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A rant from someone who actually reads self-help books

1) Self-help books don’t all say the same thing.  In spite of some very popular and persistent myths, usually espoused by people who don’t regularly study psychology and personal development, there is an immense variety of authors, styles, philosophies, and approaches on almost every issue imaginable. You don’t have to like Joel Osteen. You don’t need to be a Tony Robbins fan. It doesn’t matter if you’re unmoved by Suze Orman. For every thinker you dislike, there are 10 thinkers who are absolutely nothing like them.

2) Self-help books really can help turn your life around if you study the material, think critically about the ideas, and practice implementing the tools in your daily life.

Books are among the most valuable assets we have.

However strange or eccentric your life challenges seem to be, the odds are great that there are at least a dozen books covering that topic.

You probably wont find any quick and easy formulas for dealing with real life, but you’ll find plenty of anecdotes, biographies, proverbs, suggestions, and helpful hints that will make it much easier to put together the pieces of your own puzzle.

What I’m trying to say is this:

Whatever becomes of your life, in the end, it’s all on you.

If you’re going to suffer because of a lack of insight, don’t suffer because of the opinion of some cynic who thinks anything having to do with inspiration and motivation is just a bunch of fluff.

Form your own opinion. Look into things for yourself.

This world is filled with millions of people who claim to have valuable ideas that will make your life easier.

If only 1% of them are right, then you and I are swimming in a virtual sea of information.

Why not dive into that sea for yourself?

If you come to the conclusion that everybody’s repeating the same old irrelevant fluff, please make sure it’s because you’ve done real, rigorous research.

Isn’t your life worth the effort?

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  1. Self help books with some hardwork have made me what I am today. They are not all the same psychology is always changing just like medicine, the more we research a nd study the more we learn. Good post my friend.

  2. This is a great point. However, I would argue that once you get in deep there are seem to be some common principles that run across authors and the differences are nuances/style.

    For instance, forgive yourself, learn the lesson, move on. or another one: Intention -> State -> Action or everyone has their own truth

    Or take energetic work when trying to resolve a old issue. get your field’s attention, bring up old issue/feeling, replace with new way of handling it/feeling. aka. Replace the file.

    I’ve been digging in deep for the past few years… raising my consciousness so I can tackle the Day Trading world. My life has completely changed for the better so it’s definitely working but you I found I definitely need to keep on it. Your blog helps a lot. So does Seths. I’d be curious to hear what you consider is some of the best stuff out there, for you anyway?


    Brad Erchul Minneapolis

  3. Yes, my life IS worth the effort. Thanks for defending the world of self-help books, for there have been books
    along the way, during times of major struggle, when certain “self-help” books have been my “bibles”; sources of comfort, guidance, inspiration, insight…”The Courage to Heal” and “Wheels of Life”, for instance are two books for self-help I cherished and read again and again.
    I agree with Brad’s comment, that there are some similar guiding principles that come up again and again in different books, and I think that’s great. I need to read some things many times before what I am learning through them begins to really sink in and I begin to really get what they are about.
    Excellent post, T.K. thank you!! Cheers 🙂

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