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James Altucher is an American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, author, venture capitalist and podcaster. He has founded or cofounded more than 20 companies. He has published 20 books, and he is a contributor to publications including The Financial Times and The Huffington Post
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Discipline Is Destiny
The Power of Self-Control (The Stoic Virtues Series)
Ryan Holiday - 2022-09-27
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Discover the awesome power of self-discipline with this must-read book from bestselling author Ryan Holiday. Drawing on the wisdom of historical figures like Lou Gehrig, Queen Elizabeth II, and Marcus Aurelius, Discipline is Destiny shows how mastering yourself is key to achieving success and avoiding misery. With engaging examples and practical guidance, Holiday emphasizes the importance of boundaries and restraint in a world of temptation and excess. Learn the four simple virtues of Stoicism and how discipline is the foundation upon which all other virtues depend. Don't miss out on this essential guide to self-mastery and success.
James Altucher
Recommendation 2: "Discipline is Destiny" by @RyanHoliday . Ryan's has mastered the art of great storytelling while bringing alive his modern interpretation of Stoicism. This book had an impact on the way I approach the things I want to be better at. (3/x)      source
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Zacharia Wahls
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A Novel
Gregory David Roberts - 2004-01-01 (first published in 2003)
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Escapee Lin and his guide Prabaker dive headfirst into the seedy underworld of contemporary Bombay. Amidst beggars, gangsters, and soldiers of all backgrounds, Lin discovers love and a sense of purpose while running a clinic in a rough slum. But it's only a matter of time before Lin's ties to mafia godfather Khader Khan and the enigmatic, alluring Karla thrust him into a world of violence and betrayal. Based on the author's own experiences, this debut novel is a thrilling, epic exploration of human experience and love for India.
James Altucher
@minoret10 great first line. great book      source
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How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big
Kind of the Story of My Life
Scott Adams - 2013-10-22
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Learn from the unusual life of a man who went from serial failure to creator of one of the world's most famous comic strips. In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, discover the strategy he's used since his teens to invite failure in, embrace it, and then pick its pocket. Through humor and personal storytelling, gain insights on how to turn one failure after another into something good and lasting. He reveals valuable truths, like goals are for losers and systems are for winners, and that a combination of mediocre skills can make you surprisingly valuable.
James Altucher
@ApgDiscovery @ScottAdamsSays Yeah, definitely a great book. Plus "Win Bigly" to master the art of persuasion.      source
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Die with Zero
Getting All You Can from Your Money and Your Life
Bill Perkins - 2020-07-28
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Die with Zero is a practical guide for those who value experiences over money. Author Bill Perkins presents a new and bold philosophy on how to get the most out of your life without sacrificing your financial security. Learn how to optimize your life, stage by stage, using the principles of "experience bucketing" and the "net worth curve," and discover how to navigate meaningful adventures based on your personal interests and financial situation. Through his own experiences and psychological and financial research, Perkins makes a compelling case for living life to the fullest.
James Altucher
#1 book for a unique view on personal finance, retirement, enjoying life, etc is @bp22 book: "Die With Zero". I am following his advice in terms of money to kids, etc.      source
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Andrew Yang
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How I Built This
The Unexpected Paths to Success from the World’s Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs
Guy Raz - 2020-09-15
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Learn from the world's top entrepreneurs on how to start, launch, and build a successful venture with this book based on the acclaimed NPR podcast "How I Built This with Guy Raz." Through interviews with over 200 successful entrepreneurs, the author shares tips for every stage of the entrepreneurial journey - from coming up with an idea to paying yourself a real salary. Whether you're dreaming of starting a business or simply seeking inspiration, this book is a must-read.
James Altucher
Choose Yourself Book of the Day - "How I Built This" by Guy Raz (being released Sep 15). MUCH more accurate than other books about the unique building blocks to be a great entrepreneur. Guy has interviewed 100s of entrepreneurs on his excellent podcast.      source
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Bitcoin Billionaires
A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption
Ben Mezrich - 2019-05-21
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Discover the thrilling journey of Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss as they make a big bet on the obscure world of cryptocurrency. After being rejected by venture capitalists post their fight with Zuckerberg, the brothers nurse their wounds in Ibiza where they encounter an eccentric character who introduces them to the world of crypto. Follow their journey from the Silk Road to the Securities and Exchange Commission, as they navigate this sometimes sinister world and possibly make history. Will crypto be the next big thing, or just total bulls--t? Find out in this captivating read by Ben Mezrich.
James Altucher
@pravin310 @benmezrich Great book by a great writer. Always have fun speaking with Ben on the podcast.      source
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How Innovation Works
And Why It Flourishes in Freedom
Matt Ridley - 2020-05-19
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This book explores the theme of innovation, its impact on society, and the mystery surrounding its process. The author argues that innovation is a bottom-up, collaborative and experimental phenomenon that happens naturally as a result of the human habit of exchange. He tells stories of dozens of innovations spanning millions of years, from the steam engine to artificial intelligence, and how they succeeded or failed. A fascinating read that reveals the nuances of a crucial aspect of our modern age.
James Altucher
This is an incredibly valuable book for anyone looking to expand their creativity and innovation. The first read of it I just wanted to absorb the stories and new ideas. The 2nd was taking detailed notes on everything I didn't know. TONS of notes. The third read...ongoing now!      source
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Pity the Reader
On Writing With Style
Kurt Vonnegut - 2019-11-05
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This book is a treasure trove for writers and readers alike, offering a glimpse into the mind of one of America's literary greats. Written by Kurt Vonnegut's former student, it provides a comprehensive collection of his thoughts and advice on the art and craft of writing. With 37 chapters covering everything from his own journey to the pinnacle of writing to the ways in which our imaginations can help us to live, this is an invaluable resource for anyone looking to improve their writing skills.
James Altucher
@ericarhodes You'd maybe like this excellent recent book breaking down Kurt Vonnegut's writing style: This and "Consider This" by @chuckpalahniuk my all-time favorite books on writing.      source
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A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
Kurt Vonnegut - 1999-01-12 (first published in 1969)
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This satirical novel explores World War II experiences and journeys through time of a chaplain's assistant, highlighting the firebombing of Dresden in a semi-autobiographical story. It is a highly influential and popular work from the author.
James Altucher
@ericarhodes Slaughterhouse 5 in my top 10 books ever. I have a story about "Catch 22" and the Heller family if we run into each other again. Also one of my favorites.      source
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Hugh Howey - 2013-08-17
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In "Dust," the third and final book in the Silo series, readers witness the downfall of this mysterious underground world. Mayor Juliette of Silo 18 is mistrustful of Silo 1 and its leader, Donald. However, as they navigate this complex world of gray morals, Juliette begins to see Donald in a new light - could he be the key to humanity's survival? Will they be able to work together to ensure the continued existence of their world? Find out in this thrilling conclusion to a riveting series.
James Altucher
@BobMuir @hughhowey Love the entire series. Great books.      source
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Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson
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Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
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Influence by Robert B. Cialdini
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Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Mindset by Carol S. Dweck
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The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
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The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
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