Dear Anthony Robbins. I admire you. I really do. You make lots of people feel great about themselves
But there is only one life coach for me, and that is Guru Adrian.
And I ‘m not alone. The Guru’s disciples are scattered around the globe and for each he means something a little different; in France he’s The Guru You Have When You’re Not Having a Guru, in Japan he’s the Guru of No Wave Consciousness and in Australia he is simply known as The God of Fun.
So who is Guru Adrian?
According to legend, Adrian Speshelperson was born in Beecroft in 1664, discovered the Secret of Eternal Youth with a Junior Science Kit at the age of seven and hasn’t aged a day since.
In the late 1980s, the Guru made regular appearances in Countdown magazine dispensing his sage advice and in the mid 90s was feted by LA studio Hanna-Barbera, hoping to turn Adrian’s transcendental wisdom into an animated series.
But in 1989 things took a sinister turn in the form of Chairman Kevin, a commercially-driven Adrian rip-off conceived by an evil advertising agency of some note, Lowe Howard-Spink to flog a brand of crisps. As Adrian’s closest confidante David Art Wales said at the time ‘Guru Adrian stands for truth and fun. Chairman Kevin seems to stand for cheese and onions.’
Fortunately the Guru’s revolutionary philosophy, Adrianetics, remains untainted by MSG and continues to help us all master consciousness and avoid becoming Groan Adults.
The principle of Adrianetics is also not discordant with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s much quoted ‘Life is a journey, not a destination’.
In the Guru’s case though, Adrian prefers to articulate it via the Four Big Questions: Who Am I? Why Am I Here? Where Am I Going? Can I Have a Window Seat?
While some may like to trivialise Guru Adrian as Pee Wee Herman crossed with the Dalai Lama, I have lived every day of my life in accordance with the Guru’s manifesto:
- Thou shalt make fun of life
- Thou shalt be youknighted
- Thou shalt not commit adultie
- Thou shalt keep an attitude of gratitude
- Thou shalt be for giving
- Thou shalt ride the porpoise of life
- Thou shalt heed not groan adults
- Thou shalt offer no whine list
- Thou shalt have No Age consciousness
- Thou shalt be afraid not
So is Guru Adrian a cult? I certainly hope so. I for one enjoy drinking his thoroughly refreshing brand of Cool Aide every single day.