Hailed as arguably one of the most prominent and pioneering motivational speakers and coaches of our time and credited with being “the father of the coaching industry”, Anthony Jay Robbins (born Anthony J. Mohorovic in California in 1960), better known as Tony Robbins, constitutes a personified example of the American dream.
Born in poverty as the oldest of three children in North Hollywood, California, to a parking garage attendant of Croatian descent, John Mohorovic, and his wife Nikki, he bore witness to his parents’ divorce at the age of seven. At the age of 12, he was legally adopted by his step-father Jim Robbins. His mother remarried several times and struggled from drug and alcohol abuse.
Robbins left home at the age of 17 and began promoting the seminars of the well-known motivational speaker Jim Rohn who he continues to credit as one of his major role-models in life. After becoming acquainted with NLP and firewalking in the early 1980s, he pursued a career in self-help and positive thinking-oriented motivational seminars, self-help books (such as Unlimited Power, published in 1987, and Awaken the Giant Within, published in 1993) and coaching, before venturing into the world of financial investments and making several cameos on television and film.
He has also co-founded the Robbins-Madanes Centre for Intervention with Cloé Madanes engaged in training life skills coaches how to provide assistance to their clients for various issues. He has coached and trained prominent politicians, businessmen, actors, and athletes, such as Bill Clinton, Wayne Gretzky, Serena Williams and Hugh Jackman. He was included on the “Top 50 Business Intellectuals” list compiled by Accenture and “Top 200 Business Gurus” drawn up by the Harvard Business Press.
He has travelled extensively for his seminars, such as Unleash the Power Within (attended by several thousand participants at any one time), and has most recently introduced them in a virtual format. As a well-known philanthropist, he founded the Anthony Robbins Foundation in 1991 intended to raise money to combat poverty, help youth the elderly, etc., which he continues to promote with his second wife, Sage Robbins.
He also appeared in the “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru” Netflix documentary, released in 2016, and filmed at his “Date with Destiny” event in 2014. His “Breakthrough with Tony Robbins” NBC reality show was cancelled after two episodes in 2010 due to low ratings. The show was later picked up by Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network and, in 2012, Robbins began co-hosting a TV show on OWN (Oprah’s Lifeclass).
Did you know:
- That his growth spurt in his teenage years was attributed to a pituitary tumor;
- That his father was of Croatian descent as indicated by Robbins’ birth surname (Mohorovic) which was later changed to Robbins following Robbins’ adoption by his step-father Jim Robbins;
- That, in 2014, he acquired rights to launch a Major League Soccer franchise in Los Angeles with a group of other investors;
- That, in 2016, he purchased an eSports professional gaming organisation, Team Liquid, which won a Dota 2 tournament
- That his first infomercial for his self-help program “Personal Power” was released in 1988;
- That he played cameo roles in the films Reality Bites, The Cable Guy and Shallow Hal. He was also seen in The Roseanne Show and The Sopranos;
- That his net worth is estimated to be about 480 million US dollars.
Most Inspiring Anthony Jay Robbins Quotes
“Identify your problems,
but give your power and energy to solutions.”
“Your past does not equal your future.”
“It’s what you practice in private that you will be
ewarded for in public.”
“Every problem is a gift–without problems we would not grow.”
“In life you need either inspiration or desperation.”
“If you can’t, you must. If you must, you can.”
“Success is doing what you want to do,
when you want, where you want,
with whom you want, as much as you want.”
“We can change our lives. We can do, have,
and be exactly what we wish.”
“When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears.”
“The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck.”
Tony Robbins in Unlimited Power
“If you do what you’ve always done,
you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”
“The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships.”
“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.”
“A real decision is measured by the fact
that you’ve taken a new action.
If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.”
“You see, in life, lots of people know what to do,
but few people actually do what they know.
Knowing is not enough! You must take action.”
“Most people fail in life because they major in minor things.”
“Successful people ask better questions,
and as a result, they get better answers.”
“The only thing that’s keeping you from getting
what you want is the story you keep telling yourself.”
“Only those who have learned the power of sincere
and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment.”
“I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece.
I challenge you to join the ranks of those people
who live what they teach, who walk their talk.”
“You don’t have to have a reason to feel good
you’re alive; you can feel good for no reason at all!”
“It’s not what we do once
in a while that shapes our lives,
but what we do consistently.”
“Success in life is the result of good judgment.
Good judgment is usually the result of experience.
Experience is usually the result of bad judgment.”
“People are not lazy, they simply have impotent goals.
That is goals that do not inspire them.”
“If you talk about it, it’s a dream, if you envision it,
it’s possible, but if you schedule it, it’s real.”
“Why live an ordinary life,
when you can live an extraordinary one.”
“Any time you sincerely want to make a change,
the first thing you must do is to raise your standards.”
“Stay committed to your decisions,
but stay flexible in your approach.”
“The more rejection you get, the better you are,
the more you’ve learned, the closer you are to your outcome…
If you can handle rejection, you’ll learn to get everything you want.”
“Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes:
find the cause of your problem and eliminate it.
Don’t try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.”