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Do you feel like you have wasted years of your life in a career that you are no longer interested in pursuing?

Are you just graduating college and unhappy with the field that you feel you have to go into?

James has repeatedly said college is a complete waste of time. In fact, he has a free report called the "50 Alternatives to College," all about what you can do besides go to college.

Today, he shares several ways that you can apply your degree toward doing something that you'll love.

If you went to school to be a doctor, that doesn't mean you are obligated to follow that career path. There are many other options that you can consider.

You are not stuck... there are opportunities out there. And today's podcast is where you will see the door open to new possibilities.

Tomorrow is never guaranteed, you should be making these changes today.

Direct download: Ep77_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:40am EDT

A couple of months ago, James and Aaron answered a listener's question about how to get unstuck in their current situation.

Since then, we have got continuous e-mails from listeners writing in with questions for more information on this topic.

So today, we decided to do a Part II to the segment.

Have you found yourself feeling trapped in a relationship, job, emotional slump, or just sick of a daily routine that never changes?

Today, James and Aaron talk about how the simple task of saying no to activities and duties that you don't want to participate in can dramatically change your life.

You'll hear how the "daily practice," becoming physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually healthy, and the power of no can provide you with a completely new outlook on the world.

With every obstacle, there is an opportunity. It's your choice to make it constructive to your wellbeing.

Direct download: Ep76_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:32am EDT

Although it may not seem obvious, every industry is the same when it comes to creating opportunities.

Today's question comes from a listener who wants to break into the film industry, but wants to hear James' advice on how he should do it.

Although James isn't a movie star, he lists some simple techniques that will help anyone break into any industry...

James explains that there are many ways to get noticed, and that you already have access to the technology to do so.

If you are not taking action with your own life, who will?

Today you will learn how to use books as mentors, market yourself, and find your own success.

It's time to go around the gatekeepers and make your dreams a reality.

Direct download: Ep75_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:26am EDT

You are most creative during your childhood years.

Our teenage years are when we want to be normal and fit in with our peers so we stop trying to be unique and creative... As adults we lose the talent of imagination and the creating of "what if" situations.

What we should be doing is looking to our children for inspiration.

James says "I'd rather be creative like my nine-year-old than teach them; there's nothing I can teach them. They're already creative at that age."

This is the show where you'll find yourself asking, "What could I be learning from children and how can I apply that to choosing myself?"

Direct download: Ep74_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:22pm EDT

James and Aaron talk about the importance of effective communication – it can help you with almost any situation.

You might think that you already know the basics, but most people forget these simple tactics that could make or break an interaction.

Here you will learn the true importance of the following:

•    Removing a skill

•    Enthusiasm

•    Body language

•    Positioning

•    Humility

•    Comedy

If you keep these few techniques in mind, you are on your way to improving your public speaking, interviewing skills, interpersonal relationships, and so much more...

Direct download: Ep73_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:39am EDT

Today's Ask Altucher is a little different. Instead of James and Aaron giving advice to a listener, a listener has emailed 10 ideas that could make James and Aaron money.

If you have an idea and want to get your message out to the right person, then this is the show for you. You'll hear James and Aaron point out several things that grabbed their attention and kept them interested while reading the email.

These could be million dollar ideas that you could use to leverage your own business.

Get ready to take some notes because advice this good is very rare.

Direct download: Ep72_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:43am EDT


Time is important and most people don't like their time wasted.

We have all heard it before, "It's not what you know, it's who you know."

But when it comes to networking and meeting individuals, what is the best way to approach them so that they will make time for you?

James says that networking is extremely important, but most people are doing it completely wrong.

Today, he shares several techniques that he has used and that have proven to be successful.

Successful people aren't just going to take time out of their days to help you. You have to be able to give them something in return.

Plus, find out what "permission networking" is and why it is the most important strategy in crafting relationships.

Direct download: Ep71_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:26am EDT

It's a question that James is asked repeatedly...

"How do I find my passion in life?"

Whether it's a hobby, a career, or just an overall purpose in life, it's something that we have all thought about at least once.

In order to find your passion, James gives some advice that you probably haven't heard before. He shares the real secret on how you can figure out what your passions in life are.

If you are feeling stuck or unhappy with your day-to-day routine, then this is the show for you.

Don't limit yourself to one narrow path in life. Choose yourself and everything else will follow.

Direct download: Ep70_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:54am EDT

James often says that he doesn't rely on traditional news publications and media outlets to keep up with current events.

Today's question comes from a listener who wants to know how James is able to stay current with trends and technologies if he doesn't use mainstream sources.

With much of his time spent reading and coming up with practices to improve his life, find out how James is able to receive only the important news and ignore the unnecessary.

As James has said before, "Forget the news. All headlines are lies – they are just trying to scare you." This episode will certainly make you think twice about what better things you could be doing with your time instead.

Direct download: Ep69_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:42am EDT

Facebook started as a site used to connect college students and then became available to anyone who wanted to join.

Now it is used for almost everything. It has replaced e-mail, photo albums, instant messaging, advertising, news; the list could go on and on.

Today, James shares his thoughts on Facebook and where he draws the line. He also shares how he uses the resources the site has to offer.

Find out how James has figured out to use Facebook to test out his posts for his blog. It has become his main source of feedback and indicator of which posts will grab the most attention.

Plus, James and Aaron discuss a new idea they have planned that could be launched by Facebook.

Direct download: Ep68_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:58am EDT