Friday, November 19, 2010

Gurus - Are They Worth the Price of Admission?

A guru is a well-known expert whose advice you pay top dollar for, whether it's for their books, courses or motivational speeches. But are they worth it? Do they really know what they're talking about? Is there wisdom in what they say?

Not surprisingly, the answer is yes. People do value what they say. That's why they give up the big bucks for it.

Here's a sampling of wisdom from some of the gurus still available for hire. You can judge for yourself...

On FLEXIBILITY - “If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.” - Karl Albrecht, American author (1941- )

On TRUST - "Trust is the lubrication that makes it possible for organizations to work." - Warren Bennis, American author (1925- )

On SELF-AWARENESS - "Feedback is the breakfast of champions." - Ken Blanchard, American author (1939- )

On OPEN-MINDEDNESS - "If you never change your mind, why have one?" - Edward de Bono, British author (1933- )

On CHARACTER - "Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character."- Stephen Covey, American author (1932- )

On COMMITMENT - "There's no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love. There is only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen." - Wayne Dyer, American author (1940- )

On GRATITUDE - “Anyone too busy to say thank you will get fewer and fewer chances to say it.” - Harvey Mackay, American author (1933- )

On PROACTIVITY - "The most important thing you can do to achieve your goals is to make sure that as soon as you set them, you immediately begin to create momentum." - Anthony Robbins, American author (1960- )

On INITIATIVE - "All great things have small beginnings." - Peter Senge, American educator (1947- )

Post by Dennis E. Coates, Ph.D., Copyright 2010. Building Personal Strength .


Unknown said...

Great points, even the most successful people need a leader, sometimes a religious leader, like Christ, Buddha, etc. Lately I have been reading more than before, but in the last 10yrs I have invested in my self-development (book, audio, seminars, videos, etc) about 3% my annual income, what it's better is my return, which has been close 10% annual ROI in direct income, plus my ROI on my other investments. I see people complaining about no getting raises at work, also that the price of a book, or seminar is "too expensive", my answer is "wait to see how much expensive will be the price you will pay for ignorance"

Joanne Cipressi said...

Great choice of quotes Denny! I am going to borrow the two on trust and gratitute...never heard them before. They are very true. :)


Unknown said...

Great summary Denny. I find them all relevant possibly too relevant!

Anonymous said...

Profound yet simple...walking the talk is what counts..I agree with Keith. Relevant