Here’s What You Will Find on This Page

  • Five videos about success based on Jim Rohn quotes.
  • A collection of Jim Rohn quotes.
  • Some links with additional Jim Rohn resources.
  • A short bio about Jim Rohn.
  • A few personal observations about why I like Jim Rohn, what I learned from him, and why I included his work in this website.

Who is Jim Rohn?

Jim Rohn (September 17, 1930 – December 5, 2009) was born in Yakima, Washington. He was more than a motivational and inspirational writer and speaker. He was a success philosopher with a masterful and memorable turn of phrase.

As a result, Jim Rohn quotes are among the most repeated in all of self-improvement and personal development.

Emanuel James “Jim” Rohn grew up on a farm in Idaho. When he was 25, he was earning $57 a week at Sears.

Then he met Earl Shoaff, vice-president of sales for AbundaVita, a nutritional supplement. Mr. Shoaff became the young man’s mentor and was instrumental in Rohn’s first big success.

As a result, “Mr. Shoaff,” as Rohn referred to him, would be mentioned many, many times over a 40-year speaking career.

In 1963, a friend invited Rohn to speak on his “rags to riches” story at a Rotary Club in Beverly Hills, California. That marked the beginning of his platform career.

Eventually, Jim Rohn taught seminars and workshops about success, self-improvement, and personal development.  At the time, he was a trail blazer in the field.

Jim Rohn was Tony Robbins’ employer and early mentor. He also influenced the work of Brain Tracy, Mark Victor Hansen, T. Harv Eker, and Indonesian grappling champion Vincent Genesius Evans.

In all, he addressed over 6,000 audiences and over 5 million people. Jim Rohn authored numerous books including “The Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle” and “Leading an Inspired Life.” In addition, he wrote countless articles.

He recorded 17 audio and video programs. Among them are “The Challenge to Succeed, Living an Exceptional Life, The Power of Ambition, Seasons of Life, The Weekend Seminar, Twelve Pillars,” and “Excelling in the New Millennium.”

In all, “America’s foremost business philosopher” inspired two generations of success seekers.

In 1985, the National Speakers Association presented the CPAE (Council of Peers Award for Excellence) award to Jim Rohn. This honor was in recognition of his long career as a top performer in the speaking profession.

His works will continue to inspire those who understand the connection between growing as a person and growing your business.

Jim Rohn succumbed to pulmonary fibrosis after an 18 month illness.

Why I Like Jim Rohn, What I’ve Learned from Him, and Why I Included Him in this Website

I like Jim Rohn because he has a clear understanding of Cause and Effect. And understands the direct connection between personal development and business success.

Of course, you could argue that any success author sees this. True enough.

In my view, few saw this with Jim Rohn’s clarity. He saw the relationship between present actions and future consequences with an uncommon precision.

This means you can fool yourself. However, you will not fool Jim Rohn’s unerring eye.

And this is a big part of what I’ve learned from him. He talks a lot about discipline. So I hear his voice when I ask myself “What would the most successful version of me do right now?”

These reasons would be enough to include him in this website. However, there is one more: He is so quotable.

He is likely the most skilled wordsmith of my success thinkers. Jim Rohn could infuse so much meaning in so few words.

For example ” How long should you try? Until.” That says it all, does it not?

Video #1 – Jim Rohn Quotes: Darren Hardy Tribute

Video #2 – Jim Rohn Quotes: Brian Tracy Tribute

Video #3 – Jim Rohn Quotes: Denis Waitley Tribute

Video #4 – Jim Rohn Quotes: Chris Widener Tribute

Video #5 – Jim Rohn Quotes: Les Brown Tribute

Jim Rohn Quotes

Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.

Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don’t fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.

Don’t take the casual approach to life. Casualness leads to casualties.

Success is the study of the obvious. Everyone should take Obvious I and Obvious II in school.

It’s too bad failures don’t give seminars. Wouldn’t that be valuable? If you meet a guy who has messed up his life for forty years, you’ve just got to say, “John, if I bring my journal and promise to take good notes, would you spend a day with me?”

Success is not so much what we have as it is what we are.

Success is 20% skills and 80% strategy. You might know how to read, but more importantly, what’s your plan to read?

Average people look for ways of getting away with it; successful people look for ways of getting on with it.

You must get good at one of two things: sowing in the spring or begging in the fall.

God has the tough end of the deal. What if instead of planting the seed you had to make the tree? That would keep you up late at night, trying to figure that one out.

