❀ the cult of: ➥motivational speakers ➥life coaches ➥personal growth gurus ➥new-age charlatans ➥AWESOMENESS FEST

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"i was using my creative abilities from music and from writing... and applying it into something solid... that I could you know, change into money somehow"

... and that thing was internet marketing, rather than yanno, like, being a musician or a writer!? o_0

thanks to denial, I'm immortal! (Trayce), Thursday, 2 February 2012 05:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

i love this stuff and am disgusted by it at the same time. it's like cults and capitalism had some weird marriage together. amway is an old fav.

Spectrum, Thursday, 2 February 2012 05:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

Trayce, he said: "FAIL! Don't be a writer" and gave a thumbs down, and even blew a raspberry, if I'm not mistaken!

garbage corn fan (Je55e), Thursday, 2 February 2012 05:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

Oh ok I was skimming the damn thing, he rambles like a cokehead.

thanks to denial, I'm immortal! (Trayce), Thursday, 2 February 2012 05:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

this trend is pretty much the final collective human dreamsong of psychosis before we all lose our identities permanently, rite?

Mordy, Thursday, 2 February 2012 05:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

WTF is Zynnia's mysterious tragedy?

Zynnia’s life has been filled with both blessings and also profound loss.

Zynnia’s sole mission and purpose in life is to fully enjoy each moment and live in full awareness and gratitude for the power of now. Zynnia knows all too well, that at any moment tragedy can strike and the whole world you grow comfortable with can be ripped apart.

garbage corn fan (Je55e), Thursday, 2 February 2012 05:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

she wanted waffles but they served pancakes instead :'(

Mordy, Thursday, 2 February 2012 05:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

I mean

Zynnia has lived through it and she has immense wisdom and maturity from that journey. This is why she very consciously chooses a life of dreams coming true.

"it"?

I'd choose a life where dreams come true, but just this week I dreamed that the copier at work was located at O'Hare airport, so I can't risk it.

garbage corn fan (Je55e), Thursday, 2 February 2012 05:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

"I'm in the process of both expanding and contracting my business."

blew my mind

the "intenterface" (difficult listening hour), Thursday, 2 February 2012 05:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

lol that was my favorite too.

really stoked you are all here, btw.

⚓ (gr8080), Thursday, 2 February 2012 05:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

amway is an old fav.

see, this is the thing... say what you will about Amway, they may be selling you overpriced toothpaste but at least you're getting an actual product to clean your teeth with.

these dudes aren't even that far removed from people who make money teaching men how to date women (Sean Stephenson has actually dipped in to this), but like, at least with Pick Up Artist gurus, the promise is that dudes will come out less afraid of talking to women-- which is a lot more solid than, "awesomeness!".

⚓ (gr8080), Thursday, 2 February 2012 05:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

also a fan of when zynnia shouts "LIVE VICARIOUSLY THROUGH ME AND MY FAMILY!"

the "intenterface" (difficult listening hour), Thursday, 2 February 2012 05:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

lol otm

⚓ (gr8080), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

OUT: dance moms
IN: video moms

⚓ (gr8080), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

so far, my favorite Mindvalley product is QUANTUM JUMPING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

just watch this interview Vishen did at the home of Burt Goldman, developer of the Quantum Jumping method:

http://www.quantumjumping.com/special/meet-burt-goldman

1) count how many times they mention money
2) be sure to watch till 6:43. I promise you won't be disappointed.

⚓ (gr8080), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

i bet you guys are doubling the view count on all of Zynnia's videos right now

⚓ (gr8080), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

quaNTUM JUmping

the parable is the parable of the (Lamp), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

two phrases came into his head the first was PLANT YOURSELF the second was Take lots of pictures

the parable is the parable of the (Lamp), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

heads up, y'all: 2012 will not be the end of the world:

bonus copping of 99% jargon

also:

⚓ (gr8080), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

⚓ (gr8080), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

i was forced (along with my workmates) to attend a customized motivational seminar once. we managed to completely sabotage it -- i think i made one of the two seminar leaders cry. i am not ashamed. these folks are the lowest of the low, occupying a totally unnecessary niche opened up by the worst tendencies of corporate culture and "self-actualization" rhetoric.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

can you remember who the speaker was?????

