Happy Saturday — today I have a great success story for you.
Successful people come from all walks of life — sometimes the harder the upbringing the great the reason to succeed.
This story is no different, a true rag to riches story.
Could you imagine having four different fathers, and an abusive, addicted mother who would pour liquid soap down your mouth for no reason? On top of the abuse being unsure of where the next meal would come from almost every day?
Then leave home at 17, become a janitor, and never attend college?
Would you think this kid would turn out to be successful or never amount to anything?
Not just successful but a best selling author, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and worth hundreds of millions? So who is the story about?
He is someone I think a lot of people don’t fully understand. People might have seen an old infomercial or events and think he’s some clap happy, “motivational” speaker.
This couldn’t be further from the truth — his story is absolutely incredible, inspiring, and motivating.
He classifies himself as a peak performance coach, professional speaker, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.
I’ve attended two events with Tony and can absolutely say it’s an absolutely life-changing experience.
He has worked with people like Oprah Winfrey, Andre Agassi, Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana, Paul Tudor Jones, and countless others.
Here are the top lessons I’ve learned from Tony Robbins:
Never Give Up
As Tony always says, “Your past doesn’t determine your future.”
Based on his childhood, no one would judge him if nothing came out of his life since he had it so rough.
Instead, he decided to step up, commit to living an extraordinary life and never give up.
No matter where you are in your life don’t look back — never give up and focus on what you want, not what you don’t want.
Follow Your Passion
Tony is the absolute epitome of following your passion.
In this video, he says that his mother wanted him to be a truck driver who made $24,000 a year because it would be twice what his father made.
As his net worth is now around $500,000,000 I’d say it was a good idea he went with passion instead of money.
Following your passion can be scary as there isn’t always a job or career that is based on your passion. This is why I recommend a side hustle to “test the waters” before going all in on your passions.
Check out these helpful posts to get you started:
Invest In Yourself
Tony and I agree 1000% here — the best investment you can make is in yourself.
The best investment isn’t the stock market, real estate, or your business — it’s you!
If you invest in yourself consistently you will be growing, evolving, and challenging yourself. Sometimes investing in yourself will also get you out of your comfort zone which will help you grow faster than almost any method.
Check out these posts to help you invest in yourself:
- 5 Ways to Improve Your Life
- Habits of Rich & Successful People
- Why You Should Attend a “Success” Seminar
Success Leaves Clues
Tony has famously said so many times — “success leaves clues.”
What he means is if you want to achieve anything (becoming a professional athlete, entrepreneur, or a marathon runner) you need model people who have done it already. There is no need to reinvent the wheel.
Find others who have achieved what you want and model their behavior…get a blueprint for how they became successful.
Read, Read, Read
He isn’t alone — Warren Buffett, the 2nd richest person on the planet, reads five hours per day. Bill Gates reads a book a week, reading is a common trait of rich and successful people.
I’m not saying you need to cancel cable and Netflix immediately but I would recommend trying to read every day, even if it for 15-30 minutes.
Related: 5 Money Books That Changed My Life
Tony doesn’t just recommend reading personal development books but anything you’re interested in. It could be biographies, success stories, philosophy, personal finance, or sales books.
I also recommend some his books as they are National Best Sellers for a reason — see below.
As Tony says, “The secret to living is giving.”
After his horrific childhood, he learned the value of contribution when a stranger delivered food to his house for Thanksgiving.
He said at that moment his life changed, he knew that he would always give back. It started at 17 when he reciprocated and delivered a Thanksgiving meal to one family. Then two meals, then four until he had friends help deliver to hundreds of families.
He now contributes to so many charities and causes he believes in and plans to feed a billion people by 2020. That’s 1/7th of the population of the world!
All of his profits of his 2014 book, MONEY Master the Game, were donated in advance by Robbins. In conjunction with his personal donation, it provided more than 57 million meals to those facing hunger that year.
He’s the main reason I started volunteering at the animal shelter and plan to donate 25 Thanksgiving meals as part of my 30 for 30 Goals in 2017.
If you think this is a great story and want to learn more about Tony Robbins check out some of my favorite videos and books:
I absolutely love learning about successful people, mainly because no two stories are the same.
Tony’s story shows with belief in yourself, hard work, and having a vision for your future you can accomplish anything.
He’s the reason I started investing in myself, attending seminars, reading books, and trusting myself.
If you never fully commit to understanding yourself and what you want out of life it will be easy to go through the motions of life without living.
Don’t fall into the trap that 99% of the world does — find what you love and go after it.
Does anyone inspire you to succeed? Read any of these books?
Let me know in the comments!
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