Tony Robbins has been the face of the self-development movement for pretty much the past 25 years.
In the 80s, you couldn’t turn on the TV without seeing one of his infomercials.
But as is the case with all fame, he had his doubters.
Unlike psychology, philosophy, and education, there is no course in self-development at university making it a field that is often scrutinized. Ironically, the most popular course in Harvard is no longer Economics 101 but Happiness.
In spite of all the negative publicity self-help has gotten, the facts speak for themselves. Today it is a billion dollar business with thousands, if not millions, of people swearing by it.
Back in college I remember a friend telling me how much fantastic Tony Robbins was…I just laughed it off.
To me self-help was for people who were lost. I just thought it was some new age psychology to help people deal with their emotional pain.
Today I realize it’s much more than that.
Self-help is all about you, fundamentals and thinking. But if you were to ask me why I can’t get enough of it I’d have to say that it’s because the best speakers and thinkers in the field are usually excel in 4 areas:
- Thought provocation
And when it comes to passion, Tony Robbins is head and shoulders above the rest. He lives and breathes what he talks about. And you can absolutely feel it in his events and speeches.
His material is so good that it’s hard to choose just 20 quotes from him but here goes.
- If you can’t you must, and if you must you can.
- The path to success is to take massive, determined action.
- When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.
- I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.
- If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.
- It is your decisions, and not your conditions, that determine your destiny.
- Focus on where you want to go, not on what you fear.
- Why live an ordinary life, when you can live an extraordinary one.
- Success in life is the result of good judgment. Good judgment is usually the result of experience. Experience is usually the result of bad judgment.
- Its not about the goal. Its about growing to become the person that can accomplish that goal.
- In life, you need either inspiration or desperation.
- People are not lazy, the simply have impotent goals..that is..goals that do not inspire them.
- It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.
- The past does not equal the future.
- The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the quality of your relationships.
- You become what you do most of the time.
- It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute … that gives meaning to our lives.
- If you talk about it, it’s a dream, if you envision it, it’s possible, but if you schedule it, it’s real.
- Success is doing what you want to do, when you want, where you want, with whom you want, as much as you want.
- Every man dies. Not every man lives.
I could go into explaining each one but I’d be here till the cows come home. Instead, sometime in the next few days, I’ll work on a podcast where I’ll go into a few of them in a little more depth.
For now, I’ll let you just chew on them.
After all, it’s not really important what they mean to me, but what they mean to you. Nevertheless, it’s always good to get another person’s perspective from time to time and as Tony’s schedule’s pretty busy, I hope I’ll be able to fill in for him.