Once upon a time, (June of 2013 to be exact) Earl de Blonville (self-described as ‘Australia’s preeminent Arctic Explorer’ and a ‘global leadership expert’) wrote a glowing “endorsement” on LinkedIn about another self-described explorer, Englishman Ripley Davenport. The endorsement is Earl in a nutshell; Pure fantasy served in a grandiose “word salad” dressed with oozing self-importance. Earl has never met Ripley. Ripley made up his story about being an explorer (and Earl swallowed it, hook, line and sinker) just like Earl made up the endorsement.
Two journalists from Denmark and I were working on an article about Davenport that exposed him as a fraud. (English translation here). This story begins with my email asking Earl how he came to write the endorsement. His response was also Earl in a nutshell; wrap yourself more tightly in your own narcissism and attack, threaten, ignore.
Rather than admit he was fooled (and human) Earl doubled down and took up Ripley’s absurd claim that I am a “cyberstalker” and began to amplify that canard any chance he had. In other words, Earl forgot the first rule of “leadership”: When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
If you read the material here at earldeblonville.net you’ll come to the same conclusion I have reached. Earl can’t stop claiming that HE is now a victim of cyberstalking because if he does, the entire clay-foundation artifice of his grand achievements in life will be revealed for what they are, a desperate struggle to seem relevant when his actual track record says the opposite. Earl’s a flop, a failure, a loser. It’s that simple. He has failed at marriage/relationships multiple times, failed as a parent, failed as an academic, failed as an entrepreneur, failed as an author, failed as a speaker. The only thing Earl is good at is starting projects that fail. Oh, and briefly conning people into believing him.