Plant, don’t chant.

One of my good friends always says, “Things don’t just happen; things happen just.”

The soil says, “Don’t bring me your need, bring me your seed.”

How much should you earn? As much as you possibly can. It doesn’t matter whether you earn $10,000 a year or $100,000 a year as long as you’ve done the best you can.

The man says, “If I had a fortune, I’d take good care of it. But I only have a paycheck and I don’t know where it all goes.” Wouldn’t you love to have him running your company?

If you wish to have power and influence over the many, be faithful (disciplined) when there are just a few. If you have a few employees, a few distributors, a few people, that’s the time to stay in touch and be totally absorbed – when there is just a few.

Start from wherever you are and with whatever you’ve got.

Don’t wish it was easier; wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems; wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges; wish for more wisdom.

You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills.

You can cut down a tree with a hammer, but it takes about 30 days. If you trade the hammer for an ax, you can cut it down in about 30 minutes. The difference between 30 days and 30 minutes is skill.

The key to life is to become skillful enough to be able to do rewarding things.

Learn to hide your need and show your skill.

To succeed in sales, simply talk to lots of people every day. And here’s what’s exciting – there are lots of people!

Practice is just as valuable as a sale. The sale will make you a living; the skill will make you a fortune.

Selling is a person-to-person business. You cannot send the sales manual out to make the sale. Sales manuals have no legs and no voice.

In the sales profession the real work begins after the sale is made.

Sales people should take lessons from their kids. What does the word “no” mean to a child? Almost nothing.

Even if you are new in sales, you can make up in numbers what you lack in skills.

At the end of each day, you should play back the tapes of your performance. The results should either applaud you or prod you.

The greatest form of maturity is at harvest time. This is when we must learn how to reap without complaint if the amounts are small and how to reap without apology if the amounts are big.

Life asks us to make measurable progress in reasonable time. That’s why they make those fourth grade chairs so small © so you won’t fit in them at age twenty-five!

There are some things you don’t have to know how it works – only that it works. While some people are studying the roots, others are picking the fruit. It just depends on which end of this you want to get in on.

To solve any problem, there are three questions to ask yourself: First, what could I do? Second, what could I read? And third, whom could I ask?

The real problem is usually two or three questions deep. If you want to go after someone’s problem, be aware that most people aren’t going to reveal what the real problem is after the first question.

Neil Armstrong once said, “You only have to solve two problems when going to the moon: first, how to get there; and second, how to get back. The key is don’t leave until you have solved both problems.”

Never attack a problem without also presenting a solution.

The best place to solve a problem is on paper.

I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacations with better care than they plan their lives. Perhaps that is because escape is easier than change.

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they may have planned for you? Not much.

The reason why most people face the future with apprehension instead of anticipation is because they don’t have it well designed.

The guy says, “When you work where I work, by the time you get home, it’s late. You’ve got to have a bite to eat, watch a little TV, relax and get to bed. You can’t sit up half the night planning, planning, planning.” And he’s the same guy who is behind on his car payment!

Don’t become a victim of yourself. Forget about the thief waiting in the alley; what about the thief in your mind?

It is not what happens that determines the major part of your future. What happens, happens to us all. It is what you do about what happens that counts.

You say, “The country is messed up.” That’s like cursing the soil and the seed and the sunshine and the rain, which is all you’ve got. Don’t curse all you’ve got. When you get your own planet, you can rearrange this whole deal. This one you’ve got to take like it comes.

Walk away from the 97% crowd. Don’t use their excuses. Take charge of your own life.

Take advice, but not orders. Only give yourself orders. Abraham Lincoln once said, “Since I will be no one’s slave, I will be no one’s master.”

You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of. You don’t have charge of the constellations, but you do have charge of whether you read, develop new skills, and take new classes.

Your paycheck is not your employer’s responsibility, it’s your responsibility. Your employer has no control over your value, but you do.

Economic disaster begins with a philosophy of doing less and wanting more.

If you want to amend your errors, you must begin by amending your philosophy.

The only thing worse than not reading a book in the last ninety days is not reading a book in the last ninety days and thinking that it doesn’t matter.

Your personal philosophy is the greatest determining factor in how your life works out.

Initial response illustrates a great deal about someone’s personal philosophy.

Only human beings can reorder their lives any day they choose by refining their philosophy.

The key factor that will determine your financial future is not the economy; the key factor is your philosophy.

