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)
West Hills, 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.

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. [1]


Rohn left college after just one year[2] and 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.[3] 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 life coach Tony Robbins in the late 1970s. 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, Todd Smith, and T. Harv Eker.[4][5] Rohn also coauthored the novel Twelve Pillars with Chris Widener.[6]

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.[7]


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


  • 7 Strategies for Wealth & Happiness: Power Ideas from America's Foremost Business Philosopher
  • My Philosophy For Successful Living

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Singh, Shivpreet (2016). "Jim Rohn from Rags to Riches", Shivpreet Signh Blog. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  2. ^ "60 Greatest Quotes by Jim Rohn That Will Inspire Your Heart and Soul". Investivate. 2017-05-13. Retrieved 2017-05-31. 
  3. ^ "Jim Rohn: The Passing of a Personal-Development Legend". SUCCESS. 2010-01-26. Retrieved 2017-06-07. 
  4. ^ Smith, Todd (2011). "Becoming a Disciplined Person," Little Things Matter. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  5. ^ Tracy, Brian (2014) "A Tribute to A Legacy: Jim Rohn," Brian Tracy International. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  6. ^ http://chriswidener.com/products/12-pillars-paperback/ Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Motivation Force: Jim Rohn Biography". www.motivationforce.com. Retrieved 2016-08-31. 

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