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The Wisdom of Jim Rohn

America's Foremost Business Philosopher

Jim Rohn was affectionately called, America’s Foremost Business Philosopher, and was one of the most upbeat and positive people I’ve had the pleasure of listening to.  His uncanny ability for getting right to the point of what matters most, made him highly sought after by leaders in all kinds of organizations.  However, his influence probably affected more people in the network marketing industry than any other.  Jim believed in the learning of business skills, and right there at the top of the list was leadership.

What is leadership Leadership is, as defined by Wikipedia, ” the process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task.”  Judging by that definition, and one’s understanding of the importance of teamwork  in network marketing, it’s not hard to see why Jim Rohn resonated so well with networkers, especially in the are of leadership skills.  It was some time ago when I came across a post by  Twila Jacobs that I was impressed with, on the Seven Qualities of Leadership by Jim Rohn.  In this particular rendering, for the first 6, he used “be” and “but not” in combination to make his point.

Whether in print, audio or video, Jim Rohn had the knack for saying the right things that made you think.  Sometimes clever, sometimes humorous, always brutally honest when it came to imparting wisdom on leadership, and how to add value to yourself, as well as  those around you.  Of course,  Jim  himself, was also involved in, and a great advocate of, the network marketing industry.  In these times of economic unrest, I miss hearing his fresh, positive perspective on pursuing the American dream and the success it offers.

If you desire to be a leader in your organization, whether in network marketing or traditional business, you can’t go wrong if you study the philosophy of Jim Rohn.

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THE SEVEN QUALITIES OF LEADERSHIP

1. Be strong, but not rude.

2. Be kind, but not weak.

3. Be bold, but not a bully

4. Be humble, but not timid.

5. Be proud, but not arrogant.

6. Be fun, but not foolish.

And then he wrapped it up with

7. Deal in reality and truth.

Short and to the point, these are truly pearls of wisdom from a great gentleman.  Click the link below for more wit and wisdom from Jim.

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Leadership is a learn-able business skill, and one that Jim Rohn personified.  If you’ve been influenced by any of his books, audios, or videos, feel free to comment below.  Check the SUCCESS RESOURCE link at the top of the page for materials by Jim.

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Resolutions or Goals? Choose Wisely

Do you make resolutions or goals to start a new year?  Are they pretty much the same, or are they different?

People make resolutions – People break resolutions. People make goals – People break …, well maybe not.  The number one resolution each year has to do with weight loss.  But it’s also the one that is forgotten or given up on the fastest.

And for those of us in the home business arena, it’s important to know the difference between resolutions and goals, because choosing to create a goal can move you more toward business success.

Here are some articles that may shed some light for you.

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There is a difference between a resolution and a goal. Millions of people have resolutions, but very few in comparison have goals. Resolutions are often hastily-made preferences, brought about by the reflection we mentioned

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Resolution Time – What’s the Difference Between a Goal and a Dream? Dec30 by RealStreet LLC. This slideshow requires JavaScript. by Dave Miller. It’s time for the age old tradition of making your New Year’s resolution. Do you really think

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Goals are the driving force behind all achievement. The person with defined goals knows exactly what they want out of life and how they wish to receive it.

And now words of wisdom on goal setting from Jim Rohn, one of my favorite business philosophers.

Jim Rohn Setting Goals Part 1

www.AsAManThinketh.net for a Free eBook of one of Jim Rohn’s favorite books. In this video the legendary teacher, trainer and mentor to millions worldwide shares some very simple yet profound steps we can take when setting goals. Part One.

So now you have some insight on the differences between resolutions and goals, and the importance of choosing to set goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, reasonable and timely.  I wish you the best of success in 2012.

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Make the Right Choice – Always.

Sometimes it’s easy, and sometimes it’s not.  Sometimes the right choice is obvious, and sometimes it takes research, discovery, or perhaps study.  And let’s admit it, the possibility of always choosing the right path is probably not going to happen, but as leaders, (whether in business, or anywhere else) we should always strive to make the right choice.

One should always strive to make the right choice.

The right choice strengthens your character and illustrates your integrity.  When you choose to do the right things, it shows those you are leading that “character matters”.  Making your goals and aspirations subordinate to those of others builds trust.

The right choice demonstrates responsibility.  When you realize that you are the one that is ultimately responsible for your own success, you set an example for those that are following you.

The right choice should always be in harmony with our values. Too often in the world today, decisions are made because they just affect others, but the real challenge is to always do the right thing, even when it’s uncomfortable, or negatively affects us personally.

For real leaders, the message is clear.  Make the right choice – always!

Relationships Are the Key

Newsflash!  Relationships are the key to success in any business endeavor.  OK,  not exactly an earth-shattering announcement.  But true, nonetheless.  In fact, one might argue that the statement is just common sense.  After all, regardless of the type of business or industry you’re in, how well you get along with people will be a big determining factor of how well you succeed.