⚓ (gr8080), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

"I'm in the process of both expanding and contracting my business."

Trans: "I am in a constant state of starting up new concerns, hoping the IRS wont catch me when I declare bankruptcy on the old ones"

thanks to denial, I'm immortal! (Trayce), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

xpost

no they were nobodies... folks that were routinely hired by the business school of the university where i worked to provide "teamwork seminars" for different groups. i wasn't in the business school but i guess our boss decided to try them out.

IIRC one of the two speakers was trying to get us to learn about "optimizing teamwork" based on lessons from ... wait for it... people who "successfully" survived the holocaust. i interrupted him and told him that i couldn't leave the seminar because i was being paid to attend but that he would not be continuing this line of discussion.

he looked sort of lost, looked at the other speaker who nodded, then he kind of hung his shoulders and stepped aside for the next part of the seminar.

the head of my department, who arranged the seminar, was mortified.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

"I personally dont believe 2012 will be the end of the world"

WOW AMAZING!~!!!! D:

thanks to denial, I'm immortal! (Trayce), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

xpost

i got a lot of high-fives from coworkers the next day, though.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

IIRC one of the two speakers was trying to get us to learn about "optimizing teamwork" based on lessons from ... wait for it... people who "successfully" survived the holocaust.

oh my god

horseshoe, Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

guys there are also endless amounts of "video cover letters" from people applying for a job at Mindvalley©

&

⚓ (gr8080), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah wow amst that is... I'm gobsmacked.

thanks to denial, I'm immortal! (Trayce), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

I mean I thought the motivational bullshit day my old workplace pulled on us once was in bad taste (they themed it on "Survivor" the TV show - the week my entire team had been told we were being laid off!).

But that just... wow.

thanks to denial, I'm immortal! (Trayce), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

amateurist that is A+ work

⚓ (gr8080), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah. for a guy who was ostensibly a "motivational" speaker he seemed pretty weak and demoralized. i think i ruined his week. i would've felt bad if his presentation wasn't so egregiously offensive.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

this stuff is just megachurches but on a smaller screen and without the vestigial jesus part

the "intenterface" (difficult listening hour), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

Mindvalley staff group photo

⚓ (gr8080), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

^all of these people live & work in Kuala Lumpur

⚓ (gr8080), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

the new series "young, attractive, and profoundly flaky" debuts on bravo this saturday!

anyway...

i forgot the other good part of my motivational seminar experience.

one part of the seminar was devoted to a "game" in which we were given note cards, and asked to write--anonymously-- one instance of "positive reinforcement" and one "constructive criticism" of each of our coworkers.

some of my coworkers refused the participate. i should have but decided just to do the "positive reinforcement" part.

some of the "constructive criticism" read like poison pen letters: "beth really has an attitude." "i don't think jeff is any good at his job." "i feel like jeremy is constantly talking down to people."

it made at least one of my coworkers cry. and it ended in a general uproar with us asking the "motivational" speakers for their credentials and wondering aloud how many times they had done this before.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

so basically, if you see a motivational speaker walking down the street, just go ahead and cold cock him or her. you will do the human race a great service.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

lol now i want a comedic series based based on motivational speakers in the style of Party Down

⚓ (gr8080), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

that pic looks like a "yelp elite event"

omar little, Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

xpost. just getting a total amway vibe from this awesomefest/mindvalley thing. create a culture where you're special (attracting lost souls, of course = easy marks), using gurus to lead you to The Secret of personal fulfillment (making money, somehow), create a fraudulent presentation that being an affiliate will make you lots of it, with only a tiny chance of that happening.

amway's way creepier, but seems like the same basic deal ... deluding poor souls into parting with their money and getting them to shell out more. Mindvalley/Awesomefest seems linked to The Secret somehow. This is actually pretty interesting.

