Jim Rohn was my mentor for many years through his works. A lot has been written and said about the man Jim Rohn during his lifetime, but most especially since his demise.

Expectedly most of what has been said had portrayed him in good light. But a few had dwelt on negativity.

So I decided to look more closely into the life and times of this celebrated businessman and motivational speaker to see if there’s more than meets the eye in either direction. Here are my findings.

Jim Rohn had become a household name in business training and motivational speaking long before his death. With over 6000 direct audiences and nearly 4 million followers worldwide, his popularity has hardly come as a surprise. And if you add the over 25 different works he had authored, you’ll begin to see why the name rings a bell.

Background checks revealed that the man himself was born around the middle of the last century to an Idaho farming family. He had a rather quite childhood and a checkered early adulthood. He wasn’t even really educated—dropping out of college in the first year.

At about 25 years of age, it was looking like he would live and die on a low profile note. But just then, he met the legendary John E. Shaoff, a very successful businessman and philosopher of sorts. Mr. Shaoff’s accomplishments, philosophy in life and sheer charisma soon began to rub of on Jim Rohn.

After joining John Shaoff’s direct sales business, Jim Rohn’s path to greatness got fast tracked. At age 31 he was already a millionaire. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Or, is it really history? Not when numerous successful salespeople and other business owners around us owe their own success stories to some of the life lessons taught by Jim Rohn. It is well known that he was very instrumental in launching the careers of sales and public speaking celebrities like Tony Robbins, Brian Tracy, and Les Brown.

In my opinion, his greatest contribution to the human race remains his philosophies for success—especially his emphasis on mental and physical discipline. He repeatedly taught, and rightly too, that both success and failures don’t happen by chance, and they do not happen overnight.

To Jim Rohn, success is a result of small steps (or as he calls it, small disciplines) conducted everyday for a sufficient period of time. Failure on other hand is the end result of not doing enough for a long time or doing too little for too long. Doesn’t your personal observation support that?

Here is my summary of Jim Rohn’s guiding philosophy: There is danger in looking at one undisciplined day and concluding that no great harm has been done. For, when you add up those days to make a year, and add up those years to make a lifetime, it will become obvious that repeating today’s small failures will easily turn a person’s life into a major disaster!

I allow this reasoning to guide the way I approach everything I do. I try not to take anything for granted and I do not underestimate the impact that seemingly little steps can have over time.

Jim Rohn sure means different things to different persons. But to me, his high work ethics, strong sense of discipline and observable commitment to groom others for success are traits every mentor and follower needs to cultivate. HAVE THE BEST YEAR EVER!

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