Motivational books don’t work, well not in the way that we expect them to at least. While there is nothing wrong with having a role model or learning from another person’s mistakes it is important to put self-help books into perspective before you get carried away.
- It is not your journey. Yes, your favorite author went from broke to millionaire in 6 months (allegedly), but that is not your journey. Don’t internalize the story, just distill the principles of what the journey was about and move on.
- It is not the whole story. Like a good Reality TV series, motivational books have embellishments and omissions which make the stories less real than you think. Few authors will tell you everything and since the story is not complete, neither is the formula. Take all ‘formulas for success’ with a grain of salt.
- External Factors: Let’s say the formula were a hundred percent real, there will always be external factors that change how it will work for you. Your sex, skill set, geographical location, nationality, the market, timing, it all makes a difference. Don’t go head first into a venture without doing your due diligence just because a book or course told you that it would work. Do your research!
- Define your own happiness: I’ve seen many motivational books describe the traditional 9-5 as ‘existing and not living’. But what if you like your job? What if that’s what makes you happy? What if it gives you a sense of purpose and something to look forward to? Should you quit and become and entrepreneur? Absolutely not. Define your own happiness and live in your own truth.
- The key to success is in your hands: Oh yes, as you might have guessed, many of these self-made millionaires made a majority of their money on selling self-help books and courses. While there is nothing wrong with this practice, it does make the initial premise of their book a lot less appealing.
As it turns out, self-help books are meant to get you started, get you out of a rut, get you pumped up, get you motivated. Once you get started, the rest is up to you. Good luck on your journey.