Friday, September 23, 2016

Why Life Looks Better ThroughThe Eyes Of A Book

Sometimes life seems better on paper.  We make lists of what we plan to do, as if the compilation of the list makes it an eventual reality.  We craft ideas, philosophies, rules, or procedures as it relates to work, school, or other aspects of our life, giving us a false security of tackling the typical issues, needs, obstacles, and burdens that accompany real living.  But the truth is, we rarely live up to what we write down, from our affirmations, commitments, wish lists or even our apologies.  

We simply are not as good as we hope to be, and we can’t live at a level or style that exceeds our most optimistic imagination.  Are we writing books with proscriptions to problems and issues that are more idealistic than practical, something most readers will never attain or sustain?

Where do policy-makers, self-help gurus, and field experts go wrong when looking to solve a problem with a well-intentioned book?

The list can be quite long if we were to start noting why books fall short of preventing, curing, healing, or minimizing our problems, but here’s a stab at it:

1.      Many books are strong on identifying a problem, but weak on providing solutions.

2.      Often the solution to a problem is unmanageable, perhaps requiring skills, money, time, and resources that simply are not available.

3.      In the process of addressing one issue, a new one is created, zeroing out the benefits.

4.      Many books provide solutions that set a high mark, one closer to perfection, than mere improvement, and that can prove to be too challenging to achieve.

5.      Rarely does a book fit all sizes and needs.  We don’t do the same things for the same reasons in the same way at the same time as each other, even though it seems like there are patterns to human behavior.

6.      People misunderstand, misinterpret, or respond inappropriately to the advice they are given, so even if the book is great, some readers lose out due to their own inability to properly digest the information presented.

7.      A book may not be enough on its own to tackle big problems.  That’s why we have doctors, coaches, therapists, consultants, seminars, friends, family and other influences to help shape our progress.  If you lack support sources you may not be able to fully employ a book’s advice to your advantage.

8.      It seems we can’t just treat one problem in isolation, but rather it is in the context of a full balanced life that we look to tackle an issue.  What we should do is simultaneously seek to address all issues that need attention, so that you begin to form the healthy habits, thinking, and relationships needed to grow holistically.

9.      A book can be terrific but if we lack the courage, confidence, brainpower or emotional makeup to follow through on what we read, we simply can’t benefit from it.  It’s as if we are given the secret to life in a language that we don’t speak.  What a tease.

10.  Many books may sound good but are founded on faulty or unproven science.  They may lack facts, truth, or complete information.

11.  Readers see contradictory advice when they go from book to book and don’t know who to believe in.

12.  People don’t read enough books, especially those who need help and would benefit from reading.  But even those that read books, are they choosing wisely?  Reading sub-par books could be worse than no reading at all.

We can live life by so many different standards. Do we live in a way that pleases another – a spouse?  A parent?  Do we live the way we were taught to even if that standard becomes outdated?  Do we live based on a religion, a singular value, or goal?  Do we live with a purpose and intention – or do we merely look to react at what comes our way and strive merely to survive and not thrive?  Do we change our ways based on our needs?

How do you avoid the pitfalls of life -or deal with them? If you discover a way to live life, you’ll probably write a book about it.  Will anyone really benefit from it?

On the other hand, if you really want to make the world better, dream up a better one with fiction.  Perhaps perfection comes from having an idea – and not acting on it.  Write about what could be; just don’t try to live it.

Life always looks better on paper – or else you can just turn the page.

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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog 2016 ©.

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