As you know, I occasionally give the wizard a page in the rabbit hole to say things he would hesitate to say in the Monday Morning Memo. This is one of those occasions…
I keep motivational speakers, as a rule, in the same mental category as multilevel marketing, country music and NASCAR. There is something about all four of these that strikes me as painfully predictable.
Perhaps it’s because I was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“Attention K-Mart shoppers, we have a flashing blue light special…”
Yes, that must be it.
Zig Ziglar, Kyle Cease and Noah St. John are notable exceptions to my negative impressions of the self-help category. Each of them seems consumed with a sense of wonder about what they have found. They are not masters of a craft, but enthusiastic explorers of a new world. Zig was a colorful country boy. I can relate to that. Kyle is a comedian that stumbled into something that changed his life. I can relate to that. Noah St. John – like Kyle Cease – is a cognoscenti of Wizard Academy who had an epiphany that altered his world. World-altering is what we do. (Or perhaps it’s only what we think we do. Don Quixote is with us always.) Noah was surprised when I mentioned that his discovery has been with us since the time of Abraham.
Click on the image of Noah and his book to see a short video about
Noah’s discovery of the miracle of positive self-talk.
Roy H. Williams
by special permission of Indiana Beagle,
Undisputed King and Omnipotent Ruler of the Rabbit Hole.