There’s something incredible about the idea of a warrior monk. That’s exactly what legendary MMA coach Firas Zahabi reminds me of. You’d be doing the sport of Mixed Martial Arts a disservice if you think it’s just a bunch of muscle-bound dudes ready to pound the hell out of each other. There’s an insane mental game that goes into the preparation of each fighter and Firas is the go-to guy when it comes to mental Jiu Jitsu. His schooling as a philosophy major has taught him to approach every situation with an awareness and calmness you wouldn’t expect from a Muy Thai champion – making him perfect IQ material.
Firas has turned a once down-and-out gym into the pinnacle of MMA training grounds with TriStar Gym, coaching such greats as Georges St-Pierre, Rory McDonald and former IQ guest Kenny Florian. However, it’s not the fighter that built the foundations of Firas’ success, it’s the philosopher. More Plato than Bruce Lee, Firas exudes a calmness and insane knowledge of centuries-old lessons that are still applicable today that I can’t help but admit that I’m intent on diving into the world of Marcus Aurelius at 3x.
Tape up those fists, clear your mind of doubts and absorb as much insight as I did from one of my dream guests.
I created Inside Quest to break down the secrets of success from some of the world’s most successful and influential people. Since the beginning, there were four iconic figures who I’ve been determined to interview on the show. This week we have a very special guest, one of those four icons that has inspired me and 50 million others: Tony Robbins. IQ is a place to cut out the bullshit and shoot straight: How did you succeed? Where did you fail? What can people do to replicate your success? Tony Robbins has inspired millions of people to do just that, to channel their own internal power and tell their story in the most authentic way possible.
Tony’s astronomical success comes from looking through the surface level of the way our world works, deep into the very patterns and drivers that motivate people to act. He started as the protege of self-help pioneer Jim Rohn and flourished into the household name we all know by helping others find the most essential strengths. As if that weren’t enough, he donated all profits from his latest book “MONEY: Master the Game” to feed the homeless.
Tony wants you to choose happiness. Being happy is a skill you can master, and you know I’m all about skill acquisition. Across all his books and seminars, Tony teaches one main thing: how to be yourself without fear. After sitting down with him for an hour, you’ll be surprised to see just how easy (and almost effortless) that is to do.
Everyone and everything impactful starts with a mission. Tony’s is to help people end their own suffering and to lead extraordinary, magnificent lives. Don’t call him a motivator, just a strategist… but one with a master plan. This week we have an episode where idealism faces pragmatism, and the result is exhilarating.