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Mike Robbins
Mike Robbins is the author of two books Focus on the Good Stuff (Wiley) and Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken (Wiley). He’s a sought-after keynote speaker who delivers motivational speeches and seminars around the world. Some of his clients include Google, Wells Fargo, Gap, Twitter, Genentech, Adobe, the San Francisco Giants, and many more. Mike and his work have been featured on ABC News and the Oprah radio network, as well as in Forbes, Ladies Home Journal, Fast Company, Self, the Washington Post, many others. He's also a regular contributor to and the Huffington Post and his books have been translated into twelve languages. For more information, visit

Entries by Mike Robbins

Culture and Chemistry Matter

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 4:02 PM

Wow... that was an unbelievable World Series! If you watched it passionately as I did, you know what I'm talking about. Even if you didn't and you don't know or care that much about baseball or sports, there are a number of things that made this World Series remarkable and...

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Think Big

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 1:51 PM

I've had a number of experiences in the past few months which have both inspired me and challenged me to think big (and also to look at the ways in which I don't). All too often we let our egos, our fears, our perceived limitations, or our selfish motivations get...

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Are You Addicted to Your Device?

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 1:08 PM

This past weekend, while we were away for the 4th of July holiday, I had a profound realization of how addicted I've become to my iPhone. While I love many aspects of how technology enhances our lives and allows us to connect with one another in some very cool ways, I'm...

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If You're Trying To Prove It, You Don't Believe It

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 7:45 PM

My counselor Eleanor recently said to me, "Mike, if you're trying to prove something, it means you don't actually believe it yet." Her words hit me right between the eyes, as they often do. She was right and as I reflect on certain aspects of my life, I can see...

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Remember How Precious Life Is

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 1:12 PM

I was deeply saddened to learn about the recent death of Hall of Fame baseball player Tony Gwynn.  Tony was a star for the San Diego Padres in the 1980s and 1990s.  In addition to being an incredibly talented and accomplished athlete, he had an infectious smile and personality.  I...

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Be Real and Compassionate About Money

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 2:13 PM


2009 was an extremely challenging year for both Michelle and me. Among the many issues we faced that year, one of the most painful was the difficult financial situation we'd put ourselves into: we were $105,000 in debt and about $300,000 upside...

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Swing Hard (Just in Case You Hit It)

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 4:28 PM


In July of 1992, the summer between my senior year in high school and my freshman year at Stanford, I got invited to play in the U.S. Junior National Baseball Championship tournament in Boise, Idaho. It was a pretty big deal. Some...

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Testing is Not Trusting

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 2:31 PM

In a session I had with my counselor Eleanor last week she said to me, "Testing is not trusting." I realized in talking to her that much of what I've been calling "trust" is actually me simply "testing" new attitudes, techniques, and approaches... hoping they will work out, but fearing...

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Life's Easy... It's Dealing With Ourselves That's Hard

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 7:09 PM


With my new book, Nothing Changes Until You Do, just released I've been reflecting a bit on the whole experience of writing this new book and now putting it out into the world.  As with my previous two book...

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Make Peace with Your Body and Appearance

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 4:31 PM


This is an excerpt from my new book Nothing Changes Until You Do, posted with permission.  Published by Hay House and available online or in bookstores.

I was in the bathroom one morning a number of years ago getting ready for my...

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Forgive Yourself

(1) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 1:43 PM

In December of 2011, I decided to head up to Calistoga for a few days. Calistoga is a small town in Napa Valley, about an hour from where we live. For the past few years, Michelle and I have...

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Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 2:13 PM

I have a tendency to take myself a bit too seriously at times, especially when I get stressed, irritated, or scared. I've noticed that sometimes these feelings not only make me less effective in dealing with a difficult situation, they actually cause the difficulty itself, or at the very least...

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Watch More Sunsets

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 5:02 PM

A few weeks ago I led a weekend workshop at Esalen. It was wonderful! On Saturday evening after our dinner break, one of the workshop participants suggested that we delay the start of our evening session so we could walk out on the deck and watch the sun...

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Create Miracles Now

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 11:23 PM

My friend Gabrielle Bernstein's new book, Miracles Now, has had me stop and think more deeply about my own relationship to "miracles" and also how to create more of them in my life on a daily basis. As Albert Einstein said, "There are only two ways to live...

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You Are Enough

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 12:16 PM

I had a powerful conversation with my counselor Eleanor a while back about insecurity. She said to me: "Mike, when you're feeling insecure, it's important to understand which aspect of yourself is feeling insecure. The child within you is asking, 'Am I getting enough?' The adolescent within you is asking,...

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Let Success Chase You

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 3:53 PM

March 27, 2014

I recently read Wayne Dyer's new book I Can See Clearly Now, in which he said something that had a profound impact on me, "I've never chased success...success has always chased me."  As I've thought about this over the past few weeks, I realize that...

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Trusting the Synchronicity of Life

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 2:03 PM

I just finished Wayne Dyer's new book I Can See Clearly Now, in which he recounts many of the pivotal moments of his life, the lessons he learned, and how he "can see clearly now" the meaning, purpose, and synchronicity of it all. I loved the book and got so...

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Are You Living Your Resume or Eulogy?

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 1:10 PM

I had the honor of both attending and speaking at the annual Wisdom 2.0 conference in San Francisco recently.  The event was great, and one of the highlights for me was listening to an inspiring talk given by Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post.  In her talk she asked...

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The Importance of Receiving Appreciation

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 2:02 PM

My 40th birthday was amazing! I received such beautiful blessings from so many people in my life - it was exciting, wonderful, humbling, and a bit overwhelming. As touched and honored as I was (and still am) by all of the appreciation I got, I also noticed there were moments...

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Appreciate Your Age

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 4:05 PM

February 6, 2014

Because of my 40th birthday, I've been thinking a lot about this milestone and also reflecting on age in general.  40 seems like a pretty big and important number, although it doesn't feel how I thought it would feel.  When I was younger, 40 seemed pretty old...

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