First blog post

This is the post excerpt.

Parting is such sweet sour, but over the years I learned some things. The Empire may have fallen, but I’m still here.

For every ending, there is another opportunity for a new beginning. Napoleon Hill said it better, than anyone else I know: “Every adversity brings with it a seed of equivalent advantage”. The future is seen in the minds eye and sometimes we can’t connect the dots until we have finished the journey. Blogging on a consistent basics just opened up the memory bank of a life that was a little different.


Change is difficult, but sometime necessary. If you can’t swim, the above picture is really scary, but if you can float, you can adapt and survive.  I started blogging as something to keep my mind active because of my early retirement. It would have been nice, if I made a little money to supplement social security but staying active was my main goal. One of the core requirements was to “blog daily” to build an audience.

As a baby boomer, this blog thing was like Greek, but I have always been up to a challenge. I learned that a blog is an on-line  commentary on any particular subject; they can function as a personal diary or as an on-line advertising vehicle. They can be text, images and links to other blogs or pages. Some focus on art (art blogs), photographs (photo blogs), videos (video blogs or vblogs), music (MP3 blogs) and audio (podcast). What is so unique is readers can leave comments for quick response.

For me to blog on a regular basics, required me to think about something that would hold my interest, or else I would quit. I happen to like the personal development, self-help field. I’ve had a very interesting and unique personal development story and loved to read and listen to the stories of the great motivational speakers. Plus, we all could use a little help in that area.

With the Empire Network blogging platform I didn’t understand a lot, but I was retired and had time to write. I’m not a trained writer, but I have written many things over the years. I wrote a fiction novel in junior high, a very long time ago and I wrote many staff papers and a training program for civilian warehouse workers as a U.S. Army Quartermaster Officer.

I was born and raise in Detroit MI, when it was the Motor Capital of the world. In fact Detroit was tagged the Motor City and the home of Motown. I even worked on the assembly line during my last year of high school. It wasn’t easy but I had worked my first summer job and liked the idea of having money in my pocket. I turned 18 and applied, but Pops told me I still had to finish high school.

I was home along when the 1967 Detroit Riots started (Pop was out of town and I was on my own).  I saw the movie recently with my sister when I returned back home from Philadelphia PA. Hard to believe it’s been 50 years since that happened. But the numbers are still amazing; 2,000 buildings were destroyed, over 7,200 people were arrested, 1,100 people were injured and 43 people were killed.

God must have directed my steps. It would have been very easy for me to go left instead of staying right, but because I didn’t act foolish, I didn’t become a statistic. It’s because, I didn’t cross the police line, I was able to walk the flight line in Libya North Africa (US Air Force) and later support the front line in Germany (US Army).

Even though I lost a library of material, I saved enough to write a book. This is a different platform so I’m just getting use to it. Stay tuned there is more inside.


Chris Widener Interviews the Legend

Jim Rohn’s influence, transcends time.

Jim Rohn has been hailed over the years, as one of the most influential thinkers of our time. He was considered America’s Foremost Business Philosopher. He shared his success philosophies for over 40 years to over 4 million people worldwide. If you had not heard of him you, you probably heard one of his quotes. Jim helped motivate an entire generation of personal development trainers.

At the time of this interview, Jim was 75 years old. He said that part of him being a living legend was the fact that he was, still living. Jim wrote about a half dozen books but he lectured around the world more than a few times. He was known as a master motivator, author and living legend. I call him one of the world’s greatest wordsmith because he studied his craft so well.

Chris always asked his guest this question, How did you get to this point? Jim went back to when he was 25 and the Girl Scout knocked on the door to sell him some Girl Scout cookies. Jim listen to her excellent sales presentation, then he lied to her. He wanted to buy, but he didn’t have the two dollars, and he didn’t want her to know. He told her, they already had bought some, and they didn’t.

As she walked away he said to himself that he didn’t want to live like that anymore. He was married with family and he worked every day and he didn’t even have two dollars on him or in the house. It that moment, he made a decision that he would search until he found an opportunity that would change his life. To him it was a turning point. What is going to be YOUR turning point?

