The Law of Sowing and Reaping – Jim Rohn

by Brad Harmon on November 1, 2009 in Leadership

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Christians are very familiar with the law of sowing and reaping set forth by Jesus in His parable of the sower.  If you are not a Christian, or if you do not believe the Bible is the word of God, you may be asking, “why should I care?”

That’s a valid question.  Isn’t the truth still the truth regardless of where we find it though?  As entrepreneurs, we find inspiration in some of the most unlikely of places.

The Bible speaks on the subject of money either directly or indirectly over 800 times.  There are many lessons that can be gleaned from its pages.  Even more, the principles from these lessons have been proven to work time and time again.

Jim Rohn: The Law of Sowing and Reaping

The Featured Video this week is from one of my favorite parables told by Christ – the parable of the sower.  Jim Rohn applies the principles taught by the law of sowing and reaping as part of his series Building Your Network Marketing Business.

Selected Highlights from the Video

Listed below are some of the quotes and other information from the video that I found helpful. I hope you find them helpful too.

The Parable of the Sower

Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. He who has ears, let him hear.” – Matthew 13:3-8 (NIV)

Observations About The Sower

  • The sower was ambitious.
  • He had excellent seed.
    • an excellent opportunity
    • an excellent product
    • an excellent story

The Birds are Going to Get Some of the Seed

You have two options when the birds get some of the seed.

#1 – Chase the Birds.

Here’s what happens if you go chasing birds. You leave the field. If you go chasing birds now, you stop sowing.  This is going to detract from your future, not add.  So you can’t chase birds and try to straighten this stuff out.

#2 – Keep on Sowing.

It’s just one of those things, and here’s the best comment when things are a little disappointing.  “Isn’t hat interesting?”

And if you keep sowing, you can sow more than the birds can get because there aren’t enough birds. If you keep sowing, there are always some birds but there’s not enough, because the Law of Averages will work for you.

The Hot Weather is Going to Get Some of the Seed

What happened? Jot this down.  The hot weather is going to get some. And this is not of your making. Here´s what you must say when that happens.  “Isn’t that interesting?” What can you do? The answer is nothing.

Don’t go for the “Why?” stuff …

Don’t go for this why, why, why stuff. I’m giving you the answers here. The answer is in the structure and in the consequences and is in the deal.  The answer is in the deal.  Anything beyond that is not worth studying.

Discipline Your Disappointment

Now, here is the secret to the ambitious sower with good seed.  It said he kept on sowing.  Here’s what he had to do to keep on sowing.  He had to discipline his disappointment.  This is a key phrase now to use for the rest of your life.  You must learn to discipline your disappointment. Because you didn’t set up the set up, and some are not going to stay, and that is not of your making.

The Thorns are Going to Get Some of the Seed

And what are these thorns?  The story even called these little thorns little cares, little distractions, little somethings.  Who knows what they all are.

People let little things cheat them out of big opportunities, and you feel almost helpless.  What could I do about that? And the answer is nothing.

The Seeds Fall on Fertile Ground

Finally the seed falls on good ground.  Now put this in parentheses. It always will, if you keep sowing.  If you share a good idea long enough, it will fall on good people.

The Rest of the Story – 30/60/100

So here’s the rest of that story.  Some of the good ground did 30%.  And some of the good ground did 60%.  And some of the good ground did 100%.  I tried to get the 30´s to do 60.  Found out it was more than I could handle. I used to say, “I’ll make them successful if it kills me.”  I almost died.  No, you can’t do that.  Here’s what you do. Let the 30’s do 30 to the best of their ability, because that’s how they build their lifestyle and get what they want out of life.  And let the 60’s do 60. And let the 100’s do 100.

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Bradley J. Moore November 2, 2009 at 5:00 am

Very interesting take on this parable. I like the opening, to say that the sower is ambitious. Often times Christians downplay or dismiss the idea of ambition. BUt if people didn't have ambition, not much would happen in this world. And then I also really like the “discipline of disapointment” Isn't that interesting? Just keep showing up and doing your thing. Great, practical, inspiring advice.

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Brad Harmon November 2, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Bradley,

It's interesting that those are two of the things that jumped out at me as well. I never really thought about the sower seeing these things happen to his seed yet he just keeps on sowing more seed. I had always thought about the seed, but never the sower. That really is the secret though, isn't it? You just have to keep sowing.

My favorite part is when he talks about chasing the birds. I am very guilty of this. Being able to accept that the birds will just get some of the seed, the sun will get some of the seeds, and the thorns will get some of the seeds, is very liberating for me. In the end, our jobs as Christians and as entrepreneurs is to just keep sowing.

Brad

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Brad Harmon November 2, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Bradley,

It's interesting that those are two of the things that jumped out at me as well. I never really thought about the sower seeing these things happen to his seed yet he just keeps on sowing more seed. I had always thought about the seed, but never the sower. That really is the secret though, isn't it? You just have to keep sowing.

My favorite part is when he talks about chasing the birds. I am very guilty of this. Being able to accept that the birds will just get some of the seed, the sun will get some of the seeds, and the thorns will get some of the seeds, is very liberating for me. In the end, our jobs as Christians and as entrepreneurs is to just keep sowing.

Brad

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Orlando Seo April 10, 2010 at 12:43 am

I am just starting out in business in Orlando. I certainly want to build me business on the right foundation from the get go. It doesn't matter how much money you make, if you lose your family. I just recently cam across Jim's teachings/inspirational lectures. Does anyone know if he was a Chritsian?

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Brad Harmon July 14, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Honestly, I am not sure if Jim Rohn was a Christian or not. He talks about being an amateur when it comes to the Bible, but he talks about it a lot. I did a little bit of research to answer your question, but I cannot find any conclusive evidence that he claims to be a Christian or that he denies being a Christian.

For me, truth can be found in many places. If it is the truth, I don’t mind quoting a person who is not a Christian. I’d imagine there are those who are not Christians, but can still find truth in the Bible and use it as a reference. Perhaps, this was Jim Rohn? I just don’t know.

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