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Reinvent Yourself Paperback – January 5, 2017
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What others have said about James Altucher:
From a NY Times profile of James:
"James is on a very personal journey. He's telling you the story on Saturday, on Sunday he's talking about how it failed, and on Monday he's talking about doing it a different way." - Brian Koppelman, co-creator of the TV show, "Billions".
"James is the Oprah of the Internet" - Kamal Ravikant, author of "Rebirth", "Love Yourself", and a venture capitalist.
Other testimonials from prior books:
What I like about James and his book is you can tell he came from a roller coaster. He chose his own path to success without knowing the outcome. And what happens to him later - well... - (Dick Costolo, former CEO of Twitter)
Altucher has turned his misfortune into a source of wisdom and comfort for the despondent. - (Business Week)
James Altucher is scary smart - (Stephen Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics)
James Altucher is the best blogger of our generation. - (Timothy Sykes, The Rebel Millionaire)
We are beginning to build a massive amount of respect for James Altucher due to his willingness to say things that will get him absolutely pilloried by the masses. - (Business Insider)
James is one of the most successful and content people I know. - (Machael Lazerow, founder of Buddy Media and Golf.com)
If you need to see an example of vulnerability done well, just read the work of James Altucher. - (Search Engine Journal)
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 5, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 406 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1541137132
- ISBN-13 : 978-1541137134
- Item Weight : 1.19 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.92 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #244,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I enjoyed reading Reinvent Yourself. The book is packed with useful advice. Here are eight of my favorite quotes:
1. We are what we experience every day - “You are not just the average of the five people around you. You’re the average of the five habits you do, the things you eat, the ideas you have, the content you consume, etc.”
2. “Learning never stops. Many people die at 25 but are not put in the coffin until 75. The learning stopped for them early.”
3. Quantity often leads to quality - “Try many things. One thing I realized is that quantity equals quality. People think it’s one or the other but it’s not. When you have a quantity of ideas and things you are trying, you will find quality.”
4. On mentoring - “Believe it or not, sometimes it’s just as good (often better) to read all of their materials rather than be directly mentored.”
5. On how to be creative - “People say, “Everything has already been written.” Everything has already been said. But that’s a lie. I think every outline has already been written. But each human has a unique fingerprint. Just putting that fingerprint on an outline makes it yours, different, unique. And through practice and vulnerability, you make that fingerprint something others want to see.”
6. On how to sell - “If I want to sell an idea, if I want to convince, if I want someone to like to me, I have to figure out how to connect.”
7. On how to find your unique niche - “It’s hard to be the greatest at any one endeavor, but by combining passions, it’s much easier to be the greatest in the world at the intersections of those passions (because there are billions of things that can intersect, you can find your own place in the “long tail of passion” to be the master of).”
8. “But the only thing that gets results is action. Not a single ounce of greatness in history ended with thoughts. It happened with hands. With actions.”
James is an Idea Guy. The main takeaway you'll get from these books is to write down 10 ideas a day, and develop the good ones. If you have a really good idea, figure out the next step to take. What separates a big idea from a small one - and what makes an idea "too big" for you, is if you can figure out the next step.
These books are the result of James being a voracious reader, insatiably curious, and focused on getting better every day. The mindset behind these books are worth the price. They're full of ideas, and if even one changes you for the better, that's a good ten bucks.
The cons are, the books are full of typos. He also re-published several sections of "Choose Yourself" inside "Reinvent Yourself". These are the actions of a hack writer. If you consider yourself a literate or well-read person, you'll probably be very annoyed by this. But you can also learn from it. The mindset of an entrepreneur is to "fail fast, fail forward," meaning create something rapidly, don't worry if it's not perfect, get it done, and move on to the next thing. This mindset is what can actually create your company. It's also the mindset of why every company becomes terrible once it goes public, and why so many things across every industry are of poor quality.
If you read this book, learn from the nuggets of gold AS WELL AS what James is doing wrong. Don't be a hack writer, or a hack entrepreneur. Take the time to do things well, so you can build a reputation for quality. I'm glad I read these books, but I definitely won't be buying any more of them.
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Also, the pages are super difficult to turn, and the edges are sharp. Might seem like daft quibbles, but there is no need for it.
It is so far from what I was expecting, given the title and the description, that I struggled to get my head around what I was reading.
I was about to give up on it, after 100 pages, it just wasn't working, but I pushed on. By page 140, things started making a bit of sense. After that, things got a lot better.
Now I've finished it, I feel as it won't be long before I read it again, and I think it will make a lot more sense.
Giving three stars would be mean, but it's not quite a four, to be honest.
I'll read it again, I'm glad I bought it.
It has some real gems of advice, and some great insights, which could have been condensed into something half the size.
However, it's a worthy read, well worth the money, and I'd highly recommend it.