Hugh Prather, author of the wildly popular self-help book Notes to Myself, has died at 72. He was in his hot tub and apparently died of a heart attack, according to the NYT obit. Notes to Myself was first published in 1970 by a small press, then quickly outsold its first printing; it’s gone on to sell five million copies and is still in print–published by Bantam–today.
The book was composed of a series of journal entries, little notes to the self, like this:
“When I get to where I can enjoy just lying on the rug picking up lint balls, I will no longer be too ambitious.”
Notes to Myself was also the inspiration for Jack Handy’s “Deep Thoughts” sketches aired on “Saturday Night Live.” But all kidding aside, Prather’s book was a source of comfort and help to many. Anyone have memories of the book to share?