Thursday, September 24, 2015

Most Influential People - Jim Rohn

I was exposed to Mr. Rohn's self help material in the form of a six part cassette titled "The Challenge to Succeed".  My dear friend loaned it to me when I was 21 and in college which I believe was loaned to him from a mentor or friend.  The knowledge packed into that program completely changed my life for the better.  It was the right material at the right time.  I would have been too immature or unreceptive to the message had I received it sooner.

Perhaps his most radical idea which has become cornerstone in my life is what he calls "The 5 major pieces to the life puzzle".  They are:
  1. Philosophy - The sum of your knowledge
  2. Attitude - How you feel about what you know and the emotions behind the knowledge
  3. Activity - The manifestation of your ideas into reality.  Actions, habits, etc.
  4. Results - Feedback loop for self improvement and self evaluation.
  5. Lifestyle - Making Joy and Happiness priorities in life; building and maintaining relationships.
Amazingly, I was able to find a video youtube hasn't taken down yet of one of his weekend lectures which would have cost > $500 to attend.  In this video, he tells you about who he is and how he got to be where he is, which is a very interesting story alone.  He'll spend a good 30 minutes on each of these key points above as well as cover a ton of other things.

Yes, it's over 4 hours long and it covers a ton of material.  But if you seriously want to absorb the content and allow it to alter how you think for the better, than I suggest dedicating a full half day to it.  Grab a notebook and pen and take some notes too.  Then listen to it a few times over while driving or at work.  Let the ideas seep into your subconscious thoughts and you'll suddenly find yourself a different person.  

That's exactly what happened to me.  I still listen to this whole lecture occasionally, at least once a year.  So, without further adue, I give you my favorite business philosopher one of the most influential role models.  If you like this, I recommend all of his books and talks.  I've read and heard them all.

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