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James Altucher


What books changed how you think?

I should expand these out more and describe WHY they changed how I think. But with each title it brings back so many memories (basically, memories of explosions going off in my head as I read each book) that I'm not sure where to begin with each one.

    1. The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley

    2. The Evolution of Everything by Matt Ridley

    This book and the next demonstrated to me how every industry is constantly evolving. And usually in the form of "believe in God(s)" --> "belief in humans" --> "belief in data".

    3. Sapiens by Yuval Harari

    4. Post Office by Charles Bukowski, Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson, All short stories by Raymond Carver. (the "Dirty Realism" group)

    Blew my mind on how stories could be written in this semi-autobiographical way that can be extremely personal and revealing and well-written.

    5. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

    That advice and literature can overlap.

    6. Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl

    For everything one does, have meaning in it.

    7. Antifragile by Nassim Taleb

    A more concise and practical way of describing how, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger".

    8. The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer (and I am that by Nisargadatta Maharaj, similar idea)

    The notion that "surrendering" is a constant act of spirituality.

    9. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey and Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

    Again, two books that blew my mind about writing.

    10. Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz

    The idea of "don't outsource your self-esteem" to another.

    11. Watchmen by Alan Moore and Maus by Art Speigelman and The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller

    The PERFECT trifecta of how to tell stories in a graphic novel style.

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