Genius tends to stand out. There are a handful of authors whose work has instantly impressed me as genius, and from that moment on, I’m a fan. I’ll read anything they write. Now, this does not mean I endorse everything they write, say, or do. It means they have my attention. I can count on them to be original and to make me think. James Altucher has just made my short list. I’m feeling frantic right now because I only found out who he was within the last couple of weeks, and his first dozen podcast episodes have apparently vanished off the Internet, and I fully intend to binge-listen through the whole series until I’m caught up. If you already knew who he was, why didn’t you tell me??
Okay, about the book: Choose Yourself!. I love this book and I wish I had written it myself. It’s about how to make a good life out of the shrapnel of failure and loss and pain and suicidal ideation and all that fun stuff. Altucher knows what he’s talking about. Also, he’s a millionaire and he doesn’t need the money – to the point that he offered to refund the purchase price for everyone who bought it during its first three months of publication. The other thing you have to know is that he’s hilarious and he has some great stuff to say about trampolines and Superman and wacky inventions. If you like anything I write, you’ll probably like his stuff at least twice as much.
I've been working with chronic disorganization, squalor, and hoarding for over 20 years. I'm also a marathon runner who was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and thyroid disease 17 years ago.