Unshakeable CHAPTER 1
Power and Peace of Mind in a World of Uncertainty
An unwavering and undisputed confidence;
a steadfast commitment to the truth;
presence, peace of mind, and a calm amidst the storm
What would it feel like to know in your mind, in your heart, and in the very depth of your soul that you’ll always be prosperous? To know with absolute certainty that no matter what happens in the economy, stock market, or real estate, you’ll have financial security for the rest of your life? To know that you’ll possess an abundance that will enable you not only to take care of your family’s needs but also to delight in the joy of helping others?
We all dream of achieving that tremendous inner peace, that comfort, that independence, that freedom. In short, we all dream of being unshakeable.
But what does it really mean to be unshakeable?
It’s not just a matter of money. It’s a state of mind. When you’re truly unshakeable, you have unwavering confidence even amidst the storm. It’s not that nothing upsets you. We can all get hooked. But you don’t stay there. Nothing rattles you for any length of time. You don’t allow fear to take you over. If you’re knocked off balance, you find your center quickly and regain your inner calm. When others are afraid, you have the presence of mind to take advantage of the turmoil swirling all around you. This state of mind allows you to be a leader, not a follower. To be the chess player, not the chess piece. To be one of the few who do, not one of the many who merely talk!
But is it even possible to become unshakeable in these crazy times? Or is it just a pipe dream?
Do you remember how you felt in 2008 when the financial crisis savaged the global economy? Do you remember the fear, the anxiety, the uncertainty that gripped us all when the world seemed to be falling apart? The stock market collapsed, maybe crushing your 401(k). The property market was beaten to a pulp, maybe wrecking the value of your home or that of someone you love. Big banks fell over like toy soldiers. Millions of good, hardworking people lost their jobs.
I can tell you right now, I’ll never forget the suffering and terror I witnessed all around me. I saw people lose their life savings, get kicked out of their homes, and not have the money to send their kids to college. My barber told me that his business was in tatters because people didn’t even want to spend money getting their hair cut. Even some of my billionaire clients called me in a panic because their cash was all tied up, the credit markets had frozen, and it suddenly looked like they might be in danger of losing everything. Fear was like a virus, spreading everywhere. It began to take over people’s lives, infecting millions with a sense of total uncertainty.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all that uncertainty had ended in 2008? Didn’t you think the world would be back to normal by now? That the global economy would be back on track and growing dynamically again?
But the truth is, we’re still living in a crazy world. All these years later, central bankers are still fighting an epic battle to revive economic growth. They’re still experimenting with radical policies that we’ve never seen in the entire history of the global economy.
You think I’m exaggerating? Well, think again. First-world countries such as Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, and Japan now have “negative” interest rates. You know how insane that is? The whole purpose of the banking system is for you to make a profit by loaning money to banks, so they can lend it out to others. But people around the world now have to pay banks to accept their hard-earned savings. The Wall Street Journal wanted to discover when the world last experienced a period of negative yields. So the newspaper called an economic historian. You know what he told them? It’s the first time this has happened in 5,000 years of banking history.
That’s how far we’ve come from living in a normal world: borrowers get paid to borrow, and savers get punished for saving. In this upside-down environment, “safe” investments such as high-quality bonds offer such terrible returns that you wonder if someone’s having a laugh at your expense. I recently learned that the finance arm of Toyota had issued a three-year bond that yields just 0.001%. At that rate, it would take you 69,300 years to double your money!
If you’re struggling to make sense of what all this means for the future of the global economy, join the club. Howard Marks, a legendary investor who oversees nearly $100 billion in assets, recently told me, “If you’re not confused, you don’t understand what’s going on.”
You know we’re living in strange times when even the greatest financial minds admit to being confused. For me, this reality was driven home emphatically last year when I arranged a meeting of my Platinum Partners: an intimate group of friends and clients who gather once a year to gain financial insights from the best of the best.
We had already listened to the opinions of seven self-made billionaires. But now it was time to hear from a man who, for two decades, had wielded more economic power than anyone else alive. I was seated in one of two leather wingback chairs on a stage in a conference room at the Four Seasons hotel in Whistler, British Columbia. Outside the snow was falling gently. The man sitting across from me was none other than Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the US Federal Reserve. Appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, Greenspan ultimately served as the Fed chief to four presidents before retiring in 2006. We could hardly have asked for a more experienced insider to cut through the confusion and shed light on the future of the economy.
