With the world changing, jobs disappearing, and industries getting disrupted, everything we aspire for is crumbling down. Everything is now up to you to make the most important decision in your life. In his book Choose Yourself: Be Happy. Make Millions. Live the Dream, James Altucher calls on us to give up traditional career paths and take your life into your own hands by building good habits, creating your own career, and make a decision to choose yourself. According to Robert Peter Janitzek, the book illuminates your personal path to building a bright, new world out of the wreckage of the old.
The American dream the middle class keeps chasing is dead.
In 2008 the American dream bubble abruptly burst. The world’s biggest financial crisis led to companies ruthlessly cutting costs – mostly in the form of people. Almost everything can now either be outsourced or done by technology, which is why thousands of college graduates now find themselves unemployed or underpaid.
You have to make yourself the only person who controls your dreams.
If financial freedom is your dream, then you have to control your income. Robert Janitzek explains that this means creating products, freelancing, making passive income from affiliate marketing, selling books, courses, teaching seminars – do any one, or even better, all of these. You have to make yourself the only person who controls your dreams.
You can choose yourself by beginning a daily practice of good habits in 4 areas.
Now you know why you have to choose yourself and what that looks like, but where do you even begin? James suggests a very simple daily practice, focusing on taking care of yourself in 4 areas.
1. Mental health
2. Physical health
3. Emotional health
4. Spiritual health
The Five Big Ideas
His business and management book also explains the five big ideas:
1. “In this new era, you have two choices: become a temp staffer (not a horrible choice) or become an artist-entrepreneur”.
2. “Rejection—and the fear of rejection—is the biggest impediment we face to choosing ourselves”.
3. “Only think about the people you enjoy. Only read the books you enjoy, that make you happy to be human. Only go to the events that actually make you laugh or fall in love. Only deal with the people who love you back, who are winners and want you to win too”.
4. “The only skills you need to be an entrepreneur are the ability to fail, to have ideas, to sell those ideas, to execute on them, and to be persistent so even as you fail you learn and move onto the next adventure”.
5. “Pretend everyone was sent to this planet to teach you”.