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Why Self-Help Books Don’t Help The Average 20-Something-Year-Old

As a young adult who has an identity crisis every other business day, I’m no stranger to gorging myself with self-help books in order to quench my overwhelming feelings of constant ineptitude. Seemingly well-intentioned, self-help books are “any books written with the explicit intention of helping its readers change or improve some aspect of their personal or professional lives.”

Too many choices paralyze the uncertain consumer.

Not only are they demotivated when faced with endless possibilities, but they also report higher rates of dissatisfaction with their final choice. If they feel any twinge of dissatisfaction with their ultimate selection, it is easy to believe they just didn’t select the right option. After all, there were so many to choose from! With every additional choice, the likelihood of a peaceful state of mind is steadily subtracted.

The good news here is that you actually have fewer options than you think.

The past two decades of your life were not completely randomized; you carefully expressed your interest in select hobbies, skills, majors, and social circles. Through this curation, one can begin to understand their viable and relevant options.

NYC content writer obsessed with all things consumer tech, digital marketing, and the future of work.

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