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Why I Walked Out on Tony Robbins

After paying $2,000 for a ticket to Unleash the Power Within

After the 3-hour flight out to California…

After fully committing, with a completely open heart…

I walked out of Tony Robbins’ seminar.

In this post, I will share why I went to Tony’s event, what it was like, and why I walked out. I will also show you what I did after I left, and what I learned from the whole experience.

If you’re skeptical of friends who say, “You have to go see Tony Robbins…”

If you’re on the fence about Unleash the Power Within ($2,000) or Date with Destiny ($5,000)…

This article is for you.

If you’d prefer to watch a video about it:

“But doesn’t everyone LOVE Tony Robbins’ events? Are you just a hater?”

I know the diehard fans — the self-proclaimed Cult of Robbins who “drink the Kool-Aid” — are already having doubts about this article.

“This guy wasn’t truly committed. He didn’t do the work, because he was afraid. Now he just wants to act like he’s more enlightened than everyone else.”

None of that is true.

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Here’s what you should know about me…

I have a ton of respect for Tony Robbins. I’ve read (or listened to) several of his books. I’m amazed by what he does (I recently shared how he gets 1 million visitors per month), and wanted to experience his coaching in person. A lot of my friends are big TR fans, and they all gave strong endorsements for UPW.

I’m not “better than you” for walking out. I’m not writing this because I’m a sophisticated aristocrat who turns his nose up at self-help groups. At many points in my life, I’ve been a total mess. I’ve written about depression and addiction. I wrote about the most embarrassing and painful period of my life (then I published a book about it).

I put in the work. I’ve had a ton of failures, and a few huge successes, because I’m constantly trying new things. Like how I built an 8-figure business. Or how I intentionally gained 40 pounds in 2015, then got into the best shape of my life in 2016. It wasn’t easy to eat so much food, or to go to the gym every week, but I put in the effort to reach my goals. (You can read more about my goals in 2020).

I’ve read hundreds of books and taken action, because I am 100% in on improving myself. (Here are 18 books that changed my life). I’ve also publicly documented my self-improvement journey for the last 15 YEARS. If that’s not “doing the homework,” I don’t know what is.

I’ve attended a lot of paid seminars before, and loved them. A few events that changed my life were Gayle Hendricks’ Big Leap event and David Deida’s workshop. Both were three days long, 5–8 hours per day. I didn’t even consider walking out of either. I’ve even hosted my own seminars! Last September, my company AppSumo hosted our second annual conference, with over 200 attendees. I’m astonished Tony hosts events for 10,000 people at a time.

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This article isn’t “fear-driven.” I committed to the event for seven hours. The only thing I was afraid of was wasting more time. Besides, I believe in helping people overcome their biggest fears — like talking to strangers, or starting a company. I now have had time to reflect on this experience.

Finally, Tony Robbins is one of my customers. In addition to Appsumo, I run a sister company called Sumo. Tony’s team uses our products. Do you really think I’m dumb enough to bash one of my highest profile customers? Hell no. This article is written with love.

In other words…

I’m not hating on Tony Robbins, or people who love his events.

I’m just defending a viewpoint few people ever bring up in public: the negative experience.

Most people are hesitant to talk about experiences that make us sound foolish. We diminish our losses, we downplay the bad stuff — especially if it goes against the crowd.

Think of Vegas.

Hardly anyone says, “I lost $2,000. It was a waste of time and money.”

We always say, “It was fun! Almost broke-even. Hashtag WORTH IT.”

For me, UPW wasn’t worth it.

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My Experience at “Unleash The Power Within”

In the days that lead up to the event, I felt nervous. The discomfort was reassuring.

I’m going in the right direction.

The two areas of my life I most wanted to tackle during the event were:

  1. How to better position myself to be in great relationships.
  2. How to create a work environment that continually motivates and excites me.

Before the seminar began, I had a chance to talk with my neighbors. One was a recovering Jehovah’s witness. The other was transitioning jobs in Los Angeles. We had a nice discussion about why we were there, what our struggles were, and what we hoped to get out of the seminar.

Then, Tony came out on stage.

Tony’s presentation skills were incredible. The guy has been doing this for 30 years, so I expected him to be good. He was great.

