3 Things I Learned from Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn is one of my favorite mentors of all time.

Although he is no longer alive, I still study his videos, training courses, books and educational materials.

I would claim that Jim Rohn has had a very profound impact on my life, especially in the areas of personal and professional development.

I learned many life lessons from him, such as goal setting, mastering your personal development, and associating with people you want to be like.

What I would like to do in this post is share three things I learned from Jim Rohn.

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# 1 In Whatever You Do, Be a Student, Not Merely a Follower

My Take:

We all have the responsibility to be a student of our own profession.

We must master our craft.

We should strive to learn something new each day and learn from every experience we have: the good and bad.

When you need to be a follower, be a good one!

And make sure you are learning something new as you follow someone else.

Turn every experience into an education that you can learn from and expand upon.

# 2 Don’t Spend Major Time on Minor Things

My Take:

Time is our most precious asset.

Manage it wisely or it will manage you.

Don’t spend your productive time doing unproductive things.

We all have the same amount of time in a day.

To be productive you must plan every hour of your day.

20% of your work will produce 80% of your results.

So make sure you spend at least 80% of your time on the top 20% most important tasks.

# 3 Income Rarely Exceeds Personal Development

My Take:

This is very true.

If you want to get promoted, advance your career, or make more money, focus on your personal development.

You get paid based upon the VALUE that you provide the market place (the military, your employer, etc.).

Increase your value and your earnings will go up!

Increase your knowledge and your earnings will go up.

Having the same job for 10 years does not give you 10 years experience.

Instead it is simply gives you one year’s experience repeated 10 times.

Suggested Book

I’ve re-read his book 7 Strategies for Wealth & Happiness: Power Ideas from America’s Foremost Business Philosopher.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should.

I’ve read it three or four times now and can tell you it is one of the top 10 books in my personal library.

Final Thoughts

Jim Rohn is a legend in the personal and professional development field.

Whether you are a Soldier, a General, a CEO, or an hourly worker, you should study the principles Jim Rohn teaches and apply them in your life.

Your life will never be the same again!

4 thoughts on “3 Things I Learned from Jim Rohn”

  1. Personal Development is so important, no matter what field of study you are in or branch of the military – it is a must! I recently have been incorporating some personal development books that have taught me how to grow in many areas of my life – my family, personal life, career, money making endeavors, and on and on. I wanted to share with you some of my top most favorite books to read if you are interested in pursuing some personal development:

    -Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert – I love this book! It is all about finding your inner happiness through some of life’s most toughest challenges, including having kids.

    – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey


    – The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

  2. Justin Long

    Chuck, No. 2 is spot on. I always have this debate with Soldiers and co-workers. Everyone has an excuse for why they didn’t get something done. I always tell them that we all have the same number of hours in a day, what we decide to do with those hours is what we call PRIORITY. There are no excuses other than the fact that you did not make it a priority to get something done.

    I literally plan every hour of my day (hell I think I showed you my personal calendar I keep with me). I feel that is how I am able to get almost everything done every single day. I follow up with those I make promises to follow up, I prioritize items that MUST be done and I ultimately keep my sanity by doing this.

    1. Good for you, Justin.

      Time is our most precious asset. The best and most productive leaders are good at managing their time. Average and weak leaders let their time manage them.


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