Either The Worst Or The Best Review I Have Ever Gotten

Nick Hillier

This is not the worst review I’ve ever had.

One time some reviewer posted, “James Altucher is a Zionist psychopath who poses as a ‘self help’ author.”

I am deeply offended by that statement.

For one thing, I’m not a ‘self help’ author.

I don’t give advice. I just tell my story. I tell other stories. People can decide for themselves what to do after that.

But this particular review for my recent book, “Reinvent Yourself” attached to this post is funny to me.

I get bad reviews all the time. One star reviews are just as much a sign of passion for your work as five star reviews.

And normally I never look at them. But this one I did. I picked it apart.

He starts off, “I wouldn’t read this…”

Meaning… he didn’t read it. If he didn’t read it, why did he review it?

Because he must either hate me or the title felt a little off to him for some reason. Most likely he hates me even though he doesn’t know me.

Call me. 203-512-2161. I’m not so bad if you just talk to me.

Second, and more important, he says, “if this were the last book on Earth.”

What happened!? Did we get into some sort nuclear / global warming / alien invasion apocalypse and everyone burned all the books except “Reinvent Yourself?”

Like…the aliens came down and said, “People of Earth! Gather up all of your books into a big pile. Take “Cat in the Hat”, “Old Man and the Sea”, “Harry Potter”, etc etc and BURN THEM!”

And then…”Oh wait, what are you doing? STOP! Whatever you do don’t burn THAT one.” And thus the aliens protected all copies of “Reinvent Yourself“.

So in that scenario, shouldn’t whatever humans are still alive maybe read “Reinvent Yourself“?

If the planet was on it’s last legs and the only book left was something titled, “Reinvent Yourself” maybe there are some clues, some answers to the question, “Well what do we do now? How do we start all over?”

I don’t know. Maybe read a book called “Reinvent Yourself”Thought Catalog Logo Mark

James Altucher is the author of the bestselling book Choose Yourself, editor at The Altucher Report and host of the popular podcast, The James Altucher Show, which takes you beyond business and entrepreneurship by exploring what it means to be human and achieve well-being in a world that is increasingly complicated.

Keep up with James on Twitter and jamesaltucher.com

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