- Paperback: 274 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1490313370
- ISBN-13: 978-1490313375
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 1,900 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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FROM THE FOREWORD: What I like about James and his book is you can tell he came from a roller coaster. He chose his own path to success without knowing the outcome. And what happens to him later - well... - (Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter) REVIEWS: Altucher has turned his misfortune into a source of wisdom and comfort for the despondent. - (Business Week) James Altucher is scary smart - (Steven Dubner, author of Freakonomics) James Altucher is the best blogger of our generation. - (Timothy Sykes, The Rebel Millionaire) We are beginning to build a massive amount of respect for James Altucher due to his willingness to say things that will get him absolutely pilloried by the masses. - (Business Insider) James is one of the most successful and content people I know. - (Machael Lazerow, founder of Buddy Media and Golf.com) If you need to see an example of vulnerability done well, just read the work of James Altucher. - (Search Engine Journal) --Various --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
James Altucher is a successful entrepreneur, chess master, investor and writer. He has started and run more than 20 companies, and sold several of those businesses for large exits. He has also run venture capital funds, hedge funds, angel funds, and currently sits on the boards of several companies. His writing has appeared in most major national media outlets (Wall Street Journal, ABC, Financial Times, Tech Crunch, Forbes, CNBC, etc). His blog has attracted more than 10 million readers since its launch in 2010. This is his 11th book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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
The author begins with a question, "do you really think you are going to change anyone's mind?". My answer is simply no. He continues with a couple more questions, "What is the purpose of an opinion? To prove you're right? You're wrong."
One very good point Altucher makes is when he writes, "I'm trying to eliminate things. Not just material belongings I no longer need or never really needed to begin with, but all those things we've been taught from birth are "important" or "our way of life" that have actually become burdens and wastes of time because we cling to them and protect them like they are more precious than the time and energy we waste protecting them."
He begins the next paragraph with "opinions are a way of clinging to the past." In segment "B) One hundred years from now, everyone reading this book will be dead." It reads that "science has no limits." And in "D) Why educate people? he writes "only worry about your own happiness, which doesn't have to be limited by anyone else's stupidity unless you allow it to be.
Then we head to point "E) I could be reading a book. Time is also a limited resource. And "F) I think most people fight because they are alone. There's nothing we can do about loneliness in the material world. We've been trapped in these bodies since birth. But we try. We want people to agree with us so that for a brief second we can feel good about ourselves, establish a connection, and then make slow, sweet love.
We continue with "G) I'm always wrong. I have never had a correct opinion..."Opinions are like money. No matter how much you know, there's always someone who knows more. And they aren't afraid to flaunt it. This paragraph concludes with "when I give an opinion, I know that opinion works for me, right then. But that's about it. I don't always need to fight for glory. I find that if I dig deep and throw away one thing a day, then I wake up the next day a little more peaceful. I don't need to have so may opinions.
The next solid point is "I) Less. I find that if I dig deep and throw away one thing a day, then I wake up the next day a little more peaceful. I don't need to have so many opinions. And "J) Bewildered. We live in strange world... Clues unfold... The light is strange, your eyes are dilated (because of those eye drops the dentist people are very, very busy walking around you, paying with the currency of unhappiness now in order to reach their glorious futures someday... maybe."
He ends the chapter by saying, "the point is, don't focus on those things in the material world that you cannot control or possibly ever change, when you can focus on inner health, on your inner world, on the things that matter." I agree with all the above!
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All of the chapters in this book have been very helpful to me. You can learn a lot from James’ experiences, failures, and wisdom and how to apply them...Read more