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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

On Being Bald

Yesterday I heard that some of the attackers of The Secret are now personally attacking me.

One of their observations is that I'm bald, and so maybe the Law of Attraction doesn't really work.

I've never regarded being bald as a problem. If I did, I could attract all sorts of solutions to it, from toupees to plugs to hair transplants to whathaveyou. I'm simply not interested.

I'm surprised the persuasion experts are resorting to personal attacks, but maybe they're just jealous that they're not bald, too.

Bless their hairy little heads.

Ao Akua,


PS -- I saw a few of the articles out there ridiculing the movie The Secret and mentioning me in them. Beware online journalism. Several articles said I am a former Amway top level executive. I never knew that. Guess I better contact Amway. I bet they didn't know it, too. In case you can't guess, I've never been employed by Amway and have never even used their product. Hey, maybe they have one for baldness.

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Blogger Puzzled Woeman said...

I think bald is beautiful. I am reminded of a faux pas I made one year in college, however. One day, I was walking along the sidewalk at the university. I passed the Dean of Education on my way to class. The wind was blowing fiercely, and my long hair was scattered all about. He said to me, "Your hair is going everwhere!" Without thinking, I said to him, "I know, and you don't have that problem, do you?!" After I said it I was mortified. For weeks I avoided him.

Everyone is talking about The Secret. I'll have to look for it at Blockbuster to see what all the hype is about.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Grant said...

People can be so strange sometimes.

I just want to congratulate you on a great blog and keep up the good work!


3:25 PM  
Blogger Peaceful Blade said...

You are bald. Of course this is a problem! Are you insane? THE FATE OF THE WORLD DEPENDS ON THE NUMBER OF HAIRS ON YOUR HEAD! You must grow more using your MIND!

Really, it is ridiculous to think they'd consider something so small as that a reason to disregard what you and The Secret have to say. It's the equivalent to calling someone a poopy-head to counter an elegant point they made during a debate. If they don't want to accept it, fine. There's no need to bring personal attacks into this.

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5:54 PM  
Blogger TLC said...

They only wish they were magnetizing enough to capture Francine's attention too!


8:10 PM  
Blogger Rob Pugh said...

Yeah, that Newsweek hit piece was atrocious... Keep up the great work!

8:16 PM  
Blogger Amy J + Energy = Bliss! said...

Just unbelievable! I guess they don't know the secret about bald men! ;-) What could drive people to be so 'inventive'? They must be very bored!

Congrats on the hugely successful Amway career! You should write a book on it! Ha! "My Huge Amway Success That Never Was!" It might be a NY Times best seller...



9:48 PM  
Blogger Trudi said...

Bald is sexy on a guy like you. Not everyone can carry it off.

Sounds like someone got their research muddled and confused you with Jerry Hicks. Hey both first names start with J - I can see the mistake.

I love your blog. I haven't gotten your new book yet. It's on my list. I envy your stacks of books. I LOVE books too.

11:30 PM  
Blogger sexyguitar said...

Dear Joe!

It is no secret that bald men are great lovers and have more sex drive.
Since I shave my head I have attracted the best sex ever!

Your friend Peter Blue aka sexyguitar

2:59 AM  
Blogger Colin Joss said...

We baldies should stick together Joe!

5:33 AM  
Blogger Colin Joss said...

Joe, we baldies need to stick together!

5:34 AM  
Blogger kevin said...

I hate making fun of you, because you seem like a really nice guy, but if this were real wouldn't also want to attract off a few pounds? if only for health reasons? Also instead of a toupee, plugs etc, why wouldn't you just attract some REAL hair? honestly, it's the lack of imagination that bugs me the most about believers in the secret. The first thing i would do is get me some super powers... how about all of you? do none of you want anything that you couldn't get just from hard work, planning and effort?


9:46 PM  
Blogger Joe Vitale said...

Guess you're new. I've lost 80 pounds and been in five fitness contests.

And yes, IF I wanted hair, I'd attract growing it.

You might want to get caught up on how all this works.


1:16 AM  
Blogger kevin said...

