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.
“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?