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James credits at least some of his success to his guest's new company, Product Hunt.

 

Erik Torenberg a founding team-member at Product Hunt, co-founder of Rapt.fm, and associate at Queensbridge Venture Partners joins James today.

 

Product Hunt seems like such an easy idea and an overnight success on the surface... but really it was years in the making.

 

But since its launch, it has been on a true rocket-ship ride.

 

It all started with a relatively small e-mail list... and the brilliant strategy of allowing product makers to talk to product users.

 

They went through Y Combinator and then got funding from Andreessen Horowitz. That was all the street cred they needed to explode.

 

Listen here as Erik tells James what's next for Product Hunt.

Direct download: AA20Ep20369.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 5:03pm EST

Do you need a vacation?

How about a place that has such a lingering bad reputation that it's the perfect place to get away to?

Interested?

Today, James and Claudia call our good friend and the original co-host of Ask Altucher, Aaron Brabham, to find out why he's now living there and what else he has been up to.

I can't tell you where he is – you'll have to listen to find out. But once you hear his story, you'll know why he has no plans to come back stateside.

And what's he doing there?

He's living the life of an entrepreneur.

To learn more about his new company, just click here.

He's involved with a new and exciting health and fitness company and explains to James and Claudia why he got involved and what his plans are to grow it.

Listen here as James and Claudia catch up with Aaron.

Direct download: AA20Ep20368.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:36pm EST

James spent an hour interviewing his wife and business partner, Claudia Azula Altucher.

They went back to 1999, when Claudia first started to learn about yoga. She knew very little about it, but wanted a discipline that would be physical and get her into a "zone."

They went all the way back to Claudia's early childhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was raised by a very loving mother, who unfortunately committed suicide when Claudia was only 17. You'll hear the pain in Claudia's voice as she talks about this tragic time in her life.

Claudia eventually saved $2,000, just enough money to come to the United States. She had to leave Argentina.

Life as an immigrant can be tough, yet Claudia never gave up. But she still hadn't found peace. She needed to make new choices and take control of her life.

She found it in yoga.

If you're interested in learning more about yoga, you have to listen to Claudia's podcast. You can listen on her website: ClaudiaYoga.com.

Follow her on Facebook and YouTube.

Direct download: AA20Ep20367.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 2:36pm EST

James gives his friend Mitch Joel a call today to talk about a subject that scares the heck out of him — public speaking.

James asks Mitch about his philosophy on public speaking.

Mitch breaks down public speakers and presenting into three styles of music: The first is the "classical music approach," the second he calls the "jazz improve” approach," and the third he calls the "rock and roll approach."

Mitch tells a great story about President Bill Clinton, the type of speaker he is, and also what his own personal speaking approach is.

He helps James understand that he doesn't always have to create a brand new speech every time he presents.

It's OK to re-use a lot of the same material. Don't keep the entire audience from hearing your best speech if only 20% may have heard it already.

Direct download: AA20Ep20366.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:44pm EST

James gives his good friend Chris Brogan a call today to talk about the real value of doing a podcast.

James asks Chris... Is podcasting worth the time and effort?

Chris says "no... and yes." There's no real money in it, but the other benefits are worth every second you put into it.

Podcasting helps you with all your other media by broadening your "umbrella." You can take your podcast and create a blog post or a newsletter article and you can tweet about it and post it on Facebook.

Plus, as both James and Chris say, their biggest benefit is getting to talk to people they would never get a chance to without the podcast

Listen to Chris and James talk about the real value of starting a podcast.

Direct download: AA20Ep20365.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:25pm EST

Brian Koppelman is back today to continue the fascinating discussion he and James started on his last visit.

As Brian says, "Non-fiction books answer a series of questions, whereas fiction books raise a series of questions."

On the last show, James made a promise to Brian that he would read more fiction. Brian holds him to it today.

This is another amazing conversation between two extremely creative people who are constantly working hard to improve their crafts.

Listen today and make sure you grab a pen to write down all the great books they talk about.

Direct download: AA20Ep20364.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 4:57pm EST

Today's question is a tough one, as one of our listeners writes in...

"My girlfriend has decided to concentrate on her career and wants to take a break from our relationship. How can I support her while satisfying my own needs?"

James and Claudia disagree a bit on their answers.

Listen here and you can decide who you think is right.

Direct download: AA20Ep20363.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 3:42pm EST

Today's question...

"I feel like the life I knew is falling apart before my eyes and my next steps are critical. I would deeply appreciate guidance and support.

Here is what's happening. I'm a twenty-year-old college student starting an online business, and last week I flew to New York City behind my parents' backs for a business event (with my own money) and they found out and decided to withdraw all financial support. I called my mom to apologize and she exploded, telling me that starting a business was ruining my life and destroying my relationships.

She said she would rather I take a semester off than work on a business while she is paying for my school tuition. So, I stayed up all night thinking and decided to take a semester off to pursue my business.

Then I called her today to tell her and she exploded in the other direction, telling me that if I drop out of school I will be putting a dagger into her heart. She tried to make me promise I will stay in school

It looks like at this point she will let me stay in school and work on my business, but now I genuinely think the best thing might be to take off a semester and work only on my business.

I don't want to give in to a compromise that isn't in my best interests, but I also don't want to tear my family apart.

How do I choose myself in this situation?"

Listen to James as he gives his real life advice.

Direct download: AA20Ep20362.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 2:17pm EST

John Ruhlin joins James and Claudia to talk about what it means to be a great salesman and

John has decided to take it to a new level.

Before you can sell you have to get in the door.

So he introduces himself with a very special gift.

Like the time he brought $7000 worth of Brooks Brothers clothes to a prospective clients hotel room and set it up to shock him.

It worked even better than he had hoped.

John says, if you’re going to send a gift than send it to their inner circle, their significant other, their adman and their family. These people are usually ignored and they’re often the most important people in your prospects lives.

Click here to listen to John’s stories and ideas for some great gifts to get you in the door.

Think “radical generosity”

Direct download: AA20Ep2036220Ruhlin.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 3:15pm EST

Of all the assets that you could possibly sell, I bet you've never thought of selling your future . . . but Jason is doing just that.

Jason Zook (formerly JasonSurfrapp, Jason Headsetsdotcom and Jason Sadler) is a crazy-at-heart salesman . . . beneath that, he's an impressive content creator with a long track record of success.

He's not a painter or a musician, but no one would ever say he's not an artist.

Today's he's selling his future.

Is he on to something new here?

Listen as James does his due diligence and decides whether to buy in or not.

I doubt you'll ever hear another show like this one again.

Direct download: AA20ep20360.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:58pm EST

Derek Coburn is the master at networking.

Derek says, "Going to networking events is a waste of time." You can go to networking events two or three times a week and never realize how much time you're wasting.

Traditional networking isn't working anymore.

He still goes to larger networking events, but only if there are multiple ways he can win . . . you need to be very selective.

Derek wrote the book on networking, Networking is Not Working, and he gives James a recap of some of his best ideas.

Listen to James and Derek talk about networking 2.0. 

Direct download: AA20Ep20359.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:57pm EST

Everyone at some point in their career hates their job.

For some people it's just temporary, but for others, it gets so bad that they quit.

If you decide to quit, everything suddenly changes. The stability of your old job is gone. Now you're on your own, and it's scary.

Give yourself permission to be burned out.

 

Listen to James and Claudia work through how to get through this.

Direct download: AA20Ep20358.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 2:40pm EST

Do you know what the secret mistake that most first time entrepreneurs make?

If you’re an entrepreneur than its so to know it. If you don’t you could already be out of business and not even know it.

