Monday, December 7, 2009

Tribute to Jim Rohn

"Don't bring your need to the marketplace, bring your skill. If you don't feel well, tell your doctor, but not the marketplace. If you need money, go to the bank, but not the marketplace."
Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn was born on September 17, 1930 and passed away last week, December 5, 2009.
I didn't know him personally but I had the chance to hear him live during one of his presentations in Dallas, Texas, during one of the networking conferences I attended. I was very impressed with his non-nonsense kind of approach to life and business. That's why I purchased one of his courses "The Weekend Seminar - Skills for the 21st Century." I must have listened to the tapes several times because his philosophy of life is so practical.

He builds his approach on 5 Pillars:

• Philosophy - how you think
• Attitude - how you feel
• Action - what you do
• Results - measure often to see if you are making progress
• Lifestyle - the kind of life you can make for yourself out of the first four pieces

He contributes most of his success to a mentor he had very early in life, John Earl Shoaff who was a self-made businessman himself. Coming also from a farming background, Jim could relate to John E. Shoaff's philosophy of simplicity and honesty. This following video gives an account of his experience:

As many people have said about Jim, he cannot be defined but rather has to be experienced. He was one of America's great modern day philosophers, business men and public speakers. I am glad to have heard him once.
May you rest in peace, Jim

Here is another tribute to John Rohn on his official website:

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