The Seventh Pillar of Success: Be a Lifelong Leaner

FB-Pic-TempletJim Rohn says, “Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.” Getting a head start in life by attending a college is good but as the great writer Thoreau said that the masses ‘lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.’

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The Seventh Pillar of Success: Be a Lifelong Learner

When I practiced as a CPA and served mostly very successful small business owners it amazed me that most of them only had high school educations. They were all very smart self-educated people. Self-education is what you learn along the way so that you are constantly improving and growing.

Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health.

Leaning is the beginning of spirituality. The miracle of self-education is in the searching and yearning to learn more. Jim Rohn says, “The first is to read books. The second is to learn from successful people by observation. And the third is to constantly reflect on your own experiences and learn what went right and what went wrong.”

I kept a “Hero” journal since college. I wanted to learn how each of them achieved the success in their life that I wanted in mine. They were all self-educated. Some had advanced degrees but each of them learned more after college than they ever learned while in college.

Here is a list of suggested books to read:

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Follow all earlier pillars:

First Pillar of Success; Work Harder on Yourself than You Do on Your Job or Business.
Second Pillar of Success: Total Well-Being
The Third Pillar of Success: Make the Most of the Gift of Relationships
The Fourth Pillar of Success: Written Goals
The Fifth Pillar of Success: The Proper Use of Time

The Sixth Pillar of Success: Surround Yourself with the Best People

The Sixth Pillar of Success: Surround Yourself with the Best People

FB-Pic-TempletDon’t join an easy crowd; you won’t grow. Go where the expectations and the demands to do are high. You’ll have to be a positive influence in their life before they will let you in their circle. Successful people will not tolerate any toxic relationships. As they build you, you’ll need to build them.

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The Sixth Pillar of Success: Surround Yourself with the Best People

Jim Rohn highly recommends that you , “surround yourself with winners, successful people who exhibit and live consistent to the values and skills you want to acquire and develop.” People that are in your life have an amazing power to influence your destiny. Think about statement for a moment. Think about some of the people you associate with. Do you see some of your actions that you acquired from them? Perhaps you even say the same things they say. Then deeply understand that those people are currently shaping your “destiny!”

Ask your self these questions:

Who am I around? What effect are they having on me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And, as Jim Rohn asks, “What do they have me becoming?”

Is that okay?

People in your life; your friends, your spouse, your co-workers, and your family, affect you.

Do you hate your job? Chances are the people you hang around with hate their job too. If they complain about their life and are negative toward the lives of others, chances are you are too. According to Jim Rohn,

“Each association has either a positive, neutral or negative effect on you.”

An attribute of successful people is they seek relationships with other successful people who will push them, challenge them, and encourage them to become better. “To attract attractive people you must be attractive. To attract powerful people, you must be powerful, To attract committed people, you must be committed.” says the authors.

To have this positive influence in your life you’ll need to go to work on yourself. You’ll need to actively have a personal development system in place that you use almost daily.

Follow all earlier pillars:

First Pillar of Success; Work Harder on Yourself than You Do on Your Job or Business.

Second Pillar of Success: Total Well-Being
The Third Pillar of Success: Make the Most of the Gift of Relationships

The Fourth Pillar of Success: Written Goals
The Fifth Pillar of Success: The Proper Use of Time

The Fifth Pillar of Success: The Proper Use of Time

FB-Pic-Templet“Every day has many opportunities, but only one best opportunity.” ~ Jim Rohn

Most people lack two things in this area; they don’t have a clear vision of where they want to go and do not see opportunities and second they lack  discipline.

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The Fifth Pillar of Success: The Proper Use of Time

Your best opportunities are those that align with your overall goals and would be wise to spend your time on those. As Jim Rohn says, “We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while the regret weighs tons!”

Days are really precious and expensive. When you spend a day, you have one less day to spend. Its gone forever so make sure you spend each one wisely. If you don’t design your own life, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan and guess what they have planned for you? Not much!

It’s important to be the designer of your life.

Remember this important truth; something will master and something will serve. Either you run the day or it runs you. Either you control your time or it controls you. As Jim Rohn said, “Take your pick.”

Follow all earlier pillars:

First Pillar of Success; Work Harder on Yourself than You Do on Your Job or Business.

