Tony Robbins Agrees With Me

Mindset is EverythingThe strategy myth is responsible for the failure of most businesses according to Tony Robbins in his White Paper, Mindset Over Marketing.    Unfortunately, most would be entrepreneurs are doomed to fail because they don’t truly understand what it takes to be successful.  They follow conventional thinking and place their trust in the strategy myth, he says.

The strategy myth is based on the idea that the basics of business is a killer product, a great target market, and a well written business plan.  This will not create lasting success says Tony, the success guru.  While strategy is necessary, business owners first must establish the true foundation of entrepreneurial success; vision, passion, and mindset.

Anthony Robbins is a leadership and peak performance expert and he applies the 80/20 rule to the study of success.  He states that in almost every circumstance, 80 percent of success is due to psychology—mindset, beliefs, and emotions—and only 20 percent is due to strategy or action.

See, I told you Tony Robbins agrees with me.  This is something I harp on about all the time. Mindset, mindset, mindset.  Tony and I don’t come at this from exactly the same perspective, though.  I’ve never heard him speak about the Law of Attraction, and I’m not sure if he subscribes to it or not.

Whether you believe in the LOA or not, like I do, one thing is certain.  Anyone who makes a study of success would have to agree that mindset is an important factor in success, no matter what the exact reason is.

If that is the case then, why do so few business people actually place much emphasis on thinking or give it any serious consideration?  Perhaps because since the advent of the Scientific Age, we have based our beliefs on evidence, on the concrete, on what we can see and touch.  Mindset or thinking is somewhat ephemeral.  It can’t be seen or evaluated and it is hard to define.

Mindset is an internal practice and education and particularly business education and indeed all forms of knowledge are external forms like information or knowledge.  We can control and evaluate external practices like balance sheets, business plans and strategies.  How do we teach and evaluate thinking?  How can we test beliefs and grade accordingly?  The truth is we can’t because our understanding of mindset is still largely theoretical.

As a High School teacher, I was appalled at the lack of interest in thinking as a subject even among the teachers, and I was also appalled at the initial results my students attained with the traditional information based teaching that I had been taught to apply.

Being the obsessive and (in those days) perfectionistic type, I had to come up with a method that would achieve better results.  Unfortunately, most of my English and Social Science students just didn’t ‘get’ how to evaluate a topic, structure a response and write an effective essay, something that I could do easily.  So, I asked myself, ‘What process does my brain go through in order to achieve this task successfully?’

I quickly realised that if I taught my students how to think then they had the tools not only to write essays, but to understand the issues involved in any decision making activity.  The results were staggering and the improvement in performance attracted the attention of the administration.  Long story, but were my attempts to teach the teachers this process accepted and integrated into the school curriculum?  Of course not, because Bertrand Russell was right when he said, ‘Most people would rather die than think,’ and that includes teachers.

As more and more people move into business and away from the security of the job market, it will become even more crucial for the study of business to include the teaching of thinking as a legitimate area of study.

Until that time, I will continue to harp on about mindset, knowing that I am in good company with my mate Tony Robbins.

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6 Responses to Tony Robbins Agrees With Me

  1. Lynn Brown
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    May 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    I’m with you Madonna and Tony! Tony Robbins has been my mentor that I have been following now for over 10 years. I too believe that mindset is everything. Our inner self is what really matters and so important to success. It keeps us positive, motivated and focused.

    We can have all the tools in the world, but without the passion or desire which starts from within, you can be spinning your wheels over and over again. I’ve learned from many years of falling down and getting back up, that if you relate to others from within they will know you are genuine, the real deal and not just someone looming to make a sales pitch.

    Your article and story is very helpful and inspiring. So glad that I stopped by today!
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    • Madonna May 6, 2012 at 10:19 am #

      Thanks Lynn,

      Your comments are always comprehensive and thought provoking. Being genuine is such an important factor and I consider it to be part of mindset. Thanks for your response to my post. It’s great to get comments.

  2. Krishna Everson
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    May 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    Oh Madonna, I totally agree! Although I teach marketing strategy, if your mindset is out of wack, all the strategy in the world won’t fix it! In saying that…all the positive thinking, mindset training, law of attraction and anything else a long those lines won’t grow a business without a strategy. They both work together beautifully, and one can’t live without the other.

    • Madonna May 7, 2012 at 9:32 am #

      Very profound and clever Krishna. Once more people start incorporating mindset, fewer businesses will fail.

      Madonna

  3. Roberta Budvietas,
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    May 14, 2012 at 4:46 am #

    Having done several of Tony’s programs and enjoying them, I too have to agree, And like you I do a lot of mindset activity when I help new business owners start or grow a business. It is the whole premise behind my Ebook Eat the Rhino, Business Idea to Business Plan in 30 days, Even the best idea fails if the space between the ears of the business idea owner is full of weeds chaff and other obstacles that get in the way of growth and prosperity. And the things that keep them from growing are sometimes so tiny and lethal.
    Roberta Budvietas, recently posted..What your Attire says about Your BusinessMy Profile

    • Madonna May 14, 2012 at 8:28 am #

      Hi Robert,

      I like the way you uses analogies even in your comments. And it’s a good one. The title of your ebook sounds interesting as well. I really believe as an ex high school teacher that most of the curriculum should be abandoned now in the information age (well we have google for your information needs, Lol) and start teaching thinking skills. I taught my students HOW to think and they prospered for it. Thanks for commenting.

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