Us Americans are gluttons for the quick and easy fix as evidenced by the growth of the “self-help” industry. It is projected that over the next decade this industry will grow 11.4 percent yearly. Americans spend upward of $8 billion every year on self-help programs and products. Including conferences, training programs, wellness therapies, mission formulators, calendars and yoga lessons to name a few.
However, more and more people are beginning to question the effectiveness of these “self-help” strategies. Especially in light of the evidence that many self-help gurus conduct extensive market research to reach the same customers over and over again. Also, there is mounting data related to the negative consequences of these programs. Including poorer job performance and lower morale.
More and more Americans are realizing that the path to transformation isn’t easy, and that no two paths are the same. I guess Jesus knew what He was doing when He taught using parables. Making it the hearer’s responsibility to uncover the embedded spiritual truths.
Responsibility— more about that Friday.
“Team arranging the word help” courtesy of David Castillo Dominici/digitalart
“Calculator And Business Graph” courtesy of jannoon028/digitalart
“Curved Road Traffic Sign” courtesy of jannoon028/digitalart “