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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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106 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Choose to Make a better Life for Yourself! October 2, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I have had a lot of things go wrong in my life over the last several years;a lost job, a broken relationship and declining health have all affected me as of late. I was beginning to feel that nothing in my life was going to change. That was until I came across the best book I have read in a long while titled, Choose Yourself.I sat down thinking it was another feel good book that told me if I want to be happy, just be happy. That was where I was wrong in a lot of ways. I was actually shocked to see that in fact this was a lot more in depth and helped to point a person to the fact that they all in all had the power to make things in their life happen.

I then wanted to read more on this subject and take in more information than what the one book was able to give me. Manifestation Magic: Attracting Abundant Wealth, Incredible Health, Great Relationships, and Limitless Success Into Your Life was another book I picked up and began to really get a better understanding about the things that were going on in my life. I quickly saw that if I was about to make changes in my life, that they were going to come from within me. I had to simply get the mindset that I needed to choose putting myself ahead of everything and everyone else. I also had to get the right mindset in helping to make sure that I was getting the most from life.

The power to be better than you are comes from within and can't be messed with. We all have the power to be better than we are and to let the real changes in our life come to the surface. If you unlock this section of your brain, you will quickly be able to make a lot of positive changes in your life.
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160 of 170 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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187 of 201 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
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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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117 of 128 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational read from a unique voice in these turbulent times
I've been reading James Altucher's entertaining and enlightening blog for about a year now and thoroughly enjoyed this book. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by brad zinser
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
I finished writing and published my first book while I was reading this. Check out my title, "Life Ahead" available in the Kindle Store http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OPNJ7W0
Published 1 day ago by Boniface N. Osonwanne
4.0 out of 5 stars different perspective and lots of useful tips
James- the book is well written giving a different perspective. Off late I have been reading a lot about removing the clutter and you also talk about keeping empty space in order... Read more
Published 1 day ago by freedom70
2.0 out of 5 stars Save your money. Or if you are DYING TO READ IT, borrow it from a...
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+The writer is very optimistic and has positive emotional appeal, like a personal trainer who says, "Wake up early, exercise, don't skip breakfast, sleep... Read more
Published 1 day ago by DucatiDanni
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
passionate writing about success.
Published 1 day ago by Sami Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Highly recommend
Published 2 days ago by Elizabeth Sosan
5.0 out of 5 stars I have enjoyed reading this
Very interesting read. Not the typical business book. I have enjoyed reading this. This book gives you some things to think about. It is one of the best.
Published 4 days ago by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and useful.
The best part of this book are James' very entertaining stories! Without being preachy at all, he says "Hey - I screwed a bunch of stuff up, here's how I came back from it, try... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring work.
This was worth the read. Entertaining, informative, and inspiring for a generation of people who want more out of their lives.
Published 7 days ago by Mario Giancini
5.0 out of 5 stars The Daily Practice is a good thing
Great stuff. This isn't an ordinary self-help with a guideline of to do lists. If you read it it will help you change your mindset to just get 1% better everyday.
Published 7 days ago by Jason DelMonico
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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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