Choose yourself is all about the new era we live in where the corporations who used to control our lives or gives us validation are slowly losing their power (e.g. you don’t need a record label to become a massive star. Like Justin Beiber, you can start posting your videos online instead of waiting for a validation from a label). But I’m not here to talk about that, you should read the book if you want to know that. I already know that. I work outside the corporate sphere after all.
But I’m not here to talk about that, you should read the book if you want to learn about that. I already know that. I work outside the corporate sphere after all.
I’m here to talk about the tidbits of wisdom James shared in the book that I find useful.
1. Exercise your brain muscles every day
James’ prescription it to write down 10 ideas a day. They don’t have to be great ideas. They can be out of this world. The expected outcome is that you’ll always be thinking like a problem solver and you’ll come up with ideas that are out of the box which is a great tool for any situation.
Here’s an example of my ideas: Find a way to make vegetables taste like hamburger and mass produce that (probably not an original). Online grocery shopping/shopper and have a delivery service to go along with it. Have everyone be bitten by a bug that causes them to be allergic to meat (this bug actually exists)–we will solve health problems and even global warming.
2. Learn one thing from every person you meet
You may hate a person, but force yourself to ask, What can I learn from this asshole? And you’ll be better off.
3. You succeed by being honest.
Honesty is a priceless commodity that has compounding interest. Dishonesty only works up until it doesn’t and after that, you’re (usually) ruined for the rest of your life or it will take a loooonngg time to win over that trust again or it never goes back to 100%. Do not believe that you need to be dishonest to get further in life. Honesty is still king.
4. Have a daily practice
Nourish yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually every day. This is what it means to choose yourself. James will explain it better here.
Should you read this book?
If you have time, want to have fun while learning, and have $0.99–then yes. Or no. You can just read one or two articles a day from jamesaltucher.com. In many ways, his book is his blog and his blog is this book.
Hope you have fun!