The issue on self-help books

Everyone’s all about teaching you about becoming a better person, calling it self-help, which is totally lame because:

“If you are looking for self-help, why would you read a book written by somebody else? That’s not self-help, that’s help!”

-The late George Carlin

I love that fucking quote.

Seems like when someone mentions, “Self-help”, it’s all about heading to your bookstore to quickly find the the latest in the self-help section. Depending on your disability, whether it’s a lack of confidence, fear of public speaking, how to talk to women, how to be more sociable or how to, I don’t know, astral travel and shit, you definitely feel hopeful because you THINK you are going to receive the help you always wanted.

Well that’s all fine and dandy, a little bit of reinforcement now and then is good. However, the main ingredient to actually having some form of self-help is this: Taking action.

How the author, along with the raving “testimonials” givers changed their lives is simply by taking action. They recognize a problem they have, they work on it, go for it and make sure they have upgraded themselves.

That means applying what you have learned in the book and by that, it means getting the hell out of your comfort zone and actually doing real things you never thought you would do before. Guess what? It’s not going to feel good either. In fact, it would probably make you feel like a piece of shit:

-When you try to speak in public for the first time, you can probably expect to piss your pants and have this overwhelming anxiety that no one’s going to laugh at your jokes.

-When you finally gathered up balls to talk to approach that girl, you can expect a 9/10 chance rejection, along with a glare that could kill.

-When you try to be more sociable, you may come off like an idiot with speech impediment.

When you try to apply the law of attraction or some other positive-thinking method, you may just mindfuck yourself to no end.

But when you do pull through, you can expect to feel like you’re on top of the world and feel like you really made something out of your life. And that’s something no one else in this world can ever take away from you. Awesome.

Self-help books aren’t overnight cures. Go ahead and read every damn expensive shit you can find. Absorb all the worldly knowledge, but with no action taken, there won’t be any changes.

Even if all THAT’S too complicated for you, then just shut up, chill the fuck out and take it easy in life.

To end off with George Carline again:

“Life is not that complicated. You get up, you go to work, you eat 3 meals, you take one good shit and you go back to bed!”



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