Jim Rohn’s Rules of Success

“Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.” — Jim Rohn

This post is inspired by one of the greatest business philosophers in recent times: the late Jim Rohn. It contains some of his most popular sayings.

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”

Set your own goals. We all have goals we would like to achieve. But how many of us plan how we are going to get there, and take action that moves us towards our goals? And how many of us are 100%, absolutely rock-solid sure that they are OUR goals and not someone else’s idea of the goals you should have?

“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.”

Think big. Don’t set small goals. Instead, set big goals that excite you, that stretch you, and are going to push you out of your comfort zone. If you set small goals, you will take small actions towards them — and that makes it far easier to procrastinate and work slowly. So if your goal is to be an expert in your discipline in two years time, you are going to have to take consistent action towards it. Small goals can make you lazy. Big goals, reviewed regularly, will produce the best results.

“You say, “The country is messed up.” That’s like cursing the soil and the seed and the sunshine and the rain, which is all you’ve got. Don’t curse all you’ve got. When you get your own planet, you can rearrange this whole deal. This one you’ve got to take like it comes.”

Know your obstacles. You can use these as an excuse to stay where you are, or you can accept that whatever you do in life you are going to come across obstacles, and that you have the capability to deal with them.

“Either you run the day or the day runs you.”

Manage your time. Every day you will be faced with a multitude of tasks to complete. But don’t just work your way through them all like a zombie. Planning comes before action.

“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”

Be a student of life and a lifelong student. Studying is not just for the young. Keep your mind active with fresh ideas, whether from reading books, attending lectures, watching documentaries, studying online, or learning from day to day experiences.

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”

Exercise regularly and eat healthily. You only have one body, one chance of getting it right. You need to be healthy if you want to succeed. Okay, you can succeed without being healthy, but what fun is that? You need to be healthy in order to enjoy the benefits of what you have achieved.

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

Know that small actions have large consequences. You can fail by repeating just one small error every day. A good example: eating just one extra chocolate biscuit (that’s a small chocolate covered cookie to my US audience!) could lead to an extra 10 lb weight gain in a year. One extra biscuit a day = one small error in judgement, repeated every day!

“The best motivation is self-motivation. The guy says, “I wish someone would come by and turn me on.” What if they don’t show up? You’ve got to have a better plan for your life.”

Learn to motivate yourself. You can’t wait for external motivation, it has to come from inside.

“For every promise, there is a price to pay.”

Be prepared to pay the price. Success doesn’t come cheap, or easy. The price you pay will be in time, in effort, in learning, and being prepared to fall down and pick yourself up, time and time again.


“Don’t wish it was easier; wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems; wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges; wish for more wisdom.”

Life is a challenge. Instead of wishing for everything to be easy, for only good things to happen to you, and for the path to success to be smooth, spend the time improving your mind and your skills. You can make things better by improving yourself first.

What are your favourite Jim Rohn quotes? Got any more to add to this list?

Originally published at incrediblezen.net on May 24, 2017.



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Angie W

Angie W

Positivity and resilience coach. Live every day in a positive way. Definitely not a Pollyanna though so don’t expect all sweetness, light and blind optimism!