A Passion for Life – Tony Robbins

I’m always talking about positive vibes and living your best life. When I heard Tony Robbins was coming to Toronto, of course I had to try and win tickets! I first heard him speak at Oprah’s Lifeclass in Toronto last year and was blown away by his techniques.

The numbers speak for themselves: he has directly impacted 50 million people from over 100 nations; this includes several past Presidents of the United States, professional athletes, CEO’s and Hollywood celebrities.

By searching key terms and hashtags, I found a relatively obscure contest and had to submit a motivational quote to win. Mine?

“The expert in anything was once a beginner.”

Before Tony spoke, I had the pleasure of hearing Joe Plumeri discuss his past business experience and views on leadership. I love “started from the bottom” stories and Joe began his career with a desk in a closet and eventually became President of Shearson Lehman Brothers. He got the last laugh and later controlled compensation over those who used to “whack him in the back of the head.”

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Biggest lessons from Joe include:

  • Engage others and use passion and heart to overcome obstacles (this can’t be Googled!)
  • Dreams are when you sleep, nothing happens, visions are clear
  • Identify a value gap. What can you do for others that they can’t do for themselves?
  • Anything is possible if you ask (he had the Sears Tower in Chicago renamed to the Willis Tower as part of a negotiation)

However, the main event was Tony Robbins and he did not disappoint! By the end of the session, he had several thousand grown adults jumping up and down like children.

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Here are a few of his points to ponder:

  • The common denominator to success is energy. Emotion is created by motion. (Celebrate! You don’t need an excuse to feel good)
  • Good people fail when they do the right thing at the wrong time
  • Stress is a code word for fear
  • The only thing keeping you from getting what you want is the story you tell yourself about why you don’t have it

So what is that YOU really want?

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