John Earl Shoaff ( March 21, 1916 – September 6, 1965 ) w

John Earl Shoaff ( March 21, 1916 – September 6, 1965 ) was an American entrepreneur who was widely known as “The Millionaire Maker.” At the height of his career Shoaff was President and Board Chairman of Nutri-Bio Corporation ( headquartered at 291-293 South La Cienega Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California ), a direct sales organization which sold vitamin, mineral, and protein dietary food supplements.
Shoaff was deeply influential in the early life of Jim Rohn ( 1930–2009 ), an American motivational speaker and writer whose work helped launch or further the career of many others in the personal development industry, including Anthony Robbins, Mark Victor Hansen, Brian Tracy, and Jack Canfield. Mr. Shoaff also had direct influence on the early lives of Zig Ziglar and Mary Kay Ash. At the age of 25, Shoaff hired and mentored Rohn. Today, we know much of the information about Earl Shoaff because of Jim Rohn’s teachings.

Early life

Born in Point Grove, Pennsylvania to a family of humble means, Shoaff left school after the ninth grade in order to help make ends meet during the Great Depression. During World War II he was rejected by the military because of a very serious heart condition he had been born with. In order to serve, Shoaff worked as a medical volunteer with the American Field Service overseas. After the war, he was told that this combat duty had caused further heart complications. Faced with a pessimistic prognosis of his mortality, Mr. Shoaff was determined to live life to its fullest, and proceeded to become a millionaire in only four years as the head of Nutri-Bio Corporation.
Very little is known about the life of Shoaff, but what we do know comes mostly secondhand. Of special note, Shoaff was the keynote speaker at a large gathering of success-minded people held in 1962 at the Essex House Hotel ( renamed the Jumeirah Essex House Hotel in 2006 ) in Manhattan, New York City. His talk, titled How to Get Everything You Want Out of Life, originally made available to the public on a 33 RPM vinyl record, has since become legendary in the self-help, prosperity consciousness, MLM, and network marketing communities. As copies of this record are now very rare, Shoaff’s talk has recently been re-released in ebook and CD formats under the title How To Become a Millionaire!
Earl Shoaff centered a lot of his lessons around farm life. Stories including sowing, reaping, weeds, and tending gardens were cornerstones of his teachings.[1]
Some of his quotes include:
“Nothing comes to us, everything comes through us from us. Everything in this world that happens to us comes from in here, not out here.”
“Let’s not be moons, the reflector of the light. Let’s be suns. Let’s be the creator of the light – the creator of ideas. We all have the capacity.”