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The entrepreneur, angel investor, and bestselling author of Choose Yourself busts the 10,000-hour rule of achieving mastery, offering a new mindset and dozens of techniques that will inspire any professional—no matter their age or managerial level—to pursue their passions and quickly acquire the skills they need to succeed and achieve their dreams.

We live in a hierarchical world where experience has traditionally been the key to promotion. But that period is over! Straight, clear-cut career trajectories no longer exist. Industries disappear, job descriptions change, and people's interests and passions evolve. The key to riding this wave, entrepreneur James Altucher advises, is to constantly be curious about what's next, to be comfortable with uncertainty so you can keep navigating the rough waters ahead, and most importantly, to pursue the things that interest you.

In Skip the Line, he reveals how he went from struggling and depressed to making his personal, financial, and creative dreams come true, despite—and perhaps due to—his many failures along the way. Altucher combines his personal story with concrete—and unorthodox—insights that work. But Skip the Line isn't about hacks and shortcuts—it's about transforming the way you think, work, and live, letting your interests guide your learning, time, and resources. It's about allowing yourself to do what comes naturally; the more you do what you love, the better you do it. While showing you how to approach change and crisis, Altucher gives you tools to help easily execute ideas, become an expert negotiator, attract the attention of those around you, scale promising ideas, and improve leadership—all of which will catapult you higher than you ever thought possible and at a speed that everyone will tell you is impossible.

©2021 James Altucher (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Just do the 10,000 hours.

Despite his assertion that people schould eschew the Gladwell method, Altucher easily spends 10,000 hours each time he jumps from career to career, executing his experiments, and working to add 1% value to his practice sessions.

If he would settle down, pick a career and apply the 10,000 hours needed to gain proficiency or expertise he wouldn't have lost millions of dollars time and again over a couple of decades.

Skipping the line means nothing if you have to start over every three to five years, with zero dollars to show for your past "experiments."

I think Altucher has ADHD and would benefit just as much from medication as from his 1% exercises.

Also, he's a teriible, halting, uneven narrator and he should hire somebody to read his books in a way that doesn't constantly jolt the listener out of the lesson.

I returned the book out of frustration.

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Interesting from beginning to end

I think that I simultaneously really like and really dislike James Altucher. And that is what makes his books worth listening to. He is candid, genuine, and not cliche.

Some of this material is recycled, and some of it he repeats in multiple places, but overall an interesting listen, and the summary list at the end was very good. And oddly sentimental for Altucher.

I can’t imagine anyone but him narrating the book as it is his words and his voice. I wouldn’t want to hear him narrate anyone else’s books, but I wouldn’t want anyone else to narrate his because it wouldn’t be as genuine.

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fun quick read

just another business book with a bunch of anecdotes... he's good and presents done good mental models

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When you overthink, James teaches you how to Do

This book found me in the midst of a massive life change. Sleep nights, great uncertainty and fear have evolved into what I would now call directional hope after reading Skip the Line. James does an great job at trimming the fat and delivering actionable advice on how to get the ball moving and keep it moving.

Thank you James!

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inspiring and eye opening

Awesome book I would recommend this to anyone whos is trying to hack success and stand out as an expert in any field.

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Powerful information, Get better at anything fast!

Change is inevitable, this book will help you change into the best you ever!
In the first week i git this book ive listened to it three times to ensure i didnt miss any goodies.
James Altucher, you're a true servant if the people.
Ive been applying this information at my job, "bartender/server" and in my art. its been two weeks and ive created 3 different leads fir good money that i would have nevef dreamed even wanting before.
You want improvements, well then, You want this book!
Todays the day you grow into the bad ass you've always dreamed in 3 easy steps.

1st.. first step is getting this book.
2nd.. second step is to read or listen to it a couple times with intent and Take Notes!
3rd third is to apply the new knowledge you gian and then read it agian continue this cycle until until its ingrained in your routine.

I am 100 percent sure you'll be shocked at your own potential!

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Best book I’ve read in a while!

Filled with unique and great ideas. I really enjoyed it! It’s been a while since I’ve listened to a book with this many unique ideas.

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Thumbs down

Can’t recommend this to anyone. The author doesn’t establish himself as anyone I’d choose to emulate. Wish I could receive a refund for this purchase.

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Excellent actionable advice. Read by the author.

Loved the advice to make a list if ideas every day. Many other very good tips that you can immediately put into practice. The author read the book himself and didn't edit out the stops/starts, stutters, mistakes. Very authentic, seemed like a conversation more than having someone read a book to me.

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favorite read of 20201

Not a groundbreaking book, and to Altucher's fans many familiar ideas. But excellent writing, excellent read and overall highly recommend.

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