Shortly after he made a decision to change his life, he met his mentor. One of his quotes is, “When the student is ready the teacher will appear”, happened. He listened to his mentor for five years and over that period, he took action, and because of that action he became a millionaire. Jim changed the way he thought about life, and it changed his life for the better.

He developed the skills and the disciplines needed to move forward. If you want to enter the internet marketing world, be ready to put in some time and some work, period! It wasn’t until I came back from Miami Florida, that I really got plugged into the team. The opportunity is awesome but you, do needed a team in place, to help you, head in the right direction.

My focus has been on blogging about personal development because it is the key to my success. Jim Rohn also said that we get paid for the value we bring to the market place. As an entrepreneur, it’s always mind over matter. Napoleon Hill’s book the Law of Success was the book that started the transformation for me. When the prosperity team started to cover the book in the daily mastermind, I couldn’t have been happier. Napoleon Hill gave us a track to run on, and Jim Rohn, the master wordsmith, inspired me to be the engine that could.

What is it going to take for you to make a decision, to search and find something else? The economy is picking up, but people are making less. Will you settle for less or do you want more? Jim called it the mystery of the mind, as to why some will, and some won’t. He traveled so much over the years and he loved to hear about the people that made life changing decision, and how they were doing when he returned years later.


Internet comments

Daphne Dobson
Earl, awesome post! I love Jim Rohn! He’s one of my favorite mentors. I love his Girl Scout cookie story. I’m blessed every time I hear it. When you get sick and tired of being sick and tired and you take the right action, then everything changes. Thanks for sharing.

Rory Singh
Thanks for the post Earl. Love Jim Rohn…a man of wisdom who still impacts millions of lives today! Thank you!

Keith Everett
What a great post Earl. Jim Rohn mentored Tony Robbins I believe, and he has been much a legend over the years. We are all lucky to have access to Jim Rohn and his work. He has certainly influenced many people over the years to become successful. Long may his memory last! What a great man.

Earl Hackett
Thank you for your comments. Jim really practiced his craft. When he first stated speaking and he was in the audience, waiting for his turn, he heard someone say this about the next speaker, approaching the stage, “That’s him, that’s the famous man.” Then one day, many years later as he was approaching the stage, he heard the same thing about himself. He then realized that he had come full circle.

Remembering the Legend – Jim Rohn


I still remember the first time I heard Jim Rohn speak. It was part of a motivational CD program inside “Success Magazine”. I had seen and heard of Zig Ziglar, Les Brown, Anthony Robbins, Harvey Mackay, and Brian Tracy. But Jim said something on that CD that caught my attention and turned me, into a life-time student of his.

That was in June 2008. I had wanted to see him in person, but never had the opportunity, because he left us in March 2009. Many years later, I still quote him, and his life changing philosophy. His style was so down to earth, but profound. I now have several of his tapes seminars and many of his books.

He came from a very humble background (only son of a Idaho farmer who was also a minister). He met a man named Earl Shaoff who taught him principles that changed his life when he was 25 years old, and within a five-year period Jim Rohn became a millionaire.

Mr. Rohn ended up speaking to more than 6,000 audiences during his life time. What blows my mind is that many of the people I looked up to where taught/mentored by him.

Les Brown, who I have seen on several occasions said” I’ve been a student of Jim Rohn since 1972. He was then – and still is – one of the most profound thinkers and mind- expanding individuals I’ve ever had a chance to listen to.”

Zig Ziglar another speaker I had seen in person said,” Jim Rohn was one of those people who was always encouraging people to be their best. He liked to encourage them to do the right thing, in the right way”.

Anthony Robbins said, ” I truly believe Jim Rohn is an extraordinary human being, whose philosophy can enhance the quality of life for everyone who exposes themselves to it. He certainly had a positive impact on me at a time in my life when I was first forming the philosophies that guide me today.” Jim Rohn once talked about “the young Tony Robbins” who worked for him, at one of his offices.

