Emotions can be negative or positive. We make decisions based on inspiration or desperation. Both encourage action.
Jim Rohn talked about the time he opened the door to a little girl scout who was selling cookies. Jim had been working for some time, but he didn’t have any money, and he didn’t want to tell the little Girl Scout he didn’t have any money. So, he lied. He told her he had bought some earlier, and they still had some cookies in the house.
When she left he said to himself, “I don’t want to live like this anymore. I’m married, living in America, the land of opportunity, and I’m so broke I can’t afford to buy Girl Scout cookies, and on top of that, I’m lying to a girl scout. How low can I go?”
From that point on, he said he was going to find a way to improve his financial situation. As fate happened, he met Earl Shoaff, a wealthy businessman who had a straightforward way, of explaining some fundamental principles that changed Jim’s life forever. Earl died within five years, but he left a powerful impact. What event will cause you to make a change?
Jim Rohn made a fortune in network marketing and then went on to start another career, as a motivational speaker and coach for millions. He was my mentor (by way of his CD/DVD lecture series) for a couple of years before he died.
There was a movie that came out several years ago; it was titled “Pay It Forward”. In the movie, a young junior high student does something to really help someone and they cannot pay it back, they must pay it forward, they must do a favor to help three other people.
“When I write about Jim, this is my way of paying it forward. There are so many excellent motivational speakers, but for me there was only one, Jim Rohn. Most of us like the idea of learning how to be wealthy, but he takes it to a deeper level. He talks about living a successful and happy life.
If money was the only indicator of success, how come, some wealthy people commit suicide? Money is great, but having money and a good life is even better. The Bible talks about what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul. Thirty pieces of silver was a lot of money, but his name was Judas, and he committed suicide. If you would like to connect directly with the works of Jim Rohn, google the Success Store.
I made a decision that changed my life, and it pushed me into this path. Three more years, is what I was looking at, before “full retirement”. I know my decision was made in desperation. Reminds me of another movie, I think is was titled “Network” where people stick their head out the window and yell, “I’m mad as hell and I can’t take it any more”.
Who knows, if I struggled for three more years on “that job” what it would have taken out of me. Would I still able to do this – blogging thing? Now this is part of my legacy that I leave my kids. My inspiration came from a man I only met through CD’s and audio tapes. Thank you, Jim, and I know I’m not alone.
I have discipline, because that is what you learn in the military. Jim said in one of his lectures, we should ask ourselves not what am I making here (on the job), but what am I becoming here. It’s not what you make, but what makes you, that counts. Personal development is an ongoing process. Anyone can, but few will attempt, why, because it’s also easy, not to.
The journey to personal development is never ending, but so worth the trip. Why not join in? What do you say to the person in the mirror three years from now, when you are in the same position, dealing with the same people ?
I agree 100% , Jim Rohn was an icon of integrity in personal development and business!
Hi Earl, I love your blogs and love the steps you have taken to get to where you are now. I love your quote from the Bible and the one that man cannot live on money alone. Love your writing. Thank you for another inspiring blog.
Thank you for your comments. Inspiration or desperation are emotions that require action. Thirty pieces of silver was a fortune, but his name was Judas and he hung himself. It was not the money, but what he, had done. In the dictionary Judas, is the one name associated with the person who betrays another under the guise of friendship.