Thank you, Mr. Rohn

On December 5th, Jim Rohn Passed away.

I never got a chance to thank him personally for the profound effect he had on my life …so I’ll share my gratitude here on this blog with you.

Back in 1994 or so, a friend enrolled me in an MLM called “The People’s Network”. I didn’t make a dime, unfortunately.

But I *did* discover a man who’s words would change my life forever. That man was Jim Rohn.

While I was enrolled in “The People’s Network”, I had a job as a roofing salesman. My job was to drive around and meet with commercial property managers …and sell them the roof repair services of the company that employed me.

I was horrible at it.

Anyway – I spent a ton of time in the car so I asked the guy who “sponsored” me into “The People’s Network” if I could borrow some training tapes to listen to.

He told me he had something even better and loaned me a beat up old series of Jim Rohn’s recordings on cassette. It was a recording of an event that took place in the 80’s and I think it was called “The Weekend Seminar”.

Man, I missed so many appointments because of those tapes! I could NOT stop listening to them. I specifically remember BREAKING tape #11 from playing it so much.

Jim Rohn didn’t really teach marketing or sales stuff. Instead, he taught common sense based approaches to making yourself a better person, increasing your value in the marketplace, and helping other people.

And perhaps his biggest lesson (to me, anyway) was that in order for “it” to get better, “YOU” must get better.

In order to make more money, we have to become more valuable as people. (A goal worth working towards …and often easier said than done.)

The video above contains one of Jim Rohn’s quotes that has always stuck with me. I’ll paraphrase here:

“IT is not too expensive. The problem is YOU cannot afford it.”

When I heard those words it was like being kicked in the ass with a size 15 boot. I realized all the bullshit stories I was telling myself about success and so forth were just that …stories.

And that the only way to really accomplish anything was to work hard, set goals, become a better person, and provide more value to the marketplace than anyone else.

(AKA “Quit screwing around and get your shit together”)

So thanks for the advice, Mr. Rohn. So far, so good.

133 Comments so far »

  1. Jack Schoenberger said

    am December 15 2009 @ 12:03 pm

    You brought back some good memories. I was introduced to Jim Rohn thru TPN also. I was in the Army back then and had my satellite dish set up in the back of my military quarters.

    Was also when I started converting videos into Real Media (.ram) files to post some primitive promotional videos on my home grown TPN bridge page. Made some money but more importantly helped me find a source of positive messages that have meant a lot in my life during good times and bad.

    Thanks Frank.

  2. Mike Prado said

    am December 15 2009 @ 12:51 pm

    Many Thanks Frank…

    for the great tribute to Jim Rohn. Needless to say this planet will miss this “Good Man”. I had the great fortune of hearing Mr Rohn in person. I’ll always remember one of his many great sayings…”It’s not the wind that will affect you, it’s how you trim your sails..”

    He will be sorely missed. He will stay with me always. Thanks again Frank

    All the best,
    Mike Prado

  3. Matt Robson said

    am December 15 2009 @ 2:39 pm

    My fav Jim Rohn quote.

    “Those are called…the FACTS.”

  4. Linda Berry said

    am December 15 2009 @ 4:37 pm


    I have always felt very comfortable with your straightforward, down to earth, style and your drive to leave things better than you found them. I admire the principles which you live and work by. It is with a smile I learn that Jim Rohn is an influence in your life.

    He is a treasure — a place to go to sort it all out… His words of inspiration and wisdom will serve humanity far beyond any of our lifetimes.

    Thank you for all that you do, and for being the example you are, Frank. Your strong and positive influence in this emerging marketplace is something I feel Jim would take great pleasure in knowing he had helped shape.

    Jim Rohn would be honored to be honored by you.


  5. Melysa said

    am December 15 2009 @ 10:37 pm

    Mr. Kern:
    I have never heard of you before, nor did I hear of Mr. Rohn until my mentor mentioned his death this month. It is a shame I only just found out an extraordinary set or group of people out there that are doing exceptional things and all this time I have been in my own little world doing my own little things wondering why I never really got anywhere. At the moment I am working on the old marketing of a beginning business so I can raise money I need to continue my internet project, and I am paying these things off. The amount of money is not huge for books, and it really is simply me and my own limitations, but things are changing. My purpose of writing is to say thank you for your blogs and information. Once I learn or decide on the value I can provide, that will be a big turning point i think. I like to make sure I touch at least one or two of my mentors here and there, and this is my note for you. God bless for Christmas and New Year. Love and appreciation are the most valuable things we can give or receive, so those are my gifts for you today. Thank you. I love you.

    David on 7th December:
    While I am here, thanks for the long intro you made of this person Mr.Rohn who I have only heard of once when one of my mentors mentioned his passing. I usually only pay attention when I find something that brings tears to my eyes and for people who stop for me and listen to me. Thanks for the input about this person who is just the kind of person I would love to be. Imagine being respected and big enough to not have to rush away and go to the next thing. It is a mindset thing. It is also a time thing. Some of the other people really do need to be somewhere and so on… But thank you for that. Seasons greetings!

