Jim Rohn Dies [A Tribute to the America’s Foremost Business Philosopher]

On December 5, 2009, legendary business man and motivational speaker Jim Rohn died of pulmonary fibrosis.

Jim’s life story–his rag to riches success, from grunt to guru–is interesting. You might relate.

What You Should Know about Jim Rohn

He was born in Idaho to a family of farmers and likely to become a farmer. Yet, young Jim wanted more out of life so he went off to college

However, he dropped out to start a family and try his hand as a salaried worker.

He hated every moment of it.

In fact, every day on his 9-to-5 job he became more convinced that he’d never achieve the sort of personal success and wealth he always dreamed about it.

Then he met John Earl Schoaff.

The Man Who Turned Jim Rohn’s Life Around

Schoaff–a successful entrepreneur–impressed young Rohn with his tremendous wealth, charisma and business empire.

Shortly after they met, Rohn joined Shoaff’s direct sales organization. It didn’t take Rohn long to see that if he applied the business truths that Schoaff was sharing with him, he could be a millionaire at a very young age.

Tragically, Schoaff died just a couple of years later. But Rohn spent enough time with Schaoff to have his mentor’s success rub off on him…

Just a year after Schoaff died, Rohn topped the millionaire mark. At the ripe old age of 31.

In the spirit of his mentor, Rohn traveled the world for the next 4o years sharing the secrets behind his success.

And probably one of the greatest legacies Rohn left behind were his quotes–his “Vitamins for the Mind.”

In honor of an extraordinary man, we’d like to share some of the best of these quotes. Twenty-five in all.

And by the way, don’t miss the one about motivating an idiot. It’s classic!

25 Exceptional Quotes by an Extraordinary Man

“Something will master and something will serve. Either you run the day or the day runs you; either you run the business or the business runs you.”

“The key factor that will determine your financial future is not the economy; the key factor is your philosophy.”

“Indecision is the thief of opportunity.”

“Better understated than overstated. Let people be surprised that it was more than you promised and easier than you said.”

“Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.”

“One customer, well taken care of, could be more valuable than $10,000 worth of advertising.”

“Nothing teaches character better than generosity.”

“Asking is the beginning of receiving. Make sure you don’t go to the ocean with a teaspoon. At least take a bucket so the kids won’t laugh at you.”

“You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills.”

“To solve any problem, there are three questions to ask yourself: First, what could I do? Second, what could I read? And third, whom could I ask?”

“Don’t set your goals too low. If you don’t need much, you won’t become much.”

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”

“‘No’ puts distance between you and the wrong influence.”

“Show your contempt for the problem and your concern for the person.”

“At the end of each day, you should play back the tapes of your performance. The results should either applaud you or prod you.”

“Managers help people to see themselves as they are. Leaders help people to see themselves better than they are.”

“Make sure the outside of you is a good reflection of the inside of you.”

“The Bible gives us a list of human stories on both sides of the ledger. One list of human stories is used as examples – do what these people did. Another list of human stories is used as warnings – don’t do what these people did. So if your story ever gets in one of these books, make sure they use it as an example, not a warning.”

“There is no greater leadership challenge than parenting.”

“Words do two major things: They provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness.”

“Motivation alone is not enough. If you have an idiot and you motivate him, now you have a motivated idiot.”

“How long should you try? Until.”

“Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don’t fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.”

“Miss a meal if you have to, but don’t miss a book.”

“Be a collector of good ideas, but don’t trust your memory. The best collecting place for all of the ideas and information that comes your way is your journal.”

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Golden Real Estate

Great post. Some of his quotes can give quite an inspiration to professionals in the real estate market.

Mile High Real Estate

Good posting guys. Indeed these quotes are truly motivational for real estate pros who would want to excel in their profession.

Patrick Willibald Mushingwa

Jim Rohn’s words, sentences, speech, and grammar is tough…. Man that guy was surly very tough

I only got to know Jim After he had already died… And I have been feeding off his messages day in day out, I have constantly related to his powerful speeches and it has cost me great healing by genuinely exercising to this God given words I strongly believe.

Here is one “by Jim Rohn” Anything worth doing is worth doing even if done badly…

The is pain in that ^ I mentioned and shame, but the rewards are great coz life is not always how we see it but once again”by Jim Rohn” we get what we deserve in life…

My his soul rest in peace.

So much more I can mention

    Gary Elwood

    Well said Patrick…Jim was personal hero of mine too. He was one the first personal development teachers I ever heard…and his words, that I listened to over and over over, changed my life! Amen, my his soul rest in peach. Take good care, Gary


I would have liked to have attended to his seminars.

Every time I wanted to quit anything, I’d listen to his speeches. They made me smile and laugh, and motivated me to keep going.

I’m sure he is now in heaven doing his sermon on the mount 😊

Rest in peace Jim Rohn!

You are forever an inspiration!

Bonnie Cook

Today is 5/30/22, and I have been listening to Jim Rohn’s material periodically for 2 years now. Such a gifted man. Words cannot express my gratitude at the wealth of information I’m getting through hearing and then receiving what he has left us — especially those sayings especially for me. As everything isn’t for everybody. Pick out what’s for you, write it down, take it home. I strongly urge you then meditate on it. A lot of people are completely confused on meditation. Meditation is on something, on something valuable such as information like what Jim gives us. Not meditating on nothing. That will crack you up soon enough. I only wished that I could meet his children and have a brief sit down lunch with them. They must be a tremendous blessing to us all. Thank you for a platform from which to share.


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