Jim Rohn is an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker, widely regarded as one of the most influential thinkers of our time, and thought of by many as a national treasure. His rags to riches story played a large part in his work, which influenced others in the personal development industry.
To have more we must first become more. – Jim Rohn
Like a picture puzzle, success has pieces that you need to put together and complete in order to see and appreciate the complete image.
In his book, Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle, Jim takes an in-depth look into the reasons why certain people succeed and others don’t. He covers the five key components and pieces to success – philosophy, attitude, activity, results and lifestyle.
By learning about these pieces, your life will change. You will stop blaming others and you will become much more proactive in designing your future.
The book proves to be a lifelong companion on your way to success. It has become a foundation stone on many successful people road to personal success.
One of the Best Books on Fundamentals of Success
Personally, I regard this as one of the best books on the fundamentals of success I have ever read.
It was in 2009 when a friend recommended it to me. Back then, I was still in the midst of what we can call, quarter life crisis. I was 23 years-old working as a Senior Financial Analyst in a multinational oil firm. At a young age, I was rising and climbing the steps of the corporate ladder. I was the team leader of a division with eight individuals who reports directly to me. Yet despite the corporate success, I was not completely happy with my life. Becoming a team leader and succeeding in the corporate world used to be a big dream for me, but when I was already there, I’ve felt it wasn’t for me. It wasn’t the life I wanted for myself. So despite the criticism and opportunity I have to let go, I’ve decided to resigned and search for my real definition of success.
During those times, I wanted to create a big difference and live a different lifestyle, not just be confined in a box of my office cubicle. I wanted to inspire and motivate people, I wanted to be financial free, I wanted to have the freedom to acquire and do things that I want, and so on. And I knew if I didn’t let go of the corporate world, it would be impossible for me to achieve all that.
Because of my decision to quit the normal corporate set-up, I’ve dealt with a lot of skepticism and negative opinions. Most people don’t want to believe I can succeed; only few did. On those days, the book, Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle, became one of my sources of motivation to pursue the success I want for myself.
You can have more than you’ve got because you can become more than you are. – Jim Rohn
In the end, our lives will be judged not by the things that we began, but by the things that our effort and resolve brought to a successful conclusion.
Jim has said there are two sources of change: desperation and inspiration. Most people change out of desperation, a final and inevitable result of long-term neglect that we want to answer/resolve. On the other hand, only few change out of inspiration, those who are inspired to create a positive change in their life, even before unwanted circumstance happen.
How about you, when do you want to change?
The Book: Five Major Pieces
The book, Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle, tackled the five important components of success. And let’s look at each piece.
Our philosophy, which is our mindset, is the cornerstone of success. It influences our habit and behavior, and that’s where it starts.
The way that each of us think makes the major difference in where each of us arrives. This is the major determinant on why there are people who succeed while there are those who don’t.
So if you want to create change in your circumstance, be open and willing to change your philosophy and mindset.
Remember, what guides us to different destinations in life is determined by the way we have chosen to set our sail.
Philosophy is the logical side while attitude is the emotional side. Because what we know determines our philosophy while what we feel about what we know determines our attitude.
It has been said over and over that attitude is everything. One thing that determines the level of our potential that produces the intensity of our activity, and that predicts the quality of the result we receive is our attitude.
In order to achieve success, it is important not to only improve your intellect but as well as continuously improve your attitude.
To achieve our goals it is ultimately determined by our activity. Whatever life has handed us, whether is one talent or a hundred, it is our responsibility to do something with what we have been given.
Convert your dreams into plans and your plans into refined activities that would lead toward the achievement of your dreams/goals. Most people are dreaming about the promise of the future, successful people are doing something about it.
Remember, discipline is a requirement for progress, and that affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion. The smallest of discipline, practiced every day, start an incredible process that can change our lives forever.
Results are the harvest that comes from our past efforts. It is always in direct proportion to effort. Checking our results on a regular basis provides us with an excellent indicator of how well we are using our opportunities.
The first way to measure our results is by looking at what we have. If we are not satisfied with what we have achieved at this point in our lives, then now is the time to fix the future. Because unless we change how we are right now, what we have will always be the same.
Another important way to measure our results is to take a closer look at what we have become. If we are not happy with what we have become, then we must change what we are. For things to change, we must change.
Lifestyle is how we choose to live and how we design our lives. It is a reflection of our attitude and our value, of who we are and what we are. As they say, many have learned how to earn well, but they haven’t learned how to live well.
Lifestyle is finding new ways to bring joy, pleasure, excitement, and substance into our lives and into the lives of those we care for while we are working on our goals, not once we have achieved them.
So if we wish to be wealthy, we must study wealth, and if we wish to be happy, we must study happiness. The combination of the two studies creates the aura that we call lifestyle.
Remember, learn to be happy with what you have while you strive for what you want.
Two years after I’ve read this significant success book, Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle, my life have changed so much. Here are the significant things that have changed in my life since then:
- I’m able to make difference in the lives of thousands of people all over the world through my website, www.lifetofullest.com, books and trainings.
- I am financially free with a number of passive incomes streams.
- I have the freedom to do what I want, living the lifestyle that I’ve dream of and buying the things that I want without worrying about money.
- I am maturing and becoming more developed into the person I want to become.
A lot have improved in my life since I’ve learned and applied the lessons I’ve discovered in the success book, Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle.
You too can create change in your life if you are open and willing to learn the principles taught in this book.
If we could have a mental picture in our minds of how the future will be, given our current direction, perhaps we would become more serious about our lives. – Jim Rohn
Start reading The Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle