Is Motivational Literature a scam?

Are books about personal growth like picrel actually useful?
I can't help but a sort of cynical outlook on those type of books thinking they're only there to trick normies into consooming.
Am I wrong? Are there any worthy personal development books that one should read?

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    they are like motivational movies: they wont teach anything useful to achieve success, rather they will just motivate you to try something to achieve success. Often they bring stories of successful people or people who jumped over obstacles, but if you dig enough you will see they are not very credible. Just read and evaluate them by yourself

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Well, self help books are the most popular in America and America has some of the worst social mobility of the western world. Do a 2+2.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      ESL ahh post

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        moronic ahh post

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >worst social mobility
      Source?

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They are not a scam but have no universal use case. They are written for the wider public-underclass that lacks virtue and education and if you compare people from that background: the ones who read them outperform the others who don't (read at all). But for someone from the educated / elevated classes it is completly worthless to read them because they have the competency and ressources to access actual useful and informative literature and education pathways.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      They're read by plenty of successful people though, older people at that, that have already by all metrics proven themselves to have virtue and education to achieve.
      I guess people with strong drive to succeed always want more out of life, and that's what these books offer them even when they already have enough.

      Its not like they contain no info or anything after all. I kinda understand why IQfy is so against them, but also don't. It's hard to say they don't have usable info in them.
      But I suppose if you were to make a distinction between motivational literature and self help, then perhaps motivation literature would be less useful, sure. Normal self help books, however, well their entire modus operandi is to be full of useful and actionable things. Whether the reader will actually bother to do any of them is another thing entirely...
      Motivational literature at least present you with a more positive way of viewing the world and approaching life, if you choose to accept it

      t. my uncle is a 90 year old retired national bank ceo and various boards chairman and some other stuff and I used to watch a lot of self help stuff with him for a while a few years ago when he was more...lucid, and his entire bookcase is pretty much just filled with self help books

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Informative literature
      Such as?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Tell that to your jobless trust fund Son and his girlfriend who just took an Ayahuasca trip in the Colorado mountains in the RV you let them use if they agreed to "only" take $1,000 allowance.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's not even literature.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They are just like wish wash farting and believe me I've read some and I laugh at myself that I fell for it.
    Better read some good philosophy and fundamental understanding of topics like psychology, economics and history. It will give you a better perspective and definitely expand your consciousness about things in everyday life

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'd consider myself financially illiterate. I just started reading this and I plan on following his recommendations to set your shit up.

    I'm hoping i will learn some stuff from it but understand it's not end all be all. Just some very basic foundational stuff.

    Read rich Dad poor Dad and kind of gave me an insight on how to view money but at the same time didn't really say much about what to actually do or where to start. It was all very vague and anecdotal.

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Being opposed to freedom of the will is a choice

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Generally speaking, yes. There’s a whole industry for it but they need people who don’t actually approve who keep buying their stuff.

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Think and Grow Rich is good - it offered my insight and I could see that it could be a spark to help someone find their purpose - way better then mumbo jumbo like "The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success"

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you exercise even a modicum of discernment and pick the right books then you'll get something out of them, same as with any genre. People only want to call it a scam because they assume reading a book will make their bank account triple or something, they don't want to implement the advice the books suggest.

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    that one is certainly a scam because its based on verifiable lies, the author did not conduct numerous interviews with andrew carnegie, he fabricated the whole thing

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >don't spend money on frivolous shit
    >don't spend money on depreciating shit like new cars or iphones
    There, I just saved you a shitload of money. Free of charge.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Are books frivolous shit?

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm not a fan of Napoleon Hill but to assume your thoughts have nothing to do with your successes or failures is horribly misguided

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The old ones were good, but you have to understand the context of time.
    100 years ago everyone was working and learning manual skills, but they lacked the capacity to look beyond their job. So these books gave them great advice on how to use their skills to become something greater, expanding their minds.
    Today you have tons of people with no skills reading motivational literature. I go even so far to say that today you dont even need to read those books anymore since most of their messages have been backed into movies, shows ect. Todays success lies in learning the physical skills that you need to make your expanded mind usefull.
    Besides, modern motivational literature is garbage since it turned from Hill and Carnegie's messages about self improvement into "watch my b***hes, money, expensive cars and pay me 2000 for my master course".

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    i have seen only stupid people reading these books

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