Thank You LinkedIn For Including Me as a ‘Top Voice’ For 2015

I’m Really grateful LinkedIn included me on their “Top Voices” list for 2015.

This year, both at the beginning and the end, such incredibly bad things happened to me that I thought I would get swallowed up forever.

I didn’t.

Every year of my life, really bad things have happened. That’s called “living on this planet”.

Another thing is that no matter what goals we plan, the goals never happen. What does happen could not have been predicted.

By living a good life, you can react better to the explosions in the life around you. And you can even lessen them. But they still happen because it’s out of your control.

This year started with me losing millions on a single day. Two books and a company were launched in the middle. And the end looks like its closing with some personal catastrophes.

But each year I try to react better to ride these ups and downs. To forgive myself for any chaos in my life.

For giving myself permission to create and love in the tiny needle in haystack that represents the speck of us on this planet.

Recognizing that:

– Life is unpredictable and often painful
– Paying attention to the things that try to cause us to over-react
– Replacing that over-reaction with gratitude, with love and kindness.
– And realizing that always returning to our own health, creativity, friendships, gratitude is always a way to survive even better to the next day

This sounds corny or preachy. I don’t care. It’s what I try to do. And sometimes I fail. And sometimes it works.

All other preachy BS does not work for me.

But each day is a practice to get better at the above. I hope I never forget that.

I hope I never again get swallowed up in the rabbit hole of “why is this happening to me?” when there are rarely any answers.

But I will. I will again and again get swallowed up. And then, like anyone, I hope I can use the above to climb back out.

The past two months, having good friends has saved me. I was always afraid to be a burden on my friends. I would give but be ashamed to take.

These past months I took. And took and took.

What I realized was how grateful my friends were to help.

This is more important than business or career or passions or anything.

Love and kindness between you and your friends turns out, in many cultures of above-average centenarians, to be the key to high quality of life (well-being and health) in 100+ age old people.

Almost nothing else rates on the scale. Not diet. Not money. Not even family.

Every day I practice thinking all day long what I am grateful for. Today I am grateful to my friends at LinkedIn. And all of the other people that intersected even briefly with my life these past two months.

I feel like my life is not made up of my success and failures. But all of the intersections that occur in between these events.

Those are the things I most remember later. Those are the things I hope I never forget. Those are the things that saved my life.

You can follow me on LinkedIn here.

  • tinheart

    You might find it amusing that a friend and I are reading “Choose Yourself” and then talking to each other about what we’ve read. We’re calling ourselves FOJAs – “Friends of James Altucher”. We’re grateful to have you with us for 2015, and hoping for nothing but happiness in 2016.

  • Congratulations, James!

    And I’m going to meet up with some friends later.

  • Fatal Jay

    Ha, congrats my friend

  • VernoninMatsumoto

    You really deserve it, congratulations!

  • John Dozier

    1. This is it!
    2. There are no hidden meanings
    3. You can’t get there from here, and besides, there’s no place else to go
    4. We are all already dying and we’ll be dead for a long time.
    5. Nothing lasts!
    6. There is no way of getting all you want.
    7. You can’t have anything unless you let go of it.
    8. You only get to keep what you give away.
    9. There is no particular reason why you lost out on some things.
    10. The world is not necessarily just. Being good often does not pay off and there is no compensation for misfortune.
    11. You have the responsibility to do your best nonetheless.
    12. It is a random universe to which we bring meaning.
    13. You don’t really control anything.
    14. You can’t make someone love you.

  • Soliana

    Hey James, Just know that you have inspired me and I hope you have a very blessed new year to you and your family and friends. I even shared the “gratitude muscle” with my co-workers and friends. Being grateful for the hard stuff. As the year is closing, I am also faced with physical and emotional challenges. You’re not alone on this. We’re all doing the best we can with what we know. Now I’m the one sounding preachy! I am grateful for you and the countless people who have guided me to this point of my life.

  • Zan

    James, I cannot describe how much YOU ROCK – how much you have changed my life! The guidance, inspiration, motivation, humility and thought process that you have given me is the biggest gift ever! I am eternally grateful. Good Luck and Thank you so much! Zan