After my first national best-selling book Ask More, Get More, I received some fantastic feedback and accolades. But, when I had an opportunity to sit down and talk with people about achieving their goals, I found that most people, from all walks of life, still want more.

They want more money; they want to be able to take their family on vacation; they want more freedom; and they want to be healthier, both physically and mentally.

Ultimately, they want a better quality of life for themselves and their family.

Some of those I met told me that they had read every self-help or personal development book they could get their hands on. They believed in all of the “principles” in my book and the thousands of other books out there. They listened to motivational speakers on their way to work; they listened to motivational speakers at the gym; they went to seminars. They did everything they were supposed to do. When you talked with most of these people I am referring to, they were also upbeat and positive people. But, despite all of the time and money they put in on “personal development,” they were not where they wanted to be. Some were not only not where they wanted to be, but they were actually in a worse situation than they had been before any sort of “self-help” program.

Why is that? Is “self-help” a farce? Can the power of positive thinking actually work, or is it just something that's powerful sounding but doesn't actually ring true in real life? There are so many people ...

Get 5% More now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience books, live events, courses curated by job role, and more from O’Reilly and nearly 200 top publishers.