I Traded Slick Rick for Jim Rohn

Whenever I speak at seminars, one of the points I stress is “life is not always about BIG decisions you make, but a combination of small decisions that lead you exactly where you are today!” I am living proof, not once but at least 3 generations over: I’ll prove it to you….
1) My mom gives me a cassette tape…yes I said a cassette tape:) #80sbaby. All I remember her saying was “This man’s name is Jim Rohn, and you should listen to him.” With my pre-teen state of mind I said to myself, “if my mom thinks I’m about to take out my SLICK RICK tape for some guy named Jim Rohn, she is sadly mistaking!” In fact, I turned up the volume on the player….”6 Minutes…6 Minutes…6 Minutes Dougie Fresh, you’re ON!!….EXCUSE ME DOUGIE…EXCUSE ME DOUGIE….No No No Na Na Na NO SHE (MOM) DIDN’T!!” Sorry, I’m having a moment here!!:) #lyrics

Anyway, I paid absolutely NO ATTENTION to the Jim Rohn cassette but something in my spirit told me not to completely disregard it. However, it sat in a shoe box for at least 3-4 years. Yes, YEARS!

2) Fast forward, I’m 15-16 years of age. Mom walks in, “Hey Brian here’s a lil book called ‘Quotes from Jim Rohn’, take a look at it when you get a minute.” I knew that the name rang a bell, but then it hit me…”THIS GUY AGAIN!!?” And this time she handed me the book while I was listening to “POISON” by Bell Biv Devoe. Yes, like you, I couldn’t believe it either!! “Mom you just can’t hand me lil book when my man Mike Biv is about to take it to the bridge!” lol She said, “BOY READ THIS BOOK AND HUSH!!” lol #slapwiththebook

3) I opened the book and read ONE QUOTE!!….then another quote….then another quote….until the book was finished. Now at 16, I had NO IDEA that I would be training and speaking and motivating like I am today, but this I know for sure: My mother planted a seed at 16, that didn’t blossom until I was 22! And guess what…by then I was a young entrepreneur #maybeitbossomedafterall

It gets better…I promised you I would take you 3 generations deep. Six years after “firing my boss” my son, Mekhi, was born at age 28. By now, I’m all into Jim Rohn quotes, Jim Rohn Books, Jim Rohn T-Shirts, Jim Rohn DVDs….I think I even owner a pair of Jim Rohn Drawers, but don’t miss the point here lol: I was able to reflect back on a Jim Rohn Quote “In order to reach your top shelf, you must stand on the books you read!!” The more I read the stronger I got, and the more “dangerous” I became as a trainer. But I had no idea that a book could shape my philosophies as a parent!!

By age 3, I was teaching my son simple philosophies he could understand. My son could barely talk, but I would say, “Mekhi the word CAN’T is not allowed to come out of your mouth:)” To this day he will catch himself and use our substitute, “Daddy I ca_’_…..Oops I mean, I need some help!” #substituteforcan’t.  I chuckle inside every time he stops himself because he doesn’t know that I planted that seed when he was just a baby. (See Mentor to Millions Vol 7 “The Politics of Language”)

My questions for you today are: What seeds do you have planted in the pit of your soul? Which seeds are you watering? Which seeds need to be sprayed with herbicides #killed? Which seeds do you need to pass on to your child? What’s keeping you from becoming the planter?

See my mother passes a book to me… it tells me to read more books….I pass the lessons to my son and he thinks he’s unstoppable lol. But let’s go a step further, Jim Rohn “passed” the book to my mother in the first place. I now pass this blog to you…What are you going to do with it? If nothing else, “plant it in someone else’s garden.”:)

This is where it all started:

3 replies
  1. Juan Ricardo Davis
    Juan Ricardo Davis says:

    Always pruning the garden, the seed in me that causes me to see clearly, to feel alive, and to know that the reason for never giving up is real… can sometime go without being watered because I’ve allowed weeds to grow up around me who don’t know anything about “seed” and “harvest”. I’m always pruning; so that I can see thru the cloud, the hurt and pain, so I can know I’m alive based on what’s in me not what’s outside of me; so that my sanity remains, when others think I’m crazy… Harvest Time Is Sure!

  2. Simone Webster
    Simone Webster says:

    I find myself planting seeds in other’s gardens quite a bit. I remember when you planted the seed in mine when you asked a simple question about 10 years ago…”Mone, what do you bring to the table?”. I was stumped until I dug in to figure out the answer. Now, I know…I bring lots to the table…inspiration, an ability to impart concepts that are unique to me, as well as the keen ability to read people so that I can ultimately help them get out of their own way. Now, my focus is to plant more seeds in my own garden so that I can be a better me hence a better planter for others…Thanks for the seed, B!

  3. Carrie White
    Carrie White says:

    What wisdom, courage, and patience your Mother exhibited! That’s a lesson in itself for me. To know what, when, and how to plant the seed. To know what, when and how to water the seed planted. And to have the patience to wait for it to take root and break the barrier of our superficial hindrances and stretch toward our purpose. Awesome! Ok, what I’m trying to say here is that we should never discount the impact of our actions because of the initial response to it. You gave the quote “In order to reach your top shelf, you must stand on the books you read!! Let me add, and secure your footing with the blog you read!


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