Why Tony Robbins is NOT My Guru! (PERSONAL)

Written on May 26, 2019

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🗣️ “Every end is a new beginning.” 🗣️

The past 10 days I’ve had the privilege to volunteer at Tony Robbins’s Date With Destiny 6-day event here in Australia. ❤️ Amidst all the recent Buzzfeed shenanigans, amidst Tony still recovering from a stomach ulcer which had him losing 1/3 of his blood, all of us here pulled through nevertheless to put on an amazing event 2500 souls will never forget! 🎊

When I look back, it was only a few years ago that I was standing on the Schaumburg Convention Center floor participating at my first Tony Robbins event. Little did I know I’d be standing here today in the Cairns Convention Center halfway across the world as one of Tony’s regular volunteer Crew members. 👥

To recount everything that’s happened in my life these past few years would take ages! 📚 But my story, specifically with Tony’s work, goes back even further…↩️

I’ve never written it all down before until now. But it’s time you all knew, because I have something important I also need to share with you all! 😲

As a teenager, the first job I ever had was working as a Boy Scout camp counselor in the small town of Wild Rose, Wisconsin.🌲 For 8 weeks every summer, hundreds of staff like myself committed to serving thousands of Scouts and Leaders in an unforgettable camping experience. It was a key part of my life for 6 years. 🗓️

To make things even more fun for Scouts, the staff members would not use their real names. My nickname was “Dohnut”. Yes, it was spelled that was because I said it was! 😂

One week up there, I met a Scout Leader Sudesh Kannan. I don’t remember how we initially started talking, but what I do remember is asking him for a list of books he recommended I read. If I recall, he was more than happy to. Correct me if I’m wrong as you read this Dr. K! ✅

Among his list of book recommendations was Tony Robbins’s “Awaken the Giant Within”. 📖 But first and foremost I have to admit something right now. And I think this may shock many of you who know I’m a big fan of Tony’s work today. 😱

🙀 Embrace yourself! Are you ready?! 🙀

I have NEVER read any of Tony’s books in their entirety! I’ve read portions of them here and there, but never one in full! Crazy, right?! “…And you call yourself a fan!” 🤣

🗣️ “So if you’ve didn’t read his books, how did you ever get interested in Tony’s work???” 🗣️

My dear friends: the Internet is a beautiful thing! Online, I watched recorded videos of his speeches. I read many of his quotations. I followed his social media page. 💻 I became a fan of his work real fast. Something about it just resonated with me! 🤔

I made a pledge to myself that attending one of his events would be on my bucket list. 👍

And then one day in 2015 I went onto his official website to see if he had any upcoming nearby events. 📆 To my astonishment, he did! He was coming to to Chicago that July, only a few months away! Even better, he was going to be hosting his Unleash the Power Within event at the Schaumburg Convention Center just 15 miles away from my house! 😱

I grabbed my tickets promptly! 🎟️

I remember UPW being the most transformative mental and physical experience I ever had to that date!

✅ I remember the beginning music playing on Day 1.

✅ I remember Jennifer Hyland’s intervention with Tony.

✅ I remember the radical honesty sharing with others the limiting beliefs I was ashamed to admit.

✅ I remember crying my eyes out during the Dicken’s Process.

I remember for the first time I experienced what some would refer to as a “spiritual awakening”, minus the woo woo or religious dogma that often tends to come with the idea of spirituality. 🤲

To summarize in a single sentence: I truly felt alive! It was a euphoric experience in many ways I could not put into words! 🔠

I remember the day after the event ended I weighed myself: 234 pounds exact. I remember that same day I also quit drinking soda, going from a daily 3 to 4 cans a day to 0. None! Zilch! Zip! And ice cold water replaced my new favorite drink. 💦

I started focusing on exercising more and finding healthier food options. 🌱And over the course of 2 months I lost over 25 pounds! 😲

For a time, I in fact didn’t return back to the Tony Robbins environment for a while. It wasn’t until a year and half had passed that I finally decided to Crew Tony’s UPW event in November 2016 in San Jose, California. ✈️

There I had the privilege to make new friends like Steven L ParryAustin SprinzCharles M. Hawkins, and who I said was “a very happy lady” Rocky Jacobson. 👥

But at the time I was a nervous wreck! 😨

I was so worried about doing something wrong and getting in trouble. I wanted to make a good first impression on Crew. I tried to help everyone as fast as I could. I overexerted myself to the point I wasn’t taking care of my own health! 🤕