Some of the things Tony did really well:

  • He encouraged us to meet our neighbors and keep each other excited.
  • He kept participation super high. He continually asked everyone to raise their hand and say “I” if they agreed. He also let the audience finish a lot of his sentences (“The truth will set you ____”).
  • He challenged us: “I’ll deliver but you have to promise to commit. If you sit down during the dancing, then you aren’t committed, and you aren’t going to get what you came for. Play full out with me.”
  • He repeated things over and over to drive points home and increase retention. He also backed up his claims with statistics.
  • He told great stories and incorporated a lot of humor.

Of course, there were some things he did NOT do so well…

  • At times, he was all over the place. “Let’s work on what you’re afraid of… Now let’s talk about how to get anything you want… Focus, mean it, do it!
  • There was conflict of interest. There’s a day where we talk about health and nutrition… and then he sells supplements. Tony also mentions his other events, and encourages you to sign up for more seminars during the middle of UPW.
  • He name-dropped and bragged constantly. Credibility markers are essential for a presenter to be taken seriously — especially with an audience of 10,000 people. And we all know Tony has done some amazing things. But the number of times he mentioned his relationships with presidents, celebrities, and business people was overkill. We get it  —  you have a private jet.
  • Finally, Tony has the weirdest clap I’ve ever seen.

In the first few hours of the seminar, we danced (a lot), massaged our neighbors, fanned our neighbors, did aerobic exercises, pumped our fists, watched Tony run through the audience like some idol, and other ra-ra tactics.

Still, these were minor annoyances. Those come with any event. None were deal-breakers.

But as the day unfolded, I began to question whether this seminar was a good use of my time.

Tony called on people in the front row and recited their names. Which made it seem like he knew everyone in the audience, though I’m sure they were his VIP ($75K per year) customers.

He called on John.

“What’s your issue, John?”

John wasn’t loved.

Here was Tony’s response:

  1. Everyone in the crowd faces that issue.
  2. John should come up with a new name. “Edward.”
  3. “Edward” walk towards Tony like a bad-ass.
  4. Tell Tony you are unleashed (basically).
  5. Everyone in the audience say “I love you, John.”

Problem solved.

Of course, no one expected Tony to solve John’s emotional issues with some light role-play and applause. The whole sequence was superficial (and entertaining).

Still, John clearly has deeper issues around his family. He wasn’t loved enough.

What then?

I wanted John and Tony to go deep.

I wanted to go deep.

I wanted to do the hard work we needed to do.

Then we had to massage our neighbors. Again.

Okay, I understand we need to break through social discomfort and energize ourselves, but I don’t enjoy random dudes touching me.

Hour 7…

I looked at the agenda for the next three days.

Nutrition. Interesting.

Then booklet work.

For two days.

I looked back over my notes.

Sure, there were some great takeaways, like…

Dedicate time every week to work on yourself. Reflect upon whether you are growing, and making progress.

What are you scared of right now? How can you move towards that? Discomfort is your growth!

Success without fulfillment is the ultimate failure.

Look at things from appreciation and gratitude. Instead of complaining about traffic, appreciate that we have cars to get us to places faster.

Modeling is valuable. Study and replicate the people that have already figured out what you want to do.

What’s a goal that excites you? What goal would genuinely energize you immediately?

What distractions are holding you back from your goals? Remove them.

These are his quotes I turned into instagram memes.

“No growth in comfort.”

“Success is how much uncertainty you can deal with.”

“Your worst day can be your best day”

“Complexity is the enemy of execution.”

“Have hunger that’s insatiable, always expanding.”

It finally hit me. Dread.

I was officially dreading the rest of the seminar.

To stay for three full days felt like a self-imposed prison, rather than an opportunity to genuinely grow.

I thought about what I most wanted to get out of my time, and whether this event was the best use of it. I decided it would be better for me to work on my specific issues, one-on-one with a friend.

So, I walked out.

Did I feel embarrassed? Yes.

Did I feel disappointed? Yes.

But what I really felt, more than anything else…


Empowered to make choices about what I want, and empowered to turn down the things I don’t.

