Why Personal Development Is Critical to Success! A Lesson From Jim Rohn

“To have more than you’ve got, become more than you are.” – Jim Rohn

The late Jim Rohn once said, “We generally change ourselves for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation.”   Jim taught that always emphasizing the importance of taking responsibility for self-improvement was the key to showing people how to reach for bigger, better lives.

Jim taught that in order to be your best, you have to learn “to work harder on yourself than you do on other areas of your life.”  The important question to ask in life is not, “What am I getting?” or “What will make me happy?” Instead, you should ask questions like, “What am I becoming?” and What can I contribute?”

Achieving and becoming are so closely intertwined—what you become directly influences what you achieve. Think of it this way: Most of what you have today you have MOVED TOWARD through the PROCESS of becoming the person you are right now.

Income rarely exceeds personal development.  Sometimes income takes a lucky jump, but unless you personally develop to handle the responsibilities that come with it, it will usually shrink back to the amount you can handle.

If someone hands you a million dollars, you’d better hurry up and become a millionaire.  A very rich man once said, “If you took all the money in the world and divided it equally among everybody, it would soon be back in the same pockets it was before.”  Achievement requires the emotional intelligence to maintain.  And it is hard to keep that which has not been obtained through personal development.  This is where you should focus MOST OF YOUR ATTENTION. Otherwise, you just might have to contend with the axiom of not changing, which is:

UNLESS you CHANGE how you ARE, you’ll ALWAYS have what you’ve GOT.

I’ve learned a lot about BECOMING more than I AM.  I am excited to learn a lot MORE.  You can be too!  I would love to introduce you to a 3 step program I’ve developed to assist you in BECOMING the person you WANT TO BE.  I call it ‘The PROCESS.’  Schedule a free consultation here!



The contents of this article first appeared on Success Magazine and are the sole intellectual property of Jim Rohn International.

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