Tony Robbins is one of the charismatic, successful people on the planet. (Net worth $600m)
From a difficult childhood, he has made it his mission in life to help others.
In this blog post you will learn 5 pieces of his most famous career advice:
- Always keep learning and growing
- Find a mission
- It’s not enough to just follow your passion
- Play the long game
- Success leaves clues
- Define what success means to you
Tony Robbins Career Advice #1: Always Keep Learning and Growing
“The world is more competitive than any time in history; if you’re not growing in your skillsets, you’re going to fall behind.”
Many people think learning stops when school or university ends, but the very successful people see it as just the start.
This is a piece of advice also echoed by billionaire investor Warren Buffett, read my post on his career advice
Tony Robbins Career Advice #2: Find a Mission
“Find something you want to live for that’s bigger than yourself — a mission — whether it’s your children, a business, a non-profit, that pulls you to achieve, which is far more sustainable than to push yourself to. You can only push yourself for so long.”
You are not going to enjoy every day of your job.
There will be days when everyone struggles to get out of bed.
The very successful people are able to push through these low points as they know that they are working towards a bigger purpose.
To hear the career advice of people with big missions in life, check out my post: Career Advice from the Best Commencement (Graduation) Speeches of All Time
Tony Robbins Career Advice #3: It’s Not Enough to Just Follow Your Passion…
“A lot of people say you’ve gotta find your passion. You’ve gotta find your passion. You also gotta find your competency, and the market!
A lot of people have passion, but no competency. You’ve also got to find a market.”
“We all have to say, “What is my niche, that I will love, I am competent in and there is a market for it. And then, how do I just constantly and never-endingly improve so that I have that cutting edge to be able to give more.”
A lot of people I know in university or in their 20’s did something they really liked but it didn’t pay well or there was no job opportunities.
Conversely, I know many people (including) myself who did something they didn’t find interesting but had plenty of jobs and paid well.
Both sets of people reached their 30’s and were unhappy in their careers.
I think you have to try and find the sweet-spot – a job/career that you are really interested in, and that pays ok.
It’s great to follow your passion but not so great to be constantly broke.
Tony Robbins Career Advice #4: Play the Long Game
“Allow yourself to think in terms of decades.”
“Although you think your plans will unfold in the timeline you hope, “you’re going to over estimate what you could do in a year and you’re going to underestimate what you could do in a decade,”
Your career nowadays will unfortunately last 40+ years.
Lots of young people choose jobs that pay well in the short term at the expense of more varied experience which will benefit them more in the longer term.
“Don’t view your career as a sprint to the finish, play the long game. Prioritise picking up a varied skillset early on in your career and the money and success will look after itself.”
Tony Robbins Career Advice #5: Success Leaves Clues
“If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results.”
Tony Robbins Career Advice #6: Define What Success Means To You
“I believe success is not a destination, but an ongoing process of constant and never ending improvement. Our success in life comes in two forms:
First is our ability to take our vision and make it real, whether that be in our professional or personal lives.
Secondly, and equally as important, is our ability to contribute to others in a way that creates a sense of true meaning and fulfillment”
Lots of people work long hours for more money or the next promotion, but when they get it what then?
Are they happy?
Define what success means for you? (For some inspiration check out what success means to 62 different business leaders)
Is it being a good Father, Mother, Husband, Wife, Boyfriend, Girlfriend?
Maybe it’s giving back to society in some way? Or owning material wealth?
If you found the above advice helpful and want more, check out the advice of 100 graduates 10 years out of university in my book ‘1000 Years of Career Advice’.
You can get the free ebook version here.