Who doesn’t know Tony Robbins, yet? I guess it’s time for you to know him. Simply, because you will learn a lot of great virtues just by getting to know him. He is known to be a self-help writer and professional speaker.
Allow me to share with you some information about Tony Robbins:
Born February 29, 1960 (1960-02-29)
North Hollywood, California, United States
Occupation: Author; Actor; Professional speaker
Years active: 1978–present
One of the books Robbins wrote include Unlimited Power: The New Science of Personal Achievement and Awaken The Giant Within.
Robbins started his career promoting seminars for Jim Rohn. Robbins says: “My first mentor was a man named Jim Rohn. Jim Rohn, is one big factor of who Tony Robbins is now…Jim Rohn, was the one who taught him that happiness and success in life are not the result of what we have, but rather of how we live. What we do with the things we have makes the biggest difference in the quality of life.”
Later Robbins began teaching neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) which he had learned from NLP co-founder John Grinder. In 1983, Robbins learned how to firewalk from Tolly Burkan, and he began to incorporate firewalking into his seminars and later began to teach Neuro-Associative Conditioning (NAC) and “Human exploitation Psychology”.
Robbins has used infomercials to promote his products, seminars and programs. His audio programs, seminars and self-help products feature Neuro-linguistic programming and Ericksonian hypnosis.
Robbins calls himself a peak performance coach rather than a motivational speaker because he believes that peak performance coaching is more effective than temporary motivation.
There are so many great things about Robbins, I think there’s nothing negative to say about him. Some of the quotes he created were as follows:
- A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.
- Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that dis-empowers them or one that can literally save their lives.
- For changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent.
- It not knowing what to do, it’s doing what you know.
- Live with passion!
Robbins published Unlimited Power with Simon and Schuster in 1987. Robbins books discuss the topics of health and energy, overcoming fears, persuasive communication, and enhancing relationships. One reviewer called the book “uplifting and idealistic”.
Critics of his book said it is too “wordy” and “reads like a transcript” and lacked the immediate structure needed to help change lives. Other reviewers dispute the book’s originality, pointing to many ideological similarities with Maxwell Maltz, Norman Vincent Peale, Napoleon Hill, and Dale Carnegie. Robbins freely acknowledges his indebtedness to these and other thinkers. But then, the more he is being criticized by others, the more he gained respect from many. The most highly-criticized chapter was Chapter Ten, “Energy: The Fuel of Excellence”. In the chapter, Robbins promoted such ideas as food combining, lymphology, and deep breathing to promote healthy physiology. Robbins introduced many of the ideas of food combining espoused by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond in their book, Fit for Life. He referred to them personally as his “former partners”, suggesting some possible business involvement. The National Council for Reliable Health Information wrote a scathing review of his health advice, stating that his sources were quacks and much of the literature he cites was entirely discredited.
Robbins shares the story of W. Mitchell, a successful motivational speaker who had undergone serious physical setbacks many times in his book, Unlimited Power. Awaken the Giant Within. In his book Awaken the Giant Within, Robbins says that the difference between NAC and NLP lies in the use of the word “conditioning” instead of the word “programming”. The word “conditioning” implies that the subject has greater responsibility for his or her own change, as opposed to being programmed by someone else.
Robbins also conducts seminars, including four-day events such as Unleash the Power Within (UPW), Mastery University, Date With Destiny, and Wealth Mastery.
During the UPW seminar participants walk barefoot on hot coals at the end of the first evening session. The main point of the seminar is that achieving greatness requires the ability to unleash one’s personal power and take action.
The Life Mastery, seminar emphasizes a healthy lifestyle, and sometimes features guest lecturers such as Deepak Chopra and John Gray.
Date With Destiny, the only Mastery event at which Robbins is present for the entire event, is said to be designed to help participants align their values with their individual goals.