Don’t borrow someone else’s plan. Develop your own philosophy and it will lead you to unique places.

If you learn to set a good sail, the wind that blows will always take you to the dreams you want, the income you want, and the treasures of mind, purse, and soul you want.

Your philosophy determines whether you will go for the disciplines or continue the errors.

Philosophy is the sum total of all that you know and what you decide is valuable.

To attract attractive people, you must be attractive. To attract powerful people, you must be powerful. To attract committed people, you must be committed. Instead of going to work on them, you go to work on yourself. If you become, you can attract.

We can have more than we’ve got because we can become more than we are.

The big challenge is to become all that you have the possibility of becoming. You cannot believe what it does to the human spirit to maximize your human potential and stretch yourself to the limit.

Pity the man who inherits a million dollars and who isn’t a millionaire. Here’s what would be pitiful: If your income grew and you didn’t.

The most important question to ask on the job is not “What am I getting?” The most important question to ask on the job is “What am I becoming?”

It is hard to keep that which has not been obtained through personal development.

After you become a millionaire, you can give all of your money away because what’s important is not the million dollars; what’s important is the person you have become in the process of becoming a millionaire.

Income seldom exceeds personal development.

What you become directly influences what you get.

It takes time to build a corporate work of art. It takes time to build a life. And it takes time to develop and grow. So give yourself, your enterprise, and your family the time they deserve and the time they require.

Americans are incredibly impatient. Someone once said that the shortest period of time in America is the time between when the light turns green and when you hear the first horn honk.

The twin killers of success are impatience and greed.

How long should you try? Until.

Some people plant in the spring and leave in the summer. If you’ve signed up for a season, see it through. You don’t have to stay forever, but at least stay until you see it through.

We must all wage an intense, lifelong battle against the constant downward pull. If we relax, the bugs and weeds of negativity will move into the garden and take away everything of value.

Humility is a virtue; timidity is a disease.

If you spend five minutes complaining, you have just wasted five minutes. If you continue complaining, it won’t be long before they haul you out to a financial desert and there let you choke on the dust of your own regret.

You cannot take the mild approach to the weeds in your mental garden. You have got to hate weeds enough to kill them. Weeds are not something you handle; weeds are something you devastate.

Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.

Lifestyle is the art of discovering ways to live uniquely.

Some people have learned to earn well, but they haven’t learned to live well.

Earn as much money as you possibly can and as quickly as you can. The sooner you get money out of the way, the sooner you will be able to get to the rest of your problems in style.

There are two parts to influence: first, influence is powerful; and second, influence is subtle. You wouldn’t let someone push you off course, but you might let someone nudge you off course and not even realize it.

We need a variety of input and influence and voices. You cannot get all the answers to life and business from one person or from one source.

Attitude is greatly shaped by influence and association.

Don’t spend most of your time on the voices that don’t count. Tune out the shallow voices so that you will have more time to tune in the valuable ones.

“No” puts distance between you and the wrong influence.

You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that okay?

Don’t join an easy crowd; you won’t grow. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform are high.

Some people you can afford to spend a few minutes with, but not a few hours.

Get around people who have something of value to share with you. Their impact will continue to have a significant effect on your life long after they have departed.

If you wish to find, you must search. Rarely does a good idea interrupt you.

Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need is just one more good idea.

Ideas are information taking shape.

When a new idea comes our way, we must put it on our mental scales and weigh it carefully before deciding its value.

One of the secrets to success is ideas mixed with inspiration.

Nothing is more powerful for your future than being a gatherer of good ideas and information. That’s called doing your homework.

Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.

Happiness is not an accident. Nor is it something you wish for. Happiness is something you design.

How sad to see a father with money and no joy. The man studied economics, but never studied happiness.

The greatest source of unhappiness comes from inside.

Happiness is the art of learning how to get joy from your substance.

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.

The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.

When Andrew Carnegie died, they discovered a sheet of paper upon which he had written one of the major goals of his life: to spend the first half of his life accumulating money and to spend the last half of his life giving it all away. And he did!

Some people are disturbed by those tough days because all they have is the days. They haven’t designed or described or defined the future.

Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. And there’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.

We all need lots of powerful long-range goals to help us past the short-term obstacles.

The ultimate reason for setting goals is to entice you to become the person it takes to achieve them.

Don’t set your goals too low. If you don’t need much, you won’t become much.

If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.

We all have two choices: We can make a living or we can design a life.

