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
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
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
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
' In it, Rohn lays out the road to a successful life.
– To be successful one must hold the right thoughts and beliefs.
– It is also necessary to have the right attitude or feelings.
– Taking inspired action towards achieving goals is critical.
– There needs to be a system in place for measuring progress.
– 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
' 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
' 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
' 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
• 'Leading an Inspired Life
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
' 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
• '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
. 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
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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