“The Secret“ is a highly acclaimed book and movie. If you’re geeky and born in the 80’s, it may best be known as part of some spoof. The It Crowd even did it. So is it any good? Well the book alone sold over 20 million copies. That’s just under the population of Canada, and pretty close to the population of Beijing, China. It’s pretty hard to call all those people idiots.
“The Secret” is based around the idea that by thinking positively and taking action, you can live a better, happier life. That concept is obviously and fundamentally not something new. Many people have written about this truth, from the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr., Stephen Covey and Anthony Robbins. Quite possibly even your mom and teachers.
And just like how Einstein already talked about quantum theory, it doesn’t mean we don’t have to or should stop studying it. Same deal.
Now according to some people who have low levels of tolerance to logic, “The Secret was conceived by the author and that the only people generating wealth and happiness from it are the author and the publishers. Bah hum bug much? I’m guessing these are the types of people that don’t get Ayn Rand’s logic, and don’t see how important their decisions are as the ripple in the worldwide conciousness – aka it must be hard to live in your own head.
With that said, I’ve watched the movie and it contains a lot of fluff. Now I know why they have fluff, so you get pumped up about wanting to make a change in your life, but I also have other things to do so I like the point of things spelled out for me. With the internet, we’ve all come to expect that.
This is the exact reason why I’m bringing the below video to your attention. I think you should know about “The Secret,” but minus the fluff because you too have important things to get done.
The following is a Cole’s Notes version of “The Secret” via an interview by Oprah and the author of the creator Rhonda Byrne. Just a heads up, it sounds hokey and like they’ll never actually get to the point and tell you….but they do around the 5 minute mark.
Long story short, it’s all about self-fulfilling prophecy. In Wiki words, a prophecy, strongly held belief, or a delusion, declared as truth when it is actually false may sufficiently influence people, either through fear or logical confusion, so that their reactions ultimately fulfil the once-false belief.
Confucius says, “He who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right.”
What are you going to do now that you know The Secret?