Choose Yourself by James Altucher


In this book, James Altucher describes how since the 2008 financial crash, people need to take more responsibility for their outcomes. You can't wait to be chosen; you have to choose yourself. The book provides the tools and practices to stay mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually prepared.

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What does the book say?

  • Getting an education, a steady job and buying a home is a goal of the past. Now we're in an era of personal freedom, where you must take control of your life.

  • In the 20th century, to be successful you had to be chosen, i.e. for a promotion for a better job.

  • Since 2008 though, corporate jobs are temporary, with technology and outsourcing increasingly making jobs redundant.

  • Behind this need to let others choose for us, is our fear of rejection.

  • To prepare for a life where you make your own choices, you need to build a strong foundation. This means taking care of yourself physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally.


  • Physical:

- Get enough sleep, eat two meals a day and get regular exercise.

  • Mental:

- Think of your brain as an 'idea muscle' that you want to make stronger.

- Read a few chapters every day on a variety of different topics, then jot down some ideas on a notepad. This will help calm down your worrying mind.

  • Spiritual:

- Practice meditation to help you live in the here and now, rather than spending most of your day worrying about the past or future.

  • Emotional:

- Only surround yourself with people that have a positive impact on your life.


  • Struggling to know what your goal in life should be? Instead of focusing on finding your purpose, focus on doing things that you enjoy and that please you.


What actions can I take?


  • To succeed in a 'choose yourself' life, you need to win people's trust through honesty. To be more honest, follow these two tips:

Don't get angry – anger comes from having an unrealistic expectation of someone else, which is essentially lying to yourself. To stop becoming angry, just observe exactly how you feel and notice your thoughts. After doing this the anger will subside.


Don't gossip – mocking someone behind their back is obviously a dishonest trait, so refrain as best you can!