 

Listen to James and hear his secret.

Direct download: AA20Ep20357.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 4:51pm EST

Most books are "business card" books.

A "business card" book is a book that helps the author establish credentials. It works as a business card.

But today, James wants to talk about "braingasm" books. Your brain has an orgasm while you're reading these books – they're that good.

James recently wrote a post about books like these, called "The 10 Most Important Books to Expand Your Mind," and today he's going to review a few of them.

 

Listen to James' list and hear why he thinks they deserve to be on it.

Direct download: AA20Ep20356.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:20pm EST

 

James says, no.

Direct download: AA20Ep2035520.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 5:22pm EST

Just don't do it.

In honor of National Suicide Prevention Week, Claudia and James felt it was very important to record this podcast.

Claudia, being a victim of living through her mother's suicide when she was just a teenager, is passionate about preventing it.

 

Listen to this extremely important podcast.

Direct download: AA20Ep20354.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 3:09pm EST

This question came in from the Choose Yourself Facebook group:

"I've been passed over for my next promotion. I feel like 'the poor employee' instead of "the 'rich employee.'"

James says being "The Rich Employee" is a mindset, and this person is already acting as a rich employee.

He has realized there's a problem and he's taking steps to fix it, but right now he's hurting.

He asks himself, "Why should I accomplish anything?"

Listen to James' answer in today's show.

Regards,

David Newman

 

P.S. The Rich Employee is now also in paperback.

Direct download: AA20Ep20353.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:22pm EST

Get ready – this one is going to be very controversial.

You went to college. You took out huge student loans to get your degree. You can barely make ends meet, and your monthly student loan bills are now due.

What can you do?

Ask for help.

Listen to today's show here

Regards,

David Newman

 

P.S. The Rich Employee is now also in paperback.

Direct download: AA20Ep20352.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:53am EST

Should you "fire" a really terrible customer?

Well, that depends...

If that customer happens to be 99% of your business, you have a big problem. But today, James addresses what to do with those customers who won't break your business.

You could delegate that customer to another employee. Sometimes that works.

You could have a real, honest conversation with that customer, asking them their advice on how you could serve them better.

"Help me help you..."

 

P.S. The Rich Employee is now also in paperback.

Direct download: AA20Ep20351.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 3:38pm EST

Do you want to be a professional speaker? Does having to get up on stage in front of a group of people scare the heck out of you?

Today James and Claudia invite Brian Rashid to join them to give us a couple of quick tips to help you if you want to become a public speaker.

Brian says you have to get really clear on one topic. Then create a clean one-page that lists bullets points on what you'll talk about, and add in testimonials as soon as you have them.

This is a long interview and Brian doesn't hold back. He's willing to answer every question they ask him.

James calls this interview "The bible of public speaking."

Regards,

David Newman

 

P.S. The Rich Employee is now out in paperback

Direct download: AA20Ep20350.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:29pm EST

Why did James self-publish his new book, The Rich Employee?

He wanted total control over the marketing.

The old way of the legacy book publishers is to get the author to march around the country doing book signings at the few book stores that still exist.

This just doesn't work anymore.

Instead, writers should do the "podcast tour". You'll get in front of millions of potential buyers without ever leaving your house.

Remember, you should always choose yourself.

Regards,

David Newman

 

P.S. The Rich Employee is out in paperback as of today

Direct download: AA20Ep20349.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 3:57pm EST

Why did James feel that he had to write his new book, The Rich Employee?

He wanted to set the record straight.

For the average employee, income is going down while inflation goes up. Industry, knowledge, and management are all being outsourced cheaply to other countries or to technology.

Many people mistakenly think that the only solution is entrepreneurship – that "entrepreneurship is the pathway to riches." This is not true. Being an entrepreneur does have great upside but it also has a well-known failure rate of 85%. There is no way to predict your way out of that 85%.

The solution is to become a rich employee, and now, anyone can do it.

This century, companies will only succeed if they encourage their employees to develop the "Rich Employee" mindset.

 

In today's podcast, James talks about The Rich Employee, saying that to succeed and thrive no matter where you are, no matter who your boss is, and no matter what your situation is, you should "choose yourself."

Direct download: AA20Ep2034820with20TRE20preroll.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 4:16pm EST

Chris Brogan was gracious enough to allow us to repost an interview he did today with James to talk about, everything…including the release of James brand new book; The Rich Employee that hit the Amazon bookstore today.

They jumped onto a platform new to many of us, Blab.im and did an hour long interview.

A lot of people jumped in to ask questions including Joel Comm, Michael Stelzner, Mitch Jackson and so many others.

We hope you enjoy this as we play with the best way to deliver you our content.

Thanks again Chris and please check out Blab.im

Best,

 

David Newman

Direct download: AA20Ep2034720Blab20final.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 7:05pm EST

This weekend Dr. Wayne Dyer passed away.

James wants to recognize the influence Wayne Dyer has had on his life. We're very sad about his passing.

Here is one of the last interviews Wayne Dyer has done and it is with James... 

During that interview James asked Dr. Dyer what he saw as the arc of his career. "What has your message been and how have you seen it evolve?"

Without hesitating, Dr. Dyer responded...

"Well, it's really been always about self-reliance, in one form or another. I've often said that I really feel that I had a conversation with God just before I showed up here on this planet in 1940 and I was asked, 'What would you like to do on this trip?' And I said, 'Well, I think I'd like to teach self-reliance.' And God said, 'You want to do that for an entire lifetime? Just teach self-reliance?'

"I said, 'Yes, that would be a great lifetime.' And he said, 'Well, then, we'd better get your little ass into an orphanage and we'd better let you have all of these different experiences, so that once people start to question that, you will never be dissuaded because you'll have the experience of it.' So everything in my life has been directed towards teaching people how to have self-reliance. It has shifted from psychology and an emphasis on psychological principles, to spiritual principles, and that's something that I really had nothing to do with personally; that was just the direction that I was destined to go."

They concluded their conversation with the following exchange...

Dr. Wayne Dyer:Think about your body, the body that you're in. You're in a male body, I'm in a male body. And I'm in a body that's about 6'2", it has blue eyes, it has no hair on its head, it has certain characteristics and so on, and inessence, that's why, for this incarnation, I'm doomed.

I'm doomed to live – I'm not gonna be in a female, 4'10" body. I'm not gonna be in any other – this is the body that I get, okay? Now, what kind of choices do I have to make within that context? Well, I can decide how healthy it's gonna be. I can decide whether I'm gonna exercise it or not.

I can decide actually how long it's gonna live.

There's many, many choices that I make about this body within the context of being doomed to live in this body and not any other body. Now, if you take this metaphor and you extend it to not just the physical body but to the rest of your life and all that you are, you are, in essence – you are given a dharma. You showed up here with a purpose. You showed up here with an energy that propels – and there's something that excites you, and it's like whether you want to be a falconer or whether you want to be a musician or whether you want to be a writer or whether you want to raise horses in Montana.

Whatever it might be, there's something that excites you. Now, you have been doomed; in other words, this is your dharma. This is what you're here for. But you're making choices.

And the choices that you make all along, all the course corrections that you make, involve,

"Am I willing? Am I willing to do whatever it takes to make this come true?" I've always been willing.

"Are you determined?" That is, are you gonna not let anything interfere with it? Yes. You have to have that determination.

"Am I fearless?" In other words, am I gonna get the fear out of me and come from a place of love, from divine love?

