Spring Clean Your Team

Implementing the proper care and feeding of your people

“Learn to help people with more than just their jobs;
help them with their lives.” —Jim Rohn

This is one of my favorite Jim Rohn quotes (among many!) and one I take to heart.

How to implant the practice of personal development in your team:

At SUCCESS, one of the ways we “practice our preach” is with what I call our weekly PD Huddle. Every Hump Day (Wednesday) at 9:17 a.m. (promptness also practiced!) we get together as a team and three people report on a personal-development resource (book, CD, DVD or MP3) they have reviewed.

The reviewer shares a half-dozen or so key ideas from the material, the three most poignant to them and three ways they are going to implement what they have learned. After each one, we discuss as a team other thoughts and correlations the material has to our jobs and personal lives.

With this practice, each individual reviews one program per month and gets the key ideas from 12. The impact this can have on the individuals and the team is incredible.

Below, I’d like to share the notes on one of my favorite programs, The Art of Exceptional Living by Jim Rohn, on which SUCCESS Editor Sandra Bienkowski recently reported.

As I recently offered to those who follow me on Twitter and Facebook, in appreciation of your readership to this blog I’d like to offer you a personal gift: a FREE full-length DVD program by Jim Rohn. You can download it HERE.

Also, if you haven’t already, take a look at the special tribute video to Jim Rohn. It is amazing the impact one person can have on the lives of generations of people. Ponder this: What will be on your tribute video when you reach your twilight years?

The Art of Exceptional Living
By Jim Rohn, key points notated by Sandra Bienkowski


  • Make a list of your long-term goals. This list should include the most important things you want to do in the next 1-10 years. What do you want to see? What do you want to do? Who do you want to be? What do you want to have? Take 15 minutes and just pour your thoughts out on paper. Don’t take longer than 15 minutes. Write fast. Abbreviate. After you finish, write down how many years it will take you to accomplish each goal. Some goals might be one-year goals. Others might be three-year goals. A few might even be 10-year goals.
  • Constantly refine, reflect upon and revise your goals as you change. When you complete goals on your long-term list, celebrate. Celebrate your wins in life.
  • Make a list of your short-term goals. This list should include all of the little things you want to do within a year. Part of the fun of making goals lists is being able to cross them off after you accomplish each.
  • Set the kind of goals that will make something of you if you achieve them.
  • Don’t set your goals too low.
  • Don’t sell out (or give up on your goals). Don’t compromise.
  • Tips: Goal-setting is easy. Just decide what you want and write it down. Save your goal lists to track your personal growth. Your old lists will show you how you have grown.


  • Don’t hang out with an easy crowd.
  • Unhappiness starts when you know you could be a little more than you are. This is where the slow erosion begins. Don’t let it happen to you.
  • Your life philosophy will change as you grow. Ask yourself: What do you want to be known for?
  • Set a goal to make a million dollars, not for the money but for what it will make of you.
  • Spend major time on major things. Minor time on minor things. Ask yourself if you focus on the majors.
  • Reasons come first and then the answers. If you can’t accomplish some of your goals, your reasons for why you want to accomplish those goals might not be strong enough. If you have enough reasons, you can do great things. When you know what you want and you want it bad enough, you can make it happen.
  • What can you do today to change your life so the next five years are not the same as the last five?
  • Ideas and information are the keys to your success. They can change your life.
  • If you want to be happy, study happiness. Wealthy, study wealth.
  • Keep a journal with you at all times to capture your ideas when they come. Don’t rely on your memory.
  • All leaders are readers.
  • To have more, become more.
  • It isn’t what happens to you in your life that matters—it’s how you react to what happens to you.
  • Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.
  • The greatest value you get in life is what you become, not what you get.


  • The people you surround yourself with influence you more than you think. Take a look at the people you are around and ask yourself: What do they have me doing? Saying? Feeling? Never underestimate the power of influence.
  • It is easy to let associations and influences impact you. The people you are around shape who you are becoming. Don’t hang out with an easy crowd. Challenge yourself to grow.


  • Discipline makes all the difference. A few simple disciplines practiced over time every day can be your key to success.
  • Failure comes from a few errors in judgment repeated over time.
  • Work on your craft.
  • Mend your errors by better thinking.
  • Eat an apple a day!

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Darren Hardy is the former publisher of SUCCESS magazine, an entrepreneur and New York Times best-selling author of The Compound Effect and Living Your Best Year Ever: A Proven Formula for Achieving Big Goals.

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