Choose Yourself – Interesting Thought?

It’s not original. James Altucher has published a new E-Book called, Choose Yourself. Of course I have bought it and am reading it now. As always, reading Altucher makes me think. I enjoy his writing for several reasons; his background and theories fascinate me: made and lost billions, published over 10 books, started and lost […]



It’s not original.

James Altucher has published a new E-Book called, Choose Yourself.

Of course I have bought it and am reading it now. As always, reading Altucher makes me think.

I enjoy his writing for several reasons; his background and theories fascinate me:

  • made and lost billions,
  • published over 10 books,
  • started and lost several businesses,
  • is a passionate entrepreneur
  • is highly critical of all institutions whether federal or corporate or academic
  • has hit the bottom in just about every way,
  • but now is alive and well and itching to tell his story.

But a much more important reason that I enjoy reading Altucher’s is that he challenges me.

Here are a couple of examples.

Grabbing his reader’s attention with a chapter called, “”Why Do So Many People Want to Die?”, Altucher tells us that the search term most likely to take people to his blog is, “I want to die.”

And the number two?

“I hope to die” with number three only slightly more optimistic with, “How can I disappear?”

James Altucher makes it clear that he has been there; he has thought these thoughts of self annihilation, he’s not surprised at the fact that a lot of people think a lot about dying.

I am.

Therefore his tips to those who feel that they are failing at their lives hold credence, more perhaps than the rote feel good material that is read with dispassion.

Develop what he calls, a simple daily practice. Now that is not new, of course, all of the major traditions and motivational gurus talk about the importance of a daily practice. But Altucher puts his own unique spin on it:

  • “Most people speak 2500 words per day, I try to speak just 1000 words per day. This forces me to carefully choose my words and who I engage with.
  • Sleep 8 hours.
  • Exercise.
  • No TV or junk food.
  • No complaining for one day.
  • No gossip.
  • Forgive someone.
  • Eat 2 meals rather than 3.
  • Read a spiritual text, anyone you want.
  • Write down the 10 things you do every day, then cross out one and don’t do it anymore.

These are only a few of the list of tips aimed at helping the many men and women who write this guy in desperate need of solace, of a way out, of understanding, or a lifeline.

If you are not nor have ever been there, be grateful. But consider a read for those friends who are.

If you are there, read it.

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