"Am I using compassion?" Compassion for myself and compassion for others, and ultimately,

"Do I reach that state? " The highest rung on the ladder, if you will, when Rumi said, "When you are born, a ladder is placed before you to help you to escape from this world.' And so to understand that you're in this world but you're not of this world, and when you reach the top of the ladder, the top rung on that ladder of divine love, you realize that, yes, you are doomed. You have been. You're to be a writer, you're to do all these things, but you also make choices and course corrections along the way, just like the choice you make about how your body is going to be.

When you understand that, when you understand that you showed up here for a reason and a purpose and, "Now I'm gonna be willing, I'm gonna be fearless, I'm gonna be determined, I'm gonna be passionate," then you can live your life without regrets. I just read a book called The Five Regrets of the Dying, by a woman in Australia who is a hospice nurse, and she interviewed people every day who were dying, and asked them what were their regrets. 

She wrote a book about it, and the number one regret of people who were under her hospice care, the number one regret of the people dying was, "I wish I'd had the courage to live my life the way I knew I should, rather than listening to other people tell me what to do." That's the essence of it all.

James Altucher:   That's really important, because as you said, you're doomed to make your choices, but if you don't make your choices, you're even more doomed.

Dr. Wayne Dyer:   Absolutely, absolutely.

James Altucher:   'Cause someone else is making the choices for you. And on that note, Wayne, I really appreciate you spending the time and on this interview. I really want recommend I Can See Clearly Now. It's a great book, it's inspirational. I also recommend all of the books that you referenced in the book and in this interview, because I think they're all transformational books, and again, once again, thank you for coming on this show and being interviewed.

Dr. Wayne Dyer:   It's my pleasure. God bless you. Good luck to you, my friend.

James Altucher:   Thanks, Wayne.

 

Dr. Wayne Dyer:   Namaste.

Direct download: ALR20EP20620DR.20WAYNE20DYER.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:39am EST

A few months ago Frank Curzio interviewed James on his Top 10 iTunes podcast Wall Street Unplugged.

We thought a lot of our new listeners might have never heard this interview and so I decided to publish it today.

I really think you’ll enjoy this interview

Regards,

David Newman

P.S. James is hard at work on his next new project. Stay tuned right here as we’ll be announcing it first on this podcast.

Direct download: AA20Ep2034520Frank20interview.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 7:36pm EST

Most small businesses fail. In fact, about 85% of them do.

Is it the business, or is it the people behind the business that fail?

 

Listen here today as James talks about how not to fail as a small startup business.

Direct download: AA20Ep2034420fianl2028229.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:39pm EST

Why do anything if you're going to die anyway?

It's an evolutionary thing. Our brains have been setup to reward us for those things that trigger well-being.

When the chemical dopamine is triggered in your brain,  it makes you feel great.

 

Listen here today and go do something.

Direct download: AA20Ep20343.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:31am EST

China is having problems...

The Fed may raise interest rates next month.

And the market is down about 10%.

But this is not 2009. The world is not falling apart.

Today James gives you some companies you may want to think about.

 

Listen here today and I hope you profit from it.

Direct download: AA20Ep20342.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:39am EST

Before you start your podcast, should you have a specific niche in mind?

James says no – you can do whatever you want, whenever you want. If it works, great. If not, then you can close it down and start another.

Just do it for fun.

Listen here today. I hope you enjoy it.

Regards,

David Newman

 

P.S. For a very limited time, I want to send you a brand-new, hardback copy of my new bookAll I ask is that you cover the shipping costs (just $5).

Direct download: AA20Ep20341.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 2:14pm EST

I've been saving this recording for the day when James' schedule became so crazy he just couldn't record your daily dose of Ask Altucher.

Today is that day...

This is a presentation that James gave recently at the NJ Tech Meetup.

WARNING: This recording does have a bit of explicit language, so listen at your own risk.

Listen here today and I hope you enjoy it.

Regards,

 

David Newman

Direct download: AA20Ep20340.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 5:37pm EST

Are you willing to disobey your parents?

Cassey Ho came from a typical Asian family. They gave her three choices for her career... doctor, lawyer or engineer.

She had to bring honor to her family.

But that wasn't Cassey's calling. She had the entrepreneurial spirit, and she just had to follow her dream.

Fast-forward to today, and Cassey has almost 2.5 million subscribers to her YouTube channel Blogilates TV, with one of her videos now approaching 7.5 million views.

And that was just the beginning. She has created a whole line of products that's growing quickly.

Listen here today as she shares with James how she advertises her "brand."

Regards

 

David Newman

Direct download: AA20Ep2033920Cassey20Ho.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 4:46pm EST

Do you fear the nothingness of death?

That last thought, that last breath...

James doesn't.

Pain scares him, but not death.

Listen here today as he and Claudia discuss the unknown.

Regards,

David Newman

 

P.S. This Thursday, August 20th, James will be the featured guest on Product Hunt LIVE, a place to chat with the world's most interesting authors, artists, founders, investors, game creators, entertainers, and makers. For more information click here.

Direct download: AA20Ep20338.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:04pm EST

What if the consequences of saying "no" are so strong, you feel like you just have to agree?

James gives an example: Your boss demands that you change your plans at the last second and spend the weekend traveling for business, instead of doing what you had planned.

Can you say "no" to him?

Sure, but you'll probably lose your job, and that may not be an option. "No's" do have consequences.

So what else can you do?

Be prepared...

Listen here today as James gives us a few hacks so this doesn't happen to you again and again.

Hint... Choose yourself.

Regards,

David Newman

P.S. For a very limited time, I want to send you a brand-new, hardback copy of my new book for FREE! All I ask is that you cover the shipping costs (just $5).

 

P.P.S. This Thursday, August 20th James will be the featured guest on Product Hunt LIVE a place to chat with the world's most interesting authors, artists, founders, investors, game creators, entertainers, and makers. For more information click here.

Direct download: AA20Ep20337.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 5:02pm EST

What if someone told you that your behavior was controlled by a powerful, invisible force?

Nick Morgan, the author of Power Cues, joins James today to tell the fantastic story of how, after a serious concussion that left him in a coma for about 10 days, Nick lost the ability to read other people he knew.

He could no longer read their body language. He couldn't read the cues.

After a couple of months of agony, something switched back on.

That experience awakened in Nick a lifelong interest in body language, gesture, and voice, and a drive to understand how people really communicate with each other.

Listen here today as Nick relays some amazing stories about how you can take control of your communication.

Regards,

David Newman

 

P.S. For a very limited time, I want to send you a brand-new, hardback copy of my new book for FREE! All I ask is that you cover the shipping costs (just $5).

Direct download: AA20Ep2033620final.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 4:22pm EST

What's an effective way to deal with complainers? James says help the complainer focus on other things, and if they're a chronic complainer, then just remove yourself from the conversation. You'll notice the complaints will slow down.

Why doesn't James have any external advertising on his blog or podcasts? James gives his honest answer and breaks some new news.

How does James pick a book subject that he knows there is a demand for? He doesn't.

Listen here today as James explains.

Regards,

David Newman

 

P.S. For a very limited time, I want to send you a brand-new, hardback copy of my new book for FREE! All I ask is that you cover the shipping costs (just $5).

Direct download: AA20Ep20335.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 3:40pm EST

Are you writing a thousand words a day, every day? You better be if you want to write a great book.

Are you doing great research? Have you immersed yourself in the story? Are you writing everything down?

James says you should start off with a moment of fear. Ask yourself, what are the 10 questions everyone is going to have?

Good luck, and if you want James' guide to self-publishing, click here.

Regards,

 

David Newman

Direct download: AA20EP20334.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:22pm EST

We’re not talking about having enough money to take care of your human needs; we’re talking about getting rich.

