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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.

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In today’s Knowledge Age, there’s no getting away from this reality.  If you are aspiring to be a genuinely effective leader in this day and age, you need to make sure that you are continuing to expand your intellect through reading.

The most common excuse for not reading more is that there just isn’t enough time.  I know because it’s an excuse that I’ve used myself on many occasions.  However, the more that I read, the more that I realise how much time I’m wasting on other things that are much less important.

What are some simple ways to get started on improving your leadership through reading?

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Winston Churchill was the British Prime Minister during most of World War 2 and was seen as a resolute leader whose inspiring speeches maintained the morale of a nation.

Among his many honours include a Nobel Prize for Literature, being the first person to receive a Honourary US Citizenship whilst still alive and in a 2002 BBC poll was rated as the greatest Briton of all from a list of 100. 

What can we learn from Winston Churchill?

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northeast tower of Forbidden City in night light

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There was once an Emperor from China who had no children and needed to choose a successor.

Thousands of children from across the kingdom came to the palace and were surprised when the Emperor exclaimed that he was going to choose one of them.  He gave them all a seed.  They were to go home to their villages, plant the seed in a pot and tend it for a year.  When they return in a year, the Emperor would judge their efforts and choose his successor.

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Bannister and Landy

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In 1954, Roger Bannister was the first man to run the mile in under four minutes, an achievement that still ranks with the greatest athletic achievements of all time.  Forbes magazine ranked this as the greatest athletic accomplishment of the past 150 years. 

What can we learn from such an achievement?

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As a leader, there’s a saying that’s been on my mind for a few months now.  “If there’s a problem, leadership’s the problem.  If there’s a solution, leadership’s the solution.”

If you’re a leader or aspiring to leadership here’s what this can mean for you and your organisation:

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