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A Secret, The Secret – A Book Of Explanation
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A Secret, the Secret – A Book Of Explanation

Is it a bird, a plane or just unadulterated nonsense?

A book I bought many years ago, came up within an article, I decided to read it over again to see if I would better understand the expressed “secret”. I didn't, if anything I'm now more confused of the message it's reputed to give me. A secret it says, I don't understand, the of power of positive thinking, no, I don't agree, its more the odds of success that come with everyday happenings.

A positive attitude, a wish to find a parking space where you want to, may happen if you're in the right place at the right time, not by thinking it into appearing. I agree a positive attitude is what you should have, this is not a secret, this is a fact of life, something that will benefit all in their everyday undertakings. A get rich quick scheme, a book titled such as to insure sales, I think is a correct assumption. An aspiring to sell books, CD’s and other paraphernalia, successfully executed by a brilliant idea. Follow up emails, keeping the targeted audience already caught up in excited unexplained occurrences, believing they happened from understanding that all's controlled by the mind.

I often get what I'm hoping for, not from knowing the secret, but rather by good luck, or hard work, something all are capable of. I looked at the web site that has not changed in all the years, and realised that the owner was still making money. Stories attesting to success, all those of which I read, I find unbelievable. A women diagnosed with heart problems at the age of twenty, who's required to have heart surgery, cures her self before consulting a second Doctor. Is this not just a case of miss diagnosis, Doctors after all not being infallible. Could the problems experienced have been cure by an alternate change of circumstances?

The pouring out of stories of success financially, from the power of positive thinking, can easily be explained, that by being positive one tends to exude an air of confidence. A very vital area of success in any business is your belief in the product you sell, this is not a secret. The website filled with products to buy, to aid in your further success, are there only to aid the owners to their own enrichment. The site maintains it has helped millions of people throughout the world, with the cost of the books on offer, it has certainly helped the bank balances of those that expatiate their knowledge of the secret.

This to me is nothing more than a marketable idea that was probably discussed in a boardroom, by specialist in the field of advertising, that could convince a gullible crowd of an aid to a better living. Yes I was one of the gullible crowd, I still have the book in my possession, it was in hindsight a stupid idea to have bought the book believing that I would benefit. The setting forth of what we're all capable of, in such a way that we're convinced we have discovered the secret, has been the success of only those that benefit financially, from a well thoughtfully put together advertising campaign.

The power of positive thinking, a mind-set that will change ones success in business is not a secret, its good business sense. The fact that many think they have benefited health wise from this secret could lead to possible complications. To believe you can heal yourself, I feel, a dangerous assumption, a timeliness consultation with a medical professional may result in an early diagnosis of a deadly condition, resulting in ones survival.

Beware of a good advertising campaign, that is nothing more than an everyday normal mental function, being sold under the title of someone else’s discovery. I am not looking to start any comment conflict, this is merely my interpretation of a second glance at something I bought and followed, hoping for the success it offered me.


Street Talk

The Secret proved how strong was the need of so many people to find a push for positive thinking and believing in something. And maybe we all need a secret to come along with terms of everyday life. Nice article!

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  about 8 years ago

Maria you don't need to by it, you have it in you, you only need to develop a positive attitude and belief and good things will happen, you don't need to buy a book to learn something your mother taught you......

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  about 8 years ago

Yes indeed that is true. But isn't it phenomenal how successful these books are?(to be honest I have not bought the book, it was a gift, so I know what it is about)

  
  about 8 years ago

I bought the book long ago, thought it rubbish and reread it now and my opinion has not changed, it stays something I was taught as a child its just Mom didn't tell me it was a secret or in fact it was a positive attitude, she just taught me what was right.

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  about 8 years ago

I believe what you truly believe can come to manifest, I watched a story on netflix called, "The Secret" and it was very inspiring! Science can prove with special equiptment that every living thing on earth lets off some form of energy whether it be a lot or a little. When we are happy and optimistic we give off more energy, and I believe that this positive energy attracts like energy so in a way I believe you can attract better things in your life dependent upon your mood and that. Great article none the less but you're right, this is not knowledge one needs to buy into in order to use it, in fact if you go to "thesecret (dot) tv" you can watch what I saw on netflix it is quite awesome!

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  about 8 years ago

I never said I do not believe in the power of positive thinking, but we are taught this every day when children by our parents and as we get older so it should develop, I look at you photo and see a happy family, that never happened with a negative attitude, it had to be positive and naturally likes attracted. Fully agree with you there my friend, but this book etc is nothing more than a advertorial campaign to split you from your money for something you already know.

