Jim Rohn’s Lesson of the Four Seasons
In one of Jim Rohn’s speeches he talks about the four seasons and how they apply to network marketing and, really, how they apply to everyday life. Jim’s talks are very easy to follow because he uses terms that everyone can relate to. His speech on the four seasons is one of my favorites because it puts everything in a very natural perspective. The viewpoint that is conveyed in Jim’s talk of the four seasons is something that has been lost in this day and age. Everyone these days wants instant gratification and no one seems to realize that it takes time to get results in anything. This talk also points out that there are cycles in life and not to get discouraged when you are in these cycles because you will always be in one of the four seasons in any given area of your life.
The Season of Winter
Let’s start off with the most difficult season of them all (I think we all know what season this is), winter. Winter is a season that you just have to tough out, but you should always be preparing for this season. When you are experiencing winter in a part of your life you should always keep the good times in mind. “Think summer all winter” says Jim. The main thing Jim says about winter is that winters don’t last forever so ya just gotta hang in there.
The next season is spring. Mr. Rohn calls spring “the greatest of opportunity”. Like all the seasons, he puts it in agricultural terms. Spring is the opportunity to plant a harvest. When you plant in the spring you are not guaranteed a harvest, but it is the chance to plant one. Spring is a time for fresh starts and looking forward to what can be achieved.
The Work of Summer
Summer is the next season that Jim talks about. Summer is actually a time to reflect on winter. He says that the reason ants get so much done during the summer is that all summer long they’re thinking of the coming winter. Summer is the time of the year that you have to fight for your harvest. All summer long you have to fight off the bugs and the weeds that are trying to wipe out everything that you’ve worked so hard to plant during the spring. Summer is a time to get busy to help ensure you’ll have something to harvest in the fall.
Now let’s get into the season of fall. Jim says that when you harvest your crops in the fall you should offer no complaint if it’s small harvest and no apologies if it’s a good harvest. Fall is the sum total of all your efforts over the spring and the summer. If you’ve been sticking with your plan of action and doing the work of summer you should have a good harvest, but there is no guarantee. Jim says “there is no law that says you will have a good harvest… Where is it written that just because you plant in the spring you’ll have a harvest?” “The best way to guarantee a good harvest in the fall is to continually do the work of summer”.
The lesson of the seasons is something we should all pay attention to. I’ve found that taking a look at what season I’m in helps me to determine what course of action I should take. The main message of the four seasons is to always be productive no matter what season you are in and to keep a positive outlook on the future. Having what Jim Rohn calls the “ant philosophy” works great in tandem with the philosophy of the four seasons. In my next post I’ll be covering Jim’s ant philosophy, but until then work with the seasons in your life.
Eric & Lauren Kalberer
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