I read one of Tony Robbins' books in the late 90's about neuro-linguistic programming, and it was ok. I'm sure most people are aware of him, for those who aren't he's basically a motivational speaker and author of self-help types of books.
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I saw Tony Robbins about 6 months ago, or so, on a youtube video talking about the current economy and prosperity giving out investment advice, and he came across as a slimy salesman trying to cash in on the popular themes of the day. I haven't been able to shake that "salesman" behind the smile from him since. He seems to be a nice guy in general, but now I see him as more of a rehearsed act and calculated persona for the rewards it brings him.
I originally thought he was a spiritually inspired type of person, and he could be to some degree, but when I saw him discussing the economy and how much money he has helped people make that are high up in the business world, I started seeing the pendulum swing much further to the motivated business man, than anything else.
I'm not sure if this is the video I watched exactly, but here's an example of his economy talk.
What surprised me initially is that he was so focused on how to make money. Basically he's focusing on promoting the illusion of the American Dream. To me, someone who is more spiritually inclined will look at the whole picture and point out the problems in the economy and the system that causes so many to lose so much money. Someone who is spiritually inclined will not be money obsessed, but will be more dedicated to getting to the root cause and understanding how to create a more balanced way of life for all, not focus on those who have big bank accounts and portfolio's to play with in the stock market.
There are so many factors and problems of the system and corruption creating great divides of inequality that are ignored. Seeing him so focused on the "problems of the rich" through such a narrow window of how to work the system to make the most profit, doesn't give me the impression that his motivational speaking is authentically about inspiring people to become more whole. It seems to be part of his business plan more than anything. I feel like I'm watching a well rehearsed infomercial intended to hype people up with this guy.
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