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The Next Iteration of Altucher.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 27, 2021
When I was a kid Ions ago, there was this popular TV show - James at 15. Hmm, I wonder what happened to that actor? Probably 70 and with a walker. Anyway, every week the main protagonist would find himself in a sticky (not literally amazingly enough) adolescent dilemma - most he created in his head because the boy just never fit in. Then magically, 10 minutes before the program ended, James was a better, more mature iteration of himself.
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.