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21 Inspiring Jim Rohn Quotes for Personal Development and Success

Jim Rohn was one of the most influential motivational speakers and coaches of the 20th century. He wrote multiple books and gave thousands of seminars and lectures around the world.

Here is a list of some of his best and most inspirational quotes on topics ranging from success and personal development to integrity and ways of life.

Hope you enjoy!


One of Rohn’s core teachings focuses on the ability to achieve success at anything through a combination of discipline, desire, and visualization. Learn more about how to use visualization techniques for success at any goal.

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”

“Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals.”

“Successful people do what unsuccessful people aren’t willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.”

“Either you run the day or the day runs you.”

“Start from wherever you are, with whatever you’ve got.”

“Take interest and even delight in doing the small things well.”

On Integrity

“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.”

“Character is a quality that embodies many important traits, such as integrity, courage, perseverance, confidence and wisdom. Unlike your fingerprints that you are born with and can’t change, character is something that you create within yourself and must take responsibility for changing.”

“Nothing teaches character better than generosity.”

On Financial Independence

“Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.”

“Time is more valuable than money. You can always get more money, but you can’t get more time.”

“Poor people spend their money and save what’s left. Rich people save their money and spend what’s left.”

“If you don’t sow, you don’t reap. You don’t even have a chance.”

“Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.”

On Personal Development

Rohn also taught the importance of constantly working on yourself. This means working on your personal habits and discipline, as well as your thought habits and ability to entrain your mind to the positive outcome you desire. You can learn more about how to stay positive in this post.

“Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change.

“If you will be faithful to a few things, you will someday be the ruler over many things.”

“I used to blame everything outside of me for my lack of progress until I found that the problem was inside.”

On Life

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”

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“Your personal philosophy is the greatest determining factor in how your life turns out.”

“Life is not just the passing of time. Life is the collection of experiences and their intensity.”

“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.”

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