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Would You Hire a Guru?

Yesterday's New York Times Style Section dove into the lives of NYC's lifestyle gurus. According to the paper, trendsetting women in the city are finding enlightenment through veganism and meditation rather than a diet of cosmos and roof bar parties, and they're calling on "spiritual cowgirls" to show them the way.

These gurus charge around $100 an hour for their services, which often include distilling advice from the many self-help books they used to turn their own lives around. Gabrielle Bernstein, a former tequila-lover-turned-sober-advice-dispenser, helps women reduce anxiety they might have about their relationship and career goals. She tells women to visualize how they want their lives to turn out. For example, Gabrielle advised one client, who is nervous about her boyfriend moving in, to:

“Write the story the way you want it to happen. Re-read the story every night until he arrives.”

Apparently that is enough to make it all work out! Would you ever turn to this type of modern guru for help?

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Sarahab145 Sarahab145 7 years
What a coincidence! Today, i got a letter in the mail from a psychic who claims she can make all of my secret wishes come true! i dont know what you guys are talking about, these people sound trusty! haha...
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Hells no.
staple-salad staple-salad 7 years
Sometimes I think my advice is better than the advice columnist in my state's newspaper... I should be a Guru! My advice often doesn't make sense or is kinda bad on occasion, but I could just some more money, I mean, if people are willing to pay $100 an hour for some random person to tell them how to live their life, I want that random person to be me!
runningesq runningesq 7 years
good call, fashionplate ! ... and what was that p.t. barnum said ... ?
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 7 years
I would rather spend 100 bucks on a therapy session, with someone who has an educational background in helping people.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 7 years
“Write the story the way you want it to happen. Re-read the story every night until he arrives.” This is a load of horse shit. If this appeals to you, do yourself a favor and go buy "The Secret" instead. Then you'll have only wasted about $20 instead of hundreds of dollars.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 7 years
There's a sucker born every minute. If these people can make money off of "being really good at giving advice and justifying said advice with froofroo talk," then good for them. I could never afford anything like that - and I don't think I would, even if I could.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I'm all for positive thinking and taking care of yourself, but I wouldn't pay $100 for it. And the whole visualization thing relies too much on that 'Law of Attraction' crap. It seems kind of hokey, like those people who make tons of money writing books on how to make tons of money. "Here's how you can lead a happy and successful life by telling other people how to lead a happy and successful life." The pictures make it look like a really nice, supportive group for women, but my friends and family offer their advice and services at a much lower rate. Guru? No thank you.
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
I understand someone wanting affirmation about the decisions they make but this really doesn't appeal to me at all.
cirrus1701 cirrus1701 7 years
I should hang out a shingle. I could handle $100/hr, or even $40-50. Those dental bills won't pay themselves.
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