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Usual themes of self-help in a quasi-religious parable style
on 24 April 2003
Anyone who has read self help books will know the themes that they ALL peddle: think bigger, try harder, don't give up, count your blessings, think positive etc. And most people will know that they are pretty hard to follow in reality. The success of any individual self-help book will depend on how successfully the author can get the truisms into your mind. That in itself is dependent on how you relate to the author and his/her style. So rating such books is difficult and not all that useful. The book is OK and, of course, if you actually follow the rules you will experience some changes in attitude. But if you are non-American you are likely to cringe quite badly at times too. Especially the audio book which starts with "I'm the luckiest man alive" speech and moves to "DEAR friend...let me take you by the hand and..." - it's pretty toe curling.