Wisdom from Jim Rohn: Reaping life’s Harvest and Handling it’s Winters

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Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom.

– Jim Rohn

The 4 major lessons in life to learn

Lesson 1: Learn How to Handle the Winters

The winters are difficult times in life that come without warning. You cannot change the winter, but you can change yourself. This first lesson parallels many ideas in stoicism.

Lesson 2: Learn How to Take Advantage of the Spring

Spring represents opportunities that come after difficult times. It is essential to take advantage when it comes because opportunities do not last forever.

Lesson 3: Learn How to Protect Your Crops During the Summer

You need to learn to take care of what you start. The bugs will take your crops unless you prevent it. Jim states that “All good will be attacked” and “All values must be defended”.

Lesson 4: Learn How to Reap Come Harvest Time Without Complaint

Take full responsibility for what happens to you. Learn to reap without apology if you do well and without complaint if you don’t.

It’s not what happens but rather it’s what you do that changes everything.

How to change anything

1: Become a good reader.

A single book can save you 5 years — if you read it. “You have to be more in this world than a good worker, you must become a good reader”.

2: Learn the setup.

You don’t have to like it but you do have to learn it, Why? learn so you don’t get hurt.

3: The plus of life.

Life is misery but it is also prosperity. You must learn to get on the good side of the way things work.

The Law of use

Whatever you don’t use, you lose. This is true for the body as well as the brain. If you have ambition but don’t act it will diminish. Take a new inventory of yourself everyday, talent and abilities unused are lost.

You may not be able to do all that you find out, but you should find out all that you can do

– Jim Rohn

The Law of sowing and reaping:

Don’t try to beat it. Whatever you reap is what you’ve sown.

1: Negative. If you sow bad, you reap bad.

2: Positive. You sow good, you reap good.

3. More. You don’t get back what you put out, you get more.

4: There are many ways to sow.

5: Anyone can sow.

6: You could lose anyways. There are times when you lose no matter what you do.


Jim Rohn’s teachings are still relevant today. It is clear that he had a profound understanding of navigating life’s challenges.

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.

– Jim Rohn