I think that Harvey Mackay said it best, “Jim Rohn is one of the most articulate, powerful, and though provoking speakers I’ve seen. His unique delivery and style put him head and shoulders above the rest.”

He always stressed the importance of personal development, not only to benefit oneself, but also for those people whose lives we influence with our abundance. Abundance is not something you get on your job. You can make a lot of money, but it’s not abundance. You can buy a lot of stuff – but how many people outside the family, can you help?

If you came from “old money” like Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, or Andrew Carnegie then you could make/leave an impact and help a lot of people. “New money”, are people like Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffett or Bill Gates. The next generation of wealth will come from new technology, and the internet; . Why? The world is getting smaller as the web grows.

WWW is the world wide web, which represents the whole wide world. You don’t have to conquer the whole world, just learn to get “your piece”. The web is going to grow as other counties progress, and it’s not going to slow down as the next generation grows up. If you have a business you need to click and get on your site to reach your customers. If you know others that you can refer, you need to get on board.

If nothing else I would like to introduce you to Mr. Jim Rohn. Sounds like Dave and Dave and a lot of other people have studied his teaching. This has been straight talk, beast mode.


Internet comments

Mona Hasler
Hey Earl, I didn’t know Jim, when he was still here with us. Being a European, his wisdom only reached me with the advent of the internet. I’m grateful for the high widening of my horizon, since I bought an internet connection. Jim Rohn is one of the luminaries I’m grateful to learn from. Thanks for reminding me.

Dr. Steve Sheiner
Jim Rohn was amazing, and it’s so great to read those powerful tributes from some of the other amazing inspirational speakers! Great video from Darren Hardy! Thanks for sharing this Earl. It’s a great reminder and tribute to an incredible person.

Jenny E. Weeks
Earl what a wonderful tribute to Jim Rohn. I will certainly watch some of his videos. You know, there are many young people today who don’t really understand the concept of personal development. Thanks for spreading the message of Jim Rohn.
Sincerely Jenny Weeks

I love Jim Rohn’s wisdom, priceless indeed! Thanks for sharing Earl.

Earl Hackett
Thanks for your comments. His last official speech was in 2009 and you could tell from the audience, that they knew there was not going to be many more. Jim may be gone but he is not forgotten.

Magnifying Mentors


Mentors should never be marginalized. Napoleon Hill always talked about Andrew Carnegie, and Jim Rohn always talked about Earl Shoaff and dozens of people still talk about Jim Rohn. There may not have been a T-Mobil Communication Company, if not for the power of a mentor.

John Stanton, former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board for T-Mobile Communication, blazed a trail in the telecommunication industry because of advice he received from a sincere mentor, named Baker Ferguson, who was Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Whitman College.

When John was a sophomore, in Whitman College, Baker gave a speech, and at the end of his speech he said, “If any of you ever have an issue, come on down to the bank, and we will talk about it.” John assumed that, he meant, what he said, and ended up walking down the road to the bank the next day.

As he was getting ready to knock of the door to Baker’s office his secretary rushed up and said, Mr. Ferguson is very busy, did he have an appointment? Before John could fully explain, what Mr. Ferguson had said the other day, Baker heard them talking, and opened the door and said, “That’s OK, come on in, what can I do for you young man?

Baker Ferguson had graduated from Whitman College and went on to Harvard Business School. He fought in World War II and was a P.O.W. When he came home from the war, he could have gone anywhere in the country, but decided to return to Warsaw Washington to work in the bank, his family had founded.

Under his leadership, that bank became one of the best banks in the country, based on investor’s rate of return. Baker had vision and he was one of the early investors, in the wine industry. At the time of his death, he was considered one of the founding fathers of the wine industry, for Washington State.

Years later when dedicating a building in Baker Ferguson’s honor, and another time, when he gave a speech at a memorial service, he told the story of how he thought, he could “just walk in without an appointment”, and talk with the President of the bank and Trustee of the college.

