A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from July 27, 2015
“Your life does not get better by chance; it gets better by change”

Motivational speaker and author Jim Rohn (1930-2009) has been credited with the following advice:

“You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that okay? Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”

It’s not known when Rohn said this, but he received credit a few years before his 2009 death.

Although Rohn is most frequently credited, other have also received credit for similar words."You don’t get better by chance; you get better by change” was printed in the book Juggling with Finesse (1987) by Kit Summers and Robert Schwarz. “Attorney Kerry Randall said, ‘Contrary to popular opinion, life does not get better by chance, life gets better by change’” was cited in the book Talent Is Never Enough: Discover the Choices That Will Take You Beyond Your Talent (2007) by John C. Maxwell.


Wikipedia: Jim Rohn
Emanuel James “Jim” Rohn (September 17, 1930 – December 5, 2009) was an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. His rags to riches story played a large part in his work, which influenced others in the personal development industry.

Google Books
Juggling with Finesse
By Kit Summers and Robert Schwarz
San Diego, CA: Finesse Press
1987
Pg. 19:
You don’t get better by chance; you get better by change.

Google Books
Talent Is Never Enough:
Discover the Choices That Will Take You Beyond Your Talent

By John C. Maxwell
Nachville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.
2007
Pg. 24:
Attorney Kerry Randall said, “Contrary to popular opinion, life does not get better by chance, life gets better by change.”

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Quotes of the Day - Thursday, April 5
Quotes of the Day
4/5/07
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You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that okay? Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.
Rohn, Jim - http://www.quotationsbook.com/author/6213/

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Jessi
‏@jessifanfic
my fortune: “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change” So moving is the right decision, yeah?
3:59 PM - 26 Jul 2007

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Cindy Manoske
‏@CindyManoske
@TimothyCarter Jim Rohn is the BEST!The last line of another of his quotes Your life does not get better by chance;it gets better by change.
11:44 PM - 1 Sep 2008

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Yimei
9/6/11
“You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that okay? Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”
Jim Rohn
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