Jim Rohn, the American entrepreneur and author, inspired hundreds of thousands with his ideas about self improvement. His insight, speeches, and books serve as motivation and encouragement for people everywhere to work on becoming the best possible version of themselves.

Jim Rohn has had a broad impact through his writing:

  • His words simplify complicated ideas about personal and professional success
  • He helped others believe in their potential and achieve their goals
  • His belief in self-betterment as a vehicle for career betterment expanded the horizons of thousands including Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield, and Mark Hughes

Many feel the desire to better themselves but are unsure of where to start (or how to start). Self-improvement and introspection are difficult tasks. The words of Jim Rohn help make these tasks more manageable.

His ideas are focused on key areas of helping yourself:

  • Becoming
  • Change
  • Discipline
  • Mindset

Here are 57 quotes from Jim Rohn to motivate, inspire, and encourage you in the pursuit of your best self.

Jim Rohn quotes on becoming

1. “Start from wherever you are and with whatever you’ve got.”
2. “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.”
3.“The big challenge is to become all that you have the possibility of becoming. You cannot believe what it does to the human spirit to maximize your human potential and stretch yourself to the limit.”
4.“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.”
5. “Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.”
6. “The only way it gets better for you is when you get better. Better is not something you wish, it’s something you become.”
7. “When you know what you want, and you want it bad enough, you will find a way to get it.”
8. “Formal education will make you a living, self-education will make you a fortune.”
9. “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
10. “Start reading, and especially read the kinds of books that will help you unleash your inner potential.”
11. “What you become is far more important than what you get.”
12. “Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.”
13. “The more you care, the stronger you can be.”
14. “Maturity is the ability to reap without apology and not complain when things don’t go well.”
15. “We cannot move casually into a better future. We cannot casually pursue the goal we have set for ourselves. A goal that is casually pursued is not a goal, at best it is a wish, and wishes are little more than self-delusion.”
16. “Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.”
17. “It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions.”
18. “The more obstacles you face and overcome, the more times you falter and get back on track, the more difficulties you struggle with and conquer, the more resiliency you will naturally develop. There is nothing that can hold you back, if you are resilient.”

Jim Rohn quotes on change

19. “If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.”
20. “You cannot change your decision overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.”
21. “We generally change ourselves for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation.”
22. “Life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”
23. “For things to change, you have to change.”
24. “Unless you change how you are, you will always have what you got.”
25. “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.”
26. “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan, and guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”

Jim Rohn quotes on discipline

27. “Discipline has within it the potential for creating future miracles.”
28. “Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals.”
29. “If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.”
30. “How long should you try? Until.”
31. “We must all wage an intense, lifelong battle against the constant downward pull. If we relax, the bugs and weeds of negativity will move into the garden and take away everything of value.”
32. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
33. “Everyone must choose one of two pains: The pain of discipline or the pain of regret.”
34. “For every disciplined effort, there is a multiple reward.”
35. “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”
36. “Days are expensive. When you spend a day you have one less day to spend. So make sure you spend each one wisely.”
37. “Don’t spend major time on minor things.”
38 “Success is steady progress toward one’s personal goals.”
39. “Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.”
40. “Failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.”
41. “Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines practiced every day.”
42. “If you will be faithful to a few things, you will someday become the ruler over many things.”
43. “Few key things that make a difference, once identified, spend major time on these things.”

Jim Rohn quotes on mindset

44. “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do.”
45. “Don’t wish it was 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.”
46. “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”
47. “Your personal philosophy is the greatest determining factor in how your life works out.”
48. “Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.”
49. “Don’t say, ‘If I could, I would.’ Say, ‘If I can, I will.’”
50. “To solve any problem, here are three questions to ask yourself: First, what could I do? Second, what could I read? And third, who could I ask? ”
51. “Every day, stand guard at the door of your mind.”
52. “Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.”
53. “Maturity is the ability to reap without apology and not complain when things don’t go well.”
54. “Your philosophy determines whether you will go for the disciplines or continue the errors.”
55. “Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value.”
56. “Don’t join an easy crowd; you won’t grow. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform are high.”
57. “Be fascinated instead of frustrated.”