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Change Your Life in 2023 with 15 Tony Robbins’ 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 Chris Allmer | Aug 16 2023

Tony Robbins is a global phenomenon and the world’s top business and life coach! 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.

That’s why we have decided to collect 15 of Tony Robbins’ book recommendations in one place to help everyone learn from his shared wisdom.

“Reading put perspective on 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 that 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 the 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.  

Robbins once said in an interview about Frankl’s work:

“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. 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.”
Tony Robbins

4. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin Linchpin 

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 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 takes complex things and makes them very simple, and writes them in an inspiring way.”
Tony Robbins

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, it’ll move you, and it will give you the pathway to see what are the real ways to have lasting happiness and fulfillment.”
Tony Robbins

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. 

“… 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


“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.   

“It 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. It 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 in 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.”
Tony Robbins

13. 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.

“There’s a reason why Tim Ferriss has become such an influential voice when it comes to achieving top performance. He always manages to get the best advice out of such fascinating, impressive people. Even Seth Rogan is in here!”
Ben S. Head of Salad at Blinkist

14. 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

15. Start with Why by Simon Sinek


The newest version of “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?”   

If you’re searching for a way to absorb this and other Tony Robbins book recommendations and more inspiring content but find yourself pressed for time, the solution is at your fingertips. 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. And there are more than 6,500 of them from across 27 categories, including personal development, mindfulness, and psychology.   

Blinkist also lets you peek into the reading lists of big shots like today’s Tony Robbins, Oprah Winfrey, Arianna Huffington, or Elon Musk. Imagine reading the same books as these superstars—and at lightning speed, too!

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