So often people spend time reading a book, listening to an audio tape or going to a seminar and then never do anything with the information. I am a big fan of personal development books and usually read at least one a week and also listen to audio cds in my car.
Find books that are most suited to an area of interest for you personally or an area you really want to improve in. If you remember that a particular book is useful for an upcoming event, re-read the book to understand the concepts fully. Because I have highlighted and summarized the key points rereading even a long book can be done in less than 30 minutes.
All the best information will have no impact if you can’t remember it and you don’t take action on it.
Have you ever wondered why there is an odd relationship between the number of diet books in someone’s home and their weight? Let’s go with “or not” for a moment and transfer that logic (or lack thereof) to business books, leadership books, and sales books. So, here’s my point: becoming a better manager, a better leader, a better sales person, more innovative, or building and nurturing a corporate culture that you are proud of isn’t easy and there are no quick fixes.
So get rid of all those diet books and you’ll shed the pounds in no time, ditch a few self-help books and you’ll stabilize your mood swings, prune down your business bookshelf, and focus on the content that will have the desired impact—if you have the discipline to stick with it.
At 44 years old, I’ve never once heard a State of the Union speech given by the President of the United States that reflected reality.
From the back of the envelope to the back of the check – 5 ways thought leaders can get there faster. Before launching Common Sense Atheism, I spent two years reading all the self-help books I could find.
I started writing quick thoughts on all those books, but the signal-to-noise ratio was so low I gave up. Seriously, reading just a few dozen self-help books will make you want to punch the whole industry in the face, and then in the balls, and then in the face again.
A few bright spots in all that reading came from actual scientists who genuinely wanted to help people, and really cared about testing whether or not their advice worked. So it’s a great reference book, but it would take a serious investment to actually use. Richard Wiseman is an experimental psychologist who also does work as a magician and an investigator of paranormal claims. Also, even though that other book you mentioned is 2000 pages long, do you think it’s worth the time investment if i were to read it?
Case in point for any parents or guardians reading, 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12. Meditation is simple; just go in a quiet area that is comfortable and concentrate on a single thing. The only product I’m aware of, though, that comes close to providing some of the concentration benefits of meditation and is easily bought is L-theanine. Along the lines of what Chris is asking, why did you go through 300+ pop self-help books written by media personalities instead of going straight to the professional, scientific helping profession?
Thomas, I have emailed you the 59 seconds, its in epub format, so you either have to have adobe digital editions installed or have a smartphone.
It is s little short for me, but I guess that also makes it more readable and compresses a lot of really good content into very few pages.
No, I just mean that we have lots more studies now from which to draw our conclusions about human psychology. Dennis Prager wrote an excellent book, Happiness is a Serious Problem, that I have found most helpful. In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the text of which may be found on the U.S. If you believe that your copywriten work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please notify Demonoid's copyright agent using the following form. Self-help books always seemed to find themselves on the top of New York Time’s best seller list at any given moment. But there are some excellent self-help books written by what I call to be real-life warriors- the authors that came from disadvantaged or underprivileged conditions, yet healed themselves and rose above the mud, changed their fate and write the book to help others. Initially, we thought it was due to horoscope- like when you are born at a certain star sign, you behave differently. And yet, why do people who read one self help book after another are still miserable, unhappy, unfulfilled and angry? During my university days, I took a short course in Psychology, at the same time, I was also introduced to Buddhism. Therapy and professional treatment sometimes also tend to skim only on the surface- the prescribed methods does not remove the root cause- therefore, the patient’s problem will continue to reoccur.

It was after I learned about Buddhism that very slowly, it dawned onto me that the solution actually lies in myself. I also realised that the true essence of every religion preaches qualities of universal love, acceptance, non hatred, forgiveness, faith and determination. But the journey to be self accountable will not be easy- there will be a lot hard work- and like anything with hard work, the results that awaits will be well worth it- only if you hang on long enough.
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Yin, I read this one before going to your TV article, because this resonated with me as well. It does not matter how many motivational seminars you go to and indeed how many self-help books you read, the power to change lies within; and most of the time, you need to have a powerful goal or reward as a self-motivation to take action and truly have a new outlook on life. If reading a diet book made you skinny or reading a business book made you rich self-help books would be not only more popular but also much more effective. Instead of just reading them and forgetting all the valuable wisdom I make sure to internalize and act on the advice. Try the next time you pick up a personal development or other non-fiction book to read it actively.
From my research (which is limited to my personal observations) it seems that the heavier someone is the more diet books they own.
In my very non-scientific research, I’ve observed that the crazier someone is, the more self-help and personal development books they own. One would think that in a world where information is so readily available for minimal cost that we would all be pretty proficient at sales, management, leadership, innovation, etc. I used it myself, to great effect (seriously; you have no idea what a different person I was 5 years ago), but I was only able to use it by reading the whole thing and typing up my own 30+ page summary! He has published many scientific papers, academic books, and a few popular books, like Quirkology and The Luck Factor. So he dived into the scientific literature and pulled out the most useful advice he could on all the major self-help topics. Then I read my second ever self help book, Dale Carnegie’s How to win and influence friends as Wiseman refered to that book in one page. Albert Ellis, and many other helping professionals have written self-help books based on scientific research, though I see very few of them on your list. Reading Luke’s description of his experience so far was highly evocative of it, for me.
