Choose Yourself Be Happy, Make Millions, Live The Dream by James Altucher
The world is changing. Markets have crashed. Jobs have disappeared. Industries have been disrupted and are being remade before our eyes. Everything we aspired to for “security,” everything we thought was “safe,” no longer is: College. Employment. Retirement. Government. It’s all crumbling down. In every part of society, the middlemen are being pushed out of the picture. No longer is someone coming to hire you, to invest in your company, to sign you, to pick you. It’s on you to make the most important decision in your life: Choose Yourself.
New tools and economic forces have emerged to make it possible for individuals to create art, make millions of dollars and change the world without “help.” More and more opportunities are rising out of the ashes of the broken system to generate real inward success (personal happiness and health) and outward success (fulfilling work and wealth).
This book will teach you to do just that. With dozens of case studies, interviews and examples–including the author, investor and entrepreneur James Altucher’s own heartbreaking and inspiring story–Choose Yourself illuminates your personal path to building a bright, new world out of the wreckage of the old.
Review By Jonathan M. Prober
I was fortunate enough to read this wonderful new book by the author James Altucher (I first read his work by following him on twitter @jaltucher and reading posts on his website jamesaltucher.com).
It is one of the most enjoyable and informative books I’ve ever read, and I highly recommend folks take some time to check it out. It’s not that long but, wow, is it packed with powerfully-good information.
I could write about it for a while but, rather than doing so, it is probably more efficient to just mention a few of my favorite tidbits from the book in hopes that you’ll give it a read.
My personal favorite aspect of the book is its unique ability to be both practical and idealistic.
Some quick examples:
First, his impressive intertwining of the importance of mental, spiritual, physical, and emotional harmony. Here are one of his recommendations from each of these four pieces:
Mental: “Read two hours a day.”
Spiritual: “Do this every day: wake up and think of five people you are grateful for in your life right now.”
Physical: “Am I sleeping enough?”
Emotional: “Am I expressing gratitude to the people who are good to me?”
Lastly, a few short snippets:
I really enjoyed his insight into an alternative way of creating value (which I personally feel is an important key to cultivating capitalism optimally):
“The only way to create value for yourself is to create value for others. Exercise: think of two people in your network who don’t know each other but you think can add value to each other’s lives. Introduce them. Do this every day. Get better and better at it. The more value you bring to the people in your network, even if it doesn’t directly bring value to you (in an immediate way), the greater the value of your network. And then the greater value you will have.”
I also liked his advice on how to learn from others:
“Don’t be a hater! Ninety-nine percent of people are haters. Bless that which you want.
If you want to be successful, you need to study success, not hate it or be envious of it. If you are envious, then you will distance yourself from success and make it that much harder to get there. Never be jealous. Never think someone is ‘lucky.’ Luck is created by the prepared.”
I highly recommend taking some time to read this wonderful author’s intriguing ideas.
About the Author
James Altucher is a successful entrepreneur, angel investor, chess master and prolific
writer. He has started and run more than 20 companies and is currently invested in over 30.
He is the author of 17 books, including WSJ best-sellers: ‘The Power of No’ and ‘Choose Yourself’.
His writing has appeared in major media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Observer, Techcrunch , The Financial Times, Yahoo Finance and others. His blog, JamesAltucher.com, has attracted more than 20 million readers since its launch in 2010.
He hosts two super successful podcasts “The James Altucher Show” with guests of the caliber of Tony Robbins, Mark Cuban, Pieter Thiel, etc. and the daily “Ask Altucher” show with his wife and co-host Claudia Azula Altucher. Both shows have been downloaded over 12 Million times.
Join him at JamesAltucher.com or on Twitter @Jaltucher.
You can also text him questions on his personal cell phone (203) 512-2161 and he will respond on a future episode of Ask Altucher.