I am 52 and have been retired for four years now, and I consider myself to be professionally, quite successful. I have done some professional writing and filmmaking, worked in law enforcement and mental health as a psychologist, and consider myself to be a man of average intelligence. I have two undergraduate degrees and two MA's all of which were paid for through scholarships and hard work, and I am now debt free. I inherited ZERO wealth. I believe what I have accomplished, most anyone can do; I am not 'special'. But I do feel qualified to criticize Hall very sharply.
I purchased Hall's book because I have an appreciation for Robert Dilts' contributions to the field of NLP, and by association, I mistakenly thought that Hall's techniques and ideas looked worth the time. But I took exception to this person's rendition of the facts about what he referred to as an "experiment".
The author explains in the book how a contingent of people seeking to be a part of his online weight loss experiment criticized his program for typos and grammatical errors, and hence, dropped out of it. His response to the number of "failures" in the program was quite critical:
"I was shocked. I thought I had picked well. I thought I had offered enough motivation and given enough personal attention, and yet almost half could not get themselves to even read the materials. And three of them sent me critiques of the writing of that first chapter-- typos and ungrammatical structures, which didn't have a thing to do with weight management. "What frame of mind were they in when they were reading?" It certainly wasn't a commitment to their own success in managing their weight or becoming fit! Their task had nothing to do with examining the writing, it had to do with taking and using an approach that could help them unleash the health and fitness that they said they wanted. But they didn't.
So what went wrong? What had I not anticipated in the group? What prevented half of them from getting the results they wanted and experiencing the health and fitness that would make life so much better for them? In a word, attitude. They didn't have a robust enough attitude or the right attitude to unleash their potentials. Attitude always plays a critical role difference between success and failure; between achieving our highest dreams or selling them short."
Hall, L. Michael (2013-03-16). Unleashed (Meta-Coaching) (Kindle Locations 408-411). NSP. Kindle Edition.
MISTER Hall, I would not let my children read this book for the very same reason; it is an excruciating example of writing, even for a high school kid. If you are publishing your work, you are EXPECTED to do a professional job, and this book really misses the mark. Your comments about these "failures" and their "attitude" betrays your credibility and insight not only in your profession, but in your academic background as well. Shame on you. I give you an F.
If you clean it up, I will remove this review.