Emotional High-Five

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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:

Time
Money
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.

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  1. samgrover 99 months ago | reply

    Cool story!

  2. Victor1 99 months ago | reply

    Excellent -> passion drives our best.

  3. john curley 99 months ago | reply

    that's an awesome story. thanks for posting it.

  4. benjiman 99 months ago | reply

    ditto. i've always felt Tony Robbins was a bit suspect, but damn, he can sure say what needs to be said.

    now if Gore will just take a stab at it again we might turn this sort of stuff around.

  5. blimpa 99 months ago | reply

    you know, i don't know anyone who hasn't checked into tony at some point. including me and my skeptical posse.

  6. jurvetson 99 months ago | reply

    thanks y'all.

    Ben - per your link, Gore did mention the ravages of the tree beetle... one of a numbing array of secondary effects.

    I also look at my Greenland photos in a new light...
    Greenland Glaciers

  7. benjiman 99 months ago | reply

    Indeed... If Greenland keeps losing ice at the rate its going we had better stock up on flippers. My money is looking for the people working on those problems.

  8. Lida Rose 98 months ago | reply

    The world would be such a better place today if only Al had battled for the presidency. My nation would be so much better.

    Thanks for this information and photo!

  9. jurvetson 97 months ago | reply

    The Al Gore movie, An Inconvenient Truth, is making a premiere tour. It just screened in Menlo Park last night, and

    New York- April 24th
    Boston- April 25th
    D.C.- April 26th
    San Francisco- May 1st
    Seattle - May 2nd
    Chicago- May 3rd
    In theaters - May 24
    (Trailer)

    The director, Davis Guggenheim, is just fantastic, and I highly recommend his last film, The First Year, if you have not seen it yet.

  10. benjiman 97 months ago | reply

    Yes! I really want to see that film.

    On a tangental note, I wonder if Gore would have won if the DNC had the ballz to run this Spike Jonze directed "Day In The Life" Gore video...

  11. jurvetson 95 months ago | reply

    What a find.... Nice.

    Well, Bush as finally responded to Gore's film with one of his own...

  12. jurvetson 95 months ago | reply

    Tomorrow, TEDTalks become available for free, including this one... Enjoy.

  13. benjiman 95 months ago | reply

    Yeah, the Will Farrell bit is hilarious.

    Thanks for posting about the TED stuff coming out. Can't wait to take a look!

  14. JJ San 95 months ago | reply

    They seem to be online already -- very cool.

  15. Philosoap [deleted] 88 months ago | reply

    Did you ever hear the story about his head injury?

  16. jurvetson 88 months ago | reply

    no... do tell...

  17. menlo 86 months ago | reply

    "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."

    Indeed, during the debates VP Gore had a knack for coming up with different personalities for each occasion. In the end people wondered who he was. Tony Robbins failed to account for this bit of failure.

  18. Donna62 80 months ago | reply

    Great story behind the picture
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    A great image, much admired by Donna62 --,
    a "FIRST - THE EARTH!" member - www.flickr.com/groups/first-the-earth/

  19. alphawhore 80 months ago | reply

    Careful not to buy his crystal bracelets. If Tony Robbins is such a good motivational speaker, then why does he have to scam people into buying things?

  20. m_jess 45 months ago | reply

    I used this pic for one of my articles about Tony Robbins on www.suite101.de. Of course your copyright was respected (you are named as source, link included).

    If you are interested:

    biografien-erinnerungen.suite101.de/article.cfm/tony-robb...

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