Book Report: My Philosophy for Successful Living, By Jim Rohn

I have no clue why or who told me to read this book, but it was on my Kindle. My old Kindle broke recently and I was trying to live without one, saying I will just use my phone. People do this, people use their iPads, chrome app or some other device to read on, but honestly they don't come anywhere near the Kindle to me. This has by far been one of the best investments in my life. I have a general rule, if I am going to have a good day, be a positive influence on others around me, I need to read, at least 30 mins. So I got a new Kindle and open it up and picked a book I had on there that I didn't read yet.

My Philosophy for Successful Living, bye Jim Rohn was a fast refreshing read. I love when I read a book and for sure you are like, this will help my life, there are nuggets and maybe I have heard them before, maybe these nuggets were passed on from other people who have read this book or went to Jim's many workshops he ran. But it is good to just sit down and read and reflect on things and get a perspective.

So this is my mini book report of sorts on this book, nothing too deep, just my highlights, really and a bit of public thinking.

"Danger and opportunity after all usually walk side by side"

This is a warning, that opportunities come, but just because an opportunity comes does not mean you are to take it. Each opportunity has its danger, you need to know what you are willing to risk, what your guidelines are for yourself and then stick to your guns on these because every opportunity you take will also bring an amount of danger into your life.

"Taking the time to sit down and write out your goals for the present, the near future and the more remote future is a necessary part of transforming your life. "

This I have heard from many other books, but I have also found this to be key and I have also found that I need to remind myself to do this. Jim lays out the questions as following:

  • What do you want for yourself?
  • What do you want for your family?
  • What do you want for your business?
  • How much are you willing to give?
  • How much do you want to share?
  • What are your goals?
  • Are these goals inspiring?
  • How do they make you feel?

He notes this with

Remember that asking questions is how we begin to acquire knowledge both about the world around us and ourselves as well.

Personally I always make a Mind-map of some similar questions and answers and keep it updated about every 6 months or so, I will review my map now with these questions in mind as well as I don't think I have used all of these.

Later chapter he goes on to drill the importances of questions and goals home more

Many people, however, will work blindly without taking the time to reflect on their progress. Stopping periodically to access and measure one's progress is a critical aspect to success. Setting a goal, as we have covered, is a central and vital place in the process of achieving your goals and financial independence. However, keeping track of your progress is key.

Later he goes on to list out what his principles for having "an extraordinary life"

  1. Be Productive

  2. Value Relationships

    Just remember to make certain that the friendships that you do cultivate are positive ones and those friends are a positive force in your life.

  3. Respect your Origins

  4. Spiritual Health

  5. Build an Inner Circle

  6. Plant the Seeds

These are my highlights from the book, in this book there is a bonus section where Jim Rohn and Bob Proctor do a Q&A together.

These are the notes from that:

Your intuitive factor never lies -- its Spirit talking to you -- and the question and the answer are one in the same.

They talk about their failure:

I knew I was getting better when my reaction time was better and faster to some of my losses, and I was saying "I shall recover."

The amateur submits to the failure. The successful person believes they just made a mistake.

Asked about passion vs marketplace needs and what you should do:

I'd go for the need in the marketplace. Someone said, "To be successful, find a great human need." Second, find the answer to that need. And third, take the quality and quantity of service to as many people as you can reach in your lifetime. So that's pretty simple.

So I think you should work at what you love. Something you're passionate about. But it doesn't have to be where you're earning your money. Now, if you can earn your money there, that's a bonus.

Then asked what book they would bring to an island if they only had one option

Think and Grow Rich

So these are my notes, I like the book, it was a fast refreshing read, and it helped me refresh somethings I have read in the past.