#SelfHelpBooksThatDidntSell via Hashtag, You’re It!: @McMannofthePeop The Top Picks


The 1980’s saw an explosion of self help books hitting the market. I blame Oprah for this. Her and her damn book club. But she didn’t start self help books. The term actually comes from Samuel Smiles’ 1859 book of that name. But self help books have been around really since the printed word hit the page. There are examples of “self help” books from Ancient Egypt, Rome, and Greece. Some might even say that the Bible is the best selling self help book of all time, although most people get the message wrong. Critics of today’s self help books say that they are just Facebook platitudes stretched out into 700 words with merchandise to match. But with books like “The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People”, “The Secret”, and “Who Moved My Cheese” combined selling over 81 million copies (and that’s just physical copies, we aren’t even getting into audio or eReader versions) one has to wonder why more people aren’t getting in on this racket. Oops, I mean rapidly growing industry! *eyes dart back and forth* Ahem, any ways there has to be tons of self help books out there that don’t sell like hot cakes. Maybe “The Secret 2: Electric Boogaloo” or “Oh Wait, There’s My Cheese. I Forgot I Had Put It Back In The Refrigerator” or even “The 7 Habits Of Highly Flammable People”. But what else? What poorly received self help book is now collecting dust in the bargain bin at your local Barnes & Noble store? That’s what I asked you guys for this week’s “Hashtag, You’re It”. This week’s tag was #SelfHelpBooksThatDidntSell. I got over 1200 responses, I’m guessing we all needed a little humours break from the election yesterday, so check out the top list below and don’t forget to join me every Tuesday at 11 am EDT for the next Inspirational episode of “Hashtag, You’re It”

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