What I Did After I Left

Rather than fly home, I planned a “Personal Development Day.” Here’s what I did the following day:

  • Drank coffee
  • Went on a 3-hour hike to discuss personal and professional growth with a friend
  • 90-minute personal development discussion (recorded on video)
  • Ate a healthy lunch
  • Reviewed some of Tony’s other materials
  • Read a book
  • 60-minute discussion with my mastermind group, where I shared some of my biggest issues
  • Got a massage
  • Sushi dinner


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This may have been the best part about Tony’s personal development seminar — it forced me to create my own.

Final Thoughts

Tony has great intentions, a strong presence, and it’s clear most of his attendees feel the event is worth the investment. I am in the minority, who asked for a refund.

A quick Google search shows his net worth in the several hundreds of millions. So luckily my refund request didn’t break the bank.

For many of his attendees, it seems there are deep-seated issues with a lack of love, and the belief that they are not enough.

If you struggle with those issues, then Tony’s seminars might change your life.

For a few days, you will feel loved.

For a few days, you will feel like you are enough.

That’s intoxicating, and many attendees (understandably) go back for more.

For my friends, the seminar was overwhelmingly positive and deeply moving. For me, it felt superficial and cheesy.

I don’t plan on attending another Tony Robbins’ event. But I would, if his team made a few big changes:

  1. More time to talk with the people around us. The most valuable time, for me, was when we shared our lives with each other. We all attended for personal development, and we all faced similar challenges. Bonding over common ground was great, and I wish there was more time dedicated to it.
  2. Shorten the seminar to just ONE day. Less dancing, less hoopla, less fluff… Just get to the meat. We wouldn’t need to be “awakened” every 20 minutes if the event didn’t take so long. (Then again, maybe it’s dragged out to create the sense that we got our money’s worth.)
  3. Focus. The seminar felt too general. I know it’s impossible to custom-tailor an event for 10,000 people, but more specific topics would have helped.

My good friend Tynan said it best:

“If you never quit, you probably aren’t trying enough new things.”

I don’t regret attending Tony’s seminar.

Nor do I regret walking out.

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1,937 responses to “Why I Walked Out on Tony Robbins”

Jade Krass
March 21, 2024 at 5:29 pm

Seen a few videos of the TR guy. He’s a nobody in the UK. Why?- because someone who loudly brashly tells people who are clearly at life cross roads, what to do and to just get on with it, doesn’t respect the unique individual in front of them. Monetising militant ‘shoulds’ isn’t motivational. The only motivation going on is TR being motivated by financially maximising other people’s problems- for which there are so many better qualified less greedy professionals who can help

March 21, 2024 at 2:24 pm

I love Tony Robbins and I love your comments just as much! You especially had me laughing hysterically when you said… Shorten the seminar to just ONE day. Less dancing, less hoopla, less fluff… Just get to the meat. We wouldn’t need to be “awakened” every 20 minutes if the event didn’t take so long. (Then again, maybe it’s dragged out to create the sense that we got our money’s worth.) I’m all for a little dancing and fluff but the way you described it is exactly how I feel when I am listening to free dog training videos. I don’t have all day…to hear about this and that and who and what….just get on with it please!!! I’d love a copy of your Personal Development Day Checklist.

Joseph John
March 7, 2024 at 12:00 am

I’m curious. You said that after you left, you “Got a massage.” Sounds like you were getting plenty of massages during Tony’s seminar, what with all the neighbor massages and all. what gives?

February 12, 2024 at 3:33 pm

Very clear and objective view point. You have managed to spread the spirit of empowerment within a random, 3 minute read that turned into a gift for this reader. Thank you.

Scott Dobbs
February 5, 2024 at 10:51 am

Great read! I had several walk outs at Robbins’ events back in 2006-2007. He was a prominent speaker at the Real Estate Wealth Expos around the country. I worked with a small company who had a booth at the expos and was able to attend the speakers. What I saw and experienced was similar to what you described. To boot, he was on the ticket with Kiyosaki, and headliner Donald Trump. It was truly frightening to see how the American public was easily duped into a buying frenzy. Actually terrifying.

