Mind over matter. Mind over matter. Mind over matter. This mantra didn’t work for 21 people at a Tony Robbins motivational event. Walking across hot coals on lanes measuring 10 feet long and heated to between 1,200 to 2,000 degrees provides attendees an opportunity to “understand that there is absolutely nothing you can’t overcome,” according to the motivational speaker’s website.
Organizers had an “open burn permit” and medical staff at the event, and there was also a fire inspector on the scene, San Jose Fire Department Capt. Reggie Williams said.
The injuries took place during the first day Thursday of a four-day event at the San Jose Convention Center hosted by Robbins called “Unleash the Power Within.” Most of those hurt had second and third degree burns, said San Jose Fire Department Capt. Reggie Williams.
Robbins Research International said in a written statement that 6,000 attendees of the event walked across the coals Thursday. One could argue that only 0.3% were injured. That sounds like a tiny percentage and hardly newsworthy unless YOU are in the 0.3%.