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  about 8 years ago
AJ  

I like 'The Secret'. Will following it bring you millions? No, but I find it inspirational and have used its teachings to become more open to things not of this world. I do believe that we draw people into our lives based on the vibes we put into the universe. Positive vibes bring positive outcomes, negatives bring negatives. Is this 100%? No, but people who breed drama in their lives generally have a negative outlook in life. They have drama / issues because they call them into their lives through the universe. As I said, nothing is 100%, but I find inspiration in the video and weekly emails I receive and that's good enough for me. *stepping off the soap box now*

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  about 8 years ago

Good for you AJ, all to their own, I just find it is not teaching me anything new that I did not know already. It tends to over shoot the mark in too many places for my liking and I do think it is a magnificent marketing lesson, given by very clever people. To have a positive outlook is normal, something we should all be doing everyday, things would be so much better, however I don't think I need their lessons. Now get back on your soap box and start gardening where you should be.......

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  about 8 years ago

Wow got here late again. I think the subject has been discussed thoroughly

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  about 8 years ago

Welcome John you are right there has been a fair amount covered.

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  about 8 years ago
C4rmen  

Any angle is true Rob, depends which one we choose and then that manifests. I like to think good luck/positive thinking is where opportunity and preparation or hard work meet. We tend to get out of life what we put in. Its like there is an invisible accountant keeping the balance sheet in the background and the trick is to remain centred. That way you don’t gets all suckered in or bummed out....just a thought.

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  about 8 years ago

Good one Carmen, but remember we were all born with the ability and in fact probably encouraged by parents to follow it. Do we need spend money for someone else to tell us something we have known since birth?

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  about 8 years ago
C4rmen  

a resounding no, unless we find a value in it.

  
  about 8 years ago
Golfspice  

So, if I am positive and truly believe, I could actually be a scratch golfer by this time next week - eureka!! This is why marketing people can get paid top dollar.

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  about 8 years ago

That's it Golfspice these people say if you are positive enough, you and I will be +4 in no time.....eureka, a good example of advertorial marketing.

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  about 8 years ago

The Secret to me was very valuable and everything you say it was (or is) at the same time. It's not the be all and end all of success (as many people including myself proved) but it did have the benefit of reaching a huge audience people with a message of hope and positive thinking. I think that has to benefit many people in life. While the message may seem obvious to many 'enlightened' people, there are many who have never thought beyond their own noses in the area of self awareness, change and personal growth. On a downside it did miss the one important fact that people must take action beyond becoming aware of what they want and cultivating wishful thinking. I think when people were dumped at this point there was a mass disappointment amongst followers who believed they were lacking in some way. Around the same time another movie came out called "what the bleep do we know" and I think (while deep for many people on first viewing) it was more worthy at explaining how our thoughts affect our circumstance. Any further comment would be to get into things that are my experience with the power of energy and mind and I think we all need to make our own journey and understandings in our own time with those things. Thanks Rob. As usual you have taken something, thought it through and run with it well.

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  about 8 years ago

Heather, for the average man, the secret was the equivalent of leading a horse to water and then leaving the gate shut so that it cannot reach it. I believe strongly that with our minds we can move mountains, but not in the way that they are talking. It helps those that don't understand that they can think positively, and that, if one does, the world will change for you. But to say that one can think the robots into changing to green or a parking space to open for you right in front of the shop, is ludicrous. Someone who thinks this and is lucky enough to find one open, is being led by the nose. Positiveness is a requirement for all to succeed and is something that God gave us, it is a self infliction to be negative. nothing would have been discovered without a positive attitude. I am so positive that my computer program is going to make me a wealthy man, that I cannot wait for its completion, if I was negative about it, I would not be able to sell it. Simple. This program, although helpful to some, is an advertorial money making racket. Done in such a manner that people who should have known that by being positive would have succeeded in their en devours have been fooled into thinking they have been taught something they didn't know, and then by paying extra they would be taught more. No, this was a well thought out marketing exercise that has made some one very wealthy by telling people what they should have known.

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  about 8 years ago

I totally agree with you Rob. I bought the movie as well in iTunes and realized it was all marketing strategy to call it "The Secret" so as to arouse curiosity in innocent minds. I do believe in positive thinking but it has to go with direction and hard work. From watching the movie, it somehow came to me that positive thinking was something that worked like magic. That if you thought about something and feel the good emotions about it, it will appear right in front of you. It negates the value of hard work and taking action.

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  about 8 years ago

Jan without a positive attitude in business, nothing will happen, a positive attitude about your product, and a positive attitude makes for a good salesman of a product, and believe it or not but it also makes you happy, but what the book and DVD's from these people explain is total nonsense, If we all believed this and it happened, you would have 3000 cars all parked in the same bay right in front of every building. A positive attitude to us has a different meaning as to what these are explainings and theirs is nonsense. Thanks for the comment.

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  about 8 years ago

You are what you attract. I call some people energy vampires because they suck the juice right out of you. It is all common sense. I watched the movie, and I agree with positive thinking, but for my own reasons.

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  about 8 years ago

We all should practice positive thinking it is good for the health (body and Mind) but to believe that you think positive about something and it happens, NO WAY.

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  about 8 years ago
joe witt  

Beware people selling secrets! :)

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  about 8 years ago

Exactly, yet these people have scammed millions all over the world.

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  about 8 years ago
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