Let me start by saying this is a very easy read and I found it to be one of the best books I have ever read in my life. I’m not big into fables or stories, but when it’s connected with invaluable life lessons I find it certainly worth the time. This material will stick with me for the rest of my life and I believe it will for you as well.Note: The ending is very emotional. (Won’t give away what happens.)Instead of giving you the story itself which is worth the read, I’ll give you the life lessons or known as in the book as the 12 Pillars of Success.1st Pillar Personal Development
“The only way things are going to change for you is when you change.”
-I’ve read and listened to everything from Jim Rohn and often he uses this quote which has stuck with me since the first time I heard it several years ago. “Learn to work harder on yourself than you do your job.” Simply means take care of yourself physically and mentally every day and commit to it, the only difference between the Billionaire and the Beggar is what they know and how they use their 24 hours.
-Success comes when you develop yourself beyond where you currently are.
-You get a job and certain salary because of your level of skill, so you can work hard, long hours, but still stay the same skill level because you never go beyond that pay or promotion. How do you advance your skills and climb the ladder? Personal Development! Read books, attend seminars, study the best people in your industry.
2nd Pillar Live a Life of Health
“You should make sure that the outside of you is a good reflection of the inside of you.”
– It’s important to work on and balance your physical health/intellect/and spiritual life. Most don’t understand how to improve spiritually, in the book he suggests start by going to church. The other two are easy, exercise/diet, and read.
3rd Pillar The Gift of Relationships
“Time, effort and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.”
-Relationships can be hard but they also can make the joy of life.
4th Pillar Achieve Your Goals
“The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it.” In the book, it talks about writing down 100 things you would like to accomplish in your life and the power it has to physically write them down. I also read this activity in “The Business of Happiness” by Washington Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis, after reading that book I wrote down 82 things I wanted to do before I die and I’ll be honest it’s such an incredible feeling opening up my binder to cross off something on that list. Writing down your goals is extremely important because your mind is cognitively aware of them. Your mind then gets to work on achieving them. If you don’t understand this read more material about the power of the mind. I suggest Joe Murphy’s “The Power of your Subconscious Mind.
– Make a million dollars not for the million dollars but for what you will have to become to make a million. Do you get it yet? You have to BECOME a certain person to be a millionaire. Why do you think so many people win the lottery just to lose it all very quickly?
5th Pillar The Proper Use of Time
“Every day has many opportunities, but only one best opportunity.”
– We must all suffer from one of two pains. The pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces, while regret weighs tons.
– If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you will fall into someone’s else’s plan and guess what? Odds are their plan for you is nothing beyond average. As Grant Cardone puts it in 10X “You either go after your own goals and dreams or you are used as a resource for someone else’s.”
6th Pillar Surround Your Self With The Best People
“Don’t’ join an easy crowd, you won’t grow. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform are high.”
– Your friends and associates shape your life, they may mean well but you need to wake the hell up and realize what direction they’re taking you in. UNCONSCIOUSLY, you may not even realize they’re destroying you. Ask yourself this. What books do they have you reading? What have you learned from them? Do they complain?
7th Pillar Be a Life Long Learner
“Formal education will make you a living, self-education will make you a fortune.”
-READ READ READ READ. Personally, I’ll never understand why people don’t read. Anything you could ever want to learn is in a book, some of the life’s greatest and most iconic individuals entire biographies are available. Huge dividing factor among those who live a life of abundance and those who complain, what they know, how did they learn it? Reading powerful books.
In 12 Pillars the man suggests reading “The Magic of Thinking Big.” I read that book a few years ago and to this day I consider it one of the best books I have ever picked up.
8th Pillar All of Life is Sales
“One key to having influence with others is to have others perceive you as a person of talent and virtue.”
9th Pillar Income Seldom Exceeds Personal Development
“What you become directly influences what you get.”
-Profits are better than wages. Employees are on a wage system, the company owner is on a profit system. The difference between the two? One took risks, read and learned the right material to start a company. The other played it safe and tossed a 9-5 safety net under them.
-How to get started towards making profits? Work full-time on your job, part-time on your fortune until your side business makes enough money then make your fortune full-time.
10th Pillar All Communication Brings the Common Ground of Understanding
11th Pillar The World Can Always Use One More Great Leader
“To lead others is to help them change their thoughts, beliefs, and actions for the better.
– Leaders have an optimistic vision.
12th Pillar is actually Jim Rohn’s WHY.
LEAVE A LEGACY
“Live a life that will help others spiritually, intellectually, physically, financially, and relationally. Live a life that serves as an example of what an exceptional life can look like.
I give this book 5/5.