If you’ve heard anything about self-improvement, then you’ve heard of Tony Robbins.
Since 1977, Tony Robbins has been at the peak of the self-improvement industry helping millions of people achieve their goals and live a better life.
Most people know Tony Robbins from his famous TED talk or his multi-day seminars that cost anywhere from $15,000 to $20,000.
But what most people don’t know is that Tony Robbins has some amazing books that have everything you need to know to live a better life.
So in this article, I want to go through the top 4 Tony Robbins books that you need to check out for yourself. I’ll also cover the top 6 books Tony Robbins recommends himself.
1. Awaken The Giant Within
What this book is about: In this book, Tony Robbins shares his most effective strategies for mastering emotions, your body, your relationships, your finances, and your life.
He provides a step-by-step program teaching the fundamental lessons of self-mastery that will enable you to discover your true purpose and take control of your life.
What I thought of it: This is the first Tony Robbins book I recommend to anyone looking to harness a powerful mindset and discover their life purpose.
Toby Robbin’s teaching of taking responsibility confronted me and hit me like a ton of bricks.
It forced me to take a good hard look in the mirror, and the techniques and questions presented in this book forced me to reconsider my attitudes, habits, and goals.
I learned that I may be made up of my past, but it doesn’t mean I can’t create my future.
Favorite quote: “If you don’t set a baseline standard for what you’ll accept in your life, you’ll find it’s easy to slip into behaviors and attitudes or a quality of life that’s far below what you deserve. You need to set and live by these standards no matter what happens in your life.”
2. Unlimited Power
What it is about: In this book, Tony Robbins reveals how to find our purpose in life, get rid of fears, create instant rapport with anyone you meet, and the 5 keys to wealth and happiness.
What I thought about it: This book was different from Awaken the Giant Within as he dived deeper into NLP and how it can condition your mind for success.
He also shares some practical strategies for wealth creation and success.
And if you’re struggling to figure out how to achieve your goals, then I highly recommend you check out this book for the second part on “life planning”.
You’ll get some good ideas on not only figuring out your goals in life but how you’re going to achieve them as well.
Favorite quote: “Fuller uses the metaphor of a ship’s rudder. He says when the rudder of a ship is angled to one side or another, the ship tends to keep rotating beyond the helmsman’s intention. He has to correct the rotation, moving it back toward the original direction in a never-ending process of action and reaction, adjustment and correction. Picture that in your mind – a helmsman on a quiet sea, gently guiding his boat toward its destination by coping with thousands of inevitable deviations from its course. It’s a lovely image, and it’s a wonderful model for the process of living successfully.”
3. Money: Master The Game
What is this book about: In this book, Tony Robbins assembles a distillation of just about every good personal finance idea of the last forty years.
Based on extensive research and interviews with successful people like Joh Bogle, Warren Buffett, and Ray Dalio, Tony Robbins shares a 7-step blueprint for securing financial freedom.
What I thought about it: This was a really helpful book for me. With advice about taking control of my financial decisions, setting up a savings and investing plan, destroying myths about what it takes to save and invest, setting up a lifetime income plan, the book just had so much good advice and practices for achieving financial freedom.
The whole book is over 600 pages and it might just be the most important book you’ll read.
Favorite quote: “The secret to wealth is simple: Find a way to do more for others than anyone else does. Become more valuable. Do more. Give more. Be more. Serve more.”
4. Unshakable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook
What it is about: In this book Tony Robbins shares advice on how to transform your financial life and accelerate your path to financial freedom.
He teams up with financial advisor Peter Mallouk for this book and together they reveal how to become unshakeable in a world of uncertainty and economic volatility.
What I thought of this book: No matter your salary or stage of life, this book will provide some pretty handy tools to achieve your financial goals more rapidly than you ever thought possible.
This is a great book because not only do you get some interesting strategies from the world’s top investors on how to protect yourself from inevitable economic crashes but they also share a simple, actionable plan to achieve financial freedom.
The best bit for me? The core four principles of the world’s greatest financial minds.
Favorite quote: “When it comes to the areas of your life that matter most—your family, your faith, your health, your finances—you can’t rely on anybody else to tell you what to do. It’s great to get coaching from experts in the field, but you can’t outsource the final decision. You can’t give another person control over your destiny, no matter how sincere or skilled he or she may be.”
The top 6 books Tony Robbins recommends
There’s also a blog post where Tony Robbins recommends his favorite books.