Laura Coleman Waite
February 2, 2024 at 7:14 pm

I had the opportunity to be behind the scenes with the Robbins crew in the 1990s in Hawaii and Phoenix and Dallas “Life Mastery” and “Financial Mastery”. He is really good at packaging other people’s ideas and bringing in expert guest speakers…but for instance after the firewalk you didn’t see the kiddie pools in the hotel basement set up for participants who burned their feet…but I did. He ordered steak while he had his participants eat vegetarian… and they were exhausted zombies by the end of the week who had mortgaged their homes to be there for 10K. I am not a fan, but I know a lot of people are if you need a ‘rah rah’ guy in your life. Looks like he’s progressed from the ‘thunder clap’ that he used to use. 🙂 I think it is fabuloso that you used the time you carved out for the workshop to really workshop ideas on your own. Excellent pivot! 🙂

January 31, 2024 at 12:58 am

I have followed Tony Robbins for about 36 years and have went to some of his seminars in the past. But what I have seen recently and actually Tony Robbins admitted this, is that the public speaker Tony Robbins is not a real person, but is a brand that he developed. In that marketing brand, the whole purpose is to sell programs and make money. This does not mean that some of his teachings are not true, and some are profound and will really work in your life.
But after you hear them, then you need to either take action and do them, or stay in your former place. There is no need to continually be buying in the Tony Robbins brand as he sells it, time after time, and even better than a teacher, he is as a salesman.
I also believe after watching him for so many years, that he is a shell of the person he was when he started. he has divorced his so called soulmate, and instead of trying to give good life principles as he did in the past, he simply gives easy answers, and uses emotional states to short tern brainwash people to believe their life is changed.
If it really was changed then he would have millions of people as reference stories to the really change, instead of a minor few that tell of emotional experiences. Then there are thee small 1% that do follow the instructions and change, but many of these people probably would have succeeded regardless of the course. So, there is some merit to the teachings, but buyer beware of the constant marketing and selling, which is priority #1. My advice would be to take the original 30 day personal power course free on line and institute the things in them that could help you in your given situation.

Emmi Kaye
January 29, 2024 at 12:49 pm

I couldn’t agree or applaud you more. I just did my first virtual event. Day 1 was actually good, Day2 less so and Day 3 was a waste of time. I was tired of Tony and his cohorts bragging about his $20,000,000 studio or his giving away over one billion meals (repeated as if to beat a dead horse that died on Day1), as two of too many examples. My take-away is that it was too cultish for my taste. The long sessions, the loud music, the repetition are all designed to break down one’s defenses and open them to what he was selling. And selling he was! Definitely wont be attending any other live events. I’ll take your approach, Mr Kagan, and spend a day reading a good book and having some very fresh sushi for dinner. Day well spent.

UMA Kriko
July 3, 2023 at 9:47 pm

That’s exactly how I feel about him

May 24, 2023 at 11:02 am

Brilliant and true! Finally somebody sees what is what and calls a spade a spade. Bravo!

Todd Spinney
May 23, 2023 at 5:54 am

It wasn’t for you
Sounds like you were pretty empowered to start. You left when it no longer served you. Bravo! UPW is considered entry level. His mastery programs are for next levelers such as yourself. Just a thought.

Glenn Korbel
May 3, 2023 at 4:01 pm

I think there is latitude to question if Tony Robbins has helped “millions of people”.
Consider this: if I write a book of trite, metaphysical nonsense like “The Secret”, sell
30,000,000 copies, and 99.9% of those who purchased the book found it unhelpful, and 1/10th of 1% who read it claimed it changed their lives, I could still publish a three-volume collection of testimonials, each having 300 pages with 25 testimonials on each page.

Just reflect on that: 99.99% of those who attend a Tony Robbins event, buy a book, or in any way take the bait, could find it wasted money and he could easily have a book the size of “War and Peace” filled with raves.

Dianna Willis
April 5, 2023 at 5:46 pm

I have never been to a Tony Robbins event. It sounds awesome! But at 2 to 5k a pop it’s quite rich for my blood. There are other things that can be done with that money. I have seen his commercials and they look electric! But I say again the money is steeply priced. His plans and ideas make him who he has established himself to be. He receives 20 to 50 million dollars per seminar with 10k followers. Amazing that he can do this just by using ideas that cater to his audiences needs and telling them they are loved, special, smart etc. He gives them the power to believe in themselves, what their can be, what the can achieve if they can believe it and I think that’s awesome. But I am interested in looking at what is affordable for me.

May 18, 2023 at 8:19 pm

Great, I think you are a smart person. Totally agree with you.

