Sunday, April 29, 2012

Tony Robbins Asks Why We Do What We Do


Tony Robbins
Sometimes throwing a little bit of passion and rude humor can really captivate an audience. Tony Robbins proved this technique to be extremely effective in his TED talk, Tony Robbins asks why we do what we do. Robbins used foul language, but very persuasive ideas to be sure that each and every person was paying maximum attention to his talk. Well constructed background slides backed up each of Robbins thoughts, throughout the presentation.
Robbins started off by introducing himself through past experience. Robbins often performs seminars that can last entire weekends. As he stated about his 20 minute talk, “This will be difficult, not being 50 hours long.” Robbins then caught the audience off guard by saying, “I’m not here to motivate you”, slightly contradicting the title of his talk. He backed up this idea by explaining how he is more of a “why guy”, meaning he helps to find what your motive of action is. Robbins wants to help you motivate yourself instead of spending his time actually motivating you. He showed that the invisible force of internal drive is the absolute most important force of life. In other words, we need to find what motivates us as individuals. Robbins set a goal for the talk that he hoped everyone would reach. The goal was, by the end of the talk, to be able to explore where you are today in order to stop problems in the society and help others. The first step to reaching this goal was to ask yourself, “What makes a difference in the quality of people's’ lives?” Robbins showed that the art of fulfillment is very important to the quality of the lives of people. In order to reach fulfillment, you must show appreciation and contribution. We must appreciate others and what they are able to accomplish in order to live proper fulfillment. Also, we have to contribute to others and the society in as many ways as possible.
Robbins went on to influence the ideas of how important emotion is in humans. Perhaps by accident, or just be coincidence, Al Gore was present in the front row of Robbins talk. Robbins used Gore as a base of all humor and incorporated Gore’s history into the themes of emotion. 
Al Gore
He used Gore’s presidential race as an example of how humans need to show more emotion in life. If Gore had showed more emotion in his race to be the president of the United States of America, Robbins believed that he would have undoubtedly won. He demonstrated many instances of emotion by placing the listeners as subjects of his stories. Robbins used many other famous figures as persuasive examples of emotion.
Robbins came to the conclusion of “why we do what we do” towards the end of his talk. Everything revolves around the 6 human needs. The first four of these needs, certainty, uncertainty, critical significance, and connectional love, are needs of the human personality. Everyone at some point has experienced these needs and used them as motivators in their lives. The final two needs, the need to grow and to contribute beyond ourselves, are needs of personality. These needs influence humans to a deeper type of motivation. Robbins ended his talk by stating a powerful statement, “People only really start to live when they face death.” You must give your all in order to be able to live your all. In order to accomplish this, we must explore our internal “webs”. From these webs, we must appreciate what’s driving other people, and find more of ourselves to give to the world.

A complete website with videos, articles, and more speeches from Tony Robbins can be found here.

Tony Robbins TED talk can be found here.

Works Cited
"Review of Tony Robbins "Ultimate Edge" Audio Program Building a business while having a life..    N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2012. <http://www.empowernetwork.com/Anthonykibe/blog/review-of-tony-robbins-ultimate-edge/>.


Hollis, Mark. "Al Gore to rally for Barack Obama on Friday in West Palm Beach." Sun Sentinel.com. N.p., 29 Oct. 2008. Web. 29 Apr. 2012. <weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/palm/blog/2008/10/_former_vice_president_al.html>.

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