Featuring a cute baby picture in your wallet will increase your odds of having it returned when lost from 3% to 40% (as I recall the percentages).
Then I read my second ever self help book, Dale Carnegie’s How to win and influence friends as Wiseman refered to that book in one page.
I agree that MOST self-help books are made to sell, not help, but I have read one recently that was of great help. And Epictetus was a big influence on Albert Ellis, one of the founders of cognitive therapy. The science in it is of course dated now, but his were certainly the best available at the time. Even an atheist could find great value ;) Basically, overly high expectations that are impossible to achieve naturally lead to gloom about failure. If you are not careful, some self-help books sometimes tend to promote the victim mentality, ie, it correctly identifies the external causes of your happiness and make you feel like a victim.
Like a Virgo tend to want to withdraw into their own shell from time to time and a Leo will always have ego, even though a Leo can be extremely generous people.
After carefully dissecting and noticing the pattern that our behaviours seemed to tie back to our parents, their relationship and their relationship with us, we find it convenient to place the blame on them.
It’s just like you pull of a weed in your garden, but you only pull off the top part- leaving the roots still intact. No matter what religion or philosophy in life that you wish to follow- always look deep within your heart and ask yourself if the teachings contains the tools to turn you into a better and happier person.
I think the most powerful force in life is yourself, because only when you decide to do something and take that action – that is when you will get results. Instead of blaming external factors, I need to stop feeling victimise by circumstances and take control of my life. And then summarize it and implement at least one key point that you feel will impact your life. But there was no self-help author that offered tested and proven advice on a wide variety of subjects. The book is careful, even-handed, humble, and genuinely helpful, and was written by a professional psychologist who had researched and taught self-help methods for his entire career. In each chapter, he tells the story of a few scientific experiments that reveal our human psychology (Malcolm Gladwell style), and then quickly explains the resulting advice on what you can do to change what you want to change in your life.

But I would certainly think that increasing one’s happiness would be part of self-help, and The Conquest of Happiness and The Nicomachean Ethics are both concerned with that.
The cognitive, emotive, and behavoural techniques could be updated but again the core would seem to be unaffected.
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If self-help books are so useful, why do you find there are never ending demands for new self-help books or new theories of happiness? Then later we moved on to read about how the relationship of our parents influence our relationships with others. When our relationships with others does not turn out well or we kind we are attracted to the wrong kind, it is so easy just to blame our parents. Psychology is excellent in its diagnostic properties- ie with the knowledge, you can diagnose the causes of the problems. And I find their writings to be so deep and profound that it touches my heart and made it want to heal. To be able to look within- see the good and bad in your heart takes courage, determination and persistence.
We have an inability to stay focused and consistently do the hard work that it takes over time. What will the costs be (both hard and soft) of implementing it and what are your expectations relative to outcomes, performance, etc. The authors usually show no interest what-so-ever in testing to see if their advice actually works. The book cites over a thousand peer-reviewed studies and does a great job of explaining what we do and don’t know about how to people can self-help with motivation, behavior modification, depression, anxiety, relationships, and so on. It just seems like it would have been much more efficient than reading thousands of pages of trash. 52 New Things: The Least Famous Nick Thorpe in the World and His Journey to Conquer the Boredom of Modern Life - Nick Thorpe3.
The administrator of this site ( cannot be held responsible for what its users post, or any other actions of its users. After all, self righteous self help books have logically explained everything and seemed to answer our questions.
In fact, I sometimes suspected the book was being written to get people motivated without actually giving them good advice so that when they failed to achieve their goals six months later they would assume it was their fault but look back positively on their initial motivation, and then buy the next heavily-marketed self-help book to come out the pipe. You may not use this site to distribute or download any material when you do not have the legal rights to do so. I’ve learned also that many professionals in that field also require therapy and counselling in order to come to terms with their lives. If unsure, try it to see if it works- after a while into it, your heart will know if it is going to work or not.
You have to be willing to work your ass off but if you are this books can help anyone lead a more fulfilling life.
Amazon has a patent on one click buying because clicking the button twice is pretty exhausting. Behavior change that drives measurable business results takes time, energy, focus, and effort. The Fitness Fun Busy Book 365 Creative Games & Activities to Keep Your Child Moving and Learning - Trish Kuffner6.
So both of us will read and discuss about life when other kids are happily watching cartoons or hanging out with other kids or their parents.
We no longer text our friends that something is “OK” when “K” will suffice, and we saved a keystroke in the process? The cost of switching and having a “flavor of the month” mentality is high to you, your team, and your clients. The Official Book of Me Tips for a Lifestyle of Health, Happiness & Wellness by Marlene Wallach7. My best friend was a total opposite of me- she was one of the prettiest and most popular kids in school.
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