When LinkedIn decided â€œWe donâ€™t want to be just a place where people can find a job. Want want to be more like Facebookâ€¦â€ I knew there was no way this was going to end well. And I was right, as my feed is now full of business contacts all sharing the latest moment of wisdom from the modern-day snake oil salesmen: Motivational Speakers.
If you ever take a closer look at these â€œinspirational wunderkindsâ€ and look at where they are coming from professionally, you can get a good idea of their background. Many of them were involved with marketing at one point of their careers, so â€” sticking with what they know â€” they market in their webinars and IRL seminars â€œinsightâ€ on the secrets of success. Iâ€™ve seen one individual call herself a â€œChief Inspirational Officerâ€ (see what she did there?) while another posted â€œDo the thing for yourself not for others. When itâ€™s for you, itâ€™s passion. When itâ€™s for others, itâ€™s your job.â€
When youâ€™re in the moment with these Cults of Personality, Iâ€™ll admit itâ€™s all incredible, awesome, and affirming; but stepping back and really looking at their â€œsecretsâ€ youâ€™re paying top dollar to find out more about, you discover what they are selling: Common Fucking Sense. Live passionately! Set goals and then map yourself a path to those goals! Water is wet! Fire is hot! Put your pants on one leg at a time, you dumbass! Many of these gurus take Life 101 approaches and re-package them as â€œLifeâ€™s Secretsâ€ which is ridiculous.
Actually, I take that back. Whatâ€™s ridiculous is when these â€œMotivational Mavericksâ€ (and yes, all of the titles I have seen before, and they hurt my brainâ€¦) attempt to work off-script. Then you see just how little they really know.
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