Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Secret is a Rip Off

At least that is what comes to mind when you read the The Secret. It is of course possible to come up with same idea presented in different ways. But someone who claims to have done so much research on the secret does not mention the once-upon-a-time bestseller Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill even once.

Don't believe me ... sample the following excerpts from Napolean Hill

"This book contains the secret, which has been put to practical test by thousands of people ..."

"There is a difference between wishing for a thing and being ready to receive it."

"Conduct yourself just as you would if you were already in possession of the material thing which you are demanding."

"Just as electricity will turn the wheels of industry and provide useful service if used constructively, or snuff out life if wrongly used ..."

I could go on and on.

Where does The Secret score and why is it on the best sellers list? It is slickly produced. Paints a broader stroke by including all aspects of life. And leans on quantum theory for support.

Whereas the Think and Grow Rich depends on outdated concepts like ether and focuses solely on making money.

I prefer Napolean Hill. At least it does not claim that success is easy ... The Secret seems to be peddling just that (though to be fair to The Secret they do allude to plan and effort - just hints of these thrown here and there).

Perhaps The Secret acknowledges Napolean Hill and somehow I missed it. Possible.

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