Tony Robbins Isn't Your Guru

Is “guru” a “four-letter word” in self-development? In the movie, Tony Robbins: I am Not Your Guru, Tony makes it clear you had better not call him one.  Unexpectedly, by the end of this greatest self-development film ever made, it’s not going to matter whether he is your guru or anyones for that matter.  The film is set at a Date With Destiny event and what becomes important are the experiences equally of Tony and the attendees as transformations happen throughout the movie.  

​Robbins Research International, Tony’s company, describes Date With Destiny as a total immersion, supported experience (TonyRobbins.com, 2017).  The event is a creation of Tony, and the movie is arguably a documentary based around Tony’s life, his creation of himself, and the lives of those in attendance who are looking to get to the next level.   

The more than 2500 in attendance appear to be a cross-section of the general population and include men, women, and a mix of various ages.   And the event isn’t just for English speakers as evidenced by on-site translation services.  As individuals disclose their aspirations and work to create the life they want, emotions are raw and run the range from elation to despair.   So powerful is the desire to attend the event that to get there, one seminar goer sold everything, including her furniture, to raise enough money to attend.


As Tony says, the event is “a place that you go to uncover who you really are and what you’re really about at this stage of life” (1:44).  Throughout the film, Tony’s level of dedication and engagement with the individuals within the audience is nothing short of amazing.  It’s easy to notice his level of focus and total commitment to those whom he engages with throughout the one hour and fifty-minute film.  

Watching the six-day event is intensely delightful.  It’s such an honor to be able to watch in on event attendees while they work to uncover and create while simultaneously viewing Tony do what he was born to do: transform lives.  The only word of caution is the language throughout the film which may be a bit too raw for some and probably not appropriate for children, especially young children. 

By the end of the movie, you’ll agree whether Tony is a “guru” or not, it probably doesn’t matter as much as witnessing the stories of Tony’s personal path, the stories of those in attendance, and how each is focused on developing what matters and letting go of the past.  Without a doubt, however, this film should be for everyone interested in self-development whether Tony’s approach is ultimately a fit or not.  The 2016 film is available on Netflix.  Immediately after watching the film, look for the bonus movie as well, also available on Netflix.     

Is “guru” a “four-letter word” in self-development? In the movie, Tony Robbins: I am Not Your Guru, Tony makes it clear you had better not call him one.  Unexpectedly, by the end of this greatest self-development film ever made, it’s not going to matter whether he is your guru or anyone's for that matter.  The film is set at a Date With Destiny event and what becomes important are the experiences equally of Tony and the attendees as transformations happen throughout the movie.  

Robbins Research International, Tony’s company, describes Date With Destiny as a total immersion, supported experience (TonyRobbins.com, 2017).  The event is a creation of Tony, and the movie is arguably a documentary based around Tony’s life, his creation of himself, and the lives of those in attendance who are looking to get to the next level.   

The more than 2500 in attendance appear to be a cross-section of the general population and include men, women, and a mix of various ages.   And the event isn’t just for English speakers as evidenced by on-site translation services.  As individuals disclose their aspirations and work to create the life they want, emotions are raw and run the range from elation to despair.   So powerful is the desire to attend the event that to get there, one seminar goer sold everything, including her furniture, to raise enough money to attend.


As Tony says, the event is “a place that you go to uncover who you really are and what you’re really about at this stage of life” (1:44).  Throughout the film, Tony’s level of dedication and engagement with the individuals within the audience is nothing short of amazing.  It’s easy to notice his level of focus and total commitment to those whom he engages with throughout the one hour and fifty-minute film.  

Watching the six-day event is intensely delightful.  It’s such an honor to be able to watch in on event attendees while they work to uncover and create while simultaneously viewing Tony do what he was born to do: transform lives.  The only word of caution is the language throughout the film which may be a bit too raw for some and probably not appropriate for children, especially young children. 

By the end of the movie, you’ll agree whether Tony is a “guru” or not, it probably doesn’t matter as much as witnessing the stories of Tony’s personal path, the stories of those in attendance, and how each is focused on developing what matters and letting go of the past.  Without a doubt, however, this film should be for everyone interested in self-development whether Tony’s approach is ultimately a fit or not.  The 2016 film is available on Netflix.  Immediately after watching the film, look for the bonus movie as well, also available on Netflix.     

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