Troy's post inspired me to ask myself the same question. I want authors, speakers, seminar leaders, bootcamp gurus - all of them - to KEEP IT REAL. I'm fatigued from the drama of today's deceptive marketing claims that contain kernels of truth but leave out the details.
That's why I'm still pissed off at The Secret. I greatly admire speaker/author Jack Canfield, a contributor in The Secret. He illustrated how, many years ago, he manifested close to a million dollars at the end of a year, starting with the intention/visualization, and then taking his first action step as synchronicity unfolded. So far so good, at explaining the beginning part. Unfortunately the film stopped there and leaped to the end result of this huge amount of money. What the film left out/edited out was the part where Jack was on the road that year for 300+ days to market the book that launched his writing career and brought in the money. I say, tell the whole story.
This morning a woman real estate investor called me up and asked me what "wholesaling" was like. I replied that it was not easy. It took an average of 25 leads to produce a wholesale, and a lot of time, money and effort had to go into marketing to generate those leads. She replied, "Thank you for telling me the truth."
Troy's question led me to ponder whether my self-help book from '03, Tug of Heart - How to Trust What You Know, could pass the "keeping it real" test. I believe so. The book describes real people, real examples, and whole stories. But you can be the judge by picking up a copy at Amazon.
In the meantime, join us in the dialogue that Troy instigated. Stirring up the pot is one of the qualities that I love about him!