some Joy Today–Smile as if you enjoy your own company and every moment of the day. People are bound to ask you about why you are so happy. What will you tell them?

Daily Inspiration 12-26-09

Daily Inspiration 12-26-09

Jim Rohn Week

To honor the passing of Jim Rohn on December 5th, 2009, I will be sharing some of my favorite quotes throughout the week. Jim Rohn was a powerful influence in my thinking beginning with my introduction to his teaching in early 1981. See more about Jim Rohn at www.jimrohn.com.

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“You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that okay?.”

— Jim Rohn (1930-2009)

Excellent questions. The people around us will always have an influence. The question is what kind of influence? Of course, that question does go both ways, doesn’t it?

Being around people who are always complaining, talking down about things, and just generally disagreeable has an effect on me. After a time, I start talking like them and even thinking like them, then I am them. I don’t really want that though! As a result of wanting more for myself than this, I have stayed away from people who have that disposition. I want to be around uplifting, encouraging and exciting people. It is so much better! It is so much more productive as well.

When I first started out in sales at a car dealership at age 22. I used to hang out with the guys and just talk about stuff. It was pretty ugly. I learned to use the f-word in just about every sentence as an adjective, a noun, an expletive, a pronoun, virtually every way possible. Once I realized how ingrained it had become, it was a challenge to get rid of it. Now I say it less in a whole year than I used to in a paragraph. That’s how powerful an effect people can have on you and not even see it immediately. You just want to be one of the guys. No problem. Choose the guys wisely.

Who do they have me reading? In the past it would have been the newspaper, and sports magazines, but certainly not books and certainly not non-fiction books. Being in sales there would be a great need to read about how to be good at that and get better. I wanted more, so I had to move away and go it alone.

What do they have me thinking? Well, you can tell by the last two paragraphs that it wasn’t exactly inspiring. It was fun for a while until the jokes got too bold, but I started seeing no value in being in this group. I wanted more.

So, the most important question was, “was this okay?” It was not. I wanted more. That is really the key right there: I wanted more. When you want more, you go where you need to go and find new friends, or even go it alone for a time to get there.

People absolutely have an effect on us. Who do we want to emulate? If not them, I will be moving on to find those that I do want to emulate.

I Choose Good Questions!

Spread Some Joy Today–Make a list of great questions to periodically ask yourself. Then ask them. Here’s a good one to ask your real friends: Have I told you I love you lately?

Daily Inspiration 12-25-09

Daily Inspiration 12-25-09

Jim Rohn Week

To honor the passing of Jim Rohn on December 5th, 2009, I will be sharing some of my favorite quotes throughout the week. Jim Rohn was a powerful influence in my thinking beginning with my introduction to his teaching in early 1981. See more about Jim Rohn at http://www.jimrohn.com/.

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“There is no better opportunity to receive more than to be thankful for what you already have. Thanksgiving opens up the windows of opportunity for ideas to flow your way.”

“Asking is the beginning of receiving. Make sure you don’t go to the ocean with a teaspoon. At least take a bucket so the kids won’t laugh at you.”

“One good customer well taken care of could be more valuable than $10,000 worth of advertising.”

“It is our philosophical set of the sail that determines the course of our lives. To change our current direction, we have to change our philosophy not our circumstances.”

“The best motivation is self-motivation. The guy says, “I wish someone would come by and turn me on.” What if they don’t show up? You’ve got to have a better plan for your life.”

— Jim Rohn (1930-2009)

I am so thankful for Jim Rohn and all that he left for us that will benefit millions for many years to come. He has left a very powerful legacy.

“It is our philosophical set of the sail. . .” This quote sums up Jim Rohn as good as any could. He was a philosopher. The interesting thing that I’ve learned over the years is that it is our thinking that causes and creates. It all starts and ends there. So what he says is so true. It is also the way that change becomes permanent. When you understand what you do and why and what you can do to change and keep the change, it will always be philosophical, or your thinking and consequent beliefs. It is not a means to an end as much as a life long study that gets better with age and accumulation.

One of my favorite books by Jim Rohn is Leading An Inspired Life. I can also highly recommend another favorite of mine, The Seasons Of Life. Both are available in softcover for a few bucks. Both of these are so inspiring and uplifting and that is what Jim Rohn does so well.

Of all that I have heard from Jim Rohn, one idea stands out above all others. I don’t remember what tape set it was, but I’m thinking it was Take Charge of Your Life. He said something like this: “There’s two ways to have the tallest building: One is to become known as a builder and the other is to be known as a destroyer by tearing everyone else’s building down. You might tear a few down, and then they’ll be out on the street saying, ‘I’ve heard of you!'”

