Are We Getting Too Much Self-help?

Are you trapped in the dynamic inertia of self-help?

self-help books industryI went to the bookstore and asked the saleswoman,
“Where’s the self-help section?”
She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.
Stephen Wright

  • Self-help book sales are  $550+ million a year
  • Self-help audio book sales are $445 million a year
  • Publishing statistics claim that 80% of self-help book customers are repeat buyers, which could indicate that they are not helping
  • Self-help remains the world’s bestselling genre

Jean Fain shares her insight on self-help books and lack of results:

Yes, I’m a self-help author myself, but since writing “The Self-Compassion Diet,” I’ve learned the limitations of the genre. Self-help outsells every other category because it gives people what they desperately need: hope. Which, on a good day, is enough to jumpstart change. But it’s rarely enough to sustain it. (Mostly, it sustains the publishing industry to the tune of $549 million per year, according to the market research firm Marketdata Enterprises.) So if you’ve been blaming yourself for failing to stick to the latest plan, you can stop. It’s not you, it’s the genre.  read article»

Information is not necessarily knowledge and knowledge is not necessarily wisdom. For me, information is simply data. Knowledge is knowing how information relates to other information and how to apply it in life. Wisdom comes when information and knowledge meet up with experience – hopefully.

We live in an age where too many consider information knowledge and too few understand that wisdom comes from lived knowledge (experiential learning).

A coach is someone that can help you turn information into knowledge and transform knowledge into wisdom. A coach is someone who helps you to activate knowledge – bringing it into action in life, helping you to create experiential knowledge which provides the basis for wisdom. A coach helps you break out of ‘dynamic inertia’ – the wheels are spinning, but we’re going nowhere. If we find ourselves simply reading about how to change or how to succeed and don’t apply what we read in our lives, chances are we are in the trap of dynamic inertia.

If you’re looking for self-help, why would you read a book written by somebody else? That’s not self-help, that’s help. – George Carlin