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some men see things as they are and ask why

Don’t ask why, ask why not quote:

“Some people see things that were done, and they ask why. I look at things that were never done and ask, why not?”
– Tony Robbins

Other variations of the same quote:

“There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”
– George Barnard Shaw

“Some men see things as they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.”
– Robert Kennedy


See things that never were and ask why not meaning of quote:

Jim Rohn asks the question:

“Why would the farmer put the plow in the ground in the spring if he couldn’t see the vision of the harvest when the summer is finished.”

He continues by asking, “Is it possible to see this hotel when it isn’t here? And the answer is yes, of course, if somebody cannot see it when it is not here, then it will never be here. So it’s possible to see things that don’t yet exist.”

Elon Musk has entered the chat…

That’s one of the things most fascinating with Elon Musk.

Colonizing Mars with SpaceX or envisioning a world with electric fully autonomous self-driving vehicles with Tesla. Tesla sounded like a crazy idea 5-10 years ago. The company has repeatedly been the most shorted stock multiple times in the US meaning many investors were betting against and Elon thinking the company was overvalued or that it was doomed to fail.

And it wasn’t illogical to think that, “In the history of the American auto industry, it’s always worth bearing in mind that only two have not gone bankrupt, and that’s Ford and Tesla”. The last successful American startup car company was Chrysler in 1925 which has since filed for bankruptcy and now is a foreign owned car company.

You can always find 100 ways an idea will fail or why something won’t work. In an interview Elon Musk didn’t believe Tesla would be successful, “I thought, we have a maybe 10% chance of success,” and “we came very close to failing many times, so I never really thought before it actually happened that it would be that successful.”

But still he went on to try and create a future that did not yet exist. It goes back to this Military mantra of, “lead, follow or get out of the way.”

It takes no courage to be a cynic or a pessimist.

Jim Rohn has entered the chat…

Jim has this teaching about a guy who looks through the window:

The guy “doesn’t see the sunset; he sees the specs on the wind. And this is the poor guy who rushes up, takes such a leap of his senses, this guy rushes up and he says, I’ve got five good reasons why it won’t work, he’s so dumb he doesn’t know all he need is one, he’s got five.

To the pessimists, the glass is always half empty. To the optimists, the glass is half full.

Why would the same measure affect people two different ways? Answer: it all depends on how you look at it.

Our lives are mostly affected by the way we think things are, not the way they are, the way we think they are affects us most.”

Before you brush an idea that comes to your head as crazy, implausible, or not probable, entertain it for a second. Approach it with an open mind, ask yourself, why not?

Other Famous Tony Robbins Quotes:

inspiration or desperation quote

“Do what you did in the beginning of a relationship and there won’t be an end.”
– Tony Robbins

If life's a test

“If life’s a test, you tell me what’s life like? Well, I’d say it’s tough. You’ve got to prepare. You could pass or fail at life…”
– Tony Robbins

pain is inevitable suffering is optional

“Pain is inevitable, but suffering is a choice. Trade your expectation for appreciation. Suffering ends in that moment.”
– Tony Robbins

inspiration or desperation quote

“In life you either need inspiration or desperation”
– Tony Robbins

major in minor things quote

“Most people fail in life because they major in minor things.”
– Tony Robbins

if you want to be successful find someone who has achieved

“If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results.”
– Tony Robbins

inspiration or desperation quote

“If What You’re Doing is Not Working, Change It!”
– Tony Robbins

where focus goes energy flows

“Where focus goes, energy flows”
– Tony Robbins

only way a relationship will last

“The only way a relationship will last is if you see it as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.”
– 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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