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Huffington: Tony Robbins on why PULL is more powerful that PUSH

He still has the talent, passion and leadership to show us the path…  Get his new book (only 100 pages) Re-Awaken the Giant Within.  AND he’s now feeding 4 million hungry and building prosthetics with a visionary 17 year-old… hard to believe he was once just a starving kid wishing he could eat a Thanksgiving meal…

MS: You have so many inspiring words of wisdom that you always share, but what’s the one piece of advice that you find right now really resonates with people, that people seem to be needing to hear, if you had to distill it?

 TR: Gosh, there’s so many. It depends on the person and what they’re facing. I think the most important thing for people to remember is, it’s not about you. You think that the person is upset with you. It’s not about you. People are dealing with their own issues, their own needs, their own wants, their own desires, their own feelings that are being deflected or kept from what they want. What will put life in perspective is if you constantly do something as a ritual to serve somebody in worse shape than you are, there is no greater way to put perspective in your life. I call it ‘I have no problems day’. When you go and you do something, you have such a huge problem and you go serve somebody who has no arms. You go take care of somebody who’s lost their child. You go do something simple, just like spending time with somebody who is older and has nobody listening; you’ve got to polish up their memories. You’re asking questions about the great love of their life, about what they’re proud of, about what were some of the funniest moments. Those little experiences require no money, they require nothing but waking up and remembering life is calling you to serve, life wants you to serve something more than yourself. When you serve something more than yourself, you are served. It’s the most ironic thing in the world.
 I mean, the last thing I would say to people is just to remember no matter how bad things look, you are more than anything you’re facing, you’re more than this moment, you’re more than this challenge and you can rise above it. You have within you this capacity to deal with anything. There’s no challenge put in front of you that you can’t deal with. What will help you remember that resiliency is if you will read regularly–30 minutes a day–don’t miss reading. Read something that is going to inspire you, a biography, something that’s going to teach you, not just reading crap on the internet, like really give yourself 30 minutes a day. If you feed your mind, if you strengthen your body and if you find some way to serve, even the smallest way outside yourself–If you do those three things, you don’t have to worry about anything.

The last one is, remember, it’s not your conditions that determine the quality of your life, it’s your vision that determines the quality of your life. So if you don’t like your life, change it. How would you change it? You decide. There’s no action without first decision. Decision is the mother or the father of action, and action is what changes your life. So, you don’t like your job? Change it. If you don’t like the relationship, change it. Change you first or you will just end up with the same problem with somebody else. If you’ve done that and it’s not the right one, change the relationship. If you don’t like your body, change it. It’s not a question of whether you can, it’s whether will you draw a line in the sand and say, “This is where I’m going. I’m not going back.” You want to stay in the islands, burn the boats. It’s amazing what people do when they have no way to back out.

So, what I would say to people is we live in a magnificent time where technology empowers us to have access to all the knowledge that exists in the world, but nothing is going to give that to you if you’re not hungry enough to step forward and educate yourself. Warren Buffett said, “The most important investment that you can make in your life is an investment in your own education, investment in yourself.” Forget any other investment, this is the one that no one can take from you and this is the one that will pay you dividends for the rest of your life.

So, I’m on a mission to help people grow and give. The more they grow the more they can give, the more life they build, the greater the quality of their life.

For more information about Tony Robbins as well as a schedule of his upcoming events and seminars, visit www.tonyrobbins.com.

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