Tony Robbins

A friend once told me that when he was growing up, his father installed speakers in all of the bathrooms of the house and blasted Tony Robbins through them starting promptly at 6 o’clock every morning. Although my friend complained about this, I’m quite sure he had internalized the messages. He’s one of the most driven, creative people I know.

Another friend of mine, a fellow Praxis participant, told me how he stays motivated when life gets overwhelming. He downloads the audio from motivational Youtube videos and listens to them everywhere he goes. He puts them on repeat until he has them nearly memorized—he says that way, it becomes the voice inside his head.

I certainly know that the voices I hear most follow me wherever I go. When I binge watch Silicon Valley, I get Erlich Bachman’s voice rumbling around inside my head. When I spend too much time with my parents, I get their sighs of disappointment echoing between my eardrums. And when I immerse myself in motivational speakers, my own voices start telling me to believe in myself, that I am capable of achieving my dreams if only I take action today.

I know that if I don’t surround myself with people, books, and voices that empower me, then by default I will slide into the bleary-eyed complacency that’s constantly lapping at me from my news feed, trying to suck me in.

That’s why I’m going to start listening to motivational speakers every day as I get ready in the morning. Let’s see how this changes my life.

I’ll end with some Tony Robbins quotes that I like. You can make fun of him all you want, but you can’t deny that he’s got some great stuff to say:

“The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.” – Tony Robbins

“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.” – Tony Robbins

“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” – Tony Robbins

“If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results.” – Tony Robbins

“I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.” – Tony Robbins