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About Jim Rohn



Emanuel James Rohn (1930 – 2009) professionally known as Jim Rohn, was an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. Wikipedia

  

Quotes by Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn (quotes)

  • Labor gives birth to ideas.
  • Treat the past as a school.
  • Accuracy builds credibility.
  • Learn to express, not impress.
  • Profits are better than wages.
  • There are no new fundamentals.
  • How long should you try? Until.
  • Activity leads to productivity!
  • Enterprise is better than ease.
  • Purpose is stronger than object.
  • Direction determines destination.
  • Education must precede motivation.
  • What you don’t know will hurt you.
  • Results, are the name of the game.
  • Ideas are information taking shape.
  • Everything changes when you change.
  • Take advice, but don’t take orders.
  • Good people are found, not changed.
  • If you could do better, should you?
  • Things don’t change, people change.
  • The book you don’t read won’t help.
  • . . . escape is easier than change.
  • Be fascinated instead of frustrated.
  • Never mistake the power of influence
  • When somebody shares, everybody wins.
  • Service to others leads to greatness.
  • Stand guard at the door of your mind.
  • None of us is smarter than all of us.
  • Use your past as one of your mentors.
  • Asking is the beginning of receiving.
  • Success is 20% skills and 80% strategy
  • Successful people are action oriented.
  • Reasons come first. Answers come second
  • Don’t mistake movement for achievement.
  • The best motivation is self-motivation.
  • Tyranny knows no restraint of appetite.
  • Imagination is the beginning of reality.
  • Money is usually attracted, not pursued.
  • Kids don’t lack capacity, only teachers.
  • Whatever you do not employ, you forfeit.
  • To have more, we must first become more.
  • Let others lead small lives, but not you
  • In order to find, you must first search.
  • Finding is reserved for those who reach.
  • Don’t join an easy crowd; you won’t grow.
  • For things to change, you have to change.
  • Time is the best kept secret of the rich.
  • Now is the time to fix the next 10 years.
  • Don’t ask for security, ask for adventure
  • Success is a refined study of the obvious
  • Life responds to deserve and not to need.
  • In order to do more. I’ve got to be more.
  • Happiness is not by chance, but by choice.
  • Don’t operate on the heart with a hatchet.
  • Change and everything will change for you.
  • Part of success is preparation on purpose.
  • Associations are both subtle and powerful.
  • Knowledge fueled by emotion equals action.
  • Focus on the solution, not on the problem.
  • The bigger the ‘why’ the easier the ‘how’.
  • Don’t be anybody’s follower, be a student.
  • What is easy to do is also easy not to do.
  • Time properly invested is worth a fortune.
  • The more you know the less you need to say.
  • Either you run the day or the day runs you.
  • Income seldom exceeds personal development.
  • The more you care, the stronger you can be.
  • It is better to be a lender than a spender.
  • The major key to your better future is you.
  • For what it will make of you to achieve it.
  • Learn to hide your need and show your skill.
  • People would do better, if they knew better.
  • Your ability will grow to match your dreams.
  • Make measurable progress in reasonable time.
  • Lifestyle is not an amount; it’s a practice.
  • Humility is a virtue; timidity is an illness.
  • Things don’t just happen; things happen just.
  • A life worth living is a life worth recording.
  • The best place to solve a problem is on paper.
  • When the promise is clear, the price gets easy
  • Enjoy all you have while pursuing all you want.
  • Gratitude is what starts the receiving process.
  • Discipline weighs ounces and regret weighs tons
  • If you rest too long the weeds take the garden.
  • If you will change, things will change for you.
  • If you want to have more, you must become more.
  • When the why gets stronger, the how gets easier.
  • Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.
  • Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.
  • Indecision is the greatest thief of opportunity.
  • Don’t just get through the day, get FROM the day
  • Whatever good things we build end up building us.
  • What you become directly influences what you get.
  • Nothing teaches character better than generosity.
  • You must learn to discipline your disappointment.
  • By working hard, you get to play hard guilt-free.
  • It is what you do about what happens that counts.
  • The key to turning dreams into reality is action.
  • Commit yourself to something bigger than yourself.
  • One discipline always leads to another discipline.
  • If you want to have more, you have to become more.
  • Pay attention. Don’t just stagger through the day.
  • You cannot make progress without making decisions.
  • Never begin the day until it is finished on paper.
  • Miss a meal if you have to, but don’t miss a book.
  • Just a few daily disciplines make a big difference
  • Dreams get you started; discipline keeps you going.
  • Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value.
  • We get paid for bringing value to the market place.
  • Nothing is more burdensome than an unfinished task.
  • Help people with problems, your problems disappear.
  • For things to change for you, you’ve got to change!
  • Don’t wish for less problems; wish for more skills.
  • Success is doing ordinary things extraordinary well.
  • Self-preservation has a tendency to lead to poverty.
  • The greatest source of unhappiness comes from inside.
  • The twin killers of success are impatience and greed.
  • It only takes one lie to taint your entire testimony.
  • Develop a childlike fascination with life and people.
  • If you do something often enough, a ratio will appear
  • To attract attractive people, you must be attractive.
  • Help another and you will be the one who benefits most
  • Without a future well designed we take hesitant steps.
  • Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.
  • The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.
  • Success is steady progress toward one’s personal goals.
  • To have more than you’ve got, become more than you are.
  • ‘No’ puts distance between you and the wrong influence.
  • Take advice, but not orders. Only give yourself orders.
  • If I could just get to Poland everything would be okay.
  • Decision making can sometimes seem like inner civil war.
  • Sometimes you need to stay in touch but be out of reach.
  • Find someone who is willing to share the truth with you.
  • You can’t hire someone else to do your push-ups for you.
  • The worst kind of arrogance is arrogance from ignorance.
  • There is no greater leadership challenge than parenting.
  • For every disciplined effort there is a multiple reward.
  • Attitude is greatly shaped by influence and association.
  • Success is not so much what we have as it is what we are.
  • You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills
  • How do you deserve a fortune? Render fortunes of service.
  • Don’t ask for life to be easy. Ask for it to be worth it.
  • I found it easier to get rich than I did to make excuses.
  • Start from wherever you are and with whatever you’ve got.
  • Never begrudge the money you spend on your own education.
  • Any day we wish; we can start the process of life change.
  • Some people read so little they have rickets of the mind.
  • Endurance is often the best indicator of validity & value
  • Never attack a problem without also presenting a solution.
  • Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
  • Neglect starts out as an infection then becomes a disease.
  • Don’t say, “If I could, I would.” Say, “If I can, I will.”
  • Since I will be no one’s slave, I will be no one’s master.
  • Lifestyle is the art of discovering ways to live uniquely.
  • Success lies in the opposite direction of the normal pull.
  • Poor people have big TV’s. Rich people have big libraries.
  • On the way to work, concentrate on the way – not the work.
  • Make sure what you do is a product of your own conclusion.
  • The most important question to ask is “What am I becoming?”
  • You cannot change the seasons, but you can change yourself.
  • In America, everything you need to succeed is within reach.
  • Don’t bring your need to the marketplace, bring your skill.
  • I’m working full time on my job and part time on my fortune
  • When you work, work. When you play, play. Don’t mix the two.
  • Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.
  • The soil says, don’t bring me your need, bring me your seed.
  • The greatest step toward accomplishment is self-confidence .
  • Sometimes those who need it the most are inclined the least.
  • A novel is never anything, but a philosophy put into images.
  • People let little things cheat them out of big opportunities
  • Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.
  • Learn how to say no. Don’t let your mouth overload your back.
  • Civilization is the intelligent management of human emotions.
  • Kids ought to have two bicycles, one to ride and one to rent.
  • One of the secrets to success is ideas mixed with inspiration
  • Don’t look for things to be easier, look for you to be better
  • Don’t blow your own horn, or you might just miss the music.
  • The least lack of discipline starts to erode our self-esteem.
  • Successful people have libraries. The rest have big screen TVs
  • We must risk going too far to discover just how far we can go.
  • Leadership is the challenge to be something more than average.
  • Some people don’t do well simply because they don’t feel well.
  • You must change your approach in order to change your results.
  • Creating Your Character is Like an Artist Creating a Sculpture
  • Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.
  • Failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.
  • Don’t start your day until you have it finished on paper first.
  • If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.
  • A piece of the miracle process has been reserved for each of us
  • Those who seek a better life must first become a better person.
  • It’s easier to get rich than it is to explain not getting rich.
  • You cannot succeed by yourself. It’s hard to find a rich hermit.
  • If kids clearly see the promise, they will gladly pay the price.
  • We are not born with courage, but neither are we born with fear.
  • The only healthy communication style is assertive communication.
  • Where you start in the marketplace is not where you have to stay.
  • Be grateful for what you have, while in pursuit of what you want.
  • One person caring about another represents life’s greatest value.
  • If two or three agree on a common purpose, nothing is impossible.
  • You can help a thousand…but you can’t carry three on your back!
  • Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.
  • Don’t read a book and be a follower; read a book and be a student.
  • You must learn to translate wisdom and strong feelings into labor.
  • Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.
  • If you don’t feel well, tell your doctor, but not the marketplace.
  • Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.
  • Show your contempt for the problem and your concern for the person.
  • Success is something you attract, by becoming an attractive person.
  • A rose on time is more valuable than a $1,000 gift that’s too late.
  • The world is a magnificent place. What are you going to do with it?
  • If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you.
  • On any one day you can massively change the direction of your life.
  • It’s not what happens, it’s what you do that determines your future.
  • I will take care of me for you, if you will take care of you for me.
  • Happiness is the art of learning how to get joy from your substance.
