Top positive review
Valuable content, but Kindle version has missing sentences and littered with silly mistakes, thus 4 stars
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 8, 2017
Beware before buying: At one point in the kindle version there seems to be a few missing words (see pic). At the very end of the paragraph it says “Come” but the rest of the few words are missing. I guess we will never know the important lesson from Wayne Dyer. I value the content of the book above the few mistakes that is why I have given this book 5 stars for content, but 4 stars for mistakes in Kindle version of the book. I don’t know if the paperback version has the same mistakes, but I would like it to be fixed.
I must say I’m a huge Altucher fan. I don’t follow his blog, but I do love his podcasts and his book Choose Yourself was a huge success. If you haven’t read Choose Yourself I suggest you read that before you read this book. Altucher basically gave away Choose Yourself, so you shouldn’t have a hard time finding that book. The book has great lessons, highly recommend it. Let me not waste anymore time and get into the review for this book.
In Reinvent Yourself, Altucher maintains the same type of witty laid back writing that we saw in Choose Yourself. That being said, if you are a avid reader you may find that the book does have a few typos and errors, but it’s not overwhelming.
He defines reinvention as 3 things:
1. redefining freedom
2. improving relationships
3. Improving habits
1. the rich only get richer (Read Thomas Piketty's “Capital”)
2. happiness comes from well being; increase your freedom, relationship, and competence
3. we are influenced by everything
4. Negotiation - Best part of the book in my opinion. He refers to many podcasts he has done, but I would’ve liked it if he had linked the podcast episodes.
5. Listen, Observe, Be humble, be respectful, don’t be entitled, don’t be disappointed
Where I disagree with James Altucher
- Altucher writes “You can’t rely on the government or educational institution.” Don’t get me wrong but for some people, especially “the rich” getting a college degree is not worth very much because one goes to college to get a job so that one can make money. If you’re rich you don’t need the money, so why waste money getting a college degree. However, if you are poor you need the college degree to basically assert your intelligence. Many poor people go to shabby schools where they learn nothing — the fault of our Education system. So, by going to a good or great college a poor person can basically say look I’m smart. Plus, without a degree no employer will give you a job. And if you’re “poor” and don’t have the proper connections you will not be getting that job without a degree.
- Altucher writes “I’ve interviewed hundreds of people now on my podcast…But none them have done it for the money.” This is false. He has interviewed a couple, the Ikonns, who started a hair extension company when they were broke. They borrowed against their line of credit. The couples main reason for starting the company was that they saw a gap in the market that they thought they could fill and profit off of. Therefore, sorry Altucher, but money is the root of some reinventions.
Overall, I believe the book has great content, however I think it just needs one more edit. I don’t think the book is ready for prime-time especially with the errors in the kindle version. It also has silly mistakes that can be corrected if someone edits this book one more time. I highly recommend reading this book, but I also recommend Altucher edit this book just one more time for the sake of the readers who are expecting something great.