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I Was Blind But Now I See: Time to Be Happy Paperback – September 16, 2011
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About the Author
James Altucher has written seven books, has written articles for every paper and website in the known universe. Has run several businesses. Has ridden the roller coaster of success and failure many times, in money, love, success, career, etc. Now he shares his experiences on how to get it right, unravel the brainwashing, and ultimately succeed and be happy.
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Altucher's on a soapbox you may or may not agree with, but he'll make you think. He starts with a poignant memory -- Christian and Jewish boys facing off on a playground -- and asks, "why would six-year-olds care enough about something 2000 years old to fight about it? It's because from an early age on, we're brainwashed about almost every single belief we hold dear."
I have to agree with him there, but just as often I didn't buy in. For instance, if you're one of the unlucky dupes stuck in a day job and can't quit this very instant, make yourself competitive by sucking up to your boss, getting to work two hours ahead of him, and giving him credit for all your bright ideas. Is this the 1950s?
Altucher calls attention to his mistakes and makes myriad typos, as others have pointed out: "As I write this I see I misspelled 'guarantee' in the sentence before this one. I'm not even going to correct it. Because in the next version of the American Dictionary they will include 'gurantee' and say as the definition: 'see "guarantee."' Because that's the way I roll."
He also calls BS on the Law of Attraction and personal finance (Rhonda Byrne and Suze Orman fans, don't bother), and tells how to deal with crappy people (some of the best advice I've read).
Why did I love this book? Because it's a slush pile of brain teasers, stunning advice, and passionate polemics that comes across as 100% inspired and genuine. You'll need to sort for yourself.
For someone like me, who's not familiar with Altucher's blog, it's a great way to get up to speed before jumping on the rollercoaster with him.
The first post I read was about entrepreneurship and I bookmarked the site looking forward to more inspiration. But what I ended up reading was post after post from James not only about small biz but about struggling with demons, working to be happier, going after what you want and not always following the herd of sheep. James writes from the MOST HONEST place I have ever read on a blog. So may people on social media/blogs try to build themselves up into the Guru of the Month. James is just honest.
I really enjoyed this book as it takes a lot of what he talks about on the blog and expands on it. I'm still not convinced on the whole "not owning a home" and "don't send your kids to college right out of high school" plan. But I am willing to listen. This isn't a self help book but I absolutely will be a better person now that I have read it. Not only to the world but to myself.
James, you rock!
The content is enjoyable and engaging, and at 99 cents it's hard to complain. Still, I'd rather pay $1.99 (or whatever it takes, actually) and see the copy get properly edited. This book is so full of grammatical errors that it makes you feel like you're grading it. Hopefully the author reads these reviews and at least corrects the digital version.
He reminds us what is truly important in life. Spending quality time with loved ones is at the top of the list .
This young writer has been through it all and has gained wisdom through pain
. If you are not satisfied with the stressful life you are leading, this book will help you get in touch with your own spirit and give you the courage to make some positive changes
." I was Blind But Now I See" offers encouragement to think for yourself.