"To all those who have encouraged me to share my message with them over the past 30 years. This is for you!" Jim Rohn.


This book covers three decades of the gathering of ideas that represent my current personal philosophy.

Giving full and proper recognition to all those whose lives, thoughts and words have affected my own is difficult, but a handful of individuals so deeply touched me that I must acknowledge their contribution as friends, as business associates, or as individuals.

My first and foremost recognition must be given to my mother and my father, who are the rock of my heritage.

To Mr. J. Earl Shoaff, who first introduced me to the uncommon thought that I could be more than I was, I will always be grateful.

To the men and women who have influenced my thinking, whose own words stimulated my imagination, and who on some occasions, shared my platform with me as together we sought to influence the lives of others. Among those are the late Earl Nightingale, William Bailey, Dr. Dennis Waitley, Les Brown, Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Dr. Robert Schuller, Anthony Robbins, and the late Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and also those whose written words revealed a new world of possibilities, especially the fundamental truths found in the Bible.

And, of course, to my two daughters and their families, who give me continuing reasons to pursue what I most believe in, and whose inspiration and encouragement keep me searching for new ways to express old truths.


When I was asked by WRS Publishing Group to write The Greatest Speakers I Have Ever Heard, Jim Rohn was the first speaker who came into my mind.

As I wrote my book, I asked each of the speakers to tell me which great speaker had ignited the spark of creativity and achievement in their lives. Many told me, “Dottie, it was Jim Rohn.”

I had the idea of writing an advertising column as I had done in high school. I started on foot, pushing my two babies ahead of me in a rickety old stroller with a wheel that came off frequently.

Walking with my babies was hard. but even harder were the remarks by family, neighbors and friends who said, “Who do you think you are? You can’t do that, you have no college education!”

Then a friend of mine invited me to go with her to hear Jim Rohn. We were seated at tables of 10 people. Next to me sat a middle-aged woman who seemed agitated at the behavior of her rebellious teenage son. If you have teenagers in your life, you understand how one can behave when you make him go where he does not want to go.

Then Jim Rohn began to speak. Jim has a soft, humorous, pleasant but powerful style, filled with many unforgettable stories. He told us tales of simple things like ants, and how they never give up.

Jim explained that you must act first. That God says to us, “If you don’t move, I don’t move.” He said, “If you sow, you can reap -but you must sow first.” And “Unless you change what you are, you will always have what you’ve got!”

His words clicked off the noise of my naysayers whose “ghetto blaster” remarks had been like rocks in my shoes. Jim let me see that it didn’t matter what they said because only I know who I am and what I am capable of. I have read 6 books, mainly biographies, every week since I was a child. Jim said, “All the successful movers and shakers with whom I have had contact are good readers. All leaders are readers.

The boy quickly asked his mother for a pen and paper. Then he leaned on the table and began taking notes as fast as he could write. He never stopped during the entire program. The magic moment of recognition had occurred. The boy caught the bright light of Jim Rohn’s ideas. He realized they were true, because he already knew them with his own heart and mind, and he saw by their light who he wa

I have long wished for a book of Jim Rohn’s quotes. What a golden, glowing treasure this book is. I warn you, it will open up the doors of achievement for you that you may have thought were nailed shut. Turn the page. Jim has the lights turned on for you.

Dottie Walters President, Waiters International Speakers Bureau Author, “The Greatest Speakers I Have Ever Heard”


Words enable us to transfer our thoughts from inside our own mind into the mind of another. They have the power to alter history, to describe the past, and to bring meaning and substance to the present.

Words in the mind oar like colors on the palette of the artist. The more colors we have access to, the easier it is to create a captivating picture on the canvass, and the more practice we give to using those many colors appropriately and uniquely, the more likely we will be to create a masterpiece of self-expression.

It has been said that Winston Churchill “organized the English language and sent it into battle.” It was his unique choice of words and the intensity behind them that fueled the mind, rekindled the shaken spirit, and brought a new determination to the people of Great Britain in their time of great crisis. Without the powerful eloquence of this extraordinary man, the course of history may have made the present very different for us all.

There are many reasons why self-expression is such an important skill to master. Ultimately, the very quality of our own lives is largely determined by our ability to persuade and to convince others, as well as by our ability to transfer accurately our own thoughts and feelings into the mind of someone else.

Effective communication is a significant challenge. It cannot be mastered by a casual approach. Instead, we must take advantage of every opportunity life affords us to practice our ability to affect other people.

After three decades of sharing ideas with others, I am still astounded by the remarkable power of well-spoken words. My own life was completely transformed because of the inspiring and encouraging words of one man who saw in me more than I was then able to see in myself. That, in the final analysis, is the greatest contribution we can make to the life of another - to enable them to feel new hope, sense new emotions, and see new possibilities.

This book is a compilation of some of the thoughts I have written or spoken over the years. But I can take little credit for the originality of any of these expressions. Whatever understanding I may have of life and business is the result of having feasted on a rich diet of ideas from others whose words caused me to find new ways of expressing old ideas.

It is my hope that in these pages you will find the words that will stimulate you to stand up and step forth. After all, it was three simple words, spoken by a dying mother to her son that dramatically changed the life of a boy and our nation. The words “Be somebody, Abe” so inspired a young boy from Illinois that lie went on to become the sixteenth President of the United States.

I wish for you a similar journey, from where you may be at the moment, to where you want to go and to what you want to become.

May you live a remarkable and memorable life.

Jim Rohn


You must learn to translate wisdom and strong feelings into labor.

The miracle of the seed and the soil is not available by affirmation; it is only available by labor.

Make rest a necessity, not an objective. Only rest long enough to gather strength.

Without constant activity, the threats of life will soon overwhelm the values.

The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch. For every promise, there is a price to pay.


The Pledge of Allegiance starts with “I” and ends with ‘all.” That’s what America is all about - “I” (individual) and “all” (all of us). When all of us understand how valuable each of us is, that’s powerful. And here’s what else is powerful: When each of us understands how powerful all of us are.

America is unique because it offers you an economic ladder to climb. And here’s what’s exciting: It is the bottom of the ladder that is crowded, not the top.

In America we have the greatest chance for opportunity than anyone else in the past six and a half thousand years. Never in recorded history have so many different gifts been brought from all over the world and deposited in one country.

In America, everything you need to succeed is within reach.


Asking is the beginning of receiving. 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.

There is no better opportunity to receive more than to be thankful for what you already have. Thanksgiving opens the windows of opportunity for ideas to flow your way.

Resolve says, “I will.” The man says, “I will climb this mountain. They told me it is too high, too far, too steep, too rocky, and too difficult. But it’s my mountain. I will climb it. You will soon see me waving from the top or dead on the side from trying.”

Disgust and resolve are two of the great emotions that lead to change.