Tony Robbins & The School of Greatnessby
Who you Spend Time With is Who you Become
You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with we’re told. Mentors or business coaches are one of the most valuable resources an entrepreneur can tap into. Both true but what do you do when you don’t have regular access to inspirational business leaders and coaches - if at all?
A strategy I’ve adopted in recent years is to create a team of ‘virtual’ mentors. Thought leaders, entrepreneurs and motivators that share their knowledge and ideas through the medium of Podcasts, Posts and Videos. Podcasts are ideal for traveling and I’ve crunched many a mile whilst being inspired by some of the best. Through trial and error I’ve assembled my ‘A-Team’; people I respect and who continually deliver incredible content - Lewis Howes is one of them.
If you’ve not come across Lewis he’s a New York Times bestselling author, former pro-athlete, lifestyle entrepreneur and the host of the School of Greatness; a podcast devoted to helping us unlock our inner greatness. Each week he introduces an inspiring message or person, and his guests have included Gary Vee, Larry King, Arianna Huffington, Gretchen Rubin & Tony Robbins, to name but a few.
Incredibly, Tony Robbins only dropped onto my radar a few years ago but everything I’ve read of his and learned about him since then has, and continues to inspire me. His ‘nuggets of wisdom’ are endless and having come from nothing, he’s built a business empire worth 5 billion dollars. In Episode 109 of Lewis’ podcast, he interviewed Tony on his private jet and his stories and advice are powerful.
When Lewis met Tony - Key Takeaways
“The Secret to Living is Giving”
When you have nothing, is when you need to give.” Tony learned this from an early age and started feeding people when he was 17. He is planning to feed a billion people over the next 10 years and is if donating the £5m advance from his recent book: Money - Master the Game to his cause wasn’t enough - he wrote a substantial cheque on top of it. Additionally, for every book sold - 50 people will be fed.
Don’t focus on why it isn’t working, but on how you can give more; Tony made this shift and he considers it one of the most important of his life.
“Legacy is Planting Seeds in the Garden You’ll Never See”
In Tony’s case, it’s the lives he touches and the institutions he has founded. It’s so easy to get caught up in materialism and to attribute value and worth to objects but it’s a one-way street. Value and touching others through your actions and deeds is your true legacy will last forever. Money is just a symbol.
“Hunger is the Ultimate Driver”
Tony considers the capacity to strengthen and increase your hunger as the one common denominator of the most successful people. Successful entrepreneurs are as hungry today as they were when they started out regardless of their considerable worth. If you’re hungry, you’ll find the strategy!
“If you Want to be Happy, it’s One Word – Progress”
If you can make progress and your progress is doing something of value to more than yourself, you’re going to be fulfilled.
“Failure is a Stepping Stone to Success”
Failure is part of a life but Tony considers his failures as merely speedbumps and only failures if he doesn’t learn something from them. Talk about your failures and share your experiences.
“Life’s Not About Me, it’s About We”
Growth and contribution beyond ourselves are both involved in our highest experiences in life. The worst experiences are all about you and if it’s about you, it’s not fulfilling. “All suffering is obsession about self” If we love, give and are grateful - suffering disappears. Our prehistoric brains are designed for survival, not happiness - that part needs to be trained.
The 3 Truths
Lewis asks this question of each of his guests. It’s a simple question but difficult to answer (try it for yourself) and the answers given are incredibly insightful. In Tony’s case:
Love is everything
The secret to living is giving
The most important decision is deciding if you’re going to be truly happy. “Life is too short to suffer”, you can choose to live in a state of suffering or a beautiful state of being. Tony has a 90-second rule and if he enters a suffering state he acknowledges it and kills it in 90 seconds knowing that if he allows it to continue that he won’t be there for his family or his business.
More about Lewis Howes
You can subscribe to Lewis’ podcast here; the shows are also filmed and you can find them here on YouTube. Find out what Lewis is up to at lewishowes.com and The School of Greatness New York Times Bestseller is well worth checking out.