Is it OK for me to be obsessed with self-help books?

I’ve definitely been compelled to learn more about how to better myself, but I’ve also felt embarrassed to be seen reading books like “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” As though the goal of development involves flaws, and that the only people who read such books are those without friends or power.

However, as time passed, I realized that this was really preventing me from progressing. It was obstructing my ability to identify possibilities and share ideas that may benefit others. While there is a lot of bad self-help out there, there is still information to be obtained if you look hard enough.

If you’re anything like me, you’re terrified of coming across as innocent, idealistic, or naive. If, on the other hand, you approached self-help with skepticism and attempted to filter through the rubbish to find the knowledge that actually benefited you, you will not be embarrassed to share it.

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