Nonfiction self-help books – Small autopsy- Do they really work #selfhelp#nonfiction#

Hello Friends.

I started reading book ( as a serious reader) five years back. Although I was awestruck by many fiction works but nonfiction stayed as my staple read.
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When I started reading nonfiction and read reviews of few bestsellers on amazon and goodreads, I had false assurance of finding gateways to salvation.
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Covers seduced me with Dopey titles like thinking clearely, richest man, automatic millionaire, 4 hours work week and art of everything from investing to not giving a fcuk.
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After reading around 50 such books, I still grossly remain unchanged. I still do the crap which these authors told me to avoid and I still don’t see my area of greatness.
This made me think that these great books can only give a little kick to my backside and rest of the job has to be done by the me.
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During my reading of these works by great self help gurus, I have figured out few things that I will like to share with you, so that you dont feel like a disappointed educated mind after reading them.
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1. There is no new wisdom

All these books boast of brand new way of achieving success. They will say the one thing, 12 rules, seven habits, 80/20 principle, art of ……, mentors, winner, millionaire, survival guide etc. But what I could figure out there are may be 50-60 basic principles which are depicted in our old books, our fables, our reliogions, old wisdom gurus, our parent’s advice, our teacher’s advice and our disoriented brother’s advice.
What these books do they provide a fancy name to this wisdom that has existed for centuries.
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2. They make exaggerated stories
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Normally these authors choose stories from their own life or from events from history or eye catching recent events and they make an interesting and catchy story around it and put their advice after it.
Story told by dancing tongue becomes interesting and informative.
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3. Every Guru has a guru/ gurus
There are few pioneers and great educators like Dale Carnegie, Daniel Kahneman, Buddhism, old holy texts, Joseph Murphy, Steven Covey and many more, I am surely missing here due to my moderate IQ.
But all the young and new life coach appear to be just good story tellers around points they pick and learn from these pioneers.
They pickup the wisdom, sprinkle chocolate chips over it and serve it with a lot of aggressive marketing and a catchy name like fck, barking, principle, perfection, art, obstacle, think straight etc.
No body is original today.
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4. Title does majority of the work

So many book, so many publications, so many authors and so distracted readers.
How to come into attention. What always works is a nice title which grabs attention of readers as well as search engines to come into hands and then if work is even average it may benefit from early sales and make to bestsellers list.
No reader could ignore bestseller tag on the book.
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5. Too many bestseller lists

I find label of bestseller lists or some obscure award on almost every new book.
I feel there are too many doulbtful bestsellers lists and too many crappy mushrooming book awards; which need to be curtailed to avoid creating confusion readers.
I try to pick only major book awards like Booker, Pultizer, Nobel and goodreads reader’s choice awards. Other can easily be ignored.
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They follow religious wisdom.
I figured out that Buddhist wisdom is core of many of these gurus and it figures out in almost all bestselling nonfiction books.
Also all major religious teachings are incorporated and modified into author’s self proclaimed original but actually; not so original manuscripts.

For bestsellers list follow only reliable sources.
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6. Look at the author

I see 25 year old writing self help books. So anybody who is just starting to get real texture of brutal universe and who has accomplished not more than copying few old guidelines with a storytelling and catchy title, would not make me to consult that book.
Author should give example by his personal accomplishments that whatever is written has some practical backing.
At maximum that work by young author may work as wisdom of others packaged by this author and not his own advice.

I think what wisdom is our all people’s collective knowledge acquired over centuries and shared over evening family meetings.
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7. How can they help
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Every book fades away after week or may be month of reading. I try to underline main points and try to make notes of major points. I try to reread a great book after an interval to refresh things to learn.
A fast hurried reading might not be a best way to use these books. Go slow and go repeatedly with these.
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8. They have few faults
However expert an author may pretend to be; nonfiction self help books suffer common handicaps.
They are repetitive, stretched, use too much of steve jobs, warren Buffett, quotes and principles.
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They are too exaggerated and may encourage you to do few stunts line firing your boss, tossing your job, starving to get 6 pack abs and many more.
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.So plese ignore title, bestseller list of next nonfiction selfhelp you pick up and try to read a creditable author who is avoiding copy paste.

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What are your views. Please share.

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