  • Unless you change how you are, you will always have what you’ve got.
  • The best time to set up a new discipline is when the idea is strong.
  • You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
  • Emotions will either serve or master, depending on who is in charge.
  • Discipline has within it the potential for creating future miracles.
  • Your income is directly related to your philosophy, NOT the economy.
  • Everything you need is within reach, the key is whose going to reach
  • If you don’t like where you are, then change it. You are not a tree!
  • The greatest gift you can give someone is your personal development.
  • Those who will not read are no better off than those who cannot read.
  • Wealth is not a matter of intelligence, it’s a matter of inspiration.
  • Take care of your physique. It’s the one place it’s a must to reside.
  • Income is primarily determined by your philosophy, not by the economy
  • Don’t live in the past and don’t carry the past around like a burden.
  • You are what you are today because of the choices you made in the past
  • You have two choices: You can make a living, or you can design a life.
  • Make sure the outside of you is a good reflection of the inside of you
  • Disgust and resolve are two of the great emotions that lead to change.
  • Service to many leads to greatness- great respect, great satisfaction.
  • Set the kind of goals that will make something of you to achieve them.
  • Pity the man who has a favorite restaurant, but not a favorite author.
  • We can have more than we’ve got because we can become more than we are.
  • Don’t take the casual approach to life. Casualness leads to casualties.
  • An enterprising person is one who sees opportunity in all areas of life.
  • The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.
  • One of the greatest gifts you can give to anyone is the gift of attention
  • Lack of homework shows up in the marketplace as well as in the classroom.
  • If you spend five minutes complaining, you have just wasted five minutes.
  • Attitude drives actions. Actions drive results. Results drive lifestyles.
  • There’s not telling what you can do when you get inspired by them.
  • If you don’t change your approach than you will never change your results!
  • Economic disaster begins with a philosophy of doing less and wanting more.
  • If the truth isn’t enough, then you must become stronger at presenting it.
  • Always do more than what you get paid for. It makes you a valuable person.
  • Kids are curious.Kids are watching ants while adults are stepping on them.
  • Pay attention to your body. Is this the only place where they should live.
  • Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.
  • The greatest gift you can give to somebody is your own personal development
  • If you wish to find, you must search. Rarely does a good idea interrupt you
  • A pessimist doesn’t see the sunset outside, he sees the dirt on the window.
  • The great gift of the human imagination is that it has no limits or ending.
  • Each person entering our world brings either a contribution or destruction.
  • Don’t let your learning lead to knowledge. Let your learning lead to action.
  • Don’t set your goals too low. If you don’t need much, you won’t become much.
  • Some people have learned to earn well but they haven’t learned to live well.
  • Some people you can afford to spend a few minutes with, but not a few hours.
  • Count the cost first. Don’t pay too big a price for pursuing minor values.
  • Giving is better than receiving because giving starts the receiving process.
  • Measure your emotions. You don’t need an atomic explosion for a minor point.
  • Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.
  • The big question is, are we letting ourselves become what we wish to become?
  • Your level of success will seldom exceed your level of personal development.
  • I’ve discovered that you can’t change people. They can change themselves.
  • If you want to amend your errors, you must begin by amending your philosophy.
  • If you share a good idea long enough, it will eventually fall on good people.
  • Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.
  • What you have at the moment you have attracted by the person you have become.
  • Initial response illustrates a great deal about someone’s personal philosophy.
  • Without constant activity, the threats of life will soon overwhelm the values.
  • The most valuable form of discipline is the one that you impose upon yourself.
  • The key to life is to become skillful enough to be able to do rewarding things.
  • An investment in your personal development is the best investment you can make.
  • Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.
  • Nourish the mind like you would your body. The mind cannot survive on junk food.
  • We must learn to apply all that we know so that we can attract all that we want.
  • Language designed to impress builds a gulf. Language to express builds a bridge.
  • To make progress you must actually get started. The key is to take a step today.
  • Welcome all experiences. You never know which one is gong to turn everything on.
  • You have to do more than you get paid for because that’s where the fortune is.
  • Well chosen words mixed with measured emotions is the basis of affecting people.
  • Learn to help people with more than just their jobs: help them with their lives.
  • Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.
  • The enemies inside us: Indifference, Indecision, Doubt, Worry, and Over-caution.
  • It can be dangerous to weaken the strong in our attempts to strengthen the weak.
  • It’s not the matter you cover so much as it is the manner in which you cover it.
  • For things to change you’ve got to change. Otherwise, nothing much will change.
  • Thanksgiving opens up the windows of the opportunity for ideas to flow your way.
  • We generally change ourselves for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation.
  • It is hard to keep that which has not been obtained through personal development.
  • You can change all things for the better when you change yourself for the better.
  • Philosophy is the sum total of all that you know and what you decide is valuable.
  • Learning the art of expressing gratitude will force you to focus on the positive.
  • The reason most people don’t accomplish much is because they don’t want much.
  • Even if you are new in sales, you can make up in numbers what you lack in skills.
  • We are affected by what we know so get the information. Don’t be lazy in learning
  • You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.
  • Make rest a necessity, not an objective. Only rest long enough to gather strength.
  • Showing a profit means touching something and leaving it better than you found it.
  • There is nothing more pitiful than a ready and willing mind but an incapable body.
  • Go with your gut instincts even if it is contrarian to what the “experts” suggest.
  • Things will always go wrong so ride through your difficulties and learn from them.
  • Profits are better than wages. Wages make you a living; profits make you a fortune.
  • My suggestion would be to walk away from the 90% who don’t and join the 10% who do.
  • Set goals not for the outcome itself, but for who you get to become in the process.
  • It isn’t what the book costs. It’s what it will cost you if you don’t read it.
  • Walk away from the 97% crowd. Don’t use their excuses. Take charge of your own life.
  • The wind blows on us all, but it’s how you set your ssail that makes the difference.
  • If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.
  • What is powerful is when what you say is just the tip of the iceberg of what you know
  • If you’re going to affirm something, affirm the truth. Then go do something about it.
  • There are always a half-dozen things that make 80%of the difference. Only SIX things!
  • Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know.
  • You must get good at one of two things; planting in the spring or begging in the fall.
  • Discipline means we don’t let go of the things we know we should be doing, we do them!
  • We all need lots of powerful long range goals to help us past the short-term obstacles
  • How many languages can a child learn? As many as you will take the time to teach them.
  • Beware of those who seek to take care of you lest your caretakers become your jailers.
  • What we do with the things we have makes the biggest difference in the quality of life
  • Here’s one problem with drifting: you can’t drift your way to the top of the mountain.
  • You may not be able to do all you find out, but make sure you find out all you can do.
  • There is very little difference between one who cannot read and one who will not read.
  • Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.
  • Attitude is your acceptance of the natural laws, or your rejection of the natural laws.
  • Your personal philosophy is the greatest determining factor in how your life works out.
  • Life, in all its uniqueness, would not be life without the negatives and the positives.
  • All values must be won by contest, and after they have been won, they must be defended.
  • We have both the ability and the responsibility to make better choices beginning today.
  • Real wisdom is simple. Living life rightly does not have to be a complicated challenge.
  • If it’s raining you can’t fix the roof, if it’s not raining it doesn’t need to be fixed
  • What changes your world is not wishing for change; what changes your world is changing!
  • The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become.
  • Adopt the attitude that everything is negotiable. A world of opportunity will greet you.
  • Don’t see the mind for more than it is, but don’t misread it for all that it can be.
  • One customer well taken care of could be more valuable than $10,000 worth of advertising.
  • Big achievements come one small advantage at a time, one step at a time, one day at time.
  • For every promise, there is a price to pay… If the promise is clear, the price is easy.
  • To lead others is to help them change their thoughts, beliefs and actions for the better.
  • The good life is not an amount; it’s an attitude, an act, an idea, a discovery, a search.
  • We’ve all got to worry some-but we can’t let it conquer us. Instead, let it alarm us.
  • You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.
  • When you invest in people and lift them toward their potential, they will love you for it.
  • Your philosophy determines whether you will go for the disciplines or continue the errors.
  • If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.
  • Part of your heritage in this society is the opportunity to become financially independent.
  • It is not the hours of practice that matter…it’s what you put into the hours that counts.
  • Only human beings can reorder their lives any day they choose by refining their philosophy.
  • Maturity is the ability to reap without apology and not complain when things don’t go well.
  • There are only 3 colors, 10 digits, and 7 notes; its what we do with them that’s important.
  • The problem with waiting until tomorrow is that when it finally arrives, it is called today.
  • Here’s the major problem with going on strike for more money: You cannot get rich by demand!
  • Learn from the negative as well as the positive, from the failures as well as the successes.
  • My father taught me to always do more than you get paid for as an investment in your future.
  • Sophistication and lifestyle is understanding the difference between trinkets and treasures.
  • Give so much to the improvement of yourself, that you don’t have time to criticize others.
  • I admit that I haven’t read everything in my library, but I feel smarter just walking in it!
  • When you know what you want and you want it badly enough, you will find the ways to get it.
  • Success is the study of the obvious. Everyone should take Obvious 1 and Obvious 2 in school.
  • What you get will never make you happy; who you become will make you very happy or very sad.
  • If you don’t change what you are doing today, all of your tomorrows will look like yesterday.
  • If you step up the self-education curve, you will come up with more answers than you can use.
  • Financial independence is the ability to live from the income of your own personal resources.
  • Average people look forward to “getting off.” Successful people look forward to “getting on.”
  • Finding is reserved for the searchers, we don’t find what we need, we find what we search for
  • When you usually are not ready to chance the standard you’ll need to settle for the standard.
