Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle - a Guide to Personal Success
In this book, Jim Rohn gives valuable advice on how to stop living from paycheck to paycheck. He says that by making a few changes in our language, our attitudes and our philosophy we would see major improvement in our lives.
He started out living on the edge of poverty on a farm in Idaho, the child of caring parents. As a young man, he believed that hard work and dedication was all it took to get by. At twenty-five, married with two children, he'd already made enough poor choices that left him struggling to make ends meet. Through his mentor, Earl Shoaf, he learned how to turn that around sending him from relative obscurity into prosperity. He shares those insights in his book.
He's widely regarded as "one of the most influential thinkers of our time". His book, The Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle, is a guide which can open the doors of opportunity to those willing to become serious students of life. He shares the secrets of how to achieve greater results than we have achieved in the past.
Mr. Jim Rohn was the inspiration for many of the popular speakers today. His concepts have inspired those like Mark Victor Hansen, the Co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Hansen says Mr. Rohn has "style, substance, charisma, relevance, charm, and what he says makes a difference." His words had a lifelong impact on Tony Robbins who believes Rohn's philosophy can "enhance the quality of life for anyone who exposes themselves to it."
He cautions us to filter those voices which compete for our attention and suggests that we study representatives of those with something valuable to say. He says "We are wise, indeed...to take counsel from someone who cares."
He advocates studying the fundamentals in life and remarks that there are no new fundamentals. The fundamentals which have proved successful are documented in the pages of history. He says 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.
At his seminar, he shared a story from ancient history about when the first Christian Church was formed explaining that a presentation was given to the multitude that day evoking a variety of responses. Some that heard believed. In fact, three thousand souls did. But some that heard were perplexed and stood around confused or in disbelief.
Mr. Rohn claims that Jesus didn't go back and try to "unperplex the perplexed." There will always be some who are confused and some who don't believe. He says not to get involved in shoulds and shouldn'ts. If people wish to be ignorant, let them be. You cannot change people, but they can change.
Candle in the Wind - Elton John
by Mr. Jim Rohn
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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. 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.
From each of the examples and stories shared in this one hundred twenty- one page book, we can find something of value. It is easy to read, but as Mr. Rohn points out, what's easy to read is also easy not to read.
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."
© 2014 Peg Cole
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