As our two-hour conversation drew to a close, I had one final question for this man who had seen it all, who had guided the US economy through thick and thin for 19 years. “Alan, you’ve had 90 years on this planet and have seen incredible changes in the world economy,” I began. “So, in this world of intense volatility and insane central banking policies around the globe, what is the one thing you would do if you were still the Fed chairman today?”
Greenspan paused for a while. Finally, he leaned forward and said: “Resign!”
HOW TO FIND CERTAINTY IN AN UNCERTAIN TIME
What are you supposed to do when even an economic icon of Alan Green-span’s stature is tempted to throw up his hands in dismay, unable to make sense of what’s going on or guess where it will end? If he can’t figure it out, how on earth can you and I predict what will happen?
If you’re feeling stressed and confused, I understand. But let me tell you the good news: there are a few people who do have the answers—a few brilliant financial minds that have figured out how to make money in good times and bad. After spending seven years interviewing these masters of the financial game, I’m going to bring you their answers, their insights, their secrets, so you can understand how to win even in these incredibly uncertain times.
And I’ll tell you this: one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned from these money masters is that you don’t have to predict the future to win this game. Etch that idea into your big, beautiful brain, because it’s important. Really important.
Here’s what you do have to do: you have to focus on what you can control, not on what you can’t. You can’t control where the economy is headed and whether the stock market will soar or plunge. But that doesn’t matter! The winners of the financial game know that they can’t control the future, either. They know their predictions will often be wrong because the world is just too complex and fast changing for anybody to foresee the future. But, as you’ll learn in the pages to come, they focus so intently on what they can control that they’ll thrive no matter what happens to the economy or the financial markets. And with the help of their insights, you’ll thrive, too.
Control what you can control. That’s the trick. And this book will show you exactly how to do it. Above all, you’ll finish the book with a strategic plan that provides you the tools to help you win the game.
We all know that we’re not going to become unshakeable through wishful thinking, or by lying to ourselves, or by merely thinking positive, or by putting photos of exotic cars on our “vision boards.” It’s not enough to believe. You need the insights, the tools, the skills, the expertise, and the specific strategies that will empower you to achieve true and lasting prosperity. You need to learn the rules of the financial game, who the players are, what their agendas are, where you can get hurt, and how you can win. This knowledge can set you free.
The big purpose of this small book is to provide you with that essential knowledge. It will give you a complete playbook for financial success, so that you and your family won’t ever again have to live in fear and uncertainty but can enjoy the journey with true peace of mind.
Many people just dabble in and out when it comes to their financial lives, and they pay an enormous price for it. That’s not because they don’t care. It’s because they get swamped by all the stresses and strains of their daily lives. Plus, they don’t have expertise in this area, so it seems intimidating, confusing, and overwhelming. None of us likes putting effort into things that make us feel unsuccessful and out of our depth! When people are forced to make financial decisions, they often act out of fear—and any decision made in a state of fear is likely to be wrong.
But my commitment here is to be your coach, to guide you and help you, so you can put together an action plan that gets you from where you are today to where you want to be. Maybe you’re a baby boomer who worries that you can’t get to financial security because you started too late. Maybe you’re a millennial who thinks, “I’ve got so much debt, I’ll never be free.” Maybe you’re a sophisticated investor who’s looking for an edge so you can build a legacy that benefits generations to come. Whoever you are and whatever stage of life you’re at, I’m here to show you that there is a way.
If you commit to stay with me through the pages of this book, I promise to provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to get the job done. Once you absorb this information and put your plan in place, it will likely take you only an hour or two each year to keep things on target.
This is an area of life that requires commitment. But if you’re committed to understanding and harnessing the insights in this book, the rewards will be incredible. How much stronger and more confident will you feel when you know the rules that govern the financial world? When you have that knowledge, that mastery, then you can make smart financial decisions based on real understanding. And decisions are the ultimate power. Decisions equal destiny. The decisions you will be equipped to make after reading this short book can bring you a whole new level of inner peace, fulfillment, comfort, and financial freedom that most humans only dream of achieving. I know that sounds like hyperbole. But as you’ll discover for yourself, it’s not.
MEET THE MONEY MASTERS
My life’s obsession is to help people create the life of their dreams. My greatest pleasure is to show them how to rise from pain to power. I can’t bear to see others suffer, because I know how it feels. I grew up dirt poor, with four different fathers over the years, and with a mother who was an alcoholic. I often went to bed hungry, not knowing if there’d be anything to eat the next day. We had so little money that I bought T-shirts for 25 cents at the thrift store and went to high school in Levi’s cords that were four inches too short for me. To support myself, I worked as a janitor at two banks in the middle of the night, and then caught a bus home and slept for roughly four to five hours before dragging myself back to school each morning.