Maybe he didn’t know that Mr. Ferguson, the bank president was probably one of the busiest people in the town, because he had hundreds of people working for him. He later learned that mentoring, was just a part of his nature.

At the time John dropped in, he was trying to decide if he should attend law school after graduation, and what kind of courses he should be taking. John was surprised that Baker took so much time out of his schedule to talk to him. After their little discussion, “four hours later”, John decided to go to business school instead. After John’s dedication speech, some people came up to him later and said they had the same experience.

Taking time to listen to others and to give guidance must have been the reason Baker came back to Warsaw Washington. Have you had a mentor who left a lasting impression with you? Napoleon Hill and Jim Rohn were my main mentors plus I have discovered many more through Success Magazine and Chris Widener’s Made for Success series.

I still remember the first time I heard Jim speak. Whenever Jim tells his story he always mentions his mentor Earl Shoaff. Likewise, Napoleon Hill always mentions Andrew Carnegie. These two men; Hill and Rohn are always mentioned when people speak about personal development because they had such an impact on the industry and the world.

As a results, of speaking with Mr. Ferguson, John went into the business field, instead of law, where he spent 20 years in the communications business blazing a trail in the communication industry; first as co-founder of the Mc Caw Communication Company, then he founded Western Wireless Communication which turned into Voice Stream which then grew into the communications giant T-Mobile.

People are so busy protecting their job today, that mentoring someone may mean training your future replacement. The world is a lot more competitive now. If you are so busy working on your job and it takes all your time and effort, who else can you help?

Once you get the money out of the way; food on the table, kids fed and bills paid, then you can begin, to do other things. Once you learn to build a system that primes the money pipeline, you won’t have to show up every day like you do with a job. When that happens, you have reached “financial freedom”.

How much would you need to prime your money pipeline? Would $3,000 a month do it for you, or are you looking at $5,000 a month or more. Who will tell your story when you are gone? Who will be your mentor? What will be your legacy? This has been straight talk, no chaser.

Internet comments

Leonie Henskie
Wow Earl, you have the most amazing stories. We really must remember to edify our mentors and leaders over the years. I love how so many people are able to give their time to mentor people. One of the great mentoring programs that happens in New Zealand is Big Brother, and what the mentors do for the young boys there, is fantastic

Yes, it’s always great to mention our mentors. All the successful people do it, and we have the mindset of abundance meaning there is more than enough for everyone!          Thanks Earl.
Tara Woodruff
Thank you, Earl,!! What a fantastic mentorship story! Thank you!


Earl Hackett
Thank you for your comments. Everybody needs somebody to move forward in life. Mentors are those special people that enjoy reaching out to help others. It’s the power of purpose.

Improve your communication skills to build your business

Improving your communication skills is how you take your business to the next level; written, visually or orally. If this is your first time on my blog, you may not know that Jim Rohn was “America’s Foremost Business Philosopher”. He made his first fortune in the network marketing industry, and his next fortune lecturing and motivating people all over the world.

He called it: Communication, Presentation and Testimonials. Jim learned how to give good presentations, he conducted meetings with logic and reason; he attacked the problems and confessed the short comings he had to overcome. He said he was very uncomfortable, when he did his first presentation, it reminded me of my first presentation many years ago. Anything you start for the first time, feels strange and awkward.

He said his mouth was so dry, he could hardly talk and his hands were sweaty. I felt his discomfort my first time also. Jim struggled through his first, but he didn’t stop. He did it again and again, and every time he got better. He practiced the art of communication for over 40 years and became a master. When a newbie in the network marketing business gets up to give their first testimonial, you can see how uncomfortable they are. But 30 days later, you can see a major improvement.

To affect people with words is one of the greatest arts to learn. Learning to effectively use language, can make you a fortune. Over -coming rough life experiences and being able to talk about it is very powerful. Listen to Dave Wood and some of the other leaders and you will learn that everyone struggles, in the beginning. You can take advantage of other people’s experiences by becoming a good listener and taking great notes.

