Series: Jim Rohn – FDN Life Mentor of the Year
In our previous mentor series articles featured in FDN Life Magazine, we introduced you to our FDN Mentor of the Year, the late Jim Rohn. Probably one of the most inspirational life and wealth mentors of our time. We covered lessons 1 – 8 and learned about the 5 major pieces to the life puzzle. In the upcoming issues during 2020, we will cover Lessons 8 – 11.
During today’s lesson, we will learn more about:
Let’s get right to it:
START TIME:1:41:30 Min
When we write down what we have learned, the act helps us remember, break down, and internalize information. To benefit the most from this lesson, listen to the seminar video provided and take notes as you follow along. Stop the recording whenever necessary.
#1 – LEARN HOW TO HANDLE THE WINTERS
#2 – LEARN HOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SPRING
#3 – IN THE SUMMER NOURISH AND DEFEND (PROTECT)
#4 – REAP IN THE FALL (AUTUMN)
Mr. Jim Rohn says, “Winters come right after autumn. How often? Every year according to written history for the last six-and-a-half-years. To cross your fingers and hope it doesn’t come is naïve.”
Lesson Learned: Life is like the seasons. Winter always follows autumn, spring follows winter, and summer follows spring. In life and business, there are seasons as well. It’s important to remember winters always come. Best prepare for it in advance by doing all you can during your most productive months, such as spring and summer.
Mr. Jim Rohn says, “There are all kinds of winters. Not just the winter of the seasons. Downtime. Discouraging times. Winter of discontent. Economical winters. Social winters. Political winters. When your heart is smashed in a thousand pieces, the nights are unusually long.”
Mr. Jim Rohn says, “Get wiser, stronger, and better to deal with the winters in your life and business. You could read more. Learn more. Complete video seminars or lessons. Anyone today can get wiser. If you commit to exercising you can get stronger. You can get better by handling life situations. Learn to be better. Anyone can develop the skills and get better.”
Lesson Learned: Prepare for winters in your business by becoming wiser and gaining as much knowledge as is needed to be successful. Success does not come by itself. Success is created.
Mr. Jim Rohn says, “The second major lesson in life is to learn how to take advantage of spring. Spring always follows winter. How often? For 6,500 years. Those are pretty good odds to gamble on 😊. Spring is called opportunity. Another day is called opportunity. Days follow nights. How often? Every day!”
Lesson Learned: However bleak things might look right now, know that there are always opportunities available if you keep your eyes open and ears on the ground. During times of plenty (spring), work hard and plant as many good seeds as you can so that you can enjoy a bountiful harvest in the summer.
Mr. Jim Rohn says, “Just because spring arrives doesn’t automatically guarantee success. Spring equals opportunity and you have to do something with it. Learn how to take advantage of springs. Don’t miss the opportunities that come with springs. Basically, it means to plant in the spring (take advantage), and harvest in the summer.”
Mr. Jim Rohn says, “Life is short. Don’t let the springs keep on passing you by. Seize the moment. Seize the day. Seize the opportunity. Life is fragile – life is brief. Whatever you do, you have to commit and make things happen.”
Mr. Jim Rohn says, “The third major lesson in life is to learn how to nourish and protect in the summer. There are two challenges in the personal development part of our lives that occur during the summer. One is to become capable and powerful enough in the summer, and wise enough to nourish what is good. Secondly, learn how to defend yourself against what is bad.”
Lesson Learned: Nothing that we gain during spring and summer is a guarantee for success, and if you succeed, there might be people or circumstances that want to take advantage of your success. Protect your assets and gains against treats.
Mr. Jim Rohn says, “Summer is an interesting time. It holds the possibility of the harvest time. But, it also holds the possibility of the threat.”
Lesson Learned: Threats come from all sides in business, as well as opportunities. Learn to handle the negative as well as the positive.
Mr. Jim Rohn says, “Sure enough, as soon as you have planted your garden, the busy bugs and weeds are about to take it. Another word of advice, they will take it unless you prevent it.”
Lesson Learned: To only want to focus on what is positive, is not very wise. Also, learn how to handle the negative aspects of life and business. This helps you understand when you need to take charge of a situation that might go sideways.
Mr. Jim Rohn says, “Deal with the weeds. Nourish the garden, but kill the weeds. It’s called summertime.”
Lesson Learned: The time of prosperity is also a time of protection. Protect what you hold dear, and the harvest you have planted since others might be on the lookout to destroy your good work. Think of patent and IP rights, and how to protect these.
Mr. Jim Rohn says, “You’ve got to learn to deal with the negative as well as the positive. The world is a complex mix of positive and negative. Opportunity and threat. You have to be able to deal with both. You have to be able to think positively and negatively. Whatever is out to get you, you need to learn how to handle it. Nourish like a mother, defend like a father. Nourish and fight. Nourish and be vigilant.”
Mr. Jim Rohn says, “You can’t just think positive and ignore the negative. That is called naïve. Nobody can be all positive, or all negative.”
Lesson Learned: The weeds (negative) is out to kill the garden. You have to recognize the threat (negative) and deal with it before it destroys the hard work you put into your garden. Deal with your enemies during summer. That is the way life is. The fight between good and evil. The fight between tyranny and liberty. Treat your life the same. Deal with the negative during the summertime. Nourish your garden like a mother, and defend your garden like a father. That is the way things are. It’s called reality.
Mr. Jim Rohn says, “The 4th major life lesson to learn. Learn to reap in the fall without complaint. A very important lesson to learn. Reap in the harvest without complaint; take full responsibility. Once you have learned it is not the seed, the soil or the seasons to be criticized. You have to take personal responsibility for your crop.”
Lesson Learned: If your harvest brings in less than planned, or you didn’t work as hard as you should have during times of prosperity, you are the only one accountable, not someone else. Take responsibility for your actions, whether they have generated positive or negative outcomes.
Mr. Jim Rohn says, “No apology. The best showcase of human maturity is that no apology is needed if you have done well. And no complaint if you haven’t.”
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