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Who do you seek out when you need help or just want to discuss an idea?

Over the years I have had mentors and I have also been a mentor. About forty years ago when I was a young father and also starting my own business as an independent publishers representative, I had three older neighbors, Jack, Bill and Martin that I could go to for advice. Each of them were successful in their own professional lives and as fathers. Lately, I have had a very dear neighbor, Jeff, who I can visit, both to check up on him and his wife, but also to get some humor and philosophy. I have also been told by a younger neighbor that he looks up to me for what I’ve accomplished. I also have a younger man who is very knowledgeable about Social Media and Digital Marketing whom I respect very much. I consider him to be a “mentor” in my situation and at this stage of my life as a blogger, marketer, and publisher. I think of a business associate in the educational publishing business who took me under his wing to help me along the in the business. He was a great help and we became good friends in the business.

Mentors can become very important guides in our lives to help us develop the abilities and the skills to be successful in what we want to accomplish. We can go to our mentor to get the necessary boost to go on when we get discouraged.

I remember when I was doing volunteer work as a student success mentor, I would often encounter some frustration and discouragement with students, especially those who were far away from home. I sometimes felt like a father figure or a spiritual advisor giving counsel in important discussions of life’s overwhelming decisions. Mentoring can be a very noble responsibility.

Since I like to talk about books, let me mention a couple of great books about mentoring. First, THE HEART OF MENTORING, TEN PROVEN PRINCIPLES FOR DEVELOPING PEOPLE TO THEIR FULLEST POTENTIAL, by David A. Stoddard.

Next would be, MENTORING 101, WHAT EVERY LEADER NEEDS TO KNOW, by John C. Maxwell, whom we have highlighted before.

Now for the “main event”, “the rest of the story”


The “master” is Emanuel James Rohn (September 17, 1930 – December 5, 2009) professionally known as Jim Rohn. Jim was born in Yakima, Washington. His parents were Emanuel and Clara Rohn who owned a farm in Caldwell, Idaho, where Jim grew up as an only child.

Jim left the farm to enroll in college but left school after one year. He started his business career as a human resource manager for Sears Department Store. Early in his working life, Jim was invited by a friend to a lecture given by a famous entrepreneur, John Earl Schoaff, the founder of a direct selling business known as AbundaVita. Jim was a distributor for the company from 1955 to 1957.

As Mr Schoaff formed another company, Nutri-Bio, Jim joined the company and was mentored by Schoaff and others. After this mentorship, Jim went on to build one of the largest distributorship organizations in the company. As the company grew and expanded into Canada, Jim was selected as a vice president.

However, Nutri – Bio went out of business in the 1960’s and Jim became a public speaker through the 1960’s and 1970’s and also began presenting seminars known as “Adventures in Achievement”. He presented seminars worldwide for more than 40 years.


Jim mentored Mark R. Hughes, founder of Herbalife, as well as Tony Robbins in the late 1970’s. Others who have felt his tutelage are Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup Series), as well as authors and speakers Brian Tracy, and T. Harv Eker.

Jim was awarded the 1985 National Speakers Association CPAE award for excellence in speaking. He is the author of 17 written, audio, and video media, THE POWER OF AMBITION, TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE, THE DAY THAT TURNS YOUR LIFE AROUND.

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

(official website: (https://www.jimrohn.com)

Information from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jim_Rohn&oldid=928340065


Tony Robbins began his career promoting seminars for speaker and author Jim Rohn when he was 17 years old,


Tony has worked on an individual basis with Bill Clinton, Justin Tuck, Wayne Gretzky, Serena Williams, Hugh Jackman and Pitbull as well as American businessmen Peter Guber, Steve Wynn and Marc Benioff. He was named one of “The Top 50 Business Intellectuals” by Accenture and one of the “Top 200 Business Gurus” by the Harvard Business, and in 2007 was ranked on the Forbes Celebrity 100. Some very impressive accomplishments.

These life profiles of these men has been fun, informative and enlightening. To the ladies I will promise some profiles of women of accomplishment. I Invite some ideas and suggestions.

I am grateful for the idea to highlight the life of Jim Rohn. He was very successful in many ways as well as a great example of hard work and integrity in what he did.

I hope you have enjoyed this series of authors who specialize in personal development! I hope you have gotten some ideas for your own personal plan.

We wish you much success in your endeavors!

As always, thank you for reading! And remember for books, ebooks, audio books, use our links.

Thank you!

Michael Inman

“Encouraging Literacy, Learning and Personal Development”

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