Tony Robbins is a motivational speaker in the “think and grow rich,” “power of positive thinking” tradition. This tradition says you can be whatever you want to be, as long as it’s not “be a sprinter who runs the hundred meters in under 10 seconds.”
I never bought into it.
If I had, reading Dave Barry’s 1997 article on attending a success seminar would have cured me. He focused especially on Robbins. On that day, Robbins apparently was not focusing on overcoming bad vibrations. When Dave Barry gets you, you are truly gotten.
One of the things that a satisfied Robbins conference attendee is asked to do as a sign of his new-found self-confidence is to walk on glowing coals.
This is the opposite of baptism. I’m a believer in baptism. So, I’m not too keen on walking on hot coals. I figure this way. If I can be anything I want to be, then I want to be someone smart enough to (1) come in out of the rain, and (2) avoid walking on hot coals.
These people were not that smart.
Burnt soles rather than cleansed souls awaited attendees at motivational speaker Tony Robbins’s latest life coaching seminar, with 21 people needing treatment after a painful walk across coals.
During a four-day gathering in California entitled Unleash the Power Within, the famed lifestyle guru encouraged participants to take a leap of faith and test their luck on the red-hot surface.
Emergency services were called to deal with the fall-out, as many in the group suffered second- and third-degree burns. Three needed hospital treatment, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
A brochure for the Unleash the Power Within event suggests that once you overcome the fear of walking on coals of between “1,200 and 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit” you can “conquer the other fires of your life with ease”.
This caught my attention. Someone from the San Jose fire department said that the department does not recommend this procedure. Clearly, department members had not gone through the seminar.
In a statement, the Robbins Research International told the newspaper: “We have been safely providing this experience for more than three decades, and always under the supervision of medical personnel … We continue to work with local fire and emergency personnel to ensure this event is always done in the safest way possible.”
In my view, the safest way to to do the event is with coals right out of a Kingsford sack.
Then have a barbeque.