I absolutely despise pieces like this: “How To Become A Success Like Me if You Only Do These Nine Things Daily.” For numerous reasons:
- Because they’re very often written by a specific type of person — a type of snake-oil salesman who thinks they’ve figured out the key to success without recognizing the amount of luck and/or advantages they’ve had on their way to wherever it was they got to, and they’re therefore extrapolating their way to achieving whatever they achieved into a universal tautology for everyone who wants to achieve anything.
- They’re often projecting success. I often wonder how successful they feel. They appear to be over-compensating.
- They’re so, so, so fucking branded. I’m thinking of one person in particular who writes for this site, but I won’t name them. There’s others, too.
- They’re NOT WRITERS. They’re listers. They write like fourth-graders and there’s something separating their work from the work of thousands of others who write the same thing.
- They often instruct people to do counterintuitive things that are unnatural from rational humans, or — even worse — they instruct people to do contradictory things within the same post.
- They don’t often instruct people to do anything that people don’t already know to do. (i.e. “exercise,” “ask more questions,” “practice every day”, etc)
- Within the context of the greater whole, nobody can seem to agree on what works (with one caveat — which I’ll get to)
- If you do everything they tell you to do, you’ll find very quickly that you need a 36-hour day.
As an antidote, I once wrote this:
It’s useful, it’s humble, and it turns the genre on its head.
Cheers!! And thanks again!!