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Aug 29 2013

Tony Robbins Has Famous Friends

Longtime readers may recall that I hate motivational speakers, hate them with a passion usually reserved for Celine Dion. And the king of these con artists is Tony Robbins, that tall bundle of white teeth and bullshit that has gotten quite rich selling platitudes to the clueless. So I cringed when I saw this article at Politico:

Robbins is asked in the September issue of Playboy magazine whether he gets “emergency calls from celebrities.” Robbins answers in the affirmative.

“It could be anyone from Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day to President Clinton wanting just another point of view.”
Really?

“He called asking for assistance during the time he was losing power as the Republicans had taken over both houses of Congress. ‘Mr. President,’ I told him, ‘I have to tell you in advance — I’m not a fan.’ … I felt he had campaigned on the economy but was focusing on everything but that. The incongruity of it bugged me. But as I got to spend time with him, I saw an impassioned man with a deep desire to end suffering.”

*puke* Motivational speakers are the TV evangelists of the business world, turning a little charisma and eloquence into piles of money by fleecing the credulous and the desperate. Their act is nearly identical to the one you get from prosperity gospel preachers — all you have to do is pay me thousands of dollars for a weekend seminar and it will be returned to you ten-fold or a hundred-fold when they give you the crucial tools, the keys to success, the seven habits and a special acronym (TEAM: Together Everyone Accomplishes More! *puke again*) that will rocket you to the top of the business ladder! And just like the poor saps who send their money to Benny Hinn or Joyce Meyers, the middle management mediocrities who fall for this lame pitch inevitably find that they’ve wasted their money, that neither God nor Tony Robbins is going to make them rich and successful.

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  1. 1
    Doug Little

    all you have to do is pay me thousands of dollars for a weekend seminar and it will be returned to you ten-fold or a hundred-fold when they give you the crucial tools, the keys to success, the seven habits and a special acronym (TEAM: Together Everyone Accomplishes More! *puke again*) that will rocket you to the top of the business ladder!

    Well to be fair he’s putting more effort into it than Trump University.

  2. 2
    DonDueed

    Is he just lying through those perfect teeth, or did Clinton really consult him?

  3. 3
    Brett McCoy

    SImpsons episode 1F05 “Bart’s Inner Child” provided the perfect commentary on these kinds of shysters.

  4. 4
    Nemo

    Say it ain’t so, Billie Joe!

  5. 5
    tommykey

    The one I hate the most is Robert Kiyosaki.

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    jaybee

    I felt he had campaigned on the economy but was focusing on everything but that.

    Yeah, that’s how I remember it too. The economy of the 1990s was just terrible, then Bush fixed it by cutting taxes on the rich.

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    Area Man

    Is he just lying through those perfect teeth, or did Clinton really consult him?

    I’m going to go with lie. The very notion that Clinton, who isn’t lacking in self-assurance, calls up this guy because of a political problem strikes me as implausible from the get-go.

  8. 8
    Modusoperandi

    And the king of these con artists is Tony Robbins, that tall bundle of white teeth and bullshit…”

    Woah! You completely forgot his giant, rectangular head.
     
    Area Man “I’m going to go with lie. The very notion that Clinton, who isn’t lacking in self-assurance, calls up this guy because of a political problem strikes me as implausible from the get-go.”
    Clinton did call. It went a little something like this…

    *ring ring*
    Robbins: “Hello?”
    Clinton: “Monica?”
    Robbins: “No.”
    Clinton: “Oh.”
    *click*

  9. 9
    ttch

    By coincidence I recently re-encountered a 30-year-old version of this, Will Powers and his album, “Dancing for Mental Health”. Same ridiculous aspirational message but at least this time with some catchy tunes. You can find a handful on YouTube but as Will Powers himself says, if you want it to work you must go and buy the record yourself.

    Now available on CD and download.

    If you read up on him (e.g., Wikipedia) you’ll discover that Will Powers does indeed have some famous friends but doesn’t feel the need to brag about them.

  10. 10
    Trickster Goddess

    Motivational speakers are the TV evangelists of the business world

    I once got dragged out to one of the introductory seminars (the free one where they try to get you buy the book and sign up for the weekend ones) by an acquaintance. The guy even tried to imitate the evangelical style of tent revival preaching with its fervor and shouting and trying to get the audience doing call and response of catch phrases. Compared to the real thing though, this guy was an amateur. The call and response part was quite weak, especially considering that half the audience, like my acquaintance, were true believers who came out to see this guy whenever he was in town.

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    francesc

    “Is he just lying through those perfect teeth, or did Clinton really consult him?”
    Does it matters?
    There are at least four lies on the context: that Clinton didn’t care about economics, that Clinton’s economic policies were worst that Bush’, that he cares about economy overall and not his own economy, and the fourth implicit one: that Clinton calling him adds to his credibility.
    Sorry Tony. Newton was also an alchemyst. It doesn’t make alchemy less of a quackery.

  12. 12
    scienceavenger

    I always ask fans of these dipshits to reveal for me what any of them have accomplished in life…other than convinceing other dipshits to give them a lot of money. [crickets]

  13. 13
    colnago80

    Re francesc @ #11

    Considering that the unemployment rate in the Clinton Administration fell to 3.6% and he bequeathed a budget surplus to his successor, it would seem that Robbins is a member of the 100% wrong club.

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