The Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle, A Guide to Personal Success - A Book Review
Personal Success and Happiness
Where do you turn when you're looking for a change in your life? This book was written to inspire people who are ready to transform their lives from where they are to where they want to be.
Jim Rohn rose from a life of obscurity on an Idaho farm to become a self-made millionaire in his early thirties. He is widely regarded as "one of the most influential thinkers of our time". His concise book, The Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle, is a Guide to Personal Success which can open the doors of opportunity to those willing to become serious students of life. In this book, he details the path we need to follow to achieve greater results than we have achieved in the past.
He has delivered presentations to 6,000 audiences and over 5,000,000 people, in which, he has shared "extraordinary insights to ordinary principles". With unique style, he captures the imagination with clues to deciphering the mysteries of life.
He tells us that most people decide to make a change for one of two reasons: either they are inspired to achieve more or they are desperate to improve their situations. When you stand alone in the self improvement section of the bookstore, where will you turn? Here you'll find a valuable voice of reason.
Mr. Jim Rohn, who passed away in 2009, was the inspiration for many of the nationally known professional speakers popular today. His concepts have inspired people like the Co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Mark Victor Hansen, who says Mr. Rohn has "style, substance, charisma, relevance, charm, and what he says makes a difference." His words had a lifelong impact on Anthony (Tony) Robbins who believes Jim Rohn's philosophy can "enhance the quality of life for anyone who exposes themselves to it."
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Success Leaves Clues
Mr. Rohn says success leaves clues. If we wish to be happy, we must learn about happiness. He says "We are wise, indeed...to take counsel from someone who cares." But he also cautions that we must filter those voices which compete for our attention and study representatives of those with something valuable to say.
He advocates studying the fundamentals in life and remarks that there are no new ones - the ones that have proved successful and those who've done well with life's challenges and opportunities are ever present in the pages of history.
The key to finding unique human beings we can admire and respect is to discover those "whose achievements fascinate and inspire us." He advises that we deliberately choose our role models rather than "have them thrust upon us by the influences of the media". If the message is shallow, move on.
When he opens his live seminar, he begins with the statement, "You can get more money, but you can't get more time." His collection of ideas and concepts includes what he hopes that we will find when we reach out to hear a voice of reason.
He reminds us that "sincerity is not a test of truth" since it is possible to be "sincerely wrong". He tells us to listen carefully to the facts and draw our own conclusions. He cautions us to be a student, not a follower - only be a disciple of the Lord's.
He shared a story from ancient history about the day the first Christian Church was formed.
A presentation was given to the multitude gathered that day. He said there were a variety of responses to that presentation: Some that heard, believed - three thousand souls did. He also observed that some were perplexed and stood around either confused or in disbelief. He explained that Jesus didn't go back and try to un-perplex the perplexed. There are always some who are going to be confused.
Mr. Rohn says, "don't get involved in shoulds and shouldn'ts". He who wishes to be ignorant, let him be. You cannot change people, but they can change.
Candle in the Wind - Elton John
How We Think Affects our Behavior
The way we choose to think influences our habits and behavior. "As adults, we examine new information through the filter of our personal philosophy." From this, we either choose to strengthen or reject those ideas, based on what we think is valuable.
To succeed, he advises that we control the process of our thinking and cautions that our erroneous conclusions may block the achievement of our goals.
Our personal beliefs lead us to do with our day whatever we think is valuable. As shared by many others who've achieved success, he suggests that the time of day at which we begin our day has a direct influence on our personal outcome.
He teaches that everything affects everything else, even in the small activities we perform on a daily basis.
Notes and Quotes
Seeds and Soil
His seeds of wisdom need "the soil of your own imagination and creativity, the water of your faith, and the intensity of your activity if they are to bear fruit."
The law of sowing and reaping is inherent in his teachings. He reminds us that "ten years from now we will all be somewhere, the question is where?"
Jim Rohn says that it isn't about motivation. He tells his audiences, "If you have an idiot, and you motivate him, then you've got a motivated idiot." Mr. Rohn claims that it is about education, activity, and making measurable progress in reasonable time.
"The name of the game is results". .."The final result of your life will be determined by whether you made too many errors in judgment, repeated every day or whether you dedicated your life to a few simple disciplines, practiced every day." What are these disciplines? He explains these clearly in everyday words that are easy to understand sharing the undeniable principle that if we fail to plant in the spring, we cannot complain about the harvest in the fall.
Anybody Can - Mr. Jim Rohn
Listening to the Right Voices
Many voices compete for our attention. He tells us that when we allow ourselves "to succumb to the voice of the dark side of life" our negativity becomes stronger. He asks the difficult questions of us and encourages us to do the "essential things that success and happiness demands". What are these things?
He urges us to turn off the television and pick up a book in order to take a step in the right direction. He cautions that "we must not allow ourselves to believe that we can have all that we want to have and become all that we wish to be without making any changes..." He tells us that "everything is within our reach if we will read the books"...and "practice the disciplines" to wage a "vigorous battle against neglect".
Even in business, companies turn to outside sources, consultants, hired to help the executives determine if the company is on track. We are wise to take counsel from "someone who cares", to bring us a fresh perspective.
Four Life Lessons - Jim Rohn
How To Use a Journal
From each of the examples and stories shared in this 121 page book, we can find something of value. It is easy to read, but as Mr. Rohn points out, it's also easy not to read, a key point.
Life lessons presented in The Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle, tell us that if we seek a better life, we must become better persons as well as monitor what we feed our mind. We must study the clues left by those who've gone before us - stories of both failure and success; we must keep track of our progress in a journal. We must not rest with education alone; we must take action to reap a harvest worthy of our efforts.
"Someone once said, 'When you are born you enter the world crying while everyone else is rejoicing and when you die, hopefully, you have lived such a life that everyone will be crying while you are rejoicing'. Jim Rohn lived such a life."
You can learn more about the man from his website.
© 2014 Peg Cole
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