Do You Need To Take A Journey?
I’ve been on an interesting journey this past 18 months or so. It started with something I read from Steven Wagenheim that prompted me to start thinking about what I wanted to do and who I wanted to be. I was a little embarrassed by the fact that I was 46 and had never really pondered those questions – who do I REALLY want to be and what do I REALLY want to do.
Those thoughts led me to an online personal development course which was a series of audios and videos from Jerry Clark. The course was great – I really did learn a lot. One of the people Jerry interviewed was Jim Rohn. I did a search for Jim Rohn and found his website. That was in the last week of 2009 and sadly he had passed away earlier that month. I ended up purchasing just about every Jim Rohn book, CD and DVD and played and read them all several times. If you are interested in ‘becoming more’ then you really should fill your library with Jim Rohn.
It’s also well worth mentioning Chris Widener. One of my favourite books in the Jim Rohn collection was one that Chris wrote, based on much of Jim Rohns wisdom, titled The ‘Twelve Pillars of Success’. If you’ve never looked into personal development (and also if you have!) this is an excellent way to get your feet wet. The book is in story form and it follows a man’s chance meeting that leads to some extraordinary changes in his life.
I purchased those products from ‘Your Success Store’ and saw an ad for Success Magazine. Being curious as always, I had a look and read some articles… and then probably didn’t go back there for around 6 months. I had received a copy of Success magazine with my Jim Rohn order and I was flicking through it one afternoon and decided to pay the website a visit again. I spotted a link to Darren Hardy’s blog and headed over there for a look (Darren Hardy is the editor and publisher of Success magazine).
Darren Hardy was a self made millionaire by his mid twenties and has a wealth of information from his own experiences as well as the experiences of others that have mentored him (including his father and Jim Rohn). I was really amazed at how much excellent information Darren shares on his blog. He has a number of videos there and every blog post has some really excellent tips, thoughts or skills. Of all the blogs that I read, Darren’s is the one I value the most.
One piece of advice that I originally heard from Jim Rohn, and that has been an important part of this journey, was the suggestion that you need to listen to the right voices. I sincerely believe that I’ve got that part right now. I look very carefully at what people are saying, who they are and what their background is before I decide whether they are a voice worth listening to.
I have to be honest and say that I’m struggling a little with the ‘activity’ part of personal development. Time management and making the right decisions doesn’t come all that easy – particularly when you are only just getting by from month to month. The big difference now, compared to 2 years ago, is that I am getting all of the right information and the question of whether I can be successful in all areas of my life is firmly within my control. I’ve found the best teachers so now it is up to me to do everything that I need to do in order to create an extraordinary lifestyle for myself and my family.
If you are in that situation where times are tough and you aren’t sure where to look for help, there are a few links in this post that can certainly help.
I leave you with one of my favourite parts of Jim Rohns ‘Challenge To Succeed’ seminar. Jim said to Earl Shoaf ‘if I had more money I would have a better plan’ to which Mr. Shoaf replied ‘no, if you had a better plan you would have more money’.