This weekend I watched the Tony Robbins documentary on Netflix, I am not your guru. I'm not really drawn to experiences like he offers. I get why people are if they get excited by all the energy and stuff, but it's not for me. It reminds me a lot of the times I attended Pentecostal churches. The same sort of emotive use of music, intensity of presentation style, etc. And the way the crowd responds is so similar, they literally lay on hands as if they are praying. So for me to say that despite all this, I got a lot out of it, speaks quite a lot.
I try and seek out sources that I don't naturally respond to on purpose, sort of as a safeguard. I don't want to get too sucked in. I want to make myself be open minded rather than gobble up whatever they say. And this guy has some interesting stuff to say. He's intense. And I think he genuinely cares.
I listened to his interview on the Russell Brand podcast this morning for the same reason. Because Russell Brand borders on irritating to me, so I find I am more cautious of how I interpret what he's saying. And it was good. So worth the listen.
The key messages for me all centre on the concept of giving. In order to be fulfilled, you have to keep growing and keep giving. Give without judgement because people are not defined by their behaviours.
There was one really interesting point he makes early in the interview which relates to the stuff I've been thinking about pharmacy practice, specifically thinking about how you engage people in medication services if they don't feel that they have a need for it. e says he gives people what they want (weight loss, making money etc) so he can deliver them what they need. What is pharmacy's Trojan horse? Supply of medicines is the most obvious. I need to think more about what the others are.