Some of favorites classics include Psycho-cybernetics, The Success Principles, The Science of Getting Rich, Think and Grow Rich, and so on...
At the same time, I'm also a fan of books like "The Scourge of our times: The Demise of Critical Thinking in the Age of “The Secret”, "Bright Sided by Barbara Ehrenreich, and any books that challenges the so-called "secret" or "self-help" fad...
I try to exercise my critical thinking skills and healthy skepticism whenever possible everytime I read all these "You can manifest it...", "You attract what you are..." type of psychological pseudo-science statements.
However, does it seems that many of those who are into the secret seem to be the 'get rich quick' type of crowd? It's more easier to repeat positive affirmations and visualize (or perhaps daydream) about your future lifestyle than to take action and work hard the traditional way, right?
I remember reading about how the ancient Chinese and Indian believe that wisdom and spirituality should be free for all. Even Native Americans did not believe a monetary price or compensation should be associated with a sweat lodge or spirituality. Such concepts of trademark, copyrighted, infringement, etc, did not exist during the time, yet many great human discoveries and great inventions came during those time. All discoveries and natural beliefs did not belong to anyone and is free for all.
Fast-forward in a capitalistic society, ancient wisdom seem to be packaged now as "New Age" or self-help for a fee. Is it the commercialization of spirituality for a high-fee? Would you pay thousands just to raise your consciousness level? Do you think it's fair since many just need to make a living?
So I'm a bit skeptic about lot of these self-help products/systems these days - are they motivated by money or genuinely want to help?
The Secrets Methods/Self-help techniques
Carrying 3x5 index cards of your goals, daily visualization/dream boards, affirmations, following New Age beliefs and self-help guru advice by paying a fee, monthly subscription for "success", unregulated industry, etc
Critical Thinking Skills
Utilizing the scientific method, unbiased critical analysis, correlation vs. causation, case-by-case deduction/reasoning skills, Occam's razor, free thinker, following qualified credential therapist, joining non-profit organizations, wisdom should be free for all, etc.
How do you guys balance the two or do you just care about the results regardless of how you arrive there?