Don’t Buy Another Self-Help Book

There are answers in the books already on your bookshelf. Action is what’s missing.

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Curt Rosengren
Is there a positive change you want to make in your life? Maybe a new career, or improved sales skills, or getting more organized? Have you bought books on the subject already?

Here's a radical self-help idea. DON'T BUY ANOTHER ONE. At least not yet.

How many half-read, marginally implemented personal growth books do you have on your bookshelf? You had the best of intentions when you bought them, but somehow the wisdom in the words never quite made it into your real world.

Instead of looking for the answer in a new book, try this: Take all the relevant books off your shelves and start thumbing through them. If something catches your eye, read it. Jot down notes on the ideas and actions that jump out at you.

As the insights and action steps start to pile up, ask yourself:

  • What step can I take right now?
  • What process can I implement right now?
  • What one idea speaks to me the loudest? How does it apply to my situation? What one step can I take as a result of this insight?
  • Along with coaching and speaking, I'm a writer. I love words. But the words alone mean nothing unless you pick them up and actually put them to work in your life.

    Should you ever buy more books? Of course! But in my experience. most people continue to grapple with challenges not because they don't have the information they need but because they don't actually act on it. They hope the words will somehow change their lives by osmosis, and when they don't, it's off to the next book.

    Is the answer you need waiting for you on your bookshelf?

    After years as a professional malcontent, Curt Rosengren discovered the power of passion. As a speaker, author, and coach, Rosengren helps people create careers that energize and inspire them. His book, 101 Ways to Get Wild About Work, and his E-book, The Occupational Adventure Guide, offer people tools for turning dreams into reality. Rosengren's blog, The M.A.P. Maker , explores how to craft a life of meaning, abundance, and passion.