When it comes to self-help books the modern man shies away from his unavoidable responsibility to deal with either his issues or accept that there are any in the first place. This mentality of denial and stubbornness is fuelled and accentuated by the stereotypes that surround self-help books. We as men, see them as admittance to weakness or a sign of desperation.
Or perhaps we fall foul to the hyperbolic portrayal of self-help books in TV and films: the sad crazy cat-lady type or the friendless bloke, unfashionable and alone. These stereotypes are intended to evoke humour and laughter, but instead do you, the modern man, a disservice by encouraging you not to pursue some form of social or potentially psychological self-medication.
If you are reading this article questioning the validity of purchasing these kinds of books, either worrying about the opinions of others which can sometimes accompany personal improvement under the wrongly stigmatised title of ‘self-help’, then let's change the name to the former idea: personal improvement.
"...Foul to the hyperbolic portrayal of self-help books in TV and films: the sad crazy cat-lady type or the friendless bloke, unfashionable and alone encourage you not to pursue some form of social or potentially psychological self-medication..."
The self-help book market has a mixed bag of topics, yet despite the unbalanced scale of production there are some genuinely brilliant pieces of literature you should read.
"Whether your issues concern friends, family, financial freedom or your own inner-self, there will be a book on this list for you. To know which book to read you must be honest with yourself about what it is that is weighing on you..."
It may be the classic male pride issue of not feeling successful enough, or not having enough money, or it could be more emotionally charged issues such as doubting your own abilities. Whatever it is, rest assured you can not only get over it, but you can also be further along than you would ever have thought.
Before we get to the books you should ensure that you keep your ego in check. Don’t let your pride get in the way of making a real and significant change in your life. In the long run, making the decision to improve yourself will be the first step you remember in becoming awesome.
One last thing, remember to take some of titles of the books with a pinch of salt. What I mean by this is that while they are excellent pieces of work, the authors have a habit of making their work have more emotionally provocative and occasionally silly sounding titles.
Now let’s get you from where you are to being bloody awesome.