Thats great, i'm happy for you. I have lost a considerable amount of weight myself over the past year or so too.(actually about the same amount)
But as to how this all works, i've seen the dvd and it told me that the universe was my catalog and i could ask for - and receive ANYTHING i wanted. Guaranteed. Under this logic i could reasonably get super powers. Or be God. Or destroy the universe(If i wanted to). Right?

2:03 AM  
Blogger Peaceful Blade said...

"Do none of you want anything that you couldn't get just from hard work, planning and effort?"

Well, if I did want less, can you tell me any negatives of learning how to do the same things only in a much easier and enjoyable way, without harming anyone (myself included) in the process? That alone would make The Secret worth the price of admission. (Sure, you could just as well buy a cheeseburger with the five bucks you spend to see the movie once, but keep in mind that a sandwich heavy portfolio, although tasty, doesn't pay off in the long run.)

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4:51 AM  
Blogger taramom said...

Joe -

You have great Qi...and technically speaking, you're only half bald. Why not attract more baldness and shave your whole head? That way, you could be certain that not even the finest hair got between you and what you want.


10:49 AM  
Blogger Scott Tousignant said...

The thing that I love about you Joe is that you do look at all areas of your life that you want to improve and you go and do it with passion.

Passionately researching P.T. Barnum and rising up from being homeless.

Looking at your health and not only entering 5 fitness competitions and losing over 80 pounds, put you have also let the world watch you get in shape with the Your Business Body videos. That takes courage.

You attract some pretty darn amazing people into your life and have built incredible relationships.

The key thing you said was, "If I wanted hair, I would attract it."

Hair does not make us who we are. At 31, I've been bald for over a decade and never give it a thought.

If I could grow hair, I would shave it off anyway. I love my shiny head the way it is.

I love your honesty Joe.

If all that you attracted was 'good' how would we learn? How would we become stronger? How would we feel all the joys and wonderful emotions of what it's like to take on a challenge?

I love so many of the not so good things that have happened in my life, because they make me who I am and have led to some of my best successes.

Thank you for caring about us Joe and sharing your information. You are making a tremendous impact on the world.

Scott Tousignant

1:43 PM  
Blogger kevin said...

"Well, if I did want less, can you tell me any negatives of learning how to do the same things only in a much easier and enjoyable way, without harming anyone (myself included) in the process?"

No. None at all. Obviously there are no negatives to that situation. But thats not what I'm asking. I'm asking why, with this unlimited power you have, nobody does anything big. From what I hear most people only want a little more money, happiness and maybe a house or a car. Small, selfish things. I mean you could cure AIDS for God's sake. You, personally. Why don't you?
Would I also waste this secret on selfish things? yeah, I definitely would, but at least I would aspire for something bigger. Thats my question - am I alone in this thinking?
Also, a sandwich portfolio sounds impossibly delicious. :)

12:50 PM  
Blogger Peaceful Blade said...

Ahhh, I see what you're saying, Kevin. The thing to keep in mind is that people are used to thinking small, ergo they will begin by doing small things no matter how much power they possess. If you're used to coloring within the lines and the lines suddenly disappear, while there is a much greater sense of freedom, the end result isn't going to look much different from what would have occurred were the lines still there.

Each of us is naturally creative but if you look at our school system, our job system and so on you'll see that creative, individual thought is not only stifled but is at times actively discouraged. When reclaiming our creative energies we often find ourselves saying, "I'm free! I'm free! I'm... Free. What do I do now?" It's hard to go straight from a life of limitation to curing AIDS and flying rockets through space.

Even Joe has said he feels like he's just woken up in first grade, and he obviously has a much better understanding of these principles than the average lay person. So give it time; as the insignificant visions of the general populace begin to be fulfilled I believe they'll naturally lend themselves to larger endeavors. Small thinkers will think bigger as wonderful things begin to take shape in their lives.



6:19 PM  
Blogger Erica Fowler said...

Joe, don't people rock? I tell ya. My life has changed tremendously since I first found The Secret. So, I just ignore the naysayers.

12:51 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

From a naysayer: I don't ignore you, please afford me the same respect.


7:40 PM  

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