- 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: 1,874 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,800 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
James has a talent to make you think hard and laugh harder with his crafty wit as he shares his experiences. This book is an enjoyable read for anyone not used to working out the reading part of the brain muscles. This book is not a panacea for your problems, nor do I think it is intended to be. It will make you think, and that is the first and most important step to becoming a part of the "Choose Yourself era."
For context, I used to work on wall street but quit my job one year ago, in large part because James and other thought leaders have helped re-inspire my desire to test the bounds of what we can really do.
I've followed James' blog for several months now and he delivers his message in the same powerful, unvarnished, and conversational style that characterizes his blog. This is my first Amazon review - and for any skeptics out there, I only know James through the writings on his blogs and some of his previous books - anyway, I was hesitant to write this as he devotes a whole chapter on opinions. Spoiler Alert - it's titled "Don't Have Any Opinions". Of course there's much more to it than that. If you decide to 'Choose Yourself' you have to be prepared to take a stand . . . to have viewpoints, share opinions and put yourself 'out there'. In my opinion, this book is a must read!
James takes you on a great ride. It's a dire warning about the future, a personal story - the literal open book into his life from the highs to the extreme lows, and back again and a guide to the unlimited possibilities available to all of us. It's inspiring, courageous and a forceful call to action. I couldn't put it down, reading it from beginning to end in less than a day.
If you find yourself waiting for the world to return to 'normal', pre-2007, you need to read this book, reflect on your life and work, consider his Daily Practice and seriously think about Choosing Yourself.
Finally, James offers a money-back option or an option to donate his proceeds to charity if you read his book - he believes in his message that much. I believe in it too, but I'm not asking for my money-back - his message is that good!
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I highly recommend this book for entrepreneurs and those looking for self help and motivation.