Reading a few chapters from the self-help Smiles I view it differently. Samuel Smiles proposes knowledge as enjoying and educating himself where education was not provided, and he had to educate himself. Samuel believed that all men and women were personally responsible for their own success or failure. He used different purposes and meaning in each chapter and spoke on how humans are in control and why. Therefore, Smiles’s whole point of his entire book is that people must necessarily depend upon themselves for their well-being.