But if your business or industry is in the networking or internet marketing arena,  the advice is even more pertinent.  And in fact, we can expand it to not only how well you get along with people in general, but specifically how you build relationships with the right people that can further your career and/or income potential.

Bottom line, the better your relationships with those that are a positive influence on you, the more likely you will be a business success story.

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Leadership Priniciples From An Unlikely Source

I guess we all have a certain idea in our head of what a leader should do, say, look, or act like.  But sometimes those preconceived notions can cause us to overlook a “diamond in the rough”.  I received this the other day from a networker friend of mine, and it really touched me.  I felt that with it being  close to Memorial Day and Independence Day, times when our military is honored, I would include it here.  I apologize in advance for its length, but I didn’t want to pare it down at the risk of losing its impact.  It’s not what you could describe as “current events” as the original article was published in 2001.  But the advice is just as relevant today (maybe more so).  Anyway, I felt everyone could benefit from it, so here it is.  It’s written by a military man, so you’ll encounter a little “service lingo”, but you’ll get the gist of it.  Read, learn, and then, be the leader you can be, and help make a difference.

LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP: From a Janitor

Wharton Leadership Digest, December 2001   By Colonel James E. Moschgat, Commander of the 12th Operations Group, 12th Flying Training Wing, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas

William “Bill” Crawford certainly was an unimpressive figure, one you could easily overlook during a hectic day at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Mr. Crawford, as most of us referred to him back in the late 1970s, was our squadron janitor.

While we cadets busied ourselves preparing for academic exams, athletic events, Saturday morning parades and room inspections, or never-ending leadership classes, Bill quietly moved about the squadron mopping and buffing floors, emptying trash cans, cleaning toilets, or just tidying up the mess 100 college-age kids can leave in a dormitory.

Sadly, and for many years, few of us gave him much notice, rendering little more than a passing nod or throwing a curt, “G’morning!” in his direction as we hurried off to our daily duties.

Why? Perhaps it was because of the way he did his job-he always kept the squadron area spotlessly clean, even the toilets and showers gleamed. Frankly, he did his job so well, none of us had to notice or get involved. After all, cleaning toilets was his job, not ours. Maybe it was is physical appearance that made him disappear into the background. Bill didn’t move very quickly and, in fact, you could say he even shuffled a bit, as if he suffered from some sort of injury. His gray hair and wrinkled face made him appear ancient to a group of young cadets.  And his crooked smile, well, it looked a little funny. Face it, Bill was an old man working in a young person’s world. What did he have to offer us on a personal level?

Finally, maybe it was Mr. Crawford’s personality that rendered him almost invisible to the young people around him. Bill was shy, almost painfully so. He seldom spoke to a cadet unless they addressed him first, and that didn’t happen very often. Our janitor always buried himself in his work, moving about with stooped shoulders, a quiet gait, and an averted gaze. If he noticed the hustle and bustle of cadet life around him, it was hard to tell.  So, for whatever reason, Bill blended into the woodwork and became just another fixture around the squadron. The Academy, one of our nation’s premier leadership laboratories, kept us busy from dawn till dusk. And Mr. Crawford…well, he was just a janitor.

That changed one fall Saturday afternoon in 1976. I was reading a book about World War II and the tough Allied ground campaign in Italy, when I stumbled across an incredible story. On September 13, 1943, a Private William Crawford from Colorado, assigned to the 36th Infantry Division, had been involved in some bloody fighting on Hill 424 near Altavilla, Italy. The words on the page leapt out at me: “in the face of intense and overwhelming hostile fire … with no regard for personal safety … on his own initiative, Private Crawford, single-handedly,  attacked fortified enemy positions.” It continued, “for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty, the President of the United States …”

“Holy cow,” I said to my roommate, “you’re not going to believe this, but I think our janitor is a Medal of Honor winner.” We all knew Mr. Crawford was a WWII Army vet, but that didn’t keep my friend from looking at me as if I was some sort of alien being. Nonetheless, we couldn’t wait to ask Bill about the story on Monday. We met Mr. Crawford bright and early Monday and showed him the page in question from the book, anticipation and doubt in our faces. He stared at it for a few silent moments and then quietly uttered something like, “Yep, that’s me.”

Mouths agape, my roommate and I looked at one another, then at the book, and quickly back at our janitor. Almost atonce we both stuttered, “Why didn’t you ever tell us about it?”

He slowly replied after some thought, “That was one day in my life and it happened a long time ago.”  I guess we were all at a loss for words after that. We had to hurry off to class and Bill, well, he had chores to attend to.

However, after that brief exchange, things were never again the same around our squadron. Word spread like wildfire among the cadets that we had a hero in our midst-Mr. Crawford, our janitor, had won the Medal! Cadets who had once passed by Bill with hardly a glance, now greeted him with a smile and a respectful, “Good morning, Mr. Crawford.”

Those who had before left a mess for the “janitor” to clean up, started taking it upon themselves to put things in order. Most cadets routinely stopped to talk to Bill throughout the day and we even began inviting him to our formal squadron functions. He’d show up dressed in a conservative dark suit and quietly talk to those who approached him, the only sign of his heroics being a simple blue, star-spangled lapel pin.

