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Change Your Life In 2022 With Tony Robbins’s Book Recommendations

Whether you are already a fan of Tony Robbins or are curious about his reading habits, here are some of the essential nonfiction works the lifestyle guru has recommended.
by Rob Gillham | May 4 2022

Tony Robbins is a global phenomenon. Over the last thirty years, thousands of people worldwide have attended his presentations, tuned in to one of his podcasts, or bought one of his eight bestselling books. So we decided to collect Tony Robbins’s book recommendations in one place to help everyone learn from his shared wisdom.

“Reading put perspective to any challenge I was facing and made me see that extraordinary person usually had extraordinary pain, difficulties, or injustices. That’s part of why they have the drive and hunger to do good in the world, to make something happen.”-Tony Robbins.

Below you’ll find the books some of Tony Robbins’s book recommendations than can help anyone, regardless of whether they’re a president, banker, or a single mom.

1. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl


Initially published in 1946, and reprinted ever since Man’s Search for Meaning details the harrowing experiences of the author and psychologist Viktor Frankl during his internment in Auschwitz concentration camp during the Second World War. It offers insights into how human beings can survive unsurvivable situations, come to terms with trauma, and ultimately find meaning.


Viktor Frankl was an Austrian neuroscientist and psychiatrist who survived three years in concentration camps during the Holocaust. In 1959, he published his 

meditation on what separated those who were able to find the meaning that helped them survive from those who gave up. “Man’s Search for Meaning” has sold over 12 million copies around the world.


“I don’t give a damn how rich you are financially or how abundant you are with your family or love. We all experience extreme stress in our life,” Robbins said in an interview about Frankl’s work. “It’s the ultimate equalizer. If it’s not you, it will be someone in your family, and so the ability to find meaning in the most difficult times, I think, is one of the most important skills of life, and there’s probably not a greater example than that book.”

2. Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie


Loving What Is explains how you can conquer depression through a groundbreaking practice called “The Work” that helps you address, analyze, and ultimately overcome problems to reach happiness and inner peace.


“It feels like [the author’s] life’s work is bound between the pages of this book. It’s a beautiful how-to for anyone wanting freedom from The Mind.” – Tony Robbins.

3. As A Man Thinketh by James Allen


The British author James Allen predates Napoleon Hill (“Think and Grow Rich”) and Dale Carnegie (“How to Win Friends and Influence People”) as a pioneer of the self-help movement. His most influential work is “As a Man Thinketh,” published in 1908.


As a Man Thinketh captures the philosophy of James Allen. This Blink reveals the power that thoughts have over our personalities, circumstances, and well-being. We discover the benefits of learning to master our minds and direct our thoughts toward the goals we want to achieve.


In an interview, Robbins said he’s read it more than a dozen times and often gives the book as a gift because it’s concise, easy to read, and profound. “It’s the whole concept of understanding that your thoughts really, truly shape everything you feel and experience in your life,” he said.


4. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin


Linchpin explains why you should stop being a mindless drone at work and instead become a linchpin – someone who pours their energy into work and is indispensable to the company. It’s not only better for your career, but it also makes work far more enjoyable and rewarding.


Seth Godin is a serial entrepreneur, marketing expert, and the successful author of 22 books. His 2010 book, “Linchpin,” was his fastest-selling book yet. It’s a guide to becoming a linchpin at your company—how to differentiate yourself from other “cogs in the machine” to become truly indispensable.


In a video to his Twitter followers, Robbins recommended “Linchpin” as a quick, invaluable career resource from a great writer. “He’s very poetic and brilliant,” he said of Godin. “He takes complex things and makes them very simple, and writes them in an inspiring way.”

5. The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt


In The Happiness Hypothesis, Jonathan Haidt examines the ideas of famous ancient thinkers in light of modern knowledge. He uses scientific findings to answer the question, “What makes a person happy?” The book will provide you with a better understanding of human social behavior and enable you to increase your own happiness.


Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist at New York University’s Stern School of Business. His acclaimed 2006 book, “The Happiness Hypothesis,” takes ancient wisdom from Plato, Buddha, and Jesus and analyzes it from a modern psychological perspective.


“It’s one of the best books I’ve read to show you the scientific understanding of how you really experience a life of fulfillment,” Robbins said in an interview “It’ll move you, and it will give you the pathway to see what are the real ways to have lasting happiness and fulfillment.”


6. The Singularity Is Near When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil


The Singularity Is Near shows how evolution is drawing ever closer to a dramatic new phase, in that by 2029, computers will be smarter than humans, and not just in terms of logic and math. This event will profoundly change how we live and pose serious questions about humanity’s future.


Ray Kurzweil is Google’s director of engineering, a vocal futurist, transhumanist, and one of Robbins’ good friends. His book, “The Singularity Is Near,” details his theory that humanity will reach a point of “technological singularity” by 2045, a point from which machine intelligence progresses so rapidly that it exceeds humanity’s ability to fully comprehend it.


