Is Personal development the new fad diet?

I would argue that it can definitely be that. Read this book, do these habits, buy this coaching program and you will be a guru in PD. But just like there are thousands of diets, some that work and some that don’t, so it is with PD.

How do you recognize real personal develoment out of the noise of all the programs and all the “gurus” online: (Oh and btw, everyone is different. Someones most hated guru will help you to the greatest of success. If it works for you I ain’t here to judge, I want to become one of those gurus myself, so I am prepared to hear that people think I am the fake thing too)

  1. They sell more than they help. They sell you their shirts, certain drink, makeup etc etc etc. All in the name of “This will help you read the next level”
  2. They have been in multiple scandals. I am not one for cancel culture. Everyone and their mothers make mistakes. I don’t advocate drama. The fact is that everyone has things in private lives that they don’t want to share, and honestly that is ok. But when it is story after story with receipts, I would perk up.
  3. Their programs aren’t unique. Now the information on PD is quite generic. The chances are that multiple people will say the same thing. What I mean by unique is that there is their own twist to it. If not…well you can be the judge of wanting to spend your money on that.

What are the signs of YOU making PD into a fad diet (or in general unsustainable one) :

  1. You make sure that you consume all the content but never take action.
  2. You have your extreme highs and extreme lows. Meaning for like a week you read 50 books and then a year goes by and you don’t touch a book. I have been here. You get so motivated but after a while you burn out.
  3. You come up with excuses for why you can’t do something. Similar to losing weight we often come up with all these things “Oh but I have 3 kids and no free time. Oh but I slept so bad, etc.” Trust me when I tell you. You will ALWAYS find reasons why not to do something.

Honestly personal development is extremely customizable. For someone it comes from taking classes online or physical ones. For someone it’s taking more sports classes. What ever makes you feel like you are becoming a better version of you is the right thing to do.

Just like with fitness, what works for you might not work for someone else. Don’t worry about who does what. Try everything you want to and what doesn’t work isn’t for you (by trying I mean real effort, not just one day and “I don’t like it, ain’t for me”)

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3 thoughts on “Is Personal development the new fad diet?

  1. A person who consumes a bunch of content and doesn’t take action is called a success zombie, a term coined by Andy Frisella. He talks about personal development and is extremely blunt about those coaching gurus. He’s not against personal development per say, as long as it’s done the right way.

    As tempting as it is, I refuse to spend a dime on life coaching programs and I’ve only read a few personal development books. I have to be very careful not to fall into that mindless consumption trap. There another funny term for obsessive consumption:

    Mental Masturbation “The act of engaging in useless yet intellectually stimulating conversation, usually as an excuse to avoid taking constructive action in your life.”


      1. Andy Frisella is one of the best motivational speaker imo. My favorite podcasts are from his MFCEO series. I don’t listen to his newer content as much and listen to the older podcasts from 2017/2018. He swears a lot but he isn’t full of BS and is blunt AF, which seems to resonate with me. Leo Gura is another excellent motivational speaker but I have no interest in buying his courses. Again, his older content is a lot better than his podcasts (his are also on YouTube). Some advice is simply timeless so it doesn’t matter if it’s from 5-10 years ago; self-help is relevant.😇


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