Inspirational Anthony Robbins Quotes That Make Us Say “Huh?”

February 26th, 2011

DSP quote-master, Tony Robbins

Lately, my legions of fans keep asking me why I’m not posting.  So, I thought I’d address that quickly  I’m working on my new book Law of Attract This! (Insert awesome subtitle here that’ll promptly make you want to buy this book right now–it’s magnetic).

Who knows when I’ll ever finish, but even an unfinished copy is bound to rival Dianetics in sheer confusion yet awesomeness.

But I took a break today to get some inspiration, and as loyal DSP readers know, the best place to look for inspiration is from people who make a living inspiring others.   A quick search on the net and I came across some quote from one of our favorite guys–Anthony “Tony” Robbins.

To dude’s a quote factory.  He’s so good at it that he quotes himself in his own books.  How’s that for awesome?  So, the DSP staff gathered some of our favorite Anthony Robbins quotes and pondered their significance in the universe.

“If you can’t you must, and if you must you can.”

And if you musn’t, then you cannot?

“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.”

So, I learn from my mistakes?  Is that it?

“You can’t have a plan for your day, ‘til you have a plan for your life.”

So, does this mean I can’t do my shopping until I figure out what I want out of life.  If so, I think I’ll starve.

“Focus equals feeling.”

But my feeling is a little out of focus

“For changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent.”

But what if they’re bad changes?

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”

But what if I like what I’m getting?

“In life you need either inspiration or desperation.”

Or it leads to constipation!

“It not knowing what to do, it’s doing what you know.”

How do you do what you know without first knowing what to do?

“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.”

“If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice.” –Geddy Lee

“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.”

Damn straight, Tony…death won’t let us do any of those things.

“People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.”

My goal is to get a whole lot of money for doing nothing.  It inspires me.

“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.”

But what if it’s a BAD decision?

“The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck.”

So, how do I prepare to be born into a fabulously wealthy family?

“There is no such thing as failure. There are only results.”

And one of those results is failure!

“Most people fail in life because they major in minor things.”

Hey, what’s going on here. I thought there was no failure?

“I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.”

Why does he keep talking about failure?  It was only results.

“You always succeed in producing a result.”

I get it now.  Even if I fail, I succeeded because I produced a result, which is failure.  And even though it’s failure, it’s still a result.  And if producing results makes me successful, then even producing the result of failure makes me successful.  It’s all clear to me now!

30 Responses to “Inspirational Anthony Robbins Quotes That Make Us Say “Huh?””

  1. Seanluke88 says:

    I quiet liked “unlimited power” but i thoughrt it was hilarious how almost every second word in “awaken the giant within” was copywrited and trademarked. Have you seen his video on TED talks ,a disgusting display of emotional pandering and cheap stagecraft.

  2. sagar says:

    you hate him more than his content.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Don’t hate him at all. It’s just that his quotes are meant for inspiration instead dumbfound me.

  4. Xxxxxx says:

    OMG, you are so jealous of him and a failure in life! Otherwise you wouldn’t be posting this…get a life and do something valuable with it!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Some people have no sense of humor or much of a brain.

  6. Stella Glorie says:

    I stumbled on your blog when I was searching for material for my own blog post on Robbins. I think it’s very funny. I wish I’d written this.
    http://stellaglorie.wordpress.com/

  7. Tdberry says:

    I don’t have the exact words because I no longer have the tapes, but in one of his early audio cassette collections he used a turkey breast-feeding her young as an illustration of tenderness. That notion hurts just to think of it!

  8. JJ Nelson says:

    Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain and most fools do.

    Tony Robbins work is by no means perfect, but it can be enormously helpful to anyone willing to learn from it. That doesn’t mean you have to agree 100%, but just find different tools that mean something to you and adopt them(for me, the Pain vs Pleasure paradigm has helped a lot recently… and I’ve realized how true it is).

    I like satires, but this post is not even funny. It is however very inane.

  9. CheriCoooper says:

    At his heart he’s a salesman.  It’s a circus act.  Yes you can get good
    info from him but the dude is selling pipe dreams.  He’s going to have
    some successes in his audience because probabilities.  take 3,000 people
    you’re going to get some that change because they heard something.  at
    an average of $10,000 a person he is raking in the dough and running a
    business that is based on the model of a large church.  the guy is a
    fake asshole who acts like he is here to save the planet.  its a bunch
    of b.s.  he is a megalomanic prick.   He claims the information he
    teaches is his and he truly believes it.  He was a bully as a kid and
    the man is still a bully.  It will catch up with him.   He has done too
    many things for it not too.    He will be on his third marriage soon
    too.  Isn’t that a big joke?  He has a course in Relationship Mastery.   I guarantee you that his relationship with Sage, his current wife,  doesn’t last for more than a couple more years.

