Reading a Jim Rohn books is like hanging with your grandpa, sipping a cup of iced tea, and hearing him drop wisdom bombs about the good ol’ days in war and business.
I’m always blown away by the amount of wisdom in Jim’s books. Dude is awesome. So today, I wanted to show you how you can use Jim’s principles to be happier, make more money, and more.
In today’s episode, I break down Jim Rohn’s 7 strategies for wealth and happiness.
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Below is a preview of Jim’s seven nuggets of wisdom (I share LOTS more on on my podcast).
1. Use focused goals.
Your dreams are a projection of the life you wish to lead. When you have the clarity of a goal, living your dream life becomes so much easier. Without goals, it’s impossible to manage your time effectively and achieve your dream life. For example, at Sumo.com, we have one annual goal. Everything we do has to be aligned with this one goal (and this is how we grew Sumo to an 8-figure business).
2. Seek knowledge.
Success leaves clues. Go look at what successful people are doing. How did they get to be so successful? What are their habits? What tactics and strategies do they use? Find out, and use the same success strategies yourself. When seeking knowledge, be especially aware of the negatives — or stumbling blocks holding you back. Once you can identify your negative habits, you can begin to replace them with successful, positive habits.
3. Learn how to change.
You are what you read — all leaders are readers. If you’ve become too “busy” to read, stop making excuses and start reading again. In the morning, at bedtime, during your lunch break… be disciplined by starting small and fitting a few pages in wherever you can. One bonus hack for making positive change: Ask the most successful person you know who’s the most successful person they know. Then, take that person out to dinner and pick their brain to learn more success tips.
4. Control your money.
Jim had a great line which I thought was really powerful: “To have more than you’ve got, you have to become more than you are.” Are you becoming more than you are, so you can be more successful? To improve yourself (and make more money, be happier, and live your dream life), stop just wishing things were easier. Instead, work for more wisdom and greater strength.
5. Master time.
Time is your most important resource (we all have a limited amount of birthdays before our clock expires). Knowing you’re going to die someday can inspire you to stop wasting your time, eliminate anything stunting your growth, and follow your interests. Don’t be afraid to make yourself a little uncomfortable in order to break through your growth plateaus. Your time is ticking.
6. Surround yourself with winners.
You have to take responsibility for your positive and negative behavior, and the best way to level up your wealth and happiness is by hanging out with winners. Stop hanging out with the easy crowd. Spend more time with the right people where the expectations are high and you reach your full potential.
7. Learn how to live well.
You can be happier by becoming the person who gives a little more to the world. Plus, contribution makes some of us more motivated to make money. But success isn’t always just money. Even though the media and our friends love to talk about the importance of being a billionaire, don’t blindly chase other people’s version of success. Instead, spend the time to figure out what truly make you happy, and then invest in things really that give you joy.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. In the full podcast episode, I dive even deeper on Jim Rohn’s philosophies. You’ll learn…
- Why wishing it were easier is the wrong mindset — and what to do instead
- How to change your habits from negative to positive
- The importance of “being the ant” (what this means and how to get there
The Challenges: First, delete every social app on your phone except one. Two, commit to reading one new book this month. Here’s some inspiration.
Leave a comment and tell me how you’re doing on this week’s challenges for a chance to win a copy of my favorite book.
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