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  • The Tim Ferriss ShowEp 37: Tony Robbins on Morning Routines, Peak Performance,and Mastering MoneyTim @ 0:27:This episode is brought to you by 99designs.com, which is the largest online marketplace for graphicdesign. With more than 850,000 registered designers form all over the world who compete for yourbusiness. Ive used them for years, and Ive used them for some very big projects, like the book coverfor the Four Hour Body, which went on to become a #1 New York Times Bestseller, translated into atleast, I would say, 10, 15, 20 languages. And I use 99Designs because I needed results and I neededthem very quickly. So heres how it works: you need a logo, website, book cover, T-shirt, car wrap,whatever. You put a description on 99Designs.com, then people submit designs and in a week or less,you have an original design that you love, or you get 100% of your money back. So, check out99Designs.com/Tim - you can see some of the projects that Ive done personally, and you can alsoget a $99 upgrade for free. This highlights your project, listing it with a prominent background,bumping it to the top of the page, and - on average - this will attract close to 200% more designs. Socheck out 99Designs.com/Tim, and I think youll like what you see.

    Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls. This is a very exhausted Tim Ferriss, and welcome tothe Tim Ferriss show. So glad to have you! You know, I am one tired son of a bitch right now and Icouldnt be happier about it because Ive been flying around the country doing various experimentsand I had the opportunity to go to Palm Beach, Florida to sit at the home of Tony Robbins and askhim just about everything Ive ever wanted to ask him - and this is a very special interview for me!

    This is the interview, the conversation Ive wanted to have for fifteen years [laughs] and now that Imback in S.F. gathering myself, drinking some what appears to be, Laughing Coyote Tea. I have no ideawhats in it: could be all sorts of drugs, psilocybin. Uh, and Im thrilled to be putting this out there foryou because Tony is a fascinating character. For those of you who dont know him, he has consultedor advised leaders including Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, and MotherTheresa. He has consulted members of two royal families, US Congress, US Army, US Marines, threeUS Presidents including Clinton, and other celebrity clients would include names you know likeSerena Williams, Andre Agassi, Greg Norman - of course, the golf legend - Leonardo DiCaprio, andOprah Winfrey, who calls him superhuman. The stat that always, just, sends my head spinning isthat Tony has developed and produced five award-winning infomercials - thats of course how a lot ofpeople came to know of him - and these infomercials have continuously aired, on average every thirtyminutes, twenty-four hours a day, somewhere in North America, since - check it out - April 1989! Itsjust Tony TV out there, 24/7: Insanity.

    This particular conversation is broken into basically three parts: the first third of our very longconversation involves me asking him the questions Ive always been dying to ask him, ever since Ifirst was exposed to his material; and I explain a lot of the background - which is kind of hilarious[laughs] - when we get started. The second third and the third third uh, would, of course, we talkabout his daily routines, the types of questions that he asks world-class performers and so on. Thelatter portions of this focus on what Tonys been researching and, and, really teasing apart andanalyzing for the last, mm, ah, well several decades, but especially the last four years. And that is:how do you master the game of money? Why is there so much financial illiteracy and how do youstack the deck so that you can win, because theres a lot of hi-jinks and theres a lot of nonsense outthere. How do you actually invest? What do you do with your money? And its a huge topic but he hasinterviewed - and in fact, coached - some of the most unbelievable minds in the world of finance andinvesting. I couldnt believe the list, uh, including people like Paul Tudor Jones, Ray Dalio: who is of

  • course, a, a whiz in the world of hedge funds, and, uh, the, the list is unbelievable. Carl Icahn, DavidSwensen, who turned $1 billion into - I think - $23 billion for Yale. Some curious characters like MarkDoctor Doom Faber, Sir John Templeton, Kyle Bass, who became very very famous for, in effect,predicting and shorting, uh, the, the subprime crisis; or at least he made his fortune - one of hisfortunes - in seeing that through, through the looking glass. These are, these are the Navy SEALs,the [laughs] the top of the top, and hes been able to ask them just about everything that you wouldwant to ask them.

