So the latest fad in the world of self help is this movie called The Secret and book called The Law of Attraction. A big US talkshow host, Oprah, has jumped on board and the thing has really taken off.
People seem to have one of two reactions to The Secret. Reaction one: “This is BS.” Reaction two: “This just cleared up everything for me, I feel a new beginning in my life.”
I’m watching this on Google Video, and man, what a load of garbage. They keep flashing back and forth between experts.. hm, who is this guy, Dr. Joe Vitale MSC.D… Metaphysician? I know I’ve only been out of college for one year, but what the heck is a metaphysician, or an MSC.D for that matter? This guy has a Doctorate in Metaphysical studies?
If your crackpot alarm hasn’t gone off yet, I have a tin foil hat for you to wear.
“Thank God theres a time delay — that all of your thoughts don’t come true instantly. You’d be in trouble if they did. The time delay serves you, it allows you to reassess, and make a new choice.” Does this even deserve a response?
The movie talks about feeling good and happy thoughts. At the same time, the video infers that by being positive bad things won’t happen to you, bad things like getting a parking ticket, having your bike stolen, or getting a snag on your nylon pantyhose (I hope this is not an issue for any of my male readers.)
The Secret is supposedly made up of 3 steps — “Ask, Believe, Receive.”
Are you F#$@ing kidding me? How about a dose of reality for a change.
If you want something, you, and you alone must work for it. Blood, sweat, and tears. Or for webmasters, bloodshot eyes, an extra 20 pounds, and carpel tunnel. Your mind is step one — and positive feelings have nothing to do with it — its about will. Its nothing but will power and a little bit of chance that gets a marine through Navy Seals BUDS training. Happy supercalifragilisticexpialidocious thoughts aren’t going to help you here anymore than they will help you win the state lottery.
Self help is a cookie-butter business. Its all about making customers feel good. Thus the positive reaction by many of the “un-initiated” to “The Secret.” Pump the audience up first and then sell them. The Secret is nothing more than a carefully crafted execution in marketing.
You want to know what the real secret is? The real secret is hard work. Its hard work that gets you into the position where you can leverage large amounts capital and other human labor to your own profit. Its hard work that keeps a family together and puts children on the right track. Its hard work that landed men on the moon. If you think its anything other than hard work that will get you through life, Joel Comm has an ebook to sell you.
Achievement comes at a price. If you want to float through life, happy thoughts and avoiding the supidest mistakes will probably get you there. Spend your time telling your friends what you are going to do with all that money when you win the lottery. Me, well, I’ll be keeping things interesting.