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How to Uncover Your Personal Philosophy

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Wisdom from America’s Foremost Business Philosopher

Early in my career I became a sales representative for a large company on the Eastern Seaboard. Around that time, I heard most salesmen had little formal training, and most had never read a book on sales! Entering this new phase in my career I made up my mind to learn all I could about sales. I started by reading books through which I learned about the availability of cassette tapes by many of the same authors.

Covering several states, driving more than 50,000 miles each year I was in the car for hours most days. At the time, cassette tapes had become the standard for music and audio, so most cars had a tape player. I quickly discovered I was an aural learner and began purchasing personal development, motivational, sales, and other such audio cassette tapes.

I remember setting a goal to invest up to $70 each month (about $170 today) into building my collection of audio tapes, primarily from Nightingale Conant. It was during this time I discovered the man who is known as America’s Foremost Business Philosopher.

One of the Greats

Jim Rohn impacted millions of people around the world, and he changed my life with his wisdom. To this day I consider Jim Rohn one of the primary mentors in my life.

A little-known fact you may find of interest is Jim Rohn was the first teacher and mentor to the well-known Tony Robbins. Robbins was only 17 years old when they first met. Rohn died in 2009 at the age of 79.

Lessons for Life

Let’s take a few life lessons from Rohn through some of his quotes. After each quote I will provide a short takeaway.

“Start from wherever you are and with whatever you’ve got.” – Jim Rohn

If you wait for everything to be perfect and all the stars to align, you will never do it. You must start where you are with what you have. When you are serious about getting something done, whatever is missing will likely come to you. If it does not come to you, find another way.

“The more you care, the stronger you can be.” – Jim Rohn

When you care enough about something, you gain strength. When you quit caring, weakness sets in. Marriage is one example. The more you care about your spouse the stronger you will feel about your bond. The less you care the weaker your bond becomes. Another example is the more you care about the work you do, the greater your strength, resolve, and results. The less you care about your work, the weaker the rewards.

“If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.” – Jim Rohn

You do not have to accept what you have or where you are now. You are a free person, full of potential, and you can do something about it.

“Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job. If you work hard on your job you can make a living, but if you work hard on yourself you’ll make a fortune.” – Jim Rohn

Improve your knowledge and skills by working on yourself. You will achieve far more by working hard on yourself than in any other area of life, including your job.

A life of Discipline

“We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.” – Jim Rohn

Living in an undisciplined way leads to pain and regret in life. A disciplined life may create a little pain in the moment, yet can produce great gains in the future.

Discipline has within it the potential for creating future miracles.” – Jim Rohn

Discipline can create the miracle of a life of significance, rather than a life of irrelevancy.

 “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” and “Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.” – Jim Rohn

A few daily disciplines will help you accomplish your goals. The accomplishment of the right goals leads you to success.

“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.” – Jim Rohn

If you apply discipline anywhere in life, apply it to learning. Become a lifelong learner and you will live a richer and fuller life.

Take Charge of Your Life

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

Take charge of and become the leader in your life. The other option is to become a follower in someone else’s life, who may not have the best plans for you.

“Days are expensive. When you spend a day you have one less day to spend. So make sure you spend each one wisely.” – Jim Rohn

Your time is invaluable and irreplaceable. Spend it as you would anything of great value, with care and wisdom.

“Don’t join an easy crowd; you won’t grow. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform are high.” – Jim Rohn

You become like the people you surround yourself with. To become the best you can be, have people in your life that hold you to a higher standard.

 “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.” – Jim Rohn

Become the best leader possible in your life and remember, it’s not just about you. It is about all of those whose lives you touch and how you treat them.

Uncovering Your Personal Philosophy

There is much to learn from Rohn’s books, audio recordings, and videos. You will find many YouTube videos that feature him and his work for free.

If you follow Jim Rohn’s wisdom, the chance of your success in life will be greatly enhanced. Remember one last thing Rohn said, “Your personal philosophy is the greatest determining factor in how your life works out.”

What is your personal philosophy? If you do not know, use this article to begin your discovery. Ask yourself the following questions about Rohn’s work:

  1. What do I agree with?

  2. What do I disagree with?

  3. What would I add?

It would behoove you to work it out.

To make the best use of what you have just learned, share this article with someone with whom you can discuss Rohn’s wisdom. You and they will surely benefit from the experience!

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