    And a lot of what Tonys gonna say is controversial or counter-intuitive. No doubt youll disagree withsome of what he says, but I guarantee you: even if you dont care about investing or you think youdont care about investing - and by the way, if youve decided not to think about investing, that is adecision in investing - I guarantee that if you listen to this entire conversation, which I plan to listen toover and over, and it has a lot of information that you will take away at least one or two things fromTony, that lead you to say Holy Shit; Ive never looked at that aspect of my life that way! and itll turnthings upside-down, and you will walk away with a completely different lens through which you canlook at how youre living, how youre handling your business. And I think you will find tremendousvalue from this single interview.

    So, I will leave it at that. You know, I dont want to oversell it; I will say that - for me - uh, Tony can bean intimidating guy just in sheer size. Hes a big dude, uh, and he can actually palm my entire faceand now we have a photograph of that [laughs] that Ill share but I get into that in the interview. Uh,hes also a very seasoned pro, and I have a lot of respect for him. So it takes me five or ten minutes,Id say; yeah, lets just say ten minutes, to find my feet in this interview. When we hit our stride, then allsorts of gems come out. And theres a lot of good material in the beginning, but give it some time; bepatient. Listen to this whole thing, it is worth your time. So without further ado - I think Ive had toomuch Laughing Coyote Tea - heres Tony Robbins!

    Tim @ 7:46:Alright Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Tim Ferriss. Welcome to another episode of the Tim FerrissShow! I have a very exciting episode for you and a very exciting guest: mister Tony Robbins. Tony,thank you for having you in your home, of all places!

    Tony @ 7:57:Im glad to be home! [Laughs] Thats a rare thing, much less to have you here. Grateful to have youhere as well!

    Tim @ 8:05:And we have many different topics; I have many different questions Id love to delve into. Of course, I -perhaps unbeknownst to a lot of my fans - have a long history with Tony Robbins [laughs] but not inperson, this is the first. And for those of you who dont know some of the background, when I firstgraduated from school and moved to Silicon Valley to chase the billions that seemed - just, that theywere being handed out in 99 -

    Tim @ 8:29:[laughing] they were in 99!

    Tony @ 8:29:In 1999, they were in a way! I was driving a hand-me-down, beat-up green minivan from my mom. Uh,the seats got stolen from inside - or at least the back - so all my co-workers started, uh, harassing meand calling it The Molester Mobile. And, the, the job, the company, didnt seem to be a long-term fitfor me and when I was on a road trip at one point, I bought Personal Power. It may have been

  • Personal Power 2. And I started listening to it to and from work on my commute - which is terrible - forthose who dont know the Bay Area. If youre on 101 between San Jose and S.F. its, uh, horrible. Andultimately, that was one of the catalysts for me starting my first company.

    Tony @ 9:08:Wow. Im really touched there, knowing all that youve done, that really touch, touches me completelycause youve been an inspiring character to me!

    Tim @ 9:14:Oh!

    Tony @ 9:15:Um, not the Four Hour Workweek, cause I dont - Im looking for the Four Hour Sleep Week at thisstage! Id like to be able to pull that one off! [Laughs] Oh, but, but, really, I think the, the way you attacksubjects - and thats what you do: you dont look at em. You go after mastery of them. And the wayyou experiment and the way you constantly dig underneath to find the organizing principles, I feel akinship with you. Uh, were in different stages of life and things like that, but I have enormous respectfor you. And, I dont feel that way about everybody - I like everybody - but I dont respect everybody.You deserve the respect, uh cause you go deep. Most people are, really, they, they are surface-levelin what they do. So, um, I decided to chat with you and see what could come out of this conversation.

    Tim @ 9:51:Thank you, for sure. I have, of course, a bunch of self-interested questions that I think will also beinteresting to other folks, hopefully. Uh, but whats always impressed me about your entire career andthe results that youve achieved is, uh, how far youve been able to take it in terms of working with,say, the top one percent of performers in the world. And, uh, I, I read in your, your new book - whicheveryone should take a look at; well be delving into it a lot more as we progress in the interview - but,uh, there was a quote from, uh, uh, Mister Benioff of Salesforce, and, who credits you with, effectively:If there were no Tony Robbins, there would be no Salesforce.com.

    Tony @ 10:31:Thats a pretty big claim to make. I think he might have totally exaggerated, but he kind of walked methrough this. It started very much like you: him, uh, on the freeway in Silicon Valley every day,listening.

    Tim @ 10:39:And you get these

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