Shortly after I met my mentor he asked me, “Mr. Rohn, how much money have you saved and invested over the last six years?” And I said, “None.” He then asked, “Who sold you on that plan?”

It is better to be a lender than a spender.

To become financially independent you must turn part of your income into capital; turn capital into enterprise; turn enterprise into profit; turn profit into investment; and turn investment into financial independence.

Financial independence is the ability to live from the income of your own personal resources.

If you depend on your company to take care of your retirement, your future income will be divided by five. Take care of it yourself, and you can multiply your future income by five.

I remember saying to my mentor, “If I had more money, I would have a better plan.” He quickly responded, “I would suggest that if you had a better plan, you would have more money.” You see, it’s not the amount that counts; it’s the plan that counts.

If you were to show me your current financial plan, would I get so excited by it that I would go across the country and lecture on it? If the answer is no, then here’s my question: “Why not”? Why wouldn’t you have a superior financial plan that is taking you to the places you want to go?

I used to say, “Things cost too much.” Then my teacher straightened me out on that by saying, “The problem isn’t that things cost too much. The problem is that you can’t afford it.” That’s when I finally understood that the problem wasn’t “it” The problem was “me.”

The Bible says that it is hard for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven. It doesn’t say that it is impossible!

Take time to gather up the past so that you will be able to draw from your experiences and invest them in the future.

Don’t let the learning from your own experiences take too long. If you have been doing it wrong for the last ten years, I would suggest that’s long enough!

Life is not just the passing of time. Life is the collection of experiences and their intensity.

It’s easy to carry the past as a burden instead of a school. It’s easy to let it overwhelm you instead of educate you.

Be like a sponge when it comes to each new experience. If you want to be able to express it well, you must first be able to absorb it well.

Human beings have the remarkable ability to turn nothing into something. They can turn weeds into gardens and pennies into fortunes.

Enterprise is better than ease.

Showing a profit means touching something and leaving it better than you found it.

Enterprise is the hope of our future.

Profits are better than wages. Wages make you a living; profits make you a fortune.

We all know a variety of ways to make a living. What’s even more fascinating is figuring out ways to make a fortune.

Kids ought to have two bicycles, one to ride and one to rent.

Emotions will either serve or master, depending on who is in charge.

Our emotions need to be as educated as our intellect. It is important to know how to feel, how to respond, and how to let life in so that it can touch you.

Civilization is the intelligent management of human emotions.

Measure your emotions. You don’t need an atomic explosion for a minor point.

Women have an incredible ability to pick up on emotional signals. For example, there are some wolves that are so clever they have learned to dress up like sheep. Man says, “Looks like a sheep. Talks like a sheep.” Woman says, “Ain’t no sheep!”

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.

All disciplines affect each other. Mistakenly the man says, “This is the only area where I let down.” Not true. Every let down affects the rest. Not to think so is naive.

Discipline is the foundation upon which all success is built. Lack of discipline inevitably leads to failure.

Discipline has within it the potential for creating future miracles.

The best time to set up a new discipline is when the idea is strong.

One discipline always leads to another discipline.

Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.

You don’t have to change that much for it to make a great deal of difference. A few simple disciplines can have a major impact on how your life works out in the next 90 days, let alone in the next 12 months or the next 3 years.

The least lack of discipline starts to erode our self-esteem.

Humans have the remarkable ability to get exactly what they must have. But there is a difference between a “must” and a “want.”

The best motivation is self-motivation. The guy says, “I wish someone would come by and turn me on.” What if they don’t show up? You’ve got to have a better plan for your life.

When you know what you want, and you want it bad enough, you will find a way to get it.

Motivation alone is not enough. If you have an idiot and you motivate him, now you have a motivated idiot.

Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value.

Better understated than overstated. Let people be surprised that it was more than you promised and easier than you said.

For effective communication, use brevity. Jesus said, “Follow me.” Now that’s brief! He could be brief because of all that he was that he didn’t have to say.

You cannot speak that which you do not know. You cannot share that which you do not feel. You cannot translate that which you do not have. And you cannot give that which you do not possess. To give it and to share it, and for it to be effective, you first need to have it. Good communication starts with good preparation.

Learn to express, not impress.

Be brief on the logic and reason portion of your presentation. There are probably about a thousand facts about an automobile, but you don’t need them all to make a decision. About a half dozen will do.

Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know.

What is powerful is when what you say is just the tip of the iceberg of what you know.

It’s not the matter you cover so much as it is the manner in which you cover it.

