Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth – James Altucher

Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth – James Altucher

This is a post I wrote for LongTermPassiveIncome.com I liked this book so much I thought I would post the book review on my personal site because it was THAT GOOD! I’m not sure why I picked up this book.  I got a random email from a famous person who I can’t remember the name of, who recommended the book. When it comes to books I am the most impulsive buyer ever.  I will load up the Kindle App on my phone and buy.  I’m so impulsive I even turned on the “One Click Buy” feature. I had also never heard of James Altucher who has accomplished a fair amount in his life.  He has created and sold his website Stockpickr.com for 10million USD. He claims he is mainly an investor and doesn’t want to run companies,  I respect that. I don’t want to run a big company either.  My favourite thing is eating pizza and playing video games. He has also gone broke multiple times in his life but kept at it. THE BOOK: 279 pages This is the first James Altucher book I have ever read, and after completing this book I may just pick up a couple of his others. The book is laid out in 3 parts: Part 1:  New Game New Rules The book is called Choose Yourself because you have to stop comparing yourself to others and focus on you because the society is changing FAST. “Here’s a secret:  you don’t have to worry about “finding” your passion.  You’re naturally going to get passionate about what you are good at.” Altucher also emphasizes that...

Simple Principles To Become A Millionaire – What I Learned

I just finished reading Simple Principles To Become A Millionaire by Alex Lluch.  I purchased this book about 3 years ago and only really sat down to read it last week.  This book contains 200 Simple Principles that one should adopt into their lives if they want to become a millionaire. When I bought this book it was because I wanted a “pick up and read anytime” book.  Don’t get me wrong this is one of those books you can pick up and read for 10 mins but its so much more than that. This book is written and organized in such a way it almost takes you on a journey of what its like to become a millionaire. It starts off with Principles for “What It Means To Be A Millionaire” continues through to “Believing In Yourself” then “Taking Action” and finally “What To Do Once You Have ‘made it’.” Here are some of my favorite principles from the book: Never Compare Your Wealth To Others – pg 57 “While it is tempting to look to others to guage your performance, your best measuring stick is in fact, yourself.  The truth of the matter is that someone, somewhere will earn more or invest better than you.  If you fixate on beating others or being beaten, you’ll never give yourself a chance to celebrate when you have accomplished something truly incredible in your own right.” Make Your Internal Voice The Loudest In The Room – pg 96 “When you embark on your path to wealth, you will inevitably come across naysayers.  People who are threatened by your blossoming positivity...
Those Damn Dirty Lies

Those Damn Dirty Lies

I recently finished reading Lying by Sam Harris.  This short 80 page book discusses that all lies, even those innocent seeming “white lies” need to be eliminated for us as a civilization to build a better world.  The over all premise of the book is essentially, transparency of our communication  leads to deeper and more fulfilling relationships. Easier said than done for many of us. A common example of lying that occurs is when someone gets sick and keeps that information to themselves.  Example:  A woman was diagnosed with MS.  The doctor informed the husband of this but they both felt it would stress out the wife so they told her she had arthritis.  The woman meanwhile went to the library and self diagnosed herself taking into account symptoms.  Her children were told by both the husband and the wife that she only had arthritis. Eventually the woman was hospitalized 1 year later.  The husband admitted to knowing and the woman also confessed that she new she had MS.  The real tragedy here is that because the lie halted communication between parties the chance to deepen and strengthen their relationship as a family was now lost.  The children were more than taken aback when their mother went into the hospital for arthritis but never came back out. “When we pretend not to know the truth, we must also pretend not to be motivated by it.” A less extreme example but just as damaging is the classic, “Do I Look Fat In This Dress?”  Many women and men say that the correct answer is to lie because what the person...