March 29, 2023 at 4:12 am

I attended the recent UPW on Zoom. I did the first day 13.15 until 3.45 am
Within a hour of going to bed I was physically sick. The very thought of doing another 5 minutes made me feel worse.
Yes! He is very good at what he does (performance) BUT content/substance is superficial. It is designed with one major focus….. get people hooked and get their money.
Everybody is looking/seeking however it is not outside themselves (in others or in the material world)

Tony comes across as a ‘donkey on the edge’. He is either going to implode or explode.
Everyone is on their own journey (including Tony) so really there is ‘no right or wrong’ ……. just a learning about ourselves through all we attract in. I learned through Tony and 1 day of UPW that this kind of energy was not healthy for me.
Enjoy your journey ?

March 22, 2023 at 6:33 pm

Interesting and useful, thank you!

Morning Bischoff
March 20, 2023 at 11:48 am

Very Good Points! Like Jim Rohn said: “Don’t be a follower, be a student.”

March 20, 2023 at 7:48 am

I also attended UPW virtually and was in a different time zone, so my sleep pattern was disturbed afterwards.
I agree 12+ hours a day for 4 days was too much and come 3:30 am on 2 of the days I couldnt stay awake anymore.
I got the best out of day 3 but found day a 4 terrible waste of time as all they did was aggressively market further training at an exorbitant price.
Most of the people where emotionally pumped and I wonder did they really consider if they could actually afford the investment? For me its the price of another mortgage, which I cannot afford. I am not an entrepreneur, just a plain old employee, and at this time, I could not justify that level of investment in myself.
I did enjoy the experience and am glad I gave myself the opportunity to attend, but irrespective change comes from within, and no one else can change me, but me and only if I chose too.
I’m not a business owner or entrepreneur, just an employee, so at this moment I could not justify that level of expense.

Rachael J
March 19, 2023 at 7:22 pm

I don’t think you gave it enough time. The lessons are accumulative.

I am just finishing up the UPW seminars. I was not comfortable at first…. but you get out of it what you put in. There is a lot of dancing and clapping, but it is to change your physiological state, readying yourself for the changes that you need to make. Look it up, I don’t give it justice.

And yes, there is an upsell. These presenters are the best in their fields, dedicated to their professions, love and believe in their message, and want to spread their knowledge.

And yes, you buy their next offering, but that is what you do with everything you want.

You get a personal trainer at the gym, and pay for their coaching. They want to help you.

You go to a 5 star restaurant from a chef who loves and believe in their food, and want to share.

So why can’t these people sell their offerings, which are designed to help you become the best person you can be….


More time to talk with the people around us-
WHY? Do that another day, you paid to be there for the coaches. I would prefer to hear from them rather than the random person sitting next to me….. who won’t have the training and probably has their own issues to deal with…. why would you think their opinion would help you?

Shorten the seminar to just ONE day-
Each day builds on the next and has a different topic. Total immersion helps you to remember the lessons, more than drip feeding every few months. He spoke of learning a French. 1 year of lessons every week Vs moving to France for a month. Which would work better?

Yes, UPW is general. There are other offerings to get really into the topics. So you are correct, this is a really good overview for people who can’t do the rest of the seminars.

Your “Personal Development Day” was a nice day, but is now in the past. What I have learned will make every day until I die, better…. But yes, I have to work at it. It won’t be easy, but I will be better for the effort.

So, I respect your actions, but I really don’t think you gave it enough time to be able to formulate an educated opinion.

Wishing you well.

