How to Read Self Help

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  • The best way to read self help is to think of it as ‘technê’ — the old Greek word for ‘craft’, or ‘practice’.
  • Optimise for usefulness.
  • What is the ‘power test’, you ask? Well, difficult problems require powerful techniques to overcome.
  • Principle of Believability here: prioritise testing ideas from more believable people. Spend less time on those who aren’t that believable.
  • Self help is merely a way of taking advice from people I’ve never met.