“If you work on your job, you’ll make a living. If you work on yourself, you’ll make a fortune.” — Jim Rohn
The late American motivational speaker Jim Rohn knew something many people don’t: success is an inside job.
A good deal of your future success will arise from your mindset.
It is no surprise that those who are successful encounter frequent setbacks and failures.
To the uninitiated, failure may represent the absence of success. However, the person with a growth mindset knows failure is an opportunity to improve on their last attempt, drawing them closer to success.
If success is a journey then it comprises valleys and peaks, notwithstanding the many setbacks.
Gary Keller and Jay Papasan write in The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results: “Extraordinary results aren’t built solely on extraordinary results. They’re built on failure too. In fact, it would be accurate to say that we fail our way to success.”
The key to success lies in your willingness and determination to prevail, even in the face of adversity. It is an inner knowing, despite evidence to the contrary, that you will overcome your obstacles and silence your critics.
The right mindset and a powerful inner resolve are required on the path to success.
Setbacks are not intended to discourage you from attaining victory. They are orchestrated to enrich your personal growth and lead you closer to success if you stay the distance.
Working harder on yourself than your job requires paying attention to your mindset and nurturing your inner most thoughts.
Every failure, every obstacle draws you closer to the person you must become to realise victory.
Success is the sum of your personal growth. The person who attains outstanding success has cultivated their inner world and surmounted the challenges imposed upon them.
“Success builds on success, and as this happens, over and over, you move toward the highest success possible,” write Gary Keller and Jay Papasan.
“The greatest gift you can give somebody is your own personal development. I used to say, “If you will take care of me, I will take care of you. Now I say, I will take care of me for you, if you will take care of you for me.” — Jim Rohn
Those who work hard on themselves instead of their job are invested in their personal development. They are committed to reading books, attending seminars and lectures, working with the right coaches and mentors and are lifelong learners.
They are humble in the face of victory and gracious in defeat. They realise life is about constant learning, developing and nurturing their greatest asset — themselves.
They do not have all the answers, but are willing to step out of their comfort zone and try new things, knowing the slightest information will create a snowball effect in terms of success when the time is right.
It was the French poet Victor Hugo who once said: “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”
The person who works hard on themselves is a leader who helps others succeed before them. They understand that in giving, they receive greater abundance and prosperity. This is a universal law and principle that whatever you sow, you shall reap.
A job pays you wages and if you are involved in sales, a commission. Nevertheless, it was Jim Rohn who reiterated in his talks: “Profits are better than wages.”
He understood that when a person develops their greatest asset and their innate strengths, he or she can create unlimited income. A wage is the fee you receive set by your employer, based on the exchange of services rendered.
Profits are unlimited only by your earning potential.
Jeff Olson explains in The Slight Edge: “Every day, in every moment, you get to exercise choices that will determine whether or not you will become a great person, living a great life. Greatness is not something predetermined, predestined or carved into your fate by forces beyond your control. Greatness is always in the moment of the decision.”
As you upgrade your mindset, so too does your bottom line.
Many people are unwilling to develop their greatest assets because they need certainty in their lives by way of a weekly income. It is this want for security that is their downfall because the harder you work on yourself, the greater your fortune because the sky is the limit.
You will only soar as high as you believe yourself capable of.
Therefore, your self-worth will determine your net worth.
As you develop a superior mindset, your net worth skyrockets because you are invested in your greatness, which yields far greater returns on your income.
The greatest fortunes are those developed over time, because success is a journey and requires staying the course.
Success requires a growth mindset that leads to the greatest victory and fortunes.
It is the pay-off of devoting time and energy on yourself, rather than simply working harder in your job.