"Never offend people with style,
when you can offend them with substance."
-- Sam Brown
I've studied a wide variety of people, alive and dead physically. In that study, I have learned a great deal and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity and the learning.
Recently, as I have done several times in the past, I quoted Anthony Robbins, aka, Tony Robbins of self-help fame and I was told that this is a serious mistake because he is a "has-been" and has stooped so low as to sell his wares on QVC. Of course, from a business perspective, if you're going on QVC, you have to do volume, or they wouldn't let you on there, so it is a logical place to do some one time or even oft time volume sales. I was told that to associate my writing with his name would banish me to foolishdom and that I could never be taken seriously as a result. Thank God!
Of course, it has nothing to do with QVC's status, or QVC at all. It doesn't really even have anything to do with Anthony Robbins, but what he does for a living. Some call him "the self-help guru," I've also heard other things, but to me, it only matters what I think about him and what he does.
I have the highest respect for Anthony Robbins. I have learned a great deal from him and I am very grateful for that. So many of the people who have something negative to say about him have never read one of his books, never attended a seminar or workshop, and in fact, know nothing of substance about him and his teachings. I think that is very interesting. And shallow. I, however, have read two of his most popular books, and one is in my top ten list, "Awaken the Giant Within." I've attended a weekend seminar that included walking on a bed of hot coals. Very interesting event and easily one of the most powerful and strange things I've ever done. I've also listened to many of his tape sets and I enjoyed the Personal Power series. My favorite is the Fire walk weekend and the Awaken book. What I have paid is a pittance compared to what value I felt I have received.
Sometimes people might look for style and miss the substance. I'm often offended with style, but rarely offended by substance and certainly not in this case. Thanks Tony!