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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."
  The Power of Continuous Learning   #837
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A successful life is one that is lived on purpose, by design. Here is America's success philosopher, Jim Rohn, to tell you about the power of continuous learning in your life.

We've got to continually learn, continually grow. So the key words are research, preparation, getting ready. Preparation is like building an account from which to draw. When you get ready to talk, you want to make sure you've got a verbal check that will cash. Here's the power in good communication: when what you say is only the tip of the iceberg of all you know. That's when communication becomes powerful — when what you say is only a portion of all that you know because you've gotten ready for this moment, this time, this occasion.

I'm sure we've all been around some people who very quickly told us much more than they knew. It didn't take them but a short period of time to run out of illustrations, to exhaust all their stories. It probably meant a great lack of preparation, a great lack of deliberately getting ready.

It is possible in some respects to prepare for life just by accident. Life does teach us some things by accident. There are some things you can learn by just careening from wall to wall and stumbling from day to day and staggering from week to week. You can learn some things that way. But the other 99 percent of what you need to know has got to be on purpose — preparation on purpose. Am I engaged in preparation on purpose to get me ready to do in communication the skills that are necessary to take me where I want to go? Good question. And that's what we're here for — to ask some of the tough questions.

When I met Mr. Schoaff, he asked me the tough questions. I was 25 years old. He said, "Mr. Rohn, how are you doing?" I said, "Not very well." Mr. Schoaff said, "I suggest you not do that any more." Tough questions! Mr. Schoaff said, "Mr. Rohn, how much money have you invested in the last six years?" I said, "What do you suppose, roughly?" "Not any," Schoaff said. "Who sold you on that plan?" Wow, tough questions, tough questions. It's so important for somebody to come along and ask us tough questions and not let us get by with small numbers and small answers.

To prepare for good communication, take a new interest in life. Here's a good pledge to make at the beginning of the day. "I'm going to be more interested in this day. I'm going to see if I can get more from this day." Oh, it's easy, if you're not careful, to just try to get through the day. But sophisticated people learn to get from the day. They don't want a day to go by without gathering up some new ideas, some new impressions, new color, new nuances, new sense of worth and value. They gather, from the day, interest.

Here are two of the major subjects to study with interest: life and people. Develop a new sharper interest, a new sharper focus on life and people — what's happening, what's going on. That new commitment to a new interest for the day will get you ready for the years to come with better communication, because to say it well, you have to feel it well. To say it well, you have to know it. And to know it, you've just got to go through the laborious process of gathering and extracting the information.

Now, here are two things you can do immediately to achieve your goals faster than ever before.

First, prepare thoroughly in advance for any goal or activity. Think on paper. The more you think and prepare in advance, the more and faster you will get done when you start work.

Second, review your personal plan for success. Is it working? If not, make revisions in it immediately, and get busy with your new plan.

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