Very true re the same topic. I won’t lie, I read that stuff too and frequently agree with it.
At first I thought it was because I had found “my thing” (brief bio: I quit my career as a business lawyer in one of the world’s top firms to write about philosophy, permanence and the importance of culture), but I soon realised that wasn’t true. All it was is that in an unending flow of superficial positivism, the life hackers are bound to say a lot of things that resonate.
Improve yourself? Of course that’s a good idea. Be happy? Duh, why not? In that sense, the problem isn’t so much what is being said, but the superficiality of how it’s being said.
But reading more of it, now I see the common themes and it’s starting to grate — I now realise that I stand for the exact opposite of life-hacking. I speak 7 languages, and I didn’t learn a single one of them in 3 weeks like Tim Ferris says you can. And I don’t think it’s because I’m dumb, but because to some of us, actually taking time to slow down, engaging with the Thing and truly understanding and experiencing it, is far more valuable than being an eternal dabbler.
Anyway, sorry for going off-topic, point is I’ve been reading your stuff lately and have been enjoying it. Keep up the good work.