Is self-help a bunch of bogus nonsense like mega-church pastors or organic hot cheetos? (no offense to either one. I love myself a good mega-church and healthy junk food..) but you know what I mean.
I found myself googling this last night and then, per usual, I coupled what I found with my personal experience to come and share with you guys.
Is the self help industry just capitalizing on people’s pain and benefiting from it? Telling us what we want to hear, knowing good and well we ain’t gonna do it?
Enter lawyer answer: it depends.
I think reading self-help can become a waste of your time if…
IT STOPS YOU FROM GROWING OR TAKING ACTION IN YOUR LIFE
YOU READ MORE THAN YOU ACTUALLY CHANGE YOUR ACTUAL LIFE
YOU ARE ONLY READING MATERIAL THAT LEAVES YOU FEELING COMFORTABLE LIVING THE SAME WAY YOU ALWAYS HAVE
On the other hand, I think self-help is useful if you are:
APPLYING THE KNOWLEDGE ON A REGULAR BASIS
USING IT AS A WAY TO ADOPT A MORE BENEFICIAL MENTALITY
ACCEPTING THAT THE REAL WORK IS GOING TO HAVE TO COME FROM YOU, NOT A BOOK
So what say you? I can honestly say I’ve been on both sides of the coin. I love a good self-help book sometimes just for the pep talk. It feels good, like eating cake.
But I had to check myself…and realize that I can not have real change in my life until I DO THE WORK to get there. Not read someone else’s words and merely hope someday I change.
What do you think about self-help? Drop a comment!