DJ Khaled and Tony Robbins, two of the most inspirational human beings on earth have combined their motivational talents to appear on a cover of a magazine together.
Just three months ago world-renown motivational speaker Tony Robbins barely knew who or what a DJ Khaled was or did, but he said he was “impressed” with his zest for life.
Fast forward to now, Complex has brought the two of them together for a cover story.
In an intense Q&A the pair of motivators each talk about their early struggles [both used to live in their cars], the stresses of raising a family while having a demanding career and Robbins even attempted to get DJ Khaled past his fear of flying.
Here is an excerpt from the conversation:
Complex: Tony, what’s your strategy for commanding a crowd?
Robbins: Get out of your head. I’m in the audience. I’m feeling what they are feeling. I might have a game plan of what I’m going to go for, but that game plan disappears the minute I feel the audience. Whenever people have trouble public speaking, it’s because they are just thinking about themselves. I don’t give a shit how I’m coming across. All I give a shit about is if I can produce the result. Stay in the moment and fully associate it to who you are trying to serve.
Complex: Khaled, you DJ for arenas…
Khaled: Yes, stadiums.
Complex: [Laughs.] My mistake, stadiums…. And we’re talking about packed venues and private jets, but you both once lived in your cars. What advice do you have for someone in a similar situation?
Robbins: I learned to park outside of Denny’s because it’s 24 hours. I made a deal at a 7-Eleven with a mailman so I could get my mail delivered there. The biggest thing I did was that I used to go to the library. I fed my mind every day. I was like, “If I don’t change my mind, if I don’t change my heart, if I don’t develop some skill, I’m always going to be sleeping in my car.”
Khaled: God has blessed me to see the luxury side of things. I’ve seen my family work so hard and come up, and I’ve seen it all get taken away. I had to man up, and part of that was sleeping in my car, getting an apartment for a month, and getting evicted the next month. Staying in the $25–$35 hotels. I just never panicked. I stayed focused and I never surrendered. Now I take care of my mother, my father, and my entire family, as well as myself, my woman, and my team that I consider family.
Robbins: Baby on the way.
Khaled: And a beautiful baby on the way.
Complex: Tony, do you have any parenting advice you could share with Khaled?
Robbins: I’ll say—I have four kids! I married a woman when I was 24 years old. She was 13 years my senior. She had been married twice before. I adopted them. I was 24 and had a 17-year-old son instantly, an 11-year-old daughter, a 5-year-old, and a child on the way. So I had to learn how to become a parent very quickly.
The most important thing is what you already do. It’s being authentic. It’s being curious, trying to discover their gifts. Then being there like the rock that I know you are. It’s not playing a perfect life where there are no mistakes, no challenges. That makes people grow up and think that they are not going to have any. They are not prepared.
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