The Bullshit Behind “Read One Self-Help Book and You Read Them All”

You read one physics book and you’ve read them all. You read one psychology book you’ve read them all. You read one science book and you’ve read them all. I could go on and on, but we all realize how ridiculous this sounds. But, yet some believe it’s true.

Self-Help books are philosophy books in essence. Now self-help/philosophy is obviously an extremely vast subject. It encompasses all the aspects of general life. Now you are telling me that one book can teach you everything you ever need to know about how to live life? Obviously there is no book. There will never be a book either. There are too many different angles.

Just like there is so many different branches of science, there are so many branches of self-help.

The reason so many people use that saying is from all the similar talking points that many philosophy books use. Well of course they do. There are fundamental truths in life that come up repeatedly! Getting repeated exposure to these lessons make them far more likely to internalize.

A seemingly draw back to the previous point is that you will receive diminishing returns with every new book you read. Well I hope so! If you are implementing the knowledge and remembering it then you should learn less than you did from the book before. Also, one new critical lesson from a book could end up saving you monetarily, physically, mentally, or spiritually. Well worth $10-20 and a couple hours of learning.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some really shitty self-improvement books out there. They just rehashed what they read in another book and had no original insights. But, that is why you come here to read my recommendations (I always read the full book before a write a review. Not even skimming.) so you never have to waste multiple hours and a couple bucks on a shitty book.

One more thing, should you read multiple self-improvement books in a row? NO! You should read a self-help book, then a business book, then a sales book, then another book over specific skill or whatever. Don’t abuse self-help and become an addict while never truly implementing the material. Or never retaining the material. Always teach what you learn to someone or read a page/chapter then recall everything you remember. Those are the best two ways to really learn and retain information.

If you disagree with me, tell me in the comments why!

If you agree with me and have points I left out, share them in the comments below.

P.S. My three favorite general philosophy/self-improvement books right now are…

The Way of The Superior Man by David Deida

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

2 thoughts on “The Bullshit Behind “Read One Self-Help Book and You Read Them All””

  1. Agreed.

    For every book you read you need to act upon it.

    If not, you’ll have wasted your time, and forgotten the message. Reading needs to be reinforced through action.

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