by The Urban Blabbermouth
I am still a flawed human being. What went wrong? I have lots of self-help books, some three or four shelves worth in my bookcase. With so many self-help books, I should be the perfect human being just short of God.
What went wrong is that none of the books made sense to me. I read them but did not understand how to use them. Sure, I understood that one can be more assertive or have more get up and go but just how do you do that? What do I change? What do I say? The self-help books could be flawed too, written as they are by other flawed human beings.
I did find two self-help books that helped me. The Richest Man in Babylon helped me figure out money. It was simple, no matter what happens, pay myself first. The other book was The Four Agreements. The “Don’t Take It Personally” section made sense to me. If people don’t know you then what they say about you cannot be true.
I continue to read self-help books for the small nuggets of wisdom I find there. That’s why self-help books sell so well -- they work but you have to keep buying them until, by good luck, you stumble onto the right book.