"I think self-help books are like talismans that we set on our bedside table each night and then scan the cover of each morning. But rarely do we actually read them. The books are stand-ins for our effort, but generally we’re not dedicated to change, just the fantasy and notion. What could be more absurd than a book like The Secret where all you do is sit on your ass thinking about what it is you want and then waiting to receive it. Talk about entitlement — another epidemic that seems to be undermining our culture.
My experience indicates that people will only make efforts to change when their process of understanding is engaged. If you don’t understand something how can you make even a gesture to change it. Experience, as understanding, is the one quality books can not impart."