The Legend Lives On

Friday is the 80th birthday of my mentor, the late Jim Rohn. It is cause for me to pause one more time to offer gratitude for the profound influence this man had on my life (and the lives of millions of others).

I met Jim when I walked into his seminar back in 1994. I wasn’t even there to meet or hear Jim. I was there to meet the promoters of the event. I needed to wait until the event was over so I sat down and listened to this willowy grey haired man with the most fascinating voice and intonations lecture about principles of success.

What he said riveted me. The simplicity and purity of his message grabbed my heart. And his teachings challenged and confronted my previous beliefs about obtaining success.

I just pulled off my library shelf the journal I had with me that day. In my notes are a few things Jim said that I wrote down, underlined and circled. Those few things forever changed my life.

In honor of Jim’s birthday I’d like to pass forward the gift of those words on to you…

Jim Rohn asked the audience, “How many people want more…?”

I thought, “Yes! I want more… success, money, a better body, more companionship, etc. (I was 23!)” and awaited the instructions of what to do…

I had experienced some moderate success already by that time, but I had done it through sheer brute force. I was aggressive and just outworked, out failed and out persisted everyone else to grab my achievements. I did it by doing… do, do, do. But what Jim said next would multiply my income, my goal achievement and my results… and it wasn’t by doing.

Jim continued, “If you want to have more… you have to BECOME more.” He said, “Success is not a doing process, it is a becoming process. What you do, what you pursue, will allude you—it can be like chasing butterflies. Success is something you attract by the person you become.”

“Wow,” I thought. This was the first time I had heard this twist of perspective, insight and wisdom.

Jim continued, “For things to improve, you have to improve. For things to get better, you have to get better. For things to change, you have to change. When you change, everything changes for you.”

Those were the keys to the kingdom for me and what launched me on my constant, unrelenting and never-ending journey of continuous personal development.

And he was right. The next year I tripled my income to over seven-figures a year and within four years was a self-made multi-millionaire. And I wasn’t doing any more than I had before I met Jim. My doing wasn’t different, but the ‘Who’ I was doing it was… and that made all the difference in the world.

I invite you on such a journey—the journey of continuous personal development. If you want anything more in life, this is the yellow brick road to getting there.

Certainly I recommend:
Subscribing to SUCCESS magazine
Studying The Compound Effect (distillation of the best I have ever discovered)
Owning the Jim Rohn Library (the material that has launched thousands of successful careers and lives).

As part of the 80th birthday celebration of our dear friend and mentor, Jim’s company Jim Rohn International, has created an unprecedented offer by compiling the entire Jim Rohn Library (20-pieces, $1,279) and cut $900 off and are making it available for only $379. I think they are crazy to do that (I told them as much), but appreciate the gesture… and the opportunity to affect more people with the gift of Jim.

I am so pumped up by their gesture that I wanted to add to it myself. I called them and asked to include my Design Your Best Year Ever goal achievement workbook absolutely free for anyone who bought the Jim Rohn Library. This is only for my friends on this blog, facebook fan site or on my twitter feed, you have to use this link to get the Jim Rohn Library $900 off with my book included free:

Take advantage of this 80th birthday gesture—it’s not something they are going to do again.

As Jim Rohn would tell you: “The best investment you can ever make is in your own personal development.”

Remember, “If you want to have more, you have to become more.” This is how. Become more now, learn from the mentor of mentors—Jim Rohn.

At Jim’s Tribute Celebration I gave the closing comments, which were the comments I thought Jim Rohn would want to say to everyone celebrating his life. I encourage you to listen to these words (even if you have seen/heard before, it’s great to hear again):

Any experiences you have had from Jim Rohn’s teachings or comments and thoughts you’d like to share, please do so in the comment section below.


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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