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How To Be The Luckiest Person Alive! by [Altucher, James]
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From the Back Cover

LISTEN! You've been hypnotized. You've been told you need a corporate job. You need a college degree. You need stability. You need the white picket fence. 
Snap your fingers in front of your face. The American Religion is a myth. You don't need the superficial external manifestations of the American Myth. Building from the core you can create the luck you need, the health you want, and find the success you seek.
Stability is only in your mind. There's $15 Trillion dollars in our economy, recession or no recession. It's falling like snow. Reach out with your tongue and taste it.

About the Author

James Altucher has failed and succeeded at a bunch of different businesses. He's written six books. He has fun in life.

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  • File Size: 376 KB
  • Print Length: 167 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 20, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051XX724
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According to the intro, "How to be the Luckiest Person Alive" is supposed to "unleash the core that will drive you from desire to ambition to meaning." Readers can be forgiven if they are still a confused. This book isn't The Secret and it's not going to help you figure out what your life means. It also won't talk about luck.

So what does the book actually cover? A lot. An awful lot. Everything from whether to buy a house, what to do when you're suddenly wealthy, why to avoid college, and how to fire employees. It's nominally about some very high-level generalities about running startup businesses.

The biggest problem is that everything is in lists. Long lists. Long lists with little supporting detail or emphasis. Any real points quickly get lost as he races from one bullet to the next, with no hint which is essential, which is a joke and which is just filler. In one classic chapter, he rattles off over 80 "rules" for a business. Some some like crucial, vital pieces of information like "get a customer" and "be profitable". These rules sound like they can make or break a business and should always be followed. Other rules sound like handy tips, like "have killer parties" and "at Christmas, donate money to every customer's favorite charity." By the time you've droned through ten pages, everything blurs and the really key ideas (whichever they were) are lost. And since it is just a long list of rules, most readers will forget them before the chapter is done.

After he goes through several anecdotes including an uncomfortable chapter when he seems fixated on how much sex and drugs he did in college, the useful content more or less fizzes out. There's no real conclusion and nothing to wrap it up.
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I am a regular reader of James Altucher's blog, and immediately purchased this book when I learned of it. I was excited to read this, but am very disappointed. The book is basically a copy and paste rehash of his blog posts. On his blog, he admits that it took him three weeks to put this book together. It shows. The book is full of misspellings and typos. One of the chapters invites readers to leave a comment in the comment section - obviously something that should have been edited out when pasting from his blog.

I really wanted to like this book, however it is so sloppy that it is almost unreadable.
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This book falls into the Janis Joplin category "It's so good don't ever start." It's really hard not to read another chapter. I found myself reading instead of working. I am buying more copies for my entrepreneur buddies.

Altucher has screwed up more deals, passed up more opportunities, and utterly thrown away more money than anybody I know. He tells you exactly how he did it. As he points out, you learn most from your mistakes, and he's learned a lot.

I've read the other reviews. They all are truthful. Your expectations will become your reality.

So just buy the book, OK? Your Margarita last night cost more. But this is funny and lasts longer.
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After I received a copy of the e-book version of this book for free, Mr. Althucher asked if I would post a comment at Amazon.com once I had a chance to read it. I have answered affirmatively, so what follows is a general impression on the book format and a summary of my findings regarding the contents of the book.

Although the book reads fast, it is not an easy read. There's a wealth of information and a great variety of topics; and the book is structured to read more as a collection of separate blog entries with certain repetitions (for which we are warned at the beginning of the book). All of the above makes it difficult to absorb everything at once, so re-reading is required, and the cost of this was 1 star on the rating scale.

In my view, the Daily Practice recommendations are what the book is all about. A smart play with words aside, Mr. Althucher shows us not how to be the luckiest person alive, instead he teaches us how to be physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually FIT so that we will be able to recognize/create, as well as act on/follow through opportunities for bettering our lives. I put some of the recommendations to action (the physical and mental ones) and was ashamed to realize that first; I couldn't even do 5 push-ups and second; that after relying on a calculator for my daily tasks for so long, my mental "muscle" "objected" when I tried to add two numbers in my head. Not good...

The rest of the advise given in this book (on education, writing, housing, stocks, entrepreneurship, health, negotiating, customer service, etc.) is brutally honest (I laughed a lot about the "functional idiot" comment) and very much real life. On the surface this may cause the reader to form an opinion that Mr.
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I read this kindle during break times over four days. It was a fast read and a great read. I love the start up world and the swirl of tales that go with it. I think for many of us it will be like what the sixties were to the certain segment of the population that did the Haight Ashbury thing and all the stories and bands and thinkers and philosophies that emerged in and around that. If there was one solid you could take away and use starting this minute it is the technique to generate ideas. That alone is worth a million dollars.
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