Confession: I taped the Oprah episode with some of the principles from The Secret. (and I'll come back to that.)
I am a half in the closet Oprah fan. The way that she moves markets and people fascinates me.
She scares me a little bit, too. I caught her interview with Barack Obama, who seems like a great guy with tons of potential, and who she then favored as a presidential candidate. I'm not sure he has the experience to lead a country. Yet. Can Oprah get a president elected, and if so, is this the right guy for right now? (I mean, she got people to buy Anna Karenina!)
But I digress.
Several years ago, Oprah's attorney was the featured speaker at a monthly meeting in NYC, purported to connect entrepreneurs with capital, and organized around speaker events and "networking". I honestly can't remember the name of the group...it seemed to function more like a seminar marketing firm.
Digressing again. Oprah's attorney was amazing, recounting how Oprah became Oprah. The key to the juggernaut that is Oprah: when she was starting out as a national presence in the 80's, her associates didn't see her value. So when she wanted the syndication rights to her show, and full-on ownership of her brand, they said, "Sure."
Then, she took that and made the most of it. So, brava.
Back to The Secret. When I ordered the DVD last week, it was already number 1 on Amazon. I've been imbibing it since then. It is quite interesting, and extremely positive.
A little fluffy on facts. Many things have been scientifically proven, according to the DVD. But no citations or data. Same thing, of course with An Inconvenient Truth. This doesn't mean that these truths aren't true; it means that they aren't speaking to a data driven group.
The Secret is "the law of attraction". What we put our attention on is where we gain our results. I'm on board.
The most interesting thing to me, though, right now, as I contemplate conscious competition, was a comment made by one of Oprah's guests. He said something to the effect of: if everything is abundance, there is enough for everyone, then competition doesn't matter.
He was not talking about magical thinking.
Don't open your donut shop right next door to another donut shop and expect that both businesses will flourish! Gardeners, think about what happens when you place plants too close to one another.
Instead, make the best damn donuts in the world, don't worry about everyone else's donuts.
And then, if you want to make money selling your donuts, find the best location or avenue through which you can sell them, and go for it.
Another Oprah Secret panelist, James Arthur Ray, said:
"Your thoughts, your feelings and your actions all have to be firing simultaneously in the same direction."
Exactly. Philosophy teacher Douglas Brooks says something to the effect of, you can't strike a match and expect to get a rose. You'll either get flame, or no flame.
As I've said earlier, I can't sit in my apartment and manifest a cup of coffee. I either have to make it, or bundle up and go out there and buy it.
It's all interesting stuff, isn't it? But it's hardly a secret!