Emanuel James “Jim” Rohn (September 17, 1930 – December 5, 2009) was an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. His rags to riches story played a large part in his work, which influenced others in the personal development industry. ~ via Wikipedia

On Jim Rohn’s birthday anniversary, I thought it was appropriate to share some of his wisdom.

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25 Motivational Jim Rohn Quotes

“It seems that every life form on this planet strives toward its maximum potential…except human beings. A tree does not grow to half its potential size and then say, “l guess that will do.” A tree will drive its roots as deep as possible. It will soak up as much nourishment as it can, stretch as high and as wide as nature will allow, and then look down as if to remind us of how much each of us could become if we would only do all that we can. ” – Jim Rohn in Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” – Jim Rohn

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

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

“No one else “makes us angry.” We make ourselves angry when we surrender control of our attitude.” – Jim Rohn

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

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Rohn

“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” – Jim Rohn

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

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn

“Better understated than overstated. Let people be surprised that it was more than you promised and easier than you said.” – Jim Rohn

“You cannot speak that which you do not know. You cannot share that which you do not feel. You cannot translate that which you do not have. And you cannot give that which you do not possess. To give it and to share it, and for it to be effective, you first need to have it. Good communication starts with good preparation.” – Jim Rohn

“The goal of effective communication should be for listeners to say, “Me, too!” versus “So what?” – Jim Rohn

“Learn to express, not impress.” – Jim Rohn

“Be brief on the logic and reason portions of your presentation. There are probably about a thousand facts about an automobile, but you don’t need them all to make a decision. About a half dozen will do.” – Jim Rohn

“Effective communication is 20 percent what you know and 80 percent how you feel about what you know.”– Jim Rohn

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

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

“We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.” – Jim Rohn

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

“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.” – Jim Rohn

“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn

“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.” – Jim Rohn

“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.” – Jim Rohn

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

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