Spectrum, Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

my friend just got fired from his job working as a lifecoach

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

rather, working for a lifecoach

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

lol i was gonna say

⚓ (gr8080), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

Several people who appeared/starred in The Secret have spoken at Awesomeness Fest

⚓ (gr8080), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

seminar as placebo effect

omar little, Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

so much shame in that room...

his hands are a dirty fountain through which lives spurt (contenderizer), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

part of an email friend got back when trying to get paid for the two weeks before he was fired:

On an practical and business front. Since you were hired on as a subcontractor in the get go and that from the outset we were going to take a look a few months down the road as to how we were to proceed, I feel as though that has come to fruition. And although the review of things did not look like we both thought it was going to, both initially and according to where we were playing weeks before christmas, it happened the way it did. In my mind it occurred and adjusted to suit the situation and position I found myself in (with complete commitment to not doing another thing that looked like it did prior to that moment). Although that might be hard to explain, interpret or understand, things like this happen for some of us and there is a watershed and things change overnight. It did, there's no other explanation or rationale.

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

holy shit

the "intenterface" (difficult listening hour), Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

honestly that is the freakiest thing about this phenomenon to me, the way it seems to curdle people's ability to use language properly. a college roommate got really into the landmark forum and it was like she just spoke gibberish all the time suddenly.

horseshoe, Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

i have a couple of friends who got into landmark forum and invited me to join a writer's group they were putting together, and i realized about three meetings in i was accidentally getting landmarked.

omar little, Thursday, 2 February 2012 06:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

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Kiarostami bag (milo z), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 00:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

my mom gets visibly irritated when I refer to him as a guru. "He's a teacher!"

eh it's her life

How dare you tarnish the reputation of Turturro's yodel (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 00:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

Xp Yeh in corpland looking the part and telling everyone how awesome you are is a big part of the job. It stings for a while but that's just your pride fucking with you. I'm not very good at this bit of my job, is must be said.

DISMISSED AS CHANCE (NotEnough), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 23:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

caity weaver, ladies & gents:

http://gawker.com/this-mans-gaze-is-harmful-to-pregnant-women-1595615723

°ㅇ๐ْ ° (gr8080), Thursday, 26 June 2014 15:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

I've been pronouncing his name wrong all this time.

polyphonic, Thursday, 26 June 2014 18:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

*stares at u*

goole, Thursday, 26 June 2014 20:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

╲╱\/╲/\╱╲╱\/\ (gr8080), Monday, 8 September 2014 14:48 (10 months ago) Permalink

Wow, that's almost crippling stupid, including the bits where he goes on about teaching his kid all religions.

Stephen King's Threaderstarter (kingfish), Monday, 8 September 2014 16:43 (10 months ago) Permalink

http://www.prweb.com/releases/consciousness-engineering/review/prweb12164279.htm

Mindvalley founder Vishen Lakhiani reveals his brand new Consciousness Engineering masterclass that uncovers the unique method for unleashing our potential. This masterclass exposes the secrets of how to “hack” into one’s mindset and transform their life to enjoy more abundance, success, better relationships & more.

...

During this one hour masterclass, viewers will learn the secrets to “Hacking” human potential. They will experience and realize the things that empower them to change beliefs, habits and results. Vishen will uncover the secrets of “hacking” reality where viewers will learn how to upgrade their lives to enjoy more abundance, success, better relationships & more. They will discover the simple shift in mindset which helped Vishen’s income explode 400% in just one year – and how viewers can effortlessly apply this secret in their own life. Viewers will also learn about beliefs and a simple way to create a new mindset by “installing” new, empowering beliefs… which one chooses. Learn how one simple shift can change expectations from negative to positive and how to smash the illusions that holds one back from achieving the most out of life.
“His knowledge base and his ability to present it clearly and to actually put it into practice is above anyone I have ever seen in this field. I am very excited and glad to recommend his work”, says Jack Canfield - Co-Author of the New York Times Best Selling Chicken Soup for the Soul Series

╲╱\/╲/\╱╲╱\/\ (gr8080), Friday, 12 September 2014 15:04 (10 months ago) Permalink

my god

goole, Friday, 12 September 2014 18:35 (10 months ago) Permalink

It'd be a neat study to track the different framings that hucksters have used to hawk their gnosis over the decades.

I doubt that each would use as many scare quotes, tho

Stephen King's Threaderstarter (kingfish), Friday, 12 September 2014 18:56 (10 months ago) Permalink

The crazy thing about all this is that it all just bottoms out at affiliate marketing and pyramid schemes.

