46 Motivational Life Lessons from Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn is an American entrepreneur, author, and renowned motivational speaker. He has shared his message with more than 6,000 audiences and over 5 million people all over the world. In this post, we have compiled 46 motivational life lessons from Jim Rohn. 


46 Motivational Life Lessons from Jim Rohn

Either you run the day or the day runs you.

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.

Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.

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

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

The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.

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.

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.

Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people.

You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.

We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.

Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness – great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, a great reputation, and great joy.

Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know.

It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.

Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.

Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value.

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.

When you know what you want, and want it bad enough, you will find a way to get it.

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.

Maturity is the ability to reap without apology and not complain when things don’t go well.

There are only 3 colors, 10 digits, and 7 notes; it’s what we do with them that’s important.

The worst thing one can do is not to try, to be aware of what one wants and not give in to it, to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialized – never knowing.

If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need the motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around.

Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.

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

Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea.

If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.

To solve any problem, here are three questions to ask yourself: First, what could I do? Second, what could I read? And third, who could I ask?

Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.

Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.

Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.

Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.

The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.

Whatever good things we build end up building us.

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.

Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.

Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.

The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become.

Don’t just read the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it, but you will never grow from it.

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

Character isn’t something you were born with and can’t change, like your fingerprints. It’s something you weren’t born with and must take responsibility for forming.

The more you know the less you need to say.

It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions.

Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.

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