Fri, 27 February 2015
James says suffering is extremely important, yet it's always horrible. But a lot of people believe that through their suffering, they've paid their dues.
James doesn't see it this way.
It's important to learn from your suffering. If you just suffer from your mistakes, but you don't learn anything from them, then you haven't gotten anywhere.
Learn from your suffering.
Thu, 26 February 2015
Kevin Kelly is Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. He co-founded Wired in 1993, and served as its executive editor from its inception until 1999.
He is also editor and publisher of the Cool Tools website, which gets half a million unique visitors per month. From 1984-1990, Kelly was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news.
He co-founded the ongoing Hackers' Conference, and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service started in 1985. He authored the best-selling New Rules for the New Economy and the classic book on decentralized emergent systems, Out of Control.
Kevin dropped out of college to pursue his real interests, and they are varied.
James and Kevin talk about Kevin's idea that "if you have 1000 True Fans then you have a business."
This is a wide-ranging conversation about the past, the present, and the future.
Kevin's extremely bullish on the future of artificial intelligence, yet he says there is no extinct technology... none.
Listen here if you want to see into the future.
Thu, 26 February 2015
Uber is popping up everywhere and it's a lot more than just a new way to hire a ride.
Wed, 25 February 2015
Today James does the show in Spanish... Just kidding.
Roma wrote to James asking him where his daughter can publish her work. Whether it's a written piece, a video, or an audio recording, it doesn't matter.
There's so much opportunity for kids to get millions of views today using the Internet.
If you like to produce videos, then YouTube is the place to post your work. And of course, if audio is your thing, then do a podcast.
Encourage your kids, give them positive reinforcement, and help them bring put their voice.
P.S. Nicole Lapin's new book Rich Bitch hits the bookstores yesterday.
Nicole, known for being the youngest anchor ever at CNN and then going on to claim the same title at CNBC, joined James on today's special edition of Ask Altucher.
Nobody handed Nicole anything. She's worked her butt off since she was 15.
She started in Kentucky, then South Dakota, and went on to Palm Springs while still finishing her college degree.
She finally got a 4 a.m. time slot on CNBC and immediately fell in love with it.
In Nicole's new book Rich Bitch, she lays out a 12-step planin which she shares her experiences – mistakes and all – of getting her own finances in order. Money is typically an "off limits" conversation, but nothing is off limits here.
Tue, 24 February 2015
A listener from Brazil writes in and asks James what's on his bucket list.
James says he purposely doesn't have a bucket list. Instead he wants to focus on every day.
"Was I creative today?" Did I follow my daily practices today? Did I surround myself with good people today?"
The best way to exceed your expectations is to have as few as possible
Mon, 23 February 2015
What businesses can be created to take advantage of the lack of privacy in the times we live in?
James tells us you have to assume privacy is gone.
He tells us of an idea he has to build a business and Claudia has an idea for a privacy product.
James asks his listeners to write in with their views on climate change – is it man-made?
Fri, 20 February 2015
Are you a great negotiator? Most people think they are. But the reality is most people are terrible negotiators.
James says first, the better negotiator will have a big list. The list needs to be big enough so you can give away some of the items from this list that are really not that important.
Schedule your meeting for 4:00 pm. This is the Carl Icahn method, and James explains how you can make it work in your favor.
Listen here as James has a few more great negotiating tricks ideas to share with you.
Wed, 18 February 2015
Whenever Claudia gets an email asking for feedback from a service she's recently used, she responds with "10 Ideas."
She has been using 99Designs recently to design the covers for the new Special Bonus Reports to go along with the launch of James' new book and newsletter.
Overall, the experience was good, although not perfect. So Claudia spent the time to tell them how they could be better.
And amazingly, the CEO of 99Designs sent her back an e-mail directly addressing these ideas, and thanking her for her tough love.
The thanks you receive back is step one, but who knows where this may lead down the road
Tue, 17 February 2015
Andy Weir followed his dream. Ever since he was a small boy he wanted to be a writer, but it took him a long time to find success.
His first short story, The Egg, brought him a bit of notoriety. This thousand-word story got passed around on blog sites and people began to follow him.
The Martian, Andy's new hit book, was first published as a serial, one chapter at a time on his website. He had just a few thousand readers.
He eventually self-published this as a book and it sold about 35,000 copies on Amazon. Suddenly Random House came calling with a big pile of money.
They talk about his daily writing habits and the books and authors Andy is a fan of and James digs in a bit to find out what's next.
He tells James that he's still afraid of being a one-hit wonder. James asks him what advice he would give to aspiring writers
Listen here its great story.
Tue, 17 February 2015
Today's show is very special.
The first question comes from one of our listeners about making business deals through mergers and acquisitions.
James says the real work begins after both parties decide on the deal. It's always about the personalities involved and what you believe is best for you and your family.
He also recommends a couple of books: Zero to One, Bold,and the soon to be released The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth,plus the TV show, The Profit.
For our second question, Claudia asks James what he meant when he said, "Entrepreneurship is dead."
Listen today as James explains why he believes the real answer instead is to choose yourself.