One of my favorite motivational speakers will always be Jim Rohn. He spoke with such clarity and was concise and to the point. So today’s post is actually a fictional interview of what Jim Rohn would have to say to online tutors today.
Joanne: Jim tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.
Jim: I started my professional life by working as a stock clerk for Sears. I was broke at 25. Around this time, a friend invited me to a lecture given by entrepreneur John Earl Shoaff. In 1955, I joined AbundaVita and became a distributor of the company’s product line.
In 1957, I resigned with AbundaVita and joined Nutri-Bio. It was at this point that the company’s founders, including Shoaff, started to mentor me. After this mentorship, I built one of the largest organizations in the company. In 1960 when Nutri-Bio expanded into Canada, Shoaff and the other founders selected me as a Vice President for the organization due to my performance.
When Nutri-Bio went out of business in the early 1960s, I was forced to seek other opportunities. I was invited by a friend of the family to come and tell my story to his rotary club. I accepted and, soon, others began asking me to speak at various luncheons and other events. In 1963 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, I gave my first public seminar. I then began presenting seminars all over the country, telling my story and teaching my personal development philosophy. This is when I became a millionaire by the age of 31.
Joanne: Sounds like a real rags to riches story. Just like many of the teachers that start online tutoring.
Rohn: Absolutely. Teachers are never mentored to begin their own business, but through people like you, they can have the same kind of mentorship that I had.
Joanne: What is your personal development philosophy?
Rohn: The winds of circumstances blow upon all of us. We all have experienced the winds of disappointment, despair and heartbreak, but why do people arrive at such different places at the end of the journey? Have we not all sailed upon the same sea?
The major difference isn’t circumstance; it’s the set of the sail, or the way we think.
In spite of our best efforts, we have moments when things just seem to fall apart. The rich and the poor have the same challenges that can lead to financial ruin and personal despair. It isn’t what happens to us that determines the quality of our lives, it’s what we do after we’ve set our sails and the wind decides to change direction. When winds change, we must change. We have to struggle to our feet and reset the sail in a manner that will steer us in the direction of our own deliberate choice. The set of the sail, how we think and how we respond, has a far greater capacity to destroy our lives than any challenges we face. How quickly we respond to adversity is far more important than adversity itself. The great challenge of life is to control the process of our own thinking.
Joanne: This is so pivotal when we think about starting our own online tutoring company. As teachers we have a mindset of having a job versus being our own boss. What does a successful business owners thought process look like?
Jim: Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. A successful business owner never stops learning. They educate themselves on the things they need to learn, and they never stop growing. They never arrive at a certain point and think, ahhh… now I don’t need to learn anymore. Don’t take the casual approach to life. Casualness leads to casualties. Seek out the mentors that you need that will lead you to greatness in your field. If your not willing to learn from others, who are you willing to learn from?
Joanne: So, education is important and learning from other people is important. How do you keep going when times get rough?
Jim: If you spend five minutes complaining, you have just wasted five minutes. If you continue complaining, it won’t be long before they haul you out to a financial desert and there let you choke on the dust of your own regret. So pull your boots up by the bootstrap and know that everything is temporary. All good moments are temporary and all bad moments are temporary. Nothing lasts forever.
Joanne: Thanks Jim. We can really take a lot out of this interview today. We are ready to dive into success principles and put them into action in our business.
Many of the responses I created were based on quotes from Jim Rohn. He is an inspiring man, who is still sharing his wisdom with the world even though he is no longer living. Who do you admire that motivates you? Let me know in the comments section. I would love to know what you think.