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How To Turn Anything Good Into Health-promoting Motivational Counsel

The truth is, motivational speakers and writers tend to oversell their own product and leave the rest of it out just so there is something there to sell, instead of providing sound, well-researched information.

If we’re going to be honest about the lack of sound clinical/clinical-focused literature, then we’re going to have to be honest about the fact that the majority of motivational speakers and writers get it spot on, but their marketing materials, and lack of research, make it seem like they don’t. Let these examples provide clarity regarding that point.

The top image is from a recent presentation at a national audience sponsored by Merck. It is labeled “The Power of Positive Thinking,” and is hosted by Dr.

You might be thinking to yourself, “Where’d he come up with that quote? I can’t believe Dr. Wanniski believes it.”

We don’t really know, but he might have. It may have come from somewhere, and he might have used it there and then as part of a larger presentation. It comes from Dr. Wanniski’s talk. For the record, you can click to see this quote.

The bottom is from a recent presentation at an audience sponsored by Merck, on an FDA-approved diet supplement that, in all likelihood, does not work.

In a similar vein, you may have thought, “Where’d he come up with that quote? I can’t believe Dr. O’Neill believes it.”

This, too, may not be true. It may or may not be in line with the company’s marketing. In any case, if you have any doubt, go ahead and read it there.

The next quote is from Dr.

In this presentation, Dr. Wanniski explains how his wife once used her husband’s influence as a psychologist to get her an interview at the National Institute of Mental Health, which ultimately got her the job. She then was able to do that job (which he still has) only for a measly $11/hour salary. The problem with her story, though, is that the “job” didn’t come with any benefits. Dr. Wanniski tells us that some psychologists have the same experience at least once or twice in their careers (i.e., a “job”) with more lucrative roles and pay.

It’s not an isolated incident. According to one study , about 40% of psychology grads were offered a summer research position, only 10% of whom accepted them, while only 25% of those who got the job actually received tenure. A second study was done by the American Psychological Association , which found that a quarter of psychology faculty are not employed full time.

So let’s recap our overview of how Drs. Haddad and Wanniski got a lot of credit for being brilliant. The first time it came up, it was in an article. It came up again and again afterward. The article itself was a very well-researched and accurate portrayal of “successful” motivational speakers and writers. The quote that Dr. Wanniski cites is actually from Dr. O’Neill’s talk. The other quote comes from Dr. Wanniski himself, while the rest comes from other articles and studies. Both of those quotes have the same basic gist, but are different. What’s important is what is NOT said – and how much of the actual content there is that’s the same.

The bottom line is that it’s not easy to determine why these three authors (or anyone else for that matter) make so many claims about motivational speakers and writers. It’s possible that they’re just incredibly lucky, and have access to amazing resources. It’s also possible that they are just not good at talking about their own work. It’s also possible they’re very careful in what they say.