Today’s question comes from a twenty-year-old who says that’s all he can think about.

The key to getting rich is to ask, who did I help today?

Regards,

 

David Newman

Direct download: AA20Ep2033320final.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 4:53pm EST

James delves into the mind of his 13-year-old daughter Mollie today.

We start off with James asking Mollie about her favorite music, movies, and TV shows.

They then talk about school. James has made Mollie an offer: She will never have to go to school again, if she'll just read one book a week and talk about it with him.

She says... No thanks.

Listen today to hear Mollie's answers.

Regards,

 

David Newman

Direct download: AA20Ep20332.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 4:51pm EST

Claudia "The Snake Killer" has today's question, which is, how does James retain the information from all the books he reads?

James usually reads about five books at the same time, making it through 20% of each book daily. If something interests him, he'll highlight it and write it down.

And then he'll try to teach it to someone else.

Listen here to hear James on the "mind palace" technique to memory recall.

Regards,

David Newman

P.S. We're looking for a few great affiliates to help us get James' message out.

The idea is simple. You sign up with us to become an official, sanctioned distributor of Choose Yourself Media products. You begin promoting them immediately. You use sales copy and other advertising materials that we've tested ourselves – materials that have already been proven to work (banner ads, text ads, e-mails, newsletter ads – you name it!), and you offer your members the bonuses and privileges that we offer.

 

For more information on becoming an affiliate, click here.

Direct download: AA20Ep20331.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 3:40pm EST

I hate my boss. He's a real tyrant, but I can't quit because I need the money.

James says, in order to become the rich employee, you need to tie your success to the success of the company.

Encourage the people around you, as hard as that may seem. It will make you feel better.

And, as intimidating as it may seem to leave your job, you need to start to take action. Start working today on finding another job. You could take courses online and learn new skills.

Invest in yourself, starting today.

Listen here to hear James' ideas on becoming the rich employee.

Regards,

David Newman

P.S. We're looking for a few great affiliates to help us get James' message out.

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What's the best way to get your dream job?

A listener wrote in to say that he has been sending his "out-of-the-box ideas" to his company, but he hasn't heard back.

Suddenly, the company has posted a job opening for something similar that he can do.

He's wondering if he should just go through the normal routine and apply for the opening through the normal channels, or if he should get very creative, like Claudia did when she "applied" for the CEO position at Twitter.

James says he should do both.

Listen here to hear James give the listener the tips and tricks to getting his dream job.

Regards,

David Newman

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Today, James, Claudia, Mollie, and Josie are podcasters in cars going to Whole Foods.

Often, the biggest gatekeeper you'll run up against is in your own mind. You believe you have to use gatekeepers to become successful.

What if you want to be a star in Hollywood? Do you need an agent (i.e., a gatekeeper)?

The short answer is: no.

Listen here to hear James and Claudia offer proof that you can do this yourself.

Regards,

David Newman

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Good television tells great stories... In fact, James believes television is the best art form out there right now. It's better than the best movies and even better than most books.

But they both do love to watch funny movies

Here's a list of the 11 funniest movies ever, according to James and Claudia:

 1. Superbab

 2. This Is the End

 3. The Hangover (James), Liar Liar (Claudia)

 4. Groundhog Day (James), Trainwreck (Claudia)

 5. Ben Stiller movies – Meet the Fockers, There's Something About Mary, Zoolander

 6. Funny People (James) (Claudia isn’t crazy about this one)

 7. Top Five

  8. We're the Millers

  9. The Wedding Ringer

 10.The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up

 11. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Listen here to hear James and Claudia talk about these and a few more of their favorites.

Regards,

David Newman

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Category:business -- posted at: 12:27pm EST

First, what is good character? 

A person who takes responsibility has good character.

Listen to hear James and Claudia talk about whether society is dying because of a lack of character.

Be impeccable in your word…

Regards,

David Newman

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When is enough enough?

Whenever money is your main goal, it will always disappoint you.

At the end of the day, it's more important to ask yourself: "Who did I help today?"

Regards,

David Newman

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James answers a few questions in rapid-fire fashion.

The first question is whether you should edit as you write. James says never. Your first draft is always terrible. Just race to the end.

Write it, write it, and write it...

Race to the end, and then sculpt it when you're finished.

A listener writes in to ask James if he, as an author, should start using Quora. Another wants to know how to avoid taking criticism personally.

Plus, someone wants to know more about why James doesn't read or listen to the news.

Regards,

David Newman

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James and Claudia celebrate five years of marriage on today's show.

They talk about what marriage is really all about. It's not about your sex life, the money, or almost anything else...

It's about becoming friends and handling problems.

If there is love underneath... any problem can be solved.

Because you will have problems...

And to read James blog post on How to Be Married for Five Years, click the link.

Regards,

David Newman

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Category:business -- posted at: 6:22pm EST

James recently hired someone to completely rewrite Fifty Shades of Grey using a thesaurus to change every word. Unfortunately, he found out there are laws against this, so of course, he never published it

James' guest, John Havel, joins him today to talk about a friend of a friend of his who claims he makes about $15,000 a month through the Amazon Kindle store selling books he "writes."

He finds other people's books about dating and social relationships, reads the comments to see what people like and don't like, and then he creates an outline.

He sends this outline to a ghostwriter in the Philippines and, for about $250, he gets back a 30-page document that he then edits to create a book.

He publishes about four books a month to the Amazon Kindle store.

He's learned all the tricks on the Amazon platform that help him "work the system," increasing his rankings and selling more books.

Designing an eye-catching cover and writing great copy on the description page are the most important things you can do to boost your sales.

For him, the content is secondary.

So John and his team decided to see if they could replicate his system.

They decided to see if they could get a #1-ranked book on Amazon within a week.

They took a romance novel they thought was in the public domain, changed names, re-worked it, and put it out there.

It didn't work out the way they thought it might.

Listen here to hear the story behind John's experiment.

Regards,

David Newman

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Love can be tough – especially when it's unrequited or unreturned.

We've all been there...

Are you sure that what you're feeling is love?

If you truly care about someone, then you want the best for them. The best for them may not be the best for you.

Love is not a gift that has to be returned.

Regards,

David Newman

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In school, in order to get an "A" you have to get 90% of the questions right. But in business, if you make just 50% of your decisions correctly, you're an "A+" leader.

Do most of you really need to learn trigonometry, algebra or geometry? Why to they keep teaching this to everyone?

Real life business is about strategy, persuasion, and writing.

Writing is a critical skill to learn, but most schools never spend enough time focusing on it.

Instead, students read Shakespeare and Homer and write reports on historical subjects.

Listen to today's episode and let us know the last time you "square rooted" something.

Regards,

David Newman

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Category:business -- posted at: 11:41am EST

What is doubt?

James says doubts are all in your head. "If I X, then the result of Y may not be great" – that's a doubt.

Don't let doubt control you. Instead, use it as a tool.

Action is the only thing that will make you successful. Living in your head will never get you anywhere.

Listen to today's episode and don't doubt your decision.

Regards,

David Newman

 

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Category:business -- posted at: 11:53am EST

James once played poker for more than 365 days in a row. He was obsessed.

He’d just sold a business and had a ton of cash in his pocket, but he had no friends. He thought he could make both money and friends by taking up poker.

He quickly learned that in poker, psychology is 90% of the battle and understanding the odds is the other 90%.

He loved it and those lessons have stuck with him.

And he learned that he should have kept doing what he was great at. 

Listen to today's episode to find out what he did next.

Regards,

David Newman

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Category:business -- posted at: 10:35am EST

There are about 250,000 podcasts available today, but what's the business model?

