The self-help industry, in general, is a multi-billion dollar industry, and it is still growing. Learning from others through self-help books is an efficient way to grow and become successful. At least that’s what they say, as millions of people across the globe attest that self-help books have changed their lives for the better. Consequently, you might be asking, “then why am I failing at everything after reading all the popular self-help books?”“Why do I feel like my life has not changed?”, or “why does it feel like things are getting worse instead?”
Why Self-Help Books
- Unrealistic expectations
“If you do X you are going to get Y result”; “if you avoid road A, then you will definitely reach road B”; “all you need to do is think about what you want, and you will end up getting it”; etc. You have probably come across similar statements in popular self-help books that marketed their revelations as some kind of “magic pill”.
What was the result after reading these books and incorporating these ideas? You probably felt good that day or that weekend, and then it was back to normal. And then you probably rushed to another
- You are not taking action
Learning from others through self-help books is actually a good thing. But, of what value are those lessons if you are not taking action? It is commonly believed that, “knowledge is power”, but it might be more accurate to say that, “knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only when, and if, it is organized into definite plans of action”.
So, what does this mean? It means that you can manically read one hundred books about starting a business, but the only way to truly start a business is to convert some of that information into action plans and get started. Additionally, you will unquestionably have better results if you read a few business books, note the points that are relevant, formulate a plan to implement those lessons, and take action as opposed to glancing through one book every few days.
- Replacing one addiction with another
Another reason self-help
Meditating, exercising, and learning from others by reading self-help books
Learning from others through self-help books will undoubtedly provide you with valuable information that has the potential to change your life. It is important to note that self-help books are tools and guidelines that can change your perception of life; but you alone can change your life by incorporating relevant concepts, adapting them to your unique circumstances and taking action.