I'm admittedly extremely late to the James Altucher party. But at least I got here, damn it. That's all that really matters, no?
Have I mentioned I'm a bit of a business self-help book hoarder? Well, I'm actually an all-genres book hoarder, but since this blog is work-y, I'm endeavoring to stay on topic.
I have no idea when or where I bought this, but in typical fashion, I read a few pages and then got distracted by the next shiny new toy in my path. It was only when I saw a recent piece in the NY Times about James Altucher's latest antics that I thought:
Hey, I think I have the book they're yapping about in this story.
Where the heck did I put it?
Scampering off to one of the many pockets of my pad in which I stash my many hoarded books, I found my copy of Choose Yourself fairly quickly and dove in.
I doubt, super-duper seriously, that Monsieur Altucher will ever see this post, so I will bravely skate out onto the book ice here and say that he probably could have used an editor for this self-published tome.
He veers off into TMI at times, and there were several moments, mid-paragraph, when I wanted to grab him by the collar and say:
"Keep it classy, Altucher. Please, for the love of God, keep it classy."
HOWEVER, dear friends and RSS subscribers (yay! I actually have RSS subscribers!), there is so much mega-smarts in this book that I need to share it with you.
The maje take-away: The Man isn't going to help you do anything anymore, so you kinda just gotta put on your big-girl (or big-boy) undies and own that concept. Let it really sink in. You're on your own. No one is coming to save you and hand you career stability and financial security on a silver platter.
If you're on the younger side, you probably already know that. If you're, cough-cough, in your late 40s and beyond, it can be extremely difficult to stop thinking that you need to get hired for an actual job. You know... the kind with a salary. And benefits. And the possibility of being fired at a moment's notice.
It's that last bit - the possibility of being fired at a moment's notice - that you really need to consider before you spend a whole lot of time and effort trying to land a job.
But if you still want to go that route, make sure to have a Plan B, a Plan C and possibly even a Plan D in your back pocket. This fantastic (if at times a little TMI) book by James Altucher can help you with all that.