Wake Up Call Shenanigans

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I am sick and tired of hearing people chronicling how they had their “wake up call” in an obviously insincere way. A little sob story here and a couple of anecdotes there . . . and viola! The poser gets to have the attention of many, blinding these people into following his or her footsteps in trying to make themselves a better person or veering their lives towards the right path all for the sake of fame and money.

Am I the only one who can see how fake it is? Are people really blinded when it comes to self-development that they’ll carry-on, believing some numb-nuts when — from the way I see it — self-development shouldn’t be completely reliant on money-making schemes or on a self-help book. Self-development should come from self-awareness and the drive to change (for the better) and not on making some greedy fool get more Benjamins out of a simple and logical idea that needn’t come from a book or a $500 speech. Unless the speaker or the author is a certified professional in the field of mental health, I’d rather not go down that road.

People, honestly, you can do so much reading and so much listening. Unless the will to change for the better hasn’t been knocked firmly into your head, nothing will change — you won’t change. You’ll just end up with a bunch of books and what-not that you’ll eventually donate or sell second-hand later on.

How Many Wake Up Calls Does A Person Need?

Exactly how many wake up call stories and manifestos can someone be fed just to get help in becoming a better person?

How many unnecessary tomes can one person consume just to get the needed help?

The market for such an ordeal has grown in recent times. People are capitalizing on the growing need for self-help stuff because let’s face it, the stress level in modern times is greater than a decade ago. Right now, stress related materials is being considered a “business” that many are ready to jump in the bandwagon just to get a living out of it even without the necessary intellect to go through it. Some even lie about their credentials, posing as a Ph.D of some branch of behavioral science when they’re not. [sigh]

I am saddened by this realization, and the more the phrase “Wake Up Call” is bandied about (because these fakers almost always start their manifestos that way), the more I want to bash the head of those fools to stop their greedy hands and devious minds from fooling other people into believing they have the “real” answer. They’ve somehow perfected the formula in making a business out of helping people.

But I am left with gnawing questions such as:

  • Isn’t it a moral obligation to help someone in need  with regard to making that person become a better one without the benefit of getting paid for it?
  • How do they know the price to put in such help, knowing they weren’t trained for it?
  • Where and how did they come up with the exact rates?

One says they have the “real” answers. Then another one will step up to the plate and announce to the world that they really have the “real” answers and offer a price that’s ridiculous in my opinion.

What’s the “real” answer to being a better person anyway?


So, which one should we believe? The first or the one that is new to the biz and claim to have the “freshest” ideas?

With each new question that pops into my mind, the more I lose faith on how far people had come just to earn more money in the expense of charming people to loosen their purse strings and duping these poor souls in the long run. 

Don’t get me wrong. Helping people is a noble plight. It’s honorable and admirable. But when money gets in the way, it puts the capital “D” in dubious. It makes everything suspicious and screams insincerity. 

The way I see it, if someone is not a professional or not properly trained, helping another to be better shouldn’t have a price tag. Just be a friend. 

Self-help books and inspirational speeches are just that — stuff that provides inspiration, a guide of sorts and shouldn’t be revered as something sacred because at the end of the day, those pages be of much help if the person viewing lacks self-awareness.



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