Yu jun
April 10, 2023 at 11:43 pm

completely agree brother

Amy Jeanchaiyaphum
March 19, 2023 at 1:45 pm

I am happy to read this… I am doing UPW on line right now and part of me thinks that the 5 day challenge in JANUARY was a better investment of time.. and I was ok with the sales pitch it was 5 hours a day.. which is plenty… after 12 hours of UPW or 14….I am clocking it today… about 2 hours are arobic scream and clap festivals… with on of his platnum partners that paid $85000 to be part of his inner circle and now is the aerobic teacher… for him/// Tony’s voice suffered a blow out a few years ago so.. many hours of the experience have been recordings of him or the side kick gang Joseph who self deprecates so much and applogizes and says I know this sounds silly… DUDE… OWN THE TEACHINGS and STEP UP… “the first thing he says is oh I can see it in your faces who is this guy” or “this guy again” It really upset me because if Tony entrusted him to facilitate in his place he believes in him.. that is enough for me to buy in but the second he said that everything he said… became the teacher from the peanuts… if I was working for tony I would want to STEP UP and out do him… Scott Harris is pretty Great he isn’t tony but he is invested and doesn’t express any self doubt… but we got about 12 hours of Actual tony time… most of the time he isnt there it is sales Pitch about how.. the other things were are not at… I get that this is an immersive experience… but it is also like a religious experience selling Sundays… Tony isn’t my JESUS. This whole experience if received is about owning your power… and being the best you you can be… but as most things work… raving fans are created… and that gets super culty… and my brian just checks out….

Ayelet Agulnik
March 19, 2023 at 5:04 am

Completely agree with you. I too have studied with some of the best in life improvement and healing and I am currently on day 3. I didn’t walk out but I am disappointed. It feels superficial and way way way too long. Like I’m being brainwashed so I will sign up for the next one. I mean seriously he could do the entire thing in 2 days. I’m not even sure what I’ve learned. Little nuggets I could pick up reading books. Oh well, it’s off the bucket list. And btw you didn’t miss much by leaving .

Nancy Whitmore
March 18, 2023 at 9:42 pm

I LOVE this article! I’ve been attending UPW on Zoom for the past three days, and my experience has been identical to yours! Another thing I found to be extremely off-putting was Tony’s use of profanity in just about every sentence. I’m not exaggerating! His favorite word appears to be sh**. I don’t curse, and I don’t enjoy hearing the word sh** every few seconds. I’m not planning to attend the final day. And I am definitely going to let them know I want a refund! If you haven’t watched the movie, Idiocracy, I encourage you to do so. Tony would fit right into that society. Thank you again for this honest review of UPW! I wish I would have read it before paying for the seminar!

Laura Neimark
March 18, 2023 at 4:16 pm

I was. Curious so I fact checked, tr said “he” invented coaching morning of 3/18/23, I looked it up, it was Thomas Leonard in the 80s. Just an FYI.

kate schuhl
March 16, 2023 at 8:34 pm

Noah, I found your article by accident this evening, and just finished reading it. Just wanted to let you know that it was great to see that I was not the only one to have ever left one of Tony’s seminars. Way back in the early ’90’s I interviewed with Tony personally at his home in La Jolla, for an Executive Assistant position that entailed working for the company’s legal counsel. I did take that position, and started the next week.One of the seminars was coming up in a few weeks and I was asked to come and help out to experience what the seminars were like. That year this particular one was in Maui. I had a hotel roommate who was clearly in awe of Tony and had photos of him in frames that she pulled out of her suitcase and put on her night table. By the end of the first day, I had seen people clamoring to get near Tony, literally running over other people to do so, it all got so bad that I got through that first day (and night), slept in the hotel, and got myself up and out of there and out of the company on the same day. Once the flight landed back in San Diego, I took a cab home and immediately called Human Resources at the company and resigned. Way too cult-like for me. I found the amount of people attending to be overwhelmingly claustrophobic, difficult to breathe in that room with all the dancing, running around, shouting.

Surely there must be others besides you and me who have left one of his events over the years, however, I have not met anyone else who has so far, and that’s a long time ago that I was there. When you “crew” at one of these events, the hours are ridiculous – sure enough, that first night I was still working in the copying area until after 2 a.m. I was told that those hours were normal. Ridiculous! The one thought I have had about Tony’s message to attendees of his events over the years is the fact that he speaks about all his experiences and and tells all his “followers” how to achieve whatever you want to in your life…..and yet, in his own life, he was not even able to stay married to his first wife. It makes me wonder, with all his books, all his seminars, all his experience, all his advice, all his answers, all his money, in reality, he still was not able to find a way to keep his wife – in the real world.

Thank you, Noah, for writing your article about your own experience attending one of these events.

Wishing you much happiness and success in your life.

Greg Dwyer
February 22, 2023 at 9:39 pm

There is a time to walk away.

January 31, 2023 at 4:11 pm

thank you SOOOO much for sharing your experience with so much detail.

