For many, the term “inspirational speaker” is synonymous with one man: Tony Robbins. That kind of name recognition is impressive, but for Robbins it’s par for the course. After all, Robbins has made it his life’s mission to inspire people to achieve great success and, by extension, happiness.
Robbins’ message has reached 100 countries via his bestselling books, Unlimited Power and Awaken the Giant Within, and also through his uplifting infomercials and famous “firewalking” seminars. Impressively, Robbins has also coached many world leaders, from George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton to Mikhail Gorbachev. As well, Robbins has appeared regularly in all the big-name media outlets, including Vanity Fair, Time, NBC News, Fox News, CNN and Oprah Winfrey. In fact, it was Oprah herself who once gushed, “This was one of the most incredible experiences in my life” about Robbins’ Unleash the Power Within seminar.
Robbins may have made it big, but he has never forgotten his humble beginnings. The kindness of a stranger during a childhood Thanksgiving inspired him to do the same in New York City. As the story goes, one year on Thanksgiving Day, Robbins wanted to give away food in Harlem, but didn’t have a van to get there. In typical Robbins fashion, he faced the challenge head on, and not only made it to Harlem, but to the South Bronx as well. Robbins continues this yearly Thanksgiving tradition, and invites others to join in because, as he puts it, life’s really about giving, not just about getting.
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