Spirit of Match Game '76 (silby), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 05:50 (10 months ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20141008-wooing-reluctant-relocators

author uses "online education company" in the first sentence and then never once attempts to explain wtf MindValley actually does to generate $20m in revenue annually

╲╱\/╲/\╱╲╱\/\ (gr8080), Friday, 10 October 2014 15:29 (9 months ago) Permalink

haha bad reporting

socki (s1ocki), Friday, 10 October 2014 21:39 (9 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

"juicy genius"

http://www.embodimentexperience.com/

✓ out this insane nakh yall (gr8080), Monday, 10 November 2014 20:54 (8 months ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

roy masters was the weirdest thing ever on talk radio, seguing from spooky hypnotizing-his-listeners sermons into all-out rants where he'd "advise" callers that they were consumed by anger and then get start yelling and hang up em

Pontius Pilates (m coleman), Friday, 5 December 2014 03:34 (7 months ago) Permalink

Roy Masters also had a relationship with Sean Hannity. The talk radio phenom and Fox News staple has identified himself as a longtime listener of the TRN patriarch. In 2011, Hannity invited Roy on his radio show to promote Roy’s book The Hypnotic States of Americans. At the beginning of the interview, Hannity told Roy, “I first heard you on the radio, it had to be, in either the late 70s or 80s. On WMCA in New York. You did a weekend program that used to scare the living daylights out of us.”

oh man I laid awake listening to this shit on sunday nights. me and sean hannity, jeez

By 1993, Masters had expanded KOPE-FM into a 24/7 national operation called Talk Radio Network (TRN). “Roy couldn’t be put on any commercial stations because he was too crazy,” Fredinburg says, “so he wanted to create a network that could carry good programming with the goal of syndicating Roy Masters’ lunacy out into the world."

mission accomplished

Pontius Pilates (m coleman), Friday, 5 December 2014 03:49 (7 months ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

The most recent This American Life has an interesting segment on "Wake Up Now," which is one of those network marketing cults - http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/543/wake-up-now

carl agatha, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 13:42 (7 months ago) Permalink

i heard that -- it was really depressing
they are exploiting educational inequality and manipulating people and it makes me really mad

vigetable (La Lechera), Tuesday, 30 December 2014 15:08 (7 months ago) Permalink

Me, too.

The bright side, I guess, is that the guy they talked to at the end had stopped paying money into it and had gone back to work a real job. Although I liked his partner's attitude about the whole thing, that she was just glad to have a stay at home dad to handle the housework while she worked full time.

One thing that stood out to me as particularly insightful was the guy at the end's justification for continuing to take part in Wake Up Now despite the statistics that pretty much nobody actually made a profit from it. He said that he was glad that not everybody made a profit because it showed that only people who worked hard and had the right attitude or drive or whatever would succeed. Because he knew he was willing to work hard, he knew that he would be in the minuscule minority of profit makers. It was just a great example of a certain mindset that humans bring to so many unlikely things (winning the lottery, dieting, any money making endeavor) - like knowing full well that nobody really succeeds at the thing and using that as proof that you will succeed because you are special. It's kind of depressing but kind of impressive, too, this human capacity for optimistic self-delusion.

carl agatha, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 15:39 (7 months ago) Permalink

Yeah but I see the delusion more clearly than I see the optimism. And where did that delusion come from? People who intentionally exploit other people based on their lack of critical thinking skills are a special kind of horrible people imo.

vigetable (La Lechera), Tuesday, 30 December 2014 16:04 (7 months ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

I'd like to hang out with these people

soref, Monday, 23 March 2015 22:21 (4 months ago) Permalink

shroiyogishoes

gr8080, Monday, 23 March 2015 22:47 (4 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

http://socialtriggers.com/

is the sales pitch here "You, too, want ugly suits and giant watches"?

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Wednesday, 6 May 2015 17:27 (2 months ago) Permalink

it is like he literally used the template from this

http://tiffzhang.com/startup/index.html?s=818164298310

Milton Parker, Wednesday, 6 May 2015 18:12 (2 months ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

putting this here because i'm convinced it's related

http://gizmodo.com/some-slimy-clickbait-dickhead-stole-my-identity-to-blog-1717040176

this has to be the base-level engine keeping the rest of this crap afloat, right?

goole, Monday, 13 July 2015 17:47 (2 weeks ago) Permalink


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