Jennifer Williams
January 31, 2023 at 10:11 am

Thanks for sharing your experience, I feel the same way. I did not have to attend any of his workshops I have seen enough that his reconditioning workshops are not my journey. I do appreciate what he does for people and his generosity is impeccable. P.S. OMG the way he claps I thought I was the only one who felt that is a weird way to clap!

January 30, 2023 at 2:50 pm

I’ve had PTSD and usually severely tense in my upper body – and I think I now have a way to get out of it. Based on the free seminar. To me it seems like you missed one of the most important lessons of Tony’s teachings; to rewrite your nervous-system to make it easier to change state. That’s the main reason for celebrating, dancing and clapping so much. This isn’t some theoretical exercise, it’s a physical one. Emotion created by motion. And this needs training. I agree on many other points, about marketing the other events, bragging ++. Tony Robbins also tells plenty times that for lasting change the things that are taught needs to be trained over and over in private. Incantations, physiological state-change etc. Which makes sense. I mean it’s pretty obvious that Robbins himself has a massive personality, I believe part of that is his own training and focus on building good belief-systems etc. Any way I respect the decision to leave, it’s all very American. But thent Americans know how to make showbiz – and yes I believe the larger-than-life dance-stuff is part of the reason why it actually works.

January 30, 2023 at 2:50 pm

BTW. Tony apparently had some nerve damage in his hand so he claps a bit strangely

January 30, 2023 at 1:56 pm

Only attended one weekend in London around 20 years ago. I loved it. The presentations were great and I’ve often reflected on what was said and found it helpful. The undercurrents were interesting too.
As we gathered, there were people arriving who started to dance to the music in their seats around the room – surrounded by the rest of us who were being pretty quiet – just felt like there was something else going on.
Then there was the build up to the fire-walking and how dangerous it was. But given the number of people there it was pretty obvious that he couldn’t afford the insurance necessary if it really was hazardous – just made me feel this was all bluff – as it turned out to be. Fun but just a party trick.
And then at the end of the weekend we had to confront our inner selves as to what we really wanted to do. I found this a bit embarrassing as everyone was emoting – and I was feeling pretty relaxed. Though I did asked myself what I wanted in the end – I really looked into myself and asked – what do you want? The loud and clear answer on that Sunday morning was: go home and have lunch with your lovely wife. So I left and missed the end but had a great afternoon.
Honestly – when you take all the hokum out you are left with a fun weekend with some good advice – so thanks Tony. Me? Still married and very happy – the seminar was fine.

Amy Jeanchaiyaphum
March 19, 2023 at 1:49 pm

It was a very different experience 20 30 years ago it was Amazing in 1990 DATE with destiny… his work is life changing .. now these are zoom rooms… of 40,000 people… and its like awesome personal growth with some elements that feel like an live infomercial.

January 29, 2023 at 8:16 pm

Well, am I pleased to have found this website. Tony Robbins just completed a FREE online UNSHAKEABLE seminar. I attended for two of the five days. I was not impressed. First, the Tony Robbins who hosted this seminar is obviously NOT the same Tony Robbins on the new Netflix documentary, “Tony Robbins: I’m Not Your Guru.”

After the first day of this latest online seminar, I was curious to watch the documentary. TURNED IT OFF…after 10 minutes. Robbins berating this young man who was struggling with suicidal thoughts was horrible. What an arrogant charlatan. Robbins uses the same pattern of history motivational speakers and has certainly learned all the psycho nuances to control the person he is talking to and get them to answer his questions in a way that he can spin to sell his dogma. Glad I attended this seminar ….since it was free….and confirmed what I already suspected. Thank you.

James Brennan
January 29, 2023 at 10:06 am

Im attending his facebook free class. Amazed on how people are selling their cars, maxing out their credit cards and even 1 lady who is unemployed, single with a 2 year old took money out of her mortgage to pay for his upcoming UPW seminar. He told everyone to just do it and not wait for a safety net. Everyone talks about how poor he was, and he always talks about he gave away his last dollar all the time growing up to help others. I bet as he made connections and got to know people, he got help investing his money in stocks etc. He does say some good things and think not all his stuff is BS but much of it is.

January 29, 2023 at 12:08 am

I agree with your conclusion. And with your observations. Once you get it…It’s time to execute. More seminars seem like a hiding place and more cheerleading.

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