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Faq Me Paperback – September 21, 2012
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About the Author
James Altucher has failed at numerous business and careers and succeeded at a few of them. He has loved and lost and loved again. He has tried over and over to… [insert just about anything from chess to poker to hula hooping to massive lifestyle experimentation]. He has won success and lost it and occasionally wins it again. Has been on a quest for the meaning of happiness since the age of six (only because before that, happiness was fairly easy and simple). He has written eight prior books including “I Was Blind But Now I See.” James writes at jamesaltucher.com the most personal, embarrassing stuff a person can possibly write. He tweets @jaltucher.
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- Building up the idea muscle.
- How to effectively network.
- How to take action on your ideas.
- How to become a better and more interesting writer.
This book should be given as a gift to every unemployed person in America. It's one of Altucher's best books yet (content, book cover, quick read format, humor, randomness, etc). It's also the funniest book he has written.
There is some repetition, but that only stresses the importance of certain topics instead of making them dull. To paraphrase Zig Ziglar, repetition is the mother of learning and the father of action. Building the idea muscle is one of most important and frequently covered topics in the book. I know the importance of this from James' blog posts, but the book gives good inspiration to take it seriously and actually do it.
Another reason I loved the book is the randomness of it. You really don't know what is going to be covered on the next page. Some pages might cover heavy questions like the meaning of life while others feature subtly brilliant ideas like returning emails from 3 years ago.
I'm looking forward to seeing what book James has coming up next.
If you like James Altucher, you'll enjoy this book. However, I believe the book "Choose Yourself" is the better one.
His somewhat spartan (by the standards of the digital age) way of life is deserves serious consideration.
I am a fan of James Altucher (could you tell?) and see him as very creative. His personal philosophy about school, money and life in general is well worth the price of the book.
Going to buy this book as soon as soon as the new iPad is released :)
EDIT 4/14/12: Bought the new iPad, bought the book. Was reading it last night. Blown away, as always, by the actionable wisdom in this book. He covers so many topics, from investing to marriage, all with sincere honesty and hard-earned experience. Highly recommend.
He has a conversational ability to reach out to readers in this book. He opens eyes and minds, he shocks on occasion because the masses have lost hope and occasionally a jump start is required. There's no bulls**t in this volume. Answers in the book are strong and credible. Why? Because he's been through what the readers are going through. He's helping them learn from his own mistakes, his misery, his success. He does what Muses do. Muses experience the pain, learn the lessons, pass on the lessons so others may improve. James is a Master Muse of Life Lessons. He responds about love, college (don't do it), housing (don't buy a house), starting a business, cheating, lying, sex, Batman (He had lots of issues becoming emotionally attached to women).
Highlights include: Railing against Corporate America "Your boss usually sucks and some eventually stabs you in the back. It's inevitable." Networking: "Every day reach find one person to reach out to and stay in touch with." Perfectionism: "Perfectionism only leads to eventual shame or regret." The world: Everyone has low points. We live in a falsely perfect world. Everyone has failed, has sacrificed, has cried and has done stupid things. Do be open about yours and people will relate and find it funny. And then love you for giving them permission to do so." Politics: "I will never care about who is President. Not a single politician has ever made me happier or sadder. So I don't care who is elected ever." On retirement: "The simple answer is: never retire. People die within 2 years of retiring on average. So unless you want to die, don't retire. But transformation is another story. After spending 45 years as a janitor at the pencil factory it might be time to try something new." I'm not even tapping the surface here.
My fav line of the book? "Greed is good if you are good."
James does it again. Enjoy the muse.