In 1997, Robbins began the Leadership Academy seminar, in which participants learn to “[c]reate an identity for them self as someone who can help ‘anyone’, no matter what his/her challenge may be”
Robbins has been a featured speaker at several Sea Pine Real Estate Wealth Expos sponsored by the Learning Annex and at the 2007 Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conference. Robbins presentation has been ranked as one of the Top 10 TED Talks. In May 1995, Robbins Research International (RRI) responded to Federal Trade Commission charges of misrepresentation of potential earnings to franchise investors, by agreeing to pay $221,260 (USD) in consumer redress.
Financial seminar guru Wade Cook also sued Robbins for copyright infringement, alleging that Robbins used proprietary terms in his seminars and in his book, Wall Street Money Machine. In 1998, a Tacoma, Washington jury ordered Robbins to pay Cook $650,900 in damages. In his book, Awaken the Giant Within, Robbins recounts meetings with public figures such as Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Bill Clinton, Margaret Thatcher, François Mitterrand, and Princess Diana.
In his books Personal Power and Get the Edge Robbins says that celebrities have appeared on his infomercials without compensation including Fran Tarkenton, Pamela Anderson, Quincy Jones, Erin Brockovich and Anthony Hopkins. According to a 1994 article in the New York Times President Bill Clinton invited Robbins, Marianne Williamson and Dr. Steven R. Covey for a meeting at Camp David and the three of them “refuse to divulge the substance of their meeting with the Clintons”.
Robbins has counseled sports professionals such as Greg Norman, Mike Tyson, Chuck Liddell, Diego Sanchez and Andre Agasi and sports teams such as the Los Angeles Kings.
Robbins is a member of the Advisory Board of HealthCorps.
In Shallow Hal Robbins appears in a scene with Jack Black in an elevator and Robbins hypnotizes Black in order to change his mental state. Black then sees people’s outward appearance based on their inner personality. During the scene, Black refers to Robbins’ hands as “banana hands”. Robbin’s wife Sage, also has a cameo appearance in the movie.
In Men in Black (1997), an image of Robbins and a Robbins infomercial is seen in the background during a tour of the control room used to track aliens living on earth.
Robbins has also appeared on the TV show, The Sopranos.
Robbins is scheduled to appear in an upcoming movie The Singularity Is Near: A True Story About The Future, which is based on the book The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology (2005) by Ray Kurzweil.
Robbins also appears in a commercial playing in the background during a scene of the The Cable Guy.
In the movie, The Girl Next Door,[which?] Tony Robbins can be heard on the stereo of a truancy officer.
In the Family Guy episode, When You Wish Upon a Weinstein, Peter goes to Robbins’ book signing event and Robbins swallows him.
In February 2009 the NBC announced a new reality series called “Breakthrough with Tony Robbins”, a reality show that follows Robbins as he takes helps the show’s participants face their personal challenges.
The author of a video game called Shattered Glass says his video character Ratbat is based on Robbins Anthony Robbins Foundation
Robbins is the founder of the Anthony Robbins Foundation, whose self-proclaimed mission is to empower students and prisoners, organize food drives, and fund Robbins’ “Discovery Camp”. According to the official website, the foundation has “products and programs in more than 2,000 schools, 700 prisons, and 100,000 health and human service organizations”. The foundation is said to have inspired groups around the world, who provide baskets of food to two million needy people each year, on Thanksgiving day.
Robbins was married to his first wife, Becky, for 15 years. The marriage ended in divorce and in a 2001 CNN interview, Robbins said it was the toughest decision of his life. In June 2001, Robbins married Bonnie Humphrey (now known as Sage Robbins). Robbins alludes to his personal belief in God, giving the grand complexity of life as evidence of an intelligent designer.
Reading a couple of his books, having a little idea what he went through, memorizing quotes he wrote is more than enough for me to believe that he is indeed worth all the respect from anyone. He is someone that every people, from every nation should know. He is indeed an icon of a true successful man, because of the characteristics that he possess. If all man would be like him, everyone will surely be successful in all their endeavor.