Choose Yourself by James Altucher: Money, Self-Development And Motivation


I like James Altucher. He’s got this “honesty” thing down better than anyone I know.

I was trying to search for the exact blog post, where he told that he just plainly steals from everyone, but it seems that he has made an entire blog post (which I had missed) dedicated to stealing.

That requires some balls.

The actual review

The book “Choose Yourself” is a mixture of the new state of economy, being happy and maybe getting some money in the process. It’s always nice to read things that are similar to your own line of thinking and that is where James succeeds often.

The new economy

I’ve had lots of thoughts about the new state of economy, where people have to take more responsibility for themselves, where traditional industry will be dominated by machinery, leaving people up to the creative jobs.

James tells you to pick yourself instead of waiting to be picked by someone.

These kinds of thoughts are not mainstream yet, but the shift that is happening is clearly visible. The book gives great insight to this and it’s recommended for anyone who wants more from their lives than the traditional 9-5.

The daily practice

James has also included a self-development section: nothing new for me, but welcomed nonetheless. We are introduced to “daily practice”, which is Altuchers own way of dealing with daily life and keeping things in balance. I can agree to a degree that it works as I’ve done something similar in the past, changing my life completely.

I like it how James’ line of thinking is clearly influenced by spirituality, but he doesn’t talk too much about it: just the important key-points are introduced and that’s it. In my opinion spirituality is awesome, but incredibly poorly branded. In Choose Yourself it’s clearly visible that Altucher has left out all the mysticism that makes it reclusive for a lot of people.

The disappointment

There was one thing that I found slightly disappointing in the book: James used old content from his blog posts that I had read already.

Then again I was surprised how I wasn’t too bothered about it.

Maybe it’s his honesty, I don’t know.

The Good:

  • The writing is engaging, honest and fun. If you like Altuchers writing, you won’t be disappointed.
  • Very inspiring (I might read it again at some point)
  • Lots of stories and analogies
  • Compact. In other words, it wasn’t too long

The Bad:

  • James used too much content from his blog.

The Verdict:


It was a great read.

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