Jim Rohn: Work harder on yourself than you do on your job

Importance of emotional intelligence - quotes

Adrian is currently away on a holiday adventure so we thought you’d enjoy a dip into the archives to re-visit some posts that you may not have seen. Enjoy.

Originally posted on December 4th, 2009

Ever come across that idea that says “work harder on yourself than you do on your job”. This comes from the author Jim Rohn and is what his mentor told him when faced with the prospect of growing his own business. Sage advice indeed.

One of the most powerful ways of developing yourself is to understand how we can develop our Emotional Intelligence (EQ). I have had the good fortune of training and working with a leading expert in the field, Dr. Martyn Newman. Here’s a video of him explaining the importance of EQ in life and business.

Building your own EQ and that of your team is a great way of building capability in yourself and your team. Do this and you will see rewards through sales, productivity, strategy, customer service, account management and a host of other areas.

How is your EQ?

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  • This is a powerful article and I am a great fan of Jim Rohn. I totally believe that EQ is much more important than IQ, not only in adults, but in children as well, because they are the leaders of tomorrow. As someone said, ‘IQ ensures your success in school, emotional intelligence ensures your success in life’.

    • Hi Santa,
      Thanks for leaving such a great comment. You are absolutely right that we should be developing the EQ of our children as the leaders of tomorrow and that is a huge gap in large parts of our education system at the moment. A huge challenge to wean ourselves of being slaves to grades and qualifications and turn the focus back onto more human skills.


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