When working with people, you as a leader must learn to respond to “the people who deserve” not the people that just “need”. You may know someone who needs a harvest (a way to make extra money) but if they don’t do the work, they don’t deserve your time. You can help people as much as possible, but you can not carry them on your back. As a leader, you work with those who “plant their seed and their flag”. If someone plants, then they deserve the harvest.

You must teach folks how to deserve your time. You tell them, “If you take one step, I will take two”. “If you take two steps, I will take four”. They step, you step. They don’t step, you don’t step. Last time I signed up in a network marketing business, I signed up as an independent rep, not a dependent rep. “Love everybody but wait for no one”, is what Ty Best said.

When you first get started in anything you have a learning curve to overcome, just keep going until you get to where you want to go. Even babies must learn how to walk. They fall but they get back up again and again.

Then you as a leader must learn the 80 – 20 rule. 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people. Also, be aware the 20% of the people will want 80% of your time. Work with your groups, but focus on the 20% that do most of the work. Realize that you cannot change people. You can help, but they must change themselves.

It’s called “personal” development which means YOU get involved. Join in the conversation. Good communication can help your business and your personal life. To order some of Jim Rohn’s motivational lecture go to the Success Store . Whatever, you do make sure it is the product of your own conclusion. If you start in the any business, get the motivational material. They are full of personal stories and techniques to help you to keep going. This has been straight talk, beast mode.


Internet comments
Sue Price
Awesome post Earl. I was fortunate to have seen Jim Rohn twice live. My husband did a 3-day workshop with him many years back and it really changed the direction of his life. It is difficult to imagine him uncomfortable when he started to speak, but of course we all are. I agree, to affect people with our words is an art and one that I admire. Thanks for a great message and yes the Inner Circle is a great way for people to grow their skills.

Marko ‘X Ray Cat’
Thanks Earl for sharing this great post about improving your communication skills. That’s a skill set that I’m working on daily and not afraid to say this is my weak spot. I recently read the best advise I’ve got and it goes with this post very well – Do things you are afraid to do – just do them. I remember my first video – it took me so much courage to actually upload it to YouTube. I was so scared; what if people don’t like me, what will they think, what if they say something bad, etc? 50 videos later – if you don’t like me, go watch someone else, I don’t care. There are plenty of people who get me, like me and enjoy my unique self 🙂 That goes for you and everyone else as well :-). Just start doing and you will improve!

Yes, practice makes progression, and learning from great speaker will improve your communication in no time. Thanks Earl.

Stephen Rosario
You are helping so many people with the value you provide in these post. Thanks so much for sharing and I will be coming back for sure …

Brent Jackman
Thanks Earl for sharing this. Effective communicating our message to help solve problems, is HUGH. Practice makes perfect.

Earl Hackett Writing well is a skill and a talent, just like speaking well. Practice anything long enough, and you got to get better, over time.

You think it’s all about skill.

But when time gets tough, “it’s will”. Do you have the “will to continue on”, when life throws you for a loop.

Where you start from, does not have to be your end. Inky (Inquoris) was born and raised in the Kirkwood section of Atlanta Georgia. He lived with his grandparents and 13 other family members in a small two bedroom home. I grew up with a sister and two brothers on the East side of Detroit MI. Mom said there were others, but I met them much later in life.

I never slept on a pallet but mom talked about sleeping on pallets when she was young. Mom was a country girl who was born in Mississippi in 1919. Her mom died when she was only eight years old and she never really knew her dad. She was raised by her Aunt and Uncle who didn’t treat her right, so she married young, to get away from them.

Inky focused on sports to escape his surroundings of drugs and violence. When you grow up in a rough neighborhood you see a lots of things. As a youngster he played with the older kids and became strong and tough, along with being bruised and bloody. By the time he played with kids his own age he appeared small, but he was tough and wiry.

When Inky got to the University of Tennessee he felt he have to prove himself. At 5’9″ 153 pounds some though he was not big enough to play at that level. But he proved them wrong. The game of street football got him into college, but he was driven to be the first in his family to finish (graduate from college).

