Self-help Aisle

Why do we gravitate towards self-help books? Most of them are relatively similar—except for the occasional extraordinary writing—and touch upon typical ideas.

So why do we (myself included) pick up another one when a new, well-designed cover hits the (digital) shelves?

Because they give us little boosts of inspiration to be better today, to be more than yesterday.

Because sometimes it’s not the message, but who’s telling the story and how the story is being crafted. One person’s experience might feel un-relatable, while another one hit home.

For me, it’s about what gets the job done. If I’m looking for a book that helps me improve my finances, then the book that teaches and inspires me to action is the one that means the most. That might be a different book for someone else going through different experiences. But the key is the willingness to change and finding someone whose work is a catalyst for that change.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1251

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