Books On Self Development Only Work When You Do

books on self development

In the home business industry a mantra that you will hear all leaders talk about is the need for you to read books on self development. Whether its to make your first dollar online or to move you business from 6-figures to 7-figures a month.

It’s been said that Network Marketing is a personal development plan with a compensation plan attached.

While I agree wholeheartedly with that assessment I have to say




You see over the years I, like many others, have fallen into the self development black hole at various times.

“Whats the self development black hole?” I hear you saying.

Well, I’m glad you asked…

Its where you are constantly reading books on self development.  You feel good because you are doing what the leaders say you need to do in order to be successful.

Its all good right?


If you are just reading books on self development  but not implementing what you are reading then you may as well not even bother read the books. What a lot of people end up doing is forever reading those books but they are not taking necessary action.

The sneaky thing about the self development black hole is that you won’t know you’re in it, or at least I didn’t know I was in it, until one day the the saying

Your outer circumstances are a reflection of your inner circumstances and if you want the things you see in your life to change then you must change who you are being

popped up on my radar.  It was at that time I realized that I had shelves and bookcases full of books that promised what I was seeking and yet my life was not where I wanted it to be.

I was in the self development book black hole.

The thing that many people miss about books on self development is that its not a numbers game meaning its not about getting through as many books as possible its about absorbing as many books on self development on a deep cellular level.  What I am referring to is not only reading a book but taking the actions that the author is suggesting.  However, what most people do as they are zooooming through the book of the moment is they say…

I’ll get back to that exercise/task/action later

when the author tells them what they need to implement in order to get the results they are looking for.

And of course, as we all know, later never comes.

Sure reading the books is 1000% better than not reading the material but your journey could be heaps faster if you really dug in and STUDIED the material and not just read it.

The way out of my black hole was to put a stake in the ground and say this is the success philosophy that I’m going to follow and everything else that I read, watch or listen to is going to be in support of me and that philosophy.

I decided that Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill would be the foundational success philosophy that I would follow.  This material has stood the test of time and most modern day success guru’s have some of the Think and Grow Rich  DNA in their work.

The take away I want to leave you with is that reading books on self development won’t really help you get to the level you want to get to unless you implement what the authors are teaching and go down deep into the material and make it part of who you are.

Till next time, wishing you much success.



  1. says

    Hey Gary
    The ol shining object syndrome. Always something newer and better to read.
    Seems to be a common problem in many niches and also in life.
    Gotta buy that new thing to get a buzz, then when it wears off, time to move on to the next one.
    Self help seems to have the same problems
    have a good one
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