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Personal Development: Wise Words From Jim Rohn

Personal Development: Wise words from Jim Rohn

Personal Development: Wise words from Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn is one of the best American leadership, personal development training gurus.

He has a conversational style. The following is not a direct quote, but is written to reflect Jim's content and style, enjoy:

Reasons why I have not done very well

"When I was 25 years of age, my mentor said to me, "As a matter of interest Jim, why is it you have not done very well, up to now?"

Excellent question!

I laid on him, my list. You know the one; The list called, "Reasons why I have not done very well".

It went like this:

I blame the government; they don't know what it's like to live in the real world.

I blamed the company; if this is all they pay; how do they expect me to do well by my family.

I blamed prices; things cost too much.

I blamed taxes: taxes are way too high.

I blamed my negative relatives: they are only out for themselves, they never loan you money.

I blamed the weather, I blamed the traffic,

I blamed my lousy luck; things just don't work out well for me. I'm not one of the lucky ones.

I blamed circumstances.

I blamed foreigners; taking our jobs.

I gave him the whole list.

It was a pretty good list.

This gets me off the hook, right?

This explains and excuses why I'd not been doing very well.

My mentor took one look at my list. He studied it for a while and said,

"There's one thing wrong with your list, Jim. YOU ain't on it!"

So, my mentor made me throw away my old list. (One of you may have found it though, and are still using it).

He made me write out a new list. It contained only one item.

ME!

It was ME.

I was the reason why I was not doing well.

I was reminded of an old prayer that says,

"Not my father, nor my mother,
Not my brother, nor my sister,
Not a stranger, nor my neighbour,
But it's me, O Lord,
That's Standing in the need of prayer."

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