Darren Rowse of ProBlogger.net provides readers a lot of transparency – he is very open about his revenue from blogging, what his top streams are, etc.
I have read a “self-help” book (or two, or three), and researched a “success-building” program (or four, or five). One of my gripes with the personal narratives within them is that they send a “I did and you can to” message out with little-to-no metric as to just how successful they are.
From Mr. Rowse and his site, you can get a feel for what he had to do to get what he has, and what he has to do on a daily basis. It’s very energizing to see that level of reality, and does a lot more for me then “I’m great, and here’s sort of how you can be great too….”