"It is with sadness and joy that I've heard of Jim Rohn passing on December 5th, 2009. Sadness because the earth has lost a true saint and joy because heaven has gained one. Jim impacted my life and thousands like me through his speeches, conferences and books! Our business, our life and our world is better because Jim walked here. May our life serve as an inspiration to all we meet as Jim served as an inspiration to us! God bless all friends and family who read this." - Al Argo
Jim Rohn was born on September 17, 1930 into a rural Idaho farm family. He is an American business philosopher, motivational speaker, businessman, and bestselling author. (1)
His work has influenced many others, including myself, to launch their own career as a motivational speaker.
Jim began his early adulthood without acclaim, leaving college after his first year, starting a family, and trying to get by as best as possible. By age 25, he says he was in a personal rut - in debt, unable to see a way that would lead him to the success that he desperately craved.
Around this time, he met Mr. Shoaff, an entrepreneur who impressed Mr. Rohn with his wealth, business accomplishments, charisma, and life philosophy.
Mr. Shoaff' became Jim’s mentor leading him down the path of personal development culminating in Jim becoming a millionaire by the time he was 31.
Mr. Rohn soon discovered that people wanted to hear his rags-to-riches story which launched his career as a professional speaker.
I first heard Jim Rohn in a day long seminar in Birmingham, Alabama when I was an advertising account executive at The Anniston Star. I will never forget taking what seemed like almost one hundred pages of notes that day. His business and life philosophy made absolute sense to me as a young professional.
I have also had the privilege of learning from Mr. Rohn in Singapore as well as taking part in his one year coaching program.
In 1985, Jim won the coveted CPAE Award from the National Speakers Association
He is a millionaire, entrepreneur and businessman devoted to helping others achieve all they are capable of in life and business.
He has authored more than 17 books, audio and video programs and is hailed as one of the most influential thinkers of our time.(2)
One of the things I have learned from Jim Rohn is that “the major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.”