Here are what books Tony Robbins recommends to read:
Principles, by Ray Dalio:
This is a friend of Tony Robbins, and according to Tony, a “total genius”. I haven’t read this book, but it sounds intriguing.
Ray Dalio’s company, Bridgewater, is the biggest hedge fund in the world, with over $165 billion under management.
In fact, he’s returned more money to investors than anybody in history.
Tony Robbins says that when you understand how someone else has achieved their goals, you can follow their actions and also achieve similar success.
Principles explain Ray’s principles that guided him towards success in his life, business, and finances.
Favorite quote: “It is far more common for people to allow ego to stand in the way of learning.”
Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferris
We’ve all heard of Tim Ferris before, and for good reason. Not only is he is a successful investor, but he’s written some brilliant books in the past describing how he has made life more efficient and fulfilling.
In this book, Tim asked a series of questions to some of the most brilliant people in the world.
In Tribe of Mentors, you’ll learn key habits and beliefs of extremely successful people, and you’ll also find out what drives them.
No matter who you are, there will be something you can get out of this book.
Favorite quote: “What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the “real world”? What advice should they ignore? I’m probably hopelessly out of date but my advice is get real-world experience: Be a cowboy. Drive a truck. Join the Marine Corps. Get out of the hypercompetitive “life hack” frame of mind. I’m 74. Believe me, you’ve got all the time in the world. You’ve got ten lifetimes ahead of you. Don’t worry about your friends “beating” you or “getting somewhere” ahead of you. Get out into the real dirt world and start failing. Why do I say that? Because the goal is to connect with your own self, your own soul. Adversity. Everybody spends their life trying to avoid it. Me too. But the best things that ever happened to me came during the times when the shit hit the fan and I had nothing and nobody to help me. Who are you really? What do you really want? Get out there and fail and find out.”
The Mind at home with itself: How asking four questions can free your mind, open your heart, and turn your world around.
Tony Robbins has always been a fan of Byron Katie, and he says that this book (and asking yourself these 4 questions) will change your perception of your own thoughts and the world around you.
If you want freedom from the mind, this book is well worth checking out.
Favorite quote: “Hurt feelings or discomfort of any kind cannot be caused by another person. No one outside you can hurt you. That’s not possible. Only when you believe a story about them can you be hurt. So you’re the one who’s hurting yourself. This is very good news, because it means that you don’t have to get someone else to stop hurting you or to change in any way. You’re the one who can stop hurting you. You’re the only one.”
As a Man Thinketh, By James Allen
Tony Robbins has read this book more than a dozen times because it’s so powerful.
This book dives deep into helping you understand who you truly are and how your thoughts shape you. It will help you change your focus on what’s important.
Favorite quote: “A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.”
TB12 Method, How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak, by Tom Brady
Tom Brady has been at the top of his game for 20 years now. It’s pretty remarkable to be 40 years old and still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
This book talks about his “The TB12 Method” – his tried and true strategies for staying at the top of his game.
I’ve actually tried the diet Tom Brady recommends and I wrote a blog post about it. Check out my blog post here. Let’s just put it this way. It isn’t exactly easy, but my results were incredible.
Favorite quote: “Wisdom, someone said, is about knowing the difference between the things you can control and the things you can’t.”
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
This is probably the greatest book I’ve ever read, and Tony Robbins agrees.
The book details Frankl’s experience as a Nazi concentration camp prisoner, and his incredible ability to adopt a positive mindset in such atrocious circumstances.
I gobbled the book up. The man and his resilience were incredible.
I thought, “If Viktor can find meaning for his life among such tragic circumstances, there’s no reason I can’t”.
Reading this, along with some Buddhist philosophy, helped me get clear in some areas of my life.
Favorite quote: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Putting yourself first
What’s your number one goal at the moment?
Is it to buy that car you’ve been saving up for?
To finally start that side-hustle that’ll hopefully help you quit your 9-5 one day?
Or to take the leap and finally ask your partner to move in?
Whatever your goals are, there’s a hidden trap in how you set them.
The trap is this:
You’ll only experience genuine life satisfaction when your goals are aligned with your values.
Because when values and goals are aligned, you enjoy the journey much more. And this makes achieving your goals much more likely.
If you find it hard to articulate your deeper life values, I suggest downloading the free values exercise by career coach Jeanette Brown.
It takes only a couple of minutes and will reveal a number of powerful insights about your underlying values.
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