I worked on the auto factory floor my last semester of high school in Detroit MI. Mom did the best she could, but now I was living with my dad, and he was tight with his coins. Poor school performance was not acceptable with him. As a military veteran he instilled discipline and structure for me. I became tired of being broke but refused to mess with dope. I had witnessed a lot of crime and violence in Detroit in the 1960’s and didn’t want to end up in jail. In my mind, if you didn’t have a degree, you worked  in the factories, or you hustled on the streets. Attending college was not even in my radar at that time.

In the Tennessee verses Air Force football game, Inky played the normal fearless game he was known for. When he made that tackle, he didn’t know it would be a life changing event. When he got the word that he would not be able to play football, he was more than saddened, that he could not complete the promise he made to his grandmother. Professional Football was going to be the way for him to support the family.

He finished college because he was already there. I found it always easier to finish something, once you get your foot in the door. I enlisted in the Air Force to get away from the assembly line.  I came to realize that working on the line, was not that fine. My goal was to use the GI Bill to further my education. My life loop came, when I had to get out early to take care of my dad. If his friend  hadn’t stepped in, I don’t know when I would have started college.

Sometimes struggle brings new opportunity. Inky rebuilt his life and used his struggles to inspire and motivate others. Inky is a trail blazer, like a few others who have crossed my path in life.


Cryptocurrency is being linked to physically deposited gold


The ICO (Initial Coin Offering) is hot right now. And with Karatbank blockchain based linking physically deposited gold, it’s about to get hotter. Source: Bitcoinst news in Telegram, “5 interesting token sales projects to look at in February and March.” The Karatabank  coin, was the last of the five choices.

Each 10,000 Karatbank coins are promised to be exchanged for 0.1 gram Cashgold at any time. Most people find it difficult to acquire large gold bars or do not know how to  contact a gold bullion broker. In addition, many people feel like they don’t have a home vault strong enough to physically store gold. Karatbar products are produced by LBMA accredited refineries, but in small gram quantities  from 0.1 gram to 5.0 grams.

The Karatbank coin is designed to used as a generally accepted electronic payment for goods and services.  Gold is considered a traditional, true, secure, and value-stable medium of exchange. Most people think of large heavy gold bars behind large vaults. A large percentage of gold is converted into into items of jewelry and art. 18 percent is located in the vaults of central banks and other monetary institutes, and 16 percent is in the form of bars and coins held by investors.

Below is the Bank of England Gold Vault which contains 4,600 tons of gold. 


This is one of 15 impenetrable bank vaults.   in the world.

Gold was the medium of exchange in the form of gold coins for years, however it has been continually been replaced by banknotes.  The problem with this is, that the value of bank notes, depended on the country. In less developed countries the trustworthiness of legal tender moves towards zero.  As the US currency was taken off the gold backing the value of it’s currency is also falling. When the government starts the printing press to handle their liability, individual have less money value (buying power) in their pocket.

Currently, more than 480,000 customers from more than 120 countries have already bought the smallest gold bars, from Karatbars International GmbH,  which in Headquartered in Stuttgart Germany. The total investment of these customers amounts to nearly Eur 120 million. With this customer base, it’s obvious that the Karatbank coin will achieve a high market capitalization and will create a success story for many.

  The visionary behind the idea of the Karatbank coin is Mr. Harold Seiz, a German entrepreneur founder and owner of several companies, author of books, guest speaker, and founder C.E.O. of Karatbars International GmbH, Stuttgart Germany.

Karatbars International is a global e-commerce company that is based in Stuttgart Germany. The company founded in 2011 specializes in the production and sales of high quality gold products in small, transaction friendly weights.

Karatbars International is not a Multi-Level-Marketing MLM company. Wealth Builders World Wide is an affiliate organization that assist independent business owners (IBO).  For more information go to  the real money.com.



Why should you become a good reader?


Why should you become a good reader?
This blog is from a set of notes taken from the CD lecture series titled, “The Art of Exceptional Living” By Jim Rohn.

