- 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
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,862 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,683 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
Hurry up, reply to that email, take that phone call, skip lunch and finish this project, miss your sons game to attend a meeting. In today's society this is a constant, and though sometimes we may have to sacrifice to reach the next level in our lives, it isn't required all the time. We let society dictate what's important, claiming the truths to a better life and yet we still aren't any happier, because we haven't chose ourself.
The author James, had faced many obstacles in his life. Having started and failed many companies, having failed indefinitely, he viewed the common denominator as not putting himself first. He was trying to validate himself through the eyes of others, working tireless for the grand opinions of men, rather than for his own purpose, pleasure and good will.
James, eventually chose himself and turned his life around, and even though he may still fail, and struggle, he leaves an abounding amount of knowledgeable insight on what worked for him in re-routing his life to how he desired it. We all have one life, and yet we waste it away on others, and though many times it's imperative to be kind, and do good, it's also important to choose yourself.
This read helps individuals on how to find your purpose, and to discover what matters to you. It helps individuals with facing rejection, how to brainstorm and discover new ideas, how to live and love better with our fellow man; which include the type of virtues we all aspire to attain. The author than goes to speak about "truth" and opinion (which opened my heart and eyes), how to survive failure using various real life testimonies.
This reason isn't just theory, its practical, I throughly enjoyed it. Many may oppose James wisdom because of his many failures, but it's often through failure that you learn the most.
I am doing two music videos with animators because of thinking more out of the box about my own ideas - I combined this with an artistic photo shoot, all things that came out my own ideas from doing 10 ideas a day.
I see another poster's review honing on grammatical mistakes or on how it needs to read more like this book or that - but in the end my takeaway from Altucher's book is extremely positive and I would recommend this book to anyone.
I also like the honesty he offers up in all the mistakes he made in his own life and how he picked himself up.
I feel like I may have to write a "Choose Yourself for Dads" version as that is a whole other side of the picture.
Well done, James.
- Erik Hendin
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....maybe, who is asking?
This is exactly seven more words.