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The Art of Excpetional Living by Jim Rohn

The Art of Exceptional Living by Jim Rohn



·      Your “philosophy” can be interpreted to mean “how you think”, i.e. mindset and attitude.

·      All we have is the seeds, the soil, the sunshine, the rain – it’s up to us to make something of what we are given.  Don’t Blame “all that you have”, instead work out how to best use all that you have.  This applies to the economy, taxes, government policy, relatives, team, your environment.

·      Formula for Failure – A few errors of judgement repeated every day

·      Formula for Success – A few simple disciplines practiced every day

·      Become a Serious Student - read books, listen to audio, go to seminars, learn from people

·      Work harder on yourself than you do on your job

·      Don’t wait for other things to change, first YOU must change so that you can make the best use of “all that you’ve got”.

·      This is basically the BE of Be x Do = Have


The Steps to Study

·      Become a serious student so that you can generate new ideas.

·      Capture those ideas or they will be lost.  Carry a journal and use it to capture useful information and ideas.

·      Two of the best sources of information: 1) study your own life and learn from your successes and failures; 2) learn from the experiences of others, e.g. autobiographies, The Bible.

·      Key quote – “All leaders are readers”.  Have that thirst for knowledge.

·      Spend at least 30 minutes every day (preferably an hour) reading books or listening to audio books.  Make sure that it’s every day – miss a meal but don’t miss your learning time.

·      Books, etc are like a goldmine.  People know that the gold is there but they are too lazy to pick up the shovel and start digging.

·      The best money you can spend is money invested in your own education.


Build a Library

·      Everyone needs a good library with books on creating wealth, business, basic accounting, basic law, history, self development, relationships, parenting, etc.

·      Specifically recommends the following books
  - How To Read A Book by Mortimer Adler
  - Lessons of History by Durant
  - The Story of Philosophy by Durant
  - Good novels that share good philosophy and values
  - Biographies and Auto-biographies of both successful and infamous people

·      The 3 Treasures to leave behind (when you die)
  1. Your journals
  2. Your pictures (another way to capture important events)
  3. Your library


Personal Development

·      It’s not what happens to you that determines the major part of your future, it’s what you do about it.

·      What you have at this moment in your life is what you have attracted because of the person you have become (basically blame yourself and take responsibility instead of blaming others for your situation).

·      For things to change, first YOU must change.

·      We get paid for the VALUE that we bring to the Marketplace.  We don’t get paid for time, we get paid for the value that we can create for a given period of time.

·      The aim is to get more valuable for the same amount of time spent.  The aim is to climb the ladder so that you are worth more on an hourly basis.

·      Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job.  If you work hard on your job you’ll make a living, if you work hard on yourself you can make a fortune.


The 4 Major Lesson in Life to Learn (Life and Business are like the seasons)

1.     Learn how to handle the Winters.  Learn how to handle disappointment, it comes straight after opportunity.  Learn how to handle recession, it always comes after expansion.  Work on yourself to learn from the hard times to become stronger, better and wiser.
Don’t wish things were easier, wish that you were better.  Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skill.”

2.     Learn how to take advantage of Spring.  Learn to take advantage of the opportunities when they come your way.  You either need to become good at planting in Spring, or become good at begging in The Fall.

3.     Learn how to nourish and take care of your crops all Summer.  Recognise that all good will be attacked and that all values need to be defended, to think otherwise is naïve.

4.     Learn how to reap in The Fall without complaint.  Take responsibility for your life and the opportunities that are out there.


The 5 Personal Development Abilities

1.     Develop the ability to absorb, i.e. be present.  “Don’t just get through the day, get from the day”, i.e. learn from the day.

2.     Learn to respond.  Let you emotions be touched and learn how to feel.

3.     Develop the ability to reflect.  Learn from your notes and from the past.  Reflect at the end of every day, end of every week, ½ a day each month, one weekend every year.  Also, don’t just remember what happened but remember the emotion, the colour, the sound and how you felt.  Learn to reflect by yourself – the benefit of solitude.

4.     The ability to act.  Act quickly but not hastily.  Act when the emotion is high and the idea is hot.  If you don’t act quickly you will experience the Law of Diminishing Intent.  Rest very little – don’t make rest an objective, make rest a necessity.

5.     The ability to share.  Share books, share knowledge so that it frees up space to pour more in.  Not only does this free up space but your glass also grows bigger and your capacity to absorb grows.


Every discipline affects every other discipline so don’t fool yourself that one area is not important.  That slackness in just one area will affect your “philosophy” and your mental state.  So do the journal, reflect, take notes, read books, practice those few simple disciplines every day.


It is as easy as eating an apple a day…


Good habits are how you convert opportunity into equity, it’s as simple as that.  You don’t need multi-track affirmations.  Affirmation without discipline = delusion.  Just start improving your simple habits and everything else falls into place.


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