They are people — businesspeople with books, keynotes, and openings in their consulting practice to peddle.
“It’s all smoke and mirrors,” my friend Cherise, a ghostwriter for a number of these bestselling gurus, told me the following week over tea, her Mission District apartment stuffed with piles of self-help books, CDs, and videos.
Basic criteria should mean that a partner should behave in a caring, honest, trustworthy manner.
They should have values and be capable of behaving like a decent human being, not just for other people, but for you.
The situations to which Scientology can be applied are as varied as human activity itself.
If a child cannot read well and is falling behind the rest of the class, Scientology study technology can help dispense with a liability that would otherwise affect the rest of his or her life.
Scientology, however, is unique in that it contains practical means of enabling man to resolve his material concerns and so come to achieve his spiritual aspirations.
The Scientology religion contains workable answers to the problems people face in their lives. It contains practical means through which predictable improvement can be obtained in any area to which it is applied.
Scientology recognizes that man is not just so many vials of chemicals fortuitously combined into a remarkable stimulus-response machine.
“Many of these people are no more qualified to dole out life lessons than you or I.” * * * decade and change later, I got a firsthand taste of the guru trade. Just keep me posted so I can tell everyone what shows to see you on and when.” Shortly after this pep talk, the marketing director at my publisher gave me one of her own.
It was 2007 and my first book, a career guide for creative types who didn’t want an office job, was approaching publication. ” my mother said when I called to tell her my advance copies had arrived in the mail. ” I explained to her that most authors, especially small press authors like me, don’t get the opportunity to meet the queen of daytime television. Everything was on track, she said across her large, cluttered desk. The PR team had begun to get some nibbles; I could expect to see a couple early reviews soon and would start getting calls for interviews any week now. Any grassroots steps you can take to connect with readers and build a following will help.” So began my year-long odyssey of doling out career advice to anyone who would listen.