Full text of Jim Rohn’s motivational speech in which he talks about Major lessons in life to learn.
Have you ever noticed that some people don’t do well because they major in minor things. Whatever you do, check at the end of the week, the end of the year, and make sure you’re not spending major time on minor things. Otherwise you will wind up with a below average life.
Now with those two key phrases in mind, here are the major lessons in life to learn:
The first is learn how to handle the winters. They come right after fall with regularity. Some are long, some are short, some are difficult, summer, easy, but they always come right after fall. Remember, it isn’t going to change.
Now, there are all kinds of winters, right? The winter when you can’t figure it out, the winter when it all goes smash. Winter time, we call it the winters of your life. One writer called it the winter of discontent. The winter when it turns upside down, when it all goes wrong.
There are economic winters, social winters, and personal winters. When your heart is smashed into a thousand pieces- winter time disappointments, disappointment is common to us all, so learn how to handle the winters.
You must learn how to handle the nights. They come right after days.
You must learn how to handle difficulty. It always comes after opportunity.
You must learn to handle a recessions. They come right after expansion.
It isn’t going to change. Well, you can’t get rid of January simply by tearing it off the calendar. But here’s what you can do. You can get stronger, you can get wiser and you can get better. Make a note of that trio of words stronger, wiser, better. See, the winters won’t change, but you can.
Before I understood this, when it was winter, I used to wish it was summer. I didn’t understand when it was difficult. I used to wish it was easy. I didn’t know. Then Mr. Shoaff gave me the answer from a part of his very unique philosophy when he said, “don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better.”
Here’s the second major lesson in life to learn:
Learn how to take advantage of the spring. Spring is called opportunity and uniquely enough, spring follows winter.
And pray tell how often is it reliable? Can you count on it?
Well, 6,000 years that we know of that’s pretty reliable. And what a great place for spring, right after winter. If you were going to put it somewhere, that would be the place to put it. God is a genius.
Days follow nights. Isn’t that terrific? Opportunity follows difficulty. Expansion follows recession and all with regularity. You can count on it.
However, make a special note of the two words- Take advantage.
That is what we must learn to do: Take advantage. Just because spring comes, there’s no sign you’re going to look good in the fall. You must do something with it. In fact, everyone has to get good at one of two things.
Planting in the spring or begging in the fall.
So take advantage of the day. Take advantage of the opportunity and read every book you can get your hands on to learn how to take advantage of the spring.
And one more thought. Get busy quickly on your springs, your opportunities. There are just a handful of springs that have been handed to each of us. Life is brief, even at the longest.
– Jim Rohn