You Are Not a Tree … 12 Quotes and 1 Favorite to Help Make Changes in Your Life
“If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.” Jim Rohn
Travelling back in time with Jim Rohn has brought back such words of wisdom still ingrained in my brain as an independent distributor and online marketer.
Such a motley crew we are of Network Marketers, MLMers, Affiliate Marketers and Direct Salespeople, following our own Robin Hood with well-honed script, promoting the next product as the treasure and finding the next prospect to join and roam the hinterland to grow their purses.
But on many road trips, it was Jim Rohn who kept me motivated to believe that I deserved the best that honesty and self-discipline could offer; that I could be whatever I chose to be within the promise of tomorrow.
Who is Jim Rohn?
Jim was an only child who grew up on a little farm in southwest Idaho, U.S.A., who became what many consider to be America’s foremost business philosopher. He began his career as a store clerk for Sears and became a direct marketing distributor where he earned his first fortune, only to lose millions which he quickly earned back. Soon enough, he began travelling across the country sharing his personal development philosophy.
For more than 40 years, Rohn was considered to be one of the most influential and motivational speakers for people seeking advice and guidance on every type of personal development. He mentored Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield and Brian Tracy and received the the 1985 National Speakers Association CPAE Award for excellence in speaking.
If you’re looking for some grounding to believe in making a change in your life, there are no better words of wisdom than those coming from this truly great motivator and entrepreneur, Jim Rohn.
In my opinion, these are 12 of his important quotes (some compiled)with a special favorite one that may help you to stay strong and centered on these current tracks in tough times, today and tomorrow.
The power of Self cannot be derailed.
- “We must all wage an intense, lifelong battle against the constant downward pull. If we relax, the bugs and weeds of negativity will move into the garden and take away everything of value.”
- 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.”
- Asking is the beginning of receiving. I ask for all kinds of things. Make sure you don’t go to the ocean with a teaspoon. At least take a bucket so the kids won’t laugh at you.”
- Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. It is the accumulative weight of our disciplines and our judgments that leads us to either fortune or failure. Everyone must choose two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.
- Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.
- 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.
- Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want. If you don’t like the crop, you look up whoever planted it. Where do you find who planted your crop? In the mirror.
- Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.
- You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with… Don’t let your learning lead to knowledge. Let your learning lead to action. I used to blame everything outside of me for my lack of progress until I found that my problem was inside.
- Formal education will make you a living, self-education will make you a fortune. What you become is far more important than what you get.
- Work harder on yourself than you do on your job. The only way it gets better for you is when you get better. Better is not something you wish, it’s something you become … When you know what you want, and you want it bad enough, you will find a way to get it.”
- I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacations with better care than they plan their lives. Perhaps that is because escape is easier than change.
And my favorite:
“Every life form seems to strive to its maximum except human beings. How tall will a tree grow? As tall as it possibly can. Human beings, on the other hand, have been given the dignity of choice. You can choose to be all, or you can choose to be less. Why not stretch up to the full measure of the challenge and see what all you can do?”
Why is this my favorite quote? I believe in nature and write about natural ecosystems as a whole being … balanced and interactive in order to be productive from the smallest parts to integrate into the wholeness of something larger in order to function. For example, a tree exists based on the synergy of soil, water, photosynthesis, and microorganisms for nutrients.
Somehow, I want to believe in grassroots capitalism in our society when working for “the Boss” and a weekly paycheck may be endangered. Somehow, our business models should also provide a system for People as composites of body and spirit to fulfill their basic needs and hopes besides rooting in one place … to move, to celebrate, to dream beyond reality. They need the equality of tools, support and wisdom of success and self-development mindset to “stretch up to the full measure of the challenge and see what all you can do.”
Hopefully, Jim Rohn’s inspirational words can help light some of the way.
What quote could be your biggest light? Do you think “grassroots capitalism” should work done right?
NOTE: The one Jim Rohn quote I regret not paying more attention to that I hope you won’t also regret:
There are 3 things to leave behind: your photographs, your library and your personal journals. These things are certainly going to be the more valuable to future generations than your furniture.
Read more Jim Rohn’s quotes:
Note that most of Jim’s speeches are still available on YouTube and are well worth listening to many times as invaluable reference points.