  • My mentor said, ‘Let’s go do it’, not ‘You go do it’. How powerful when someone says, ‘Let’s!’
  • Don’t just read the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it, but you will never grow from it.
  • Don’t just let your business or your job make something for you; let it make something of you.
  • Whether you stay six weeks, six months or six years, always leave it better than you found it.
  • Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea.
  • It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.
  • Life is not just the passing of time. Life is the collection of experiences and their intensity.
  • The worst days of those who enjoy what they do are better than the best days of those who don’t.
  • Keep the weeds of negative influence from your life. ‘Farm’ the seeds of constructive influence.
  • The goal of effective communication should be for listeners to say, ‘Me, too!’ versus ‘So what?’
  • It’s not dependency that creates your future. It’s independence that creates your better future.
  • If there is one thing to get excited about, it’s your ability to turn the negative into success.
  • Become a millionaire not for the million dollars, but for what it will make of you to achieve it.
  • Learn to get excited like a child. There is nothing that has more magic than childish excitement.
  • Work hard at your job and you can make a living. Work hard on yourself and you can make a fortune.
  • The best advice I ever came across on the subject of concentration is: Wherever you are, be there.
  • If you just communicate, you can get by. But if you communicate skillfully, you can work miracles.
  • We can no longer afford to spend major time on minor things than spend minor time on major things.
  • What you give becomes an investment that will return to you multiplied at some point in the future.
  • Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.
  • There are two ways to face the future. One way is with apprehension; the other is with anticipation
  • Life is a unique combination of “want to” and “how to” and we need to give equal attention to both.
  • We could all use a little coaching. When you’re playing the game, it’s hard to think of everything.
  • The ultimate reason for setting goals is to entice you to become the person it takes to achieve them
  • The miracle of the seed and the soil is not available by affirmation; it is only available by labor.
  • Sharing makes you bigger than you are. The more you pour out, the more life will be able to pour in.
  • Don’t borrow someone else’s plan. Develop your own philosophy and it will lead you to unique places.
  • Of all the things that can have an effect on your future, I believe personal growth is the greatest.
  • Time is our most valuable asset, yet we tend to waste it, kill it and spend it rather than invest it.
  • We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.
  • Emotions are the fuel and the mind is the pilot which together propel the ship of civilized progress.
  • How sad to see a father with money and no joy. The man studied economics, but never studied happiness.
  • Someone is going to develop a plan that will take them into the future of their dreams. Let it be you.
  • We must not mistake kindness for weakness. Kindness isn’t weak. Kindness is a certain type of strength.
  • The amount you give isn’t important. What matters is what that amount represents in terms of your life.
  • The rich invest their money and spend what is left; the poor spend their money and invest what is left.
  • Most people are just trying to get through the day. Sophisticated people learn how to get from the day.
  • motivation alone is not enough.if you have an idiot and you motivate him,now you have a motivated idiot.
  • The biggest reason people don’t succeed is because they don’t expose themselves to existing information.
  • Life is a process of accumulation. We either accumulate the debt or the value, the regret or the equity.
  • Once you have seen and felt your ideal future, you will be ready and able to pay any price to get there.
  • Education doesn’t cease when you leave college or leave the university. Education is a lifetime process.
  • To get to where you want to be in the next 5 years, you are either reading the right books or you’re not
  • We must learn to help those who deserve it, not just those who need it. Life responds to deserve not need
  • We need to give thought, but we also need to take action. You need to dream without just being a dreamer.
  • If you want things to change, You have to change. If you want things to be better, You have to be better.
  • The future does not get better by hope, it gets better by plan. And to plan for the future we need goals.
  • The difference between being ordinary and extraordinary is doing the right thing while nobody is watching.
  • If you want to be a leader who attracts quality people, the key is to become a person of quality yourself.
  • We must be careful not to let our current appetites steal away any chance we might have for a future feast
  • Don’t leave a ‘good time’ to chance. Experiences have to be woven with care and planning, like a tapestry.
  • In order to achieve goals you have not achieved before you have to become someone you haven’t been before.
  • If someone hands you a million dollars, best you become a millionaire, or you won’t get to keep the money.
  • Success is something you attract by the person you become. If you want to have more, you must become more.
  • Practice is just as valuable as a sale. The sale will make you a living; the skill will make you a fortune.
  • Words do two major things: They provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness.
  • Happiness doesn’t come from big pieces of great success, but from small advantages hammered out day by day.
  • When you change, everything will change for you. When you get better, everything will get better for you.
  • Don’t join an easy crowd; you won’t grow. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform are high.
  • Let the views of others educate and inform you, but let your decisions be a product of your own conclusions.
  • Managers help people see themselves as they are; Leaders help people to see themselves better than they are.
  • Average people look for ways of getting away with it; successful people look for ways of getting on with it.
  • What you become is far more important that what you get. What you get will be influenced by what you become.
  • The two great words of antiquity are behold and beware. Behold the possibilities and beware the temptations.
  • Discipline is the foundation upon which all success is built. Lack of discipline inevitably leads to failure.
  • Getting and becoming are siamese twins. If you want more than you have, you have to become more than you are.
  • Here’s one of the great challenges of life. Being happy with what you have while in pursuit of what you want.
  • Good people are not trained, they are found. If you are training too much, you may not have the right people.
  • Sales people should take lessons from their kids. What does the word no’ mean to a child? Almost nothing.
  • It is the accumulative weight of our disciplines and our judgments that leads us to either fortune or failure.
  • The reason why I spend so much money for my journals is to press me to find something valuable to put in them.
  • The key factor that will determine your financial future is not the economy; the key factor is your philosophy.
  • The goal of an effective leader is to recondition your team to be solution focused rather than problem focused.
  • When asked to give a speech never turn it down. It is a chance to develop you and to give new insight to others
  • We must remind ourselves that to do what is possible we must sometimes challenge ourselves with the impossible.
  • You can make startling changes you can’t even conceive of right now, if you just give yourself half a chance.
  • Days are expensive. When you spend a day you have one less day to spend. So make sure you spend each one wisely.
  • The smallest of disciplines, practiced every day, start an incredible process that can change our lives forever.
  • When the record book on you is finished, let it show your wins and losses. But don’t let it show you didn’t try.
  • Do whatever you have to do as quickly as you can, so you can do whatever you WANT to do, for as long as you can.
  • There is plenty of time to argue with new ideas later. They key is to take careful notes first and debate second.
  • Some teachers teach for others to learn. That’s not me. Some teachers teach for others to accomplish. That is me.
  • We get paid for bringing value to the marketplace. It takes time,… but we get paid for the value, not the time.
  • All human beings have the ability to transform like a caterpillar emerging from its cocoon and taking to the sky.
  • Care enough to make a difference. Care enough to turn somebody around. Care enough to change. Care enough to win.
  • It’s not getting the million that’s important, it’s what it makes of you to achieve becoming a MILLIONAIRE.
  • You want to set a goal that is big enough that in the process of achieveing it you become someone worth becoming.
  • Don’t become a victim of yourself. Forget about the thief waiting in the alley; what about the thief in your mind?
  • To succeed in sales, simply talk to lots of people every day. And here’s what’s exciting: There are lots of people!
  • Don’t mistake movement for achievement. It’s easy to get faked out by being busy. The question is: Busy doing what?
  • As a leader you should always start with where people are before you try to take them to where you want them to go.
  • The question is not whether the formula for success will work, but rather whether the person will work the formula.
  • Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to doDon’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.
  • Success Recipe: 2 cups faith, 2 cups love, 1 cup hard work, 1 cup persistence, 1 tbsp vision and a dash of swagger.
  • Making the most of your life is unusual. That’s why you need to develop unusual habits to earn outstanding rewards.
  • When a new idea comes our way, we must put it on our mental scales and weigh it carefully before deciding its value.
  • We all know a variety of ways to make a living. What’s even more fascinating is figuring out ways to make a fortune.
  • Success is 20% skills and 80% strategy. You might know how to read, but more importantly, what’s your plan to read?
  • The attitude of other people affects each of us and the attitude of each of us has the capacity to affect all of us.
  • Take time to gather up the past so that you will be able to draw from your experience and invest them in the future.
  • To be successful you don’t need to do extraordinary things, you just need to do ordinary things extraordinarily well.
  • One of the best places to start to turn your life around is by doing whatever appears on your mental “I should” list.
  • Ask yourself, ‘how long am I going to work to make my dreams come true?’ I suggest you answer, ‘as long as it takes.’
  • It’s easy to carry the past as a burden instead of a school. It’s easy to let it overwhelm you instead of educate you.
  • Better understated than overstated. Let people be surprised that it was more than you promised and easier than you said.
  • The Bible says that it is hard for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven. It doesn’t say that it is impossible!
  • Learn how to separate the majors and the minors. A lot of people don’t do well simply because they major in minor things.
  • Don’t ask for security, ask for adventure. Better to live 30 years full of adventure than a 100 years safe in the corner.
  • Simply making consistent investments in our self-education and knowledge banks pays major dividends throughout our lives.
  • Learn to express rather than impress. Expressing evokes a ‘me too’ attitude while impressing evokes a ‘so what’ attitude
  • Life operates by deserve. So, in leading people, learn to work with the people who deserve it, not the people who need it.
  • The major value of reaching goals is not to acquire it, but it’s the person you become while you’re working to acquire it.
  • Be a collector of good ideas. Keep a journal. If you hear a good idea, capture it, write it down. Don’t trust your memory.
  • Faith is the ability to see things that don’t yet exist. Faith, though, can turn difficulty into reality, positive reality.