  6. Khalid said

    am December 15 2009 @ 10:41 pm

    I heard this years ago…Thanks Frank!

  7. Ron Borg said

    am December 18 2009 @ 6:58 am

    The best Jim Rohn line ever: (He was speaking of being competitive…)

    And it’s not just that I wish for me to win. Its that I wish for you to lose. And that is noble on my part. For you learn something valuable each time you lose. So I wish to give you that experience.

    Love that. I’ll miss him.

    Ron Borg

  8. Carsten said

    am December 18 2009 @ 8:16 am

    He is a great inspiration for me!

  9. Ray said

    am December 18 2009 @ 2:17 pm

    Thanks for your tribute to him. I have never heard of him before now and I am glad that i have because of you.

  10. Kellie Hosaka said

    am December 19 2009 @ 7:09 pm


    Mahalo (thank you) for your beautiful words about Jim Rohn. It warms my heart to hear how he affected so many people, even those he never met. Your story on listening his tapes while you were in the car are very inspiring.

    We have had the privilege of working together with Jim in Herbalife. His wise words of wisdom rings over and over in my mind. Thank you again! I was referred to your blog to watch your State of The Internet address and I was so happy to see your post on Jim. You really touched my heart in a deep place today.

    You have taken his words to heart…”For Things To Change, I Have To Change. For Things To Get Better, I Have To Get Better”….”Don’t Wish It Was Easier, Wish You Were Better”..

    Mahalo (thank you), as we say in Hawaii.
    Kellie Hosaka

  11. Ryan Malone said

    am December 20 2009 @ 12:52 pm

    I’ll say, I’m still only newborn in this market that we are all trying to make it in these days, and I’m one for complaining about alot, and I mean, ALOT. I complain that I dont earn enough, I complain that I cant pay the bills, I complain because of EVERYTHING. I have never heard of this guy, but Frank. You are right about those words that kicled you up the arse all those years ago. They are gonna be stickied here for me to refer to every day.

    Sad that I never got to get into Jim Rohn before his passing, but his words will stick with me for some time. Thanks for the tribute Frank.

  12. NOW - New Optimal World said

    am December 21 2009 @ 9:24 pm

    Why did you remove my comments Frank ?

    Without even writing and checking with me ?

    Thank you Jessica Hollies for sharing this page.

  13. Linda said

    am December 28 2009 @ 10:37 am


    Thanks for sharing this, I am not familiar with him but I am now. Can’t wait to hear more from him.


  14. Eli said

    am January 2 2010 @ 1:17 am

    He was a good man. He lives through us.

    Eli The Great.

  15. David Bridge, Jr said

    am January 5 2010 @ 2:43 pm

    wow.. I am in disbelief at the moment, and will be reflecting on some of the notes from the many stories I have heard him tell. Thanks for this post.

    David Bridge, Jr

  16. Giesele said

    am January 14 2010 @ 6:54 pm


    Thank you sooo much for having this video on your blog. I truly love and miss, who I believe is one of the most profound human beings to share the simplicity of words and statements, that stirs up the soul. May it continue to help the masses.

    Thank you Frank, for sharing.


  17. Rick Butts said

    am January 24 2010 @ 2:33 pm

    Hey Frank –

    I was selling tickets to see Tom Hopkins and Jim Rohn when TPN came out. They were based in Dallas where the company I was working for, Results International, was based and we sold the living crap out of TPN.

    Jim Rohn got me into the speaking business – by just speaking. I was fortunate enough to work with him on several live events – and when I self-published my first book The Safari Chronicles – he was gracious enough to give me a testimonial for the back cover. One of the proudest moments of my life.

    I miss Jim, but for the last few years I have enjoyed rolling his videos and listening to his timeless message.

    “How’s your Mother Johnny?”

    “Ahh, Frank, she’s dying….”

    “We all are, Johnny. Act accordingly.”

    Jack Nicholson – The Departed

  18. Dawn Billings said

    am January 31 2010 @ 4:46 pm

    Thank you for this tribute Frank.

    I loved Jim Rohn. My son and I were involved in TPN as well.

    My son Corbin, began watching these great orators at 9 years old. He was inspired by the great teachers like Les Brown, Jim Rohn, Mark Victor Hansen, Og Mandino, and so many others. From them, he learned that he learned to believe in his capacity to make a difference.

    My son was diagnosed with restrictive air disease at 9, and had tumors growing in his sinus cavities so large they were pushing his eyes out of his sockets. He had to have 2 very frightening and dangerous surgeries and when he was healing from the first one, he decided to make a difference in the world by helping to clean up the air by getting people to help him plant trees, which are the lungs of the planet. His name is Corbin Billings. He became known as the “Tree Kid” and he got 169,000 trees planted when he was only 10. He became the youngest professional inspirational speaker in the history of The National Speakers Association when he was 11. There was no child category so he met all the adult requirements.

    Corbin shared the TPN stage with Jim Rohn, Les Brown, Mark Victor Hansen and other greats when he was chosen as the ONLY child faculty member of TPN just before they were bought out by PrePaid Legal.

