My Philosophy for Successful Living by Jim Rohn

Personal development can be boiled down to taking information in, being inspired by it, allowing yourself to be transformed by it, and inspiring others to do the same.  That last part is important – we don’t live in a vacuum.  Share what you learn with others.

You are only paid for what you bring to the marketplace.  Jim may be talking about the financial marketplace here, but all a marketplace is, is a place where people trade.  When you have the capacity to give, you will receive as well.  It may not always be in the way you expect, but you will receive.  The universe is a marketplace.

But you must have something to give in the first place.  Develop that.

You are your own product.

Forget your excuses.  Identify the obstacles within.

“If you refine and change your philosophy, everything around you will change as well.”

Work hard on your job and you’ll make a living.  Work hard on yourself and you’ll make a fortune.

Don’t wish for your life to be easier.  Work on making yourself better.


“… that which does not evolve does not prosper and does not survive.”

“Becoming a skilled communicator is one of the best investments you can make in yourself.”

Do your honest best to maintain your physical fitness.

Learn from others experiences, both their failures and successes.

“You can have all you want out of life if you endeavor to help others.”

Work is necessary.  Don’t shirk it.

Stuff takes time.  Work on it, but don’t berate yourself if you aren’t seeing the results you want as quickly as you want. Monitor, but don’t rush.

Personal Responsibility.  Self-Education.  Self-Development.

Six Steps:

  1. Be Productive. (“Your goal should be to produce something of worth and value for the world.”)
  2. Value Relationships.  People who don’t make a contribution to society often find themselves alone.
  3. Respect Your Origins.  Celebrate where you come from!
  4. Spiritual Health.  (Whatever that means to you.)
  5. Build an Inner Circle.
  6. Plant the seeds.  You just need to plant the seeds and care for them.  You don’t have to make the plant itself.

Focus on the other person and what you can do for them.

“He that wishes to be the greatest, let him find a way to serve the many.

You are the only problem you have.  And you are the only solution.

“You can’t win if you’re a victim.”

Even if you’ve got no idea what you are doing, you can still win.

When (not if) you lose, know that you will recover.

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