100+ Life Inspiring Quotes From Jim Rohn

The legendary Jim Rohn is considered to be the godfather in the personal development industry. If you haven’t heard of Jim Rohn, then you need to Google him out, or buy his books today. If you have heard of Tony Robbins, then I’ll like to bring to your notice that he was mentored by Jim back in the days and is responsible for transforming hundreds of thousands lives around the world, in his time till date.

 “To have more we must first become more” is the very essence of the philosophy of personal development, success and happiness addressed by Jim Rohn. It is our attitude that determines both the quantity and the quality of our level of activity. That activity produces proportionate results, and the results provide the lifestyle we seek.
The results and the lifestyle are the effects—the conditions we inherit— but it is our personal philosophy, attitude and activity which are the ultimate cause of the effect. To change the effect, we must alter the cause, and yet most people curse the effect but continue to nourish the cause. Jim Rohn’s words provide a source of hope, inspiration and answers for those in search of a better life.
The late personal development legend’s words still ring true with his millions of fans. When personal development legend Jim Rohn passed away in 2009, his encouraging, uplifting messages and inspiring, thought-provoking quotes, loved by millions and shared throughout the world to this day, still live on. Jim Rohn was a major force to reckon with in the personal development world.
 He taught us that being successful is a choice, and even further, he taught us how to achieve it. No matter how tough the road to personal achievement gets, we will always have some guidance in the form of Rohn’s wisdom. It helps us understand mysteries.
“Whatever happens, happens to us all. It is what you do about what happens that counts.”
It is the inherent nature of success to be both puzzling and elusive, and to withhold its rewards from all but a handful of those who pursue it. It is by an intricate design of nature that success is a condition that must be attracted and not pursued. We achieve rewards and we make progress not by our intense pursuits, but by what we become, for it is what we are that finally determines the results we attract.

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Reading is what takes us down the road in our journey. It lets us hear from successful people. Everything you need for a better future and success has already been written. This is a compilation of more than 100 insightful wise sayings and quotes from the legend and icon in personal development world, Jim Rohn. Enjoy, share and let them affect your life. Get inspired:



1. “Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom.”

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

3. “We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. Discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tonnes.”

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

5. “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”


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

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

8. “Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. It is the accumulative weight of our disciplines and our judgments that leads us to either fortune or failure.”

9. “Don’t join an easy crowd; you won’t grow. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform are high.”

10. “Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.”

11. “Start from wherever you are and with whatever you’ve got.”

12. “Without constant activity, the threats of life will soon overwhelm the values.”

13. “The more you care, the stronger you can be.”

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

15. “Character is a quality that embodies many important traits, such as integrity, courage, 
perseverance, confidence and wisdom. Unlike your fingerprints that you are born with and can’t change, character is something that you create within yourself and must take responsibility for changing.”

16. “The big challenge is to become all that you have the possibility of becoming. You cannot believe what it does to the human spirit to maximize your human potential and stretch yourself to the limit.”

17. “You cannot change your decision overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.”

18. “Don’t say, ‘If I could, I would.’ Say, ‘If I can, I will.’”

19. “Discipline has within it the potential for creating future miracles.”

20. “Life is not just the passing of time. Life is the collection of experiences and their intensity.”

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

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.”

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

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.”

25. “Your personal philosophy is the greatest determining factor in how your life works out.”

26. “How long should you try? Until.”

27. “We must all wage an intense, lifelong battle against the constant downward pull. If we relax, the bugs and weeds of negativity will move into the garden and take away everything of value.

28. “Humans have the remarkable ability to get exactly what they must have. But there is a difference between a ‘must’ and a ‘want.’”

29. “The best motivation is self- motivation. The guy says, ‘I wish someone would come by and turn me on.’ What if they don’t show up? You’ve got to have a better plan for your life.”

30. “When you know what you want, and you want it bad enough, you will find a way to get it.”

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

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

33. “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.”


34. “Disgust and resolve are two of the great emotions that lead to change.”

35. “Happiness is not an accident. Nor is it something you wish for. Happiness is something you design.”

36. “What you become directly influences what you get.”

37. “Only human beings can reorder their lives any day they choose by refining their philosophy.”

38. “It is not what happens that determines the major part of your future. What happens, happens to us all. It is what you do about what happens that counts.”

39. “If you learn to set a good sail, the wind that blows will always take you to the dreams you want, the income you want, and the treasures of mind, purse, and soul you want.”

40. “Walk away from the 97 percent crowd. Don’t use their excuses. Take charge of your own life.”

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

42. “If you want to be a leader who attracts quality people, the key is to become a person of quality yourself.”

43. Don’t mistake movement for achievement. It’s easy to get faked out by being busy. The question is: Busy doing what?

44. “Don’t set your goals too low. If you don’t need much, you won’t become much.”

45. “No one else ‘makes us angry.’ We make ourselves angry when we surrender control of our attitude.”

46. “Don't read a book and be a follower; read a book and be a student.”

47. “One of the greatest gifts you can give to anyone is the gift of your attention.”

48. “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.”

49. “The worst thing one can do is not to try, to be aware of what one wants and not give in to it, to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialized – never knowing.”

