When I met Geert Conard the other night at an Ecademy Belgium workshop, he reminded us of the importance of reading. Particularly anything which takes us out of our comfort zone or challenges our beliefs such as his example of "The DaVinci Code".
Anthony Robbins says that he used to read a book a day when he started his path of learning. He refers to the teachings of Jim Rohn who I first came across at a seminar to Herbalife distributors in the '90s. He wrote, "I truly believe Jim Rohn is an extraordinary human being whose philosophy can enhance the quality of life for anyone who exposes themselves to it. He certainly had a positive impact on me at a time in my life when I was first forming the philosophies that guide me today."
Here are a few of Jim Rohn's quotes:
"Don't wish it were easier; wish you were better. Don't wish for less problems; wish for more skills. Don't wish for less challenges; wish for more wisdom."
"For things to change, you have to change. For things to get better, you have to get better."
"Books are what you step on to take you to a higher shelf. The higher your stack of books, the higher the shelf you can reach."
"Miss a meal if you have to, but don't miss a book. Some people claim that it is okay to read trashy novels because sometimes you can find something valuable in them. You can also find a crust of bread in a garbage can, if you search long enough, but there is a better way."
"Don't just read the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it, but you will never grow from it."
"The book you don't read won't help."
"It isn't what the book costs; it's what it will cost if you don't read it."
I hope this inspires you to dust off some books you have been meaning to read. If you have never read or listened to Jim, I strongly recommend that you do.
These quotes are by Jim Rohn, America's Foremost Business Philosopher. To subscribe to the Free Jim Rohn Weekly E-zine, go to http://www.jimrohn.com?kbid=7474 Excerpted from The Treasury of Quotes by Jim Rohn. Copyright © 1994-2005 Jim Rohn International. All rights reserved worldwide.
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