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Choose Yourself! Paperback – June 3, 2013
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 5.1.2013 edition (June 3, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 274 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1490313370
- ISBN-13 : 978-1490313375
- Item Weight : 13 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.62 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #56,385 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.
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!
Overall, I appreciate this book. It came at a good time. I had just previously read a "self-help" book that was just atrociously written and incomprehensible. It was a wonderful pick-me-up to read a book that is plain as the light of day. There are a lot of actionable items, do yourself a favor and highlight and bookmark the bits that you want to work on. My wife and I now hug every morning before she goes to work for a boost of oxytocin. I'm glad he wrote that section, because as simple and obvious as it is, I had never heard anything about increasing your oxytocin before.
Lastly, I appreciate the giveaway Kindle price. It's always hit or miss with self-help books, because most of the items are not tailored to your situation, but this book hits many nails on their head, and it does not take itself too seriously by claiming to change your life drastically and instantly, like some gurus claim.
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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However this one stands out.
I first heard about Altucher through a dear friend of mine. Reading one of his older books pushed me to self-publish too and I am thankful for that.
The content of the blog is brilliant.
The podcast is awesome.
This book is also great.
This does not pretend to be a self-help book. Don't read it with that in mind. It's not. It can be whatever you want it/need it to be.
For me right now, the most important takeaway is that you have to literally choose yourself, believe in yourself and just try something that keeps nagging you in the form of an idea. In a recent scifi book (Joe Haldeman's Peace and War) - I read sth along the lines of 'do something, even if it's wrong', meaning that bad choices sometimes are better than doing jack shit.
You have to flex your muscles, move, try, attempt - it is a trial and error approach and if you fail, you fail - but at least you have tried.
I simply love the humility and honesty of the author's approach, combined with the informal way of writing. Things stick because they are explained in an easy matter of fact way.
Basically, read this book, watch Rocky III and then Rocky IV and you are going to be hyped out of your mind.
Great stuff, will re-read.
The low Kindle prices is just fantastic, and the author is both generous and has an astute understanding of the human condition, with all its frailties, foibles, successes, and failures. I like the author as a person, even though I may not agree with all that he suggests. He has my respect and admiration.
Who is this guide for? Any fair minded adult in today's complex world would benefit much it's wisdom. A great find! An essential reference to read repeatedly, refer to, and consider applying its ideas in your life - whatever your age.
It has affected me significantly - I want to set up a group between friends to help ourselves to get better at 'the practice' in the book...
Also, James offers to give the price of the book back to who can prove they bought the book :)
I have no intention of doing that. This is a great book.