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Why Not Challenge Yourself to Success?

I have a story for you today.  Its author is Jim Rohn, who was widely recognized as a personal development legend and who passed in 2009.  The story is about personal development and how making small shifts in mindset, can set your life on a new and better course.

A friend of Jim’s recommended Jim put on his list of goals to become a millionaire.  Sounds like a good idea – it’s got a nice ring to it – enough zeros in it to impress any accountant – so yeah – add becoming a millionaire to the list. 

He goes on to say that his friend shared why it’s a good idea to put becoming a millionaire on your goal list.  Jim says all the obvious things we’d all say about being a millionaire like who wouldn’t want all the money and what that brings. 

But the friend says that the money isn’t the point, in fact it’s missing the point.  The point is set a goal to become a millionaire for what it will make of you to achieve it.

To repeat –  The point is set a goal to become a millionaire for what it will make of you to achieve it.

Once that refinement of philosophy sunk into his conscientiousness, it changed his life forever.

Once one develops that philosophy, mindset changes and it isn’t about the money anymore.  In fact, he goes on to say you can give the money away because here’s what’s important.

It’s the person you’ve become ….to be worth a million dollars …

  • The skills you’ve learned
  • What you know about the marketplace and people
  • What you know about decision making
  • What you know about economics, personalities
  • What you know about the movement of the economy
  • What you know is valuable – what’s important is what you get, what you become.

A major question to ask on the job is not “what am I getting here” but rather “what am I becoming here?”

Value to your family is not what you possess- it’s what you’ve become.

So, ending the story, his suggestion is to set the kind of goals that will make something of you to achieve them – goals that make you stretch, reach, change, grow.

Don’t join an easy crowd – go where the expectations are high. 

There’s a lot more all of this but for today, suffice it to say, when you’re not happy with where you are or what you want to accomplish in life, reach out.  There is a way forward.  I’d be happy to converse with you about some of my ideas on how this can work for you. 

I hope you got some value from today’s story.  You can reach me at

Journey Well.

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