You have probably heard of the recent inspirational movie, The Secret. For $4.95 US, you can view the film right on your laptop or PC. The catch is that the $4.95 is for one viewing only, after which you can either pay another 5 bucks or purchase the DVD for $30.
I have to admit that there is a bit of commercialization around both the web site and the film itself. The packaging, the promotion, and the feature-length film are all pretty slick — technology at its best.
I have to say, though, that I was a bit surprised at Andy Wibbels’ ("the original blogging evangelist") critique of the movie’s content, and by extension, the motives of its promoters.You can read his thoughts and comments by clicking HERE.
I highly respect Andy. He is articulate, smart, and not afraid to share his opinion. My surprise is not that he was disappointed with the movie and expected something other than what it delivered. Personal preferences are valid.
My surprise is that rather than seeing it as an inspirational call to action, he viewed it as a reductionist, simplistic think-and-grow-rich touchy-feely type of movie masquerading as a legitimate way to improve your life.
The two points Andy makes that jump out at me are:
- The Secret is no real secret at all. There’s no thrill or excitment in learning that the secret is the same ol’, in his words "law of abundance. Or the priniples of attraction or whatever we’re calling it this week," and
- The film offered no post-inspiration call to act. According to Andy "I almost feel like the suffix should be "and then you work your a** off. That always gets left out of the picture".
Now, Andy is a very intelligent person, but I think this time he may have written his post as an initial gut reaction (which most of us would do well and accomplish more if we were to listen more often to our intuition and not overthink everything all the time) rather than think this through.
(First, I have to put out there that I found the movie very inspirational and so I am clearly speaking from a biased point of view. I am a member of The Coaching Institute, and one of the other members has a saying that is apropos here that goes something like, ‘My comments here are like throwing spaghetti at a wall. If it sticks, great. If not, let it fall.’)
To the first point, I just want to say that nothing is a secret if you already know it. That doesn’t negate the fact that for others — perhaps the majority — it is a secret.
To go a step further, there really is nothing new under the sun. It’s simply repackaged, reformulated, restated, or reshaped. And that’s OK.
None of the concepts and ideas we discuss here at The Inspiration Nation are new concepts and ideas. However, I hope that they still resonate with you in their way and that you receive tremendous value and inspiration from this inspirational community.
As far as The Secret is concerned, I’m of the opinion offered by Kirsten Harrell, Psy.D., who left a comment about Andy’s rant:
- I think most people can appreciate the power of positive thinking. We know that thoughts affect our emotions, mood, and actions. So if the movie helps people pay closer attention to what they think about and choose their thoughts more wisely, then I think it was a success!
Regarding Andy’s second point, I am wondering whether we saw the same movie.
First, the movie is about more than positive thinking; it’s positive thinking coupled with passionate feeling. Secondly, the film clearly articulated that once your intuition gives the nudge to act and you are clear on what you want achieve, then act — and act without hesitation.
The film quotes MLK, Jr., "Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step."
There clearly is a second part of the equation. This does not negate the necessity of first part– i.e., getting crystal clear what you want. I’m sure you’d agree that it is also possible to "work your a** off" on unproductive activities or on the wrong thing entirely.
Jodee Bock of Bock’s Office also offers insights in response to Andy’s blog post that I think offer balance to Andy’s impressions. You can check out her response, as well as responses from others who share Andy’s point-of-view at Andy’s blog.
Incidentally, The Secret is not just about attracting wealth or material things into your life; it’s about attracting or achieving whatever you desire in pursuit of a happy, productive and holistic life experience.
I am very glad Andy brought up this discussion. If you haven’t seen The Secret it really is worth the $4.95 (and more) to view it on your desktop, and then form your own opinion of its inspiration value.
I, as you know, think it’s brilliant on many different levels. It certainly is a tool to keep me orientated toward how I wish to create my life.
Let me know what you think.