Unlimited Power

Unlimited Power: The New Science Of Personal Achievement
by Anthony Robbins
Pub. Date: December 1997, Free Press
ISBN 0-684-84577-6
424 Pages

Review Written: 9/7/06

Success Rating :5

Why I Read this Book:
I had the chance to see Tony Robbins speak to a crowd of 20,000. His ideas were incredibly powerful. I wanted to learn how to use them to take full advantage of everything my life had to offer. This book is giving me that opportunity.


Tony Robbins is an inspiration. He is the ultimate definition of success by most standards imaginable. He is the true rags to riches story. He started out poor; not just financially poor, but physically and emotionally too. The story of his life alone is enough to inspire great success. Unlimited Power is one of the many ways that he has touched literally millions of people throughout the world over the past 25 years. He is known for his books, audio CDs, live seminars and personal coaching. It is one of my lifetime goals to get to know Tony on a personal level. If you are not familiar with this man, please take the time to do a quick Google search for him. The results will be enlightening. The more you learn about him, the moreastonished you will become.

Unlimited power does an amazing job of covering just about every important part of your life and helps you to live a life of empowerment and enrichment. Topics include self confidence, relationships, dealing with people, business, goals, values, missions, health/wellness, and performance enhancement.You name it.You would think that a book containing so much information on these different topics would not be able to deeply get into any of them. That could not be farther from the truth.Robbins has found a way to demonstrate and clearly articulate these principals and life rules in a matter of pages that have the power to change your life. I can confidently say that my life has changed for the better as a result of what I have learned from him.

I first saw Robbins speak live at an event a number of months ago. With how intrigued I am with success, I cannot believe that was my first exposure. I have since read this first book of his, Ultimate Power, studied a great deal about his life and completed his Get The Edge audio series. Next on my list is his second book,Awaken The Giant Within. I listen to his words of encouragement almost daily as I work out and visualize my coming day’s accomplishments. Tony ultimately inspired me to stop working at a job that was out of line with my goals, mission, skills and interests and to pursue endeavors of greater value and relevance to my overall personal life mission. I credit him with a lot of the reason for me putting together the pages on this site and making them available to all of you to have the chance to learn what I have learned.

It is difficult to give you a taste of what Unlimited Power has to offer because there are so many fundamentals by which to live. Many of his words and teachings focus on success and our perceptions. As successful people (which I know all of you are) we have the power to take action. Right now there is something we all can do to get us closer to accomplishing our goals. It could be going for a run, setting up a meeting, writing an email or making a phone call. My writing this review is what I am doing right now to help reach a goal of mine. The key is to take action NOW to get you closer to your future goals and success.

He helps us understand that our lives are based on nothing more than perceptions. Nothing that goes on in our lives really has any meaning except for the meaning we give it. Money is the perfect example. None of us want money just for the sake of having money. We want money because of what it represents in our lives; be it freedom, love, happiness, confidence or anything else you may associate with money.

Here is a great example he gives for the power of perceptions. Imagine you are meeting someone for
dinner and he (or she) is an hour late. You may start to get upset because you perceive that he sees your time and date as unimportant or perhaps you picture him meeting someone else. We must remember that that perception is our creation. Now say you get a call from him at the restaurant and you find out he has been in a car accident. How quickly does your perception of reality change? We have the power to perceive events in our lives negatively or positively. No matter how bad a situation is, we have the ability to represent it in a way that empowers us. Our beliefs can limit us or they can empower us. It is up to us to be empowered.

A very valuable takeaway from this book is his idea of modeling. Robbins explains the simple concept that if you want to achieve a given set of goals or results, it is best to find someone who has experienced those successes, and model them as closely as possible. Read what they read. Do what they do. And act as they do. Do not be fooled though. This is no easy task, but if done properly it has the potential to lead you to tremendous success. The funny thing for me is that it was not until after reading, studying and living this book along with his Get The Edge program that I realized Tony Robbins is the ultimate symbol of success to model. At least he is for me. You may come to a similar realization after reading through this book. He may not be worth modeling in all areas of life but I can guarantee that any of us would stand to benefit from modeling various aspects of his life. The wonderful thing is that this book will empower you to choose what parts of people’s lives you want to model and how they will serve you.

Through this book Robbins teaches and shows the reader that we have the power to change our internal representations and our beliefs of what is possible. Do you have any idea how valuable this statement is? You can be sure that at this point right now there are a number of limiting beliefs that have be ingrained into your mind that are keeping you from your true potential. Imagine the magnified success you could experience if you were able to turn a belief of something you thought was impossible into just the opposite. That is what keeps many people from making their dreams reality. All it may take is a change in your perceptions. This book changed my perceptions in a way that has empowered me to get closer to my goals than ever before. That is an opportunity that not a single one of us can afford to miss. To Robbins, Unlimited Power means that we learn from every human experience and make every experience work for us in some way. No matter where you are in your journey towards success there is always something that can bring you closer to it. Do yourself the favor of allowing Anthony Robbins’ words to guide you there. I assure you will not regret it.

