Nothing You Get Will Ever Make You Happy



I was listening to a Tony Robbins video on Re-Awaken the Giant and the following words caught my attention:

“Nothing you get will ever make you happy … nothing.
But, who you become will make you very happy or very sad.”

Those are powerful words of wisdom and tremendous insight.

I went back and reviewed the video to pick up a little more.

Here’s Tony’s insight into how you can lead a life of growth and greatness, in a personal way, your way, the progress way.

It’s Who You Become

It’s not what you get, it’s who you become.

Tony Robbins says:

“Here’s a reminder of what I think everybody knows in their heart, nothing you get will ever make you happy … nothing.  it doesn’t matter how many people respect you, how much money you have, how many things you have, we all know that.
But, who you become will make you very happy or very sad.”

The One Word that Will Make You Happy: Progress

Your personal progress is the key to your personal happiness.

Tony Robbins says:

“So ultimately there is one way to test your life.
In the business of your life, make sure you take just a few minutes to give yourself the gift of making progress everyday.
That’s the one word that will make you happy … progress.”

Momentum Will Make You Happy

When you start to take action in the right direction, your momentum lifts you in more ways than one.

Tony Robbins says:

“It doesn’t matter what you achieve.
It feels good for only so long … you know you got it it’s wonderful, it’s exciting, you’re appreciated, and then you move on, but if you’re still growing, if you’re not growing you’re dying,
if you’re making progress, and you’re not where you want to be physically, but, all of a sudden, you took this book and you started to make some simple changes and you started to walk, move, exercise, you make a couple dietary changes, you got some energy now, that you start feeling every day, even if you’re not yet to the 30 pounds you want to lose …

just the momentum will make you happy.
If you’re in a relationship where you’re settling, or you’re not in a relationship and you’re settling for being alone when something inside of you craves more and this book triggers you and gives you the plan of how to finally connect and break through your own fears and connect with people and light them up the way you really want to, just, even before you’re there, just the progress will light you up.”

We All Have to Keep Growing to Feel Alive

It’s growing that keeps us alive, from the inside out.

Tony Robbins says:

“And we all have to keep growing to feel that alive.
So whether it be progress in your business, progress in your body, progress in your energy, your relationships, your kids, your finances, your career, I don’t care what it is, that’s what my life is about, so my heart felt wish for you is that this video becomes a trigger for more progress.”

Follow your growth as your persona path of happiness and greatness.

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  1. Love this post, JD. Very true and this line stands out for me “Your personal progress is the key to your personal happiness.”.

    Years ago, when I worked in the corporate world as a marketing manager, I had a very encouraging boss who took the time out to sit with the team and motivate us personally – outside the work context. Who knew we were experiencing personal development, as it is called today. Among all the words of wisdom he gave us, one thing that touched me, and which I follow diligently every day, is this…”When you go to bed at night, reflect on your day. If you are satisfied with what you did, sleep with a smile. If not, simply resolve to do great things the next day” For me, this, with my Mother’s motivation was a way to plan ahead, set myself tasks and achieve them. Years later, I realized it was the secret of my success. 🙂

    So this post resonated with me.

    Thank you! 🙂

    Love, Vidya

    • Ah, beautiful words of wisdom, and it sounds like you had a great mentor in the guise of a manager.

      > simply resolve to do great things the next day
      What a great way to both let things go, and take your power back.

      True leadership is often future-focused. It’s where possibility lives.

  2. Hey J.D.,

    those statements really resonate with me. I became an entrepreneur because I wanted to use my skills and control my time and income. Even though I’d love to become a millionaire one day (who wouldn’t?), money isn’t the primary goal.

    My goal is to improve the lives of other people, that are struggling with situations I went through myself. Everytime I receive positive feedback on my work, I feel great – much better than receiving a paycheck.

    Personal growth keeps me awake at night, not possession or money.

    All the best,

    • You’re actually hitting a few very important concepts. You can’t capture value in a sustainable way, without generating value for others in an authentic way.

      Many people, the unsung hero type, have mastered generating value, but not capturing it.

      Capturing value is an important skill so that we can move up the stack, fund our life-style, and fund our R&D to generate more value for the world and amplify our impact.

      It’s the sustainable way.

      One of the best books I’ve been reading lately is Never Work Again: Work Less, Earn More and Live Your Freedom, by Erlend Bakke. He explains the maturity model for entrepreneurs, the various business models, pros/cons, and of course, the mindset that makes things work.

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