Thursday, July 17, 2014

What It Means to Be Fruitful
Written by Jim Rohn

Over the years I've learned to challenge my audiences to turn their response to the ideas and information they receive into results. According to the Biblical story, the first couple, Adam and Eve, was instructed to be fruitful—to produce some results.

Fruitful is kind of an interesting word; it denotes abundance. Here's what I think fruitful, abundance and productivity mean—to go to work on producing more than you need for yourself. I think we fulfill that command given to us so long ago to be productive, to produce far more than we need for ourselves, by blessing others, blessing our nation and blessing our enterprise.

Challenge yourself to produce more ideas than you need for yourself so you can share and give your ideas away. Produce more in terms of substance, money, treasure and all things valuable to human beings, far more than you need for yourself.

I am reminded of R.G. LeTourneau's story, the man who built the big earth moving machines. It was his goal to someday give away 90 percent of his income—giving away far more than anyone could possibly imagine. Ninety percent is an awful lot to give away, but you should have seen the 10 percent that was left.

Once abundance starts to come, once someone becomes incredibly productive, it's amazing what the numbers turn out to be. It's amazing what it finally totals. So make sure when you are given the opportunity, that you turn your response into results, thus the chance to be more fruitful and more giving.

Jim Rohn, America's Foremost Business Philosopher, reprinted with permission from Jim Rohn International © 2014. As a world-renowned author and success expert, Jim Rohn touched millions of lives during his 46-year career as a motivational speaker and messenger of positive life change. For more information on Jim and his popular personal achievement resources or to subscribe to the weekly Jim Rohn Newsletter, visit www.JimRohn.com.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Simple Strategies to Success
Written by Jim Rohn

My original mentor, Mr. Earl Shoaff, over a five-year period of time before he died at age 49, taught me some extraordinarily simple things.

He only went through the 9th grade in school. He never finished high school, never went to college, never went to a university. So he put his experiences and ideas in very simple language, which, I think for me, a kid from the farms of Idaho, was so important.

When I would say, “This is all the company pays,” Mr. Shoaff would say, “No, that is all they pay YOU.” I thought, “That is a new way to look at it.” I told him things cost too much. But he said, “No, you can't afford them.” Well, that was a new concept for me. He promised that if I would improve, then I would qualify for more money. So I learned that we don't have to work on the company, we have to work on ourselves.

If it had been technical, I would have missed it. If it had been mystic, I would have backed away. But it was just basic, blunt “a-b-c” familiar stuff that I hadn't thought of before. For me it was the beginning of what he called personal development.

Mr. Earl Shoaff also taught me that life puts some of the more valuable things on the high shelf so that you can't get to them until you qualify. If you want the things on the high shelf, you must stand on the books you read. With every book you read, you get to stand a little higher.

And the biggie that forever had an impact on me: “Success is something you attract by the person you become.” That phrase changed my life. Success is not to be pursued, but to be attracted by the person you become.

Put your energy into becoming a better you, the best you. Learn the skills. Practice the skills. Attract the success.

Those simple strategies and ideas helped change my life, forever, for the better. Thank you, once again, Mr. Shoaff.

Jim Rohn, America's Foremost Business Philosopher, reprinted with permission from Jim Rohn International © 2014. As a world-renowned author and success expert, Jim Rohn touched millions of lives during his 46-year career as a motivational speaker and messenger of positive life change. For more information on Jim and his popular personal achievement resources or to subscribe to the weekly Jim Rohn Newsletter, visit www.JimRohn.com.