I Am Not a Self-Help Guru

change-is-a-verbThis is not going to be a self-help blog. This is not going to be a get-rich, be the best you, and land the perfect girl in 4 days (if you sign up for the Chuck Norris Karate Commando 3 day Training Seminar) blog.

In beginning to write posts for this blog, I realized I had a block in publishing content that would typically fall under the headings of “personal development” and “self-help.” That block is something that I would like to share with you: I do not want to be associated with useless, fluffy self-help authors.

Anyone that has perused the self-help section at Barnes and Noble has inevitably seen the large chunks of crap that litter the self-help market. There is so much junk, ranging from How To Be the Best You in 48 Hours to Be a Millionaire in 3 Days!, that I feel that it is necessary to elaborate on what I will not be in this blog.

#1 …but wait, if you join our Super Incan Warrior Training Seminar, you will learn the REAL secrets to (insert ludicrous claim)…
It pisses me off when reading a book that authors will stuff it full of advertisements for their seminars or other products, but never provide any real content. People purchase your products as they trust that it will provide value to their lives, not as a 175-page advertisement for the real deal. They tell you what you need to do to make changes in your life, and then endlessly redirect you to either another product or a seminar of theirs to learn how to actually make those changes…screw you guys.

#2  Pseudo-crap-science
Some will insert their own nonsense pseudo-science. They take what is legitimate hard science and pervert it to match their own unique theories on life. The unfortunate thing is, with an elegant, confident, and convincing tone, this is not hard to do. The general public (and I am in this category too) does not know enough of the applicability of hard sciences to know when or if scientific claims are true.

#3 Saying nothing new
Then there are those who will merely repackage what has already been said and done, throw a fancy acronym or name on the system, declare their credibility, and then market themselves as if they just created the greatest source of information known to mankind. This is what most of the shelves of B&N are filled with, unfortunately. Granted, there is something to be said for synthesizing information in such a way that it provides value to people, but to say that all the words printed came solely from one’s own divine intelligence is just total donkey crap. Which leads me to my personal favorite…

#4 I am GOD
The God complex. This doesn’t require much elaboration. We all know the type that parades around with a holier-than-thou attitude. These “self-help gurus” proclaim that they have The Answer and prey on those that will cling to their every word.

Although I may write about subjects that would fall under “self-help,” I promise you that I will NEVER fall into any of the aforementioned categories. I will write about what I think may help you and write it all. I will only give you what I have found works. I will give credit where credit is due. And yes, I will admit my mistakes and own shortcomings. I am just a person that has found a few ways to make life more enjoyable and want to share that with you all. If I do happen to do any of the above, I will fly you over, pay for your hotel expenses, meet with you, and politely ask that you slap me in the below fashion:

P.S. Despite this post, I believe that there are many authors out there that provide tremendous value and do genuinely care about people. They have done their research, put in their time, and are looking to share knowledge that may positively affect people’s lives. It’s just unfortunate that they can sometimes be overshadowed by the numerous crap authors out there.

As always, please feel free to email me what you think, criticisms, questions, or even a friendly hello. I would love to hear from you!