Just before I go for my walk – I just had a quick look around the newer, calmer, more measured haters of Wolfe on Youtube. Most interesting. Things have moved on by quite a bit since five years ago. Wolfe has developed his crowd gathering strategy by quite a bit, and the offended vegans making videos appear to be a bit calmer than last time I looked at this.
I only found one offended customer, and this was an offended 801010er who had gone on one of his courses, only to get crap customer service and lose 800 dollars. So, then, Wolfe evidently still needs to upgrade his staff. Sigh. Were I to show you my emails, which I have no intention of doing, I could show you some far more extreme material from far angrier people, including some people from the Icke camp.
Right then, to inject some rationality into this:
Pros of Wolfe
Wolfe is the most useful person the entire alternative health industry has, because he is utterly shameless about crowd-gathering, can muster enthusiasm about the most obscure topics, and has an extremely tough shell as a result of doing this for more than a couple of decades.
He is the most successful marketer in the business, and there are many businesses that are nothing to do with him making money off his work. He gives away more work than most people do in the course of a full time week.
Yes, a proportion of his recent work is quite far out, but it keeps the audience awake, entertained and interested in learning more, whether this is from him or on their own. The point is that listeners with more than one brain cell gain confidence from his work, not that listeners who are not so blessed follow blindly. That is not the point of Wolfe at all, although I see that there are several such people milling around Youtube.
From someone who had a lot of knowledge before I had ever heard of him, I can tell you that his work is extremely useful in terms of making you more committed to fighting your corner and dealing with problems conventional medicine cannot manage. I tend to disregard quite a bit of what he says, but other things are quite useful.
Cons of Wolfe
He keeps pissing people off, including me at times. Arrogance is not a virtue.
He is too self-interested, but that is in the nature of successful people, so it is probably a useful affectation.
He doesn’t seem to look after number 1 terribly well because he is too busy having a good time.
He relies too heavily on esoteric role models such as Rudolf Steiner. Yeah, Wolfe, we all have our Steiner moment. Most of us grow out of it at age 17 and stop wearing the stupid hat. Over-use of this stuff makes you appear to be a shill, which is not helpful at all to those concerned about such things WHO ARE AN INCREASING PART OF YOUR MARKET. This is one area in which you can easily be defeated so you need to sort that out.
HE STILL HASN’T SORTED OUT THE STAFFING ISSUE. GET A GRIP WOLFE!
Whoever is now running Longevity Warehouse – yes, I see why the prices keep escalating – because people keep buying – but perhaps a budget or wholesale range might make you look a little more egalitarian? If you want to build a true society, you have to cater for people other than rich people with no knowledge or time to go elsewhere. In the meantime you are losing business from everybody else. What is he working for if not to make yet more money?
Personally, I have gained a lot from Wolfe, without spending a penny on anything, but then I decided fairly early on that it was more useful to me to like him rather than not like him, no matter what he did. Nevertheless I was also very critical, as I do not think being nice is necessarily being a good friend to anyone. (we aren’t, just to be clear – the website represents a lengthy period of stress and upset) He has been a major thorn in my side, and I do not owe him any more favours than he has already had, although I am sure he would say the same or worse about me were he to say anything at all.
You can waste a lot of time on picking holes in people. Wolfe is a royal pain in the ass, but he is driven, successful, very good at coming up with more strategies for increasing his community, who then become irritated and go to someone else. Therefore everybody is depending on his being successful. Be careful who you shit on, because that goose is still laying the golden eggs in the alternative health market.