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- Listening Length: 4 hours and 8 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: James Altucher
- Audible.com Release Date: May 31, 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00D41EIPU
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Amazon kept recommending this book to me in the Kindle app. It had a cool cover and was only a dollar. It also said "National Best Seller" on the cover. Sold. I decided to plunk a crispy digital dollar down on the digital counter that is the Kindle Store.
The book starts with a foreword from the CEO of Twitter. Mark Twitterberg. It is only there to add some vague sense of credibility. It is very short. It has next to nothing to do with what's in the book. I read it. Then I re-read it, again. I'm pretty sure he was trying to fit it all into 140 characters. He failed. He instead opted for 140 words.
Now we get into the actual book. Other people have given this book a poor rating. Smart people. Honest people. One recurring theme in these reviews is that it's not so much a book, but a collection of blog posts. That would actually be a huge compliment. Blogs often have editors and cohesiveness. This is more of a rambling, one man podcast transcription.
Sentence fragments galore. Too many attempts at jokes. Repetitious sentence fragments. He likes to list things, but instead of lists he uses sentence fragments. Paragraphs are short and barely coherent. He rambles about things that hardly sound factual or researched. Poor grammar. "ATM machine". He inserts a break between every single "paragraph".
To be fair, if he were writing a review on Amazon, paragraph breaks might help. It would help the reader follow point by point. This is not the case. This is meant to be read as a book.
I don't believe I will finish this book. I actually want my dollar back. A red flag should have gone up when I couldn't find this book in other digital book stores. This is one of those quick, crappy books that is infesting the Kindle store. One of those terrible self help books people write as a side hustle.
But James Altucher was smart. He must have paid somebody on Fiver five dollars to design the cover. This made it more appealing.
If you have enjoyed this review, #chooseyourself. Choose to value your time. Choose to value your brain cells. Choose to value the dollar you would have spent on it. And don't spend it. It saddens me that this book was actually committed to paper!
People (like myself. I'm guilty as well. Sentence fragment.) who read self help books, or books about entrepreneurship would be better served to stick with the familiar authors. Malcolm Gladwell. Seth Godin. Um.. People like Seth Godin. And of course, all the others. The 99U series of books were better and more coherent if you're going to pay actual money to read a series of blog posts anyway.
Do you notice how I'm rambling. And repeating myself? Do you feel that pain between your eyebrows beginning to form? I'm doing this on purpose. To demonstrate how this book is written. That's why I'm doing this. Sentence fragment.
-The book is full of personal anecdotes and ranting here and there, with pages and pages of filling in the blank without getting to the point
(At 15% of the book he's still writing: "this book is about...")
-There's a lot of copy-paste from emails and responses from "fans". Wasted space
-There's a huge list of A to Z things to practice everyday (the author has real issues summarizing his information)
I can't believe the amount of 5 stars ratings for this book
First, the fear of rejection makes people unconscious the way to choose themselves. The author assumed that building physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health together will contribute to the right way to choose yourself, to be happy, to make million dollars, to live the dream and to achieve success. Let live the life you choose to lead, not chosen by anyone. When it comes to emotional health, he advised you to make friends with only positive people who inspire you as well as avoid people bring you down. Keeping your emotion positive to think new ideas, to be happy. Forgetting the regrets in the past and the anxieties in the future, let just live right now. This is the way to build spiritual health, to control the past and future, and live the present moment.
Second, it is not important how old you are when you find your purpose in life but it is important to find your purpose in your life. For example, the author mentioned, “Harlan Sanders, the inventor of Kentucky Fried Chicken, one of the most successful franchise operations in history”. At the age of sixty-five, Harlan Sanders found his “purpose” in life which made him happy. Therefore, being persistent, being courageous until you find your purpose and do not forget always to be yourself.
Personally, I think this book attracts attention thanks to its title. I am a mediocre person but I want to know who I am in our society. This book inspired me to pursue my purposes and understand more about myself. If the content of this book meet your demand,
I highly recommend you to read “Choose Yourself.”
I've been struggling for nearly 20 years to make writing my full-time gig and I believe this book has given me the tools that will allow me to finally take the leap. I had learned some of the lessons already, the hard way. I've worked for corporate America for decades and have witnessed many of the changes outlined in the book unfolding. The last few years I've felt as though it was a race against time to get my writing career off the ground before my position was outsourced or the job became so demanding due to staff downsizing that it was unbearable. I always say, "If you don't think outside of the box you will get stuck inside a cubicle." I've been knocked down countless times but have never given up on my dream.
Protect Yourself would be a good alternate title. This book is a must read for anyone in the workforce who wants to successfully navigate the changes that are already well underway.
Choose Yourself has not only renewed my hope but it's changed the way I think. This is powerful stuff if you're ready for it.