I picked up James Altucher’s book, Choose Yourself and before I knew it, my internal scripts were being challenged. That’s exactly what I needed! Somewhere along the way I secretly convinced myself that before I took a leap of faith and ventured into new things everything had to be perfect. But as I read Choose Yourself I realized that James is a man who gets people like us. He’s gone before us into bold new adventures, he’s tasted success but he’s also tasted his share of failure. And guess what? It made him a better person!
Reading this book stirred a lot of emotion in me as I read words like, “Bosses hate employees”. Not sure how that sits with you, but as I’ve tested this idea on people they almost unanimously take offense to the statement. Yet since being startled by those words, I heard about three businesses closing their doors and one corporation downsizing while increasing the workload of employees with no increase in pay. While this may not be the sole indicator that bosses hate employees, it is a stark reminder of our ever changing work environment. The statement shook me enough to wake up and realize that change is happening fast and no one at the top of the corporate ladder has been assigned the task of looking out for me, my family or our needs. I realize more than ever, that is my responsibility. So I Choose Myself!
As I read this book I was struck by several points…
- Life changes from the inside out, so make a daily habit of caring for your mind, body, and soul.
- We have the ability to choose the life that is meaningful for us to live, and this includes how and where we work. Altucher says we are moving toward, “The employee-less society, where ideas become currency and innovations get rewarded more than manual or managerial services.”
- The opportunity for us to begin something great for ourselves exists, but at some point, we have to ACT!
- Opportunities will continue coming our way. What is important is our flexibility and willingness to take advantage of them.
With the change we are experiencing, two types of people are quickly emerging: Temp-Employees and Entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs tend to be driven, creative people who love to live and think “Outside the box”. We thrive in environments where we’re able to contribute, make a difference, and have a sense of purpose. Environments like these are best created with like-minded, results driven people who share a common desire to bring real value to the people we serve.
Whether you like what you read in this book or not, it will certainly challenge your thinking and create a great conversation piece for us going forward. Let’s talk!~