• Self-development

    Self-help madness (and realisations!)

    I wish to make a confession; I think I am addicted – to self-help books. The latest incarnation is in the form of a small manual on my bedside table on how to live by the principles of Ikigai, a Japanese concept focused on finding your life’s purpose and adhering to it daily. This follows a long line of well-thumbed books promising to help me: live more authentically push past fear be more assertive and confident embrace uncertainty connect with others pause and live mindfully. And on a more practical level I am guided on how to: start a business be an effective leader/manager be a good feminist and a strong…