Ted Talk Tonyrobbins Analysis

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Why do people do what they do? Tony Robbins has committed his life to answering this question. Robbins is an author, life coach, and active philanthropist. He has six internationally best-selling books, created arguably the best personal and professional development program of all time, and is a partner or founder of over thirty businesses and companies (tonyrobbins.com). In this Ted Talk, Robbins explains how he thinks people’s emotions are the true force behind their actions and, ultimately, their success. Everyone has their own particular goals and desires. It 's the emotion behind that goal or idea that gets people to act on it. By providing examples and step-by-step processes, Robbins walks the audience through his research of how emotions…show more content…
Everyone is unique and have unique goals and desires. To accomplish these goals, people need to set a specific focus and a target for what they want to do, find the meaning and force behind their focus, and the result is an action driving emotion. Robbins says “If decisions shape destiny, what determines it is three decisions. What will you focus on? You have to decide what you’re going to focus on...The minute you decide to focus, you must give it a meaning, and that meaning produces emotion...An emotion creates what we’re going to do, or the action”(Robbins, 7:28). Without a clear focus, no one can get anything done. Those who have a clear direction and focus with “meaning” behind it are the ones who accomplish great things. In my case, if I’m not dialed in to something and am giving it my full attention, I either lazily do it or not do it at all. For example, school work. If I’m doing school work for a subject I don’t care about or have any connection to, I half-ass it. But when I’m emotionally dialed into something I have a great interest in, I unconsciously perform the three steps Robbins explained. I put my undivided focus toward it. My meaning is rooted in my interest in the subject matter. The result, a motivated emotion to get the work done efficiently and…show more content…
Fulfillment is what motivates people to keep doing what they are doing. However, fulfillment is what many people are missing out on. To truly experience fulfillment, people need to stop only doing things for themselves and start doing things for other people. “My invitation to you is: explore your web, the web in here -- the needs, the beliefs, the emotions that are controlling you, for two reasons: so there 's more of you to give, and achieve, too, but I mean give, because that 's what 's going to fill you up. And secondly, so you can appreciate -- not just understand...appreciate what’s driving other people” (Robbins, 20:52). Robbins is a thousand percent correct. In my own experiences, doing things for myself make me feel good for a little while. However, this good feeling quickly disappears and my fulfillment goes dry. Helping others is a different story. Seeing other people succeed because of my assistance brings me joy and fulfillment exponentially more than just succeeding myself. A good example I can use to portray this is basketball. I can honestly care less if I score three or thirty-three points in a game. The only thing I care about is if I can help everyone else on my team get a victory. Games that I’m the high scorer on the team, but the team loses makes me feel like I still lost. On the contrary, in games that I go scoreless but we win by double figures, I’m the happiest guy on the team. Selfishness only takes a person
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