  • Love is much deeper than a feeling. Love is a commitment we make to people to always treat that person right and honorably.
  • If we are not happy with where our past decisions have led us, then the place to start is with our current thinking process.
  • Learn to get from the day. Not just get through it, get from it. Soak it up. Each day is a piece of the mosaic of your life.
  • It only takes one lie to taint your entire testimony in a court of law. Honesty is a vital part of having a good reputation.
  • The subtle difference in our attitude can make a major difference in our future. It can be as simple as the language we use.
  • Great leaders must be able to realize when something isn’t working-no matter how hard they’ve worked to make it succeed.
  • Be a student, not a follower. Take interest in what someone says, then debate it, ponder it, and consider it from all angles.
  • Riches do not come by crossing your fingers and walking through the day hoping. Riches and wealth comes from well-laid plans.
  • One way to learn to do something right is to do something wrong. Failure must teach us, or surely success will not reward us.
  • Always be willing to look at both sides of the argument. Understanding the other side is the best way to strengthen your own.
  • Humans have the remarkable ability to get exactly what they must have. But there is a difference between a ‘must’ and ‘want’.
  • At the end of each day, you should play back the tapes of your performance. The results should either applaud you or prod you.
  • Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.
  • Pity the man who inherits a million and isn’t a millionaire. Here’s what would be pitiful, if your income grew and you didn’t.
  • If you want to be healthy study health… if you want to be wealthy, study wealth… if you want to be happy, study happiness.
  • Life is worthwhile if you try. It doesn’t mean you can do everything but there are a lot of things you can do, if you just try.
  • What we have been is an established and unchangeable fact. What we can yet become is an unlimited, boundless opportunity.
  • Beware of the thief on the street that’s after your purse. But also beware of the thief in your mind that’s after your promise.
  • Success simple disciplines, practiced every day, while failure a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. Choose to succeed.
  • Life is accumulative – Either our errors accumulate to what we don’t get, or our wise decisions accumulate into what we do get.
  • If you want to live a top shelf life then you need to stand on the books you have read. Never stop learning, never stop growing.
  • Nothing is more powerful for your future than being a gatherer of good ideas and information. That’s called doing your homework.
  • Remember that all success is based on long-term commitment, faith, discipline, attitude and a few stepping stones along the way.
  • The reason why most people face the future with apprehension instead of anticipation is because they don’t have it well designed!
  • Personal development – the never ending chance to improve not only yourself, but also to attract opportunities and affect others.
  • In any situation you can think of, impatience is a source of weakness and fear, while patience represents substance and strength.
  • Fascination is one step beyond interest. Interested people want to know if it works. Fascinated people want to learn how it works.
  • Books are easy to find and easy to buy. A paperback these days only costs six or seven dollars. You can borrow that from your kids!
  • If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around.
  • The real genius to make a marketplace flourish doesn’t come from the government. It comes from the individual genius of its people.
  • When someone becomes a millionaire, the least important thing is what they have. The most important thing is what they have become.
  • I used to say, “I sure hope things will change.” Then I learned that the only way things are going to change for me is when I change
  • Attitude determines choice, and choice determines results. All that we are, and all that we can become has indeed been left unto us.
  • Don’t use your mind for a filing cabinet. Use your mind to work out problems and find answers; file away good ideas in your journal.
  • If you make a sale, you can make a living. If you make an investment of time and good service in a customer, you can make a fortune.
  • Human beings have the remarkable ability to turn nothing into something. They can turn weeds into gardens and pennies into fortunes.
  • The difference between where you are today and where you’ll be five years from now will be found in the quality of books you’ve read.
  • Learn how to turn frustration into fascination. You will learn more being fascinated by life than you will by being frustrated by it.
  • There is no shortage of opportunity. There is only a shortage of those who will apply themselves to the basics that success requires.
  • Good service leads to multiple sales. If you take good care of your customers, they will open doors you could never open by yourself.
  • For economic safety for the future, you must have multiple skills and languages. Success is basically being the best that you can be.
  • With the right attitude, human beings can move mountains. With the wrong attitude, they can be crushed by the smallest grain of sand.
  • Every time we speak, we choose and use one of four basic communication styles: assertive, aggressive, passive and passive-aggressive.
  • Ambition is at the very core of success and extraordinary achievement. Unlike greed, it’s a powerful, creative and constructive force.
  • A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.
  • All good men and women must take responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine.
  • Selling is a person-to-person business. You cannot send the sales manual out to make the sale. Sales manuals have no legs and no voice.
  • Your paycheck is not your employer’s responsibility, it’s your responsibility. Your employer has no control over your value, but you do.
  • Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don’t fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgement, repeated every day.
  • Be sensitive to the plight of others. You have to know about the tragedies as well as the triumphs, the failures as well as the success.
  • Sharpen your interest in two major subjects: life and people. You will only gather information from a source if you are interested in it.
  • One of the reasons many people don’t have what they want is neglect. Neglect starts out as an infection and then develops into a disease.
  • Look what you can become in pursuit of what you want, and look out for what you become in the pursuit of what you want–don’t compromise!
  • You cannot speak that which you do not know. You cannot share that which you do not feel. You cannot translate that which you do not have.
  • What kind of influence do you want to have? What kind of effect do you want to have on other people? Never mistake the power of influence.
  • Be like a sponge when it comes to each new experience. If you want to be able to express it well, you must first be able to absorb it well.
  • I think everybody should study ants. They have an amazing four-part philosophy. Never give up, look ahead, stay positive and do all you can.
  • From testimonials and personal experience we have enough information to conclude that IT’S POSSIBLE TO DESIGN AND LIVE AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE
  • We need a variety of input and influence and voices. You cannot get all the answers to life and business from one person or from one source.
  • Some things you have to do every day. Eating about seven apples on Saturday night instead of one a day just isn’t going to get the job done.
  • If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
  • To solve any problem, here are three questions to ask yourself: First, what could I do? Second, what could I read? And third, who could I ask?
  • Vocabulary enables us to interpret and to express. If you have a limited vocabulary, you will also have a limited vision and a limited future.
  • Take advice, but not orders. Only give yourself orders. Abraham Lincoln once said, ‘Since I will be no one’s slave, I will be no one’s master.’
  • I teach kids how to be rich by the time they are age 40, 35 if they are extra bright. Most kids think they are extra bright, so they go for 35.
  • Real persuasion comes from putting more of you into everything you say. Words have an effect. Words loaded with emotion have a powerful effect.
  • Life expects us to make a reasonable amount of progress in a reasonable amount of time. That’s why they make those second grade chairs so small.
  • The most important question to ask on the job is not ‘What am I getting?’ The most important question to ask on the job is ‘What am I becoming?’
  • Asking is the beginning of receiving. Make sure you don’t go to the ocean with a teaspoon. At least take a bucket so the kids won’t laugh at you.
  • Something will master and something will serve. Either you run the day or the day runs you; either you run the business or the business runs you.
  • The difficulties you meet will resolve themselves as you advance. Proceed, and light will dawn, and shine with increasing clearness on your path.
  • Although we are never glad when tragedy visits, we can be aware and seize the opportunity to do good in this world, even in the midst of tragedy.
  • Leaders, whether in the family, in business, in government, or in education, must not allow themselves to mistake intentions for accomplishments .
  • Network marketing is the big wave of the future. It’s taking the place of franchising, which now requires too much capital for the average person.
  • Character is the result of hundreds and hundreds of choices you make that gradually turn who you are, at any given moment, into who you want to be.
  • Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is poverty. Ignorance is devastation. Ignorance is tragedy. And ignorance is illness. It all stems from ignorance.
  • If you talk to your children, you can help them keep their lives together. If you talk to them skillfully, you can help them to build future dreams.
  • Don’t wish it was easier wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge wish for more wisdom
  • If someone gives you $1,000,000 you’d better become a millionaire so you can keep the money. Success doesn’t want to hang around incompetent people.
  • Set a goal to become a millionaire for what it makes of you to achieve it. Do it for the skills you have to learn and the person you have to become.
  • Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness – great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy.
  • Somebody says, ‘Well, I can’t be concerned about other people. About the best I can do is to take care of myself’ Well, then you will always be poor.
  • Each of us must be committed to maintaining the reputation of all of us. And all of us must be committed to maintaining the reputation of each of us.
  • The only thing worse than not reading a book in the last ninety days is not reading a book in the last ninety days and thinking that it doesn’t matter
  • You’ve got to believe in the possibilities. You’ve got to believe that tomorrow can be better than today. And here’s the big one. Believe in yourself.
  • The only constant factor in life is our feelings and attitudes toward life. One of the few things that we have total control over is our own attitude.
  • Don’t waste your time trying to turn ducks into eagles. Hire people who already have the motivation and drive to be eagles and then just let them soar.
  • It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions.
  • It is not what happens that determines the major part of your future. What happens, happens to us all. It is what you do about what happens that counts.
  • Leaders must understand that some people will inevitably sell out to the evil side. Don’t waste your time wondering why; spend your time discovering who.
  • I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacation with better care than they do their lives. Perhaps that is because escape is easier than change
  • Some people take better care of their pets than they do themselves. Their animals can run like the wind and they can barely make it up a flight of stairs.
  • The greatest change to go from average to fortune is not so much an increase in knowledge, but rather, a change in our emotions about achieving our goals.
  • Don’t spend most of your time on the voices that don’t count. Tune out the shallow voices so that you will have more time to tune in the valuable ones.
  • Our emotions need to be as educated as our intellect. It is important to know how to feel, how to respond, and how to let life in so that it can touch you.
  • One of the early signs of sophistication is not giving way to all inclinations but rather sending your emotions to school so they will learn how to behave.