  10. SexyBabe says:

    Nothing to be jealous of.  You have to know a person to truly be jealous of them.  If you knew him Stella it would be impossible to be jealous of the hell he must live in.  The outside veneer is very polished.  His personal life is diametrically opposed to who the man is.  I know.

  11. MichaelThomas says:

    There is nothing to hate about Anthony Robbins.  He is a product.  He has to live as a product every day of his life.   He is paranoid as anything that the real Tony Robbins will be found out.  It’s a shame because he does a tremendous job at teaching the material he has stolen from others and claims as his own.   My guess is he hasn’t read the books that he supposedly wrote.  The man is to hyperactive to have sat still long enough to write any one of the books.  There had to have been a ghost writer behind them.  He is a blessed man because he was given an amazing talent of speaking.  His motivation is beyond reproach though his morals and values are highly questionable although if you said that to him he would go ape shit on you like he has to many of his former employees.

  12. Tony Robbins is a douche says:

    He’s has a damn great circus act.  His real life doesn’t match his act at all.  The man talks about being in alignment with what you say, do and act.  There is nothing in alignment about him.  He is a total freak of nature who was motivated to make money.  His hunger for money remains and he will do anything to get his way.  His hangup isn’t one of the richest men in the world.  He believes he should be.  The fact is he never will be because when karma hits him in the ass he will have more problems than he can deal with.   He is aging and so is his audience.   Go to one of his rock concerts.   The average age must be close to 40.   The man is a joke.

  13. JJ Nelson says:

    I have grown a distate for people that attack others and not their message. I frequently get this in my own discussions, and it seems to be compensation for a weak argument. The author has a point in his satirization of Robbins work, I just happen to disagree with the overall conclusion he reached.

    Again, I like his message and that’s what counts. It doesn’t matter if he’s a salesman playing law of probability since I can find applicable lessons in his writings(Note I haven’t paid 10 grand for a seminar, but I will once I have my 5 billion dollars trusted to me from my affirmations,). 

    It doesn’t mean a damn thing to me that he is on his third wife. Larry King is I think on his15th at this point(if he’s still alive), yet I still like his interviews. Plenty of great men are flawed, in fact most are, considering they are human and we tend to be flawed. That’s why all this vitriol is nonsense.

    In recent history, Steve Jobs passed and was hailed almost unanimously  as an awesome person and tech innovator. Did you know he was also a giant douche bag and wouldn’t pay child support for his illegitimate daughter even though he was rolling in hundreds of millions of dollars?

    Yet I’m not chucking my macbook out anytime soon.

  14. matt says:

    If I ever rise to Adolf Hitler-like power in this country, I swear the first people to go are self help gurus.  It’s a pretty  good start with that James Ray jerkoff getting sent to prison.

  15. Papoose1324 says:

    Tony robbins is a worthless douchebag.

  16. JJ Nelson says:

    I agree that most self-help books are junk. But the few that are good do have some very good lessons inside them, and honestly a lot of people could benefit greatly from them.

    Have you ever even read an Anthony Robbins, a Dale Carnegie, or a Napoleon Hill book ?

    Did you apply any of the principles? And if you did read and apply them(highly doubtful) why do you hate them so much?

  17. matt says:

    Fact: Most self help gurus haven’t acheived any success outside of selling tapes, books, and seminars.  There rea lly arent any principles to apply because they dont’ tell you anything. I think I hate motivational stuff because most of them sound like, well motivational stuff! Cliches and platitudes and rambling nonsense. As the late great George Carlin said, Why do so many people need help? Life isn’t that fucking complicated! You get up, go to work, eat three meals, take one good shit, and go back to bed. What’s the mystery? I mean does life really require 500 page books, seminars and ‘coaching’ ? And, come to think of it, what the hell really IS self improvement? What does it mean? I mean, what do these people invent that is uniqely their own? They try to sell their work as some sort of ‘scientific’ method  or ‘proven’ course, when in reality all it is ‘rah rah rah, go go go, you can do it’ As Cheri said, they’re just salesmen, raking in millions by blowing smoke up the asses of naive people. Sorry.

  18. JJ Nelson says:

    It sounds like you’re the one with the platitudes and rambling nonsense. Really, George Carlin? Yeah, and Dane Cook was talking about the Kool Aid pitcher. That shit is really insightful.