Almost overnight, Bill went from being a simple fixture in our squadron to one of our teammates. Mr. Crawford changed too, but you had to look closely to notice the difference. After that fall day in 1976, he seemed to move with more purpose, his shoulders didn’t seem to be as stooped, he met our greetings with a direct gaze and a stronger “good morning” in return, and he flashed his crooked smile more often. The squadron gleamed as always, but everyone now seemed to notice it more. Bill even got to know most of us by our first names, something that didn’t happen often at the Academy. While no one ever formally acknowledged the change, I think we became Bill’s cadets and his squadron.

As often happens in life, events sweep us away from those in our past. The last time I saw Bill was on graduation day in June 1977. As I walked out of the squadron for the last time, he shook my hand and simply said, “Good luck, young man.”

With that, I embarked on a career that has been truly lucky and blessed. Mr. Crawford continued to work at the Academy and eventually retired in his native Colorado where he resides today, one of four Medal of Honor winners living in a small town.

A wise person once said, “It’s not life that’s important, but those you meet along the way that make the difference.” Bill was one who made a difference for me. While I haven’t seen Mr. Crawford in over twenty years, he’d probably be surprised to know I think of him often. Bill Crawford, our janitor, taught me many valuable, unforgettable leadership lessons. Here are ten I’d liketo share with you.

1. Be Cautious of Labels. Labels you place on people may define your relationship to them and bound their potential. Sadly, and for a long time, we labeled Bill as just a janitor, but he was so much more. Therefore, be cautious of a leader who callously says, “Hey, he’s just an Airman.” Likewise, don’t tolerate the O-1, who says, “I can’t do that, I’m just a lieutenant.”

2. Everyone Deserves Respect. Because we hung the “janitor” label on Mr. Crawford, we often wrongly treated him with less respect than others around us.  He deserved much more, and not just because he was a Medal of Honor winner.  Bill deserved respect because he was a janitor, walked among us, and was a part of our team.

3. Courtesy Makes a Difference. Be courteous to all around you, regardless of rank or position. Military customs, as well as common courtesies, help bond a team. When our daily words to Mr. Crawford turned from perfunctory “hellos” to heartfelt greetings, his demeanor and personality outwardly changed. It made adifference for all of us.

4. Take Time to Know Your People. Life in the military is hectic, but that’s no excuse for not knowing the people you work for and with. For years a hero walked among us at the Academy and we never knew it. Who are the heroes that walk in your midst?

5. Anyone Can Be a Hero. Mr. Crawford certainly didn’t fit anyone’s standard definition of a hero. Moreover, he was just a private on the day he won his Medal. Don’t sell your people short, for any one of them may be the hero who rises to the occasion when duty calls. On the other hand, it’s easy to turn to your proven performers when the chips are down, but don’t ignore the rest of the team. Today’s rookie could and should be tomorrow’s superstar.

6. Leaders Should Be Humble. Most modern day heroes and some leaders are anything but humble, especially if you calibrate your “hero meter” on today’s athletic fields. End zone celebrations and self-aggrandizement are what we’ve come to expect from sports greats. Not Mr. Crawford-he was too busy working to celebrate his past heroics. Leaders would be well-served to do the same.

7. Life Won’t Always Hand You What You Think You Deserve. We in the military work hard and, dang it, we deserve recognition, right? However, sometimes you just have to persevere, even when accolades don’t come your way. Perhaps you weren’t nominated for junior officer or airman of the quarter as you thought you should – don’t let that stop you.

8. Don’t pursue glory; pursue excellence. Private Bill Crawford didn’t pursue glory; he did his duty and then swept floors for a living. No job is beneath a Leader. If Bill Crawford, a Medal of Honor winner, could clean latrines and smile, is there a job beneath your dignity? Think about it.

9. Pursue Excellence. No matter what task life hands you, do it well. Dr. Martin Luther King said, “If life makes you a street sweeper, be the best street sweeper you can be.” Mr. Crawford modeled that philosophy and helped make our dormitory area a home.

10. Life is a Leadership Laboratory. All too often we look to some school or PME class to teach us about leadership when, in fact, life is a leadership laboratory.  Those you meet everyday will teach you enduring lessons if you just take time to stop, look and listen. I spent four years at the Air Force Academy, took dozens of classes, read hundreds of books, and met thousands of great people. I gleaned leadership skills from all of them, but one of the people I remember most is Mr. Bill Crawford and the lessons he unknowingly taught. Don’t miss your opportunity to learn.

Bill Crawford was a janitor. However, he was also a teacher, friend, role model and one great American hero. Thanks, Mr. Crawford, for some valuable leadership lessons.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan officially presented the Medal of Honor to Bill Crawford.  William Crawford passed away in 2000. He is the only U.S. Army veteran and sole Medal of Honor winner to be buried in the cemetery of the U.S. Air Force Academy.