Described as “America’s foremost business philosopher”, Jim Rohn was an entrepreneur, writer and motivational speaker who was the mentor of Tony Robbins and had a significant influence on the personal development industry before passing away in 2009.

I’ve discussed his “Ant Philosophy” in a previous post and today wanted to share with you some great quotes from him.

Over the course of his 40+ year career, Jim came up with many terrific quotes that aren’t just inspirational, but thought-provoking and challenging as well.

I’ve chosen five of his best for this post, although there were many more that I could have used.

Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.  This is a terrific quote as it reminds us that life isn’t always going to be easy and if you are going to be successful, you will need to persist and grow as an individual.  When you come across a difficult challenge, don’t throw your hands up in despair and hope for someone to take away your problem, rise to the challenge of overcoming your obstacles.

We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.  I have experienced both in my life and know which one I prefer.

The pain of discipline hurts slightly now and pays off big-time in the future.

The pain of regret or disappointment pays of slightly now and hurts a lot in the future.

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.  This is such a challenging and inspiring quote.  Personally, I aspire to live a bold, courageous and impacting life.  I can only do this if I don’t allow myself to be bound by the trivial elements that can sometimes distract us and hold us back.

A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.  This is a nice, succinct summary of the role of leadership.

Too many times, managers think that it’s their job to dispose of those who are struggling in their roles.  How much better is it to help them to improve their performance and assist them to make a valued contribution to your organisation.  It takes more skill and character to do this, but it is worth it in the end.

In addition, equipping your talented people to go to the next level in their development is a terrific challenge.  Deliberately going out of your way to do this will encourage you to continue to grow so that you have something to offer them.

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.  This speaks for itself.  Don’t fall into the trap of hoping that the qualification that you received when you were in your 20’s will carry you for the rest of your career.  A focus on constant and never-ending improvement throughout your career will hold you in good stead and assist you to maximise your strengths and talents.

Great people like Jim Rohn have made significant contributions to those around them, leaving a legacy that will continue well beyond their life-time and challenging others to be their best.  I have certainly benefited from his words of wisdom and aspire to impact others as he did.

Which of these quotes resonated with you the most?  Is there another great Jim Rohn quote that you would like to share?

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