Hello, my name is Marianne Power and I have an embarrassing weakness for self-help.
As sad as it is to admit it, I am that single soul whose only company in bed at night is Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, the would-be hippy who has a battered copy of ‘Little Book of Calm’ by the loo. If it’s promising to change my life in my lunch-hour, rid me of my ‘negative patterns’ and has Oprah’s seal of approval I’ll buy the book and watch the DVD.
At a glance I can see at least twenty self help books on my shelves, including: The Secret, Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Mars and Venus go on a Date, The Little Book of Calm, The Rules of Life, The Rules, Don’t Move My Cheese.
So have they helped? Have they hell. Here’s where I am at the age of 36:
Relationship: Single. Terminally so.
Finances: F*cked (that’s a technical term).
Despite all evidence to the contrary, I’m sure that there is great wisdom in these pastel covered tomes, if only we actually followed the advice.
So I want to really put self-help to the test by literally doing EVERYTHING the books tell me to do.
My mission has been covered by BBC Radio, ITV television, has featured in the Daily Mail, Red Magazine and Good Housekeeping. I also have a regular happiness column in the Irish Independent Saturday magazine…
So let’s see what happens…