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.