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James Altucher and Claudia
Azula Altucher's 'The Power Of No'. I am a fan of Mr.
Altucher's podcast and his blog. He speaks in a very
'common-sense' way to me. I enjoy his stance on going to college
and owning a home. Truth be told, I sometimes think my voice
sounds like his voice when I'm recording my own podcast.
Of all the books I've read so far, in this 'Biggest Takeaways'
series, this one made me emotional at times and made me day dream
the most. The parts especially when he discusses saying 'No'
to situations that make you feel bad (even though we still
willingly participate in these situations)and the 'Rebirth'
exercise. The last chapter was my favorite.
Specifically when they discussed reinventing yourself.
These are a few of my biggest takeaways in this book.
- 'Being grateful is the bridge between the world of nightmares
and the world where we are free to say no. It's the bridge
between the world of delusions and the world of creativity.
It's the power that brings death back to life, the power that turns
poverty to wealth and anger to compassion. I said no to
killing myself. I am still alive.' pg 24
- 'Every time I've lost money and love, it's because I squandered
my physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. Now,
every day without fail, I do the Daily Practice to exercise the
basic muscles of a healthy life.' pg 39
- 'Right now is the only place you'll ever be. Choose not
to waste it' pg 39
- 'As you reflect on this, you may want to take it one step
further. You are also the average of the five things you
have around you, the ideas of five books you have your attention
on, the feelings from the five movies or shows you watch, and so
on. Your immediate environment has a much deeper effect on
you than you might think.' pg 58
- 'People who are disrespectful or manipulative early on are
likely to continue the pattern. Take them at face value.' pg
- 'You can't get rid of jealousy. This is another emotion
that is not an on-off switch; it's a dimmer switch. You can
dim the jealousy by exercising your abundance muscle.' pg 69
- 'Try this today. Write down ten ideas for your job (or
for someone else's job) that you think will add above-and-beyond
value. Write down the ten next steps for those ideas.
Write down the ten people you need to share these ideas with.
Write to those people. Don't be afraid. The
worst they can do is say no.' pg 75
- "I want to do what makes me feel at peace. Even if it
means sometimes saying no to everyone I love. To all of the
stories they tell. Because that is proof that I love
myself.' pg 80
- 'The next time someone has an opinion you strongly disagree
with try this: Don't argue; it's pointless. You will never
change their mind. Let them state their opinion. Try
to learn one thing from it. Try to respect one angle of
their point of view. Everyone just wants to be heard.
Listen.' pg 81
- 'Complaining is draining.' pg 104
- 'At some point it doesn't matter who is right and who is wrong.
We are all brothers and sisters here for such a short time.
Consider this for a moment while thinking of the other
person. Mentally ask for the other person to forgive you.'
- 'Truth is a powerful armor. Truth is the primal force
behind all of nature, behind all of our needs. Forgive
yourself and the power of nature becomes yours.' pg 125
- 'One of the best ways to get in touch with your real self is to
notice those things that you tend to passionately dislike in
others.' pg 134
- 'If there is bad news on the TV, turn the TV off. If
someone is gossiping, move away or change the discussion. If
the negative thoughts in your head start whispering of regret or
anxiety or worry, stop yourself and replace them with gratitude and
thoughts of abundance.' pg 159
There is much more that I haven't mentioned. From the few
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