So how do you design your life when your father is the most influential personal empowerment trainer in the world?
The answer – any way you like. This week I had the opportunity to catch up with my friend, Jairek Robbins. I first met Jairek a few years ago at a large event and like his famous father, his energy is felt in the room. Jairek is humble, gregarious and exceptionally insightful. His wisdom transcends his twenty-eight year old mind.
In catching up, I asked Jairek what mind blowing experiences had gone on in his life in the past few months. The major news is that he is engaged. The wedding is set for next year in Fiji and he is excited about new adventures including eventually starting a family.
The major news is that he is engaged.
Jairek also discussed his own family and one surprisingly major influence in his life, his grandmother. Jairek shared that she cold calls potential clients three days per week, and has as long as he can remember. She is financially very comfortable and when asked about why she still does this, her reply is that she can use her skills to create income to help others; why would she ever stop.
A great work ethic, a large supportive family and a father who counts Oprah as a personal friend are indeed a breeding ground for an exceptional mind. Jairek is embarking on a new phase of his life, taking groups to personal development destinations around the globe so they can use their skills first hand, especially in the face of challenge. When we finally got around to recording a Pod Cast, Jairek also shared about his near death experience after contracting malaria in Uganda. This was a pivotal point in his life.
Jairek also shared about his near death experience after contracting malaria in Uganda.
The doctor gave him five days to live and his first thought was, ‘no one earns the right to say that.’ Jairek went on to say that no one can truly predict the future and frankly no one can tell another person that they are going to die. It could end up pre-determining an outcome when the truth is that anything is possible. Jairek, of course, went on to live and uses that experience as a teaching tool for his students as a reminder that regardless of what anyone says, we can all overcome.
I asked Jairek what advice he would give to someone going through an immense challenge and he spoke about how all of our actions are ripples in the universe. When we are faced with a challenge, any challenge, we must consider that we have the opportunity to act selflessly knowing that if we can transcend this then we can inspire others to also transcend. The fact is that sadly, most people consider only themselves when they are confronted with a perceived obstacle and this is why they stay stuck; they must continue to learn the lesson over and over again.
We must consider that we have the opportunity to act selflessly knowing that if we can transcend this then we can inspire others to also transcend.
When Jairek and I get on the phone, time goes by quickly and before I knew it, it was time for me to head to a meeting and Jairek to prep for a trip to Tokyo. In closing I asked Jairek what was on his list that he hadn’t yet done. After a pause and then discussing the next chapter of his life as a husband and eventually a father, I am sure his famous grin passed across his face as he said, ‘base jumping;’ Jairek that will soon be crossed off the list.
Jairek is definitely playing big in his life and I want to encourage you to take it to the next level as well. All of our actions create new outcomes for our future and my question is – what are you doing today that is creating a better tomorrow? I encourage you to listen to my interview with Jairek on ITunes and share it with your friends. If you enjoy it, please do comment as I would love to help my dear friend get his powerful message out to the world. Lastly, as always – know that you can be, do and have anything you dream.
Susan is a balanced living expert. She is an author, speaker and self made millionaire. She has appeared on ABC Family, the CBN, written for Dianne Magazine, Oxygen Australia and many more. Susan dedicates time to philanthropy and projects that benefit women and girls all over the world. She is married to her best friend, Chris, and together they have five beautiful children.