Tony Robbins is an amazing motivational speaker, even when the audience is deeply skeptical and a bit cynical going in.
At one point, he asked everyone in the audience to raise their hand if they had failed to achieve a major goal at some point in their life. All hands go up. Why did you fail? Answers come from the audience:
Lack of Resources
The Supreme Court (it was Al Gore in the front row!)
The room bursts into a roar of laughter, and then Tony continues. “People blame their failure on a lack of resources, but really, it’s a lack of resourcefulness.”
He then walks over and looks Al Gore squarely in the eyes. “If you showed the same passion and energy as we saw last night during the Presidential debates, you would have beaten that guy.”
The room roared even louder with applause, Gore included. It was a thought that many people had, but may not have dared to express directly. When Al Gore spoke about his true passion, global warming and the environment, he came alive at TED, and seemed like a totally different person.
After the talk, Al Gore gave him a big hug.