Grant Cardone, NatGeo’s “Turnaround King” proves, at least, that he can write inspirational salespeak babble with the best of them in a post he put up at the Huffington Post today.
Titled “Why Criticism Is Important To Success,” Cardone does everything but actually mention what kind of criticism he’s been receiving since his show premiered last week.
Allow us to remind him.
Cardone is working a cute trick throughout his post. He’s only being criticized, he says, because he’s successful. In fact, that criticism is a sign that he’s doing the right thing. So it only makes sense to thrive on it.
Stuart Smalley couldn’t knock an affirmation like that. Here’s Grant’s “formula”:
Criticism and the Success Formula
1) Get so much attention you start to get criticism.
2) Disregard the criticism and get more attention. (Never attack the haters).
3) Criticism will increase to new levels, even lies, increasing the amount of attention again.
4) Continue getting attention, disregarding the criticism, until admiration, at which point the haters will move on to pick another target (they always do)!
Cardone, of course, doesn’t touch the controversy that we’ve been delving into here at Runnin’ Scared over the past week: that Cardone, as a wealthy and high-level Scientologist, did dirty work for the church by sliming a well-known and respected acting coach, Milton Katselas, with e-mails intended to ruin the 73-year-old man’s reputation.
This is especially repugnant because of the persona Cardone is developing at the NatGeo show — an up-with-people, supportive sales guru who counseled the owners of a failing Gold’s Gym (in the premiere episode) to trust and rely on their talented workers to help fix their business. What an egalitarian, understanding, help-the-little-guy kind of guy!
Cardone’s sick treatment of fellow Scientologist Katselas, revealed so unsparingly in his own letter to the old man, doesn’t really fit that picture.
He seemed to be following a different program then, just four years ago:
Slander and the Way of Happiness
1) Give so much cash DM starts to quiver.
2) Disregard a man’s lifelong dedication and get him, cold. (Haters attack first.)
3) Intimidate at new levels, even with lies, increasing the amount of pressure.
4) Continue giving pressure, disregarding the damage, until ruin, at which point haters will move on to pick another target (DM always finds another one)!
Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he’s been writing about Scientology at several publications. Among his other stories about L. Ron Hubbard’s organization:
The Larry Wollersheim Saga — Scientology Finally Pays For Its Fraud
The Tory Bezazian (Christman) Story — How the Internet Saved A Scientologist From Herself
The Jason Beghe Defection — A Scientology Celebrity Goes Rogue
The Paul Haggis Ultimatum — The ‘Crash’ Director Tells Scientology to Shove It
The Marc Headley Escape — ‘Tom Cruise Told Me to Talk to a Bottle’
The Jefferson Hawkins Stipulation — Scientology’s former PR genius comes clean
The Daniel Montalvo Double-Cross — Scientology lures a young defector into a trap
A Church Myth Debunked — Scientology and Proposition 8
Daniel Montalvo Strikes Back — Scientology Hit with Stunning Child-Labor Lawsuits
When Scientologists Attack — The Marty Rathbun Intimidation
A Scientologist Excommunicated — The Michael Fairman SP Declaration
The Richard Leiby Operation — Investigating a reporter’s divorce to shut him up
The Hugh Urban Investigation — An academic takes a harsh look at Scientology’s past
Giovanni Ribisi as David Koresh — A precedent for a Scientology-Branch Davidian link
Janet Reitman’s Inside Scientology — A masterful telling of Scientology’s history
The Western Spy Network Revealed? — Marty Rathbun ups the ante on David Miscavige
Scientology’s Enemies List — Are You On It?
Inside Inside Scientology — An interview with author Janet Reitman
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on June 28, 2011