So have you ever wondered how far back the "success movement" in terms of personal development goes? One of the first significant books in that genre is Be Good To Yourself by Orison Sewett Marden. Given that the book is 100 years old this year, you might wonder how well it holds up over time. Surprisingly, pretty well. Ross Books has taken the title and updated some of the language and illustrations to be more relevant for today's audience, but this edition still retains the basic message and style. What's nice is that you can read and absorb the advice without becoming caught up in the personality of the individual delivering it, as odds are you've never heard of Marden.
Contents: Be Good To Yourself; False Economizing; Conservation of Energy; Living Within Your Means; Take A Vacation; The Importance of Play; Lies; Importance of Atmosphere; The Joy of Giving; Power and the Self; The Guarantee of Success; The Power of Positive Thinking and Tenacity; Authority; The Importance of Education; The Habit of Ambition; Mother; Religion; Index
Within these chapters, you'll see many similarities to messages and concepts that are common today when it comes to personal development. For instance, the chapter on education ends with the quote "Do not throw away the opportunity for learning as so many others have thoughtlessly done. Education is power." The accessibility to education via books and electronic sources is so great today, yet so many people decide that spending hours in front of the TV is time better spent. How wrong... Or in the chapter on living within your means, we find "All people owe it to themselves to live a real life, whether they be rich or poor; to be, and not merely to seem. We owe it to ourselves to be genuine." Today, we find that we have far too many "wants" that are disguised as "needs", and we go broke trying to meet them all and appear to be something we're really not. These gems, along with many others in the pages of this book, can help to focus you back on what's really important in life.
It's nice to be reminded of core concepts that can help us to live more successful and satisfying lives. If you're into the habit of seeking out good personal development books, Be Good To Yourself is another option that should rank up there with titles by other well-known writers of that genre.