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Aug 3, 2016

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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 65
  • '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.' pg 125
  • '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 books I've covered (to date) from this blog special series, pickup the 'Power Of No' first.




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