Business models don't have to come first, but problems that you solve and your passion to solve them should.

Listen to today's episode and learn why James and Claudia podcast.

Regards,

David Newman

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Today we're going to have some fun...

James and Claudia share a list of their 11 top TV shows:

1."Arrested Development"

2."Breaking Bad"

3."Better Call Saul"

4."Peep Show"

5."Madmen"

6."Louie"

7."Veep"

8."Silicon Valley"

9."Freaks and Geeks"

10."Rome"

11."House Of Cards"

Listen to today's episode and please send us your suggestions for the best TV show works of art.

Regards,

David Newman

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How can you build your network of influencers? Ignore the obvious. Don't do what everyone else is doing.

Don't send the people congratulations on their birthdays. Everyone else is doing that.

Instead, notice them and acknowledge their work.

James does this about four times a day, every day, and he has built up a huge network.

You can, too.

Listen to today's episode, and start building your network.

Regards,

David Newman

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Your friend's spouse is cheating and you know about it. What should you do?

This exact situation happened to James once and he decided to stay out of it. By saying something, he would have injected himself into his friend's relationship. He thought it was better to let them work it out themselves.

This is a tough question, but you can't be the solution to every problem.

Listen here to today's episode, and...

Be there for your friends.

Regards,

David Newma

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Category:business -- posted at: 12:21pm EST

Scott Young spent $2,000 and got a "degree" from MIT... And he never had to leave his house.

He calls it the "MIT Challenge."

Scott believes you might learn better without having to go to college for four years.

He spent four years getting a business degree and he still had a longing to learn computer science. But he didn't want to spend four more years of his life in school and accumulate all that debt.

He wanted the education, but not the school.

He has taken a few classes online before and thought, "If you can learn a class, why not an entire degree?"

But when he was done, would anyone hire him?

Listen today to find out.

Regards,

David Newman

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I can't seem to make new friends...

Today's question is from someone who's recently out of prison and can't find a true friend except his wife.

James and Claudia each define what a true friend is.

To find new friends, you have to put yourself out there.

And you have to be a good friend to get new good friends.

Regards,

David Newman

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Category:business -- posted at: 1:12pm EST

Claudia is upset...

United Airlines grounded all their flights recently due to a computer glitch. This glitch had nothing to do with their airplanes. People just couldn't check in.

United probably has layers and layers, and more layers, of new software laid over old software, millions of lines of code and bug fixes on top of bug fixes.

James says this is the preverbial "canary in the coalmine" problem for United.

Fix this or its end is near.

James relates this to the employee who every two weeks gets his same paycheck. He should always have a plan B and a plan C in place, just in case.

Regards,

David Newman

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Did mastering chess change James life? 

Yes. It has opened all sorts of doors for him and taught him to look at everything a little differently.

He spent his youth studying everything about chess. 

He learned how to learn, and he learned how to lose.

Regards,

David Newman

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Category:business -- posted at: 12:39pm EST

Taylor Pearson talks with James today about The End of Jobs, he wrote the book on it.

James says about Taylors book “ The most important thing about The End of Jobs is that entrepreneurship is not a choice you can make at your leisure”.

“This is something that is actually happening.  The train is leaving the station. You have to either jump on the train or lose your chance forever. Now is the time…”

James asks Taylor what he would do if he wanted to start a new seven figure a year job right now but you had no experience.

Taylor says he’d become an apprentice; there are plenty of great entrepreneurs looking for talented young people to help them grow their businesses.

That’s exactly what he did and he tells James his story.

They talk about how entrepreneurs are leveraging the democracy of the Long Tail to get rich, how others are using Amazon as their store front to drop shipping or as a testing ground before they launch their own website.

As more and more jobs are being outsourced the question remains…

Where is this all going?

The trend is clear. The middle class is dying. 

You can choose to exit up or you can choose you exit down.

Make your choice.

Regards,

David Newman

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James' practice of working to improve four areas of his life (physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental) just 1% a day led to today’s question: How does James' daily practice turn into money?

He turns this question around. What if you did the exact opposite of his daily practice? Could that ever lead to money?

Instead of being healthy, you stayed up all night drinking. Instead of exercising your idea muscle, you just vegged out all day.

Do you think this would turn into money?

Create your "“scene" – the people that will help you and those whom you help.

Don’t have a goal other than improving 1% today.

Regards,

David Newman

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So, you've gone ahead and created 10 great ideas, sent them over to a company to try to help them, and someone from the company has written back and said...

We don't need your ideas.

James is curious about what his original letter said. What you say when you send your ideas is extremely important...

Make sure you don't give them more work while you think you're helping them.

Just keep sending out your ideas, keep trying to help people. If they say, "No thanks," try again in a few months.

And remember: Don't ask for anything in return.

Regards,

David Newman

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Mac Lethal (born David McCleary Sheldon) is another overnight success, 17 years in the making.

In November 2011, he released a video on YouTube of him rapping over the beat to "Look at Me Now" while he prepared pancakes in his kitchen.

The video became a viral hit and got millions of views in a matter of days, but he'd been practicing his craft for years and years.

As he tells James on the extended version of Ask Altucher, high school bored him so he started writing rap songs in study hall.

Rapping wasn't his passion, but it worked. As he became better at it he became much more passionate...

By 2011 he'd finally made it. Today he often spends hours listening to rappers and learning from them.

He tells James that he believes it takes 20 years to become a real master at your trade.

It takes you a couple of years to move past a beginner, and by year five you start to find your voice and stop mimicking others.

By year 15 you finally focus and become an authentic voice.

But he didn't stop there. He's written a book, Texts From Bennett that was optioned by FX.

Most things you try probably won't work, but keep trying and eventually one good idea will slip through... And no one will remember your prior mistakes.

This is a great interview and you'll want listen to the entire conversation.

Listen to today's show and you can find Mac here and here.

Regards,

David Newman

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Happy Fourth of July.

To celebrate, James and Claudia wanted to give everyone a present.

Listen to today's show and click here to get your special present.

Regards,

David Newman

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James and Claudia touch on a controversial subject today... opinions.

James says whenever he has a strong opinion about something, everybody gets angry.

As you probably already know, James has some pretty strong and controversial opinions about a lot of things... college, 401(k)s, owning homes...

What opinion will really matter 100 years from now? Instead of getting angry, focus on yourself and stay healthy.

And be open and willing to listen to others' opinions. You may just learn something important.

Regards,

David Newman

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James starts off today with a productivity hack, and it involves looking at Claudia.

Today's question asks for James' opinion on the best technique to teach someone something.

James starts off with a quote from Bruce Lee.

"I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times."

When you practice something 10,000 times, that doesn't mean you're an expert at only that one thing. Instead, you open a window into learning.

Regards,

David Newman

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Category:business -- posted at: 3:57pm EST

James wants to catch up before he leaves for his silent retreat to finish his new book.

His phone has been exploding with questions and today he's trying to get through a few of them. (If you listen closely you'll hear him tell Claudia not to be so bossy... it's too funny.)

He covers parenting, business relationships, optimal peak performance times, and startups.

Sit back and enjoy

Regards,

David Newman

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James was giving a talk to 150 people in Hoboken, New Jersey last week.

Before the talk, he took a walk to prepare, settled into a café, took out his waiter's pad, and jotted down notes.

A few tables away at the café, a dad read a newspaper while his two kids played chess.

James, being the semi-professional procrastinator that he is, spent a few minutes looking at their game.

Then instead of preparing his talk, James wrote about 15 or so tips on how they could play better chess.

