There are so many individuals that have excelled in the personal development field over the years. Napoleon Hill comes to mind along with Dale Carnegie as the individuals that opened the door for all the others.
Have you read Napoleon Hills’s conversational masterpiece Think and Grow Rich yet? It seems to be the starting ground for many entrepreneurs and is one worthy of your attention.
Periodically I like to feature the thoughts and insights from some of the extraordinary thinkers of the ages.
Mr. Jim Rohn was one such man. He ability to take his insights of the necessary characteristics of the successful entrepreneur and explain it with an uncanny philosophical ideal mixed with humor that captivated his audiences around the world was truly remarkable.
In many of my articles, I, as do many others, have referenced quotes and opinions learned either from attending his lectures or listening to the audio recordings hosted by Jim Rohn. I have done so because they have been most inspirational to me. This is the case, not only to me but to so many others as they entered their entrepreneurial world.
So I bring you: Jim Rohn
Jim Rohn was born in Yakima, Washington on September 17, 1930, and spent his youth working on his family’s farm in Caldwell, Idaho. Sadly falling victim to pulmonary fibrosis, he passed away shy of his 80th birthday, December 5, 2009.
Jim Rohn was a pioneer when it came to affiliate MLM marketing, entering this relatively unexplored business world of direct marketing in 1955 with AbundaVita quickly rising to the top. Using his experiences and subsequent successes he chose in 1957 to leave AbundaVita and follow John Shoaff, a former partner in AbundaVita who had formed his own company Nutri-Bio. Not only did Jim succeed beyond his wildest dreams with Nutri-Bio but John Shoaff became his mentor and friend.
As he mentions in many of his lectures he was able to hone the skills required to be very successful businessman coining the phrase, “I went from working full time on my income and part time on my fortune to working fulltime on my fortune”.
Now one only has to recognize that Jim Rohn was a man of vision. I say this because the following scenario could have gone two ways.
Although I have been unable to confirm the exact day the Nutri-Bio company closed its doors I can confirm that it was some time in the early 1960’s. I am connecting the dots this way believing it would be sometime before September 1965 as this was the date that the founder Jim Shoaff passed away.
Jim Rohn was now faced with being associated with a company that with all its successes was closing its doors.
I bring this up as Jim Rohn was also in the top echelon of productivity in this, his second direct sales company. The news of it closing could not have been easy for him. Nor could the news of his mentor and I venture to say dear friend John Earl Shoaff, CEO/Founder of Nutri-Bio being so close to death.
But a true testament to his teachings, instead of packing his bags and running Jim chose to move forward. He possessed the innate ability to see potential in an opportunity. That allowed him to never be stuck in a situation. Always willing, always prepared to change directions if necessary, Jim was able to move on. He was quite often heard to say success wasn’t locked to the direction of the wind but rather the “setting of the sails” and prepared him to do just that time and time again.
He definitely was one that not only preached business philosophy but lived it. I urge you to listen to the audio recording Your Network Marketing Business.
As a member of his local Rotary club during the early 1960’s he would be asked to present his business philosophies to the other eager members who recognized the value that they had before them. Then his personal AhHa moment blossomed in 1963 when he was asked to speak before a group of businessmen at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
His new vocation set sail. Jim Rohn became one of America’s revered motivational speakers and personal development experts. In the course of his life, he traveled not only all across North America but across the globe training and inspiring millions of eager businessmen.
With his inspiration, a new business model emerged. He mentored other young aspiring entrepreneurs like Tony Robbins opening up a market for those who also wanted to follow their dream of inspiring others to live their dreams. He created an era of motivational speakers that is still with us today. There seemed to be an insatiable appetite for others looking for answers with their own personal journies. And there still is.
I cannot think of any inspirational speaker that has not at some time in their career followed at least some part of Jim Rohn’s philosophies.
Always learning, always wary of his message Jim Rohn taught humanity in a business world that at times seemed to lack it. He had people looking at themselves and identify why they were not succeeding and what it is they needed to do to change that direction.
Not only was Jim Rohn a successful speaker, he also published several books detailing his philosophies.
His co-penned fictional novel The Twelve Pillars became a very unique way of demonstrating just how these philosophies work. A refreshing platform from the often dry literature one is faced with when philosophy and business are mixed.