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    by James Altucher: Nine
    Ways To Light Your Creativity ONFIRE



    altucher is a f’ing idiot on parade” someone wrote on
    a message board the other day.
    I don’t really like parades.
    But it got me to wonder about the psychology of people who take
    valuable time out of their day to write things like that. Not just
    about me but about anyone.

    In general
    people get angry at me because I say in various ways that the world
    is not falling apart. That we’re not all going to die at the
    hands of some obscure European debt crisis or whatever the latest
    crisis of the week is in the media.

    Many people
    feel very strongly against some of my opinions. One woman wrote
    an article “James Altucher is an idiot” and then when
    she was getting zero views she emailed me the article so she’d
    have at least one view. To guarantee one view you can email me an
    article titled “James Altucher is an idiot” and
    I am sure to read it at the very least out of curiosity.

    Other people
    replied on various message boards about what a F****ng loser I was,
    etc etc.

    They seem to
    care more about my opinions than I do.

    If my daughter
    comes to me and says, “I’m sad because I’d like to
    have more friends” then I would care about that. If my wife
    were sick I’d care about that. If I was sick I would VERY much
    care about that. I’m selfish. I’d care about my own sickness
    more than I’d care about my daughter’s ability to make
    friends. I also care if I am writing interesting things. Or if I’m
    reading books that will make me a better writer. Of if I’m
    winning more at chess now that I’m taking chess lessons. I
    care about these things. If people write to me and ask for advice,
    I care a lot about the advice I give. But about the rest of the
    world, I don’t care at all. How big can one head be?

    Why do I sometimes
    care about the stock market?

    First off,
    I can’t put this more bluntly: I’ve been ass-fucked repeatedly
    by the stock market for the past 15 years.

    I’ve written
    before 10
    reasons you shouldn’t buy stocks
    (even though I am very
    bullish on it). Nobody should. I give ten reasons but the main reason
    is: you buy a stock, then the media has people all over the place
    saying, “the end of the world is here so you better get out
    of stocks”, then everyone sells stocks, then the stock market
    goes straight up. Why does the media do that? The obvious reasons:
    fear and greed sell papers.

    I’ve seen
    this happen every time, the exact same pattern: summer 1997, summer
    1998, summer 1999, 2000-2002, summer 2004, summer 2005, late 2008/early
    2009, summer 2010, and now summer 2011. Oh! I almost forgot: summer
    1995 (“irrational exuberance”). But I wasn’t in the
    stock market then so I didn’t care.

    October 1987
    also. The market collapsed, everyone thought the world was over.
    FOOLED YOU! The market went straight up for years after the big

    But if I try
    to remind people of this simple pattern that happens over and over
    again, a lot of people get angry. I’m not upset at them. I
    don’t blame anyone for being angry at me. But I can tell you
    exactly why they were angry.


    • Their fathers
      or mothers didn’t love them.
    • Other kids
      beat on them.
    • Girls (or
      guys) didn’t like them or called them names.
    • Their friends
      backstabbed them.

    So now they
    want to do the same to other people. So rather than working at their
    jobs they go from article to article and whatever message boards
    they can, then anonymously spew their hate.

    Many of these
    people would like to kill themselves. I hate to say it but it’s
    true. I feel bad for them. How do I know they would like to kill
    themselves? How can I possibly be so psychic as to know this, particularly
    since in most cases they are anonymous so I don’t even know
    what sex, age, race, religion, location, they are.

    I know this
    because they want the world to end. They keep blaming their problems
    on how bad the world is. How the world is falling apart. How we
    “borrowed too much” or how “the United States is
    going to fail” or how “Europe is going to take us down”
    or how “China is going to take over the world”. It’s
    an easy excuse so they don’t have to blame themselves on their
    own failures. They can blame me instead because I don’t think
    “China is going to take over the world”.

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    24, 2011

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