I’m reading his latest book, Money: Master The Game. I’ve never seen him (in person or on TV), heard him, or read anything of his before this. I know who he is because he was all over the place for a while. He is counselor to Presidents and stars. He’s a phenomenon. I knew who he was and that’s it though. So far, the book is good. He has gone to some of the most successful people in money and investing and business, and asked their advice on money. Here’s the thing though: he talks about these people and it’s interesting and impressive that he got them to sit down with him and share their advice, but he has to explain who everyone is because no one has heard of the real movers and shakers in finance. It ends up reading like he’s bragging some about all the successful people he knows – name dropping. I know that’s not the case necessarily, but that’s how it reads at times. Beyond that little quibble, the book is interesting. He’s a good writer who keeps your attention. The Finish Rich author (the last couple of books I read) attributes his success to Tony Robbins, which is what made me pick up this book when I saw it. I liked what he had to say and figured that, if I got it from the source, it might change my life as well. (OK, I’m not actually expecting that, but anything’s possible. Robbins is not popular for nothing.)
I’ll admit to being curious about him after reading the first few chapters of the book. He said that he hadn’t written a major book in 20 years, that he much prefers workshops and retreats where he can connect with people in person. I know he’s supposed to be charismatic, but I’m glad that my first introduction to him is through print. It makes it easier to judge how good his advice is without the distraction of emotional manipulation. Groups tend to get caught up in things like weekend workshops and agree to anything the leader suggests because they are all in the same place, feeling the same emotions. If someone is a good speaker, regardless of the content of their speech, people will agree with it. So I’m glad that I’m not distracted by the emotions running through a crowd (I’m just as susceptible as anyone) and can evaluate his claims and advice for myself, as objectively as is possible for me. (No one is totally objective) So far, it seems to align with what I’ve gotten from most of the other personal finance books I’ve read. Index funds and diversification. Good advice as far as I can tell. I’m only a few chapters in though, so there’s obviously more to come.
Wow. I just looked at his web page to see if he’s coming to anywhere near me and how much it would cost to see him. Unleash the power within, which was apparently his last big seller, would cost $650 to attend the workshop. Uh, no. His weight loss set of DVDs and audiobooks is over $200 I believe. Uh, no. OK, so I guess the only way I’ll be getting any of Tony Robbins’ advice is through his books. Used copies if I can find them. Lol.
But, as I said, a few chapters in and I’m enjoying the book. We’ll see where it goes from here.