To the untrained ear, the advice given to Jim Rohn by his mentor Earl Schoaff sounds contradictory.
“Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job,” the late philosopher says with his unique cadence and tone.
But listen to the words from Rohn’s mouth and you know that this man’s advice is anything but contradictory. He’s not saying you shouldn’t work hard at a job you love. The hard work comes naturally when you love what you do. What Rohn is saying is that personal development—the building and strengthening of you—is how you become better at everything else. Communication, time management, goal setting, leadership—these all improve when you do.