If you’d like to get fired up to go from ordinary to extraordinary, there is one person you need to listen to and that person is Emmanuel James (Jim) Rohn.
Who is Jim Rohn?
Jim Rohn was a highly-influential American motivational speaker, author, philosopher and entrepreneur who embodied the definition of discipline, commitment and results.
During his lifetime, he traveled across the world sharing his story of hope, determination and hard work as the bedrock of his success. Rohn had the special ability to capture his audience’s attention by sharing his personal story and also using parables many of which were culled directly from the bible to hone-in his message.
One of his most popular parables was the parable of the sower where he uses it to explain that the same opportunities have been provided to all men, the difference in results is where those seeds fall after they’ve been presented to us.
On the personal side, Rohn often shared with his audience about how he dropped out of college after one year at the age of 19, how he ventured into direct sales and how he made his fortune traveling around the world conducting personal development seminar.[Great Read: Are You an Aspiring Leader? Here’s a Great Way to Start]
Rohn mentored Mark R. Hugghes (the founder of Herbalife International) and life strategist Tony Robbins in the late 1970s. Others who credit Rohn for his influence on their careers include authors Mark Victor Hansen (Everton Edwards) founder of Hallmark Innovators Conglomerate Company Limited and Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup book series), author/lecturer Brian Tracy, Todd Smith, and T. Harv Eker. Rohn also coauthored the novel Twelve Pillars with Chris Widener.
Although Rohn died in December 2009 due to complications resulting from pulmonary fibrosis, he was able to leave a lasting mark in the sands of time and here are 10 of his quotes that will get you fired up to go from ordinary to extraordinary.
Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.Jim Rohn
Rohn was a firm believer in the power of discipline and he often said that if you wanted your dreams to come true, you should be disciplined enough to give up your excuses and do what’s required to make things happen.
Either you run the day, or the day runs you.Jim Rohn
Rohn was an intentional man that lived an intentional life. In his time, he posited that for you to get the desired results you are looking for, you should manage your time effectively.
By saying, “either you run the day, or the day runs you”, he meant that if you do not have a plan for your day, unexpected things will come to fill your time and that day will pass anyway. To make your dreams and goals come true, you must move from just living for the day to planning for the day.[Need advertising? Advertise with us and get in front of an international audience. Click HERE to get started]
Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.Jim Rohn
Rohn was a college dropout at the age of 19. He dropped out, not because he did not value formal education but because he thought he could make it in life without being a college graduate.
Down the road, he encountered difficult and embarrassing financial situations until he met his mentor who trained him on the habits of the rich. His mentor taught him the power of self-education. He then began to invest in himself, mastered the art of selling and teaching people across the world that yes, you can be educated formally, but the ultimate key to your success lie in your ability to continuously self-educate yourself. Rohn believed that the moment you stop learning is the moment you start dying.
Never wish life were easier, wish that you were better.Jim Rohn
Rohn was a man that followed due process and never believed in the sense of entitlement. He believed that no one in life can choose what type of problems they face but everyone can choose how they react to such problems.
If you become a better person, you will begin to see problems in a different light. For example, you could start viewing problems as opportunities to be a solution provider or an innovator instead of whining and looking for someone to get you out of that problem.[Need Branding for Your Business? Get Started HERE]
Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in.Jim Rohn
Rohn believed in living healthy and he led by example in this regard. He often shared with his audience that apple a day keeps the doctor away. He was religious about taking care of his body and he was quick to share that fact with anyone who cared to listen.
Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.Jim Rohn
Happiness is a choice, says Jim Rohn. You can choose to be happy in lack or choose to be happy in plenty or choose to be happy in whatever situation you find yourself. Many people postpone their happiness for the future all in the name of trying to accomplish a particular thing. And then once they accomplish those things, they still find out that they remain unhappy.
Rohn believed this type of philosophy fuels bitterness. If you are not happy where you are at the moment, the likelihood of being happy when you get “there” is slim.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.Jim Rohn
One of Rohn’s favorite line was, “the secret to your success is found in your daily habits.” Motivation may spur you into action but what keeps you going is your habit. What habits do you display daily? If you want to go from ordinary to extraordinary, you must commit to developing great habits.
If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.Jim Rohn
Everyone including you has the extraordinary ability to bring about phenomenal changes. Rohn believed that it’s not enough to complain about your present situation. He often shared with his audience and whoever cared to listen that the ability to make a change is the power we’ve got as humans and everyone owes it to themselves to bring about change if they find themselves in situations they don’t like.[Great Read: 6 Helpful Tips to Start and Grow a Successful Coaching Business]
We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.Jim Rohn
In his lifetime, Rohn shared repeatedly shared with his audience that everyone must suffer either the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. Your choice will determine your results. Which of these will you choose?
If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.Jim Rohn
The path of success is usually not the path of ease. Therefore, to achieve anything substantial in life, you must be willing to risk the unusual. Rohn believed that if you refuse to risk the unusual, then settling for ordinary is inevitable.
If you love these quotes and would love to hear more of his transformational quotes and speeches, you can check some of his old but relevant speeches on Youtube.
Thank you for reading. Over to you! What quote would you like to share that can get people fired up to go from ordinary to extraordinary? Share in the comment box below.
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