    Life isn’t complicated if you want to live a mundane and vacuous life. If that’s what you want for yourself, then why the hell are you bothering with this in the first place? For most of human history people have lived like animals without much self-awareness, introspection, or time to think about who and what we are. But now humans wrestle with all their found freedoms, and their identity. Leaving the tribe is not an easy thing.

    Don’t be sorry, I can tell you’ve never read a self-help book. There’s plenty of practical principles in there, and the authors I mentioned rarely if at all talk about scientific principles, and only then to illustrate a theory or practical example they’re talking about.

    Your words remind me of my brother, a bath-robe philosopher that likes to posit on subjects with conviction whether or not he has any fucking clue what’s he talking about. When he asked me what my list for and I told him my very ambitious new goal was to read a book a day, I could see the resentment in his eyes, and once I answered that the books were divided between self-help and technology he jumped on it.

    Because self-help is just cheap philosophy, not “high” philosophy like he read. It is snake oil. It’s nonsense. All those guys are chumps and clowns.

    You know how many self-help books my brother has read?Fucking Zero, that’s how many. And the principle I had read that day from Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People” was “Don’t Criticize Others”. Ironic no doubt.

  19. matt says:

    Wrong. I unfortunately ‘read’ awaken the sucker, er, I mean Giant Within years ago. Also think and grow rich, some Brian Tracy stuff and other worthless drivel. As Carlon had stated the book is nothing but a 500 page waste of trees. Really. It’s motivational bullshit, dude. It’s marketed as ‘scientific’ principles and ‘proven’ courses, when, as I sated earlier, all it is is ‘rah rah rah  go go go yes yes yes’. Yeah fuckin right, let me just throw up a cheer and everything will be fine. Sure. My beef with this shit is that you think your’re going to learn techniques for success when in reality all the guy does is tell YOU how they got rich off YOU! How fucking many times can you tell people to ‘set’ goals. There, I just summed up every one of these programs. Set goals, visualize, be positive, that’s it. Thousands of shitty self help books summed up in three sentences.
    Have you ever noticed it’s the self help guru profitting the most? I have. Most of the people into this stuff are just dreamers. Period.  

  20. JJ Nelson says:

    Most successful people through history are just dreamers until they reach their success(excluding dynastic achievers)

    Again, most of self-help is bullshit and I agree. But I’ve read some of good self-help(Think and Grow Rich, How to Win Friends, Awaken the Giant) so i’ll keep backing it up. 

    Yeah it’s motivating, but what’s wrong with motivation? Motivation is what gets me out doing stuff and not inside fapping or watching t.v like most people.

    I don’t see anything wrong with motivation, positive thinking, or setting goals, really.

  21. matt says:

    No argument here. Everyone uses motivation. Motivation gets things done. People listen to fast paced music before working out, they drink energy drinks, etc. But I think, in my own subjective experiences, admititely, that these programs are just cruches for people. THey are self help junkies. They listen and listen and listen and listen and listen over and and over again, and yet year after year their lives never really seem to change. They act like they’re so unique and enlightened and all and yet they’re no different than your average next door neighbor. Do people really need to spend thousands of dollars to hear someone tell them to set goals? What have you done that’s so unique that you can attribute to Tony Robbins?

  22. JJNelson says:

    Well you know my name. I’ll bookmark this, the only page I have bookmarked, and be back in 5 years. I promise you will know my name by that point in time(in a good way), probably won’t even need to comment in 5 years, but I will anyway. Until then…

  23. JB Mull says:

    Steve Jobs is an invalid comparison, what he sold was i-gadgets Robbins failed marriages and flaws reflect on his message because his message is on successful relationships, perfecting yourself, chracter…
    You can affirm all you want but the proof is in the one selling you the products offering testimonies of how he went from … to …

    It’s all marketing. The greatest model of success for the 20th century is Stalin – he maintained his position until death which was late in life, was feared and obeyed, none of his successors or critics came close to his level of power. 50 – 100 years from now Anthony Robbins will be largely forgotten, but books will continue to be written about Stalin and his image will still be recognized by most of the world.

  24. DSFARGEG says:

    This wasn’t funny. Not because I was offended like the fans, but because this is shit. 

    LOOKS LIKE I STEPPED IN THE POOP.

  25. Usrhlp says:

    “So, does this mean I can’t do my shopping until I figure out what I want out of life.  If so, I think I’ll starve.”I love it!

  26. Jason says:

     
    “If you can’t you must, and if you must you can.” And if you musn’t, then you cannot?

