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742: #742: Tony Robbins and Jerry Colonna

This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #37 “Tony Robbins on Morning Routines, Peak Performance, and Mastering Money” and #373 “Jerry Colonna — The Coach with the Spider Tattoo.”

Please enjoy!


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05:00] Notes about this supercombo format.

[06:03] Enter Tony Robbins.

[06:27] Tony’s daily routines.

[07:28] Cryotherapy.

[10:55] Priming.

[15:04] Tony’s ideal music for meditation.

[16:20] Richard Branson’s first pre-investment questions.

[17:05] What a 50% investment loss actually means.

[17:42] The Paul Tudor Jones 5:1 strategy.

[18:36] How Kyle Bass taught his kids about investing with nickels.

[21:34] What the world’s best investors know for certain.

[24:00] Enter Jerry Colonna.

[24:21] Jerry’s spider tattoo origin story.

[30:03] The 2002 Olympic bid meeting that changed Jerry’s life.

[35:47] Jerry’s suicide attempt at 18 and his psychiatric hospital stay.

[37:06] The difference between responsible and complicit in Jerry’s life in 2002.

[39:55] Three important questions from Jerry’s therapist.

[41:02] Something important Jerry needed to say but didn’t during this time.

[42:39] How Jerry overcame self-doubt and unanswerable questions.

[44:46] Jerry’s path to coaching and three influential books.

[51:46] How much of Jerry’s coaching stemmed from focusing outside himself and healing his younger self.

[53:12] Convincing high-achievers of the importance of self-discovery.

[54:10] Jerry’s first question: “How are you really feeling?”

[57:11] Working with the chronically busy.

[59:40] Examining my handling of busyness, saying “No,” and related difficulties.

[1:09:40] Three basic risks we all try to manage: love, safety, and belonging.

[1:13:06] Tools, books, and approaches for setting boundaries and saying “No.”

[1:14:50] “All beings own their own karma. Their happiness or unhappiness depend upon their actions, not my wishes for them.”

[1:16:11] A boundary tool that acknowledges compassion from a distance.

[1:17:30] The challenge is in the meaning assigned to a situation before applying a tool.

[1:18:11] Dealing with vexing “Newman” personalities in our lives.

[1:22:56] Moving from intellectual agreement to behavioral change.

[1:25:26] Benefits of journaling for personal growth.

[1:27:33] Guilt vs. remorse.

[1:28:12] Marie Ponsot, the crow, and letting the crow speak in the journal.

[1:32:00] Jerry’s bedtimes, mornings, and journaling process.

[1:35:09] Journaling for accepting life’s totality and our inner “multitudes.”

[1:37:14] Tara Brach’s Radical Acceptance.

[1:37:41] Using Marvel’s Hulk and Thor to understand and reconcile parts of oneself.

[1:42:39] A difficult but life-changing decision Jerry made to say “No.”

[1:49:19] Advice for anyone at a similar junction.

[1:51:07] Using journaling and meditation to cope with anxiety and inner turmoil.

[1:54:43] Learning about loving kindness (metta) meditation.

[1:56:49] A new behavior or belief that improved Jerry’s quality of life.

[1:58:36] Jerry’s billboard.

[2:00:55] Parting thoughts.


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