Reinvent Yourself

Monday, May 1, 2017

Before I get into the book review, I have a few things to share. Firstly, my apologies that I've gone almost a week since I've posted anything on the blog. I woke up one morning to a very angry eye that hasn't wanted to sit through my workday on the computer, let alone stare at it in my spare time. I have a broken blood vessel, and because I'm me...it's actually causing me some discomfort. I'm hoping it will clear itself up pretty soon because I haven't even been able to read much. I'm basically just babying my peepers...doing goofy things like wearing sunglasses inside, no mascara (egads!!) and resting my eyes when I can. It's made for a boring blogging week really.


And the next big thing happening in my neck of the woods this week was the return of my better half from his exciting trip to the desert for 7 months!! Yippee, Hooray, Praise the Lord, Hallelujah and all that other jazz! So despite having weird eye issues, I am one happy camper!! My daughter is coming for a visit next week also, and then we'll be starting our prep for our move across the country in earnest. I plan on trying to blog through it all, but there may be less original photos involved...and more like I made today! But the good news is I should have a bit more time to read, so there are definitely some pros to go with that con.

And now for the book review. James Altucher has written quite a few books but Reinvent Yourself is the first one that I've picked up. The idea of reinvention really appealed to me, and you know how much I love my nonfiction and self-help books, so when I came across this while perusing titles on my Kindle one night I figured I'd give it a go.

This book really reminded me of another one I'm working my way through, Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss, only a lot less comprehensive and far more casual. Altucher has compiled some of the wisdom from the guests on his Podcast, and other people he admires...just like Ferris. Only this book is WAY smaller and easier to digest.

Plus it has an entire chapter devoted to Eminem's last rap battle in the movie 8 mile...and how the tactics perfectly represent how to be a good salesperson. As I was reading it I thought...never in my life would I have believed this if I hadn't actually read it myself. But then Ferris has some truly weird shit in his book too so...to each his own I guess.

Reinvent Yourself wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either. I think I'd give it 3 stars, but just barely. It had the feel of a book that was just thrown together and kind-of phoned in, if that makes sense. There wasn't any heart in it. Some of the chapters didn't have anything to do with reinvention, and some were lacking cohesion or any kind-of flow to make the pieces come together as a whole. Plus, I'm not sure how he could write about Barbara Cartland as inspiration and misspell her name for almost an entire chapter. As an author, shouldn't you get another author's name right?!?


There is some good stuff in here about perseverance and determination though. Some good talk about sticking with goals, and not expecting to become a sensation overnight. And he really pulled from a big variety of people...from Einstein to Snoop Dogg, so I give him a few points for keeping things fresh.

In the end I think I'd say, give it a pass unless you're a self-help junkie like me, or you're just looking for something to pass the time and maybe pick up a few new quotes from. But maybe I'm just being overly cranky and hard on Altucher because my eye is bothering me. 😏

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