Debunking Crap: The Rocky Story is BS

July 4th, 2010 with 13 Comments

The other day, I listened to a YouTube clip of Tony Robbins telling the “Rocky” story.  You know, the “Rocky” story, right?  It’s the one where Sylvester Stallone wrote a screenplay for Rocky.  When he took it to the studio, the studio wanted to buy it. They thought it would be a great vehicle for […]

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What is Your El Guapo?

June 25th, 2010 with 1 Comment

What is your El Guapo? What is the one thing you need to face? Overweight? Lack of education? Shyness? Or could your El Guapo be a big dangerous guy who wants to kill you? Your DSP lesson for the day: watch out for those self-help schemers who use inspirational stories and metaphors that compare REAL problems to […]

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How Inspirational Stories Lie

February 10th, 2010 with 1 Comment

So, now that I’ve established that inspirational stories can be used for evil, let me tell you an  inspirational story. This is a true story because it happend to me. Eight years ago I stopped smoking.  My wife at the time had just gotten pregnant and I was determined to be healthy not only for […]

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How Inspirational Stories are Used for Evil

February 9th, 2010 with 1 Comment

One of my older readers gave me flack for pointing out that BS self-help books rely a lot on inspiroof, which as all my loyal readers know, is proof by inspirational story.  The reader wonders what my problem is with inspirational  stories. Well, I’ll tell you my problem: inspirational stories don’t mean jack! Look, some […]

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Review of Who Moved my Cheese

January 19th, 2010 with 31 Comments

Disclaimer: This review may contain offensive language for readers who are faint of heart.  If so, do not, I repeat, do NOT continue reading this.  I am not responsible for your mental anguish, suffering, or any potentially harmful physical reaction that may result from reading this. The Good The good points of “Who Moved my […]

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5 Signs the Self-Help Book You’re Reading is BS

January 8th, 2010 with 19 Comments

There are two extremes when it comes to self-help or personal development material. The first is all of it is great and helpful.  The second is it’s all BS.  I prefer the middle way.  Some is really helpful.  Some is a bunch of BS.  But which is which? I offer you five signs that the […]

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