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Unleashing the Power Within - The Tony Robbins Experience

Ever since I was a kid growing up in Canada, I remember seeing this giant man on the television just talking with pure certainty and with seemingly unlimited stamina.  His presence was reassuring & radically inspiring.

Enter Tony Robbins.


The man is also known as “The CEO Whisperer” and has influenced the lives of many people including the former President Bill Clinton who reached out to him at 2am one night to get his advice on something. He’s nothing short of amazing. The man delivers. He’s given thousands of speeches and influenced the lives of millions of people worldwide.

He started his journey to inspire others to be the best version of themselves in the 80s when he was the apprentice of Jim Rohn who was another prolific speaker.  Tony’s reached just about an iconic status in America. He’s appeared in movies such as Shallow Hal where he played himself. He’s written countless books that have gone on to be on New York Time’s Bestseller list & people really listen to him.

Above all else, his story of early childhood trauma is what gives him such an appeal and his heart to make a change in the lives of people. He was beaten by his mother to the point his head started bleeding and he had dish fluid poured down his throat. It never made him hate her but made him curious about psychological patterns in people and how to work with them.  Rather than becoming the victim of his narrative and succumbing to substance abuse, Tony took the path of heroism and became the hero in his story. He decided to inspire the lives of many people who had been through what he endured, physical and psychological pain.  

That is why he created one of his most powerful programs “Unleash The Power Within.”  UPW is a 4-day jam-packed event where Tony gets people jumping out of their seats and has them push through barriers which may be coming in their way of self-discovery.  My experience was no exception.

I went in there, assessed the patterns that I had created in my life which were no longer serving me.  Tony talks about the 6 core needs and how they can be used for either a good purpose or bad. His message is simple, follow either the path of significance where you’re only driven by your ego or follow the path of contribution where you can make a change in the lives of people.

I remember in 2014 when I was a 118 lb 5’10 scrawny male.  Totally underweight and down on my confidence. Then came a moment when I said to stop feeling sorry for myself and take control of my destiny.  I started listening to Tony’s videos on YouTube and in 3 months I gained almost 25 lbs of muscle.

This is the effect that Tony has on people.  He’s a human just like all of us and has his flaws but his heart and determination have a huge impact on the listener.  

His events aren’t far some of the most unique I’ve ever been to.  His raw persona surging with energy gets the crowd rolling and there’s an almost ethereal feel to him.  He doesn’t call himself a guru but instead tells the participants to become their own gurus and lead with their heart.  

The more you attend his events the more familiar faces you’ll see there.  There are Tony coaches there on site and senior leaders who have worked up the ranks as Crew Members who keep his events running smoothly.  His approach is to send a shock to your nervous system and have you create new patterns which will be a catalyst for your growth. His philosophy is simple “motion evokes emotion.”  So occasionally he’ll tell you to get up on your seat and shake that ass. His belief is that we learn best when we’re engaged, excited and emotionally invested.

I remember doing a meditation where Tony had us connect with our child selves and ask a simple question “what is my purpose?” to which my answer received again and again was “your purpose to help & serve people.”  

Needless to say after attending Tony’s event I quit my job and became a Life Coach which was something I’ve always wanted to do.  There is a community Facebook group with thousands of Tony participants who keep each other accountable for their goals and celebrate their wins together.  It is by far one of the most inspiring communities I’ve ever been a part of.

My call of action for you is if you’ve been wanting to make a change in your life and are tired of the same results, then maybe a little dose Tony may be good for you.  I know it was for me.

To find out more about what Tony inspired me to create you can see my Life Coaching practice at www.shayanmehdi.com