and here’s why…
About two years ago now I really started to get into personal development books. You know, the ones which tell you those daily positive affirmations are the only way forward. Well, it’s not all like that but I have come across a few and instantly regretted flicking through the pages. My reading habits have changed significantly since I picked up this genre. I used to plough through non-fiction books but I’ve started to become a bit more selective in what I read. I read now to help develop myself, not exclusively through reading a book but through becoming aware of how I can change.
You see, when I picked up The 4-Hour Workweek I was hooked. I wanted to try and accomplish everything that was set out in the book. I took most of it as gospel at the start but I slowly came to realise that you need to cherry pick ideas and tactics to what suits you.
We as humans are born to grow, if we don’t keep growing then us and everything which surrounds us starts to stagnate.
Looking back on the mountain of self-help books I’ve read, and the ones I’m looking forward to reading, I struggle to see what the problem with it really is. I know you can get blindsided, and I know you can start to look at things through rose-tinted lenses but over time your actions are going to change and for the better. I mean, maybe if you take everything word for word you’ll encounter issues. No, not issues, challenges. But doesn’t everything in life present a challenge? Yes, you can have too much of something but I feel that if it’s about personal growth then you can do no harm. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again, we as humans are born to grow, if we don’t keep growing then us and everything which surrounds us starts to stagnate.
There’s a lot of nonsense out there but you know in your heart what you need to do to develop. All that reading these books does is awaken that knowledge inside of you. They’re motivating, inspiring and intriguing. Even if you don’t think any change is necessary are you not slightly intrigued by the daily habits of Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Tim Ferris and Shonda Rhimes?
We’re all on our personal journey and I think that’s the most important thing to remember.
There’s nothing intrinsically special about these books in a lot of cases. They just lay out the facts and make you see things differently. We’re all on our personal journey and I think that’s the most important thing to remember. We all have our different ways of getting there.