J. Eddie Smith, IV on the absent self-leverage genre:
I’ve learned that the most helpful self-help books are those that I read like a shattered mirror. They were helpful to the extent that I saw my own reflection cast back. It wasn’t that the author didn’t ask me to change; it was that I didn’t ask myself.
Since this site is still in its infancy, I’ve been struggling a bit to find its proper tone, particularly for the inner peace articles, which could be considered “self-help” posts.
I do want to help people through this website, but I also want to avoid falling into the trap of always saying “you should do this”, or “you should act more like this”. I’m not perfect. Only you know what’s best for you.
So far, I think I’ve been a little careless with the second-person pronoun. When I say “you”, I’m really just thinking aloud and talking to myself as much as I’m talking to my readers. I hope I haven’t offended anybody by seeming like I know how you should think or act.
From now on, I’m going to try to write more from a “here’s what I struggle with, here’s how I’ve tried to fix it, here’s what did or did not work” mindset. If that helps you in some way, great. If not, that’s okay. Do what you will with my information, and let me know about your own experience so we can learn from each other.