Back in April, Michael Niblack introduced me to Jim Rohn‘s book, The Art of Exceptional Living. He shared the audio book with me – Jim’s got a great speaking voice and is fun to listen to. Lots of great stuff in here; it’s something I’m encouraging my kids to listen to.
I’ve been thinking it’d be nice to outline some of the major sections of the book for my own reference, and since I just listened to the book again today, while the material is still fresh in my mind, now’s the time.
Three treasures to leave behind
- Your pictures
- Your library
- Your journals
Four major lessons of life
Life and business are like the changing seasons. You cannot change the seasons, but you can change yourself.
- Learn how to handle the winters. They come right after the fall, with regularity.
- Learn how to take advantage of the spring. Spring is opportunity, and it follows winter.
- Learn how to nourish and protect your crops all summer. All good will be attacked.
- Learn to reap in the fall without complaint/apology. Take full responsibility for your life.
- Ability to absorb (get from the day; be present).
- Ability to respond. Let life touch you (I recommend Brene Brown to raise your emotional IQ).
- Ability to reflect (over your notes, on your day, your week, your month, your year).
- Ability to act. When the idea is hot, when the emotion is strong, action immediate.
- Ability to share. Empty your cup and your cup will grow.