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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.Read more ›
I really wanted to like this book, however it is so sloppy that it is almost unreadable.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is James Altucher’s first self-published book. I have read quite a few of his books so I noticed some repetitive chapters. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Rafael
Great advice on how to get and stay lucky. Daily practice to ensure and reinforce. Can be an on going workbook. Deserves rereading and sharing.Published 13 months ago by Glenn
An inspiring book. I really admire James' can do never lie down and die attitude. I think we could all do with a bit of luck. Start now and buy his book.Published 14 months ago by J.P. Henry
I wish I had read this book 10 years ago, incredibly insightful real life experiences packed with wisdom, logic and humor. One to be picked up and read again and again. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Grant Tate
Altucher writes common sense truths that will help you succeed. Spot on. One of the most under rated authors of our time.Published on June 12, 2014 by D. Moore
Everything James writes is great, and this is no exception. He just doesn't think like everyone else.
Read it, learn it, live it.
Unusual writing style -- and that's fine. But you could remove the first 90 percent of the book and get the same message. The final message IS very good stuff.Published on January 10, 2014 by Donald L. Schenck