Gosh, isn’t this a pretty dumb thing to do?
Blog Guy, the company I work for is having one of those motivational retreats for employees. We’ll face up to our fears, grow as a person, stuff like that. Have you ever been to one of those?
Yeah, I’ve been to a few. For a long time I had a very low opinion of them. I saw them only as corporate bull. Time-wasting, jargon-slinging crapfests for losers who can’t think for themselves.
Gee, you need to stop holding back your feelings, Blog Guy. So when did you change your mind and learn that they can be a positive experience?
Just yesterday, when I read about a “motivation day” organized by a real estate agency. As is often the case, this event featured firewalking on a bed of hot coals.
So you now agree the participants learned something important from this, right?
You bet. It turned out the hotel where the thing was held used the wrong kind of wood and some artificial coal without telling the motivational trainer, and nine people had to be taken to the hospital with burns.
I figure those nine folks learned a valuable lesson. If some dumbass orders you to do something but your instinct tells you it’s really stupid, you’re probably right.
That’s the time to excuse yourself, head for the hotel bar and order a huge martini. Get a seat by the window, so you can watch your colleagues do the charcoal dance all the way to the burn unit.
Top: Devotees walk barefoot over burning coals on the final day of the Nine Emperor Gods festival at a temple in Kuala Lumpur in a 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Zainal Abd Halim
Left: A local villager lights a carpet of red-hot embers in preparation for other villagers San Pedro Manrique, Spain, during the festival of Saint John, in a 2005 file photo. REUTERS/Felix Ordonez