I have read James Altucher’s ‘Choose Yourself’ twice recently. First I bought the book in Kindle since the price was almost nothing but after having read it I knew I would like a paperback of that in my library. So once I got the paperback, I read it again. And as Nassim N. Taleb once said, “A good book gets better at the second reading. A great book at the third. Any book not worth rereading isn’t worth reading.” Altucher’s book did get better at the 2nd time and I enjoyed it a lot more than I did the first time. While JA was trying to make a point about being emotionally healthy by staying positive and not to engage our thoughts with haters he narrated a personal experience. A well known pundit once tweeted that one of his books was crap. On being asked about the comment she admitted to her dislike for the title which resulted in that tweet although, obviously, she hadn’t read the book. So James went ahead and wrote a blog post about it. And out of nowhere he got an email from one of his readers, which I would like to share with you guys. The email went:
“I assume your blog post was mostly tongue in cheek about the feedback affecting you in a negative way. But if not, then please take this compliment to heart: From one very successful writer to another. I love your blog. Yes, it has its quirks and stylistic issues, but it is utterly original and compelling, and that is an attribute that is incredibly rare. There is so much writing out there, and so little of it is worth a shit – but your blog is one of those that are worth a shit.
I subscribe to like 25 blogs in my RSS feed, and yours is one. And I don’t even actively invest – I could care less about your financial advice.
Please keep doing what you are doing, and please don’t let the cowardly commentary from the ignorant sheep and trolls get you down. There are a ton of us out here that read everything you put on your blog, and thoroughly enjoy it, but we don’t tend to speak up one way or the other, because we are normal people with normal lives. Who even writes Amazon reviews? I have entertained millions of people, literally millions, but from Amazon reviews you would think my job was to punch babies in the mouth. That’s the shitty part about the internet, and anonymous feedback, is that you tend to hear from extremes, those that either love you more than reasonable, or those who are just spreading toxicity.
Fuck those people. You do great work, and I really appreciate it.
I hate to sound like a weirdo Buddhist, but the only thins that really matter in this world are the relationships you have with the people you love, and the meaningful things that you do. Haters don’t fit anywhere into that. Don’t devote any mental space to them.”
The email was signed:
The reason I wanted to share the email with you was the point TM was making. Almost each and every one of us have haters in our lives and no matter what we do they would always be hating. Only way we can defeat them is by denying any metal space to them. Not even engaging our thoughts with them, let alone alone engaging ourselves with them.