Recently by James Altucher: How To Create Your Own Luck
I just got this email from a friend of mine: in Mexico got grazed by a bullet that wound up infected, and then I got a hernia, and then I started to bleed internally
There were more details: drug cartels corrupt cops. I wrote him some questions to get more details. Assuming hes still alive I hope he answers. He writes great books. Hes very unpredictable but I hope he doesnt get himself killed.
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I like things in my life to be unpredictable. I like to know that things that didnt seem possible suddenly become possible.
In 1994 I never thought it would be possible, while doing some mindless programming at a job in Pittsburgh that a little over a year later Id have a job at HBO interviewing transvestite prostitutes and drug dealers, or that two years after that I would be selling a software company that I started. Or that three years after that I would be dead broke and filled with so many regrets and trying to figure out ways to kill myself so that at least my two kids could live off the insurance policy.
Or that, as I sit here and write this, Id be in Las Vegas about to give a talk about the economy. And tonight in San Francisco to meet Claudia and then give another talk on Monday in San Jose about how to take advantages of the scams in our society to become an entrepreneur.
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We all want success. And although success does not equal money, we all need to support ourselves and to support our family. Wed all like to do good in the world.
Your brain doesnt want you to do good in the world. I know this first hand. Your brain wants you to say I cant all the time so that you dont do something so unpredictable it gets you killed. The brain, your enemy, prizes its own safety first, and your happiness a distant second.
But theres an easy way to defeat it. Im going to be blunt when I name this method. Its the I cant! You didnt! Repeat! Method. And it works but for unobvious reasons.
Step One: I Cant
How many times have I said, I cant
- I cant because I didnt get good at x, y, or z when I was younger.
- I cant because I dont have the right connections.
- I cant because I dont have the money to do it.
- I cant start a company because I have to make sure I support two kids.
- I cant make a facebook app because I dont know how to program.
- I cant work for HBO because Ive never done anything in the entertainment industry. I cant relax until I sell my house first, which is like a chain around my neck.
- I cant get spend time getting physically healthy until I solve the problems in my business first.
- I cant write a novel because I dont have the time and it wont sell well anyway.
- I cant buy Yahoo, the entire company, because I dont have a few billion dollars.
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- I cant write X, Y, or Z because Im worried what my family, or what my colleagues, will say about me.
- I cant learn Spanish because I have to work 10 hours a day and then spend weekends cleaning my house.
- I cant daytrade because James said its too risky.
One time I was standing in Victor Niederhoffers house at a party looking at a painting someone made of him and his father and I was thinking, how come my family connections are not so strong? Did this prevent me from holding onto my success? And how come nobody gave me a chance, like George Soros gave to him? Suddenly I got in the I cant succeed mode. I got in a bad mood and even left the party. Once I left the party I immediately got stopped by a cop and given a ticket. I still owe Connecticut on this ticket. Probably with interest. Come and get me, Connecticut! And I came home and I just simply felt bad about myself.
We all have our cants. Start to list yours. Go from macro to micro. Macro is something like: I cant be happy until I have a million dollars Micro might be something like, I cant sleep because Im too worried about a meeting tomorrow or I cant make this list of cants becaus theres nothing I cant do (figure that one out).
So thats step one. Those cants are your boundaries. They are the walls to your cage. Dont try to escape them. We are all expert cage-builders. Most people who tried to escape from Alcatraz died in the attempt. If you cant do something you cant do it. Dont fight it.