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James Altucher does it again!!
on April 26, 2012
He is more human than ever in this book as he reaches out to the masses. They ask, reach for guidance, he responds brilliantly. There's a deeper color to this work because James thinks at his best when he's helping others sort out this weird, occasionally disturbing trip called life. I say this all the time and it's true: James Altucher has gone through more trials in 40 years than most twice his age. He's made fortunes and lost them. He's experienced incredible highs and plummeting lows. His life gyrated like the stock of a high-flying tech startup. Along the way through bumpy travels he self analyzed, stood outside himself, danced with his demons, slayed them. They returned. He fought them again. (I believe he's got them secured in a closet, for now anyway). He never lost his empathy. Candidly, it grew stronger, more targeted. The ties to his audience have gained strength.
He has a conversational ability to reach out to readers in this book. He opens eyes and minds, he shocks on occasion because the masses have lost hope and occasionally a jump start is required. There's no bulls**t in this volume. Answers in the book are strong and credible. Why? Because he's been through what the readers are going through. He's helping them learn from his own mistakes, his misery, his success. He does what Muses do. Muses experience the pain, learn the lessons, pass on the lessons so others may improve. James is a Master Muse of Life Lessons. He responds about love, college (don't do it), housing (don't buy a house), starting a business, cheating, lying, sex, Batman (He had lots of issues becoming emotionally attached to women).
Highlights include: Railing against Corporate America "Your boss usually sucks and some eventually stabs you in the back. It's inevitable." Networking: "Every day reach find one person to reach out to and stay in touch with." Perfectionism: "Perfectionism only leads to eventual shame or regret." The world: Everyone has low points. We live in a falsely perfect world. Everyone has failed, has sacrificed, has cried and has done stupid things. Do be open about yours and people will relate and find it funny. And then love you for giving them permission to do so." Politics: "I will never care about who is President. Not a single politician has ever made me happier or sadder. So I don't care who is elected ever." On retirement: "The simple answer is: never retire. People die within 2 years of retiring on average. So unless you want to die, don't retire. But transformation is another story. After spending 45 years as a janitor at the pencil factory it might be time to try something new." I'm not even tapping the surface here.
My fav line of the book? "Greed is good if you are good."
James does it again. Enjoy the muse.