Today I’m blessed with financial success. But I can tell you right now, I’ll never forget what it was like to live in that state of constant anxiety about the future. In those days, I was trapped by my circumstances and filled with uncertainty. So when I saw what happened to people during the 2008–09 financial crisis, there was no way I could turn my back on them.
What drove me crazy was that much of that economic mayhem had been caused by the reckless ways of a small minority of bad actors on Wall Street. Yet nobody in a position of power and privilege seemed to pay any price for the pain that was created. Nobody went to jail. Nobody addressed the systemic issues that had made the economy so vulnerable in the first place. Nobody seemed to be looking out for the regular people who bore the brunt of this financial chaos. I saw them getting used and abused every day, and I couldn’t take it anymore.
That launched me on a quest to figure out how I could help people to gain control over their financial lives so they’d never again be passive victims of a game they didn’t understand. I had one key advantage: personal access to many of the giants of the financial world. It helped that I’ve coached Paul Tudor Jones, one of the greatest traders of all time. Paul, an extraordinary philanthropist, a brilliant thinker, and a dear friend, helped to open a lot of doors for me.
Over seven years, I interviewed more than 50 masters of the financial universe. Their names may mean nothing to you. But in the financial world, these guys have the star power and the name recognition of celebrities such as LeBron James, Robert De Niro, Jay Z, and Beyoncé!
The list of legends who ended up sharing their insights with me includes Ray Dalio, the most successful hedge fund manager in history; Jack Bogle, the founder of Vanguard and the revered pioneer of index funds; Mary Callahan Erdoes, who oversees $2.4 trillion in assets at JPMorgan Chase & Co.; T. Boone Pickens, the billionaire oil tycoon; Carl Icahn, America’s most formidable “activist” investor; David Swensen, whose financial wizardry transformed Yale into one of the world’s wealthiest universities; John Paulson, a hedge fund manager who personally earned $4.9 billion in 2010; and Warren Buffett, the most celebrated investor ever to walk the earth.
If you don’t know these names, you’re not alone. Unless you work in finance, you’re probably more aware of how your fantasy football team is doing or what’s in your Net-a-Porter shopping cart. But you’re really going to want these financial titans to be on your radar, too, because they can literally change your life.
The result of all that research was my 670-page behemoth of a book, Money: Master the Game. To my delight, it skyrocketed to number one on the New York Times Business Best Sellers list and has sold more than a million copies since its publication in 2014. The book has also received an extraordinary array of endorsements from the financial elite. Carl Icahn, not an easy man to win over, declared, “Every investor will find this book extremely interesting and illuminating.” Jack Bogle wrote, “This book will enlighten you and reinforce your understanding of how to master the money game and, in the long run, earn your financial freedom.” Steve Forbes wrote, “If there were a Pulitzer Prize for investment books, this one would win, hands down.”
I’d like to think this praise was a testament to my literary brilliance! But the success of Money: Master the Game really reflects the generosity of all those financial giants in sitting down with...
Présentation de l'éditeur
After interviewing fifty of the world’s greatest financial minds and penning the #1 New York Times bestseller Money: Master the Game, Tony Robbins returns with a step-by-step playbook, taking you on a journey to transform your financial life and accelerate your path to financial freedom. No matter your salary, your stage of life, or when you started, this book will provide the tools to help you achieve your financial goals more rapidly than you ever thought possible.
Robbins, who has coached more than fifty million people from 100 countries, is the world’s #1 life and business strategist. In this book, he teams up with Peter Mallouk, the only man in history to be ranked the #1 financial advisor in the US for three consecutive years by Barron’s. Together they reveal how to become unshakeable—someone who can not only maintain true peace of mind in a world of immense uncertainty, economic volatility, and unprecedented change, but who can profit from the fear that immobilizes so many.
In these pages, through plain English and inspiring stories, you’ll discover...
-How to put together a simple, actionable plan that will deliver true financial freedom.
-Strategies from the world’s top investors on how to protect yourself and your family and maximize profit from the inevitable crashes and corrections to come.
-How a few simple steps can add a decade or more of additional retirement income by discovering what your 401(k) provider doesn’t want you to know.
-The core four principles that most of the world’s greatest financial minds utilize so that you can maximize upside and minimize downside.
-The fastest way to put money back in your pocket: uncover the hidden fees and half truths of Wall Street—how the biggest firms keep you overpaying for underperformance.
-Master the mindset of true wealth and experience the fulfillment you deserve today.
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