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Reasons come first:

“Reasons come first, answers come second.”
– Tony Robbins / Jim Rohn


The meaning behind the quote:

Victor Frankl in his book man’s search for meaning says, “a man who has a why can bear any how.”

If you have enough reasons for doing something you’ll find the answers.

The ideal is you want to be selective in the things you search for, don’t let the world dictate 100 different desires simultaneously because the results will be sporadic and non-meaningful. 

Select but a few things to focus on at once, and be very careful of the questions you ask. That’s the meaning behind the quote:

“If you keep knocking on the devil’s door, sooner or later someone will answer you”

 Tony says,

“The brain’s like a computer ask it a question it’ll have to come up with an answer. It may say, “because you deserve it, you idiot.”

Some one will say, how come I can never lose weight?

You can lose weight, but if you keep saying, ‘how come I can’t ever lose weight?’ then we’ve got to come with an answer and it goes, because you’re a pig.

Lousy questions, create lousy answers, ask a better question, get a better answer. Now, here’s what I want you to get. I want you to get that you can change your state. And if you get the habit of doing it, you’ll have have a different life.”

“Basically, if you go looking for trouble, it’ll come find you.”

Other Famous Tony Robbins Quotes:

courage is not the absence of fear

“What is courage? Courage does not mean you’re not afraid. It means you’re afraid and you do it anyways. You’re scared…”
– Tony Robbins

grateful fear disappears and abundance appears

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”
– Tony Robbins

pain of discipline or is the pain of regret

“There’s always two pains in life. There’s the pain of discipline or is the pain of regret. And discipline weighs ounces and…”
– Tony Robbins

honesty is the best policy

“Honesty is the best policy”
– Quote Explanation


A coward dies a thousand deaths but a brave man only once

“A coward dies a thousand deaths, a courageous man only once. I discipline myself, not perfectly, but for the most part, I…
– Tony Robbins

passion is the genesis of genius

“Passion is the genesis of genius.”
– Tony Robbins

the ultimate resource is resourcefulness

“When you realize that your problem is not a lack of resources, it’s not a lack of money or technology or contacts. It’s your psychology because the ultimate resource is resourcefulness and human emotion…”
– Tony Robbins

human being not human doing

“I don’t want your life to be about being a human DOing. I want to be a human BEing where you…”
– Tony Robbins

knowledge is not power

“Knowledge is not power, knowledge is potential power, knowledge is trumped every day by execution”
– Tony Robbins

the only impossible journey is the one you never begin

“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.”
– Tony Robbins

if you talk about it, it's a dream

“If you talk about it, it’s a dream. If you envision it, it’s possible. If you schedule it, it’s real.”
– Tony Robbins

If you always do what you’ve always done

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.”
– Tony Robbins


“In life you need either inspiration or desperation.”



“I can tell you the secret to happiness in one word: progress.”


Time Management quotes

“If you talk about it, it’s a dream. If you envision it, it’s possible. If you schedule it, it’s real.”

Self Discipline

“Complexity is the enemy of execution.”



“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”


Change Your Life Quotes

“We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.”


“It takes no courage to be a pessimist, to say it’s not going to work”

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