Sunday, February 21, 2010

Jim Rohn Is Gone, But his Wisdom Lives On.

Legendary business philosopher, Jim Rohn, passed away December 5, 2009, and was laid to rest Saturday, December 12, 2009, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

The Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Jim Rohn event was held in Anaheim, California, on Saturday, February 6, 2010.

Family, long-time friends and many special guest speakers, including Anthony Robbins, Les Brown, Brian Tracy, Chris Widener, Denis Waitley and Darren Hardy, paid tribute to Jim by sharing their thoughts and insights on some of his most powerful success principles. The event was attended by more than 1,300 people whose lives have been impacted by the wisdom of Jim Rohn.

For more than 40 years, Jim Rohn honed his craft like a skilled artist—helping people the world over sculpt life strategies that have expanded their imagination of what is possible. Those who had the privilege of hearing him speak can attest to the elegance and common sense of his material.

It is no coincidence, then, that he is widely regarded as one of the most influential thinkers of our time, and thought of by many as a national treasure. Jim authored countless books and audio and video programs, and helped motivate and shape an entire generation of personal-development trainers and hundreds of executives from America’s top corporations.

Born to an Idaho farming family in the mid-1900s, Jim was ingrained with a work ethic that has served him well throughout his life. At 25, he met his mentor Earl Shoaff. And over the next six years he made his first fortune, yet didn’t get into speaking until he moved to Beverly Hills, California, when a friend at the Rotary Club asked him to tell his success story, which Rohn titled “Idaho Farm Boy Makes It to Beverly Hills.”

His speech went over so well that he received more invitations to share it, and better yet, they started paying him for it. In the beginning, he spoke in front of college and high-school classes and at service clubs, before moving on to seminars in 1963, which launched him into the personal-development business. From then on, Jim Rohn became a trailblazer in the self help and personal development industry, impacting the lives of millions through his life-changing material.

Jim Rohn focused on the fundamentals of human behavior that most affect personal and business performance. His is the standard to which those who seek to teach and inspire others are compared. He possessed the unique ability to bring extraordinary insights to ordinary principles and events, and the combination of his substance and style captures the imagination of those who hear or read his words.

Jim is known as one of the great wordsmiths of our time. Here is a sampling from Jim’s Treasury of Quotes that reflect on his philosophy on life and business:Skills:

Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.
Don’t wish for less problems; wish for more skills.
Don’t wish for less challenges; wish for more wisdom.

Growth: Don’t join an easy crowd. You won’t grow. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform and achieve are high.

Change: We generally change ourselves for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation.

Activity: The few who do are the envy of the many who watch.

Success: Success is what you attract by the person you become.

Click Here to read more inspiring quotes from Jim Rohn.

Jim shared his message with more than 6,000 audiences and over 5 million people all over the world. He received numerous industry awards including the coveted National Speakers Association CPAE Award and the Master of Influence Award. Jim’s philosophies and influence continue to have worldwide impact. To connect with thousands of people Jim has inspired and influenced, visit the Jim Rohn Fan Page on Facebook.

Bob Oedy, a union organizer in Los Angeles and editor of, wrote:

At the memorial service for Jim Rohn they played a video of Jim reciting the Parable of the Sower was played. He related it to selling but the same could be said for union organizing.

The story goes like this…..

The sower went out to plant seed in the field but some fell by the way side and the birds ate it.

How many times have you been on a job site distributing leaflets or business cards to non-union workers and they discard the information? It happens. You can’t let it bother you though.

Some seed fell upon rock and it sprang up quickly and withered away due to lack of moisture.

See not all the workers we organize will stay union and some will go back to work non-union but we’ve got to keep on organizing.

Some seed fell among thorns and the thorns grew and choked it.

Have you ever had a candidate fail a drug test or quit after some ignorant coworker got a hold of him? Damn! The thorns must have got ‘em. Just keep on organizing.

Other seed fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bared fruit a hundredfold.

In other words, if you keep at it long enough your organizing efforts will pay off for your union. See the sower is ambitious, like most successful organizers. The sower doesn’t spend a lot of time worrying about the seed that gets eaten by the birds or grows and gets choked by the thorns. That’s just part of the process.

In the same way we shouldn’t be discouraged by leaflets that get thrown in the trash or the candidate who schedules an appointment and doesn’t show up. Who knows why certain people repel opportunity? They just do……..

Don’t get upset about it. It will rob you of your ambition.

Some organizers have a tendency to want to go back and analyze every situation, retrace their steps and try over again with the same candidate. It’s often a waste of time. With experience comes wisdom and soon most realize it’s more productive to focus on planting new seeds and ignoring the one’s who don’t work out for whatever reason.

Well, I hope this helps. Keep sowing and eventually your efforts will bare fruit a hundredfold.

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