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An Open Letter to Simon and Schuester CEO Carolyn Reidy

Hi Carolyn,

Sit down before you read this.

We've got to talk.

Look. This is going to piss you off. This is going to look like I'm causing problems.

I'm not causing problems. I'm just pointing out where problems already exist.

Self-improvement...why us?

On Drew Millar

I was thinking a little bit this morning about my continual quest for good habits and self-improvement and started wondering why I do this. It seems to me that there are two types of people in this world: those that care about improving themselves and those that don't. I'm definitely one of the former.

From all I've seen and read, those that do fit into that first group don't merely care about improving themselves, but often obsess over it. We plan our days, set crazy goals, read about it, write about it, meditate because of it, and on and on. It can often be the driving source of our confidence and well being throughout the day.

The second group of people is more varied. They aren't necessarily lazy people. Many of them are actually way more successful than those in the first group and some of them even have better habits. They just don't think about all this crap. I know a lot of very successful, balanced, and happy people who have never picked up a book about self-improvement in their lives. It all just comes easy to them. I guess they are just naturals.

That said, I'm definitely not one of those people, and I know from friends and strangers alike that there are plenty of people like me.

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