Second Pillar of Success: Total Well-Being

The Third Pillar of Success: Make the Most of the Gift of Relationships
The Fourth Pillar of Success: Written Goals

The Fourth Pillar of Success: Written Goals

FB-Pic-TempletJim Rohn says, “The major reason for setting a goal is for what it will make of you to accomplish it.”  A component of written goal setting  will be an increase in the virtue of integrity because transferring the thought and commitment from your brain to the black on white of paper, stares at you and challenges you to do what you said you’d do.

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The Forth Pillar of Success: Written Goals

According to a recent Harvard study (see pic below) only 3% have written goals. According to the study the 3% that had written goals earned ten times the entire group of the 97% that didn’t have written goals. Do you need more  proof that written goals are more effective at creating wealth?

If you don’t have any goals in your life chances are good that you’ll accomplish all of them! All of nothing is “nothing!”

Above you learned that goals make you a better person. Jim Rohn goes on to say, “What it makes of you will always be far greater value than the goal you achieve.” You’ll earn a million dollars (yes, set your written goal that high), not for the sake of the million dollars, but for what you’ll have to become to earn a million dollars.FB-Pic-Templet

When setting a big goal and writing it down, you’ll begin to see all the smaller goals you’ll need to accomplish to achieve the larger goal. You’ll use your brain and it will start to become creative (see what goals are already doing to make you a better person!) as you begin to realize the possibilities are achievable. You’ll write all the smaller goals down as well. While you cannot change your destination overnight, you can change your direction overnight. That is a comforting feeling.

In my experience written goals are powerful. Over 30 years ago I started writing down my goals. Some were broad, such as “I will be a millionaire before my 40th birthday.” Amazing to me was that’s the year my net worth finally hit a million dollars. When I decided to become an age group world Ironman triathlon champion I wrote down that goal and the flood gates of all I needed to do poured into my mind. I’m amazed at the progress I’ve made in less than a year with my strength and abilities.

One last tip is to end your day by starting the next. What that means is to create your daily goals for the next day before you go to bed at night. Your subconscious mind will begin to set the wheels turning and when you arise the next morning you’ll be amazed at how quickly you begin the charge to complete them!

Follow all earlier pillars:

First Pillar of Success; Work Harder on Yourself than You Do on Your Job or Business.

Second Pillar of Success: Total Well-Being

The Third Pillar of Success: Make the Most of the Gift of Relationships

The Third Pillar of Success: Make the Most of the Gift of Relationships

FB-Pic-TempletThe greatest gift to you are other people. These relationships are hard at times but are also the source of most of the joy in your life.  Jim Rohn says, “Relationships represent the most beautiful highs of life as well as some of the most tormented lows of life.”

If you’ve ever had a flower garden you know that you must work hard to turn the flowers, dirt, yard tools and bag of fertilizer into a beautiful sight without weeds. Your family and your love needs cultivation like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination are constantly needed to keep any relationship flourishing and growing. If that doesn’t happen on a consistent basis the garden will fill up with weeds that will overtake the garden and turn it into a mess.

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The Third Pillar of Success: Make the Most of the Gift of Relationships

The most important relationship is your relationship with your Creator. Because this relationship is the most important you’ll need to spend the most quality time building it. Above all else a solid relationship with your Creator will help  you pull through tough times. This relationship, like the foundation of a tall building, supports the other relationships built above it.

The next important relationship is with yourself. Are you your own best friend? Do you support your failures and your successes? Most people neglect this relationship. Please check the second pillar to see how best to build this relationship.

Progressing up is the relationship you need with your health. Without a good relationship with your health, you’ll miss the strength that comes with being unrestricted with your ability to perform activities. You gain physical energy with a strong relationship. Again, see the second pillar for more information.

The next relationship that needs to be nurtured is with your family; you spouse, children, parents and other family members. Like all the other relationships before this, this relationship takes time, effort and imagination because you’re dealing with people where as the earlier three you were dealing within yourself.

Following the progression the next relationship is with others; vendors, the community, friends, customers and your nation. These are the relationships that will define you outside of your family and will yield income as you serve them and their needs.

Finally is the relationship you’ll have with your business. Notice that this is the least important relationship yet some many people make it the most important. By building all the other relationships first, you’ll be amazed at how much time you can spend on this without worry. You’ll grow your business through relationships with others and your family will gain all the quality time it needed.

Follow all earlier pillars:

First Pillar of Success; Work Harder on Yourself than You Do on Your Job or Business.

Second Pillar of Success: Total Well-Being