There is an art to success, where you become the artist. Your life experiences and the knowledge you gain from others, determine how the final portrait of your life is displayed, for all to see, after you leave this planet.

Reading for personal development gives you more colors to paint your picture. When you work on your personal development you affect those around you. You become a better parent, a better spouse, a better worker and a better boss. Your future is still a work of art (the canvas of your life is still a work in progress) that can be started at any moment. You have a choice, so choose wisely.

One way to learn is from your own experiences. They can be either good or bad experiences. At the basic level, if you put your hand on a hot stove, you learn real quick, not to do that again. Some of the more complex issues of life, like personal relationships, bad career choices, poor life decisions take a little longer to learn.Why not take the time to read about someone else’s experiences, someone who already went through it.

Books have been written on so many subjects, of which an author may have spent a life time, working on an issue. To be able to read a book within a few weeks, could save YOU ten years of doing things the hard way. If you say, “I don’t have time to read”, then be willing to pay the price.

If someone wrote a book on how to earn a million dollars, or how to develop good social relationships, wouldn’t that be worth the effort? What should I read, is a good question? That depends on what you want to do with your life. Good ideas are all around you. But you must search for them. Books have been around for a long, long, time, now we have the internet.

Jim Rohn talked about how, and why, to study in those early years, when he was with his mentor Earl Shoaff. “Study” is the key word, for life change. If you wish to be successful in life, study success. If you wish to be happy, study happiness. He said happiness is not an accident it’s a study, then it becomes a practice.

If you want to be wealthy, then study wealth. If someone had told him about the study of wealth in school, he would have studied wealth 101 and 102. These studies are in the library under communication skills, financial investment, career planning, family relations, and leadership skills. With new technology, they are just a click away.

This is the small list of classics books I would recommend:
Law of Success – Napoleon Hill
Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
The Richest Man in Babylon – George S. Clason
The Greatest Salesman in the World – Og Mandino
See You at the Top – Zig Ziglar
How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
The Power of Positive Thinking – Norman Vincent Peale

This is the small list of the CDs I would recommend:
“Challenge to Succeed” – Jim Rohn
“Take Charge of Your Life” – Jim Rohn
“The Weekend Seminar” – Jim Rohn
“The Art of Exceptional Living” – Jim Rohn

The measure of a man can be judged by his words. These were Jim’s parting words, for many of his programs: “ I wish you a life of health, wealth, and happiness, a life in which you give to yourself the gift of patience, virtue of reason, the value of knowledge, and the influence of faith in your own personal abilities, to dream mightily and to achieve greatly. Do something exceptional.”


I consider myself a good student. Recommend you Click and read the other stories, then join in. Have you ordered anything from the Success Store yet?

Internet comments

Lynn Brown
I love that Earl, when you start off by saying “Reading for personal development gives you more colors to paint your picture” … That is so true and our personal experience can be developed through learning from great mentors like Jim Rohn. Thanks for sharing.

Daphne Dobson
Powerful post Earl! I love Jim Rohn! He was a man of such wisdom. It’s been said that readers are leaders. Thanks for sharing!

X Ray Cat
Thanks Earl. First I absolutely love Jim Rohn and second; reading saved my life! At my lowest point I lost everything and saw no future and had no idea what to do, and how to go on – I turned to books. Within the first year, I got my life back on track. Second year I managed to quit the 9 – 5 slavery and become my own boss. READING was the key.

Leaders are readers so I think being a good reader is necessary.

Stephanie Arwine
I agree with Lynn’s comment. You paint a beautiful word picture.

Earl Hackett
Thank you for the comments. For those too busy to read, they should listen to something positive (on their smart phone) to start their day. YouTube also has a library of positive motivational videos that will brighten up any one’s day.
Healthy Mind, Motivation2Study, Motivation, Team Fearless, Absolute Motivation, Red Frost Motivation, Be Phenomenal, Delon Motivation, TEDx Talks, Eric Thomas, Les Brown, Tony Robbins, and Evan Carmichael to name a few.