Jim Rohn has made such an incredible impact on my life, I’ve listened and watched everything he possibly has out there and I continue to study the way he lived his life. This book was a great refresher on a lot of material I have learned from watching his seminars, to sum it up, it’s PURE GOLD.Jim says there are Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle.
It’s simple, those who are extremely successful didn’t become successful from what they received but instead who they became.
– A major factor IN determining how our lives turn out is the way we choose to think. Everything that goes on inside the human mind in the form of thoughts, ideas, and information forms our personal philosophy.
-Our philosophy influences our habits and behavior.
-The greatest challenge of life is to control our thinking. “We need to be able to reset the sail when the wind blows us in the wrong direction.” When bad thoughts come in your mind, bad influences show up in the room, consciously recognize them and refocus.
– “Our lives are greatly affected by what we know since what we know determines the decision we will make.”
– The thoughts and feelings we allow ourselves to have today are crucial, for they are contributing to our future.
– Our attitude is shaped by the decision and choices we have made based on the knowledge we have acquired.
3 MAJOR QUESTIONS YOU MUST ASK YOURSELF.
Q1 Who am I around?
-Those who can reach us and affect us on a daily basis should inspire us and not spread the seeds of doubt and dissent with their pessimism, complaining, and ridicule of others.
Q2 What effect are they having?
-What books do they have us reading? How do they have us taking? They may mean well but if their effect is wrong they must go.”
Q3 Is that Acceptable?
– YES YES YES. Negative influence is too powerful and too threating. Never underestimate the power of influence. It’s powerful because it has the capacity to change us.
The Value of Limited Association
– You can’t avoid certain co-workers, family members/relatives but you can limit the time you spend with them. Be extremely conscious of what is going on when you’re near these people, understand if they complain all day that you don’t need to buy into their pessimistic thoughts. Focus on your own philosophy.
– Our level of activity MUST equal our level of intent. We can’t just want success.
-Every time we choose action over rest we develop an increasing level of self-worth, self-respect, and self-confidence.
-It is not what we get but what we become that determines our success.
-The major accomplishments in life begin with the mastery of small disciplines.
– Better results come from being a better person, we attract what we are. The vast majority has this backward they say “I would do better if I had more money instead of realizing, they would have more money if they were better and invested more into themselves to learn.”
-The only difference between the CEO and the homeless man is what they know and how they use their 24 hours. BOTH ARE HUMAN.
– Those who can not save a few pennies out of meager earnings will never be able to save dollars out of fortunes.
– If we spend more money on donuts then books that says a lot about our personal progress.
– Lifestyle is a function of attitude and personal values.
– Lifestyle is a reflection on who and what we are, what we think has an impact on our actions.
Success or Failure depend on 1) What we know 2) How we feel about what we know and 3) What we do with it.
At the end of the book, he goes on to say these five pieces won’t work unless you aren’t afraid to step out of your comfort zone or as Steve Harvey likes to put it “JUMP”.
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