    Not necessarily so. Even if you mustn’t, you still can. It’s just the reason you mustn’t.

    “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.”
    So, I learn from my mistakes?  Is that it?

    We don’t always make right judgements. We can and do make good judgements without making a mistake first. Too bad it doesn’t always manage to be that way. In other words, transform bad judgements into experience.

    “You can’t have a plan for your day, ‘til you have a plan for your life.” So, does this mean I can’t do my shopping until I figure out what I want out of life.  If so, I think I’ll starve.

    Depends on what you mean with a plan. Something as simple as shopping could count as a plan. What is a plan of the day to progress your lifelong goals?

    “Focus equals feeling.”But my feeling is a little out of focus.

    Focus can change how you feel and feeling can influence what you can focus on.

    “For changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent.” But what if they’re bad changes?

    Then they’re not of true value. Of course, if they impact your life in a negative way, then I doubt you’d value it, either.

    “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”But what if I like what I’m getting?

    Then why is it a problem?

    “In life you need either inspiration or desperation.” Or it leads to constipation!

    If your inspiration is left a weak, momentary impulse, then after wearing off you will experience some sort of emotional constipation. Desperation can really motivate, although it’s not very healthy.

    “It not knowing what to do, it’s doing what you know.” How do you do what you know without first knowing what to do?

    Exactly. It’s that knowing what to do isn’t enough by itself, but you also have to do what you know you have to do.

    “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.”

    “If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice.” –Geddy Lee

    Many people underestimate how much personal choices do affect our lives.

    “Life is a gift and it offers us the privilege, opportunity and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” Damn straight, Tony… Death won’t let us do any of those things.

    Tell that to people who are doing nothing with their life.

    “People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.”My goal is to get a whole lot of money for doing nothing.  It inspires me.

    Except to make any effort to get that money, of course. If you only sit on your butt and think of inspiring goals, then you can’t really call that inspiration.

    “Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.”But what if it’s a BAD decision?

    Common sense and judgement should tell you if your decision is good or bad. If you make a mistake regardless, then you see where you went wrong and learn from it, so you have more solid a foundation.

    “The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck.” So, how do I prepare to be born into a fabulously wealthy family?

    You actively look for opportunities to earn money and get rich while keeping the mindset that doesn’t waste that money in a short span of time(like some lottery winners do, not used to handling so much money). You persistently keep looking and eventually, you will find or create an opportunity for yourself. That’s how you prepare to be born into a fabulously wealthy family.

    “There is no such thing as failure. There are only results.” And one of those results is failure!

    You interpret those results to your benefit in some way or another so you can be more succesfull in the future.

    “Most people fail in life because they major in minor things.” Hey, what’s going on here. I thought there was no failure?

    If you neglect to plan your life in a meaningful way, big or small, and distract yourself from that fact by things you are only going to consume quickly to forget the feeling of emptiness, then you are going to live a hollow life indeed.

    “I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration
    were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have
    created the new level of living I now enjoy.”Why does he keep talking about failure?  It was only results.

    You learn from failure, treating it as a result to be learned from.

    “You always succeed in producing a result.”I get it now.  Even if I fail, I succeeded because I produced a result,
    which is failure.  And even though it’s failure, it’s still a result.
     And if producing results makes me successful, then even producing the
    result of failure makes me successful.  It’s all clear to me now!

    What makes you a success is learning how to do it better in the future, so constant failing and failing to learn from it won’t help you in the least.

  27. Ang061 says:

    The saddest thing about the whole self-help industry is that it teaches you one big lesson, you’re not good enough! Not “you’re not good enough, yet”. Just you’re not good enough – over and over again. You know what I say, stop judging yourself, stop navel gazing, go climb a tree and enjoy the sunshine (stuff skin cancer, splinters, the risk of falling, making a fool of yourself, etc). After 51 years it is the best advice I can give anyone still young enough to climb a tree! Worrying about being good enough will kill you.

  28. Jane says:

    Aha! Now what I want out of life is to keep living. To the shops!

    Problem solved.

  29. Joe Nasr says:

    …and this is how he came across this knowledge, my dear “sexybabe”!

    I care less of what he’s going through, or what his approach to being a success is, or who he really is behind that camera, because you are right!!! I don’t know the guy! but what i’m picking up from him is much more than the knowledge I’m trying to gather from an entire group of successful men that i know and meet on daily basis

    Dear “Papoose1324″… consider reading what Tony Robbins had to say about Commitments and Approaches… you might learn a thing or a two.

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