Sunday, January 01, 2006

And a Realistic New Year to you all...

As noted in a previous post, in my ongoing efforts to throw a wet blanket over everyone's most hopeful New Year's resolutions, I have the headline piece in the Current section of today's Los Angeles Times. Read it and weep--but maybe, also, resolve to take a more sober-minded inventory of your strengths and weaknesses, and act accordingly in the new year...?

Incidentally, in a wonderstroke of content/product matching, Google is running ads for, among other things, a "self esteem for women" program, as well as a series of Tony Robbins videotapes, in a banner at the bottom of my Times story. Ahh, isn't capitalism grand?

Illustration by Robert Neubecker/For The Los Angeles Times Copyright 2006

3 comments:

arrived said...

That editorial was right on the money.I hate that new believe that empowerment and enthuthiasm will get you what ever you want. It also takes alot of hard work and failing alot of times ( as i'm descovering to succeed. Sitting on your ass and just believing that, " I'm fine just the way I am " ,will get you nothing in life.

Steve Salerno said...

You know, Arrived, some people have taken me to task for "implying" (or so they contend) that "attitude means nothing" in life. Where do I say that, in anything I've written? I'm the first to admit that in a contest between two people of approximately equal talent, the better-motivated individual often will trump (though not always, because, again, one cannot discount the role of random events and other variables that can play havoc with a "fair" competition). I'll even be man enough to concede that a truly motivated person of lesser skill can sometimes triumph over a slacker with superior skills. This surely happens in sports that depend on sheer physical aggressiveness (though not nearly as often as some would have you believe in other sports, like baseball and tennis, that actually depend on one's ability to CONTROL excessive motivational adrenalin). What I'm refuting here is the supposed straight-line relationship between attitude (particularly a PMA) and success. No such straight line exists--or is even possible, for reasons of logic that we'll probably explore in a subsequent post. In any case, thanks for the kudos. The Times piece already has gotten quite a bit of feebback.

Ian said...

Great blog and great book. Keep the good work.