Tony Robbins is famous for helping some of the world’s most successful leaders and entrepreneurs perform better, but how does he increase his own performance and value as a life coach? Robbins says that one of the keys to his success is reading books. What are the most recommended books from Tony Robbins’s book list?
Whether you’re looking for a book to improve your diet, business, outlook, or life, Tony Robbins has a nonfiction recommendation for you. Check out some of his favorite books here.
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1. Principles: Life and Work, by Ray Dalio
TITLE: Principles: Life and Work
AUTHOR: Ray Dalio
Ray Dalio is founder of Bridgewater Associates, the largest hedge fund in the world. In his book Principles, Dalio shares the guiding principles powering his success and Bridgewater’s.
Principles is a master class in rational thinking. The main theme is that finding truth is the best way to make decisions, and that ego, emotion, and blind spots prevent you from discovering the truth. Dalio shares his major strategies to circumvent these weaknesses, including radical open-mindedness, thoughtful disagreement, radical transparency, and believability-weighted decision making.
Tony Robbins said of the author, “Ray Dalio is a dear friend of mine and a total genius. His company, Bridgewater, is the biggest hedge fund in the world, with over $165 billion under management. He’s returned more money to investors than anybody in history! I always say, success leaves clues. When you figure out how someone else has achieved their goals, you can recreate their actions and produce your own outstanding results. In this book, Ray tells you how he figured it all out – and about all the principles that guided him toward success in his life, business and finances.”
2. Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl
TITLE: Man's Search for Meaning
AUTHOR: Viktor E. Frankl
What is the meaning of life? This question has both plagued and motivated humans for centuries, and it’s probably crossed your mind once or twice. But how do we answer this question, and how can we ensure our lives have meaning? Man’s Search for Meaning recounts Viktor Frankl’s experiences in the concentration camps of WWII and the school of therapy he invented to help us confront this very question.
Said Tony Robbins of Man’s Search for Meaning, “The ability to find meaning in the most difficult times, even in times of injustice or extreme stress, is one of the most important skills in life. Man’s Search for Meaning provides compelling examples of humanity’s perseverance through trying situations. This is another book that I’ve read dozens of times. It taught me that if you change the meaning, you change everything. Meaning equals emotion, and emotion equals life.”
3. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol S. Dweck
AUTHOR: Carol S. Dweck
You have powerful beliefs that affect what you want in life and whether you get it. In Mindset, psychologist and researcher Carol S. Dweck argues that your mindset can determine the course of much of your life, starting as early as your preschool years.
You learn one of two mindsets from your parents, teachers, and coaches: that personal qualities such as intelligence and ability are innate and unchangeable (the fixed mindset) or that you and others can change and grow (the growth mindset). Understanding and adjusting your mindset can change your career, relationships, the way you raise your children, and your overall satisfaction in life.
Tony Robbins told Inc.com that much of his advice about the growth mindset is based on Carol Dweck’s work.
4. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, by Simon Sinek
TITLE: Start With Why
AUTHOR: Simon Sinek
Although there are thousands of successful companies and leaders, only a few ever really change the world. What makes these different from the rest?
They start with WHY – the vision and mission behind their efforts. Starting with WHY yields benefits like a more inspired team, more loyal customers, and enduring long-term success. In Start With Why, learn how to discover your WHY and communicate it through your organization and to the outside world.
On Start with Why, Tony Robbins said, “The basis of this book is so important to anyone looking to increase their influence, profits or impact. People won’t truly buy into a product, service, movement, or idea until they understand the WHY behind it. When you start with the why, everything else falls into place….This book is so impactful, I consider it required reading.”
5. The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in “Healthy” Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain, by Steven R. Gundry, MD
The Plant Paradox Program (PPP) is an eating and lifestyle program based on the way foods and products affect your body and immune system; it involves eating lots of the right plants, while avoiding others, in order to reach and maintain a healthy weight and live free of chronic and autoimmune diseases. The program is based on the premise that small things can cause big problems and the key to your health is less about what you add to your diet and more about what you remove.
From this book, you’ll learn:
- Why whole grains and mouthwash are making you sick—and fat
- How plants protect themselves against predators
- Why almost everything you think you know about healthy food is wrong