founder of naked leader
Naked Leader Week – 176 (w/c Monday 2 October 2006)
Let’s put an end to threatening Chain Mail
I wrote about this in The Naked Leader, and today I start a worldwide campaign to help people who are worried about Chain Mail. Chain Mail is at best unpleasant, and at worst destructive in terms of time, volume of traffic and personal wellbeing.
It is a form of bullying, and probably like you I have had many. This one was recently forwarded to me, with the claim it originated from Tony Robbins:
“This has been sent to you for good luck from the Anthony Robbins organization. It has been sent around the world ten times so far.
Do not keep this message.
It must leave your hands in 6 MINUTES. Otherwise you will get a very unpleasant surprise. This is true, even if you are not superstitious, agnostic, or otherwise faith impaired.”
The person who sent it to me assures me it was a joke
Tony doesn’t think so, one of his people replied to me when I wrote expressing my concern:
Unfortunately this ridiculous email has been around for years. We never found out the originator of this message, it was certainly not Tony.
Though some of the advice is worthwhile, the bit about the six minutes is dumb and has upset thousands of people. We don’t know of, and don’t think there is, any way to stop the email from traveling around the world. I have no idea how many times it has gone around, but I am sure it has traversed the globe quite a few times.
I do apologize for your receiving the e-chain-mail; even though we did not create it, nor start it on its multiple world tours. With luck it will not come your way again, though, unfortunately, there is no way we can guarantee that.”
In The Naked Leader, I invited people to forward such mail to me – that worked for many people and I am still alive and well – however, most of these pathetic mails tell you to forward up to seven times, to different addresses!
So, the solution, and the campaign:
Whenever you, or anyone you know, receive such an e-mail, and if you feel even slightly threatened, please forward to these seven e-mail addresses:
Capitals don’t matter, all that matters is your well-being. And please don’t worry for the team’s safety, they have been well briefed, and are looking forward to receiving thousands of e-mails over the next year – indeed, they tell me they will be really disappointed if they don’t. However they have asked me to apologise that they won’t have time to reply – they will be too busy destroying toxic, negative messages…
Oh yes, and if you want to, please forward this to everyone whose life you touch, so that they never need feel threatened by chain mail again. And if you do not forward this e-mail, nothing untoward will happen to you, you will be fine.
With love to you all, wherever and whoever you are