That thought has really helped me beyond measure to stop messing with other people’s lives or how I think they should be and concentrate on being the best I can be. But, it is even better than this. It has really helped me see that there is really no such thing as competition. If there is no competition, there is no need to worry about what others are doing.

Another so powerful idea that I have totally accepted is being self-motivated. What if no one shows up is right. That’s a big problem. When I accept the challenge myself, I am empowered to live fully. I can’t succeed alone. I need other people and other people’s ideas, but I cannot wait for them to move me to action, or even to fill me with knowledge or skill. I rely on myself for all of that. Thank goodness.

Being grateful is a piece of magic. There is nothing so powerful as gratitude and it costs nothing, yet pays so well. The best thing is how it multiplies and expands without any coaxing. The more it is practiced, the more it expands. There is an unending supply of it to give away and unending joy in return. What a gift for this Christmas day.

Thank you! I appreciate you!

I Am So Thankful For Every Little Thing!

Spread Some Joy Today–See how many times you can show gratitude to someone today. Count all of your blessings and watch them grow!

Daily Inspiration 12-24-09

Daily Inspiration 12-24-09

Jim Rohn Week

To honor the passing of Jim Rohn on December 5th, 2009, I will be sharing some of my favorite quotes throughout the week. Jim Rohn was a powerful influence in my thinking beginning with my introduction to his teaching in early 1981. See more about Jim Rohn at www.jimrohn.com.

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“Disgust and resolve are two of the great emotions that lead to change.”
“If you don’t like where you are, change it! You’re not a tree.”

“One of the reasons many people don’t have what they want is neglect. Neglect starts out as an infection and then develops into a disease.”

“Humility is a virtue; timidity is a disease.”

“We can no more afford to spend major time on minor things than we can to spend minor time on major things.”

— Jim Rohn (1930-2009)

Jim Rohn was many things in one grand package. Of those many things, one great one is that he wasn’t just an encourager and full of wit and wisdom, but he also had a bit of an edge in an attempt to move you from learning more knowledge to moving into action. Sometimes he might say, “you know enough, now is the time to move.” The ‘disgust and resolve’ quote is like that. It’s like he’s saying, “which would you rather have?”

I’ll never forget on a tape he was talking about getting going and he said something to the effect of this: “Pick up a rock and drop it on the ground. That is where you start. The next person that comes along, tell him, ‘Sir, you’re the first person after the rock.’ That will get the conversation moving!” Or, he would say, “I can do anything for about 30 days. Work 12-15 hours a day? No problem. For 30 days, I can be endure much to get the goal.”

One of my all time favorites is him saying that “learning, learning and not doing is not good. That would be like a construction site to build a tall building and then every day you’re bringing material to the site. Day after day, you bring more material, but you don’t build anything. They’ll come and take you away!”

From doing a little bit of prodding, Jim was a master at simplifying things to make them seem so easy and make common sense. He would have you saying to yourself, “of course, that’s a perfect way to look at it. It makes so much sense.” Here’s an example of encouraging you through his characteristically simple method:

“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day, while failure is simply a few errors in judgement, repeated every day. It is the accumulative weight of our disciplines and our judgements that leads us to either fortune or failure.”

Another very famous line was “Discipline weighs ounces, regret weighs tons.” And, don’t we all know it as being 100% true. Yet another is “don’t major in minor things” idea. That makes perfect sense. Why don’t they teach this stuff in school? Of course, it’s true, we all know it.

Yet, at the same time of using such common sense and encouragement to action, he encourages you from where you are right now with things like this: “Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals.” Don’t we all know that we all have the capacity to do that. A hard working stiff gets that just as readily as a upper level business executive.

Thank you, Jim! You take a thing that it is natural for us to make complicated in our head and find a way to simplify it so a child can get it, yet never once talk down to us. That is not easy, yet extremely valuable.

I Am Called To Action! I Know I Can. I Will. I Do.

Spread Some Joy Today–See everyone you meet today as your mirror. What can you do to see what you want to see?

Daily Inspiration 12-23-09

Daily Inspiration 12-23-09

Jim Rohn Week

To honor the passing of Jim Rohn on December 5th, 2009, I will be sharing some of my favorite quotes throughout the week. Jim Rohn was a powerful influence in my thinking beginning with my introduction to his teaching in early 1981. See more about Jim Rohn at www.jimrohn.com.

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“Leaders must learn to discipline their disappointments. It is not what happens to us, it is what we choose to do about what happens that makes the difference in how our lives turn out.”

