Category: personal development

personal development

Fables

2019 is upon us and I feel like maybe we ought to talk about fables. I’ve read Aesop’s Fables. Beyond being this bizarre tool for both anti-authoritarian propaganda and “know your role” classism (amongst the various racist and misogynist tendencies it has), it makes me think of New Year’s resolutions and the fables we tell …

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The Irony Of Self-Help

The problem with self-help books is that they love to paint pictures of success that most of us will never see, and often don’t exist. They purveyors of these “truths” aren’t always multi-millionaires like they’d have you believe. The people they use as examples, as models to emulate, often only tell a very skewed part …

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Benefits To Bad Guruism?

Tony Robbins. Eckhart Tolle. James Altucher. All self-help “gurus” with a tendency to be more interested in self-promotion and your pocketbook than actually helping people. I’ve often railed against these purveyors of “guruism”, where they place themselves as some sort of saint of personal development and tailor their messages (if not their actions) to ensure …

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Genius

I love the idea that everyone has a genius inside of them, unique and specific to them. Of course, there will be similarities.  Many people have a genius for music or math or social situations.  But not all of them do it the same way, not exactly. That’s kind of the beauty of this universe.  …

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Kaizen

I love the idea of kaizen. Small changes, tiny adjustments, that build up to massive gains over time?  What a wonderful concept and in line with the little things being what makes life worthwhile. We’re all so used to change being presented as this sudden massive thing, when in reality, it’s usually much more gradual …

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Actions And Words

I get shit for it sometimes, but I enjoy self-help, personal development books. Yes, I know most of the practitioners are saying nothing new.  Yes, I know most of them are shysters. Still, there’s a fascination in it.  I don’t believe in the law of attraction or the power of positive thinking or that kind …