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I Was Blind But Now I See

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  713 ratings  ·  50 reviews
We've been brainwashed. We need to acknowledge this. We need to recognize who has been doing the brainwashing and work towards reversing its effects. Then, building from the core, we can learn who we really are, get success, wealth, and finally happiness. This book lays out the techniques to escape the zombie recruitment machine, expanding our personal frontiers, and ...more
Kindle Edition, 174 pages
Published (first published 2011)
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Dec 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
This just might be the most pointless book I have ever read. I don't want to be mean, but Altucher's outlook on the world is incredibly simplistic and his recommended solutions to the world's greatest problems usually involve nothing more than "don't 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.
Dec 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who are into self-help more so for the lulz
Warning: I get the sense that this is mostly just a collection of blog posts. It didn't say anywhere in the book, but I notice in some places he didn't bother to edit where he refers to "this blog," "this post," so on and so forth. You could probably read most if not all of this for free via the Internets, rather than paying the $2 or whatever it costs at Amazon. Then there's the fact that the writing is often irreverent and unpolished, like a good blog post. You might find this to be a problem! ...more
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: entrepreneurs, those interested in stress reduction
Warning: You might develop a short-lived crush on an author while reading his book. There. I said it. You've been warned.

I found the book funny, useful, and thought-provoking... especially the parts about limiting the input of "crappy people" and questioning many tenants of the "American religion" (e.g. everyone should go to college, buy a house, etc.). The best parts, however, were the lessons learned from various entrepreneurial start-ups and failures. Anyone who owns a business will
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fun book. It is a series of his blog posts on many different life subjects, such as whether to own a house or rent (his take: He'd rather shoot himself in the head with a shotgun then have a mortgage again), whether to attend college (they're scams), and how to succeed in life (do something new every day, start a business, etc.) I don't agree with nearly all of his advice, and he is prone to hyperbole, but his writing is always engaging, his self-honesty is incredible (he truly bleeds on the ...more
J.F. Penn
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
I enjoyed the 2nd half of this but it's worth skipping over some of the rants. There's gold in there but you have to dig. I agree with a lot of what he says so it's kind of preaching to the converted. Self help for a blogging generation.
C.H.E. Sadaphal
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Remember Dennis Miller's "rants" on his HBO series. This book is a very long "rant" with no real support to stand on. It gives one man's opinions and frustrations about the world with no genuine resolve. The section on self-publishing a book is helpful.
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why am I so enamored with James Altucher? One. Despite what he says, he is a genius, with an IQ way above most people we interact with on a daily basis. Two. He has both right and left sides of the brain developed. That's rare. Three. James loves to read. My respect. Four. He is honest. Brutally, terrifyingly, unreasonably, completely honest. He will tell you things about his life, both inner and social, that most people would never dare to do. I know only one other person on this planet who ...more
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: psychology, 2013
It's hard to see this book as a complete work--it's a reprint of blog posts from the past two years given some formal reconstruction and expansion, but lacking the necessary revisions to make it unified. There are dozens of typos, which is unacceptable even for a self-published book. I've heard it said that those who don't proofread their grammar must have also failed to proofread their ideas. I'd like to think that he went to Cornell as he claims, but after seeing him fail to use possessive ...more
Pete Clark
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A concise, quirky, fantastic read. I'm a huge fan of Altucher's blog and while he makes it clear that the book is merely a collection of blog posts, it flows smooth enough and has his classic whit and humor. I have him to thank for waking me up from a depression that was induced by what he calls the American Religion (which tells you things like, you have to go to college, you have to buy a home, etc).

He brings refreshing truth and creative thoughts. While this might typically be labeled
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If You have at any point in your life decided to be really ambitious and live by external goals rather than things you value, this book may serve as a very effective warning. James Altucher doesn't explicitly say that this kind of goal driven, success orientated lifestyle is bad, but he does warn that what is often conventionally sought after can leave a person devoid of what they thought they were doing it all for: happiness.

I really liked the book because it was down to earth, i.e. written in
Nov 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
I mentioned in my other review of Mr. Altucher's work that I purchased 2 of his books. I will be upgrading "How to be the Luckiest...." to 2 stars after finishing it. I love books, so if it's around I'll read it, even if I'm not a fan of the writing style.

So that brings me to this book. I'm on page 43 and again I'm converted back to a fan of James Altucher's insight, and writing style.

This book still reads like it may have been copy pasted from his blog. But, the manner in which it comes
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/4 stars
Interesting read and different than the usual self-help books you read. I appreciate Altucher's honesty and he also has a good podcast. His views are a bit different but I like how he talks about his life with honesty and is not afraid to talk about it. the book had a lot of typos but maybe that was the point he was making. Some parts of the book were captivating but then towards the end you just wanted to finish it. Like any book, you have to be in the mood to read it. I liked his
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A stream of consciousness, I Was Blind But Now I See is a quick and entertaining read. James relays several life stories that put things into perspective, which I believe most people often lack in day to day life. Along with his perspective, he outlines a Daily Practice focused on making progress across physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual realms, plus his sage advice to stop engaging with crappy people.

This was worth the effort and I feel more inspired having read it.

Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
James has a unique style that is easy to understand and relate with !

I feel james has analytical mind and writes straight from his heart ....I listened to his Ted talk and eversince,I have read most of what he has written .I thoroughly like it! We all should "Choose our selves" !
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Got the book because James is one of my favourite bloggers/authors. In the book the author attempts two things. First, he tries to create some awareness about a wide variety of issues that we take for granted/as normal without actually considering why. For instance, he argues against students going to college or owning a home (as opposed to renting one) and uses clear cut arguments and mentions alternatives to make his point. Although I don't agree with him on every point, I can totally appeal ...more
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about Stephanie Rische, who tried to find someone to fall in love with, but always came up empty. She comes across many uncomfortable situations, but amidst it all finds that God is with her in every step she takes.

