As a writer and editor for an online self help store, I frequently encounter the common misconception that self help, self improvement and personal development products are only sought out by those who are, ironically, unable to help themselves.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
The individuals who find themselves browsing through the virtual shelves of the online self-help marketplace are anything but weak, anything but helpless.
Think about it. First of all, by deciding that they need a helping hand, that they need advice and tools to improve one or more areas of their life, they are demonstrating considerable self-awareness and perceptiveness. That takes strength of character. Consider those who occupy the other end of the spectrum, the there’s-nothing-wrong-with-me, it’s-everybody-else’s-fault, I’m-not-to-blame types. Which is the weaker, those individuals who demonstrate a complete lack of self-awareness and self-critical faculty, or those who are willing to list their faults and seek out remedies? It’s a no-brainer, isn’t it?
Now, consider for a moment the will power it must take to set out on that journey of self discovery and self improvement. Surely, it would be easier to just curl up on the couch and watch TV? How can any quest for personal development be an indication of weakness? The very idea is ridiculous.
So, far from being weak and helpless, the individual making their first tentative steps into the self help, self improvement and personal development marketplace, is a person of strong character, someone with formidable self-awareness and the will power to confront and do something about their faults and imperfections.