Jim Rohn

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Jim Rohn
Born Emanuel James Rohn
(1930-09-17)September 17, 1930
Yakima, Washington, U.S.
Died December 5, 2009(2009-12-05) (aged 79)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker

Emanuel James "Jim" Rohn (September 17, 1930 – December 5, 2009) was an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. His rags to riches story played a large part in his work, which influenced others in the personal development industry.

Early life[edit]

Emanuel James "Jim" Rohn was born in Yakima, Washington, to Emanuel and Clara Rohn. The Rohns owned and worked a farm in Caldwell, Idaho, where Jim grew up as an only child.[citation needed]


Rohn started his professional life by working as a stock clerk for department store Sears. Around this time, a friend invited him to a lecture given by entrepreneur John Earl Shoaff. In 1955, Rohn joined Shoaff's direct selling business AbundaVita as a distributor.

In 1957, Rohn resigned his distributorship with AbundaVita and joined Nutri-Bio, another direct selling company. It was at this point that the company's founders, including Shoaff, started to mentor him.[citation needed] After this mentorship, Rohn built one of the largest organizations in the company. In 1960 when Nutri-Bio expanded into Canada, Shoaff and the other founders selected Rohn as a vice president for the organization.

After Nutri-Bio went out of business in the early 1960s, Rohn was invited to speak at a meeting of his Rotary Club. He accepted and, soon, others began asking him to speak at various luncheons and other events. In 1963 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, he gave his first public seminar. He then began presenting seminars all over the country, telling his story and teaching his personal development philosophy.

Throughout the 1970s, Rohn conducted a number of seminars for Standard Oil. At the same time, he participated in a personal development business called "Adventures in Achievement", which featured both live seminars as well as personal development workshops. He presented seminars worldwide for more than 40 years.

Rohn mentored Mark R. Hughes (the founder of Herbalife International) and motivational speaker Tony Robbins in the late 1970s.[citation needed] Others who credit Rohn for his influence on their careers include authors Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup book series), author/lecturer Brian Tracy, and T. Harv Eker.[citation needed] Motivational speaker Chris Widener's book Twelve Pillars was co-authored by Rohn.

Rohn was the recipient of the 1985 National Speakers Association CPAE Award for excellence in speaking. He is also the author of 17 different written, audio, and video media.


Jim Rohn died of pulmonary fibrosis on December 5, 2009. He is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.[1]

Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle[edit]

Rohn's book Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle, published in 1991, describes what he considered the five components of success:[2]

  • Philosophy — how you think
  • Attitude — how you feel
  • Action — what you do
  • Results — measure often to see if you are making progress
  • Lifestyle — the kind of life you can make for yourself out of the first four pieces
It seems that every life form on this planet strives toward its maximum potential ... except human beings. A tree does not grow to half its potential size and then say, “I guess that will do.” A tree will drive its roots as deep as possible. It will soak up as much nourishment as it can, stretch as high and as wide as nature will allow, and then look down as if to remind us of how much each of us could become if we would only do all that we can. Jim Rohn — Five Major Pieces To the Life Puzzle

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Passing of a Legend". Jim Rohn official site. Retrieved December 8, 2009. 
  2. ^ Rohn, E. James (1991). Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle. Jim Rohn International. ISBN 978-0-939490-02-8. 

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