Feed Your Mind With Good Ideas, and Refine Your Philosophy


Jim Rohn is an entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. He has a facebook page filled with encouraging and challenging thoughts.

Today’s facebook Friday from Rohn’s page fits our theme this year “Sowing Seeds for Spiritual Growth.”

As you read “Feed Your Mind With Good Ideas, and Refine Your Philosophy,” think about its spiritual application and how you can read, think, learn and grow to maturity in Christ.

For some people, the accelerated learning process is continuous. But for most, it levels off when they get their first job. If there are no more exams to take, if there’s no demand to get out paper and pencil, why read any more books? Of course, you will learn some things through experience. Just getting out there—sometimes doing it wrong and sometimes doing it right—you will learn.

But can you imagine what would happen if you kept up an accelerated learning curve for the rest of your life? Can you imagine what you could learn to do, the skills you could develop, the capacities you could have? Here’s what I’m asking you to do: Be that unusual person who keeps up his learning curve and develops an appetite for always trying to find good ideas.


Search libraries for books and programs. Search magazines. Search documentaries. Search the internet. Each resource is full of opportunities for intellectual feasting.


One way to feed your mind and educate your philosophy is through the writings of influential people. Maybe you can’t meet the person, but you can read his or her books. Churchill is gone, but we still have his books. Aristotle is gone, but we still have his ideas. Search libraries for books and programs. Search magazines. Search documentaries. Search the internet. Each resource is full of opportunities for intellectual feasting.

In addition to reading and listening, you also need a chance to do some talking and sharing. Have some people in your life who help you with important life questions, who assist you in refining your own philosophy, weighing your values and pondering questions about success and lifestyle.

We all need association with people of substance to provide influence concerning major issues like society, money, enterprise, family, government, love, friendship, culture, taste, opportunity and community. Philosophy is mostly influenced by ideas, ideas are mostly influenced by education and education is mostly influenced by the people with whom we associate.

I’m asking that you feed your mind just as you do your body. Feed it with good ideas, wherever they can be found. Always be on the lookout for a good idea—a business idea, a product idea, a service idea, an idea for personal improvement. Every new idea will help to refine your philosophy. Your philosophy will guide your life, and your life will unfold with distinction and pleasure.

Rohn’s admonition reminds me of a couple Bible passages.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Phil. 4:8).

“Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety” (Prov 11:14)

Our philosophy of life ought to be guided by and grounded in a Biblical world view. So, as we read, listen, and associate with others let us filter our thinking through the lens of God’s Word. This will spur our growth personally, as well as in our families, churches, communities and even our professional life.

Let’s work to feed our minds, nourish our souls, and “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:18).

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman


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4 responses to “Feed Your Mind With Good Ideas, and Refine Your Philosophy

  1. I am an avid lifelong reader. Can you recommend good news source. I believe in the journalist oath and don’t see as of yet any journalist that follow their oath. A factual news source?


    • It seems to me that the secular news sources whether conservative or liberal all have a built-in bias. The best you can probably do is filter the news. I do often Google Christian news and look at Christian websites that report the news with a biblical worldview.

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