― All of the self-help gurus that I've come across on the internet use words to convey their ideas for building a better self...to varying degrees of success. The thing is, they demonstrate a very important thing even if they sometimes get the meanings wrong in their zeal to deliver a message: words have power. Words can transform. ∙ I once heard a story of a woman who was nearly illiterate. She had a dream of improving her ability with language, so she picked a model for how she wished to [...].