When the dad and his kids were getting ready to leave, James walked up to the dad with five pages from his waiter's pad ripped out and said, "I was watching your kids play."

James offered him the waiter's pad pages and said: "I made some notes for them."

"He sort of just peered at me and took the notes and said, 'OK.' Then he left," James said.

When James sat down, he felt really proud of himself. He helped someone!

He was feeling all good about himself.

But why didn't that guy say thank you, throw a parade, or anything like that?

James took time out from preparing for his LIFE-CHANGING talk in order to write five pages of detailed notes on how the guy's kids could play better chess.

Then he thought about it. Maybe it's not the best idea to walk up to a total stranger in the middle of the day and say, "I've been watching your kids play."

James also was feeling shy when he said it, so he was not quite looking the dad in the eye. Then James handed him a bunch of ripped-out pieces of waiter's pad paper with probably unreadable notes written on them.

He committed error No. 1 when delivering value: Establish your credentials first as quickly and concisely as possible.

If there's an "urgent" problem, you have to say why you are "unique" to solve it.

James could've started by saying, "I'm a ranked chessmaster and here's how your kids can improve at chess." Very specific and quick.

Oh, and don't be a creepy guy. Very important.

Regards,

David Newman

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Today is a huge day for all of us at The Choose Yourself Network. Today we're publishing our 300th episode of Ask Altucher.

What started as an experiment has now become a way of life for so many people, including us.

So from James, Claudia, myself, and everyone else involved in getting you these shows every day, thank you for listening...

And to celebrate today, James and Claudia invited a good friend, Jim Shells, to be their guest on Ask Altucher today.

Jim and James meet two years at a Jason Gaignard Mastermind talk.

Jim's the founder of Board Meetings International,an organization that exists to strengthen the relationship parents have with their children.

Jim noticed while traveling the world and speaking with thousands of entrepreneurs that many are feeling burnt out. In their never-ending quest to build their businesses, they've often forgotten about why they were doing it.

They worked so much to be able to spend quality time with their families.

As Jim says in his brand-new book The Family Board Meeting, "intending to spend time with your kids isn't the same as actually doing it."

And he goes on to say, "Time together isn't the same as quality time together."

So he's created his family board meetings.

According to Jim, there are three basic ground rules for making a board meeting a rewarding experience:

  • It must be one-on-one (i.e. not with your spouse or other children).
  • No electronics allowed.
  • It must be a fun activity, which the kid gets to choose, with focused reflection on questions like, what was your favorite part and why?

This process can be used in your business relationships also to quickly find out which ones may not work out.

Regards,

David Newman

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Category:business -- posted at: 12:56pm EST

"Dr. Altucher" is in the house today. Well he's not really a doctor but he plays one on Twitter.

Today's question is, "What is the best way to teach your kids about business?"

James has a few very interesting nonconventional ideas.

First, walk up and down main street with you kids and ask them, "Which of these business are going to succeed and why?"

Second, watch "The Profit" on CNBC with your kids. Pause it and talk to them about it.

Third, watch "Shark Tank" with your kids, pause the show and ask them if they'd invest in the company, how would they market it, would they buy it...

Fourth, practice what you preach.

Fifth, and this one is the hardest, coax them to start their own business.

Click here to listen to this episode.

Claudia thinks James' interviews with Mark Ford are a must-listen for everyone. Listen to part one here and part two here.

Regards,

David Newman

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Category:business -- posted at: 1:30pm EST

James 13-year-old daughter explains to him today that the safest way to make money is to get a job with a steady salary.

As you can imagine, James disagrees.

He says DON'T focus on a salary. If you have a salary you can still get fired at any time, plus you're taxed at the highest rate possible.

When you're working for a salary the value you're bringing to your company is often two or three times what they're paying you. Your boss has to take a piece, his boss needs to take a piece, and so on up the ladder.

Salary is a fancy phase for "We're about to steal two-thirds of your value."

Try to get at least seven sources of income and don't invest your money with banks or brokerages companies.

They are not your friends.

Instead, invest in yourself.

Listen to hear how James sees the future.

Regards,

David Newman

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Category:business -- posted at: 4:09pm EST

Don't try to predict the future.

When you're 19 years old, you're going to make every mistake possible. We all do it, but that doesn't mean that your relationship isn't meaningful.

Don't regret. Don't be anxious.

Stay focused on the present.

Listen to hear how James wants Claudia to stay in practice, just in case.

Regards,

David Newman

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The American Dream is not dead. But it has been forever changed. Playing by the old rules no longer works. Instead, there's a new way to "make it" in America. Millionaire investor James Altucher just revealed a roadmap that shows you how to get there.

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Category:business -- posted at: 11:56am EST

"Can a person be too humble," was the question asked of James today.

James says he doesn't think that's the real question. The real question should be, "Should I be so humble that I let people walk all over me?"

The easy answer is, "No."

But there's a lot more to it.

Listen to hear how James explains this idea.

Regards,

David Newman

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Category:business -- posted at: 11:36am EST

Yesterday, James noticed on Amazon that there was a second version of The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth.

Someone had hacked James' book and made himself the editor so he could sell it and get paid.

Claudia called Amazon and went ballistic when no one would help.

James used a different tactic.

He found the "author," who lives in Bangladesh and was using his real name. James wrote to him and recommended he take it down.

He wrote James back, blamed it on a so-called friend and apologized.

Eventually, and only because James has connections within Amazon, he got it taken down. But not before this guy made a substantial amount of money selling James' books.

As James says, "At least I'll get an Ask Altucher show and a blog post out of this experience, so all was not lost."

You can't let people take advantage of you, but you can't let things like this ruin your life.

Listen to hear how James resolved it, made the best of it, and moved on.

Regards,

David Newman

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Category:business -- posted at: 3:13pm EST

Hal Elrod died.

We're not talking metaphorically; he actually died in a head-on car accident. Driving home in his new car he was hit head on by a drunk driver. He bled to death on the side of the freeway.

After six days in a coma he woke up to find that he had 11 broken bones, permanent brain damage, and doctors said he might never walk again.

But he had learned a very important lesson from his time as a door-to-door knife salesman. He calls it the 5-minute rule. It's OK to be negative when things go wrong, but for no more than 5 minutes

Not only did Hal walk, he went on to run a 52-mile ultra-marathon, become a hall of fame business achiever, international Keynote Speaker, success coach, hip-hop recording artist, and multiple-time #1 bestselling author of The Miracle Morning series of books.

If you win the morning you win the day.

That wasn't the only time he had to overcome huge problems. But again his 5-minute rule kicked in.

Listen to Hal's incredible story and hear his list of six personal goals that he does every day. His life savers.

Regards,

David Newman

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Category:business -- posted at: 3:06pm EST

James has a list...

First, having any opinion at all is a mistake for any young person.

Second, you were not put on this earth for any special purpose. Stop searching for your purpose in life. It only causes unnecessary stress.

Just do want you want to do.

Third, you probably talk too much. Try to talk less.

Fourth, take the word "career" out of your vocabulary. Get good at multiple things.

Listen to hear the rest of his list.

Regards,

David Newman

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Category:business -- posted at: 2:25pm EST

Everyone's happiness is different, special, and customized just for them by them.

Is happiness something inside you or is it outside of you?

James and Claudia explain the difference.

Regards,

David Newman

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Category:business -- posted at: 10:47am EST

Last week in our Ask Altucher episode #286: Help I'm Homeless and episode #283: Will You Go Broke Choosing Yourself? James and Claudia talked about being homeless.

Today they interview Maja Gray who is living, as she calls it, location independent.

