POKER phenomenon Phil Hellmuth, is the author of #POSITIVITY – an inspiring new book which is giving sensational advice to millions of people around the world. In his new and exciting column exclusively for MilliOnAir Global Magazine, Phil asks a series of positive questions to a celebrity from the world of business, showbiz or sport every month. Here, he puts the #POSITIVITY spotlight on TONY ROBBINS. Global Entrepreneur, Investor, NY Times #1 Best Selling Author, Philanthropist, Sports Team Owner and the World’s #1 Life and Business Strategist.
Edited by MilliOnAir Global Magazine ‘Editor at large’ LAURIE STONE
What is your earliest memory of an act of positivity….
AS a child, money was always a source of stress. On Thanksgiving Day when I was 11 years old, something happened that profoundly changed my life. As usual, there was no food in the house, and my mom and dad were yelling at each other. I heard someone knocking at the front door, and there was this man standing there with big bags of food in his arms and an uncooked turkey. I could hardly believe it. My father always said that nobody gave a damn about anybody. But all of a sudden someone I didn’t know, who wasn’t asking for anything in return, was standing there looking out for me and my family. It made me realize that strangers care. That simple act of kindness and positivity in the midst of all the negativity at home made me start to care about strangers. I laid out a plan and when I was 17, I fed two local families. The next year I fed four. Eventually I got to 100,000 and then four million people a year. Today, that number has grown geometrically. By the end of 2018, we’ll have provided 400 million meals to Americans in need through my partnership with Feeding America and will be providing over a billion in the next six years. All this came from one act of kindness by a stranger I don’t even personally know. Pretty beautiful!
Why is Positivity as opposed to Negativity important?
I DON’T know if it’s just about being positive or negative, I don’t think that’s really the issue. The issue is, are you using your mind to focus intelligently on what needs to be served, what needs to be changed, what needs to be improved, who needs your help, what you can personally do to shift things towards a soluion.
Do you focus on what you can control OR what you can’t control? Do you focus on the past or the present.
See, I always tell people, what’s wrong is always available, but so is what’s right. So it’s not really about being positive. It’s about using your intelligence to be a force for good. To find answers and solutions instead of constantly focusing on and talking about the problem. We all know we should spend one per cent, maybe five per cent of our attention on the problem, and 95-99per cent of your time should be focused on the solution. If we don’t do this we become a hostage to our heritage. We all have one thing in common. We operate a two million year old brain that has evolved slowly over the centuries. And it’s not designed to make us happy, it’s designed to make us survive. But there’s no longer a sabertoothed tiger to run from, but instead, we create the same life-and-death response over what people think of us, or how we look, or if we have enough money. The real secret to life is to get outside of yourself and find something you want to serve, something greater than you, something that truly inspires you. Something that gets you to leave a state of scarcity, and fear, and not-enough and step into your greatest strengths and find a way to serve as a force for good.
Read more of our EXCLUSIVE interview TONY ROBBINS in August edit of MilliOnAir here