Born into an Idaho farm family in Yakima, Washington, in 1930, Emanuel James “Jim” Rohn continues to inspire motivational coaches, speakers, writers and entrepreneurs worldwide with his success philosophy and mindset despite his death to pulmonary fibrosis in 2009. Born and raised at a farm owned by his parents Emanuel and Claire, he completed elementary and secondary school before enrolling into college and dropping out after one year, claiming that school had not provided him with the knowledge he’d been yearning for.
As fate would have it, the acclaimed late author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur embarked on his professional path by accepting a job as HR manager at the local Sears outlet, which led to an invitation by a friend to attend a seminar presented and facilitated by the famous businessman and one of his main subsequent mentors, John Earl Shoaff, in whose direct-selling business, AbundaVita, Rohn enrolled in 1955. In 1957, he joined another direct-selling business, Nutri-Bio, where he was mentored by one of the founders – Shoaff, which led to great success in the business and his appointment as vice-president of the company. When the company went out of business in the 1990s,
Rohn was invited to speak at a meeting of a local Rotary Club. His depiction of his success story proved such a big hit that he embarked on a more prominent public speaking career than before. In 40 years (he’d already started giving speeches at local clubs in 1963), he shared his message with more than 6000 audiences and 5 million people all over the world through the Adventures in Achievement brand and by giving speeches to the oil company Standard Oil. He also penned 17 books, audio and video materials.
He is credited as one of the biggest influences on globally-renowned present-day motivational speakers and authors, such as Tony Robbins (whom he mentored in the late 1970s), Brian Tracy and Harv T. Eker. He is also credited as one of the main driving forces behind the success of the founder of Herbalife, Mark R. Hughes. His net worth is said to have amounted to 500 million dollars. Interestingly enough, he never aspired to become rich but was driven by his wish to help people unlock their full potential throughout his life.
Did you know
- That he attributed his work ethic to being raised on a farm;
- That he inherited the aptitude to share life-affirming stories with enthralled audiences from his father, a renowned local story-teller;
- That he received several accolades for his public-speaking efforts, including the coveted National Speakers Association CPAE Award;
- That he focused his public-speaking efforts on bringing extraordinary insights to audiences from all walks of life and sharing his views on the fundamental driving forces underlying human behaviour;
- That his books and other materials have impacted the lives of millions of people throughout the world;
- That his first public speech was given at the local Beverly Hills Hotel in 1963 and that he embarked on a public-speaking career at local high-school and students’ clubs;
- That he is also credited as one of the most prominent influences on the authors of the Chicken Soup book series, Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield?
Most Inspiring Jim Rohn Quotes
Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.
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.
The worst thing one can do is not to try, to be aware of what one wants and not give in to it,
to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialized never knowing.
Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.
Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude
be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully;
be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud,
but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan.
When you know what you want, and you want it bad enough, you’ll find a way to get it.
If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.
If you don’t like how things are, change it. You are not a tree.
Motivation alone is not enough.
If you have an idiot and you motivate him,
now you have a motivated idiot.