Rohn started his professional life by working as a stock clerk for department store Sears. Around this time, a pal invited him to a lecture offered by entrepreneur John Earl Shoaff. In 1955, Rohn signed up with Shoaff’s direct selling business AbundaVita as a supplier.
In 1957, Rohn resigned his distributorship with AbundaVita and joined Nutri-Bio, another direct selling business. It was at this point that the company’s founders, consisting of Shoaff, began to coach him. After this mentorship, Rohn developed among the largest companies in the company. In 1960 when Nutri-Bio broadened into Canada, Shoaff and the other creators chosen Rohn as a vice president for the organization.
After Nutri-Bio went out of business in the early 1960s, Rohn was welcomed to speak at a conference of his Rotary Club. He accepted and, quickly, others started asking him to speak at various luncheons and other events. In 1963 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, he provided his first public workshop. He then started presenting workshops all over the country, informing his story and teaching his personal advancement approach.
Throughout the 1970s, Rohn conducted a number of workshops for Standard Oil. At the exact same time, he participated in a personal advancement business called “Adventures in Achievement”, which included both live workshops as well as personal advancement workshops. He provided seminars worldwide for more than 40 years.
Rohn mentored Mark R. Hughes (the creator of Herbalife International) and motivational speaker Tony Robbins in the late 1970s. Others who credit Rohn for his impact on their professions include authors Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup book series), author/lecturer Brian Tracy, Todd Smith, and T. Harv Eker. Rohn also coauthored the unique Twelve Pillars with Chris Widener.
Rohn was the recipient of the 1985 National Speakers Association CPAE Award for excellence in speaking. He is also the author of 17 various composed, audio, and video media