50. “Each of us has two distinct choices to make about what we will do with our lives. The first choice we can make is to be less than we have the capacity to be. To earn less. To have less. To read less and think less. To try less and discipline ourselves less. These are the choices that lead to an empty life. These are the choices that, once made, lead to a life of constant apprehension instead of a life of wondrous anticipation. And the second choice? To do it all! To become all that we can possibly be. To read every book that we possibly can. To earn as much as we possibly can. To give and share as much as we possibly can. To strive and produce and accomplish as much as we possibly can.”

51. “Economic disaster begins with a philosophy of doing less and wanting more.”

52. “Either you run the day or the day runs you.”


53. “Everything you need for better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library.”

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

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

56. “Finding is reserved for those that search.”

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

58. “Get around people who have something of value to share with you. Their impact will continue to have a significant effect on your life long they have departed.”

59. “Goals. There's no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There's no telling what you can do when you believe in them. There's no telling what will happen when you act upon them.”

60. “Good people are found not changed. Recently I read a headline that said, “We don’t teach people to be nice. We simply hire nice people.” Wow! What a clever short cut.”

61. “Happiness is not by chance, but by choice.”

62. “How sad to see a father with money and no joy. The man studied economics, but never studied happiness.”

63. “Humility is a virtue; timidity is a disease.”

64. “I am a buyer of blank books. Kids find it interesting that I would buy a blank book. They say, “Twenty-Six dollars for a blank book! Why would you pay that?” The reason I pay twenty-six dollars is to challenge myself to find something worth twenty-six dollars to put in there. All my journals are private, but if you ever got hold of one of them, you wouldn't have to look very far to discover it is worth more than twenty-six dollars.”

65. “I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacations with better care than they plan their lives. Perhaps that is because escape is easier than change.”

66. “I will take care of me for you, if you will take care of you for me.”

67. “f someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around.”

68. “If you just communicate, you can get by. But if you communicate skilfully, you can work miracles.”

69. “If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse.”


70. “In America we have the greatest chance for opportunity than anyone else in the past six and a half thousand years. Never in recorded history have so many different gifts from all over the world been deposited in one country.”

71. “It doesn’t matter which side of fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions.”

72. “It isn’t what the book costs. It’s what it will cost you if you don’t read it.”

73. “Its easy to carry the past as a burden instead of a school. It’s easy to let it overwhelm you instead of educate you.”

74.  “It is what you don’t know what will hurt you.”

75. “Leadership is the challenge to be something more than average.”

76. “Learn how to say no. Don’t let your mouth overload your back.”

77. “Learn how to separate the majors and the minors. A lot of people don’t do well simply because they major in minor things.”

78. “Life expects us to make a reasonable amount of progress in a reasonable amount of time. That's why they make those second grade chairs so small.”

79. “Make rest a necessity, not an objective. Only rest long enough to gather strength.”

80. “Managers help people see themselves as they are; Leaders help people to see themselves better than they are.”

81. “Maturity is the ability to reap without apology and not complain when things don’t go well.”

82. “Miss a meal if you have to, but don't miss a book.”

83. “My father taught me to always do more than you get paid for as an investment in your future.”

84. “One of the best places to start to turn your life around is by doing whatever appears on your mental ‘I should’ list.”

85. “Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.”

86. “Poor people have big TV's. Rich people have big libraries.”

87. “Some people claim that it is okay to read trashy novels because sometimes you can find something valuable in them. You can also find a crust of bread in a garbage can, if you search long enough, but there is a better way.”

88. “Some things you have to do every day. Eating seven apples on Saturday night instead of one a day just isn’t going to get the job done.”

89. “Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”

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

91. “Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live.”

92. “The difference between where you are today and where you'll be five years from now will be found in the quality of books you've read.”

93. “The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.”

94. “The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.”

95. “The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become. That is why I wish to pay fair price for every value. If I have to pay for it or earn it, that makes something of me. If I get it for free, that makes nothing of me.”

96. “The more you know, the less you need to say.”

97. “The only thing worse than not reading a book in the last ninety days is not reading a book in the last ninety days and thinking that it doesn't matter.”

98. “The ultimate reason for setting goals is to entice you to become the person it takes to achieve them.”

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

100. “The worst days of those who enjoy what they do are better than the best days of those who don’t.”

101. “Don't let your learning lead to knowledge. Let your learning lead to action.”

102. “There are only three colours, ten digits, and seven notes, it’s what we do with them that’s important.”

103. “There are some things you don’t have to know how it works – only that it works. While some people are studying the roots, others are picking the fruit. It just depends on which end of this you want to get in on.”

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104. “Those who will not read are no better off than those who cannot read.”

105. “Time is more value than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.”

106. “To become financially independent you must turn part of your income into capital; turn capital into enterprise; turn enterprise into profit; turn profit into investment; and turn investment into financial independence.”

107. “We can have more than we've got because we can become more than we are. 86. We don’t get paid for the hour; we get paid for the value we bring to the hour.”

108. “We get paid for bringing value to the marketplace. It takes time… but we get paid for the value, not the time.”

109. “What is powerful is when what you say is just the tip of the iceberg of what you know.”

110. “Whatever good things we build end up building us.”

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

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

113. “You cannot change your destination overnight. You can change your direction.”

114. “You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills.”

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

116. “You want to set a goal that is big enough that in the process of achieving it you become someone worth becoming.”

117. “Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.”

118. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

119. “If you will change, everything will change for you.”

120. Easy means something you can do (but I work hard at it)


121. “The things that are easy to do are also easy not to do. Don’t neglect.”
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