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More than a note from a friend -- an indispensable guide! ” –Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Vintage Tony Robbins . . . It distills the complexity of the human potential movement into one single but powerful idea.” –James Redfield, author of The Celestine Prophecy

“Tony’s warmth, passion, and commitment will inspire you to truly master your life and touch others in the process.” –Kenneth Blanchard, Ph.D., co-author of The One-Minute Manager

About the Author

Tony Robbins is a bestselling author, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. For more than thirty-seven years, millions of people have enjoyed the warmth, humor, and dynamic presentation of Mr. Robbins’s corporate and personal development events. He is the nation’s #1 life and business strategist. He’s called upon to consult and coach with some of the world’s finest athletes, entertainers, Fortune 500 CEOs, and even presidents of nations.

As an entrepreneur, he has more than twenty companies, a dozen of which he actively manages. At present, the companies he founded or partnered in have combined annual sales of more than $6 billion a year.

Also of note is Robbins’s marquee philanthropy, which spans more than three and a half decades of serving those forgotten by society—children, the imprisoned, and the homeless. He is responsible for feeding more than 42 million people. This year, through his partnership with Feeding America, Robbins has committed to personally provide 50 million meals to those in need, and he is at work to get matching funds to feed 100 million more.

A #1 New York Times bestselling author, he lives in Palm Beach, Florida.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (August 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068480056X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684800561
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For more than 30 years Tony Robbins' passion has been helping people BREAK THROUGH and take their lives to another level--no matter how successful they already are--in the areas that matter most: their business, personal finance, intimate relationships, careers and health.

Tony Robbins has helped more than 50 million people from more than 100 countries transform their lives and their businesses through his books, audio programs, health products, live events and personal coaching. He's been fortunate enough to work with everyone from presidents of countries to some of the true legends of entertainment, sports and the business world. But his work is not limited to Fortune 500 CEOs and athletes. He has a special passion for small-business owners, parents and students.

Being the Chairman of seven privately held companies and five holding companies in diverse industries keeps him busy. Many of his companies have become brands that are leaders in their category--from the award winning Namale Resort & Spa in the Fiji Islands, to Twinlab and Metabolife in the sports nutrition field, to the Anthony Robbins brand in personal and professional improvement.

Most of Tony's core strategies for creating breakthroughs have come from his work with some of the biggest names in the business world: He's had the privilege of modeling and distilling the strategies of leaders in some of the fastest-growing companies in the world. He's used these distinctions to help optimize and grow enterprises to new and more profitable levels.

One of the things Tony is most proud of is his humanitarian work through the non-profit Anthony Robbins Foundation. He's always believed that if we're blessed enough to have insight and economic opportunities, then we're also blessed enough to be able to give back. To those who much has been given, much is expected. Tony Robbins is extremely blessed to be able to feed more than two million people in 56 countries every year through his International Basket Brigade.

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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Ilavarasu Tamilmani on December 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
Notes from a Friend: A Quick and Simple Guide to Taking Control of Your Life, is one of the best self-help books available on the stands. It would also be a perfect gift for someone you care.

Mr. Anthony Robbins begins the book by taking us along into a particular Thanksgiving Day in his life, when a certain event changed the way he thought about life, forever. The book is more than a collection of the best inspiring ideas - it is also a good step by step guide to enriching our lives.

Actually we can get through the book pretty fast and that is a plus, since we don't lose interest at any point of time. The book has a lucid style and a straight forward approach.

The book talks about the following -

1. Ways to tap the power inside to change anything in our life

2. Great reminder statements to go over when we are overwhelmed by feelings which pull us down

3. How our decisions can change our life

4. How to keep focusing

5. How to ask the right questions - This is a very valuable chapter - it has 5 'problem solving questions', 7 'Morning power questions', and 3 'Evening power questions'.

6. How we can find empowering words for commonly observed negative emotions/expressions

7. Metaphors that make a difference

8. Effective Goal setting and 'Training the brain' so that it knows that the goal is a happening thing.

9. The Ten day mental challenge - which is actually a neat mental game with its own rules, a clear goal, and the effect it is going to have on you. This game wraps up and covers all the concepts discussed in the entire book. Mr. Anthony Robbins says that this exercise turned his life right-side up which shows that it is a time-tested and proven exercise/game.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Martin Schray on February 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
Notes From A Friend is a interesting book. If you want to know more about Tony Robbins thoughts and techniques Notes From A Friend gives many of his popular ideas in a very compact format. If you are one of those people that likes a book that challenges you, asks you to exercises and change they way you think this is the book for you.
I found the book quite useful from a couple of different perspectives. Some of the changes that Notes From A Friend suggests are really small distinctions, but taken together they can have significant impact. One of the examples from Notes From A Friend are the questions that you ask yourself. Notes From A Friend suggest asking questions that lead to the solution of a problem rather then victim questions such as why did this happen to me. Another distinction is how we view failures. Failures will occur if we try anything useful. It is really our reaction to these failures and what we learn from them that matters.
Not content to Notes From A Friend just be an intriguing read Robbins challenges the reader with a ten day program that is a powerful application of the essence of the book. If you want to know more about Tony Robbins, his techniques and are not afriad a book that gives homework assignments I recommend this book.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By kh82399ny on July 8, 2008
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In a straight-forward approach with his contagious enthusiasm and lots of real life examples, Anthony Robbins's "Notes from a Friend: A Quick and Simple Guide to Taking Control of Your Life" shows his readers that we can change our life literally in a matter of moments, by tapping into the power that's inside each of us right now.

What if "unleash the power within us" is what we need to be successful? It sounds too simple, but many of us including myself, have no idea how powerful we truly are. This book effectively showed us that we can shape our destiny by shifting focus on solutions, instead of problems. Having a clear vision of what we want, with a sense of flexibility in pursuing our goals, and continuing to take massive, positive, constructive actions, we can empower and enrich our lives and others' lives around us in all aspects!

A concept from this book particularly caught my eyes; "the past doesn't matter. Whatever hasn't worked in the past has nothing to do with what you'll do today. What you do right now is what will shape your destiny." It reminded me of my favorite authors; Ariel and Shya Kane and their books Being Here: Modern Day Tales of Enlightenment and Working on Yourself Doesn't Work: A Book About Instantaneous Transformation. The Kanes presented the idea of "Living in the moments", showing "the current moment is all we have and living in the moment is all it takes to have our life transformed." It is so freeing to be able to let go of all the "I should have done this" and know that what happened in the past is irrelevant to now and now is all we have! We have absolutely everything we need right now to create our lives.

These three authors are magical. I highly recommend them to anyone that wants to have a magical life and to discover his and her brilliance!
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Sam on January 6, 2005
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This book changed my life. I'm not a big Anthony Robbins fan. I used to be in corporate sales so I bought this book looking for ideas to improve my sales. I didn't learn how to sell more or create wealth. Instead, I learned how to change my life and improve my perspective on things. If you are depressed or are unhappy with your life and you want to change, this book will help you do so. It teaches you how to break bad habits and inspire you to change. Any time, I'm in a bad mood or I feel helpless, I read this book and it completely motivates you and provides you with confidence. There are no gimics in this book. Tony Robbins doesn't really tell you anything you didn't already know. Rather, it's HOW he tells things. He uses real life examples and people we are familiar with like the guy who started Kentucky Fried Chicken and Honda autos so he is not just giving you motivation gibberish. His advice is based on his discussions with real people who achieved success in life. I'm in medicine today which is a completey different field but I still refer back to this book. It is a gem
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