Top 40 Jim Rohn Quotes of All Time

If you are not familiar with Jim Rohn, you will be after reading this post. His full name was Emanuel James Rohn, but everyone knew him as Jim. Jim was an entrepreneur, a motivational speaker and an author. Jim passed away in 2009, but his legacy will live on forever.

In the 1950s and 60s, Rohn joined several direct selling companies and did quite well. One of those was Nutri-Bio where Rohn went on to become the Vice President. After Nutri-Bio went out of business, Rohn began to conduct mentoring seminars and motivational speaking engagements. Rohn mentored some famous personalities including Tony Robbins, Mark Hughes who founded Herbalife and Brian Tracy.

Jim always had wise words that could help motivate and inspire. So, what I am going to do today is share the top 40 Jim Rohn quotes of all time. I will share the quote and then give my 2 cents about it.

Jim Rohn Quotes

1: “Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.”

It all does come down to discipline; time management discipline, financial discipline, and moral discipline. Just using discipline in your life and business will create success.

2: “Motivation alone is not enough. If you have an idiot and you motivate him, now you have a motivated idiot.”

I just love this quote. While motivation is wonderful, we need to work to make the motivation a meaningful thing.

3: “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”

This quote by Jim Rohn speaks for itself; we set goals and we work to complete those goals.

4: “You cannot make progress without making decisions.”

While it can be difficult sometimes to make a decision, and sometimes the decision will be wrong, you will move forward by making decisions. No decisions will have you standing still.

5: “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”

Eat healthy, sleep properly and exercise and you will feel better about yourself.

6: “Profits are better than wages. Wages make you a living; profits make you a fortune.”

In some cases, we cannot even live off wages. Having any kind of business that earns you profits will help you live comfortably.

7: “Either you run the day or the day runs you.”

Start each morning off with a plan of action and follow it. You will run the day that way.

8: “Days are expensive. When you spend a day you have one less day to spend. So make sure you spend each one wisely.”

I have had those days when I wish I had done more. It was because I did not use my time wisely. Jim spoke some wise words here.

9: “We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.”

Some say, “no pain, no gain.” It really depends on the type of pain when you consider Jim’s quote. If you have discipline pain, you will gain.

10: “Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.”

If you don’t take care of yourself first, you won’t be able to take care of your job.

11: “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.”

We really do not have the power to change anything but ourselves, and in doing so, we can change the world around us.

12: “Don’t let your learning lead to knowledge. Let your learning lead to action.”

I have met many “book smart” people who are going nowhere. The knowledge they have is not being used. We should attempt to utilize all of our knowledge with deeds and actions.

13: “Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people.”

This quote says it all. Communicate no matter where, when or who.

14: “How long should you try? Until.”

Every time I read this quote, I just get a huge smile because Jim spoke simple wisdom in it. If we quit trying, we are quitters, and quitters are not winners.

15: “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”

The key is to discover where you are getting your happiness from. If you only rely on outside sources for happiness, you will probably be disappointed.

16: “Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.”

Why make excuses? Just realize you messed up and fix it.

17: “The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.”

The wall itself can create sadness. Why put up walls? We need others and they need us.

18: “Successful people have libraries. The rest have big screen TVs.”

Ok, I won’t lie; I have a big screen television, but it is very seldom on. Toys can be bad if abused. Books are a wonderful thing. And I don’t just say that because I am a published author, I also read a lot.

19: “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”

Jim said this plain and clear; there really is nothing I can add to it.

20: “Let others lead small lives, but not you.. Let others argue over small things, but not you.. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you.. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.”

We can rise above and beyond what everyone else is doing.

21: “Finding is reserved for those that search.”

How can you find success if you don’t search for success?

22: “If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.”

We are what we set out to do and be. Our success is within us, not without us.

23: “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”

I love this Jim Rohn quote too. These are challenges, and if we are wise, we will access ourselves each day to see if we followed this wisdom.

24: “Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.”

There are many ways we can learn; through classes, books or even other people, but we must strive to learn something new every day.

25: “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”

Well said Jim! We must make our habits reflect our goals and dreams.

26: “It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.”

We control our destiny. We must do the work and good things will come.

27: “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.

Instead of using excuses, if you don’t want to do something, just say no.

28: “Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don’t fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.”

As they say: the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. We need to learn from our errors and change them.

29: “Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.”

And while you are wishing you were better, make it happen.

30: “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”

Life is a series of gambles if you want to have success. We must be willing to take a chance if we want to climb to the top of the mountain.

31: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

This statement may be hard to accept, but it is true. Just look at the 5 people you spend the most time with and access the statement. Jim was right, wasn’t he?

32: “Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value.”

You can see this in a child that just hears about a new toy a friend received. He/she comes home and tells their parents how much they want that toy, but then he/she views a toy commercial on the television and they lose the urgency to get the toy the other child has. They are ho-hum about the other toy because it lost its value.

33: “Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.”

Yes, it is time to put the smartphone away and pay attention. They deserve it.

34: “Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness; great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy.”

I really cannot add anything to this beautiful quote by Jim Rohn.

35: “Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.”

We don’t have to chase success. If we simply make ourselves the person who beams success, success will stand next to us.

36: “You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.”

We may not know exactly where we are going, but we can choose the road we will travel to get there.

37: “If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.”

Some people whine, cry, pout and scream about situations in their lives, but they make no attempt to fix and repair them. I don’t want to be like that; do you?

38: “Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.”

If we follow a basic plan of action, the end result normally spells success.

39: “Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know.”

I have discovered that a person can talk with a group of people about dead bugs in a crack in the sidewalk (not really interesting is it), and if they show excitement and compassion (for the bugs), people will gain that same excitement and the next thing you know is your having a dead bug party.

40: “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”

I haven’t found a college or university yet that will teach you the fundamentals to go out and make one million dollars in a year…but through self-education, what the colleges would say is impossible, is possible.

Final Thoughts

Well there you have them…my opinion of the top 40 Jim Rohn quotes of all time. Which ones are your favorites? Do you have any other Jim Rohn quotes you like that I didn’t mention above?

You can post your comments, questions or suggestions in the comment section below. I look forward to hearing from you.

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2 thoughts on “Top 40 Jim Rohn Quotes of All Time

  1. chuckholmes


    You did a great job with this post. I’ve learned so much from Jim Rohn through the years. He was an incredible man, mentor and teacher. Even though he is gone his legacy continues. Thanks for posting this.


    1. Greg Boudonck

      Thank you Chuck. Jim was a great and wise man, and I truly enjoyed researching and writing this post. I learned many things, and hopefully others will learn from his wise sayings too.

      Jim has many more quotes that are great too. I highly recommend that anyone who is leading others should read Jim’s books and study his ways.

      Have a great day.


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