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Jim Rohn
Philosopher, genius, motivational counselor and business executive — those are just some of the hats worn by one of the greatest motivational speakers of all time, Jim Rohn. He always approaches the subject of personal and business success by asking four questions: Why? Why not? Why not you? And why not now? He then goes on to answer those and related questions, revealing practical, perceptive secrets for success and productivity. His special style, laced with witticisms and anecdotes, captivates listeners, igniting their enthusiasm and can-do spirit. Among his most thought-provoking topics are: sales and entrepreneurial skills, leadership, sales and marketing, success and personal development. Jim Rohn is the best-selling author of several Nightingale-Conant audiocassette programs, including "The Art of Exceptional Living," "Take Charge of Your Life," "Power of Ambition" and "Developing an Unshakable Character."
  Your Results in Life   #835
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The quality and quantity of your results will determine your material success more than any other single factor. Here is Jim Rohn with some key observations on the importance of numbers in determining where you are and where you are going.




The quest of life is to see (1) what we can become and (2) what we can accomplish. What we can become and what we can accomplish. The key to life is to become skillful enough to do rewarding things with our life: influence, productivity, activity, results — economic, social, personal, spiritual. But results is the name of the game. It's the reason the season is in the fall — to see what has come from the miracle of your hand and the seed and the soil and the seasons and the rain, the changes, to cope with it all and to see what you can make out of what's available.

Key life question: should we be expected to double our value in a reasonable time? Answer: of course. Should we be expected to make progress?

How many years do you want your child to spend in fourth grade? About one. Well, if they're nice kids, would you give them three or four years? No. You can't give your child four years to get through fourth grade. That's too much time to make such small progress. Now, wouldn't it be important to ask those same questions all of our life? We build those first-grade desks so small that we won't fit at age 21. Shouldn't it be a reasonable question — what are you doing here? All this time has passed.

Part of life is a numbers game. How many books should you read to be adequately prepared to debate the major life issues in the next 10 years? Do you think it's important to come up with a pretty reasonable number of books in a wide variety of subjects to be adequately prepared to debate the major life issues in the next 10 years? The answer is, of course.

Wouldn't it be important to know about what the number of those books are and what the wide range of major life topics are? This is very important stuff. This is not "get-by" stuff. Oh, you can get a crust of bread and a pair of shoes and stay out of the rain and do okay, but this is called higher learning for success and leadership and influence and skill that serve well for the future. So numbers are very important.

How many pounds overweight should you be at age 50, approximately? None. Well, we may let you borrow one or two, but five and we say, hey. Ten and we say, hey. Fifteen and we say, hold it. Twenty and we turn on the red lights and the sirens. You can't go beyond 20 with any reasonable amount of safety and health for your future. So numbers are very important.

When a reasonable time has passed, let's go over the numbers one more time to make sure we're not off track.

Now, here are two things you can do immediately to get better results from your work and your life.

First, when you set a goal, determine exactly how much time you should reasonably spend to achieve that goal, and then stick to your schedule. Don't put in more time than the goal is worth.

Second, project forward five years, and determine the books you will have to read and the skills you will have to develop in order to enjoy a wonderful life at that time. Begin today to read those books and develop those skills.


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