  • Here’s what is exciting about sharing ideas with others: If you share a new idea with ten people, they get to hear it once and you get to hear it ten times.
  • Service to many leads to greatness-great respect, great satisfaction. Success is not having to wait until someone goes to Hong Kong before you get a camera.
  • Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary. We must not permit anything to stand between us and the book that could change our lives.
  • For effective communication, use brevity. Jesus said, ‘Follow me.’ Now that’s brief! He could be brief because of all that he was that he didn’t have to say.
  • Choose action, not rest. Choose the good in life in all things, and choose the opportunity as well as the chance to work when springtime smiles on your face.
  • The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.
  • We must teach our children not to spend their money a dollar at a time. If you spend your dollar at a time, you’ll wind up with trinkets instead of treasures.
  • Direction determines destination. So the question you must ask yourself; ‘Are all the disciplines that I’m currently engaged in taking me where I want to go?’
  • For things to change, you have to change. For things to be different, you have to be different. Before financial success can occur personal growth must occur.
  • Be a collector of good ideas, but don’t trust your memory. The best collecting place for all of the ideas and information that comes your way is your journal.
  • Remind yourself that you’re bound to get better. Don’t get down on yourself. Don’t beat yourself up. It’s the next opportunity that matters, not the last one.
  • Don’t let the learning from your own experiences take too long. If you have been doing it wrong for the last ten years, I would suggest that’s long enough!
  • The thing that will make the biggest difference to your business, your bank account, your health and your relationships in the next 12 months is your philosophy
  • All of life is a risk; in fact we’re not going to get out alive. Casualness leads to casualties. Communication is the ability to affect other people with words.
  • One of the major reasons why people are not doing well is because they keep trying to get through the day. A more worthy challenge is to try to get from the day.
  • By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character. Grenville Kleiser Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
  • Don’t start the day until you have it finished. Don’t start the week until you have it finished. Don’t start the month until you have it finished. Plan your day.
  • In leadership we teach we teach;Don’t send your ducks to eagle school because it wont help.Ducks finishes eagle school,sees his first rabbit, makes him a friend.
  • Pull your boots up by the bootstrap and know that everything is temporary. All good moments are temporary and all bad moments are temporary. Nothing lasts forever.
  • Get around people who have something of value to share with you. Their impact will continue to have a significant effect on your life long after they have departed.
  • Goals are like a magnet – they pull. And the stronger they are, the more purposeful they are, the bigger they are, the more unique they are, the stronger they pull.
  • How much should you earn? As much as you possibly can. It doesn’t matter whether you earn $10,000 a year or $100,000 a year as long as you’ve done the best you can.
  • Character isn’t something you were born with and can’t change, like your fingerprints. It’s something you weren’t born with and must take responsibility for forming.
  • Fears, even the most basic ones, can totally destroy our ambitions. Fear, if left unchecked, can destroy our lives. Fear is one of the many enemies lurking inside us.
  • Good people are found not changed. Recently I read a headline that said, ‘We don’t teach people to be nice. We simply hire nice people.’ Wow! What a clever short cut.
  • God has the tough end of the deal. What if instead of planting the seed you had to make the tree? That would keep you up late at night, trying to figure that one out.
  • Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.
  • There is no better opportunity to receive more than to be thankful for what you already have. Thanksgiving opens the windows of opportunity for ideas to flow your way.
  • You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.
  • There is something magical about putting a problem in writing. It is almost as though by writing about what is wrong, you start to discover new ways of making it right.
  • Wherever You Are, Be There. One of the major reasons why we fail to find happiness or to create unique lifestyle is because we have not yet mastered the art of being.
  • Ambitious people know that everything they do and every discipline they adhere to, form the links in the chain of events that will lead them to their final destination.
  • Wherever you are, be there. Lifestyle is not something we do; it is something we experience. And until we learn to be there, we will never master the art of living well.
  • All disciplines affect each other. Mistakenly the man says, `This is the only area where I let down.` Not true. Every let down affects the rest. Not to think so is naive.
  • It is our philosophical set of the sail that determines the course of our lives. To change our current Direction, we have to change our philosophy, not our circumstances.
  • If you will change everything will change for you. Don’t wait for things to change. Change doesn’t start out there, change starts within….All change starts with you.
  • If you learn to set a good sail, the wind that blows will always take you to the dreams you want, the income you want, and the treasures of mind, purse, and soul you want.
  • If you say something and back it up with your actions, you will provide the ‘proof’ for people who are listening to you, and they will much more willingly follow your lead.
  • You only have to solve two problems when going to the moon: first, how to get there; and second, how to get back. The key is don’t leave until you have solved both problems.
  • I’m working full-time on my job and part time on my fortune. But it won’t be long before I’m working full-time on my fortune. . . can you imagine what my life will look like?
  • “Remember when you see a man at the top of a mountain, he didn’t fall there”” “”Values are meant to be costly. If it doesn’t  cost much, we probably wouldn’t appreciate the value”
  • One of the amazing things we have been given as humans is the unquenchable desire to have dreams of a better life, and the ability to establish goals to live out those dreams.
  • Pity the man who has a favorite restaurant, but not a favorite author. He’s picked out a favorite place to feed his body, but he doesn’t have a favorite place to feed his mind!
  • The best motivating is self-motivating. The guy says, “I wish someone would come by and turn me on. “What if they don’t show up? You’ve got to have a better plan for your life.”
  • Of course kids should pay taxes.Tell littlie johnny if he wants to ride his bicycle on the sidewalk instead of in the mud,he’s got to pay3 more pennies when he buys a candy bar.
  • Don’t sell out your virtue and your value for something you think you want. Judas got the money, but he threw it all away and hung himself because he was so unhappy with himself.
  • Things that I felt absolutely sure of but a few years ago, I do not believe now. This thought makes me see more clearly how foolish it would be to expect all men to agree with me.
  • Earn as much money as you possibly can and as quickly as you can. The sooner you get money out of the way, the sooner you will be able to get to the rest of your problems in style.
  • Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.
  • Everything we would ever need to become rich and powerful and sophisticated is within our reach. The major reason that so few take advantage of all that we have is simply, neglect.
  • The greatest reward in becoming a millionaire is not the amount of money that you earn. It is the kind of person that you have to become to become a millionaire in the first place.
  • The word “tip” stands for “to insure promptness.” So when should you give it? Up front,of course. Sophisticated people don’t take chances on poor service, they insure good service.
  • If you depend on your company to take care of your retirement, your future income will be divided by five. Take care of it yourself, and you can multiply your future income by five.
  • Some people plant in the spring and leave in the summer. If you’re signed up for a season, see it through. You don’t have to stay forever, but at least stay until you see it through.
  • Success is not something you pursue. What you pursue will elude you; it can be like trying to chase butterflies.  Success is something you attract by the person you become.
  • If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.
  • Leaders must learn to discipline their disappointments. It’s not what happens to us, it is what we choose to do about what happens that makes the difference in how our lives turn out.
  • Americans are incredibly inpatient. Someone once said that the shortest period of time in America is the time between when the light turns green and when you hear the first horn honk.
  • Live a life that will help others spiritually, intellectually, physically, financially and relationally. Live a life that serves as a example of what an exceptional life can look like.
  • Network marketing is really the greatest source of grass-roots capitalism, because it teaches people how to take a small bit of capital, that is your time, and build the American dream.
  • 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.
  • It’s best to start the discipline of generosity when the amounts are small. It’s easy to give ten cents out of a dollar; it’s a little harder to give a hundred thousand out of a million.
  • We suffer one of two things. Either the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. You’ve got to choose discipline, versus regret, because discipline weighs ounces and regret weighs tons.
  • Often, the most extraordinary opportunities are hidden among the seemingly insignificant events of life. If we do not pay attention to these events, we can easily miss the opportunities.
  • The same wall that keeps out your disappointment also keeps out the sunlight of enriching experiences. So let life touch you. The next touch could be the one that turns your life around.
  • We must all wage an intense, lifelong battle against the constant downward pull. If we relax, the bugs and weeds of negativity will move into the garden and take away everything of value.
  • It’s important to learn from your mistakes, but it is BETTER to learn from other people’s mistakes, and it is BEST to learn from other people’s successes. It accelerates your own success.
  • The greatest form of maturity is at harvest time. This is when we must learn how to reap without complaint if the amounts are small and how to reap without apology if the amounts are big.
  • You cannot take the mild approach to the weeds in your mental garden. You have got to hate weeds enough to kill them. Weeds are not something you handle; weeds are something you devastate.
  • The worst thing one can do is not to try, to be aware of what one wants and not give in to it, to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialized – never knowing.
  • Goal-setting is powerful because it provides focus. It shapes our dreams. It gives us the ability to hone in on the exact actions we need to perform to achieve everything we desire in life.
  • For things to change, YOU have to change. For things to get better, YOU have to get better. For things to improve, YOU have to improve. When YOU grow, EVERYTHING in your life grows with you.
  • We need to teach our children how to debate the major life issues. Debate strengthens their beliefs and enables them to defend themselves against ideologies that are going to come their way.
  • Seek other people’s advice, but don’t take orders. And don’t take 100% of anyone’s advice. Make sure every decision you make is a product of your own conclusion. Be a student, not a disciple.
  • Life responds to deserve and not to need. It doesn’t say,”If you need,you will reap.” It says,”If you plant you will reap.”The guys says,”I really need to reap.”Then you really need to plant.
  • It’s okay to send flowers, but don’t let the flowers do all the talking. Flowers have a limited vocabulary. About the best flowers can say is that you remembered. But your words tell the rest.
