News & Views - Jul, 2000 Issue #71
By Dave Durand
Reviewed by Dan Smith
HOW ‘FEEL GOOD’ ADVICE IS CREATING A GENERATION OF SLACKERS
OR: The Sins of Self Esteem
Do you: Think it’s always a good idea to tell teens to love themselves
and be proud of who they are? Believe self esteem in kids should always be promoted, valued and nurtured?
According to Dave Durand, you’re completely wrong. Author of the
new book Perpetual Movtivation, Durand is stirring up controversy in the motivational industry with his “kick in the pants” message
that takes direct shots at popular motivational philosophies.
“We tell kids to always feel good about themselves, and to not associate
with people who make them feel bad,” says Durand. “But what if a teenager should feel bad about himself because of his behavior or
attitude? Feeling ashamed of oneself can be a good thing.”
In Perpetual Motivation, Durand bucks the trend of popular “fell
good” motivation and discusses:
-- How self esteem becomes self worship; resulting in inflated egos
-- The death of shame – Why parents shouldn’t be afraid to use shame
as a motivator.
-- How the over-praising of children and moral “dumping down” of
America is creating a generation of disrespectful slackers.
-- Why promoting self-love creates obnoxious kids.
“America has become the ‘me’ country, where universal acceptance
and tolerance is the standard,” adds Durand. “The antidote for this epidemic of runaway self esteem is a gentle but firm kick in the
Durand is a second degree black belt, fitness video producer and
renowned motivational speaker. By the age of thirty, he was a “Hall of Fame” business award winner and international sales record
breaker. Perpetual Motivation is available for purchase at Amazon.com, or by calling 800-247-6553.
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