Monday, July 02, 2007

And the torch has been passed. Oh goodie.

File this under "something else Steve should've covered long before now," but the young-lad Robbins, given name Jairek (?), is following in Dad's (size-16) footsteps, doing motivational training in his own right. Or, as he puts it on the front page of his professional site, he's an "extraordinary life enhancer" who's "impacting lives daily." (Personally, I think the word impacted should be reserved for wisdom teeth...which, come to think of it, may have some relevance here, since thoughts of TR and the rest of the seminar crowd tend to cause me the same kind of discomfort associated with that particular dental condition.) Thus does Jairek also follow in the not-so-grand traditions of Stephen/Sean Covey and Phil/Jay McGraw, among other father-son guro-duos.

You will notice that Sean Covey's official bio makes no mention of the fact that his father happens to be Stephen Covey. It's a curious omission that leads one to believe that Sean would like people to think he attained his current station in life without benefit of his father's celebrity in the very same genre. It's all the more curious when you consider that the younger Covey's signature book bears the same title as Pop's signature book*, except that it substitutes the word teens for the word people. (That, of course, was the Jay McGraw MO as well.) Which is kind of like being in real estate, having the last name "Trump" and not mentioning that oh-by-the-way, your father is Donald.

Speaking of oh-by-the-way, if you live in the Greater Los Angeles area and enjoy "running with gurus," as Augusten Burroughs might've put it (or you're trying to marry into money, perhaps), Jairek posts on one fitness site as follows: "Hey I am living in LA until August and am always looking for more fit people to run with!" Jairek also belongs to something called the Los Angeles Cash Flow Club.

On a less glib note, one more thing for today: I find it necessary to suspend our series of self-help horror stories for the time being, pending the resolution of certain events set in motion by one of our first two stories. I cannot, or at least should not, say more than that at this point.

* still a fixture in the Amazon top-100, 17 years after first publication.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Impacted also reminds me of constipation and the pain associated with passing stools of the ike.

SHAM-speak, Robbin-speak -- whatever we're calling it nowadays -- is hard to pass, and takes forced pushing and grunting to expell it from ones life...

Steve Salerno said...

Oh geez. What a lovely analogy with which to start the day!

Cosmic Connie said...

Oh, boy -- Jerk...I mean, Jairek Robbins: yet one more reason to go on living.

Interestingly enough, there is evidence that the word "impact" became a fully functional verb in power-talk circles in the late 1980s, around the same time that Tony Robbins was really getting his start. Could there be a connection?

I have done many minutes of research on the "verbing" trend myself:

http://home.swbell.net/
moonshad/verbing.html

Anonymous said...

so.... have you guys even BEEN to tony robbins' event? hahaha dont be jealous of someones success and try to tear it down.

Steve Salerno said...

This last comment is so silly that I almost didn't approve it for the blog. If this is the best that my philosophical opponents can come up with--the equivalent of that old schoolyard refrain, "nya, nya, you're just jealous!"--then maybe that in itself speaks volumes.

Anonymous said...

stop lying to yourself, youre jealous

Steve Salerno said...

Thank you for bringing this typically intelligent line of argument to the blog.

Anonymous said...

I think this blog does not serve any purpose. It is just made by people who like to be negative. Being negative does not serve any greater goal.

Steve Salerno said...

Anon 4:18, so if desperate people, searching for hope, are being totally ripped off by money-grubbing parasites in the name of "positivity," you're OK with that? No one should call a spade a spade?

Anonymous said...

I just came across this and was so surprised. Has anyone in here that is negative towards seminars, self helps books, etc. actually ever completely read one of these books cover to cover? The first section of any book is ra, ra, but than it's education. What is wrong with learning how to be successful? Can anyone one of you say you have read a personal improvement book cover to cover? Or how about listening to a full CD series? Can you say it was not enormously beneficial? Was it the book or CD’s fault or your fault for not implementing the techniques and taking action?

Anonymous said...

The people being scammed here are the ones soaking in the pool of negativity that is this blog. The greatest waste of intellect is cynicism. If the self development industry it's so bad why don't the haters on this site get out there and do a better job? To criticise is the laziest and easiest pastime there is.