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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Downside to Motivation

I think most of us will agree that motivation is, generally, a good thing.  Motivated people built the bridges we cross.  Motivated people help us change flat tires.  It was a motivated person who invented paper clips.
I love paper clips.  Especially the colored ones.
But there is a downside to motivation.  Some people are motivated to place flaming bags of feces on porches and then ring the doorbell.  Other people are motivated to answer the doorbell and then stomp on the flaming bags on their porch.
And then there is Tony Robbins.  You know the guy.  Motivational Speaker.  Freakishly tall.  Smile like a row of Greek columns jammed into a cave.
Mr. Robbin’s held one of his motivational seminars in Dallas last month.  As part of the event, Robbins invited attendees to walk across a bed of hot coals.  The idea was to encourage folks to overcome their fears.
You know where this is going, right?
Depending on what source you read, some thirty or forty people ended up with burns on their feet following their walk over the coals.  Five people were treated at a hospital.

--Mitchell Hegman


  1. Well if Mr. Robbin really knew what he was doing, he wouldn't have encouraged people to walk on a bed of hot coals without extensive training. Walking on hot coals can be done and have been done but it requires a state of consciousness that can only be reached through time and discipline.

  2. Apparently, some people were taking selfies and piddling about as walking across the coals.