The Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle
Jim Rohn is one of those people that would be called a hard worker. As a young man, he held a job at Sears, showed up for work every day, and wondered how he would ever get ahead. With two children and a young wife, he was living paycheck to paycheck. Then one day he met a man who turned his life around. He went from the edge of poverty to become a millionaire by the age of twenty-five.
Mr. Rohn believed that success leaves clues and that if we want to become successful we must study those who've achieved some measure of success.
Mr. Jim Rohn
He grew up on a farm in Idaho, the only son of two caring, hard-working parents. He believed that hard work and dedication was what it took to get ahead. But that formula didn't seem to be working for him.
Then he met his mentor, Earl Shoaf, and learned a few concepts and easy changes that made all the difference in his life. He shares those insights and more in his book, The Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle.
He's widely regarded as one of the most influential thinkers of our time. His book is a guide which can open the doors of opportunity. 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 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 Mr. Rohn's philosophy can "enhance the quality of life for anyone who exposes themselves to it."
Most houses valued over $250,000 have a library. That should tell us something."— Jim Rohn
There are no new fundamentals. The fundamentals of life which have proven successful are documented in the pages of history. He says to find unique human beings we can admire and respect "whose achievements fascinate and inspire us." He advises to selectively choose our role models rather than "have them thrust upon us by the influences of the media."
Each time we listen to the urgings of the voice of success, and are persuaded to turn off the television and pick up a book, to open our journals and record our thoughts, or to spend a quiet moment pondering where our current actions may be leading us, the voice of success responds..."— Jim Rohn
At his live seminar in 1995, he began with the statement, "You can always get more money, but you can never get more time."
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 when the first Christian Church was formed. A presentation was given to a multitude that day. Three thousand of those who attended believed the message. But some were perplexed and stood around in disbelief.
Mr. Rohn explained that Jesus didn't 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 can't change people. Only they can change.
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.
Don't send your ducks to eagle school.— Jim Rohn
Seeds and Soil
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?" 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."
Jim Rohn talks about motivation. He tells his audiences, "If you have an idiot and you motivate him, then, you've got a motivated idiot." Mr. Rohn tells the reader that it's 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." He explains this in everyday words that are easy to understand shares the undeniable principle that "if we fail to plant in the spring, we cannot complain about the harvest in the fall."
The Right Voices
Mr. Rohn cautions the reader to filter the many voices that compete for our attention. He says to study those with something valuable to say and hopes that we'll find a voice of reason. When we "succumb to the voice of the dark side of life" our negativity becomes stronger.
He asks the difficult questions and says to do the "essential things that success and happiness demands."
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".
In business companies turn to outside sources, consultants, hired to help executives determine if the company is on track. We are wise to take counsel from "someone who cares", to bring us a fresh perspective.
The Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle says that if we seek a better life we must become better persons and monitor what we feed our mind. It's not only about education but a call to take action to reap a harvest worthy of the effort. Each story in this book tells something of value. It is easy to read but as the author points out, what's easy to read is also easy not to read.
At his memorial someone said, "When you are born you enter the world crying while everyone else is rejoicing and when you die, hopefully, you've lived such a life that everyone will be crying while you are rejoicing. Jim Rohn lived such a life."
© 2014 Peg Cole