Let me dispel a notion I know some are thinking. “Oh, Richard found out some things that worked and now he wants to be a ‘Diet & Exercise Guru’ and cash in.”
The truth is that I’m doing fine with everything on my plate already. I love the new direction of this blog and it would be child’s play for me to churn out a half-dozen substantive posts per day. I love it because it’s completely devoid of bullshit, I know it’s genuine, and I don’t have to spin or exaggerate anything in the slightest. It works. It’s fun. You’ll love yourself for doing it, won’t be able to imagine how you could have lived any other way for so long, and it will be with you forever. That said, taking my experience (not access to the blog, or its quality) commercial represents a significant challenge, and I’m always up for them.
When it’s something I’m passionate about as I am with this, it’s nearly irresistible.
But then there’s that Guru factor, and I just hate that. I loath Gurus, and you should too. You know what I think a Guru is? It’s someone who sells you tantalizing, feel good, sound good lies or incomplete information that rarely if ever works for anyone as advertised. When it doesn’t work for most (i.e., it works for some, just like stopped clocks are right twice per day) there’s always the subtle implication that you’re just not applying the info right. But don’t worry. The next product speaks exactly to those problems. Repeat. Over and over.
Frankly: I think far too much of myself and am far too selfish to ever do that to you or to me — and to my own sense of who I am. Do you understand? It’s good old fashion self-esteem and self-respect. Why would I ever want to cheat myself out of what I already posses? For money? There isn’t enough money.
Are there going to be follow on and ancillary products? Youbetcha; if I do this. For whom? Those for whom the basic information worked, and who want more in-depth treatment in specific areas. I get questions (from guys, mostly) about how to cook, for example. Well, a basic book is going to have a basic treatment. But how about a 3-day cooking boot camp where we have kitchens full of great Real Food and we cook up stuff on the fly — no recipes? It could be done on the web, too. Exercise. Some people don’t want to lift weights, or don’t have access to a gym. What if I were to assemble great information from a number of different sources about different options in working out? There are dozens of possibilities, and they would only apply to people actually seeing results.
The objective is to free your inner animal, and animals don’t need gurus. Animals are their own gurus, their own authorities. They know everything there is to know about their own physiology, what activities they can and can’t do, when to eat, when to hunt, and when to guiltlessly take a nap. They spend no time whatsoever seeking out a Guru. Their mom and playmates were their teachers, and then they went off, a Guru in their own right, wholly able to discover and experience the full complement of their lives. Animals live their lives to the utmost. Every time. Every minute.
If I do this, I’ll do it right. And if I do it right, those who come along for the ride will be their own Gurus, able finally to operate 100% on their own authority, never needing the proclamations, assertions, or admonitions of the self appointed-anointed.
If I’m doing my job, then each of you will be able to go out and make your own discoveries. And maybe, some of you might even write a book.
Do you think I can help others discover how to Free the Animal? Do you think I can’t? Either way, I’d love to know what you think. It’s important. So please go right away and take the survey, if you haven’t already. Or, go directly. If you’ve already graced me with your valued judgment, I thank you.