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113 of 116 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2002
You can read all the books you want on motivation, goal setting, wealth building, etc., but unless the words sink in, unless you fully understand their meaning and are motivated to act on them, they will be valueless. That's one reason why it is important to read many different authors. Though they may say the same things, the words of one will resonate within you, while the other's are soon forgotten.
That is how it is with Jim Rohn for me. My first encounter with his material was through his tape "The Art of Exceptional Living." A powerful tape, it literally opened my eyes to some startlingly simple concepts that have the power to transform your life. And they have. I use his words when talking about sharing with my children. Not only do they instantly have a better understanding of what it means to share, but they act on it immediately! His words have now changed their lives too.
His tape affected me so much that I had to find more of his work, which led me to this book. I was not disappointed. Though there is some overlap between this book and his tape, it is well worth going over the material again. His ideas and suggestions, so powerful yet so simple, are helping to propel me to achieve all that I want.
This is an excellent book, well worth the money. Clearly written, easy to read, with examples and exercises to help drive home his points. Sure, Jim Rohn may not have the same affect on you that he did on me. But you won't go wrong reading this book.
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2001
I have read many business and personal self-help books by authors such as Anthony Robbins, Brian Tracy, Vanzant and Rohn. I must say that if you had to pick ONE book to read to increase the quality of life- it should be this one. Rohn was Robbins mentor a long time ago - he teaches you seven simple strategies as well as ways to actually implement them. He doesn't use fluff and tells it like it is. I highly recommend this book- it's the best present you could ever give a person.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2000
Jim Rohn, for me is the master key to create success. This book represents Jim Rohn's philosophy on wealth building.
The book is a treatise on wealth creation. It is not a spiritual guide to wealth, it is not a think and grow rich type of book. This book sets out timeless principles that when acted upon will create wealth within your life. It is a book that is designed to reform your personal philosophy towards wealth.
The book is well written, easy to understand, and easy to apply. It is the sheer simplicity of this book that makes it an absolute must read for all of those who would like to create more wealth within their lives.
I would also suggest that you read this book in conjunction with Born Rich Bob Proctor, Science of Getting Rich Wallace D. Wattles and Think & Grow Rich Napoleon Hill.
To summarise, this is a book about personal philosophical transformation. Through changing habitual patterns, and creating a new attitude to service, wealth will flow into your life. This is an absolute must read for anyone aspiring success and wealth. Recomended without hesitation.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2003
Jim Rohn is a master teacher and speaker. In this book, he gives seven strategies for success and happiness. These seven strategies are not original or new. For example, acquiring wisdom, setting and using goals, and personal development are not new concepts. However, Jim Rohn gives you SIMPLE and USEABLE ways to apply these concepts right away. Many people look for the "magic" solution on how to get rich or become happy or successful and what this books shows you is that the magic is in your discipline towards applying these concepts and improving your life.
Like all good teachers, he stresses that you have to apply your knowledge, not just absorb it passively. He also uses examples from his life and from people he has met. This is both motivational and instructive. A lot of it is common sense (another reviewer mentioned that this is nothing new). That's true! But that's why it's so powerful. Besides the quality of the content, it's pretty easy to read and not too long. I finished it in a weekend because I couldn't put it down!
I highly recommend this book as a fairly comprehensive instruction manual on how to improve your life and succeed in whatever endeavors you wish to take on
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2004
Jim Rohn's masterpiece stresses discipline and action to accomplish written goals. Ultimately this book provides the blueprint to transform ordinary lives into extraordinary ones. Rohn talks to you in a grandfatherly way that puts you at ease with the "been there, done that" philosophy. He highlights the insidious trap we may lay for ourselves of accepting the status quo. Concentrating on the fundamentals, which loosely translates to the 80:20 rule (the majority of success in many of life's area lies in only a handful of things) his book resonates louder and louder with the pleasing tone of true down to earth time-tested advice. If a life of value incorporating health, wealth, kindness, charity, and true happiness appeals to you, you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy of this book.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 1999
A tremendous book on success principles written in 'laymens' terms. It is full of great quotes like, "rarely will your income exceed your personal development", and "don't send your ducks to eagle school - all you will get is unhappy ducks!" Jim Rohn is able to get across that success is not for the chosen few, but for anyone that is prepared to follow some simple principles - principles that are portrayed in an uncomplicated form in this gem of a book. A must read for anyone that wants to get ahead in life.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2000
This book is easy to read. And it contains many wise and very practical and useful points you need to know and APPLY in your life to succeed. One important I learned from Jim Rohn is the power of discipline and goals. You will learn whats the most important part in goal-making that many people miss. The one crucial point. Tony Robbins mentor teaches you the steps to success! A great read!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2006
I have read so many self-help books that are okay and even good, but they're all just pep-talks. This little book is absolutely riveting! After 6 pages, I was shocked, blown away, and had to stop reading and walk around to digest the simplicity and truthfulness of Mr. Rohn's ideas. This is not just another pep-talk. This book tells EXACTLY what to do to acheive your goals; broken all the way down to blocks on graph paper. If you never read another self-help book, read this one.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2011
I know there are already 25 reviews written on The 7 Strategies, but I just finished outlining my 10-year plan with specifics all because of Rohn's book and was motivated to share great feedback about this book.

A friend introduced me to Rohn's work through forwarding his newsletter and so I looked on Amazon for some of his work and ordered 3 books. I've read all 3 I ordered, other two were Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle and Seasons of Life and I enjoyed 7 Strategies the most of the three.

I also have 2 of his CDs and much of his work is repetitive or reiterated but as he says repetition is the mother of skill. The 7 concepts are easy: Goals, Seek Knowledge, Learn How To Change, Control Your Finances, Master Time, Be Around Winners, and Learn the Art of Living Well. What sets his book apart is his delivery and the way he paints the picture in your mind.

A few of my favorite quotes from the book are, "I can't remember what he said, but I still remember thinking I would give anyting to be like him." and "It is impossible to manage your time effectively without well-defined goals." "Are your current friends helping you grow in the direction of your goals?" "Don't start your day until you've finished it on paper."

His style is like a conversation with the reader. Very easy to read and inspirational without many overt references to religion.

RIP Jim Rohn, I'm sorry I didn't get to see a seminar in person.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 1998
I have owned this book for over a year. Having read and re-read the book I have found it to be invaluable. I have been reading motivational and self-help books for over 25 years and this is the one book that has had the most profound effect on my life. The sections on Goal setting are without a doubt the best I have ever seen. If you are looking for a book that has the potential to change your life...this is the one to buy.
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