“People are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves. They therefore remain bound.”
― James Allen
Before you decide to agree or disagree, it is important to realize the lack of information. This is a statement that is sometimes true and sometimes false. (Like the letter -y- being a vowel.) Because of this, this statement cannot be used as an example, for an argument.
This statement is false in fatal situations. For example, when an over-weight person has heath problems, due to their weight. On one hand, the person has death. On the other hand, the person can change/'improve' their lifestyle/them self. Most times, not all, the person would improve them self and their circumstances.
This statement is, generally, true in non-fatal situations. For example, when a person experiences a 'negative' or 'near-death' situation, due to their actions. It is, normally, always desired to improve the situation/circumstance without the willingness to change/improve them self. Yet, this unwillingness can change a situation from nonfatal to fatal.
In both situations, self improvement is used as a tool to rectify negative situations. Normally, people are not willing to improve themselves until a situation turns negative. So, we see that people are, normally, bound by their situations/circumstances. Even when situations/circumstances turn negative, many people are not willing to improve themselves. This unwillingness causes people to continually 'fall' into similar negative situations. Unlearn.