Robbins sees Kurzweil as something of a prophet. “I believe anticipation is power, that if you are going to have a great life, you don’t want to react to everything,” he said in an interview. “Where the world is going and what technology is leading us to in terms of the evolution of humanity is an incredibly valuable thing to understand.”


7. Behind the Cloud: The Untold Story of How Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Company and Revolutionized an Industry by Marc R. Benioff and Carlye Adler


Behind the Cloud details the rise of from a one-room apartment start-up to a prosperous global company. Using often unconventional methods, Marc Benioff—the founder and CEO of—steered his company through financial problems, and the dot-com bubble burst and came out on top.


“[The author] takes us through the ups and downs of building one of the most extraordinary businesses of our time and reveals the tactics that gave its amazing edge.” – Tony Robbins.


8. The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership by Jim Detmer, Diana Chapman, Kaley Warner Klemp


The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership teaches you how to become a conscious leader who inspires positive change, creates a great work atmosphere, and builds close relationships in your personal life because leading is about a lot more than just giving orders.


“[The author] brought the simplicity of successful communication into the foreground. No matter what issue you’re facing, his strategies for communicating with others will set you up to win every time.” – Tony Robbins.


9. The Emotion Code by Dr. Bradley Nelson


The Emotion Code offers a new and empowering approach to healing ourselves and others. The Emotion Code lays out a revolutionary method for finding and releasing trapped emotions through scientific evidence, plenty of firsthand experience, and great respect for the energetic and spiritual forces that transcend and unite us all. By doing so, we allow ourselves to move beyond our limitations and flourish.


“I believe that the discoveries in this book can change our understanding of how we store emotional experiences and in so doing, change our lives.” – Tony Robbins.

10. Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss


Tribe of Mentors is an insightful collection of interviews with mentors – highly regarded professionals who are widely considered to be leaders in their respective fields. To understand the secrets of their success, Tim Ferriss asks these mentors a variety of questions, from “What are your favorite books?” to “What are your daily habits?” The answers add up to a trove of useful tips for getting to the top.


“It distills key habits and beliefs of ultra-successful people and also dives into some of life’s larger questions.” – Tony Robbins.


11. Secrets of Power Negotiating: Inside Secrets from a Master Negotiator by Roger Dawson


Secrets of Power Negotiating reveals the master negotiator’s trade tricks. Based on time-tested principles that are aimed at finding win-win solutions for both parties of any given negotiation, it teaches the tactics and strategies for effectively negotiating deals in a wide range of industries and situations. So whether you’re buying a product, selling a service, or just trying to reach an agreement with your partner, you’ll be able to use power-negotiator Roger Dawson’s secrets to negotiate with confidence and success.


“Will help you create and expand one of the most critical skills to life-long success.” – Tony Robbins.


12. Free to Focus by Michael Hyatt


In Free to Focus, Michael Hyatt challenges some common myths surrounding productivity and proposes a new way to approach our workday. These blinks offer a reality check packed with practical tips in a distraction-laden and attention-sapping world.


“In a world where information is freely available, the focus becomes one of the most valuable commodities in the workplace.” – Michael Hyatt.


  1. Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss


Tools of Titans details the stories, strategies, and successes of some of the most inspirational achievers, thinkers, and doers of modern times. This Blink will teach you how to strengthen your body and your mind, all while building your creative business.


13. The Future of Work Robots, AI, and Automation by Darrell M. West


The Future of Work offers keen insights into what to expect when automation and artificial intelligence change the face of the global workforce. Author Darrell M. West gathers a wealth of expert opinions to provide a thorough look at the challenges we’ll face when a digital one replaces the industrial economy.


“A powerful and beautiful masterpiece that outlines a compelling future for humanity.” – Tony Robbins.


14. Start with Why by Simon Sinek


Start With Why tackles a fundamental question: What makes some organizations and people more innovative, influential, and profitable than others? Based on best-selling author Simon Sinek’s hugely influential lecture of the same name, the third most-watched TED talk of all time, these blinks unpack the answer to that problem. Sinek’s examples from the business world, politics, and technology show that it’s all about asking “Why?” rather than “What?”


Don’t have time to read all of Robbin’s recommendations but want the same inspiration? That’s where the Blinkist app can help. 

Blinkist gathers critical insights from nonfiction books and shares them as 15-minute explainers called Blinks. You can read or listen to these bite-sized takes on bestselling books. There are 5,000 titles to choose from across 27 categories, including personal development, mindfulness, and psychology.


Read or listen to key insights in just 15 minutes


To help you decide which of these thousands of titles to jump into first, Blinkist shares book recommendations from the greats in curated collections.


Alongside Tony Robbins, the app has curated recommended titles from leading figures like Oprah Winfrey, Arianna Huffington, and Elon Musk. With these reading lists, not only can you read what top experts are reading, but you can read them faster. In addition, Blinkist’s bite-sized explainers mean you can fit this reading into 15-minute pockets of time throughout the day.


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