- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Hay House Inc. (July 15, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401945872
- ISBN-13: 978-1401945879
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 278 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Power of No: Because One Little Word Can Bring Health, Abundance, and Happiness Paperback – July 15, 2014
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"James Altucher is scary smart."
— Stephen Dubner, author of Freakonomics
"What I like about James is you can tell he came from a roller coaster. He chose his own path to success without knowing the outcome. And . . . one thing is for sure: if you don’t make courageous choices for yourself, nobody else will."
— Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter
About the Author
James Altucher is a successful entrepreneur, chess master, spiritual teacher, and writer. Claudia Azula Altucher is an author and a teacher of yoga, meditation, and philosophy. Together they inspire people through their writings, talks, online seminars, and Twitter Q&A sessions, shedding light on topics from stress and anxiety to money and relationships to accessing and honoring our true selves. James is the author of eleven books, including the bestseller Choose Yourself. His blog, The Altucher Confidential, has attracted more than 15 million readers since its launch in 2010. Claudia is the author of 21 Things to Know Before Starting an Ashtanga Yoga Practice and frequently gives talks and retreats on yoga and meditation. Both have published their writings in media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Thought Catalog, and Elephant Journal.
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The book starts with a NO Bill of Rights. Here we find 11 rights such as, our right to take OUR time, the right to healthy relationships and real love, the right to have an abundant and fulfilled life, etc.
Next, our authors, James and his wife Claudia, alternate back and forth, providing stories of the power of the word NO.
We start with some of the more obvious things where we should say NO. We should say NO to negative chatter, gossip, toxic people, etc.
As we progress through the book, we get into a bit more of the new age kind of thinking such as how saying NO to certain things helps with “mindset, abundance, gratitude, vibration” and all the familiar terms bandied about in the personal development space.
Some chapters offer practice exercises at the end. One that I found of value was Claudia’s tips for “being still.” I continue to practice meditation, but my mind races like the Energizer Bunny, so I’m still a work in progress. Claudia offers a couple of new suggestions that I’ll likely give a whirl.
This is a simple book and you might have 2-3 hours in total to get front to back. It’s extremely helpful information but most of it I’ve come across from prior reading. I desperately could have used the insight on the power of saying NO about 10 years ago, but seeing as this was only written in 2014, that was impossible!
Amazon gives this one 4.5 stars after 280 reviews. Goodreads is less generous with 3.55 stars after 952 ratings and 88 reviews.
This is my first Altucher experience and I read that Choose Yourself is a good one from James. I really enjoyed this one, especially the authenticity of authors, their willingness to share their vulnerabilities, and some of their darker days.
I give it 4 stars and I highly recommend it for anyone who needs to learn to say NO!
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What this book contains is some very random thoughts spread out in an illogical way through way too many pages. You can tell that James Altucher is a high-level thinker, but he puts far too much emphasis on big words and weird theories. There's a lot of talk about God and spiritualism in this book as well, which turned me off.
He seems to be very good at telling his own life story a ton of different ways. He likes to brag. I've never read anything of his, but this is the conclusion I've drawn from reading just this book. Suffice it to say that I probably won't spend money on something of his again.
Were there a few things I learned? Yes. But this book has a very abstract way of approaching the subject that wasn't fun, easy-to-digest, or even interesting. I don't give many negative book reviews, but this one frankly deserved it.
“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.” -Bruce Lee
I liked this so much on my Kindle, I bought a paperback copy to use as a reference for all the exercises included to get us unstuck. In my case it wasn't a failure, job lose or rejection, but the death of my spouse. I spent over two years living in the things that had to be completed before I could truly move ahead without him. Living in what I believed had to be done had me stuck, as well as trying to appease others. After just a few days of following the guidance provided in the book, I woke up early, set to get moving on the projects that I had put on hold to care for others. Read it, use it, and things will change!