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Are Tony Robbins, Casey Neistat, Gary Vaynerchuk and Simon Sinek the New Educators of Our Time?

Jenny Many Editorial Team

What's common between Tony Robbins, Casey Neistat, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Simon Sinek? All are credited with creating inspirational and motivating content. While Robbins, Vaynerchuk, and Sinek share multiple bestsellers among them, Neistat is known for creating inspirational and informational videos.

Many experts consider Robbins, Neistat, Vaynerchuk, and Sinek to be among the most influential educators of our time. And they have every reason to believe so. The content created by these personalities has inspired millions of millennials, helping them get their lives back on track. All these four men have had their ups and downs. Whenever life has thrown a challenge at them, these four eminent personalities have taken it head on, always emerging on top. 

Before we review some of the most acclaimed works by Robbins, Neistat, Vaynerchuk, and Sinek, let’s take a look at their early life and career.

Tony Robbins

Early Life & Career

Robbins had a rough start to his life. When he was just seven, his parents divorced. While growing up, he had to work as a handyman to help support his siblings. During high school, Robbins was affected by a growth related complication that later contributed to the development of a pituitary tumor. To escape his abusive home life, Robbins left home at the age of 17 and never returned.

Robbins started his career working as a promoter for motivational speaker Jim Rohn. Soon Robbins began to organizing self-help seminars and selling his self-help audiotapes. Since then Robbins has held multiple seminars. It is estimated that more than 4 million people have attended his seminars till date. Robbins is the driving force behind several initiatives such as the Robbins-Madanes Center for Intervention and the Tony Robbins Foundation.

Some Notable Works by Robbins

Unlimited Power

Unlimited Power is one of the most recognizable self-help books on the market today. In this book, Robbins details a five-step modeling process that readers can follow to boost their performance. Tony also talks about how he has helped various top performers achieve peak performance. The book imparts lessons on improving memory and creativity and finding the right way to communicate, which is necessary to make relationships work.

Awaken the Giant Within

Awaken the Giant Within is not a bestseller for no reason. In this book, Tony encourages readers to take control of their lives. He creates a psychological blueprint that readers can follow to unleash their inner performance giant.

In this book, the author advises readers to associate good habits with pleasure and bad habits with pain. Tony urges his readers to use expressive language to play down negative emotions and reinforce positive feelings and emotions. Tony believes that every person must make their own rules, which shouldn't be dependent on the approval provided by others.

Money: Master the Game

The 2014 financial crisis was the inspiration behind Money: Master the Game. The book reached #1 on NYT's list of best sellers in December. In this book, Robbins talks about seven simple steps to financial freedom. These steps were suggested by some of the most renowned investors interviewed by Tony.

Casey Neistat

Early Life & Career

Born in 1981, Neistat is an eminent YouTube personality. Neistat dropped out of school when he was 17. During the same year, he left his family to live with his then-girlfriend and son. 

Neistat started his career working for artist Tom Sachs. He first shot to fame in 2003, when he released a YouTube video titled iPod's Dirty Secret. Soon Casey started making short films and videos with his brother. Casey is credited for contributing to the development of Beme, a video-sharing app. Over the years, Neistat has delivered several lectures in which he talks about his life experiences and filmmaking.

Highly acclaimed works by Casey Neistat

“iPod’s Dirty Secrets”

In 2003, Neistat uploaded a three-minute film titled “iPod's Dirty Secrets” to the Internet. Through this short film, Neistat criticized Apple for not having a battery replacement policy for its iPod portable media players. The video garnered much attention. In 2003, Apple announced a battery replacement policy and an extended iPod warranty program.

“Make it Count”

In 2012, Neistat collaborated with Nike to create a short movie titled “Make it Count.” According to Neistat, Nike had roped him in to make a video explaining the meaning of #makeitcount. Instead of using the budget to make the movie, Neistat went on a world tour with a friend. Within minutes of Neistat posting the video to his account, it went viral, amassing over 1.5 million views within the next three days.

Gary Vaynerchuk

Early Life & Career

Gary Vaynerchuk dons many hats. He is an Internet personality, author, entrepreneur, and speaker. Originally based in Babruysk, Gary’s family moved to the U.S. in 1978. At the age of 14, Gary joined his family’s wine business. After assuming the control of the business, Vaynerchuk introduced radical changes in the way business was conducted. His efforts soon bore fruit and sales climbed from $3 million to $60 million a year.

In 2009, Gary founded VaynerMedia, a company that provides social media consultancy services to Fortune 500 companies. In 2017, Vaynerchuk formed another company, The Gallery. Gary is also the moving force behind Planet of the Apps, a reality television series, and the#AskGarryVeeShow.

Recognizable Works by Gary Vaynerchuk

The Thank You Economy

The Thank You Economy talks about the importance of nurturing relationships with customers. In this book, Gary outlines the role that social media can play in helping businesses engage their customers.  He believes that to succeed in this age, companies need to come up with a strategy that combines tried and tested traditional methods with radical and unconventional principles of social media marketing.

Crush it! Why NOW is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion

In this book, Gary motivates readers to transform their passion into profession. He firmly believes that anyone can use the power of the Internet to turn their passion into a profitable business venture.

Simon Sinek

Early Life & Career 

Born in London, Simon Oliver Sinek is an author, motivational speaker, and organizational consultant. Sinek started his career at American ad agencies Ogilvy & Mather and Euro RSCG. He later started his own business, Sinek Partners. Sinek has authored five books and delivered several motivational lectures till date. 

Acclaimed Works by Simon Sinek

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

In this book, Sinek highlights that great leaders can inspire people because they always put the why or the purpose before the how, or the process, and the what, or the product.

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together, and Others Don't

In this book, Simon advises readers to cultivate a Circle of Safety around them. The focus of people in the Circle of Safety should be helping each other rather than hindering each other’s growth. Sinek also talks about four chemicals and how they impact our development. Simon advises leaders to give up short term gains and develop a long term perspective.


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