“Twelve Pillars” by Jim Rohn and Chris Widener
Jim Rohn and Chris Widener wrote a novel entitled, “Twelve Pillars” back in 2005 (republished in 2010) about achieving ultimate success by applying twelve principals in your life. The novel begins with a character named Michael Jones who has car trouble on the side of the road and goes in search of help. As he strolls along, he comes up on a very impressive home that appears fit for a king. Upon further examination, Michael notices that this enormous estate is titled, “The 12 pillars.” While on estate grounds, he meets the maintenance man named Charlie and in turn, receives assistance to get his car up and running again. However, Michael doesn’t just get help with his car, but also, learns how to ‘crack the code’ of success just as the estate owner, Mr. Davis, did. With this being said, this novel will provide you with a blueprint for success, as well as push you to become your ideal self.
Pillar 1 – personal development. Don’t allow yourself to ‘plateau’ in learning about the world around you, as well as yourself. Keep searching for ways to enhance your knowledge and skills. Don’t get stuck, but rather keep reaching for the stars.
Pillar 2 – total well-being. This pillar is “three-dimensional which includes your body (the physical part), your soul (choosing our intellect, emotions, and will) and your spirit (the part of us that transcends the world).” In other words, don’t hide on the outside who you really are on the inside.
Pillar 3 – the gift of relationships. By nature, we are all social creatures and not meant to be alone. Furthermore, consider the analogy of a garden – when you first plant new flowers, they need excessive nurturing (plenty of water, sunlight, etc.), but once they’re established, they can sustain themselves on much less.
Pillar 4 – achieve your goals. We all need something to look forward to and be proud of. If you put your goals on paper, they become more tangible and as you accomplish them, you are proving to yourself exactly what you are capable of.
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Pillar 5 – proper use of time. Seek out the opportunities that coincide with what you’re trying to ultimately achieve. Sometimes you have to make sacrifices with your time and energy to accomplish your goals, but as Jim Rohn states, “there are two types of pain – the pain of discipline which weighs only ounces and the pain of regret which weighs tons.” Do the legwork now so you don’t regret doing nothing in the end.
Pillar 6 – surround yourself with the best people. Associate with people that are going to push you to excel. These people aren’t merely cheerleaders motivating you with their words, but rather, people motivating you with their actions and how they are living their lives. It’s OK to emulate someone you admire in order to adopt their skill set and values.
Pillar 7 – be a life-long learner. As Jim Rohn puts it, “formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” Continuously get your hands on new information, learn the bio on successful people, ruminate over past experiences to decipher the good and bad, and pass on to others your newly-acquired knowledge.
Pillar 8 – all of life is sales. Have you ever heard of the ‘art of persuasion?’ Well, when you are trying to sell something to someone, you are trying to persuade them to buy it. Therefore, if you’re well-versed in what you are trying to sell, you will be credible to the customer.
Pillar 9 – income seldom exceeds personal development. “What’s important is what you become because what you become directly influences what you get.” If you are an invaluable and one-of-a-kind person, your income will follow based on what you have to offer. Money can come and go, but your knowledge and skills to attain it never leave you.
Pillar 10 – all communication brings the common ground of understanding. It’s more instilling to demonstrate compassion to others than to flaunt your knowledge. In this case, open your ears more often than your mouth.
Pillar 11 – the world can always use one more great leader. Be genuinely inquisitive about others without an ulterior motive. Offer your time and energy to others in order to help them further their lives. “To lead others is to help them change their thoughts, beliefs, and actions for the better.”
Pillar 12 – leave a legacy. We can’t choose the day we leave this earth, but we can choose the manner in which we live. Leave an imprint behind for generations to follow. Make a significant difference in people’s lives so that your name will never be forgotten.
So there you have an explanation of Jim Rohn and Chris Widener’s novel, “Twelve Pillars.” Keep in mind that the 12 pillars are not to be individualized, but rather, used in collaboration with one another. Think of it as an opportunity to discover how to actualize your greatest potential and optimal version of yourself. With that being said, here’s to living your best life ever! Feel free to leave me a comment or any insight you may have on the topic of the “Twelve Pillars.”
Rohn, E. and Widener, C. (2010). Twelve pillars. [United States]: Success Books.