Business magazines that don’t cater to what people want will go out of business. The result then, is that business magazines (and books and blogs) tell us what we want to hear. Then we go off and implement that bad advice, and when it doesn’t work, we make up some other excuse. Or, if we come to realize the advice was wrong, but it is still popular, we keep it to ourselves, because speaking out about it is a quick way to get chastised and be labeled (negative, luddite, sour grapes, etc). People want to believe what they want to believe, and if you try to show them a truth that conflicts with that, you will most likely fail.
Emphasis added by me.
Oh yeah, the Smiley Nazis will come after your ass for melting their rainbows and strangling their pretty unicorns.
This is an excellent post. It's long and well-reasoned and, dammit, so honest.
Naturally, they're probably burning him at the stake, ripping out his fingernails, and sticking their tongues out at him in the Comments. Which is why I didn't read them.
In Praise Of The Cynic
At the old blog:
The Secret: I Can’t Finish Reading It!