My Beef with Self-help BS

August 17th, 2010 with 28 Comments

People ask me all the time: what’s your problem with self-help. They ask: What’s wrong with helping people?  Even if they ARE frauds, they aren’t hurting people. They’re  helping people. Well, it’s about time I answered this (rather than my usual answer of ‘helping, my a$#). First of all, I have no problem with people trying […]

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Is it Better to be Lucky Than Talented?

July 22nd, 2010 with 6 Comments

Someone once asked me something interesting.  He said, “if The Secret’ and all this stuff is not real, then why do so many rich people endorse it?” I thought it was a good question.  So, here are two possible answers: 1. The “rich people” are the people who became rich selling Secret-related products 2. Rich […]

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The Lost Virtue of Sacrifice

April 15th, 2010 with 3 Comments

I am about to say something that I have not read in any self-help blog/book .  And it’s this: Sometimes, you have to sacrifice what you want. Sacrifice your short-term desires for long-term goals.  I read tons of personal development blogs that basically tell people not to worry about the consequences of their actions.  Go […]

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Former Self-help Critic To Become New Age Wealth-creator

April 1st, 2010 with 9 Comments

Carlon Haas, author of the popular Don’t Step in the Poop blog, announced today that he is sorry for criticizing self-help gurus and will dedicate the rest of his life to helping others by becoming a self-help guru. Haas, who had been critical of self-help gurus, called his change of heart a natural reaction to […]

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How to Spot a BS Self-help Guru

March 10th, 2010 with 10 Comments

I think self-help is fueled by a person’s desire for guidance and comfort.  Unfortunately, these desires make self-help a breeding ground for charlatans and people who exploit these desires for their own personal gain. This is a shame.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell who is really there to help you and who is there to […]

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How to Figure Out What you Stand For

March 9th, 2010 with 7 Comments

Some people are uncomfortable talking about their beliefs.  Well, I’m not one of them.  I think it’s important to know what you believe.  The reason is that some people think they believe something but their actions say otherwise. But how do you know what you believe? The answer is getting a religion. NO. NO. NO. […]

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Self-help Books I Wouldn’t Wish on my Worst Enemies

March 5th, 2010 with 14 Comments

A self-help or personal development book should be as advertised: a way to actually help yourself or develop in some area. But some books present ideas that can actually cause you to regress instead of progress.  Or they are so insulting to one’s intelligence that they take you for a fool.  In one post, I […]

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How to REALLY Use Visualization to Achieve Your Goals–No BS Secret Stuff Here

February 25th, 2010 with 10 Comments

Visualization is a staple practice in the New Age/self-help movement.  For years, I never even bothered to question whether visualization worked or not since I have practiced visualization meditation and experienced the benefits.  But one day, I was recommended the book, “The Success Principles” by Jack Canfield.  On reading the chapter on visualization, it dawned […]

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The #1 Way to Get What You Want

February 24th, 2010 with 2 Comments

I remember the time I didn’t get a promotion that I so richly deserved. Here I was working over two years at this fine retail establishment during my college years.  Thought myself a model employee.  Always on time.  Knew the job inside and out (wasn’t much to know, but I digress.) So when a promotion […]

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Your Success is Your Own Damn Fault: Review of Larry Winget’s It’s called Work for a Reason!

February 23rd, 2010 with 5 Comments

Are you reading this review at your office instead of working?  Well, according to Larry Winget, you’re a thief.  You’re stealing from the company.  Now, get your butt back to work. That’s the central message in It’s Called Work for a Reason: Your Success is Your Own Damned Fault”. A friend of mine recommended this […]

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