Maja has been a traveler since childhood. She's lived all over the world. Hong Kong, Mexico, Japan, France...

She has stayed with friends, house sat, boat sat, but right now she's living in an airport. She exercises in the yoga rooms, uses old phone booths that have a table, Wi-Fi and an electrical outlet, and finds a comfortable place to sleep.

She's learned to nap anywhere, showering is easy, and the food is great.

Learn how she follows all four of James rules for living a healthy life.

Living homeless today may not be exactly what you thought it was.

If you'd like to help Maja finish her book, learn more here.

Regards,

David Newman

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Category:business -- posted at: 11:15am EST

James and Claudia tackled todays question about too many choices a little differently today.

Claudia thought you should begin with focusing and James felt you should instead just pick anything and get going. 

Do the first, simplest thing you can first.  

Then do a little of the next….  

As they talked through this James explains how he started this morning preparing for his podcast recording today, his “A” thing. Then he took a break and he did a few “B–E” things.

He then got back to the “A” thing having felt like he’s accomplished a lot already today.

Learn what James “B-E” things were today.

Regards,

David Newman

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Category:business -- posted at: 12:22pm EST

You can't be productive all day every day.

First, you must read. When you read, you get the distilled, curated life of the writer. The author becomes your virtual mentor.

Second, you must sleep. If you don't get enough sleep, your brain just isn't working at its peak.

Third, you should eat at home. This saves you a couple hours a day and as a bonus, you'll be healthier.

Fourth, you should throw out everything that you can.

And fifth, you should never surf the web. Try for a week, and see how much extra productive time you have.

Listen here and learn how you can become mega-productive.

Plus, don't go to meetings, don't make many phone calls, and send texts instead of emails.

You are what you consume.

Regards,

David Newman

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Category:business -- posted at: 10:06am EST

Mark Messick dropped out of school at age 11 and that's when his real education began.

It wasn't his choice. He was comfortable in his "normal" life but his family was about to make a few quick, short-term moves and it was easier for him to be home schooled.

The same school curriculum doesn't work for every child. Every one of them is different.

As soon as Mark dropped out he felt free. He didn't have to follow the crowd anymore. He could now follow his passion.

He discovered he loved to write.

When he was 13 years old he discovered Amazon would allow him to self publish his first book. He sold six copies and he knew five of the buyers.

Fast forward to today. He's had nine books available on Amazon, and the reviews are fantastic, but its time to test something new.

Mark's 16 years old now and an entrepreneur at heart. He just launched his brand new website Epicproductivity.com.

Learn how Mark made $4,000 last month from his self-published book sales.

 

Regards,

David Newman

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Category:business -- posted at: 12:14pm EST

Have you ever thought to yourself, "I want to start a business, but I'm afraid I'm going to go broke?"

Somehow, when you work for someone else, you feel more stable. But that's just not the case. They can fire you at any time. There's no stability in that.

Yes, it's true that the failure rate for new businesses is huge and the chances are good that your first business may fail.

And maybe your second and third businesses will also fail. But that's no reason not to try.

Fear motivates.

Learn how James has turned his fear into millions of dollars.

Turn your fear into your energy.

Regards,

David Newman

P.S. "James' Hack" – How to Make Money Without a Job

While most people worry about money and live paycheck to paycheck, select people have discovered how to break free of the fear and write their own ticket to success. If you are willing to pursue what some consider a controversial path, you too could become a member of this group.

If you are looking to make more money, or prepare for a secure retirement, this path could be right for you. If you're wondering where the "American Dream" is hiding, you'll find it here.you'll find it here

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Category:business -- posted at: 3:28pm EST

Last Thursday on our Ask Altucher Episode #283: Will you Go Broke Choosing Yourself?

James said: "How many homeless people do you know? It's harder to become homeless than you think."

And while he still believes that to be true, James had a long-time listener write in to tell him and Claudia that the listener is homeless and living in an airport.

You'll hear the pain in Claudia's voice as she talks about this.

This person has been sending James and Claudia his daily 10 ideas for a while now, but something is missing from them. Claudia says she believes she knows the reason.

The listener doesn't have a roof over his head. And that's where he should begin.

To come up with 10 great ideas a day, James says you have to have the four legs of a complete daily practice: You have be physically healthy, emotionally healthy, mentally healthy and spiritually healthy.

Being homeless is robbing this person of all four legs.

Regards,

David Newman

P.S. "James' Hack" – How to Make Money Without a Job

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The Game by Neil Strauss

Bold by Peter Diamandis

Finding Ultra by Rich Roll

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Category:business -- posted at: 6:47am EST

"Dr. Claudia" is in the house today.

Back pain is a major problem for many people, yet for most it's easily curable.

Here are a few quick exercises that may help.

1.Back away from your desk. While you're still sitting, open your legs and let your body "waterfall" between them. Breathe deeply and relax.

2.Stand up from your desk. Breathe in, push your chest out and lean back. Then come back to vertical, bringing your head up last, while you exhale.

3.Stretch your silence. Try to just be silent for a few hours.

Your physical well-being is critical. Take control of it today.

Regards,

David Newman

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The Game by Neil Strauss

Bold by Peter Diamandis

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Category:business -- posted at: 9:35am EST

Do you feel anxious when you're not working, or not studying?

Anxiety is built into all of us. It's in our DNA. We had to be anxious or we'd be eaten.

When you feel anxious, think about it, realize it, notice it and relax.

Most anxiety is pretty useless. It zaps energy from you and doesn't solve anything.

Regards,

David Newman

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What to Do When It's Your Turn by Seth Godin

The Game by Neil Strauss

Bold by Peter Diamandis

Finding Ultra by Rich Roll

Ready. Fire. Aim by Mark Ford...

Plus 24 additional hard copy books

 

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FOR EACH FRIEND THAT ENTERS, YOU RECEIVE AN ADDITIONAL THREE ENTRIES

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Category:business -- posted at: 1:17pm EST

James has shut up. He's not talking... except on this show. He's saving his voice for a special project.

Today's question is an important one. It's about fear. The fear of becoming homeless if you choose yourself.

How many homeless people do you know? It's harder to become homeless than you think.

Quitting your job is not "choosing yourself." There's a lot more to it than that.

Listen to today's episode and hearJames explain the difference.

Regards,

David Newman

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Category:business -- posted at: 4:36pm EST

Another podcast on the go today...

James received a text from a young listener who wants to earn a quick $5,000 so he can travel to Thailand.

He asks, "What's a quick and easy way to make some fast money?"

The easiest way is to do something online.

James and Claudia's idea muscles are in overdrive today. They come up with a huge amount of great ideas.

Regards,

David Newman

 

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Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Miranda Sings by Jerry Seinfeld

Global Family Reunion – Come meet James in person this Saturday.

Ask Altucher Ep 245: How to Make Money With Your Blog in Six Months

Mimi Ikonn on How to Make seven figures on YouTube, here and here.

Gilad Soffer

 

 

AA Ep 170 What's The Best Way to Crowd Fund with Clay Hebert from Kickstarter

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Category:business -- posted at: 1:02pm EST

We want to thank Jerry Seinfeld for coming up his original show, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." Today we ripped off the title.

James and Claudia are on the way to a dance recital for James' daughter and decided to try something new today.

A podcast on the go...

James asks Claudia if she has career envy.

In her next life, Claudia says she wants to be Beyoncé… so that makes James Jay-Z. He's OK with that.

There's no way to completely avoid career envy, but when you feel it, just think about what you're grateful for.

