1. Yeah, the point is not letting oneself get caught in the web of lies re:how others judge us. It’s one thing if you can define “success” purely on your own terms; but it’s something completely different when a person starts following those “road to success” blogs, buying those books etc, basically letting someone else dictate their own ideas to them.

    1. My first instinct was to agree wholeheartedly with that last statement, but then I paused. I guess it comes down to whether or not the person purchasing the books, reading the blogs, etc feels that there is any value in them.

      1. Why would anyone purchase a book if they think there is no value in it? And supposing they do think it has value, why exactly do they think so? Do they believe someone out there, whom they never met, might hold a key to solving their problems? But how is it logically possible?
        I can understand studying biographies / interviews of people whom we find to be worthy of emulation, those who display skills we might want for ourselves. There might be value in their experiences – not necessarily universally applicable, but still.
        But all those self-proclaimed “success gurus”, well, let’s be honest: they are nobodies. Once in a while they may be genuinely nice people who believe they may have stumbled upon a magic recipe or something, and they just want to share. But 9 times outta ten, these people are as close to con men as it gets. They just want money – either in the form of book sales, or through some affiliate campaign (clicks, ads, etc). The only thing they can do well is lure others in by using cleverly designed headings and other psychological / NLP tricks. They don’t have much to offer outside that.
        Basically, my motto is “trust no-one”. Not even me 😉

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