- Paperback: 274 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 5.1.2013 edition (June 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1490313370
- ISBN-13: 978-1490313375
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,916 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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.
-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
+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 well, meditate and spend time w/good friends. You can succeed. You can do this! Yayy!"
+Very easy to understand. When I was reading it, I imagined Jeff Bridges from "The Big Lebowski" talking to me and saying the written stuff to me in a coffee shop.
+Don't expect specific recommendations that will improve your career or love life. Mainly, because there aren't any specific things like that in this book.
+This book drags on for a long time. After reading the first five chapters, I was like "Get to the point already!" It's like listening to your girlfriend talk about herself or her venting for hours on end. All you say is "O that's cool" or "O that's not cool" or "yeah that must be hard" or "Yeah uh-huh", etc. It's kinda tiring.
Practically all of his examples are men. On only a few occasions he mentions women as leaders and much of his references seem sexist. The one businesswoman is the investor of Spanx, a ridiculous product created to make women look and feel sexier by reducing panty lines. He includes little quips and asides that merely perpetuate a sexist attitude about women.
Then he mentions the yoga instructor (Dashama?) and how he posts her pic to his blog basically to exploit her sexuality and nakedness to gain eyeballs and readers.
I'm using the adage "take what you like and leave the rest" since there are some good nuggets that inspired me. Overall the writing is fair to good, no great shakes, so it's a wonder why he's a best selling author.