Who is John Earl Shoaff?John Earl Shoaff, commonly known as simply Earl Shoaff was the highly touted mentor that taught Jim Rohn the personal development ropes. As you'll see from my blog, Jim Rohn is an incredibly influential person when it comes to life change, inspiration, motivation, and most importantly philosophy.
I think most people know that they might need motivation or even inspiration, but I would wager to say that a lot of people don't know they need a change in their life's philosophy... perhaps even a complete overhaul. When I first heard Jim Rohn (had no idea who he was or that he was known as "America's foremost business philosopher) on an audio book it was his philosophy that really struck me. Bear in mind that I'm college educated, bright (in my opinion at least!), and certainly open minded. Even still, Jim Rohn had a profound impact on me, revolutionized my way of thinking, and it still affects me today.
Back to Earl Shoaff - Jim Rohn never fails to talk about his mentor throughout his seminars. That got me very hungry to know more about this highly influential Mr Shoaff. And learn about this old master of personal development I did! So if you're at all hungry too, then check out these fantastic John Earl Shoaff Quotes!
John Earl Shoaff QuotesTo have more, you've got to become more.
Success is something you attract by the person you become. —John Earl Shoaff
The following are a number of Earl Shoaff's quotes from How to Become a Millionaire - the famous "lost" recording of John Earl Shoaff during his speech from the 1960's. He gave it at a conference in a New York hotel to, I believe, fellow MLM (multi level marketing) comrades. It's a really neat audio cd, and it has the unique characteristic of being both highly nostalgic and incredibly practical for today.
Shoaff talks a lot about the law of sowing and reaping. Today, this same law has been modernized and packaged as "the law of attraction." I think part of this is marketing because a lot of people market it as ONLY imagining, and not actually getting down to the whole sowing part. It's certainly true that you must work on your mind, but we must always remember to act.
Having said that, here are some quotes from Earl Shoaff at his 1960's convention:
We have laws to success. We have laws of poverty. We have laws of lack, laws of prosperity. We have laws of hate. We have laws of love. We have laws of peace. All of these are basic laws. If we use them rightfully, wonderful things will happen to us. If we use them wrong, then we get ourselves in trouble.
We want to be like farmers. We are going to plant seeds, and these seeds that we plant are the seeds that we're going to reap.
If you plant a watermelon seed, you're not going to get grapefruit.
Everything comes through us from us. Everything in this world that happens to us comes from here, not out here.
Too many people stop their dreams because they start thinking about that thing that is not necessary in order to have it.
When we plant in the subconscious mind, and it's there, the dream is there.
Don't just have one seed planted, folks -- plant many seeds -- any great desire you have in your life -- a tangible object or intangible object.
And the final two Earl Shoaff quotes...
Expect wonderful things. Be a creator of ideas. Let's not be moons, the reflector of ideas. Let's be suns, let's be the creator of the light; let's be the creator of the ideas, because we all have a capacity -- that guardian of the gate, as the conscious mind.
If you don't want to think about oranges, change the thought and think about bananas, if you want. If you don't want to think about lack, change the thought and think about prosperity. If you don't want to think about hate, think about love. If you don't want to think of anything negative, put a positive idea in your head.
You can see from these quotes that Earl Shoaff talks a lot about sowing and reaping. It's interesting because this is well before personal development and the self help industry became so widely popular like it is today. Back then you didn't have "The Secret" in addition to a new self help book coming out every week. Yet, even back in the 50's and 60's John Earl Shoaff was teaching the young Jim Rohn what we now call the Law of Attraction. I also found out that Mr. Shoaff mentored the founder of Mary Kay cosmetics, Mary Kay, before she became a multi-millionaire. In short, there are no new truths and the law of attraction is simply sowing and reaping!