Think Bucket: On productivity, self-help & human behaviour

An idea from me

Have you ever wondered why the concepts of productivity, motivation, mindset, and self-help in general, matter so much? Why do so many people consume this kind of content? What are we getting out of “improving” our lives?

There are two schools of thought on why humans consume self-development content:

  1. The first is that people inherently want to get to their goal faster and more effectively and consuming self-help content is an inexpensive and easily accessible way to do so.

  2. The second is that the wave of self-help has risen because the conventional forms of media are geared to make people feel insecure about themselves in every aspect of life. Hence they look to such content in order to have some semblance of control over their lives and feel better about themselves.

I agree with both schools of thought. But I lean more towards the first one. I do genuinely believe in the human potential and their desire to better themselves.

However, the evidence for the second school of thought cannot be negated. Which is why it’s important to consume self-help content consciously and with caution.

Since we want to keep this email short, I’ll talk more on this topic, research links and all, in an upcoming blogpost :)

An inspirational thought

For this week’s inspirational thought, I’d like to leave you with a beautiful quote by Ernest Hemingway:

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. ― Ernest Hemingway

Working on yourself, simply to become better than you were before, is the best kind of self-help.

A question for you

Since we’re on the topic of self-help, I’d love for you to think about this:

What is your “why” for doing what you are doing today (personally or professionally?

Until next week,


P.S. We could all use this reminder: You don’t need to do big stuff to change the world.

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