For effective communication, use brevity. Jesus said, “Follow me.” Now that’s brief! He could be brief because of all that he was that he didn’t have to say.

You cannot speak that which you do not know. You cannot share that which you do not feel. You cannot translate that which you do not have. And you cannot give that which you do not possess. To give it and to share it, and for it to be effective, you first need to have it. Good communication starts with good preparation.

The goal of effective communication should be for listeners to say, “Me, too!” verses “So what?”

One of the best places to start to turn your life around is by doing whatever appears on your mental “I should” list.

Every life form seems to strive to its maximum except human beings. How tall will a tree grow? As tall as it possibly can. Human beings, on the other hand, have been given the dignity of choice. You can choose to be all or you can choose to be less. Why not stretch up to the full measure of the challenge and see what all you can do?

You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.

Decision making can sometimes seem like inner civil war.

Don’t say, “If I could, I would.” Say, “If I can, I will.”

It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off!

You cannot make progress without making decisions.

We generally change ourselves for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation.

If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.

I used to say, “I sure hope things will change.” Then I learned that the only way things are going to change for me is when I change.

Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals.

There are no new fundamentals. You’ve got to be a little suspicious of someone who says, “I’ve got a new fundamental.” That’s like someone inviting you to tour a factory where they are manufacturing antiques.

Some things you have to do every day. Eating seven apples on Saturday night instead of one a day just isn’t going to get the job done.

Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. It is the accumulative weight of our disciplines and our judgments that leads us to either fortune or failure.

Asking is the beginning of receiving. Make sure you don’t go to the ocean with a teaspoon. At least take a bucket so the kids won’t laugh at you.

There is no better opportunity to receive more than to be thankful for what you already have. Thanksgiving opens the windows of opportunity for ideas to flow your way.

Resolve says, “I will.” The man says, “I will climb this mountain. They told me it is too high, too far, too steep, too rocky and too difficult. But it’s my mountain. I will climb it. You will soon see me waving from the top or dead on the side from trying.”

Disgust and resolve are two of the great emotions that lead to change.

You must learn to translate wisdom and strong feelings into labor.

The miracle of the seed and the soil is not available by affirmation; it is only available by labor.

Make rest a necessity, not an objective. Only rest long enough to gather strength.

Without constant activity, the threats of life will soon overwhelm the values.

The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.

For every promise, there is a price to pay.

The greatest value in life is not what you get. The greatest value in life is what you become.

Make sure that what you are doing is the product of your own conclusion.

If you wish to be ruler over many, you’ve got to be faithful with a few.

Be ready for tomorrow by doing all you can today.

Make sure that what you are doing is the product of your own conclusion.

If you wish to be ruler over many, you’ve got to be faithful with a few.

Be ready for tomorrow by doing all you can today.

The greatest value in life is not what you get. The greatest value in life is what you become.

Set a goal that will make you stretch.

An immediate reward for a lack of discipline is a fun day at the beach. A future reward of discipline is owning the beach.

It takes discipline to change a habit because habits are formed a little bit each day, every day.

Discipline is a constant human awareness of a need for action and the conscious act by one to implement that action.

Discipline is when you become aware of the need and take action. Procrastination is when if time passes between the awareness of need and the action.

Most people choose today’s pleasure over tomorrow’s fortune.

Value is the fruitful result of discipline, not hope.

Learn all that you can so you can become all that you can become.

Here’s one problem with drifting. You can’t drift your way to the top of the mountain.

Indecision is the thief of opportunity.

Face your fears before you start something.

Practice helps you develop more skills. Skills make labor more valuable.

If you just sell, you can make a living. If you skillfully sell, you can make a fortune.

You can cut a tree down with a hammer. It takes about 30 days. If you trade the hammer for an axe, you can cut the tree down in about 30 minutes. The difference between the 30 days and the 30 minutes is the tool. And your best communication tool is your skill.

Here’s what I call the best kept secret of the rich. I couldn’t believe when I found out that rich people have about 24 hours a day. And poor people have about 24 hours a day. Wouldn’t that drive you mad until you found out what the difference was?

Make sure that what you finally do is a product of your own conclusions. That’s what valuable.

We must all be students of consequences.

Everything effects everything.

Success is the steady progress toward your own personal goals. Designed by you.

Here are some Jim Rohn Links:

 Jim Rohn Official Site

A Tribute to Jim Rohn from His Grandson

A Bio of Jim Rohn

 Jim Rohn Articles

More Jim Rohn Articles




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