And I can assure that’s NOT what anybody says when it’s continually emphasized to all the Crew: “Take care of yourself. Drink plenty of water. Take breaks when you need to.” 🎤

But it was Rebekah Koon-casson who really helped me one day I was there when she looked me in the eyes and told me something I’ll never forget: “What are they going to do?! Fire you?!” 🤷‍♂️

I never forgot because I laughed and it made me calm down. Rebekah, I use these exact words today towards other new and nervous Crew members just like how I was. I hope you don’t mind! 😁

And that event would be but the first of 8 more UPW events I’d Crew, from Los Angeles to Chicago to Newark to London. 🌎 Over that time I met hundreds of new Crew members, connected with so many amazing event participants, people from all walks of life, and took on leadership roles such as Floor Captain. 🥇

I consider it a privilege to be a part of giving back the experience which was first given to me to thousands of more people. ❤️

And now I’m here…present day! I’m 165 pounds now. Personal growth has become one of my top priorities. And I’m about to close the current chapter in my life! 😲

What do I mean by that? Don’t worry, I don’t plan on leaving Crewing anytime soon! But a new chapter is in fact beginning for me. 😊

That young camp counselor. That 23 year old boy at UPW. That first-time anxious Crew member. None of them would foresee this new chapter about to be written. None of them would ever foresee the day I would be telling you all that I’ll be officially working for Tony Robbins. 😱

You heard me right! As of May 28th, the day I arrive back home from Australia, I’m officially an employee at Robbins Research International under their amazing Sales team, working for the #1 personal development coach in the world! ✊

To say this realization still hasn’t fully hit me would be a bit of an understatement. But I can certainly say I’m more than excited for this next chapter in my life to be written! ✍️

🗣️ “You’re obsessed with Tony Robbins! It looks like some cult!” 🗣️

To all my friends who are skeptical about why I’m so passionate about Tony Robbins, I absolutely understand that. From an outside perspective, for anyone who’s never been to an event, my enthusiasm might seems a bit uncalled for. What’s all the fuss, right?! 🤔

Let me clarify: I’m a “Fanboy” for Tony’s work and mission, not the Man himself. Contrary to popular belief, I’ve never even personally met the guy! No handshake. No photo op. No small talk. It’s not a priority for me! 😝

📌 I don’t consider him a guru.

📌 I don’t worship or blindly idolize him.

📌 I don’t place him on some godlike pedestal.

📌 I agree that blind worship towards anything or anyone is not healthy.

For the cynical, I can assure he has not “brainwashed” my intellectual capacity to critically think about him or his work objectively. 😎

For me: Tony Robbins is a damn fine teacher. 👨‍🏫 A psychologist. A philosopher. 👤 A person I consider a mentor with over 40 years in the field of personal development. A person who is genuinely intent on seeing the world suffer far less through authenticity and personal responsibility. ❤️

He’s promoting a mission I believe is strongly needed for our long-term society: the psychological and spiritual growth of the individual. 💪

For those who take the time to dive into Tony’s material, you’ll see how deep it actually goes. It’s far more than a lot of the self-help drivel you see today. 👍

Parts of his material is rooted from many places. Existentialism. Essentialism. Stoicism. Plato. Aristotle. Sigmund Freud. Carl Jung. Hypnotherapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Neuro Linguistic Programming. Archetypal Psychology. Meditation Mindfulness. Pavlov conditioning. Buddhism. Hinduism. Mythology. And the list goes on! 📚

Tony has taken complex concepts and simplified them into a pragmatic form of understanding. He’s taken what people often see as difficult and painful to do (breaking old habits, changing one’s life) into easy and simple steps.

Like the greatest of teachers, Tony has interconnected all these ideas into programs and events which help people better themselves as individuals. 😄Like the teacher John Keating does for his students in “Dead Poets Society”, Tony Robbins inspires his student participants every event to show how we all can also “seize the day” too! ✊

And THAT is why I support his work so much! So much for just some “positive thinking” “rah rah” events, right? 😅

I challenge my friends who are skeptical of his work: don’t mistake my online positivity for naivety. It’s not the man himself I’m a “Fanboy” of; it’s his work and the long-term impact I see it having on our world. 🌎 I should know; it did for my own life! 👤

Thank you Tony Robbins for the work that you do, and I look forward to now being a part of it even more! ❤️

For all the negative gossip posts the past week with Tony, I’d love for you all to SHARE this post. Let others hear from people who are actually in the community! 😊

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