Book Review : Choose Yourself: Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream by James Altucher

First thought: Don’t worry; it’s not another self-help book. It’s more than that.

If your book starts with, “The world is changing. Markets have crashed. Jobs have disappeared. Industries have been disrupted and are being remade before our eyes. Everything we aspired to for “security,” everything we thought was “safe,” no longer is: College. Employment. Retirement. Government. It’s all crumbling down. In every part of society, the middlemen are being pushed out of the picture. No longer is someone coming to hire you, to invest in your company, to sign you, to pick you. It’s on you to make the most important decision in your life: Choose Yourself.”, do you want to keep it down? You probably shouldn’t.

The book talks about creating art, making millions of dollars, and changing the world without “help”. It gives you an insight of heartbreaking and inspiring story of James Altucher along with dozens of case studies, examples, and interviews.

Another interesting thing about the book was James made an offer to all his readers. He adds that people don’t value book that is given for free and that is why he came up with this offer where if you can prove him that you actually read the book, he will give you your money back or donate it to a charity WomenForWomen International.

He gives you ways to prove him that you read his book which is to send him a copy of the receipt to IReadChooseYourself@gmail.com or an honest opinion or a photograph with the book. He so has his ways unfortunately only for the first three months of the official publication date.

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Highlights:

  • The book made his mark on 12 Best Business Books of All Time.
  • Foreword by Dick Costolo,Ex-CEO of Twitter.
  • The book really helps you to develop your idea muscle.

Learning’s from the book:

  • Only do the things you enjoy.
  • Take care of your house.
  • Don’t time travel.
  • Don’t gossip.
  • Be passionate.
  • Don’t have opinions.
  • Your time will come.

James Altucher’s thoughts:

  • I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.
  • Every day is about reinvention. You’re never finished.
  • A scarcity complex will never lead to any success in life.

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And my favourite parts of the book:

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Do yourself a favour today, Choose yourself. Read this book, it has helped a lot of people including the author himself. Here is the proof:

http://www.quora.com/James-Altucher-claims-that-coming-up-with-10+-ideas-every-day-would-completely-change-someones-life-within-6-months-Have-you-tried-this-out-What-were-your-results

It’s full of “Here’s a story about how James Altucher helped me land my current job”, “It actually does work”, “All of this started because I learned to respect my thoughts and use them wisely. James’ list method is an excellent tool to help anyone begin or carry on that process.”

Trust me, if this blog helps you to read this over amazing book, I will be too glad and yeah, Mr. James Altucher too.

P.S. I have already recommended the book at my Organization’s Information Resource center; anybody can issue it from there or take it from me provided it’s in safe hands: D(It’s my second favourite after “The monk who sold his Ferrari“ by Robin Sharma).I read this book not once but twice.Not that I didn’t understood but I dint want to miss anything about this book 🙂

Don’t forget to follow him on Twitter @jaltucher, read his Quora/blogs (http://www.jamesaltucher.com/), and his podcasts.

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And for more comic versions  :

http://techcrunch.com/2012/03/04/how-i-screwed-yasser-arafat-out-of-2-million-the-comic-book/

Hope it helps. Choose yourself. 11948079_10153527013993180_1399329301_n11911061_10153527111978180_752571828_n

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A feeling so immense,

Ready to be your soul partner,

Refuse to go away.

One fine morning, the feeling woke up and asked me, ’Why are you giving me so much pain? What is this agony about when I am the one who keeps you happy in mist of all the other feelings? You should reciprocate the same to me. Saying all this, a tiny tear rolled down feeling’s face.

A golden crystal,

So pure as reflecting the world within,

Rest on my lap.

I stone heartedly starred at feeling and thought how deeply she is connected to me.

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Feeling baffled,

And constantly irked my brain,

To come up with a solution to make her feel good.

The brain, a part of me,

Seems to be already overcrowded with all the thoughts,

Requesting all of them to be in sync with each other.

Alas, Feelings not able to make her presence as well as importance felt at brain, disheartened.

Though she still believes that I will listen to her,

She sat in front of me with frown eyebrows and rolling lips,

Looking around with all hope.

Her eyes met mine,

As if pleading me to move on,

For she hopes she will be my soul loving partner,

Promising me to stay connected.

 

She hold my hand and with all the calmness,

Whispered to me,

‘Never despair’.

Looking onto her,

I knew I may doubt myself but I mean world to her.

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