- 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: 1,909 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
-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
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!
+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.
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 like it because James shared how he had ups and downs in his life, from losing money, wife, father he still managed to get back up and try to fix the problems as much as possible. I like to learn from people who had ups and downs in their lives (of course, I’m not glad to see someone having problems in their lives, just to state this), but never give up. In the end, he managed to get through everything and sort his life.
Although, money is important, I think we shouldn’t be too materialistic in our lives. And I’ve started questioning so many of my opinions that I’ve had so far when I started to read much more that I used to do it. Reading does help a lot!
You can read full review of this book on my Blog: imeducatingmyself.com/choose-yourself-by-james-altucher-book-review/