Jim Rohn, one of the best life coaches, and motivational speaker, addresses his strategies for having a life of wealth and happiness. He first starts off by sharing an anecdote of how one man has changed his life and that a lot of what he had learned from this man is what he’ll be sharing in this book. He then goes on to state the importance of the fundamentals and that they shouldn’t be overlooked. This book is essentially a compilation of Rohn’s fundamental principles to wealth and happiness. Points from the book are:
1. Prior to starting my personal development journey, I used to think that those who are successful in life got lucky. I used to believe that they had the right connections, were really intelligent, were at the right place at the right time, and pretty much all of the other excuses you can think of. However, after learning from several successful people, they all address the importance of discipline and how far that takes you. “Discipline is the master key. It unlocks the door to wealth and happiness, culture and sophistication, high self-esteem and high accomplishment, and the accompanying feelings of pride, satisfaction, and success. What does it take to acquire discipline? First, it requires that you develop an awareness of the importance of discipline in your life. Start by asking yourself: ‘What do I want to accomplish in my life? What changes do I need to make in order to attain my goals?’ Second, ask yourself honestly: ‘Am I willing to do what it takes?’ If you answer ‘yes,’ then you need to make a long-term commitment to maintain your discipline wisely, deliberately, consistently. Finally, your commitment will be tested when circumstances emerge that could interfere with your commitment to your new discipline – when you will have to perform, come rain or come shine.“
2. Become an investor, not just with money, but with everything in your life. There has always been a tradeoff between current consumption and investment. If you want to be successful, start adopting an investor mentality as those who are successful didn’t get there by consuming all the time. “Success is a process of turning away from something in order to turn toward something better – from lethargy to exercise, from candy to fruit, from spending to investing. Success is responding to an invitation to change, to grow, to develop, and to become – an invitation to move up to a better place in order to gain a better vantage point. But most of all, success is making your life what you want it to be.”
3. If there’s anything in life that you wish you could have, wish for the skills and knowledge to obtain what it is that you want, not the item itself. People think that once they have what they want, everything is all good. However, time and time again do people who don’t possess sufficient knowledge to handle having that particular thing end up losing it. This is exactly why people who win the lottery go broke within a few years, they don’t have the knowledge on how to have it in the first place. Knowledge is the answer to your success. “Give a million dollars to someone who does not possess the attitude of a millionaire and that person will most likely lose it. But take away all the wealth from a true millionaire and in no time he or she will build a new fortune. Why? Because those who earn their millionaire status develop the skills, knowledge, and experience to duplicate the process again and again. As you can see, when someone becomes a millionaire, the least important thing is what they have. The most important thing is what they have become.“
4. To become above-average, you need to do things that are above-average. If you’re doing the same things as everyone else is, the chances of you getting above the crowd are slim. This is why I learned and teach others to read faster, so I and others can absorb information faster than the average person, to have a better chance at becoming above-average. “People often ask me, ‘How do I develop an above-average income?’ The answer is, become an above-average person. How? For starters, develop an above-average handshake. Some people who say they want to succeed don’t even work on their handshake. As easy as it would be to improve, they let it slide. They don’t understand. Do you want to be above-average? Then develop an above-average smile; develop an above-average interest in others; develop an above-average intensity to win. That will change everything.“
By Ryan Lee
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