I found this book to be a step beyond the tradition single girl looking for love book, in which it doesn't necessarily focus on what you as a singleton is doing wrong. Rather, it is focusing on creating a relationship with God, despite the pitfalls of dating that may come
Uwe Hook
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Altucher is one of my favorite bloggers. His book has a refreshing perspective on many "sacred cows". It's honest, enlightening, and healthy. Altucher discussed accepted and taken for granted area of our lives - thoroughly review it from every angle - and then make the decision that it is working or not working for us. It is honest, enabling and at this point in our lives, a much needed process. He touches on such subjects as the need for colleges, buying a house, and life in a corporate ...more
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great James Altucher book! I appreciate his willingness and courage to challenge the status quo. James goes against the grain in stating that things such as owning a house is a really bad idea and investment or there are better alternatives than wasting your money on college. James exposes the “American Religion” which overstates the need to be super successful in regards to owning material possessions and working a corporate job that you hate. I also appreciate his chapter on obstacles ...more
Stefan Kanev
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an interesting experience.

I had it on my kindle for ages. I'm not sure who recommended it to me, but apparently I thought it was a good recommendation and went ahead and bought it. It sat there for years, until I finally decided to start reading it.

For a while I was ambivalent. I couldn't make up my mind whether this book was genius or bullshit. Finally I started leaning towards the former.

There are a bunch of interesting ideas and some good advice, but where this book really
Michael Crump
Felt like a bunch of repurposed blog posts shoved into a book. James repeats himself over and over about 1) no need for college 2) don't buy a house 3) you don't need a corporate job and more. He pounds on all of his failures from divorce, businesses, jobs, etc. He tries to provide what he found was the solution: 1) Don't engage with crappy people 2) Be creative every day 3) focus on the inside vs. outside 4) fight the fear 5) use the power of negative thinking 6) don't be an animal anymore. ...more
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading Altucher's blog off and on now for some time. This book is his blog... but bound up and charged for. A summary could be put as, "I bought into the dreams and lies they believe in and shared with me. I'm sorely disappointed in myself, so I'm warning you to not fall for it."

You want to know the details? Just read it on his blog. It's pretty much self-help anyway with a healthy dose of commiserating with a guy who just happened to figure it and do something about it.

This isn't
Dec 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must have picked this up in an Amazon sale. It was a decent book, with some decent advice, and then a lot of really crappy advice. Mostly I feel like this guy was expressing himself and that he genuinely wants to help other people. The advice I thought was most useful was that about dealing with people that you don't like . People who are crappy to you. Luckily, his method of dealing with them and mine are the same so I didn't learn a lot there. I dunno it was okay. If you're troubled by being ...more
Mar 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
James Altucher is pretty funny, in a shock jock kind of way. He's not profane or anything, he just likes to slay unlikely sacred cows, and that makes him interesting to read. He's also very transparent and self-deprecating, although it's probably skewed for comedic effect.

The content is enjoyable and engaging, and at 99 cents for the Kindle version it's hard to complain. Still, I'd rather pay $1.99 (or whatever it takes, actually) and see the copy get properly edited. This book is so full of
David Geschke
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Close to a five star rating here, but to get that rating from me it would have to be a book I'd want to read over and over, not sure this qualifies. There's some information in this book that didn't resonate with me as well, but overall I really like his writing style and the fact that for what I consider a "self help" book the ideas presented within come from a different place than most authors. Certainly a worthwhile read. A LOT of great information and useful tips.
Author Deborah
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interestering stories of his personal life on how he coped. He shares in a raw thought provoking honest way. His writing style and flavor is unique and funny. I appreciate all the shared insight from his life lessons. I believe he is genuine in wanting to help others. This books gives you a reason to re evaluate and look at things from a different view. James shares lot of useful tips and advise. I am a fan of his writing.
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wellness
Lots to love about this book.
Simple lists. The three goals in life: I want to be happy, I want to eliminate all unhappiness and I want every day to be as smooth as possible.
More practical are the ten hints for succeeding on the job. I would boil them down to three: make your boss look good, know all the secretaries and constantly test your value on the marketplace and leave.
Gerald Heath
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I quite enjoyed this self-published self-help book by a man who has succeeded and failed on a large scale many times in his life. Some of his advice goes against the grain, such as "Don't buy a home", and "Don't go to college", but he actually makes a great deal of sense. My wife Betty and I both found this book inspiring.
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I take nothing I read as gospel. But this book is damn close. A must read...if you start reading and it pisses you off, then you need it most. Open your mind to another perspective. I hope it makes you think more about and question everything!
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was came as suggested reading when i was looking for other books, and got interested to read based on the cover. Author has provided his honest thoughts based on his life experiences. Its a good read for some one who wants some pushback when they were down.
Christopher Arriola
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Really fun to read and I found his writing style to be hilarious! If you read personal development books, there is no new principle/information you will learn here. If you internalize the concepts he writes about, however, it's extremely liberating.
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James Altucher is a writer, successful entrepreneur, chess master, and investor.

He has founded over 20 companies and sold some of them for large exits. He has also run venture capital funds, hedge funds, angel funds, and currently sits on the boards of many companies.

He has written and been profiled in most major national media publications like the Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, CNBC,
“But deep inside you there is a creative force that desperately wants you to succeed, wants you to make a lot of money, wants you to fall in love and be happy, wants you to do these things not so you can live in exotic mansions and travel the world fifty times over, but so that you are free from the constraints of a normal job and can pursue the real exploration of what and where is the happiness around you.” 0 likes
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