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Have self improvement seminars "improved you"?

Asked by redhen4 (490 points ) March 12th, 2012

I took the Dale Carnegie course years ago. I went from being very shy to being able to talk in front of a group.

I attended Carol Reynolds seminars (in NV, AZ, UT) and felt depressed and alone shortly after. I don’t feel they had a lasting affect, but I did for the most part enjoy going to them, even to Challenge.

Have you attended either of these and how did they affect you – positively or negatively or not at all?

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Blackberry's avatar

No, but I have seen former friends make dumb decisions, and that was enough to help me not do what they do.

HungryGuy's avatar

I take adult education classes occasionally, but on specific subjects like money management, cooking, etc. I think those “self improvement” seminars are pure bull poo-poo.

smilingheart1's avatar

No, and I don’t think the gurus are improved as individuals either although the renowned ones are very affluent. The core of a person cannot be changed until we realize we are here to care for others as well instead of self actualizing. Without the heart change we only apply “lipstick to the pig.”

Coloma's avatar

I have never attended any seminars but yes, I have been influenced by several works by the spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle.” I believe it IS a matter of “when the student is ready the teacher appears.” Self improvement cannot spontaneously arise unless ones ego is ready for a paradigm shift. It’s the shift that counts more so than the material, as it is the shift in ones consciousness that allows them to be open to personal growth work.
Without inner motivation no amount of reading, lecturing and seminars will make a bit of difference.

redhen4's avatar

I’m with @smilingheart1. It only seems a temporary fix at best. Not long term. I can see that a person’s “CORE” stays regardless of the input into the mind.

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