I recently returned from Tony Robbins’ Business Mastery training in Fiji. You might wonder why I would travel halfway around the world to attend a business training workshop. Those of you who follow Tony are probably aware of his powerful presence, and have a better understanding of why 159 other entrepreneurs and I would want to take the time and expense to attend business training in SavuSavu, Fiji.
All I can say is, it was worth it (despite the scary event on the last day which I will explain later).
June and Tony Robbins at his Business Mastery training in Fiji
First I would like to say a few words about Fiji. It is a beautiful place, still unspoiled by the commercialism of the modern world, and very much a third world country in terms of its infrastructure. The Fijian people are the warmest people I have ever encountered in my world travels. They welcome you with Bula, Bula (hello and welcome), and invite you into their homes as if you were a guest. It is not unusual to get a hug from someone serving you a meal or assisting you in your hotel.
Tony Robbins settled in Fiji over 20 years ago and has built a world class resort called Nemale, and adjoining conference center and accommodations for his workshops on the island of Savusavu. It is there he held his Business Mastery workshop where business owners, and prospective business owners came from around the world to spend four days in an intimate setting with Tony and his team learning the basics of business success. I met wonderful people from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, England, Europe and, of course, the US.
If you have ever attended any of Tony’s events, you know that he is very focused on the level of emotion and excitement in the room – what he calls your “state.” Tony believes, and I do now too, that by getting yourself into a hyper-emotional state you can have breakthrough experiences and overcome obstacles that would otherwise hold you back on a daily basis. He gets everyone into this state by playing loud rock music, and having everyone dancing, clapping, jumping up and down, singing, and interacting with each other. Several times a day we would break into high fives and take turns hugging and massaging each other, as well as holding each other accountable for staying in a peak state. Because of this I was able to stay focused, even through the 10 hour session with no break for meals, and four days that generally went from 9:00 am to midnight with only a short dinner break around 6:00.
For a beginner that is new to business, all the information was invaluable, and I only wish I had been able to attend this class 25 years ago. For those of us that have a good understanding of accounting and marketing, there were still many useful tools and “insider secrets” that Tony shares as someone that has a 30 year history of business success.
But probably the most valuable thing I got out of the workshop is a new perspective and excitement for business. Tony works with many individuals in the room to explore what has been holding them back, and very often it is their mindset, and limiting beliefs that are keeping them from reaching their potential. I could see a part of me in every person that Tony worked with, and came to realize that awareness of my own limiting thoughts could set me free and allow me to achieve so much more than I had in the past.
Some of the key takeaways that I got from the Business Mastery Training include:
- We all have different personas inside of us that we have to identify, name and call upon when things get tough.
- We need to recognize the limiting beliefs (not enough time, money, access) and replace them with new beliefs in order to get to the next level in our businesses.
- There are three main strengths that business owners have – artists, manager/leaders, or entrepreneurs. It is important to recognize who you are and hire others with the strengths that you don’t have to do what is needed in your business.
- It is critical to your business success, and especially when your business starts to grow quickly, to find the superstar people to help you grow the business. They may not be the same people that have worked with you in the past.
- It is critical to embrace a culture of Constantly and Never Ending Improvement (CANI) to insure that the business is always changing, growing, and improving.
- Innovation and marketing are the two critical success factors in driving business growth. Innovation can be accelerated by having new voices, questions, perspectives, passion and experiments.
- Don’t make mistakes that someone has made before – find out who has done what you want to do and get their advice.
- Instead of bringing in one person to help you solve 12 problems, bring in 12 people to help you solve one problem.
- Find a mentor.
- Enjoy your life! Don’t save all of your money and never get a chance to enjoy it. Take a small percentage (maybe 5%) and allocate it for things that bring you joy.
- Never start with how…always understand WHY you are doing something and the how will become apparent.
These are just a few of the many things that Tony taught me at business mastery. Many of these concepts were taught using stories of successful business pioneers, and leaders, as well as Tony’s own successes and failures. He emphasized that many successful people had to fail numerous times and at a great cost before they were finally successful.
The lesson here is to keep on working towards your dreams, get the right people to help you, and know what you want your outcome to be.
Now I promised you the scary ending. After Business Mastery was finished, my friend Corey and I decided to take a cab into town. It was a beautiful day, and we had a lovely time looking at the native handicrafts, eating fresh coconut and pineapple, and talking with the friendly village people.
After sightseeing some beautiful parts of the island, with just a few hours until our flight was to leave, we were headed back to the hotel in the Taxi when we hit a car that was on the wrong side of the road head on. It was one of the most terrifying things I have ever been through. The taxi had no seatbelts, and Corey and I were both thrown around the back of the car. The driver was pinned inside the car, obviously in a lot of pain. We were in the middle of nowhere, and Corey was bleeding from a head injury, and the driver had to be extracted from the taxi. Something must have been on our side that day because in less than a minute, two firemen pulled up and rescued us.
The only point to all of this is that with great things also come some not so great things. My first thought after the accident was that I was alive! The only injuries I suffered are some bruises and back pain. I am very grateful to have this chance to tell you this story, what I learned at my business mastery training, and hopefully inspire you to take a different look at your business.