  • There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. There’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.
  • It’s a new day, a new beginning for your new life. With discipline you will be amazed at how much progress you’ll be able to make. What have you got to lose except the guilt and fear of the past?
  • There are three things to leave behind; your photographs, your library, and your personal journals. These things are certainly going to be more valuable to future generations than your furniture!
  • The same wind blows on us all; the winds of disaster, opportunity and change. Therefore, it is not the blowing of the wind, but the setting of the sails that will determine our direction in life.
  • The big challenge is to become all that you have the possibility of becoming. You cannot believe what it does to the human spirit to maximize your human potential and stretch yourself to the limit.
  • Look at each day as a chance to invest life into life. A chance to share your experience and deposit it into someone else’s conscience. Each day is a chance to work miracles in the lives of others.
  • There are two key lessons: a) The only way to survive in business is to be profitable, unless you have an unlimited amount of money; b) Get through your difficulty and learn to do better next time.
  • Shortly after I met my mentor he asked me, Mr. Rohn, how much money have you saved and invested over the last six years?’ And I said, None.’ He then asked, Who sold you on that plan?’
  • There is an ancient script that says, ‘He that wishes to be ignorant, let him be ignorant.’ But I took off the last word and it now reads for me like this: He that wishes to be ignorant, let him be!
  • If you are not financially independent by the time you are forty or fifty, it doesn’t mean that you are living in the wrong country or at the wrong time. It simply means that you have the wrong plan.
  • You can cut down a tree with a hammer, but it takes about 30 days. If you trade the hammer for an ax, you can cut it down in about 30 minutes. The difference between 30 days and 30 minutes is skills.
  • The real problem is usually two or three questions deep. If you want to go after someone’s problem, be aware that most people aren’t going to reveal what the real problem is after the first question.
  • Work harder on yourself than you do on your job. If you work hard on your job, you can make a living. If you work hard on yourself, you can make a fortune… Income seldom exceeds personal development.
  • Be brief on the logic and reason portion of your presentation. There are probably about a thousand facts about an automobile, but you don’t need them all to make a decision. About a half dozen will do.
  • Words enable us to transfer our thoughts from inside our own mind into the mind of another. They have the power to alter history, to describe the past, and to bring meaning and substance to the present.
  • Life and business is like the changing seasons. You cannot change the seasons, but you can change yourself. Therein lies the opportunity to live an extraordinary life, the opportunity to change yourself.
  • Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.
  • No one else ‘makes us angry.’ We make ourselves angry when we surrender control of our attitude. What someone else may have done is irrelevant. We choose, not they. They merely put our attitude to a test.
  • The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.
  • Motivation is a mystery.Why does one salesperson see his first prospect at seven in the morning and another salesperson is just getting out of bed at eleven?I don’t know.It’s part of the mysteries of life.
  • The fact is that living the life of your dreams is possible. People prove that every day. Someone somewhere is going to get rich, get healthy and improve their life. My recommendation is this: Let it be you
  • Achievers have a can-do attitude that sets them apart from mere dreamers. Achievers are sold out to success-no matter the obstacles-and they are willing to put forth the effort and pay the price of success.
  • Good people are found not changed. They can change themselves, but you can’t change them. You want good people, you have to find them. If you want motivated people, you have to find them, not motivate them.
  • Sincerity is not a test of truth. We must not make this mistake: He must be right; he’s so sincere. Because, it is possible to be sincerely wrong. We can only judge truth by truth and sincerity by sincerity.
  • There are no new fundamentals. You’ve got to be a little suspicious of someone who says, “I’ve got a new fundamental.” That’s like someone inviting you to tour a factory where they are manufacturing antiques.
  • It is how we feel about ourselves that provides the greatest reward from any activity. It is not what we get that makes us valuable, it is what we become in the process of doing that brings value into our lives.
  • The millionaire says to a thousand people, ‘I read this book and it started me on the road to wealth.’ Guess how many go out and get the book? Very few. Isn’t that incredible? Why wouldn’t everyone get the book?!
  • When confronted with iron-will determination, I can see Time, Fate and Circumstance calling a hasty conference and deciding, We might as well let him have his dream. He’s said he’s going to get there or die trying.
  • There are two parts to influence: First, influence is powerful; and second, influence is subtle. You wouldn’t let someone push you off course, but you might let someone nudge you off course and not even realize it.
  • Human beings are the only creatures who have the ability to write down their goals and design their future. And here is why most of us don’t. We’re trapped either by regret of the past or the routine of the present.
  • It takes time to build a corporate work of art. It takes time to build a life. And it takes time to develop and grow. So give yourself, your enterprise, and your family the time they deserve and the time they require.
  • Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people.
  • To become financially independent you must turn part of your income into capital; turn capital into enterprise; turn enterprise into profit; turn profit into investment; and turn investment into financial independence.
  • The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.
  • Leaders must not be naive. I used to say, “Liars shouldn’t lie.” What a sad waste of words that is! I found out liars are supposed to lie. That’s why we call them liars – they lie! What else would you expect them to do?
  • Since you cannot control the weather, or the traffic, or the one you love, or your neighbors, or your boss,  then you must learn to control you…  the one whose response to the difficulties of life REALLY counts.
  • Successful people engage that creative part of their minds and ask, “Well, I wonder how else I can look at this problem? I wonder how else I could deal with this decision? I wonder what other possibilities I have there?”
  • Some people claim that it is okay to read trashy novels because sometimes you can find something valuable in them. You can also find a crust of bread in a garbage can, if you search long enough, but there is a better way.
  • If you don’t have a plan for what you want, then you will probably find yourself buying into someone else’s plan and later find out that was not the direction you wanted to go. You’ve got to be the architect of your life.
  • If you spend five minutes complaining, you have just wasted five minutes. If you continue complaining, it won’t be long before they haul you out to a financial desert and there let you choke on the dust of your own regret.
  • We cannot move casually into a better future. We cannot casually pursue the goal we have set for ourselves. A goal that is casually pursued is not a goal; at best it is a wish, and wishes are little more than self-delusion.
  • For things to change you need to change. For things to get better you need to get better. The good news is you can change, you can get better and you can start right where you are at and you can go as far as you want to go.
  • The greatest gift you can give somebody is your own personal development. I used to say, “If you will take care of me, I will take care of you. “Now I say, I will take care of me for you, if you will take care of you for me.
  • In America we have the greatest chance for opportunity than anyone else in the past six and a half thousand years. Never in recorded history have so many different gifts from all over the world been deposited in one country.
  • You don’t have to change that much for it to make a great deal of difference. A few simple disciplines can have a major impact on how your life works out in the next 90 days, let alone in the next 12 months or the next 3 years.
  • Of all the things that can have an effect on your future, I believe personal growth is the greatest. We can talk about sales growth, profit growth, asset growth, but all of this probably will not happen without personal growth.
  • There are some things you don’t have to know how it works, only that it works. While some people are studying the roots, others are picking the fruit. It just depends on which end of this you want to get in on.” — Jim Rohn
  • Don’t take the casual approach to life. Casualness leads to casualties. Seek out the mentors that you need that will lead you to greatness in your field. If you’re not willing to learn from others, who are you willing to learn from?
  • Always be eager to learn, no matter how successful you might already be. In the Millionaires’ Club, we sometimes invite a billionaire to come talk to us. He says, ‘You’re doing okay, but come on. How about if you really poured it on!’
  • Life is brief, even at its longest. Whatever you are going to do with your life, get at it. All good will be attacked. All values must be defended. In all areas of the human existence, what we put into this world, we get back from it.
  • Until we have finally accepted the fact that there is nothing we can do to change the past, our feelings of regret and remorse and bitterness will prevent us from designing a better future with the opportunity that is before us today.
  • Give a lecture to a thousand people.One walks out and says,I’m going to change my life.” Another one walks out with a yawn and says,”I’ve heard all this before.”Why is that? Why wouldn’t both be affected the same way?Another mystery.”
  • You need courage to be creative. You need the courage to see things differently, courage to go against the crowd, courage to take a different approach, courage to stand alone, if you have to, courage to choose activity over inactivity.
  • Enterprise is first creativity. You need creativity to see what’s out there and shape it to your advantage. You need creativity to look at the world a little differently. You need creativity to take a different approach, to be different.
  • Dreams are a projection of the kind of life you want to lead. Dreams can drive you. Dreams can make you skip over obstacles. When you allow your dreams to pull you, they unleash a creative force that can overpower any obstacle in your path.
  • If you were to take the lessons and experiences you’ve acquired in the past one year, five years or 10 years and skillfully invest that into your future, how powerful would that be? Where would you find yourself at the end of the next year?
  • Someone once said to me that success isn’t everything and I think I know what they really meant. I believe what they really meant was that money wasn’t everything and I certainly agree with that. But I do believe that success IS everything.
  • Women have an incredible ability to pick up on emotional signals. For example, there are some wolves that are so clever they have learned to dress up like sheep. Man says, “Looks like a sheep. Talks like a sheep.” Woman says, “Ain’t no sheep!”
  • We’ve all heard the expression, An apple a day keeps the doctor away.’ Well, I’ve got a good question for you: What if it’s true? Wouldn’t that be easy to do-to eat an apple a day? Here’s the problem: It’s also easy not to do.
  • James Allen says ‘We curse the effect and nourish the cause.’ The guy puts sand in his shoes and he can hardly walk and you ask why would you do that? Why would we wish for it to change, hope for it to change, but all the while resisting change?
  • It’s too bad failures don’t give seminars. Wouldn’t that be valuable? If you meet a guy who has messed up his life for forty years, you’ve just got to say, ‘John, if I bring my journal and promise to take good notes, would you spend a day with me?’
