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Skip the Line: Ingenious, Simple Strategies to Propel Yourself to Wealth, Success and Happiness Kindle Edition
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The 10,000-hour rule isn't the only way to achieve mastery. Entrepreneur, angel investor and bestselling author James Altucher reveals a new mindset and proven toolkit that will empower anybody to quickly acquire the skills they need to succeed and achieve their dreams.
We live in a hierarchical world where experience has traditionally been the key to promotion. But that period is over! Straight, clear-cut career trajectories no longer exist. Industries disappear, job descriptions change, and people's interests and passions evolve. The key to riding this wave is to constantly be curious about what's next, to be comfortable with uncertainty so you can keep navigating the rough waters ahead, and most importantly, to pursue the things that interest you.
In Skip the Line, James reveals how he went from struggling and depressed to making his personal, financial, and creative dreams come true. While showing you how to approach change and crisis, he gives you tools to help easily execute ideas, become an expert negotiator, attract the attention of those around you, scale promising ideas, and improve leadership - which will catapult you higher than you ever thought possible and at a speed that everyone will tell you is impossible.
About the Author
James Altucher is a successful entrepreneur, angel investor, prolific writer, podcaster, and chess master. He has started and run more than twenty companies and is invested in over thirty. He is the author of eighteen books, including the bestsellers The Power of No and Choose Yourself. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Observer, Financial Times, Huffington Post, and TechCrunch. He also writes a popular blog and hosts a successful podcast, The James Altucher Show.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B08F9HQX6B
- Publisher : Virgin Digital (February 25, 2021)
- Publication date : February 25, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2184 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 263 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,487,986 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2021
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Ostensibly, this is James Altucher at 50-something. He never really 'fits' in and it makes him the success he is today. A friend and mentor for over a decade who after boom and bust in his life, financial and otherwise, is now deeply entrenched in the lessons that accelerate the booms and minimize the busts.
In other words, he's on a life's highway finally paved, and possesses the map of experience to help all of us reach our next destinations with maturity, wisdom, and armed with rules of the road. This book showcases a maturity of James I haven't witnessed in past writings.
I've been fortunate to learn firsthand from James. From the time we witnessed the genesis of Occupy Wall Street from a restaurant window, to Thanksgiving together, to watching him perform in comedy clubs. Whether we communicate often or once a year, my bond with him is strong and unbreakable.
In his latest, James takes his 10-Ideas-A-Day wisdom (I'll admit I come up with 10 ideas a day and almost all of them stink but it gets my brain revved - If you're a writer at heart, consider them prompts to get the blood flowing to your head), to the next level. There's math to it now - idea addition, multiplication, division. He helps the reader get excited about these exercises as the sum of them over time can lead to more brilliance, empathy,
He expounds on the 1% Rule where he assists a reader to break down major milestones into daily millstones. I guess you can call it GRIT and a way to LOVE THE PROCESS - pave the way to flourish of your passion one small step, every day.
My favorite chapter is 11 - Frame Control. In every high-stakes situation, one person has the frame and the rest in room don't. Are you in somebody else's frame? Are you comfortable being in their frame? Understanding 'frames' will make you far more difficult to manipulate, allow you to create stronger boundaries. In some way, I have been doing this for a long time in part due to my conversations with James.
I've also learned and this book helps to clarify what really goes on in our heads when rejection sets in. From all James' writings, I've learned never to internalize rejection and keep moving forward.
Overall, next to Choose Yourself, this tome of James' I believe, opens up a new world of advice from inside his head. From Jedi to Jedi Master (ok with curlier hair), this is James "all growed up!"
I look forward to continuing on this ride with him. I hope you enjoy the trip, too.
There's too much to take in with just one read.
I'm sure I will be reading it again a third time eventually.
It's still inspiring and educational to me, so I consider that a very good value.
I lost my 'job' two weeks ago but thanks to applying his advice since 2013, it's a mere blip on my life's radar screen as I have numerous fulfilling side hustles. Thanks, James! You are the utter bomb!
I’m scared to try some (most … maybe all) of them. But I think that’s the point.
And even if you don’t want to practice any of the strategies given in the book … you can read it to learn how to write.
It’s witty, fun, funny, vulnerable, direct, heartfelt, inspired, inspiring … and even when I get to something that makes me scoff or disagree, Altucher just has a way of making me ask, “why am I fighting this?” He forces the expansion of brains everywhere.
We’re so busy accumulating knowledge and reading a book a day! / week! / month!
What’s the point of shoving our brains full of stuff we don’t use?
This book is the antithesis to the rest of the crowd’s same-old hokey leadership / self help / how to be an entrepreneur! advice that most often stays firmly planted in the theoretical (and generally useless).
Not Skip The Line. I feel this is a book I can't not use. And if only in the smallest way ever, that small bit will be guaranteed to make me 1% better ...
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Ive been following James’ work since 2014 and it has helped me immensely. I spent several years (2014 - 2019) fire fighting (struggling and paying off huge debts) and James’ advice — writing down ideas etc — really helped me stay positive and since 2014 I’ve accumulated many new micro skills.
This book is jammed full of actionable advice and I would recommend at his anyone who wants to better themselves.
Whether we like it or not we have to navigate our way through the ebb and flow of the long and winding river of life and the journey is always more enjoyable when we have some control over the direction of travel and the reassurance that if we do find ourselves shipwrecked we have the skills not only to to survive but to build a new and more seaworthy vessel.
James’ books will help you develop the courage to be your true self and develop the skill-set to embrace your creativity and start earning a living from doing what you love.
If you haven’t read ‘Choose Yourself’ by James Altucher and ‘How to Get Rich’ by Felix Dennis, do yourself a favour and read/listen to them ASAP.
Most non-fiction books are a rumination of the same core idea over and over again. Reading one chapter is usually all you need to grasp the essential idea. "Skip the Line" is the exact opposite. The 23 chapters which make up the book are well connected and build upon each other. The resulting narrative becomes so compelling that the content is very easy to retain.
What I like most about the book is how pragmatic it is. In a world where people rely more and more on what experts have to say, we often forget that the ultimate proof of whether anything works is to test it ourselves in our own life.
That's why the "10,000 Experiments" idea is so important: the quickest way to improve at anything is to keep making experiments with limited downside but unlimited upside, a very Taleb-like idea.
I could go over all the chapters and mention how I have applied James' ideas in my life and how I plan to apply them in the future, but it's definitely best to get them from the man himself and read the actual book.
I totally recommend it!
You should always invest in yourself in any case, in his latest book James’ goes much further in outlining strategies & possibilities you can identify and take advantage of.
Thoroughly enjoyed this, please buy it and build a future for yourself independent of the State, corporate & social norms.
What I loved most about the book was the numerous examples to demonstrate James' tips. Right from people like Walt Disney to every day people. Fantastic advice on networking (not in the 'network event' type of way thank goodness!) , the importance of building micro-skills, how to monetize and the 'spoke and wheel' method. There's something in here for anyone to put into action - even if you only want to take the parts that resonate with you most.
Thanks so much James - I'm re-reading already and highlighting and will recommend to everyone!