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.
“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):
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.