    We didn’t make any money either, but we made a fortune in life lessons that have served us ever since. Since TPN, I have written over 20 books and created a Women’s Networking organization called The Heart Link Network, which is dedicated to helping professional women live the dreams in their hearts, and Corbin wrote 4 books by the time he was 13,that sold in several countries. We started our own publishing company so that we could give all the money we made speaking back to the planet.

    Corbin’s first book is entitled “The ABCs of Becoming Great”, which sold in many countries. It is wonderfully encouraging, pithy, and simply profound. He has since grown up, graduated Valedictorian of his high school, has just finished his first novel and a few weeks ago graduated from USCs prestigious Film School. He has won numerous awards for volunteering and scholastic excellence, but it all began in part because of the amazing Mr. Jim Rohn.

    Thanks again for the tribute.
    Dawn L Billings,
    CEO and Founder of The Heart Link Network
    Creator of the NEW Parenting Tool/TOY called CAPABLES
    author of over 20 books

  19. Glyn @ The GatAttitude Blog said

    am February 17 2010 @ 2:50 pm

    Jim Rohn’s work change my life in a very powerful way. For that saying “think you” just don’t really seem to cut it… I only wish I could have thanked him in person. Next to Mr. Rohn there is Eben Pagan and the great Frank Kern. Frank… thanks for all you do.

  20. Mike said

    am March 22 2010 @ 10:36 pm

    Great post Frank. Jim Rohn was definitely one of a kind! Also, thanks for giving away those training videos. I have been watching them the last few days and learned much.


  21. sameh said

    am March 24 2010 @ 2:45 am

    Jim Rohn is and will always be the best. I have attended some of his seminars in Europe , got all of his DVDs and Books. he was an still an inspiration to me and to a lot of my friends , who i introduced them to him!

    Success is something you attract , by the person you become ! this statement REALLY changed my life. i become an attractive person .. and i can find everyone in my company , really keen to come and offer me a job either in the company or to work with them in next business they are willing to open!

  22. Quinton said

    am March 25 2010 @ 10:35 am

    Jim was the best period!

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  24. Bobby Freiler said

    am June 4 2010 @ 8:02 am

    Great video Frank!

  25. Brett said

    am June 26 2010 @ 6:02 pm

    Im very saddened to learn Jim Rohn passed away. He was a great motivational person to me and he was unique in how he approached his motivational seminars. No showbiz type stuff, just commonsense delivered in a his style.
    “Do what you can” “If you motivate and idiot, you have a motivated idiot” were my favorite phrases.. RIP Sir, you are missed.

  26. Wayne Lambert said

    am July 1 2010 @ 2:58 pm

    Yes, Jim has had a profound impact on my life and has greatly assited along with the likes of Tony Robbins, Chris Howard, George Zalucki and Brian Tracy in taking my psychology to an entirely new level. Thank you so much.

    Jim’s basic teachings told me to always be at cause to the things in my life rather than be at the effect of them. Take responsibility and understand that success is an inside out job.



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    I have invested thousands of dollars on books and audio programs over the past 15 yrs. Jim Rohn is my absolute favorite. It’s because of him that I “changed the set of my sail” and started a library, and started my journals, to leave a legacy for my g-kids.

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  29. Tutor Phil said

    am August 24 2010 @ 5:49 am

    I was lucky enough to meet Jim Rohn at his seminar in Dallas back in 2007. I have to say – if it were not for his influence, I would still be seeking meek security in life.
    But his lessons, especially the one about the Law of Averages, changed my life. I suddenly realized that I could be successful, too. All I had to do was try new things and strive to get better and better.
    RIP, Jim.

    And, Frank, your video on Core Influence was my first real exposure to your work (aside from a few youtube videos). This is going to be another life-changing event for me. Thank you.


  30. Jane said

    am August 30 2010 @ 8:21 pm

    I also listen to Jim Rohn’s tapes and he has influenced me deeply with his life teachings and humored me. I am very sadden by this. =(

    I wish I had the opportunity to have met him. Thank you for posting his video.


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    I discovered Jim Rohn recently, and even when in the beginning I found his accent too distracting for me, I think his words have had a really big impact on me… We’ll never forget you, Mr. Rohn!

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  33. Don Martinez said

    am September 23 2010 @ 1:47 am

    I had the pleasure of meeting Jim Rohn in the late “80’s” I still remember attending one of his seminars in orange County California. His program “Take Charge of Your Life” changed my life. His philosophy and instruction helped me start my journey to Entrepreneurship. As a business owner and entrepreneur Jim was not only a friend but a true teacher. He will be missed. Thank you for all your wisdom and inspiration.

    My library of instruction for Jim
    The Art of Exceptional Living
    The Power of Ambition
    The Challenge to Succeed
    Cultivating an Unshakable Character
    The Weekend Seminar
    The Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle
    The Seasons of Life
    The Treasury of Quotes
    Leading an Inspired Life

    Don Martinez
    Chariman & Founder
    The Domar Group, Inc

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