“I love quotes…but, in the end, knowledge has to be converted to action or it’s worthless.” – Tony Robbins
I’m very pleased to welcome Tony Robbins (@tonyrobbins) back to the show. (You can check out our previous in-depth conversations here: Part 1 and Part 2).
For those of you that aren’t familiar, Tony Robbins is the world’s most famous performance coach. He’s advised everyone from Bill Clinton to Mikhail Gorbachev to Serena Williams, and Leonardo DiCaprio to Oprah (who calls him “superhuman”).
This time around, we discussed a number of topics we didn’t cover in our previous interviews. I also hit him with some new rapid-fire questions. Some of the highlights of our conversation include:
- Tony’s best investment ever
- Quotes he lives by (and how he puts them into action)
- The worst advice he regularly hears
- Why he changed his diet for the first time since age 17
- And much, much more
If you only have 5 minutes, listen to this segment where Tony explains “The 90-second rule.”
Without further ado, please enjoy this follow-up conversation with Tony Robbins.
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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What was your favorite quote or lesson from this episode? Please let me know in the comments.
Scroll below for links and show notes…
Selected Links from the Episode
- Connect with Tony Robbins:
- Tony Robbins on Morning Routines, Peak Performance, and Mastering Money
- Tony Robbins and Peter Diamandis (XPRIZE) on the Magic of Thinking BIG
- Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru – Official Trailer
- Tiny trampolines
- Date with Destiny
- Dissociative identity disorder
- The Exorcist Trailer (1973)
- The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide — Risks, Micro-Dosing, Ibogaine, and More
- MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom by Tony Robbins
- Feeding America
- Creative Planning
- Is My Financial Advisor a Fiduciary or a Stockbroker? by Ethan S. Braid, HighPass Asset Management
- What Is Sleep Apnea?, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
- The 10 Most Expensive Artworks of 2015 (includes Mark Rothko, No. 10, 1958)
- Mork & Mindy
- Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things From Taking Over Your Life by Richard Carlson
- Tony Robbins Sets the Record Straight About Fire Walk ‘Controversy’ by Marianne Schnall, The Huffington Post
- Unleash the Power Within
- Metallica — Some Kind of Monster
- Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills
- Maggie Siff on ‘Billions’: ‘I Might Leave Marks’ by Kathryn Shattuck, The New York Times
- Traverse City Film Festival
- Safety and Efficacy of Repetitive Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy In Patients with Lumber Spinal Stenosis by Miyako Suzuki, et al., Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba University and Kitasato University School of Medicine
- Dr. Chris Shade on Mercury Toxicity, Revolution Health Radio with Chris Kresser
- Quicksilver Scientific: The Mercury Speciation Detoxification Company
- When you face a deadline and your brain won’t connect, sometimes you have to ask: What would Tony Robbins do? [06:42]
- How does a small trampoline fit into Tony’s daily routine? [09:56]
- Tony recalls a particularly difficult intervention and how he handled it. [11:04]
- Tony touches on circumstances surrounding interventions he’s done with historical figures. [17:40]
- Tony demonstrates how he unearths what motivates people in order to help them. [18:18]
- Tony’s best investment of money, time, or energy. (Hint: it amounted to $35.) [27:42]
- Tony on the power of decisions, the hunt for excellence, and quotes to live by. [31:28]
- The worst advice Tony hears most often. [34:30]
- “Life is always happening for us, not to us…” [41:20]
- Tony talks about the art (not science) of fulfillment. [44:57]
- Tony tells us the biggest lie on the planet. [49:33]
- Suffering comes from these three thought patterns. [51:26]
- Tony explains the 90-second rule. [55:35]
- What’s the most important decision you can make? [58:56]
- Why self-preservation isn’t selfish. [59:48]
- Tony explains how the 90-second rule helped him cope with some recent trouble in Dallas. [1:04:41]
- Tony demonstrates the 90-second rule process. [1:07:17]
- How has Tony’s Date with Destiny program evolved over the past decade? [1:17:17]
- Tony tells us how the I Am Not Your Guru documentary came to life. [1:18:55]
- Tony talks about the possibility of pain without suffering. [1:26:33]
- John Denver
- Diane Sawyer
- Marc Benioff
- William J. Clinton
- Princess Diana
- Mikhail Gorbachev
- George H. W. Bush
- Margaret Thatcher
- Amelia Boone
- Jim Rohn
- Warren Buffett
- Dale Carnegie
- Peter Mallouk
- Steve Wynn
- Mark Rothko
- Robin Williams
- Paul Tudor Jones II
- Arianna Huffington
- Joe Berlinger
- Maggie Siff
- Brian Koppelman
- Michael Moore
- Christopher Shade
Legal Disclosure: Tony Robbins is a board member and Chief of Investor Psychology at Creative Planning, Inc. (www.CreativePlanning.net), an SEC Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) with wealth managers serving all 50 states. Mr. Robbins receives compensation for serving in this capacity based on increased business derived by Creative Planning from his services. Accordingly, Mr. Robbins has a financial incentive to refer investors to Creative Planning.
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143 Replies to “Tony Robbins – On Achievement Versus Fulfillment (#178)”
Perhaps it was mentioned, but I missed it… Did Tony say why he started eating fish/meat again after being a vegan/vegetarian for so long?
Fantastic Episode – Tony is such a master. After listening to him for decades I still learn something new every time.
Listened to the podcast again last night because I needed to. If the change in my state before and after could be measured it would be from single digits to off the charts. At the end of I was feeling joyful for no apparent reason.
We all know Jim Rohn’s quote that we are the average of five people we spend time with. I think that through these podcasts we get a chance to spend time with some amazing people. One significant aspect of spending time is picking up their good habits. That’s what the podcasts are helping us to do.
Thanks a lot Tim and Tony, much appreciated.
Tony – Robin Williams killed himself because he had a progressive, unusual brain disease that was making him crazy. His wife just came out with this info – it is called Lewy Body Disease. Might want to find a new example for that point, out of respect.
I’m curious if anyone’s investigated/tried life coaching as an accelerated form of habit improvement, and if anyone has guidelines on how to find one/select one?
I was able to release trauma and have a physical and emotional flashback through the “heart exercise” Tony led here………best hour and a half I’ve EVER spent!
Seriously, TRANSCRIPTIONS please!
For the guys looking for the heart exercise, you can find it here in a better quality: https://www.tonyrobbins.com/priming-exercise/