Amazon’s Book Description
The world is changing. Markets have crashed. Jobs have disappeared. Industries have been disrupted and are being remade before our eyes. Everything we aspired to for “security,” everything we thought was “safe,” no longer is: College. Employment. Retirement. Government. It’s all crumbling down. In every part of society, the middlemen are being pushed out of the picture. No longer is someone coming to hire you, to invest in your company, to sign you, to pick you. It’s on you to make the most important decision in your life: Choose Yourself.
New tools and economic forces have emerged to make it possible for individuals to create art, make millions of dollars and change the world without “help.” More and more opportunities are rising out of the ashes of the broken system to generate real inward success (personal happiness and health) and outward success (fulfilling work and wealth).
This book will teach you to do just that. With dozens of case studies, interviews and examples–including the author, investor and entrepreneur James Altucher’s own heartbreaking and inspiring story–Choose Yourself illuminates your personal path to building a bright, new world out of the wreckage of the old.
This weeks lessons and takeaways:
1. When creating a document in Omnigraffle (or any other program), do a test print before you really dive in. Even just a “Print to PDF”. Avoid finishing the document, annotations and all, and getting a funky PDF. Requires a lot of extra, unnecessary time.
2. Ask lots of questions – especially when new to a team. Smart questions of course. And a lot of them, even when you think you know the answer. Clarify just about everything. Know what is expected from you.
3. Better to hit pause and get everything set up than to dive in without a foundation.“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end.” Denis Waitley
I’ve had two types of mentors.
The ones that tell me what I should want. And the ones that help me discover what I am looking for.
We are all biased to some extent. The more success we have, it’s easy to think that our path is to thank. But in reality, it could have gone a million different ways.
Find the mentor that isn’t fixed on their path. Find the one that will give you honest feedback and advice. That will ask you questions to uncover your root problem and desire.
Companies will shape their employees to serve their needs. Find a mentor that will help you be of value to the company but encourage you to find what you really love, uncovering your natural talents. We are all capable of something. Just because we cannot identify what that is does not mean our talents do not exist.
Find a mentor that will help you discover and grow your unique talents.
We constantly have ideas. Ideas for what we should do next. What we could create. How we can add value. But too often, fears and excuses prevent us from making progress. To make progress we must take the necessary steps to prioritize and make habits of these actions. As Austin Kleon in Steal Like An Artist: be filled with curiosity, kindness, stamina and the willingness to look stupid. Check x4. For me, I'm most inspired with a big cup of coffee and good music in the early mornings. These four attributes are key. But what to do when you're feeling good and inspired? To kick things off, make a list. Get it all down on paper. Capture every bit of detail running through your head. Write down all of your ideas. Write down your ideas for what to do next. What you should create. How you will add value. And don't stop there. Add the next steps. And most importantly, make a timeline. What's your deadline to make this idea come to life? Now is the best time to start.