Nearly everyone knows about the work of Tony Robbins. One of the most important things he teaches is the idea of “creating a breakthrough.” To Robbins, a breakthrough is anything that gets you closer to your ultimate goals and also helps you live a life of fulfillment.

It’s a two-parter. A breakthrough can be defined as goal achievement, sure. But if the goal achievement isn’t coupled with greater fulfillment, the goal wasn’t a breakthrough after all.

According to Tony Robbins, anyone can have a breakthrough if they consistently answer the following three questions:

  1. What do you really want?
  2. What’s preventing you from having it?
  3. How do you change your life now?

Each of these questions is extremely important in their own right. However, our Robbins-taught coaches know that one of the hardest things a person can do is to figure out what they really want. If you don’t know what you want out of your life, if you don’t know what’ll lead to greater fulfillment, then you’re lost before you even start. The remaining two questions become meaningless and you’ll never reach a breakthrough.

To help, we’ve written an article to show you how to identify what you really want out of life. It’s called “the art of fulfillment,” and it’s one of Tony Robbins deepest principles.

The Art of Fulfillment vs The Science of Achievement

When you approach the question of “what do you really want?”, people typically base their response on one of two things:

  1. The Science of Achievement – The ability to turn a dream into a reality, to create something from nothing, to produce any result.

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  1. The Art of Fulfillment – The art of finding joy in the “process” and finding happiness in whatever life brings. It’s the power, as Tony Robbins says, to understand, appreciate, and enjoy our lives at the deepest level.

However, even though there are two ways to figure out what you want in life, many of us choose the former over the latter. You see, our culture is so “success-driven” that we often focus on achievement and forget to check if the achievement will even make us fulfilled.

Because at the end of the day life is all about feeling fulfilled and not about strictly achieving goals. The achievement of a goal is worthless if it doesn’t result in fulfillment and happiness.

Therefore, the science of achievement is pointless. It causes us to attain goals we don’t even want in search of a happiness we’ll never find. Instead, we need to focus on the art of fulfillment. We need to live our lives enjoying each and every day.

It’s the idea of being “process-oriented vs. goals-driven.” If you love the art of baking, for example, your life will be a success whether or not you become a Michelin-rated chef, because you love the process of becoming a better baker.

If you trust in the process and love the process, then the results will take care of themselves. This is the art of fulfillment and this is what you should focus on when you ask yourself, “what do I want to do with my life?”

How You Can Benefit From the Art of Fulfillment

Tony Robbins, on a recent episode of the Tim Ferriss podcast, drives home the value of the art of fulfillment with a touching story.

Robbins talks about a time shortly after the beloved actor Robin Williams took his own life. Robbins recounts the story by telling Ferriss that in every room he went into, from China to the U.S., he would ask how many people loved Robin Williams. The number of people, he said, in any room and in any country, was around 98% in favor of Williams.

Robbins goes on to say that Williams achieved everything he wanted out of life. He was a comedian, he starred in TV shows, he starred in on-screen comedies, and he even won an Academy Award for a serious role, which was not his strength.

He did all of this and people loved him. 98% of people loved him, in fact. He was living a life that was full of achievement and success. And yet, tragically, even though people would trade lives with him in a second, Robin Williams hung himself.

Without getting too morbid, this is a chilling example of the science of achievement vs. the art of fulfillment. You can achieve anything you want out of life and people can love you for it. However, if you don’t feel fulfilled, it will all be for naught.

This is why the art of fulfillment is so important. It’s the difference between looking happy on the outside and actually being happy on the inside.



Achievement is great, sure, but it’s nothing without fulfillment. If you want to live a successful life you need to focus on goals that’ll make you feel fulfilled rather than ones that look good to an outsider.