Jim Rohn – A Master of Motivation and Inspiration

Jim Rohn was a world-renowned motivational speaker and author of self improvement books. He was a successful entrepreneur and inspired millions of people around the world to follow in his footsteps to create their own rags-to-riches stories. Although he passed away in December of 2009, the institute he founded continues to spread his teachings and improve countless lives today.

The Life of Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn was born on September 17, 1930 into a farming family in Idaho. Hard work on the farm taught him responsibility and good work ethics.

Although he was an exceptional student, he dropped out of college, took a job as a stock clerk, and settled into a life of financial struggle. During this time, he attended a lecture by John Earl Shoaff, a wealthy entrepreneur. Shoaff became a millionaire by the age of 31 and he challenged the 25-year-old Rohn to achieve the same goal. As it turns out, Jim Rohn did become a millionaire by the age of 31, although Shoaff didn't live long enough to see it happen.

As word of his success grew, Jim Rohn became popular on the lecture circuit. He gave his first rags to riches speech at a local Rotary Club and before long he was giving seminars to large audiences and teaching his beliefs on personal development as it related to entrepreneurism and financial success.

Jim Rohn lectured to top executives of some of the largest corporations in the world as well as the common person. He spent 40 years traveling the world delivering his motivational messages. He is credited for influencing such notables as Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, T. Harv Eker, and Brian Tracy.

The Message of Jim Rohn

One of the popular self improvement books by Jim Rohn is 'Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle.' In it, Rohn lays out the road to a successful life.

Philosophy – To be successful one must hold the right thoughts and beliefs.

Attitude – It is also necessary to have the right attitude or feelings.

Action – Taking inspired action towards achieving goals is critical.

Results – There needs to be a system in place for measuring progress.

Lifestyle – The end result of using the four principals above correctly is living a dream lifestyle.

Rohn taught his students these principals for success as well as practical techniques such as journal keeping and goal making.

He felt no one should settle for a life of financial struggle when success could be achieved with the right mindset.

Self Improvement Books by Jim Rohn

• 'Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle' was published in 1991. It is divided into five chapters, each one devoted to a key area of life: philosophy, attitude, action, results, and lifestyle. This bestseller delivers the distilled teachings of Rohn as taught in his lectures and seminars.

• 'The Art of Exceptional Living' is a self improvement book by Jim Rohn that encourages readers to consider life a work of art. The book contains ideas and inspiration that helps readers overcome limited thinking and achieve financial success. This book was published in 1993.

• '7 Strategies for Wealth & Happiness: Power Ideas fromAmerica's Foremost Business Philosopher' was published in 1996. This book encourages readers to let go of the belief they must choose between wealth and happiness, and to strive to achieve both. This book explains the power of setting goals and becoming motivated to achieve them.

• 'Leading an Inspired Life' was published in 1997. This self improvement book contains many of the fundamentals of the teachings of Jim Rohn. It touches on the power of discipline, preparing mentally for change, achieving goals, becoming motivated, being creative, developing leadership, learning communication skills, and becoming financially independent.

• 'The Seasons of Life' was published in 1981. This book compares life to the four seasons. Rohn encourages readers to believe their dire situations will change if they plant the seeds for success and as winter transforms into spring, so too will life have a new beginning.

• 'The Day That Turns Your Life Around - Discover the incredible difference one day can make!' is a self improvement book available on audio CD. It was published in 2003 and contains six discs. Jim Rohn uses this audio book to tell readers their lives can change in a single instant and they don't need to wait for that instant to occur, they can create it. After that, success is a matter of building momentum towards a desired goal.

'How to Use a Journal with Jim Rohn' was published in 2003. This title is available as an audiobook with accompanying leather bound journal. Keeping a journal is one of the fundamental keys to success as taught by Rohn. Rohn believed in it so strongly he said journal keeping was one of the greatest treasures to pass on to future generations.

• 'Three Keys to Greatness for Teenagers (and Adults!)' was published in 2005 as an audiobook. In this, Jim Rohn offers self improvement advice to teens that is also suitable for adults. The book inspires teens to choose a life of wealth and happiness and shows them how to start building the foundation for success.

• 'Rising to the Top: A Guide to Success' is a book by Jim Rohn that was published in 2007. It is a compilation of success stories from people who have risen to the top of their fields and is filled with practical advice and inspiration.

• 'Lessons on Life: How to Live a Successful Life' was published in 2008 and contains nuggets of Rohn's teachings that inspire and motivate readers to create their best lives.

The Teachings of Jim Rohn Today

Rohn's message of personal success is still being spread today through the Jim Rohn International company. This company has compiled Rohn's teachings onto various audio CDs, DVDs, ebooks, and traditional books so that a new generation of entrepreneurs can learn and grow into success stories.
The company operates a website where Rohn's material can be found and even offers a one year success course and newsletter based on the teachings of Jim Rohn.

In keeping with the mission of inspiration and motivation, Jim Rohn International makes material available from other notable entrepreneurs such as Zig Ziglar, Robert Kiyosaki, John Maxwell, and Brian Tracy among others. Rohn established Jim Rohn International in 1993 as a place where students and those searching for a path to success could find help, inspiration, and hope for a better life.

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