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Choose Yourself! [Kindle Edition]

James Altucher , Dick Costolo
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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.


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FROM THE FOREWORD:
What I like about James and his book is you can tell he came from a roller coaster. He chose his own path to success without knowing the outcome. And what happens to him later - well... - (Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter)

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Altucher has turned his misfortune into a source of wisdom and comfort for the despondent. - (Business Week)


James Altucher is scary smart - (Stephen Dubner, author of Freakonomics)


James Altucher is the best blogger of our generation. -  (Timothy Sykes, The Rebel Millionaire)


We are beginning to build a massive amount of respect for James Altucher due to his willingness to say things that will get him absolutely pilloried by the masses. - (Business Insider)


James is one of the most successful and content people I know. - (Machael Lazerow, founder of Buddy Media and Golf.com)
If you need to see an example of vulnerability done well, just read the work of James Altucher. - (Search Engine Journal)


About the Author

James Altucher is a successful entrepreneur, chess master, investor and writer. 
He has started and run more than 20 companies, and sold several of those businesses for large exits. He has also run venture capital funds, hedge funds, angel funds, and currently sits on the boards of several companies. 
His writing has appeared in most major national media outlets (Wall Street Journal, ABC, Financial Times, Tech Crunch, Forbes, CNBC, etc). His blog has attracted more than 10 million readers since its launch in 2010. 
This is his 11th book.

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170 of 181 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ IF YOU STRIVE TO BE A BETTER YOU June 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Length: 1:26 Mins
I've read a lot of James Altucher's work including I Was Blind But Now I See. I find him insightful, unconventional, thought-provoking. This time he's brilliant. He's tightened his style and delivered his message like a bullet. No pussyfooting around here.

This book is for those of us who have found ourselves lying on the floor, barely able to lift our heads, not sure where to turn, just as James did once (twice, three times?). It's for those who are stuck. For those who are successful but want to take it to the next level.

If you strive to be a better version of you, you owe it to yourself to read this book.

James doesn't ask you to believe him. He just asks that you try the Daily Practice, which is practical, doable, possible for all of us. He asks that you don't ignore the only fire worth cultivating, the one inside of you. After all, he says, you are the only one capable of cultivating it.

I'm taking that to heart. I have my own daily practice. But I'm going to put it into high gear. Because last night, when I finished the book, I felt like I could be extraordinary.
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147 of 158 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something for Everyone June 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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109 of 120 people found the following review helpful
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"That's when it clicked...if I was going to thrive, survive, I had to choose myself...We can no longer afford to rely on others and repeat the same mistakes from our past...every second, you have to choose yourself to succeed."

James Altucher's latest work, "Choose Yourself" is the new textbook for the American Dream. James starts with a healthy dose of American history, discussing how what we thought was the American Dream is, in fact, the American nightmare--a dissolving middle-class with replaceable workers; a consumer-based society giving us just enough to be happy and not rebel. "Your bosses hate you," James says to those of us working hard to achieve this "dream." James states that as workers create more and more wealth, jobs go overseas, job security decreases, and we're all lucky to have jobs. He has the graphs to prove it.

We're all suffering from "postsocietal traumatic stress disorder." Society's changing. The global economy has shifted. We need to be able to make that shift to succeed.

What does this mean? It means, James says, that the "Choose Yourself" era is here. In our parents' time, people worked for The Man and retired with a pension. Today, we will be controlled by layoffs, shifts, restructuring, and be at the whim of the economy and corporations--unless we choose ourselves.

"We are taught from an early age we are not good enough." This book argues otherwise. We are good enough--we have to use our creativity and entrepreneurship muscles. This stuff works. I know. We are all artists and entrepreneurs. Time to "unlearn the imprisonment," as James says. "Every time you say 'yes' to something you don't want, your fire goes away.
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will change your life. June 3, 2013
By Kamal
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First of all, it's free. But in a very clever and useful way. If you prove to James that you read this book - and he gives you plenty of easy options on how to - he'll refund your cost or donate the amount to a great charity: Women for Women International.

I don't think I've ever seen that done before. I like it. He's so confident in the value of his message - a message that made him wealthy - that he's willing to forgo any money. All he wants to do is make sure that you read it. He chose himself to succeed and he wants to make sure that you choose yourself as well.

Even if I hadn't followed his amazing blog for years, I'd still read it just for that.

Another important thing: He's honest. Painfully honest. Tells you about how he made money, lost it all and hit rock bottom, and how he raised himself through it to become a major figure in media on the internet. And he did it all by going outside the box. Everything he did, he did himself. No middlemen. No one choosing him. He chose himself.

And that's what the rest of the book is about. Working for old corporate, the nine to five, the 401k, the dream of owning a house (or it owning you), all that society taught us gives us happiness - that's a big lie. James shows how to create real wealth and happiness, how to create your own destiny.

Talking about when he hit rock bottom, he says, "That's when it clicked. When everything changed. When I realized that nobody else was going to do it for me. If I was going to thrive, to survive, I had to choose myself. In every way. The stakes have risen too high not to."

That nails what the book is about. Not only does he give hope, he inspires and shows exactly how he did it, the details, and how we can do that ourselves. And it's really well-written and lots of fun to read. Of all the books available to read, this is one that shines.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great self-help book without that pushy feel
This book is one of the easiest to read motivational/self-help books there is. The first thing you’ll notice is James’ voice jumps out at you as truly authentic. Read more
Published 10 hours ago by K. Chung
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 12 hours ago by Richard A. Daruk
5.0 out of 5 stars I found this book easy and enjoyable to read
I found this book easy and enjoyable to read. It has motivated me to take steps in my life to become independent. You will not be disappointed. Read more
Published 1 day ago by M. Christensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it again.
I just finished reading James Altucher's book. I need to read it again. There was way too much gold that my shovel didn't get to yet. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Dave Weitz
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational. real. thought provoking.
I met James once and didn't even know who he was. I was busy with the day job and he was busy pitching his company. Read more
Published 1 day ago by David Putnam
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing Book
I had already quit my job when I came across this title so technically I chose myself first. But the "why" of choosing myself is what I learned from this terrific book. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Naples Chef
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is one that I will re-read again and again!
Published 2 days ago by Gaylan D. Page
5.0 out of 5 stars a new perspective on life
James delivered an ideology that makes sense on obtaining the best of life truly forge by a person's choice of living.
Published 3 days ago by Joshua Uriel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is like my bible.
Published 3 days ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindful, Reality-Grounded and A Little Cheeky
Purchased this book after listening to Altucher a couple times on Boing-Boing's podcast Gweek. I was very happy to see all his charm and humour come through in this book. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Tyler Dewald
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More About the Author

James Altucher is a successful entrepreneur, chess master, investor and writer. He has started and run more than 20 companies, and sold several of those businesses for large exits.

He has also run venture capital funds, hedge funds, angel funds, and currently sits on the boards of several companies.

His writing has appeared in most major national media outlets (Wall Street Journal, ABC, Financial Times, Tech Crunch, Forbes, CNBC, etc). His blog has attracted more than 10 million readers since its launch in 2010.

James is a Top Quora Writer and a LinkedIn Influencer.


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