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Choose Yourself! by [Altucher, James]
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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.

New tools and economic forces have emerged to make it possible for individuals to create 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–including 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.

About the Author

James Altucher is a successful entrepreneur, chess master, investor and writer. He has started and run more than 20 companies, and sold several of those businesses for large exits. He has also run venture capital funds, hedge funds, angel funds, and currently sits on the boards of several companies. His writing has appeared in most major national media outlets (Wall Street Journal, ABC, Financial Times, Tech Crunch, Forbes, CNBC, etc). His blog has attracted more than 10 million readers since its launch in 2010. This is his 11th book.

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Buy this book if:

- you feel like a failure
- you're in a rut and need a boost
- you feel like you need a routine
- you want a better life but you don't know where to start
- you want to know how to start small and compound your efforts

I picked up Choose Yourself, along with three other 'mindset' books, on Audible. Out of the four, Altucher's Choose Yourself is the one that stuck.

What's interesting about James Altucher is he doesn't hide his shortcomings. Whereas most people would hide or at least downplay the severity of their failures, James holds nothing back. From losing millions of dollars to relationships with friends and family, it's all on display.

But it doesn't stop there. James has developed systems for coming back from the brink. Whether it's the daily practice, becoming an idea machine, or teaching you how to find mentors, James' stuff actually works.

The catch is that if you want to truly benefit from these ideas, you have to use them. But the beauty of Choose Yourself is that it starts small and it quickly becomes a lifestyle.

Why would you stop doing something that works?
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I had heard a lot about James over the past 6 months, but it wasn't until a mutual friend mentioned that Jame's book was critical to his transformation that I finally "splurged" (it cost me $2.06 CA) to buy his book. And I am going to tell you why I LOVED it. Because I came away with 3 ideas that have been absolute game changers for me.

The biggest is the notion of having an idea journal. I have heard this before, but it was not until I read how James used it to pull himself up after hitting rock bottom that I saw the true potential. It has been 4+ weeks and counting and I an amazed how transformative that idea has been.

The second is the power of gratitude. James isn't the first to talk about this. I remember reading something about Oprah doing it. I did try it for awhile but I didn't really have a strong enough "why" to continue it for any significant length of time. But after reading "Choose Yourself" I got it. Gratitude is a muscle, just as generating ideas is a muscle. You have to work at developing both otherwise they wither and their transformational powers are squandered.

And third, I truly believe transparency is the new online currency. James holds nothing back. And that is what makes his book so ans his story so special. It's not a book filled with self-help references. It's a book filled with practical advice about his journey to rebuild his life one day at a time with a few core principles.

Without question this has been the most influential book (person) in my life in 2013. Much thanks Senor Altucher. :-)
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As self-help books go, this one is pretty original. A lot of great ideas that I have not read elsewhere like the "idea creating machine".

One downside, however, is the "schizophrenic" organization. The topics do not seem to flow logically. This is easy to get over because you'll find Jame's Altucher's writing style simple and uncomplicated. It feels like he is talking to you himself and being a pretty cool and honest guy. When you are in a conversation with a good friend over coffee, you don't really expect the flow of topics to make sense-- tangents are often welcomed. That's how this book reads. Good talk James.
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Inspirational! Have recommended it many times! Fires you up to take action in your life. Even if you feel crummy, at times, like Altucher has, get off the floor and make changes-do it yourself! You'll be glad for the faith in yourself, and the courage you never knew you had.
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A great read indeed. And really it is the absolute honesty of the book that captivates and allows you the option of trusting the author. Unlike a lot of books, this one is filled with real life examples. There's none of the hand wavy theories that 'should' work. Or vague advise. Nope. "This is what I did, and this is what happened, here's how to do it and here a few ideas to go along."
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A phenomenal read. Profound thoughts cleverly crafted and presented in a humorous and conversational way. There are massively beneficial and practical take-aways for personal transformation, however, the entertainment value alone makes this book totally worthwhile. James Wallace
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James Altucher inspires and motivates in Choose Yourself. But his incredible value is adding the "how," in the form of tips and personal anecdotes. For instance, Adopt a daily practice (which incorporates four key areas of one's life, Physical; Emotional; Mental & Spiritual); Think up 10 ideas a day; and one of my favourites: "Don't have opinions." In his books and blog posts, Altucher tells us how he emerged from the pits of despair to a functioning and productive human being. He is genuine and compassionate, and in encouraging us to start with those 10 ideas a day, it makes us believe that we too can begin to choose ourself.
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If you follow Altucher's blog, you'll recognize most of the "chapters" or entries in here. But it's still nice to have what he curates as his best and recent writings on various topics, like self-employment and improving your own life. Altucher pushes people to try out his "Daily Practice" in which you enrich your mental, spiritual, physical and emotional parts of your life. I also like his write up of being an idea generator and tactics to coming up with ideas.

Lots of good information and tips. I recommend it as a way to re-ignite yourself.
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