  • To attract attractive people, you must be attractive. To attract powerful people, you must be powerful. To attract committed people, you must be committed. Instead of going to work on them, you go to work on yourself. If you become, you can attract.
  • I remember saying to my mentor, ‘If I had more money, I would have a better plan.’ He quickly responded, ‘I would suggest that if you had a better plan, you would have more money.’ You see, it’s not the amount that counts; it’s the plan that counts.
  • I wish for you a life of wealth, health and happiness; a life in which you give to yourself the gift of patience, the virtue of reason, the value of knowledge, and the influence of faith in your own ability to dream about and achieve worthy rewards.
  • The more valuable you become [in your company], the more influence you have, the better communicator you are, you manage your time better, and you recognize people for their contributions. You also become more valuable as a spouse, parent and friend.
  • Don’t spend all of your money a quarter at a time. Save up and buy something special, something fine, something of lasting value, or something that will give you rich memories for a lifetime. Remember, all that candy money can add up to a small fortune.
  • The more obstacles you face and overcome, the more times you falter and get back on track, the more difficulties you struggle with and conquer, the more resiliency you will naturally develop. There is nothing that can hold you back, if you are resilient.
  • The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become. That is why I wish to pay fair price for every value. If I have to pay for it or earn it, that makes something of me. If I get it for free, that makes nothing of me.
  • I found that when you start thinking and saying what you really want then your mind automatically shifts and pulls you in that direction. And sometimes it can be that simple, just a little twist in vocabulary that illustrates your attitude and philosophy.

 

  • If you wish to have power and influence over the many, be faithful (disciplined) when there is just a few. If you have a few employees, a few distributors, a few people, that’s the time to stay in touch and be totally absorbed — when there is just a few.

 

  • Don’t spend most of your time on the voices that don’t count, voices that are going to add too little worth to your future. Don’t waste time on the shallow and the silly. Tune those voices out and tune in voices that are going to add something to your life
  • Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. It is the accumulative weight of our disciplines and our judgments that leads us to either fortune or failure.
  • Do battle with the enemy. Do battle with your fears. Build your courage to fight what’s holding you back, what’s keeping you from your goals and dreams. Be courageous in your life and in your pursuit of the things you want and the person you want to become.
  • Confronting and overcoming challenges is an exhilarating experience. It does something to feed the soul and the mind. It makes you more than you were before. It strengthens the mental muscles and enables you to become better prepared for the next challenge.
  • Resolve says, ‘I will.’ The man says, ‘I will climb this mountain. They told me it is too high, too far, too steep, too rocky, and too difficult. But it’s my mountain. I will climb it. You will soon see me waving from the top or dead on the side from trying.’
  • Don’t be afraid to borrow if someone else has said it well. Winston Churchill said, The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. That’s so well said. You could stay up all night and not think of that.
  • To be successful, you have to develop certain traits such as courage, dignity, charisma and integrity. You also have to recognize that you have to work harder on yourself than on your job. You attract success because of the person you are. Personal development is key.
  • If we are fortunate, we one day find that person who impacts our world in such a way that our life is never the same again. By chance, or by design, we met that someone who offers the support, encouragement, and inspiration to become more than we ever thought possible.
  • You say, ‘The country is messed up.’ That’s like cursing the soil and the seed and the sunshine and the rain, which is all you’ve got. Don’t curse all you’ve got. When you get your own planet, you can rearrange this whole deal. This one you’ve got to take like it comes.
  • It’s easy to let life deteriorate into making a living instead of making a life. It’s not the hours you put in, but what you out into the hours that count. Learn to express rather than impress. Expressing evokes a me too attitude while impressing evokes a so what attitude.
  • The guy says, “When you work where I work, by the time you get home, it’s late. You’ve got to have a bite to eat, watch a little TV, relax and get to bed. You can’t sit up half the night planning, planning, planning.” And he’s the same guy who is behind on his car payment!
  • If you’re serious about becoming a wealthy, powerful, sophisticated, healthy, influential, cultured and unique individual, keep a journal. Don’t trust your memory. When you listen to something valuable, write it down. When you come across something important, write it down.
  • The same wind blows on us all. The economic wind, the social wind, the political wind. The same wind blows on everybody. The difference in where you arrive in one year, three years, five years, the difference in arrival is not the blowing of the wind but the set of the sail.
  • To have an incredible increase in self esteem, all you have to do is start doing some little something. You don’t have to do spectacularly dramatic things for self esteem to start going off the scale. Just make a commitment to any easy discipline. Then another one and another one.
  • There lies within each person a huge reservoir of untapped potential for achievement, success, happiness, health and greater prosperity. It’s like an ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities  waiting to be released and channelled toward some great good.
  • Character is a quality that embodies many important traits, such as integrity, courage, perseverance, confidence and wisdom. Unlike your fingerprints that you are born with and can’t change, character is something that you create within yourself and must take responsibility for changing
  • I used to say, Things cost too much.’ Then my teacher straightened me out on that by saying, The problem isn’t that things cost too much. The problem is that you can’t afford it.’ That’s when I finally understood that the problem wasn’t it’-the problem was me.’
  • A life best lived is a life by design. Not by accident, and not by just walking through the day careening from wall to wall and managing to survive. That’s okay. But if you can start giving your life dimensions and design and color and objectives and purpose, the results can be staggering.
  • If you were to show me your current financial plan, would I get so excited by it that I would go across the country and lecture on it? If the answer is no, then here’s my question: Why not?’ Why wouldn’t you have a superior financial plan that is taking you to the places you want to go?
  • Now, here is my definition of success: A few simple Disciplines practiced every day. Do you see the distinction? A few disciplines… Here’s a little phrase we’ve all heard, An apple a day keeps the doctor away. And my question to you is, What if that’s true? How simple and easy is that plan?
  • If the idea of having to change ourselves makes us uncomfortable, we can remain as we are. We can choose rest over labour, entertainment over education, delusion over truth, and doubt over confidence. The choices are ours to make, but while we curse the effect, we continue to nourish the cause
  • When people asked Socrates, What is wisdom?’ he always gave the same answer: I don’t know’. In fact, Socrates never claimed to know much of anything except how to ask questions. And by asking questions, he would prove to other people that they didn’t know what they thought they knew.
  • Get the most out of everything in your life; the happiness and the sadness, the success and the failure…get a good perspective of what life is all about. Let the orchestra of your life play all the notes, the high notes, the low rumblings of the difficulties and perplexities that all we all face.
  • An enterprising person is one who comes across a pile of scrap metal and sees the making of a wonderful sculpture. An enterprising person is one who drives through an old decrepit part of town and sees a new housing development. An enterprising person is one who sees opportunity in all areas of life.
  • One of the first things successful people realize is the old adage: If it is to be, it is up to me. That is, for you, the fact that your success and your course is up to you. This doesn’t mean that you do it all alone. It simply means that you take responsibility for your life and your career.
  • Life without balance can cost you your relationships. Life without balance can cost you your health. Life without balance can cost you your spirituality. Life without balance can cost you your wealth and your happiness. So find things to motivate you from all areas of life. Your success depends on it.
  • If you don’t like how something is going for you, change it. If something isn’t enough, change it. If something doesn’t suit you, change it. If something doesn’t please you, change it. You don’t ever have to be the same after today. If you don’t like your present address change it – you’re not a tree!
  • And if I may be so bold to offer my last piece of advice for someone seeking and needing to make changes in their life. If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree. You have the ability to totally transform every area in your life-and it all begins with your very own power of choice.
  • Opportunity shies away from need, but opportunity is attracted by talent and ability. What you don’t want to happen is opportunity to turn cool on you. You don’t want to offend opportunity. So the only thing you present to opportunity is ability, performance and skill. Don’t present need to opportunity.
  • Treat your body like a temple, not a woodshed. The mind and body work together. Your body needs to be a good support system for the mind and spirit. If you take good care of it, your body can take you wherever you want to go, with the power and strength and energy and vitality you will need to get there.
  • Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. A successful business owner never stops learning. They educate themselves on the things they need to learn, and they never stop growing. They never arrive at a certain point and think, ahhh… now I don’t need to learn anymore.
  • Your life, my life, the life of each one of us is going to serve as either a warning or an example. A warning of the consequences of neglect, self-pity, lack of direction and ambition… or an example of talent put to use, of discipline self-imposed, and of objectives clearly perceived and intensely pursued.
  • Any day we wish we can discipline ourselves to change it all. Any day we wish; we can open the book that will open our mind to new knowledge. Any day we wish; we can start a new activity. Any day we wish; we can start the process of life change. We can do it immediately, or next week, or next month, or next year.
  • We are all affected by five things. But the most important thing that affects us is our dreams–our ability to see the future. But here’s why we don’t reach into the future. We’re trapped either by regret of the past or the routine of the present. So make sure that the greatest pull on you is the pull of the future.
  • What you want will pull like a magnet. Here’s the other part. What for? Purpose is stronger than object. It’s the ‘What for?’ that’s even more powerful than the object. And the more you can describe in detail to stir the emotion and the intellect and the spirit and the soul, then the more powerful the ‘what for’ is.
  • Words in the mind are like colors on the palette of the artist. The more colors we have access to, the easier it is to create a captivating picture on the canvas, and the more practice we give to using those many colors appropriately and uniquely, the more likely we will be to create a masterpiece of self expression.
  • Don’t wish it was 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. The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become. Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.
  • You cannot speak that which you do not know. You cannot share that which you do not feel. You cannot translate that which you do not have. And you cannot give that which you do not possess. To give it and to share it, and for it to be effective, you first need to have it. Good communication starts with good preparation.
