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- Print Length: 276 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 3, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CO8D3G4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,627 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Self-indulgent garbage. This is a self-published e-book of crappy blog posts.
Let me save you time and money: he regurgitated the typical mind, body, and soul approach of taking care of yourself without going into any detail. Financial freedom will bring you happiness. Introduce two people you know that can benefit from each other to build your network. Make a list of your likes, dreams, and goals. Now make your own job related to that list because cubicle life is for suckers and those jobs will continue to disappear because companies don't care about you. Also, don't go to college.
Congrats, you just read this book.
Here is how it goes. First, the guy is a jerk. "You might ask, what if you have a job? Get rid of it. You ultimately don't need it. You ultimately willl be pushed out of it."
I am the type of person that likes to finish what I start, like books. The one piece of advice I'll take from this book is "only do the things that make you happy," which would be to stop reading this awful book.
I would like to get my money back as this was a waste!
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
Overall, I appreciate this book. It came at a good time. I had just previously read a "self-help" book that was just atrociously written and incomprehensible. It was a wonderful pick-me-up to read a book that is plain as the light of day. There are a lot of actionable items, do yourself a favor and highlight and bookmark the bits that you want to work on. My wife and I now hug every morning before she goes to work for a boost of oxytocin. I'm glad he wrote that section, because as simple and obvious as it is, I had never heard anything about increasing your oxytocin before.
Lastly, I appreciate the giveaway Kindle price. It's always hit or miss with self-help books, because most of the items are not tailored to your situation, but this book hits many nails on their head, and it does not take itself too seriously by claiming to change your life drastically and instantly, like some gurus claim.
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However this one stands out.
I first heard about Altucher through a dear friend of mine. Reading one of his older books pushed me to self-publish too and I am thankful for that.
The content of the blog is brilliant.
The podcast is awesome.
This book is also great.
This does not pretend to be a self-help book. Don't read it with that in mind. It's not. It can be whatever you want it/need it to be.
For me right now, the most important takeaway is that you have to literally choose yourself, believe in yourself and just try something that keeps nagging you in the form of an idea. In a recent scifi book (Joe Haldeman's Peace and War) - I read sth along the lines of 'do something, even if it's wrong', meaning that bad choices sometimes are better than doing jack shit.
You have to flex your muscles, move, try, attempt - it is a trial and error approach and if you fail, you fail - but at least you have tried.
I simply love the humility and honesty of the author's approach, combined with the informal way of writing. Things stick because they are explained in an easy matter of fact way.
Basically, read this book, watch Rocky III and then Rocky IV and you are going to be hyped out of your mind.
Great stuff, will re-read.
It has affected me significantly - I want to set up a group between friends to help ourselves to get better at 'the practice' in the book...
Also, James offers to give the price of the book back to who can prove they bought the book :)
I have no intention of doing that. This is a great book.
The low Kindle prices is just fantastic, and the author is both generous and has an astute understanding of the human condition, with all its frailties, foibles, successes, and failures. I like the author as a person, even though I may not agree with all that he suggests. He has my respect and admiration.
Who is this guide for? Any fair minded adult in today's complex world would benefit much it's wisdom. A great find! An essential reference to read repeatedly, refer to, and consider applying its ideas in your life - whatever your age.
If you need to break out of a rut and get on the road for a new direction in life, this book will help you. It's essential reading.
Having said that, I found it had a couple of nice points amid all the rambling. Also it was only 99p for my Kindle edition, which I think is about fair value for this!