"Scenario: You’ve just bought some complicated gadget home . . . do you read the accompanying documentation? Or not?
- Do you ever read manuals?
- How-to books?
- Self-help guides?
- Anything at all?"
I never read manuals. This is because neither Mr B or I are of any use when it comes to practical projects and I have a very useful brother-in-law and the numbers of a few good professionals should anything clever need doing!
I have a few how-to books (sewing, gardening, diy, software help) but generally will have a quick flick through at point of receipt, mentally note several projects that I will never embark upon and then place them on a bookshelf for reference purposes. I will then use the internet to look up how to actually do anything should I need to.
I don't think I own, or have read, any self-help guides. I did stop smoking after hypnosis and used a follow up CD to reinforce the message and I suppose that sort of counts. I still wish I'd done it years before though! Kids - it's never cool to smoke.