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Why Self-Help Might Actually Be Making You Less Happy

Reconcile ambition with self-improvement

We're obsessed with being ourselves, being authentic, being unique. This is sad because what if you find that you are just the average, boring, mean person.

It's better to emulate someone you look up to. If in doubt, ask what your role model would do.

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