Who much do I want to read more: 10/10
I read so much Jim Rohn and listened to many of his tapes already, but I'm still hooked with his concise style that strikes right in the middle.
What I like with this author is, not only his style, but his words embracing life as a whole. Not only financial freedom, but happiness and the building of a good character.
He has a gift to build parallels between financial success and life success as a whole.
I'm simply super excited to continue to read extra attentively all the informations here, and to put into practice what it sprouts inside me. There are some concepts I'm already familiar with, but the reminder is worth it.
As you read this book, imagine that you are shopping. Take and use only those ideas that apply to you now.
Remember, in whatever you do be a student, not merely a follower.
Chapter 1: Five Key Words
I define fundamentals as those basic principles on which all accomplishment is built.
Fundamental principles belong to the ages. They have been the same from biblical times and will continue to remain so until the end of time.
Success is a simple process. It doesn't fall out of the sky. It is neither magical nor mysterious.
Success is no more than the natural consequence of consistently applying the fundamentals of success to life.
The key is to stick to the fundamentals.
A Half-Dozen Things
There are always a half-dozen things that makes heighty percent of the difference.
For example, for a farmer: soil, seed, water, sunshine, nourishment and care. Only together do they bring to fruition a successful harvest.
Before understanding any new project: What are the half-dozen things that will make the most difference to the outcome?
Our basic dream is the same: to be free of financial pressure, to have freedom of choice, to enjoy the opportunity to create and to share.
What does wealth mean to you? How much money will it take for you to feel financially free?
It's achieved by both giving and receiving.
Happiness comes to those who deliberately expand their horizons and experiences.
It belongs to those who are in control of both their circumstances and their emotions.
Happiness is the freedom from the negative of fear, worry, low self-esteem, envy, greed, resentment, prejudice, hatred.
Thos who experience happiness often have an awareness of the tremendously positive power of life and love.
Happiness is having values in balance.
It's contentment with daily tasks, including those unpleasant chores.
Happiness is a life well-lived and filled with people of substance.
It's a wide variety of experiences and memories that become priceless forms of currency to spend and to invest.
Happiness in activity with purpose. It's love in practice.
Yet most of us think of happiness as something either lost in the past or a peak to be arrived at in some distant future.
Few undertand that happiness can only be experienced in the now.
How to? By applying discipline.
If there is one critical ingredient for your successful quest for both wealth and happiness, it is discipline.
Yet, most people reject it as they conjure images of everything from a tough drill sergent to a strict schoolteacher waving a ruler.
Discipline is the bridge between thought and accomplishment. The glue that binds inspiration to achievement.
Discipline comes to those with the awareness that for a kite to fly it must rise against the wind; That all good things are achieved by those who are willing to swim upstream; That drifting aimlessly through life only leads to bitterness and disappointment.
Discipline is the fundation on which all success is built. Lack of discipline inevitably leads to failure.
Yet, curiously, many do not associate lack of discipline with lack of success.
If your goal requires that today you write ten letters and you write only three, you are behind by seven letters… today.
If your financial plan requires that you save ten dollars and you save none, you are behind ten dollars… today.
The danger comes from when we look at a day squandered and conclude that no harm has been done. After all, it was just one day.
Success follows exactly the same pattern in reverse. If you plan to make ten calls and you go beyond your quota to fifteen, you're ahead by five. Do the same with your savings and you'll see the accumulated fruits of your diligence over a year, and eventually over a lifetime.
Discipline is the master key. It unlocks the door to wealth and happiness, self-esteem and accomplishment.
What does it takes to acquire discipline?
First, it requires that you develop an awareness of the importance of discipline in your life. Start by asking yourself: What do I want to accomplish in my life? What changes do I need to make in order to attain my goals?
Second, ask yourself honestly: Am I willing to do what it takes? You need to make a long term commitment to maintain your discipline wisely, deliberately and consistently. You commitment will be tested over circumstances.
Certainly discipline will do much for you. But of even greater importance is what it will do to you. It will make you feel terrific about yourself.
Even the smallest discipline can have an incredible effect on your attitude. And the good feeling you get - that surging feeling of self worth which comes from starting a new discipine - is almost as good as the feeling which comes from the accomplishment of the discipline.
Like a ship turning in mid-ocean heading toward a new destination, a discipline immediately changes the direction of your life.
There are those who believe that discipline is unnatural - that just being is enough. But discipline cooperate with nature - where everything strives.
For a tree to grow, it will fight the force of gravity, and keep reaching toward sunlight to become as tall as can be.
Discipline attract opportunity. Exciting opportunities invariably come to those who have developed skills and who have the ambition to act.
Discipline is that unique process of intelligence thought and activity that puts a lid on temper and a faucet on courtesy. That develops positive action and controls negative thoughts. That encourages success. That promote health.
Anyone can begin the process of being disciplined. You can do it by degrees, one step at a time.
The exciting thing is you can start today.
Start small and learn to stick with your new commitment.
You will learn how it feels to be disciplined.