Everyone feels unhappy or dissatisfied sometimes, and it can often seem like success is frustratingly out of reach. At other times, we may feel inadequate, incomplete, or insecure. Perhaps we would like to be richer, or maybe things are simply ‘fine’, or not ‘too bad’, but we feel that we are only just keeping our heads above water, and that we would like to improve our circumstances by achieving something more.
If even one of these scenarios rings true, we can rest assured that we are in the right place, and that we are not alone. Many people feel this way, especially in today’s society, where every single advertisement we see aims to make us feel inadequate, or that we could achieve more.
Jim Rohn, the author of 7 Strategies for Wealth and Happiness, experienced similar feelings at the beginning of his career, and was trapped in the same listless state for over six years. Nothing new was happening in his personal life, and his financial situation was not improving. Then one day, something happened that changed everything: he met his mentor, Earl Shoaff, whose guidance enabled him to become a happy millionaire by the age of 31. Having someone to guide us in life provides us with a point of reference from which we can draw inspiration, but they are also able to speed up our journey to success, and answer our questions, because they have already had direct experience of each stage on our path.
For example, we would probably avoid taking diet tips from an overweight person, because we can only really trust and rely on people who have already gone through a certain experience. With this book, Jim Rohn aims to pass the baton to us, and become our mentor, by teaching us the most important strategies that led him to happiness and wealth. It is not simply a matter of passing on a series of practical techniques, because these alone are not enough. What we need to really focus on is achieving the right mindset, because this is what our success will depend on, more than any technique or strategy. Without the right mindset, we will be unable to choose and apply our strategies in the right way, and every action we take will lack intention or drive.