More than 40 people are reported to have been burned this week at a motivational conference in Dallas, Texas hosted by the motivational fraud Tony Robbins.
“A large number of these people sustained burn injuries to their feet and lower extremities,” Jason Evans, a spokesman for the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department, said in a statement.
NPR reports that upwards of 40 people were injured in what the Robbins website says is an exercise meant to “turn fear into power.” The site says that: “Once you start doing what you thought was impossible, you’ll conquer the other fires of your life with ease.”
Except for all those serious burns.
Jennifer Connelly, a spokesperson for Robbins, however, implied that medical personnel should not have been called.
“Someone not familiar with the process of the fire walk called 911 reporting the need for emergency services vehicles to be dispatched. While there was no need for emergency personnel we are grateful to the quick and robust response from Dallas emergency services, only 5 of 7,000 participants requested any examination beyond what was readily available on site.”
She also said that the coal walk typically causes “fewer than 1% of participants experience ‘hot spots’ which is similar to a sunburn which can be treated with aloe.”
Here is a word of advice.
Don’t walk on hot coals, and don’t listen to motivational frauds who believe burning yourself is the equivalent of overcoming your fears.
Stop giving this asshole money.