The Book You Don’t Read Won’t Help… Jim Rohn

I love to read…

I think it all started back in 1966 when I was in the 6th grade. We had a small library that was located in the principal’s office. My teacher selected me to work as a library aide for an hour one day a week.

I was excited… it was quite a privilege!

So, what do you do when you are working in a library, and there isn’t anything else to do?

You find a book to read… right?

That has carried on even into my adult life… but the type of books I choose has changed.

I used to read a lot of sci-fi and adventure books… reading for entertainment… and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Now, most of the reading I do is for learning purposes… I want to better myself, whether it’s learning how to’s, or personal development.

One of my favorite mentors is Jim Rohn. He has passed on now, but he had a lot of things to say about reading books.

Here are some of my favorite Jim Rohn quotes about reading…

“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”

“Those who will not read are no better off than those who cannot read.”

“Don’t just read the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it, but you will never grow from it.”

“The difference between where you are today and where you’ll be five years from now will be found in the quality of books you’ve read.”

“”The book you don’t read won’t help…”

“Miss a meal if you have to, but don’t miss a book.”

“It isn’t what the book costs. It’s what it will cost you if you don’t read it.”

“The only thing worse than not reading a book in the last ninety days is not reading a book in the last ninety days and thinking it doesn’t matter.”

“Poor people have big TV’s… Rich people have big libraries.”

“Everything you need for better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library.”

I could write a whole blog post on each one of these quotes… and I probably will someday.

But the point I am making today is that each one of us has goals in life and in business, and the path to success may just pass through the books you are reading.

And if you’re not reading… START!

Myself, I don’t read hours on end… but I do make it a point to read some every day… even if its just a page or two.

There’s always audio books as well… for instance, listen to some great books on your daily commute.

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3 thoughts on “The Book You Don’t Read Won’t Help… Jim Rohn”

  1. Hello Greg,

    Great post. I have been an avid reader for many years. I had to take remedial reading when I was in school. It was when I went into the Navy that hooked me on reading. Because of the training, I was going thru, I had to study and well the subject was something that really interested me, so reding was very important.

    Since that time, I have read hundreds, maybe thousands of books. Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar, Napolean Hill, and others have taught me so much.

    Like you, I try to make sure I read a little every day.

    Someone once said, “You are either going forward or backward.” I think those that are not reading are going backward and I for one, never want to be there.


  2. Hi Greg,

    Great Post. I remember my dad used to say to me, “The information in that book isn’t going to get in your head by osmosis you know!” I told him once, “Well maybe if I put it under my head while I sleep it will seep into my ear!” Boy was that the wrong answer. LOL

    I remember reading Zig Ziglar and one of his quotes stuck with me til this day.
    If You Aim at Nothing, You Will Hit It Every Time – Zig Ziglar

    That and the story about his wife making ham.

    Keep Up the Great Work!


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