|12-23-2006, 03:35 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Interesting quote about self improvement
I recently got finished reading the book "Oryx and Crake" by Margaret Atwood.
Atwood is a feminist novelist who makes occasional and GOOD forays into science fiction. Though her stories are not innovative for the science fiction genre she writes well, and infuses new life into old stories.
In Atwood's book the main character studies literature while he is in school. He develops an interest in reading very old self help books. When he graduates he ends up getting a job as a promotions person for a company that makes self improvement products. I found this quote from the job interview scene to be provocative:
(approximately page 245, the chapter titled "Vulturing")
Stephen Covey in his 7 Habits wrote that people who are successful have the capacity to do things of their own accord when they do not feel like doing them.
Perhaps one of the reasons that PD knowledge keeps getting reinterpreted is that consumers are looking for a way around this fact and new materials give that illusion with "new adjectives"?
I'm not dissing PD. There are legitimate reasons for recompiling and presenting existing knowledge in new ways. I and other people have benefited in legitimate ways from that.
Last edited by Cron; 12-23-2006 at 04:00 PM.
|12-25-2006, 10:01 AM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Melbourne, Australia
I agree Cron, I've no doubt that all of the fundamentals of PD that I've come across have been around for a long time. And even during the same period the same message may be told in different ways. Some are coated in language which makes them more appealing to some (new age style books for example), but less appealing to others, however those others will undoubtedly find the same message told with different words (computer metaphors for example) that they will find more appealing.
For example I find Phillip J. Eby's essays on the distinction between self and ego more digestable than anything by Eckhart Tolle. And while they both superficially appear to be presenting a different message, the result of assimilating that message would be the same; vast personal development.
(The Multiple Self is the first article of Phillip's that I read, and my favourite of all PD articles I've read in the last few months)
|01-07-2007, 10:30 AM||#6 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2007
I too agree with the premise. There are very few really good works out there, but from time to time, you get something that gives insight.
For me, these are the works that really 'said' something ...
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey
The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success - Deepak Chopra
The Science of Getting Rich - Wallace D Wattles
The Master Key System - Charles F Haanel
How to Find Your Real Self - Mildred Mann
Even within this short list, there is substantial overlap, but I personally feel they each add something unique.
Sadly, there are few books of this calibre.
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