  • So, before you are tempted to give up or get discouraged, remember all success is based on long term commitment, faith, discipline, attitude and a few stepping stones along the way. You might not like the stone you are on right now, but it’s sure to be one of the stones that lead to great opportunities in the future.
  • There’s nothing you can do about the past. But, you can do a great deal about your future. You don’t have to be the same person you were yesterday. You can make changes in your life — absolutely startling changes in a fairly short time. You can make changes you can’t even conceive of now, if you give yourself a chance.
  • Everything you need for your better future and success has already been written.And guess What? It’s all available.All you have to do is go to the library.But guess what?Only three percent of the people in America have a library card.Wow,they must be expensive!No, they’re free.Probably in every neighborhood.Three percent!
  • The Bible give us a list of human stories on both sides of the ledger. On list of human stories is used examples – do what these people did. Another list of human stories is used as warnings – don’t do what these people did. So if your story ever gets in one of these books, make sure they use it as an example, not a warning.
  • All of the insights that we might ever need have already been captured by others in books. The important question is this: In the last ninety days, with this treasure of information that could change our lives, our fortunes, our relationships, our health, our children and our careers for the better, how many books have we read?
  • Leadership is the great challenge of the 21st century in science, politics, education, and industry. But the greatest challenge in leadership is parenting. We need to do more than just get our enterprises ready for the challenges of the twenty-first century. We also need to get our children ready for the challenges of the 21st century.
  • The greatest step toward success is self confidence. The greatest builder of self confidence is self esteem, and self esteem comes from doing the daily things you know you should do. Your self esteem will start to soar when you make some critical decisions – decisions to walk a new road, to start a new direction, to start a new discipline.
  • Live a vital life. If you live well, you will earn well. If you live well, it will show in your face; it will show in the texture of your voice. There will be something unique and magical about you if you live well. It will infuse not only your personal life but also your business life. And it will give you a vitality nothing else can give.
  • In America, one of the great liberal documents of the world is the Declaration of Independence. One of the great conservative documents of the world is the Constitution of the United States. We need both documents to build a country. One to get it started – liberal. And the other to help maintain the structure over the years – conservative.
  • All of the great ideas, without action, become stale and useless. The key to turning dreams into reality is action. People who have great ideas are a dime a dozen. People who act on their dreams and ideas are the select few, but they are the ones who gain the wealth, wealth and wisdom that is available. Someone will act today. Let it be you.
  • Always leave people with a solution; the heaven if you do versus the hell if you don’t. If you’re really skillful you can put the person into the future solution. Shoaff used to say, ‘Jim, I can see you now in your new clothes, in your new home, in your new car. I can see others walking up to you.’ The Promise of the Future is an Awesome Force!
  • Most people are just trying to get through the day. Be committed to learn to get from the day. Don’t just get through it; get from it. Learn from it. Let the day teach you. Join the university of life. What a difference that will make in your future. Commit yourself to learning. Commit yourself to absorbing. Be like a sponge. Get it. Don’t miss it.
  • By our attitude, we decide to read, or not to read. By our attitude, we decide to try or give up. By our attitude, we blame ourselves for our failure, or we blame others. Our attitude determines whether we tell the truth or lie, act or procrastinate, advance or recede, and by our own attitude we and we alone actually decide whether to succeed or fail.
  • If you want to have more, you have to become more. For things to change, you have to change. For things to get better, you have to become better. If you improve, everything will improve for you. If you grow, your money will grow; your relationships, your health, your business and every external effect will mirror that growth in equal correlation.
  • I have found in life that if you want a miracle you first need to do whatever it is you can do if that’s to plant, then plant; if it is to read, then read; if it is to change, then change; if it is to study, then study; if it is to work, then work; whatever you have to do. And then you will be well on your way of doing the labor that works miracles.
  • Somebody said you have to love what you do, but that’s not necessarily true. What is true is that you have to love the opportunity. The opportunity to build life, future, health, success and fortune. Knocking on someone’s door or making that extra call may not be something you love to do, but you love the opportunity of what might be behind that door or call.
  • Failure is a few Errors in judgment repeated everyday. The man says, Well I didn’t walk around the block today and it didn’t kill me, so it must be okay. No, no, it is that kind of error in judgment that after six years has him out of breath and panting as he walks from his car to his office. You can’t make those kinds of mistakes; it will end up costing you.
  • Our philosophy about activity and our attitude about hard work will affect the quality of our lives. What we decide about the rightful ratio of labor to rest will establish a certain work ethic. That work ethic – our attitude about the amount of labor we are willing to commit to future fortune – will determine how substantial or how meager that fortune turns out to be.
  • A few years ago I lost one of my dearest friends. He died at age 53 – heart attack. David is gone, but he was one of my very special friends. I used to say of David that if I was stuck in a foreign jail somewhere accused unduly and if they would allow me one phone call, I would call David. Why? He would come and get me. That’s a friend. Somebody who would come and get you.
  • You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that okay? Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.
  • Learn all you can, don’t be lazy. Nothing’s worse than being stupid. Being broke is bad, but being stupid is what’s really bad. And what’s really really bad is being broke and stupid. Nothing’s much worse than that. Unless you’re sick. Sick, broke and stupid, that’s about as far as you can fall unless you’re ugly. Surely that would be the ultimate; ugly, sick, broke and stupid.
  • A well-fashioned day – with a beginning and an end, a purpose and a content, a color and a character, a feel and a texture – takes it place among the many and becomes a valuable memory and treasure. At midnight the winged messengers come and gather up all these pieces and take them off to wherever the mosaic is kept. And surely, on occasion, one messenger says to another, ‘Wait ’til you see this one.’
  • Don’t ask for the task to be easy… just ask for it to be worth it. Don’t wish it was easier… wish you were better. Don’t ask for less challenge… ask for more skill.  Don’t ask for less problems… and for more wisdom. It’s the challenge that makes the experience.  Life and it’s colour and meaning and adventure for you is this collection of experiences.  To wish them away is to wish your life away.
  • I am a buyer of blank books. Kids find it interesting that I would buy a blank book. They say, Twenty-Six dollars for a blank book! Why would you pay that? The reason I pay twenty-six dollars is to challenge myself to find something worth twenty-six dollars to put in there. All my journals are private, but if you ever got hold of one of them, you wouldn’t have to look very far to discover it is worth more than twenty-six dollars
  • So when somebody asks me to make a decision about a situation, I don’t offer a solution, I ask a question: What are our options? Give me the good, give me the bad, give me the pretty, give me the ugly, give me the impossible, give me the possible, give me the convenient, give me the inconvenient. Give me the options. All I want are options. And once I have all the options before me, then I comfortably and confidently make my decision.
  • Discipline is the bridge between thought and accomplishment. Discipline comes to those with the awareness that for a kite to fly it must rise against the wind; that all good things are achieved by those who are willing to swim upstream; that drifting aimlessly through life only leads to bitterness and disappointment.” And then he added: “Discipline is the foundation on which all success is built. Lack of discipline inevitably leads to failure.
  • It seems that every life form on this planet strives toward its maximum potential… except human beings. A tree does not grow to half its potential size and then say, “l guess that will do.” A tree will drive its roots as deep as possible. It will soak up as much nourishment as it can, stretch as high and as wide as nature will allow, and then look down as if to remind us of how much each of us could become if we would only do all that we can.
  • Books are what you step on to take you to a higher shelf. The higher your stack of books, the higher the shelf you can reach. Want to reach higher? Stack some more books under your feet! Reading is what brings us to new knowledge. It opens new doors. It helps us understand mysteries. It lets us hear from successful people. Reading is what takes us down the road in our journey. Everything you need for a better future and success has already been written.
  • Take time to be quiet. This is something that we don’t do enough in this busy world of ours. We rush, rush, rush, and we are constantly listening to noise all around us. The human heart was meant for times of quiet, to peer deep within. It is when we do this that our hearts are set free to soar and take flight on the wings of our own dreams! Schedule some quiet “dream time” this week. No other people. No cell phone. No computer. Just you, a pad, a pen, and your thoughts.
  • If you hear a good idea, capture it; write it down. Don’t trust your memory. Then on a cold wintry evening, go back through your journal, the ideas that changed your life, the ideas that saved your marriage, the ideas that bailed you out of bankruptcy, the ideas that helped you become successful, the ideas that made you millions. What a good review-going back over the collection of ideas that you gathered over the years. So be a collector of good ideas for your business, for your relationships, for your future.
  • How about this miracle… God says if you plant the seed I will make the tree. Wow, you can’t have a better arrangement than that. First, it gives God the tough end of the deal. What if you had to make a tree? That would keep you up late at night trying to figure out how to make a tree. God says, “No, leave the miracle part to me. I’ve got the seed, the soil, the sunshine, the rain and the seasons. I’m God and all this miracles stuff is easy for me. I have reserved something very special for you and that is to plant the seed.
  • Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, let them complain over what might have been, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, let them be discouraged, let them be revengeful and vindictive, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, let them become materialistic and empty, but not you. Let others become ungrateful and stop praying, but not you! Let others give up, but not you! For you know in whom you believe and you know that He is always able. Now, that’s you!
  • Every time we choose action over ease or labor over rest, we develop an increasing level of self-worth, self-respect and self-confidence. In the final analysis, it is how we feel about ourselves that provides the greatest reward from any activity. It is not what we get that makes us valuable, it is what we become in the process of doing that brings value into our lives. It is activity that converts human dreams into human reality, and that conversion from idea into actuality gives us a personal value that can come from no other source.