Choose yourself by James Altucher

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ABOUT  THE AUTHOR

James Altucher
James Altucher is an American hedge fund manager, a writer, successful entrepreneur, chess master, and investor.
He founded over 20 companies and sold some of them for more huge benefits. He has also run venture capital funds, hedge funds, angel funds, and presently sits on the boards of many companies.
James is inspiring people through hundreds of events and through weekly Q&A Twitter sessions by talking on topics like stress, fear, anxiety, money, and relationships.
His writing has seen in most major national media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, ABC, Elephant Journal, Tech Crunch, Forbes, and CNBC. His blog, The Altucher Confidential, has overture more than 10 million readers since its launch in 2010. He is the author of eleven books, which includes the motivational bestseller Choose Yourself and I Was Blind but Now I See.
Today, he is an outstanding businessman and a highly regarded author inspiring readers with his unique perspective on life.

WHEN ASKED FROM AUTHOR ABOUT THE BOOK

Book “Choose Yourself” is about?
Choose Yourself is more than a book: it is a manifesto that encourages people to approach their life in a real way. According to James
The world is changing. Markets have crashed. Jobs have dissolved. Industries have been disrupted and are being remade before our eyes.
Everything we aspired to for “security,” everything we understood was “safe,” no longer is College, Employment, Retirement, Government. It’s all collapsing down.
In every part of society, the middlemen are being pushed out of the picture. No one is 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.
New tools and economic forces have emerged to make it possible for individuals to discover art, make millions of dollars and change the world without “help.” More and more opportunities are rising out of the ashes of the broken system to generate real inward success (personal happiness and health) and outward success (fulfilling work and wealth).
This book will teach you to do just that. With dozens of case studies, interviews, and examples– like as the author, investor and entrepreneur James Altucher’s own heartbreaking and inspiring story–Choose Yourself illuminates your personal path to building a bright, new world out of the wreckage of the old.

“If you were popular that week, you got chosen first

If you were good at games, you got chosen second.

If you had friends in the team, you got chosen third.

If you were a bully, you got chosen forth.”

BOOK REVIEW

Pros

Individuality: He talks in detail about the loss of individuality in corporate culture. Overall we agree. Nowadays we are really becoming COGS within a large corporate world. Everyone who has a functioning positive mindset and good ideas should definitely take a step out of their comfort zone, learn some niche knowledge and realize that corporations are not always there to help you.
Becoming Well Rounded: In usual James fashion, he speaks to frame out your mind, body, soul and set of friends etc. If you want to build yourself up you have to care about your health which includes your body, sex life, mental health and maintaining a positive mindset.
Have Themes: This was one of the best sections it talks about having life themes versus life goals. This is a great idea and we consider everyone should follow this mindset. Instead of having “hard-set” goals like making $100K this year, have a goal of “consistently failing and recovering“.
Blogging: This is another good section to look at where he speaks to his views on running a blog. Given the content of this blog that is necessarily the route, we must take. Since we have no identity we have to build trust in a much harder way.
Problem Solving: He provides a plenty of ideas on problem-solving. That is another thing that we agree with. Instead of demanding to make a trillion dollars, simply think for your current skill-set and ask yourself what problem may I solve and then go and do it.
Haters Gonna Hate: We agree with this part of the book. You really cannot change people’s opinions and views so even if you are correct a hater would not be swayed, instead, they will spend their lots of time trying to bring you down with their negative outlook on life. Best thing is to ignore or kill them with kindness.

Cons

Blogging Trust: One thing that the book seems to miss is this: If you have a message that needs to be delivered but you will lose your job/career/business because of it how do you deliver that message? This is a major theme in the man-o-sphere that we agree with. We understand we are right whenever we say marriage is a total scam for men in today’s society. If women demand equality that is fine, however, a divorce should also be identical. Currently, the odds in a courtroom are stacked against men because we are seen as morally below women. It is entirely unjustified, both a crying woman and an emotionally distant man should be given equal credibility in the courtroom.
Relationships: The second part we disagree with should be clear based on the above point, we do not believe it is healthy to “only sleep with women you love”. This is our view, that the current culture is sick making any sort of level of love temporary insanity. we should not take a relationship seriously in the current toxic environment. If the environment will change our views will change as well.

CONCLUSION

Choose Yourself is a fantastic book. It is Filled with practical opinion, knowledge, and thought-provoking exercises. Choose Yourself is full of information to help you get the most out of your life. Despite the fact that book did wonders but it is failed to satisfy all the readers they didn’t share a good review for the book. In their views:
While there are a few decent nuggets of ideas to help you on the path to “Choose Yourself” but the book was sparse on really thought-provoking ideas. And they thought that the book was very disorganized and repetitive.According to them, the author speaks quite a bit on self-publishing which almost gets to the point of repetitiveness. People were hoping for some more practical advice from this book on how to take that risk and make it work. Maybe some tips and tricks on how to gradually phase yourself out of the corporate world without having to move into your parents’ basement. Stuff like that. But this thing was not there.

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Neha Bhushan
 

Sincere, friendly, curious, ambitious, passionate and last but not the least work addicted. Working as book reviwer, past experince in marketing and operations. Graduated from delhi university.

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