From Craig McBreen:
Self-help is for suckers.
And that was me. I read, and read, and read. I listened to audio books on topics such as: Being a better you; making people like you; stress-free living; winning friends; intention; creating the life you want, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
I was a junkie and I needed a fix.
I also didn’t realize that most self-help isn’t worth the price of admission. I wanted to believe everything I read, so you can imagine the confusion.
“Self-help is for suckers” rings false, but everything else Craig says in this post is solid gold. I think the truth is simply Reading self-help is for suckers. Doing self-help (which is what I think Craig is really saying here), not so much.
When seeking out the voices that can help guide your way, start by looking at what they are doing rather than focusing on what they say. Seek out writing that is tactical rather than emotional. Look for things that you can do rather than another idea you can absorb. It’s easy to dismiss a lot of self-improvement as theory, but so much of it is great in practice. You just actually have to practice.
If we are really being honest with ourselves, isn’t writing these blogs and thinking these things out in public an inverted, action-oriented version of self-help anyhow? The act of self-improvement isn’t passive, it’s active. It isn’t about reading things, it’s about doing them. So determine what you really want to do, find the books, podcasts and people who might be able to help you improve and get started.