I'm not one of those fancy college-educated experts. Wait, I am.
I should've done this at BSU.
You don't have to search the unknown depths of Google to come across free advice. It's ubiquitous.
How to Write, How to Sell, How to Live, How to Get A Job. These all have one common goal: TO MAKE MONEY.
But let's not full discredit the advice at our disposal; some of it's quite worthwhile. There's a lot of crap, though, so how do we filter it out?
Let me help you. I'll give you advice on 3 of the most common self-help topics, so you don't have to blow your hard-earned money (or lack thereof) on a lucky shot.
3. How to Write a Novel: This is probably my favorite topic. Sure, there are a few books on "How to Write", which are useful, but anyone telling you the one-way to do things is full of shit. Be wary of absolutism. Hell, for all we know it's not oxygen that we breathe.
My suggestion: Read a lot of books. I mean any fucking book you see, read it. Then attempt to write. Practice, practice, practice. Try to write a book. Try to enhance that book. Try to sell that book to any sort of publisher. It's 2011, which means we have all the tools we need to avoid the Big 6 publishers . . . if that's what you desire.
2. How to Be a Good Parent
As good as any advice.
1. How to Land a Job After College
There are a lot of these books out lately, which should scare you. It scares me.
When there's a how-to book on using your degree to procure a career, there must be something wrong with the job market. I mean, wasn't the how-to advice "go to college"?
Find a job you might like and tailor your resume, look, etc. to it. Try and try again. That's my free advice.
Most jobs in the States right now do now require college degrees, although they do help. But why should your college degree help you beat out the other workers in a grunt-level job?
I have yet to find any self-help book on this topic which proposes new ideas. Instead of spending time theorizing about a job, why not shoot for one?
I personally prefer Biz Stone (twitter) 's concept: Manufacturer Opportunity. If there isn't something out there for you, create it.