Valuable Quotes:

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.”
—W. Somerset Maugham

“First decide what you want specifically; and second, you decide you’re willing to pay any price to make it happen—and then pay that price”.
—Anthony Robbins

”Whether you believe you can do something or you believe you can’t, you’re right.”
—Anthony Robbins

“The difference between those who succeed and those who fail isn’t what they have—it’s what they choose to see and do with their resources and their expertise of life.”
—Anthony Robbins

“The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck.”
—Anthony Robbins

“It is the mind that maketh good or ill, that maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor.”
—Edmund Spenser

“Remember, nothing is inherently bad or good. Value is how we represent it to ourselves.”
—Anthony Robbins

“People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals—that is, goals that do not inspire them.”
—Anthony Robbins

“The ancestor of every action is thought.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Man is what he believes.”—Anton Chekhov

“When you believe something is true, you literally go into the state of its being true.”
—Anthony Robbins

“They can because they think they can.”—Virgil

“The surest way to create a belief that you can do something is to do it once, just once.”
—Anthony Robbins

“Belief in limits creates limited people” —Anthony Robbins

“There is no such thing as failure. There are only results.” —Anthony Robbins

“Those who succeed know that one man alone, no matter how brilliant, will find it very difficult to match the
collaborative talents of an effective team.” —Anthony Robbins

“The secret to success is making your vocation your vacation.” —Mark Twain.

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” —Henry Ford

“Nothing has any power over me other than that which I give it through my conscious thoughts.”
—Anthony Robbins

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” —William Shakespeare.

“If you ask for almost anything in the world in the right way, with enough conviction and enough
commitment, you’ll get it.” —Anthony Robbins

“The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a
state depend.”—Benjamin Disraeli

“There is only one success—to be able to spend your life in your own way.”
—Christopher Morley

“Knowing your outcome is the first key to reaching it.” —Anthony Robbins

“The road to agreement is paved with specific information.” —Anthony Robbins

“In any situation, no matter how dismal, there’s a desirable outcome to be achieved.”
—Anthony Robbins

“All your communications with others and with yourself should stem from the principal that everything
happens for a purpose and you can use it to serve your outcomes.”
—Anthony Robbins

“If you are putting together a jigsaw puzzle and a piece doesn’t fit, you don’t usually take that as failure and stop working on the puzzle. You take it as feedback and continue on.”
—Anthony Robbins

“If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend.”
—Abraham Lincoln

“One who is too insistent on his own views, finds few to agree with him.” —Lao-Tsu

“Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.” —Lao-Tsu

“Everything that enlarges the sphere of human powers, that shows man he can do what he thought he could not do, is valuable.” —Ben Johnson

“We will be if we want to be.” —Anthony Robbins

“Life is not a static thing. The only people who do not change their minds are incompetents in asylums who can’t and those in cemeteries.” —Everett Dirksen

“Nothing is good or bad in the world except in the way we represent it to ourselves.”
—Anthony Robbins

“There are multiple meanings to any experience. The meaning is whatever you choose to emphasize, just as its content is what you choose to focus on.” —Anthony Robbins

“All persuasion is an altering of perception.” —Anthony Robbins

“Do whatever you can, with what you have, where you are.” —Theodore Roosevelt

“A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.” —Abraham Maslow

“There’s no real success except in keeping with your basic values.” —Anthony Robbins

“If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.

“He who knows much about others may be learned, but he who understands himself is more intelligent. He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.”
—Lao-Tsu, Tao The King

“The only people who don’t change are those who don’t breathe” —Anthony Robbins

“Man is not the creature of circumstances. Circumstances are the creatures of men.”
—Benjamin Disraeli

“Life will pay any price you ask of it.” —Anthony Robbins

“Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion. Affirmation with discipline creates miracles.”
—Anthony Robbins

“There are two kinds of people—those who’ve handled frustration and those who wish they had.”
—Anthony Robbins

“Limited thoughts create limited lives.” —Anthony Robbins

“He who is not busy being born is busy dying.”—Bob Dylan

“You can take any experience and make it an opportunity for growth or you can take it and make it an
invitation to decay.” —Anthony Robbins

“There will always be someone who has more than you. There will always be someone who has less. ?
None of that matters. You need to judge yourself by your goals and nothing else.” —Anthony Robbins

“If you make it to the top of ‘success mountain’ by yourself you will probably jump off.” ?
—Anthony Robbins

“If you want to succeed, if you want to achieve all your outcomes, you have to think of success as a
process, a way of life, a habit of mind, a strategy for life.”
—Anthony Robbins

“There is nothing in the world that will take the chip off one’s shoulder like a feeling of success.”
—Thomas Wolfe

“Man is not the sum of what he has but the totality of what he does not yet have, of what he might have.”
—Jean Paul Sartre

“There are two things to aim for in life: first, to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it.”
—Logan Pearsall Smith

“If you can surround yourself with people who will never let you settle for less than you can be, you have the greatest gift that anyone can hope for.” —Anthony Robbins

“Happiness and success in life are not the result of what we have, but rather of how we live.” —Jim Rohn

“May your hunt for human excellence be fruitful and never-ending. May you dedicate yourself, not only to strive for the goals you have set, but to meet them and set even more; not only to hold to the dreams you have had, but to dream greater dreams than before; not only to enjoy this land and its wealth, but to make it a better place to live; and not only to take what you can from this life, but to love and give generously.”
—Anthony Robbins

“May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm on your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields, and, until we meet again…may God hold you softly in the palm of His hand.”
—Irish Blessing

-Reading for Your Success