I confess to being seriously delighted with Tony Robbins, the self-help guru. I remember decades ago, when he first hit the speaking circuit, I couldn’t stand him.
Then he, and I, grew up. He also became psychologically savvy – not just a self-help wannabe, and I found his 21st century paradigms of human relationships compelling and spot on.
So I was a little bit disgruntled when I heard him interviewed on PBS the other night and dissing the concept of “success.”
Here I was, getting ready to release an entire ebook series with “successful” a main part of the title, not to mention concept of the book, and here was one of my heroes taking success apart at the seams.
For Tony, being alive trumps success, so he’s thrown success overboard.
This threw me too. Those of you who have been following me for a while might have noticed that I sign my emails with “Wishing you continued, creative aliveness.”
I do this because “being alive” has been my north star ever since I heard Bill Moyers interviewing Joseph Campbell who cleared up a pet peeve of mine about humans needing to find the meaning of life.
That idea, that humans main concern is to find the meaning of life, had always irked me. I didn’t believe it. That idea felt flat and totally devoid of life energy.
So when Moyers asked Campbell about humans looking for the meaning of life, and Campbell answered with “Humans aren’t looking for the meaning of life, they are looking to feel alive.” I remember jumping out of my seat and pumping my fist in the air!
It seems as if, for Robbins, success is in the same place as “meaning of life” was for me.
But I’m not ready to give up on the idea that success, as an experience, has value and validity for humans.
What do you think about success?
Does success, as a lived experience, have any value for you?
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