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude. Be kind, but not weak. Be bold, but not a bully. Be thoughtful, but not lazy. Be humble, but not timid. Be proud, but not arrogant. Have humor, but without folly.”

“Learn to help people with more than just their jobs; help them with their lives.”

— Jim Rohn (1930-2009)

You must learn to discipline your disappointments. I have said that so many times and until I found this quote again, I had forgotten where it came from. It is so true. This was a big learning experience to really understand that it isn’t what happens but how we think about what happens that makes the difference in how we feel and how we either react or respond. Ultimately, it directs our lives–one way or the other.

Jim was such a powerful leader and I think it is better said that he was a “world mentor.” I considered him my first real strong mentor and I studied what he had to say. Sure he was a leader, but a mentor is so much more to me. I think of a leader as the President of the United States or some company, but I think of a mentor as someone much more personal to you though you may never have met in person. I forget the human part of them and consider the message as transcending all of that because it is so useful to me in becoming more, living more and loving more.

Jim’s quote on the challenge of leadership is so good. I have met so many so-called leaders in my past that could not be classified here. I will have to call them ‘managers’ instead of leaders. Leaders are all these qualities: strong, not rude; kind not weak; bold, not a bully; thoughtful and not lazy; humble, yet not timid; proud, not arrogant and have humor without folly. It doesn’t come from a magnetic personality but from experience, dedication and constant learning.

The last quote is something I have tried to do well since I first became a manager at 25 years of age–to help people with their lives not just their job. I’ve never been just an employer, but a friend. It isn’t a personal thing so much as being an encourager and uplifter. I try to inspire as I am inspired. To me, there is nothing so special and so welcome as words of encouragement, whether verbally or in writing. I know how special it feels to me, so I want to give that same feeling back to everyone I can. It is far more valuable than money and lasts forever. I can remember encouraging words way back and I endeavor to forget and erase any and all discouraging mentions.

Here’s another Jim Rohn quote about working:

“The most important question to ask on the job is not “What am I getting?” The most important question to ask is “What am I becoming?”

I want to help people become more, because that is what I want for myself. Let’s call it the Golden Rule of leadership: Lead others the way you want to be led.

Leadership Is An Art. Jim Rohn Is A Masterpiece!

Spread Some Joy Today–Begin becoming an encourager: Start encouraging someone this very day.

Daily Inspiration 12-22-09

Daily Inspiration 12-22-09

Jim Rohn Week

To honor the passing of Jim Rohn on December 5th, 2009, I will be sharing some of my favorite quotes throughout the week. Jim Rohn was a powerful influence in my thinking beginning with my introduction to his teaching in early 1981. See more about Jim Rohn at www.jimrohn.com.

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“The greatest gift you can give to 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.”

“Happiness is not an accident. Nor is it something you wish for.
Happiness is something you design.”

“Learn to be happy with what you have
while you pursue all that you want.”

— Jim Rohn (1930-2009)

These three quotes are all so much a part of my life now and at one time I thought very differently. Personal development is so critical in my life that I find it hard to imagine not studying it well and thoroughly. It is logical: the more I am, the more I have to share. It’s also personal responsibility in making the decision and moving down that path. It’s also deductive reasoning: I can’t change anyone except myself. Let me tell you that this was the hardest lesson I have ever learned and it took me a very long time to really accept it fully. Not that it was hard, but my resistance was like granite!

Then I’ve found that happiness is not something that is really attached to anything. It is not an exterior event, but an internal design. If it were accidental, it would be a really tough world. Fortunately, it is as easy as choosing it moment by moment and any moment will do just fine. Then, expand it by designing more ways to enjoy it.

Learning to be happy with what I have in pursuit of what I want has been a tough one to accept as well. The reason it was tough was because I used to always focus on what was wrong and how to change it; what was missing and try to find it, and last a general association that more things equals more success, which equals more comfort, which equals more happiness.

What is interesting now is that I am in the pursuit of more than I have ever even dreamed of before, but the big difference is that I am completely happy with what I have now, where I am now and who I am now. The pursuit is not a need, but a desire. There is a world of difference.

Of all the things I have learned from Jim Rohn, it can be summed up here from a couple more of Jim’s quotes:

“Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person we become.”

“We can have more than we’ve got because we can become more than we are.”

I Can Become More . . . And I Am!

Spread Some Joy Today–If you get a chance, get a copy of Jim Rohn’s Challenge To Succeed tape sets. You can get it new on Amazon or many other places including www.jimrohn.com. It is an awesome teaching and among his most popular.

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