James Altucher is one of my favorite people on the internet.
I love his writing style. He uses a simple language and writes in a raw, honest way.
I love what he writes as well. The tagline for his site summarizes what he writes very well: ideas for a world out of balance.
He presents these ideas based on his own experiences. He made and lost more than a million dollars. He hit the rock bottom and came back from there.
From what I can read, I see he is so much happier now than before.
Some people perceive his ideas to be outrageous, but he usually gives reasons why he believes what he believes, and that means he’s not simply making seemingly-outrageous claims out of nowhere.
He published a new book called “Choose Yourself” recently. If you are new to James Altucher’s works, this book will be a great starting point for learning from his ideas.
In this book, James talks about why choosing yourself is important and how to practice choosing yourself by practicing what he calls the daily practice. You can read more about the daily practice here. It’s a bunch of commonsense ideas that will keep you happy both physically and mentally.
I practice a version of the daily practice as well, though it’s not structured well. I’m not necessarily pumped up 24 hours a day (in fact, it hardly happens). But, more importantly, I don’t feel unhappy at all.
I’ve been choosing myself for as long as I’ve lived, more or less. And now, I feel a bigger urge to choose myself more and more.
(By the way, I sometimes wonder if what I write sounds more heroic and grand than what it actually is. I hope it doesn’t, because there’s nothing heroic or grand about it. But, I guess that’s an unnecessary worry.)
Are you choosing yourself? Or do you tend to follow a path given to you? The path that many other people seem to follow whether they like it or not?
When I talk with people and ask what they want to do… I often sense that they do want to choose themselves, but don’t know what to do about it, or simply give up, assuming this is the way it’s supposed to be.
Actually, it’s entirely up to you to choose yourself and to follow your own path. I can’t force you to do it. I’ve been choosing my own path, and that’s leading me to sleeping on the floor and things like that sometimes, except it’s not that bad and there are people who do sleep on the floor out of necessity. (You have a bed? That’s something you can be grateful for!)
I like what I do, but it’s definitely not all flowery or something I’d recommend to everyone. I do recommend everyone to do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, though.
If you are interested in choosing yourself and have courage to take a little step, I recommend you to read James’s book and start doing the daily practice.