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 May 09, 2016
“If you don’t like where you are, move! You are not a tree!”

"If you don’t like where you are, move! You are not a tree!” is a motivational saying that has been printed on many images. “If you don’t like where you are, get out, or you will fall down” was cited in 1913. “You can move. You are not a tree condemned to a small plot while the wind and world abuses you,” American author Og Mandino (1923-1996) wrote in 1975.

“If you don’t like where you are, change it” was cited in a 1984 book by Casey Treat. “If you don’t like where you are, change it! You’re not a tree” was credited to American entrepreneur and author Jim Rohn (1930-2009) in 1997 and 2003. “Change it” was replaced with “move” by at least 2009. “‘If you don’t like where you are then move you are not a tree’ Jim Rohn” was cited on Twitter on July 17, 2009.


Wikipedia: Og Mandino
Augustine “Og” Mandino II (December 12, 1923 – September 3, 1996) was an American author. He wrote the bestselling book The Greatest Salesman in the World. His books have sold over 50 million copies and have been translated into over twenty-five different languages. He was the president of Success Unlimited magazine until 1976 and is an inductee of the National Speakers Association’s Hall of Fame.

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
13 August 1913, Bulletin of Photography, pg. 209, col. 1:
You doubt your work; you doubt vour trade. If you don’t like where you are, get out, or you will fall down.

Google Books
The Greatest Miracle in the World
By Og Mandino
Hollywood, FL: Frederick Fell Publishers, Inc.
1975
Pg. 93:
You can move. You are not a tree condemned to a small plot while the wind and world abuses you.

Google Books
Renewing the Mind:
The Arena for Success

By Casey Treat
Tulsa, OK: Albury Press
1984
Pg. 103:
If you don’t like where you are, change it.

Google Groups: alt.forsale.nutrition
Looking for a Few Good “Moms”
Paula Morphew
2/27/97
(...)
“If you don’t like where you are, change it! You’re not a tree.”
Author: Jim Rohn

Google Groups: alt.recovery.aa
The God Memorandum
Rick
7/16/01
(...)
Are you paralyzed? Does your helpless form despoil the land? No. You can move. You are not a tree condemned to a small plot while the wind and world abuses you. You can stretch and run and dance and work, for within you I have designed five hundred muscles, two hundred bones, and seven miles of nerve fiber.
(...)
Og Mandino
The Greatest Miracle In The World

Google Books
Walking with the Wise:
70 inspirational mentors and millionaires teach the secrets of prosperity in business and life
By Linda Forsythe
Las Vegas, NV: Mentors Publications
2003
Pg. 6:
And if I may be so bold to offer my last piece of advice for someone seeking and needing to make changes in their life: If you don't like how things are, change it! You're not a tree. You have the ability to totally transform every area in your life—and it all begins with your very own power of choice.
To Your Success, Jim Rohn is considered to be America’s Foremost Business Philosopher.

Twitter
Karen Umstattd
‏@karenu
“If you don’t like where you are, change it! You’re not a tree.” Jim Rohn
6:39 AM - 9 Dec 2008

Twitter
Marilee Arthur
‏@JaminCardio
If you are not happy with your life...MOVE, you are not a tree.
8:14 AM - 13 May 2009

Twitter
Karen Umstattd
‏@karenu
If you don’t like what you’re doing, MOVE! You’re not a tree! Options are endless if you just open your eyes and listen ;o)
5:35 AM - 27 May 2009

Twitter
Melly Vina
‏@mellyvina
@RyanSeacrest I have a quote for you “ If you don’t like where you are then move you are not a tree” Jim Rohn.
1:12 AM - 17 Jul 2009

Google Books
Iron Sharpens Iron: Wisdom of the Ages
By Errick A. Ford
Mustang, OK: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC
2010
Pg. 28:
“If you don’t like how things are—change it! You are not a tree” (Jim Rohn, 1930).

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My Path to Poetry While in Captivity:
Poetry Through the Eyes of a Surviving Prisoner

By Theresa Romance
Xlibris Corporation (Xlibris.com)
2011
Pg. ?:
“If you don’t like where you are, change it, you are not a tree.” —Jim Rohn

29 November 2011, Lansing (MI) State Journal, “Running: Crowe leaves a lasting impression” by Sharon Becker:
Jeff Crowe, 53, Grand Ledge seems to exemplify a quote I recently read, “If you don’t like where you are, move. You are not a tree.”

Google Books
Positively Cancelling a Wedding:
A Guide to Cancelling a Wedding on Short Notice

By Kathy Kay
Bloomington, IN: Booktango
2013
Pg. ?:
IF YOU DO NOT LIKE WHERE YOU ARE, MOVE. YOU ARE NOT A TREE.

Gecko & Fly
20 Quotes On Office Job Occupation, Working Environment and Career Success
Updated: January 24, 2016
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If you don’t like where you are, move! You are not a tree!

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Monday, May 09, 2016 • Permalink