“Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime.” – Proverb
This quote perfectly sums up what self-help is all about. It’s also why I love it and do it myself. It’s all about helping people to help themselves.
Fixing things for people isn’t helpful. It takes their struggle away for a time, but they will always come back to you to help them again and again. They become dependent on you and feel that they have little to no power to fix their situation themselves.
Instead, if you help someone to help themselves, they can learn to trust themselves to do what needs to be done.
Empowerment. Self-knowledge. Resourcefulness. Strength.
We all use self-help and value it, we just don’t like the genre, the term. Because we all teach ourselves things (help ourselves to learn). We all recognise the need to shape our mindsets. We all write things down and try to organise our lives and thoughts. We all try to work on habits, health, and happiness to better our lives.
These are all areas of self-help.
What self-help books and content can help with:
- Emotional health
- Mental health
- Physical health
- Financial situation
- Reframing thoughts
- Emotional Intelligence
- Passion and Purpose
- Motivation and Inspiration
- Holistic Health
- AND MORE!!!
There are so many areas of self-help. It is a very broad, umbrella term for things that help us to help ourselves. People think that it is just about life problems or mental problems. It’s not. It’s about betterment. It’s self-improvement, self-knowledge, self-awareness, and all areas of the self that needs help! Simple.
Self-help content just comes from a person sharing ideas, techniques, or information about the world, life, and themselves to help you think differently, take action, and be inspired. They cannot do the work for you. They can’t reach inside of you and take the pain and reshape your mind. You must do that.
Don’t blame the creator of the content because your life didn’t change when you didn’t put the work in! Self-help content will only take you so far, it’s up to you to do the rest.
Some great resources and names for self-help content (that I’ve found value from):
- Elizabeth Gilbert talks and her book Big Magic
- Brene Brown’s work
- Emotional Intelligence information
- Lavendaire YouTube
- Erin May Henry YouTube
- Muchelle B YouTube
- Kalyn Nicholson YouTube
- Oprah Super Soul
- Jen Sincero books
- Gabrielle Bernstein
- Marianne Williamson
- Pema Chodron
I hope I have given you some new ideas and perspectives about self-help content and books and speakers. There is some nonsense out there, but that’s true for all genres, all content. Don’t dismiss self-help because of the few, for there are many useful resources out there that you can use to better your life.
What is self-help? Helping the self.
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