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.
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.
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.