Tony Robbins Biography
Anthony J. Robbins, also known as just Tony Robbins, has amazed and changed the lives of millions of people. He is an entrepreneur, life coach, philanthropist, self-help guru, and a bestselling author. He is best known for his personal development books and his seminars in which he aims to make people more positive, driven and ambitious. He has met hundreds of people with one-of-a-kind interesting life stories and he coached successful celebrities, politicians, athletes, and performers. However, his own story is just as fascinating as you will see in Tony Robbins Biography.
Tony Robbins was born in California in 1960. He is the eldest of three children but his childhood wasn’t easy. His mother was addicted to drugs and alcohol. His family was poor, unstable and abusive. Being the eldest child, he felt the need to protect his siblings from his mother and most of the time he was practically their psychologist. His parents divorced when he was 7 and later on his mother remarried. At 17, he was already working to help support his family. He stayed after school and worked as a janitor and had other part-time jobs one of which was helping people move houses.
One day, at one of those moves, he asked the landlord how come he was so successful. The man told him that going to a Jim Rohn seminar changed his life and that he learned so much there that he decided to act and reach his goals. At that point, Tony Robbins already dreamed of being rich and successful, he wanted to turn his life around and help other people too. He asked the landlord if he would help get him to his seminar for free but he rejected him as he said someone like Tony would not value it. Still, he decided to attend it. He was only earning $40 per week and the seminar cost $35. He started saving up and spent a week’s pay for a single event but it was that event that helped make him who he is today.
Career, books, and seminars
Tony Robbins approached Jim Rohn and asked to work for him to which he agreed. He promoted Rohn’s seminars and he observed the way he coached people, his behavior and the advice he gave. Robbins kept working on himself, he studied behavioral psychology and he developed his own way to guide people. Soon he started hosting his own seminars and in 1987, he wrote his first book Unlimited Power that became a bestseller in America. This book helped people to overcome their fears, to learn to communicate clearly and to take care of their health and energy levels.
In 1988 he released his first infomercial through which he started promoting his products such as his self-help audiotapes. This helped him gain wide publicity as the infomercials were seen on TV by millions of people.
Tony Robbins continued adding new approaches and activities to his seminars. He studied Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), the art of persuasion, body language, different types of hypnosis and even firewalking. All of these things were included in his seminars and the participants had to constantly interact with each other by giving massages to each other or working in groups. A lot of jumping, screaming, and dancing are some of the things people experience in his seminars even nowadays. They aim to increase your energy levels and put you in a state of mind where you are motivated and ready to do anything.
His next personal development book Awaken the Giant Within was released in 1991 and had huge success as well. It was followed by two more – Giant Steps (in 1994) and Notes from a Friend (in 1995).
Tony Robbins didn’t forget about his dream to help other people and has always been a part of charity groups and organizations. He believes that people with a good financial state should always strive to help those who have less. Besides that, he founded his own foundation in 1991 – The Tony Robbins Foundation. It is aimed to help people in need – the elderly, the hungry, the homeless, troubled youth, drug addicts and prisoners. The foundation wants to help people see the good and important things in life and to make positive changes that would help them lead a happy and successful life. This non-profit organization offers its products to hundreds of people and helps provide food, fresh drinking water, books, and educational materials.
He also established The Leadership Academy seminar in 1997. This seminar lasts 4 days and helps people learn strategies and tools that Tony Robbins himself uses. Many people swear by his seminars, events and books and the reputation he has is still immaculate.
A lot of different events, shows, and programs invite Robbins to be their guest including the Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conference. He became the featured speaker in 2007 when he gave his famous TED talk:
This video became viral and by 2012 it was the 6th most popular TED talk.
Tony Robbins also partnered with therapist and teacher Cloé Madanes and in 2009 together they established the Robbins-Madanes Center. That’s a coach training school where you can learn to be a leader, to coach others and to help them transform their lives.
In the same year Robbins also founded his Business Mastery Program. It focuses on inspiring and coaching business owners and leaders on how to grow their businesses, how to create partnerships and how to communicate with their employees. Tony Robbins is the main speaker at this event but also has successful guest speakers and entrepreneurs like Peter Guber, Keith Cunningham, and Steve Wynn.
Awards and accomplishments
Tony Robbins is a well-respected, ultra-successful and beloved person. It’s easy to be drawn to his presence, his deep voice and his ability to speak and get your attention. His success can be measured in the numerous awards and prizes he received too. In 1997 he was on the list of the prestigious honor of the Top Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World. Besides that, Forbes called him one of the Top 100 Celebrities, Harvard University Business Press named him as one of the Top 200 Business Gurus, Accenture named him one of the Top 50 Business Intellectuals and the American Express named him one of the Top Six Business Leaders in the World.
Tony Robbins met his first wife Becky Jenkins at one of his seminars. In 1982 they got married. Becky had two marriages before that and had three children which Tony Robbins adopted. Their marriage lasted 14 years and Robbins confesses that the divorce they got in 2001 was the hardest thing he had to do. However, they decided that staying together would only do more harm.
In 2001 Tony married Sage who was originally born as Bonnie-Pearl Humphrey. She is a former Canadian actress who now works with her husband and travels to most of his seminars worldwide. The couple got married in their resort Namale on the Fiji islands. The resort is one of the top-ranked luxury places on the islands. Tony and Sage now live in Florida.
Robbins has a son with his former girlfriend Liz Acosta named Jairek Robbins. He was born in 1984 and today, he is a personal development coach and trainer.
Tony Robbins often speaks about the importance of our relationships with our significant others. He is an advocate for clear communication, honesty, and understanding. Like many other coaches, he also believes that true success in our lives includes having a strong, healthy and loving relationship in which we can be our true selves.
His busy schedule, non-stop traveling and speeches in front of thousands of people require a lot of motivation, energy, and dedication. Robbins swears by living a healthy lifestyle, his diet includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and a lot of workouts. He also practices mindful thinking and meditation and goes through therapies to recover faster such as cryotherapy.
Tony Robbins touched the hearts of millions of people. He makes them focus on their strength and power. He makes them realize that feeling sorry for yourself won’t take you anywhere and instead we need to improve our skills, our mindset, and our health. By reprogramming our thoughts, we can rewrite our path and we can achieve our goals and boldest dreams.
Besides all the people who get to see him and be inspired by him at his seminars, he also coached many famous people. Among them are Princess Diana, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, and George Bush. Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Serena Williams, and Andre Agassi are also people who were guided by Robbins.
His seminars aren’t cheap but most everyone who attended says they are the best investment possible. His private one-on-one personal coaching sessions often reach seven figures. However, Robbins is a person who has built his empire from nothing. He just worked hard, persevered, struggled and kept on learning and improving himself so that he can deliver more to his audience. But that’s exactly the power of our minds – we can achieve anything with a lot of work and a little help from people like Tony Robbins.