Linkbait oxmoronic title is linkbait and an oxymoron. Endless false modesty is nauseating. Articles like this have little value. Links to articles like this belong on another forum. And comments like the one you're reading are necessary once in a while, but now I'm going back to doing something more constructive.
Because, chances are, you're also as completely incompetent as he is.
There were some reasonable ideas in there, but I didn't notice anything that hasn't been said before by many other people, and they probably said it using far fewer words, far more clearly, and with far, far fewer references to themselves.
I wasn't a fan of the implicit sexism betrayed by comments like "enjoy the sunset with your wife on occasion" and the reference to asking every girl on the street, either. The only link between anyone female and success in that entire article is a picture of a photogenic young lady holding hands with Larry Page.
I'm surprised that anyone would take that part seriously. He's obviously being facetious.
He has a blog that I actually find pretty entertaining
though if you hated this piece, maybe his writing isn't your thing
James Altucher fills his stories with jokes.
He's laughing at himself, at his readers including you and me, at Larry Page and his wife and so on.
- The thought that "superstar"/top entrepreneurs "never fail" is ridiculous.
- The idea that anyone other than the top 1% can't have an "original" idea, have vision, or have any sort of competency period.
- The examples of his failings sound incompetent to such a ridiculous degree. Again this reinforces the previous point.
- After reading this, I have the impression that "luck" is all there is unless you're in the "top 1%".
- The idea that procrastination is a positive force and that it means you need to step back and think about "something". There may be some truth in that, however I find it dangerous to accept it as simply as this.
I'm reminded of the below two sayings. There's probably some truth in them:
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
- George Bernard Shaw
"Fake it till you make it."
I've never been a fan of articles that force me to put a ! before every sentence. Opposite day on the web!
But then he is using the term "mediocre entrepreneur" to mean not Larry Page and Mark Zuckerberg! So ... heh
I think anyone who eventually succeed in creating a wonderful and successful business cannot be called mediocre
But I actually believe it is a good list to ponder upon ( to criticize, to agree and disagree with)
Yes, I agree. There are always a few outliers who by combination of luck, skill, and hard work (mostly luck though) hit a home run their first time at bat. "Mediocre" can mean "ordinary" or "unremarkable" and a history speckled with failures is pretty typical of most "ordinary" entrepreneurs. I find it actually encouraging, that someone with the admitted faults of procrastination, poor networking/social skills, and poor negotiating skills can still, eventually, find success.
- Do anything to get a “yes” - Here’s a negotiation I did. I was starting stockpickr.com and meeting with the CEO of thestreet.com. He wanted his company to have a percentage of stockpickr.com and in exchange he would fill up all of our ad inventory. I was excited to do the deal. I said, “Ok, I was thinking you would get 10% of the company.” He laughed and said, “No. 50%”. He didn’t even say “We would like 50%”. He just said, “50%”. I then used all my negotiating skills and came up with a reply. “Okay. Deal.”
I’m a salesman. I like people to say yes to me.
How's this a good deal?
And also, a good salesman doesn't just want people to say yes, they want people to say yes on his terms, not on their terms...
But this one actually made me smile.