Top 40 Jim Rohn Quotes of All Time

Today, I want to share my 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. Sadly, 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, Jim 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. 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 two cents about it. They are listed in no particular order.

Top 40 Jim Rohn Quotes

Top 40 Jim Rohn Quotes

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

Ultimately, we are a result of our daily habits. Good habits produce good results and bad habits produce bad results. If you want to change your life for the better, change what you do each day.

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

Motivation is important, but it needs to be combined with skills and attitude. Work on your attitude and skills just as much as you do your motivation.

# 3: Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

The only thing missing between where you are right now and where you want to go is DAILY DISCIPLINE. This means you do the things you need to do, even when you don’t feel like doing them.

# 4: You cannot make progress without making decisions.

Take the information you have at hand, and make a decision. Be quick to make a decision and slow to change your mind. Sometimes you will make the wrong decision. That is okay. When you do, admit your mistake, make the necessary adjustments and press on.

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

What good is success if you give up your health in the process? Eat well, sleep well, drink lots of water. Take supplements. Take care of yourself so you can look good, feel good and live longer.

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

Owning your own business is better than having a job. The odds of you getting rich with a job are pretty slim compared to the odds of you building a fortune by having your own business.

# 7: Either you run the day or the day runs you.

Learn how to manage your time wisely. Plan out your day each day in 15-minute increments. Do the most important things first.

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

Time is our most precious asset. You can always earn more money, but you can never earn back your time.

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

Do the things that are painful today and you will live a great life. Put off the things that are painful to do today and you will pay for it later in life.

Work harder on yourself than you do on your job

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

Focus on being the best version of you possible. Improve daily. Work on your personal development.

# 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.

The buck stops with you. Stop blaming others. Man up or woman up and take 100% responsibility for your life.

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

I have met many “book smart” people who are busy 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.

The best leaders are great communicators. If you want to improve your relationships, quality of life and/or career, focus on improving your communication skills. This includes verbal and non-verbal communication.

# 14: How long should you try? Until.

Winners never quit and quitters never win. You must fail your way to success. Take massive action. Fail. Learn and make adjustments. Repeat.

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

The only way to be happy is to live in the moment. Plan for the future, cherish the past, but enjoy NOW.

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

Successful people never make excuses. They admit when they are wrong, make the necessary adjustments, and press on.

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

Don’t be a lone wolf. Don’t be scared to let other people into your life. We need others. And, they need us.

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

While watching television can be fun and entertaining, if you want to grow, learn more and make more money, focus on reading books rather than watching television.

# 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.

No one cares about your life, your future, or your success, as much as you do. Make a plan for your life. Never just “drift” through life.

# 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.

Be the type of person you aspire to be. Don’t let trivial things keep you from living the life you want and deserve. Be bigger than the challenges and problems you are currently going through.

Finding is reserved for those that search

# 21: Finding is reserved for those that search.

You get what you are looking for. If you aren’t looking, don’t expect to find much.

# 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 get what we focus on. Focus on the things you want rather than focusing on the things you don’t want.

# 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.

As a leader, your job is to serve people. Stay hungry, but stay humble. Never forget where you came from. Never let success go to your head.

# 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.

Our success, or failure, is a direct reflection of our daily habits. Good habits produce a good result and bad habits produce a bad result.

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

Tough times never last, but tough people do. Bad things happen to good people. It’s not what happens to you that matters most. It’s how you react that matters most.

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

If you want something bad enough, nothing will stop you. If not, you’ll come up with an excuse to justify your inactivity.

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

Success is never a straight line. It is a bunch of zigs and zags, ups and downs. Failure works the same way. Learn from each failure, make the required adjustments, and press on.

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

Don’t be the type of person who wishes they didn’t have problems or challenges. Everyone has problems and challenges. Focus on growing you as a person so you can overcome your problems and challenges with gusto.

If you are not willing to risk the unusual you will have to settle for the ordinary

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

The greater the risk the greater the reward. If you aren’t willing to take risks or possibly fail, you won’t accomplish much in life.

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

Surround yourself with people who encourage you and uplift you and bring out the best in you. Guard your association. Surround yourself with people who help make you a better person.

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

Have a sense of urgency about everything you do. Don’t be passive. Make something a top priority if you want to achieve it.

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

Focus on one thing, or one person, at a time. When you talk with someone, avoid distractions, and give them your undivided attention. Put down your cell phone and listen attentively.

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

The more people you serve and help, the more fulfilling your life will be, and normally, the more money you will make!

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

Focus on growing and improving yourself. Be the best version of you possible and you will attract success into your life.

# 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?

Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals

# 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.

We are emotional creatures. Logic will get you only so far in life. Having passion and enthusiasm about what you do is what you really need to succeed.

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

Your real education begins AFTER you graduate college. Our colleges and trade schools are not designed to help you build wealth. The skills you need to create wealth will be learned through mentorship, books, and the school of hard knocks.

About Jim Rohn

Jim was a respected author, speaker and trainer.  He spoke to more than 6,000 audiences during his lifetime.  His books, CDs and seminars changed the lives of millions of people for the better (including mine). You can visit his website here. Also, if you haven’t read the book you see below, I highly recommend it. You can click on the image to order a copy on Amazon.

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Final Thoughts

Well there you have them…my top 40 Jim Rohn quotes of all time. Which one of these Jim Rohn quotes is your favorite and why? 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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Chuck Holmes
Network Marketing Professional (since 2002)
Author, Blogger, & Entrepreneur

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

  1. Greg,

    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. 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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