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The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth Paperback – March 16, 2015
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James Altucher is a successful entrepreneur, angel investor, best seller author, and chess master. He has started and run more than 20 companies, many of which he sold for large exits. He is a twice WSJ bestseller author of "Choose Yourself" and co-author of "The Power of No". He hosts two podcasts ('Ask Altucher' and 'The James Altucher Show') which have been downloaded over 10 million times since launching in 2014. His writing has appeared in major national media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Yahoo Finance, ABC, the New York Observer, and Tech Crunch. He is the author of 17 books a LinkedIn Influencer and a Quora Top Writer. His blog, The Altucher Confidential, has attracted more than 15 million readers since its launch in 2010. Join him at JamesAltucher.com or on Twitter @Jaltucher
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That said, James had some valid and interesting points and ideas. While I didn't agree with all ideas, they are certainly good "food for thought."
The book took me about an hour to read, there are a ton of spaces, blank pages, etc. as he tries to fill up another book to make himself more money. I guess I can't really blame him since this is just a sad commentary on the new wave publishing where these best selling authors just pump out as many books as possible rather than as many GOOD books as possible.
I also find it hard to credit him because while he goes on about honesty, he does a lot of (perhaps) dishonest things, like butt-kissing (which he admits to) and making "Fake" customers probably just like the fake reviews on this book.
It is very abstract. I can tell you right now that his basis for "wealth" is more like physical, emotional and spiritual wealth, but he does give some ideas for making money...i.e. creating a business from scratch and selling it for a bunch of money, or cold-calling rich companies to get them to run a website you designed....yeah, right.
There are some good pieces of advice and some bad, in my opinion. I guess it depends on where you're at in your life among other things. Many of his "schemes" also won't work in the midwest, which is just kind of sucky to have to read a whole book with ideas that don't really apply where you live.
I have done a lot of crazy things myself but I wouldn't advocate for people to quit their job and start working on website development or starting a business, especially since that's not really everybody's thing. I appreciate his faith in the fact that we will find something, but you can't tell people to jump off a bridge and expect everyone to somehow magically get rich from the deal.