Psychosis after a Tony Robbins Seminar??
Date: October 07, 2004 02:41AM
A Seattle television station, KING 5, ran ads for a story upcoming on their Evening Magazine, about Tony Robbins. So I made a point of viewing the story when it aired last night.
The film might very well have been provided by Robbins, was slickly done, no actual interviews of or with local Seattle people. Quite a bit of time lauding him, no critique whatsoever. During commercial breaks the voice of a local news reporter, Mimi Gan, would remind us to stay tuned for him, her voice used to make a big deal of how wonderful he is. Only one line in the whole piece even referred to Seattle, and usually this show focuses on Western Washington interest stories.
Lots of footage of Tony jumping, yelling, sweating, working up crowds. Loud music and flashing lights shown used. Tony with Clinton and other famous folks, Tony reflecting on his time with Mother Theresa........the whole thing was a slick advert.
I'll paste in a copy of what is on the KING 5 site on the piece, they also include a link direct to his official site.
Tony Robbins: It's in the power of the mind
09:45 PM PDT on Tuesday, October 5, 2004
By MIMI GAN / Evening Magazine
A man is cleaning an office building late at night picking up the garbage left over from the day's work. This man, down on his luck, is not making much money, but a couple of years later he lands his own helicopter on the roof of the building.
How did he do it? Did he hit the lottery?
No, he says, he did it simply through the power of the mind and positive thinking.
It's the story of Anthony Robbins.
"Most people call me because they want to change some aspect of performance," he said. "They're looking for strategy, not looking for a pump-up. It's really about developing a strategy of how you get consistent results in your life."
Tony Robbins creates incredible crowds wherever he appears.
Ten thousand showed up for one Seattle seminar. He's part preacher, part rock star, and a master at motivation.
And when it comes to working an audience into a frenzy, few can rival Robbins.
"For 22 years I've been obsessed to answer the question: What makes the difference in the quality of people's lives? Why do certain people succeed to the highest level humanly possible and other people struggle?" he said.
Robbins seems to have the answers to those questions.
His infomercials are a fixture on late-night TV. He has sold millions of books and tapes and if that's not impressive enough, Robbins' client list includes world leaders and star athletes.
Tennis player Andre Agassi was in a career slump and ranked 13th. He credits Robbins' mental coaching with helping him win the U.S. Open.
Even Princess Diana asked for Robbins' advice.
Robbins' own road to success was anything but royal.
"Early in my life, I grew up in a very tough environment and we were poor financially. Worse, we were poor emotionally. By the time I got to my third father, I'm confused," he recalled.
His father left when he was a young boy. His mother married and divorced several times. When Robbins was 17, he was kicked out of the house with only $10 in his pocket.
After some success in sales, Robbins in his twenties ended up broke, overweight and overwhelmed.
"More people can relate to problems than they can to the solution, and a lot of us don't want our problems solved too quickly. Problems give us a reason to be who we are and they give us a reason not to try," he said.
But Robbins found a reason to try. He calls it "massive pain," and it became his motivating force.
"Everyone has had unbelievably tough times, myself included, but ultimately it's those moments of decision that shape your destiny," he said.
After making a study of successful people's secrets and reading tons of psychology books, Robbins began his own motivational seminars which culminated with his students taking a fire walk. Before long, he became wildly successful selling motivational tapes and hitting the bestseller list with his first book.
Robbins believes successful people share a certain trait.
"People that succeed are usually unreasonable. Everybody likes to be reasonable today, lower your expectations, don't get your hopes up," he said. "But you never achieve anything unless you get your hopes up."
"The people that succeed, the Oprahs, the Bill Gateses, the Nelson Mandelas, I don't care what the context is – spiritual, financial, business, family – those people are hungry for more because they're not willing to settle for less than they can be."
Of all the people Robbins has met, one proved success is not always measured with money.
"She [Mother Teresa] was a person who loved unconditionally," he said. "There was nobody she saw below her."
We talked to some of the not-so-famous people to see how Tony Robbins has affected their lives.
"It's made my life a lot better because I work with disabled children, and what I learned from him I put into them trying to build self-confidence and give back to the community," said one.
"My first two years of college, I got D's and C's. My last two years of college I got all A's, even though I studied less than an hour a day," said another.
"I love to see people light up. When people remember who they are, no longer in no-man's land… when they finally break out, you can see the sparkle in their eyes, they're going to live their path," said Tony.
Robbins' own path has led to a fortune. He makes millions of dollars. He has several homes, and he even owns a resort island in Fiji, but with all his wealth and personal power, Tony Robbins says there's one thing that means true success.
"I just think being grateful for wherever you are in your life is the secret to a happy and successful life. No thing, nothing will really make you happy, but contribution and growth will make you happy," he concluded