Tony Robbins Biography
Tony Robbins (Clifton Anthony Robbins, Jr.) is an American business executive, author and life coach. In addition to his work as a self-development expert and speaker, Tony also works as an actor, director, producer and screenwriter. As of 2015 he has published 17 books and numerous articles on topics such as self-awareness, peak performance and the psychology of relationships.
Tony Robbins was born on January 24th 1948 in Raleigh North Carolina United States of America. His parents were Clara Virginia (Hester) Robbins and Clifton Anthony Robbins, who was a Baptist minister. He grew up in Atlanta where he attended St Pius X School for all his studies until high school when he moved to Roswell High School for his last two years of secondary education.
In 1971 he graduated from Duke University with a degree in Economics and entered Harvard Business School to study management consulting but dropped out after a year due to health problems that were later revealed to be testicular cancer that threatened his life several times during the following decade while he underwent treatment at various hospitals including the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota where he eventually recovered.
After graduating from HBS he worked for McKinsey & Company for four years before starting his first company with six friends called Executive Natural Resources which specialized in providing retirees with activities such as golfing clubs, country clubs and other leisure facilities under their name until it went bankrupt in 1980 due to mismanagement by its operators.
The Miracle That Changed Tony Robbins‘ Life Forever
When Tony was just 11 his family couldn’t afford to have food on the table for Thanksgiving. On a day when so many people were celebrating gratitude, they had nothing and were starving.
These financial strains, coupled with life’s stresses, left Tony‘s parents arguing. It was the exact opposite of what everybody else in the world was celebrating.
That’s when something MIRACULOUS happened…
“I open the door and there’s a tall man there with all this food, saying, “Is your dad here?” It was mindboggling. It was a gift from God as far as I was concerned, and I went and grabbed my father. He didn’t respond too well to the idea of charity, even though we were starving…
“But my dad took the food and it changed my life. Before that happened, my father and my family had always said, “Nobody gives a damn about anybody else.”
There was so much evidence that people could be so selfish, mean, and harsh — especially when you’re struggling financially — oftentimes, that’s all you notice in the world. But I couldn’t deny that strangers cared …
And so I thought, “If strangers care about me, I’m caring about strangers.”
Tony Robbins Foundation
Tony Robbins founded the Tony Robbins Foundation to help those in need. The foundation was started in 1993 with the goal of raising money for those that have experienced tragedy, a major illness or other crisis. As of 2015 it has raised and donated $450 million to various organizations.
The foundation has helped children and families in need of food, clothing and shelter. They have also helped people after natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.
The Tony Robbins Foundation is based on philosophy that “managing your personal pain begins with managing your inner pain,” which is reflected in their motto “Find Your Personal Power.”
In 2005 Tony Robbins gave a lecture at Yale University where he revealed his experience with cancer, speaking on how he was able to cope with the disease. The lecture had little publicity before it was released online but soon became very popular by word of mouth.
Tony Robbins Shares His Secret to Success and Happiness
“To truly feed your spirit, remember this:
The secret to living is giving.
No matter how busy or broke you may be, you have something to offer others.
So many people miss the opportunity to know that their life makes a difference – but it does.
Your life matters – and if you align yourself to be congruent with the truth that you’re here not just to “get” but to give, then other people will feel your authenticity and they will open up to you.”
Tony Robbins Financial Success
Robbins is widely credited with the success of his best-selling business and personal development books, which have sold over 70 million copies. Forbes estimated that Robbins’s earnings from his business and personal coaching and speaking totaled $67 million in 2016.
In 2000 Tony Robbins published “Awaken The Giant Within” which became his first bestseller. In 2011, another of Tony’s books was made into a movie, “Money: Master The Game”.
Each year Tony partners with Dean Graziosi to help millions learn how to transform their passions, skills, and experience, into a way to help millions and earn money. This year, they doing that through the Time to Thrive Challenge.
Tony Robbins Inspirational Quotes
Over time, we’ll be compiling lists of our favorite inspiring quotes from Tony. To kick off that list, we invite you to check out “25 Tony Robbins Quotes About Business, Management, and Leadership.”