I Was Blind But Now I See by James AltucherThis just might be the most pointless book I have ever read. I dont want to be mean, but Altuchers outlook on the world is incredibly simplistic and his recommended solutions to the worlds greatest problems usually involve nothing more than dont do it or abolish it. The entire book is basically an angry rant.
The first half of this book was so frustrating to read, I almost stopped. Here are just a few examples of his recommendations.
Problem: Academia burdens students with a massive debt. Many new students go into college with no idea what they want to do for a career. I agree.
Solution: Dont go to college. Altuchers lawyer only prints off legal forms for the author to fill out. The author asks if that isnt something he could have learned on the job. (This is chock full of problems. Just off the top of my head: 1) His experience with his lawyer does not reflect the breadth of his lawyers capabilities or knowledge. 2) Nearly all professions require some previous knowledge that cant be learned on the spot. I, for one, wouldnt want to be admitted to a hospital only to find my life depends on a doctor who is getting on-the-job training, but has been too busy thus far to study any medical texts -- doctors dont have loads of free time when at the hospital.)
Problem: U.S. Presidents have been largely incompetent. Their ability to affect change is extremely limited, being largely confined to making recommendations to the U.S. Congress and trying to shape the legislative agenda. (The author fails to mention that the President is in charge of the managing the entire federal bureaucracy and appoints his own cabinet, which is then approved by Congress.) The President and Congress are ineffective. I agree.
Solution: Abolish the Executive Branch and Legislative Branch. Instead we will have an internet voting system to pass every single bill. (This is just plain absurd. Who will write the bill? Who will suggest the bills? How will Americans have time to sit and read these bills, especially considering that most bills are hundreds of pages long and require legal opinions? Who is ultimately responsible for the federal government?)
Problem: Unemployment is crippling the country. I agree.
Solution: Rather than taxing the middle class... why dont we figure out incentives for the 6 million private businesses to simply hire one more person each. (So... his solution to solving unemployment is to employ people. Does he think this isnt obvious? I cant believe I bought a book that acts like this is a novel suggestion.)
The second half of the book is designed to give the reader practical advice. This section is WAY too long because Altucher often takes the opportunity to go on long-winded angry rants and use unnecessarily graphic language (oozing pus). Essentially, his advice is:
Try and be happy;
Get rid of things that make you unhappy;
Try to make your day as smooth as possible (I completely disagree with this attempt to make things comfortable and easy);
Cut crappy people out of your life;
Wake up early;
And stop being so angry.
So the secret to being happy is to wake up early, dont hang around crappy people, and just be happy. This isnt exactly mind-blowing information.
Now Altucher does make two decent suggestions. He recommends renting instead of buying a house because the housing market is wildly unpredictable and not worth the risk of going underwater. He also has some great advice for people who have been fired, such as establishing a network of past business contacts, cutting daily expenses, and keep a daily routine to stay busy. Despite these being kind of obvious, I agree, but these 5 or so pages do not make up for the 160+ I had hit on something relatively insightful. Altucher is in dire need of an editor/proofreader.
Oh, and he also says that people who criticize his works must have been molested or otherwise had a terrible childhood. Thats certainly not the case with me, and Im shocked a self-help author would be so dismissive and wildly inappropriate.
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