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Choose Yourself: James Altucher (Full Transcript)

James Altucher at TEDxSanDiego

Full text of renowned author James Altucher’s talk titled “Choose Yourself” at TEDxSanDiego conference. In this talk, he reveals how at one point failure led him to consider suicide, and how he turned his life around by following five key practices.

Notable quote from this talk:

“If you don’t make the choices in your own life, then someone else is going to end up making them for you, and it won’t be good.”

Listen to the MP3 Audio here:


James Altucher – Author & Serial entrepreneur

Oh, My gosh. This has been such a great day for so many reasons, but first, I just want you to know I’m the last speaker and after me is the ballet.

So let’s give it up for all the speakers all day long. What a great, great group. I’ve learned so much from them.

So a few weeks ago, I think I made a huge mistake, which is kind of normal for me, but I didn’t know it was going to be a mistake. I want to always; I’m like one of those fathers who likes to brag to his 12 year old daughter.

So I let my 12 year old daughter read a book I wrote, which was a big mistake, because then she comes to me a few days later. She’s a quick reader. I’m proud of her. I’m bragging about her now.

So she comes to me a few days later and she says, “Daddy, I hated this book.”

And I’m like, “Molly, why did you hate this book? It’s my favorite thing I’ve ever written in my entire life.”

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