Regards,

David Newman

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Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee by Jerry Seinfeld

 

Global Family Reunion – Come meet James in person this Saturday

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Category:business -- posted at: 3:53pm EST

"Ocean's 13" and "Rounders" writer Brian Koppelman talks with James today about why reading fiction is so valuable.

No matter what field you're in there's tremendous benefit to reading fiction as part of the diet of what you read.

Brian says, fiction forces your analytical mind to take a back seat for a moment and knocks you out of you comfort. It forces you to grapple with those things that you often shut out.

Reading fiction is not a test; you're not in an English class

No one is going to quiz you on what you read, no one is going to call you an idiot if you don't get it, or don't like it.

Fiction may not immediately improve your life. It's not as direct as most non-fiction books but...

The lessons you pull from the fiction that hits you the hardest are the lessons that stay with you the longest.

Regards,

David Newman

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The Moment with Brian Koppelman

Billions,a new drama from the Showtime cable network

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis

Candideby Voltaire

L.A. Confidential by James Elroy

American Tabloid by James Elroy

The Stranger by Albert Camus

I Smile Back by Amy Koppelman

City of Thieves by David Benioff

The Winter of Frankie Machine by Don Winslow

 

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakaml

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Category:business -- posted at: 12:40pm EST

Two entrepreneurs, Robert (Bobby) Edwards and his mother, Judy Edwards who presented on Shark Tank talk with James today about what life is like after the show.

They did a deal with Lori Greiner that was a game-changer for them.

Their product, Squatty Potty was a bit controversial and at first the shows producer turned them down.

But after using the product for a while, they got back in touch and asked the entrepreneurs to refine their message and to come on to the show.

Listen to today's episode and learn what its like behind the scenes on Shark Tank.

Regards,

David Newman

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Squatty Potty Shark Tank video

Direct download: AA20Ep20279.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:45pm EST

"It's important to lack focus."

Both Newton and Einstein were fans of this idea... Let your mind drift off and see what happens.

Maybe your best ideas come while you're in the shower or as you're drifting off to sleep.

Claudia keeps a pen and paper nearby or quickly dictates ideas into her phone so she doesn't forget them.

Read a book that has nothing to do with what you're working on... Take a bath or a nap... Trust your brain.

Allow yourself to drift.

Regards,

David Newman

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Direct download: AA20Ep20278.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 2:19pm EST

If you put yourself into the public domain, be prepared. There are a lot of haters out there.

No matter who you are, one in 10, one in 20, or one in whatever will hate you.

Nobody is above it. It will happen.

And it hurts...

So what should you do about it?

Simply, stop caring what anyone else thinks. Start by stop giving a F@#K.

It's really that easy.

Regards

David Newman

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Direct download: AA20Ep20277.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:04am EST

We're lucky... We're living at a very special time in history. Startup companies have so much cash that if you're smart, you can legally grab a bunch of it.

Greg Muender did. He became a part-time Uber and Lyft driver to help put his wife through medical school.

He was doing OK, making decent money, but suddenly an idea struck him. Why not write about his experiences and post it to Medium, a new blogging website?

He added a few affiliate links at the bottom and BOOM the cash started rolling in. He was making more money writing about Lyft and Uber than he was driving for them.

And that was just the beginning.

Listen to Greg's story in today's episode.

Regards,

David Newman

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Greg Muender

Fatberry

 

Medium

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Category:business -- posted at: 10:47am EST

Do you carry around a dream in your back pocket?

Rollie Peterkin did.

He left a cushy job on Wall Street to go to Peru and get punched in the face...

And he loved it.

So what's next? His world is now wide open.

Listen to Rollie's story in today's episode here.

Regards,

David Newman

 

P.S. James says there are seven huge trends that will shape America. Understanding these trends before anyone else will give you a huge advantage in work, life, and investing. Click here to learn more about James' great ideas.

 

-----------------------------Throwback Thursday ---------------------------------

 

Ep. 23 "How To Go From $0-$40,000 a Month Writing From Home."

 

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Ask Altucher Ep. 70 "How Do You Find Your Passion?"

Direct download: AA20Ep20275.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:59pm EST

Someone once asked Mohammad Ali how many push-ups he does. He said he has no idea. He doesn’t start counting until it starts hurting.

How do you think about work? Do you get tense, anxious and overwhelmed?

The key is find one thing that you really want to learn well. 

Bruce Lee said he doesn’t fear the man who has practiced 1000 kicks, he fears the man who has practiced one kick 1000 times.

Listen to today’s episode and, stay curious

Regards,

David Newman

P.S. James says there are seven huge trends that will shape America. Understanding these trends before anyone else will give you a huge advantage in work, life, and investing. Click here to learn more about James' great ideas.

 

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10 Things I learned From Richard Branson

Bold by Peter Diamandis

Boingboing

Direct download: AA20Ep20274.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:33am EST

Exercising is something you have to constantly work on. It's not something you can do for a while and then never need again.

First, unclutter. Give away anything you really don't need.

Second, remove from your life the people that drag you down.

Third, stay calm.

Give these three simple ideas a try and let us know if they make a difference in your life.

Regards,

David Newman

P.S. James says there are seven huge trends that will shape America. Understanding these trends before anyone else will give you a huge advantage in work, life, and investing. Click here to learn more about James' great ideas.

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The Ultimate Guide to Becoming an Idea Machine

10 Ideas to Declutter and Live in the Home Of Your Dreams

How to Deal With Crappy People

 

AA Ep 252: How to Use "The Force" in Your Life

Direct download: AA20Ep20273.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:53am EST

One of the most frequently asked questions we get relates to how to make more money. 

Today, James and Claudia talk to Alex and Mimi Ikonn who've figured out one of the formulas. 

They took a simple idea, something that really resonated with them personally, and decided to create a business around it.

They borrowed money from Alex's mom, used their credit card line of credit, and started their online business.

They were desperate to start their own business and initially set small goals.

It was either start their own company or go back to a 9 to 5 business. Something they never wanted to do again. 

Click here to listen as Alex and Mimi share their best practices of quality, consistency and authenticity. 

"The moment you shift your mind from just selfishly just trying to make money for yourself to how you can create value for other people, that's when you actually make money." 

Regards,

David Newman 

P.S. James says there are seven huge trends that will shape America. Understanding these trends before anyone else will give you a huge advantage in work, life, and investing. Click here to learn more about James' great ideas.

  

--------------------Recommended Resources-----------------------

Alex and Mimi Ikonn

Mimi Ikonn's You Tube Channel 

Luxy Hair

The 4-Hour Work Week    

Direct download: AA20Ep20272.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:28pm EST

James flips this question around and asks Claudia, "What have you learned?" 

They talk about many of the misconceptions that exist about the things you've "learned."

Including how to learn quickly.

Listen as James and Claudia talk about what you should unlearn. 

Regards,

David Newman

 

P.S. James says there are seven huge trends that will shape America. Understanding these trends before anyone else will give you a huge advantage in work, life, and investing. Click here to learn more about James' great ideas.

 

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Choose Yourself by James Altucher 

Ep 239 Changing Your Lifestyle Can Change your Life with Drew Canoli

Direct download: AA20Ep20271.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:35pm EST

What does James want people to say at his funeral?

He could care less...

We all have two lists: your résumé list and your eulogy list.

No one is going to stand up at your funeral and read your résumé. Instead, they're more likely to stand up and talk about the impact you've had on others' lives.

Listen as James and Claudia talk about your impact.

Measure your impact and think about your eulogy.

"James Altucher, he chose himself." R.I.P.

Regards,

David Newman

P.S. James says there are seven huge trends that will shape America. Understanding these trends before anyone else will give you a huge advantage in work, life, and investing. Click here to learn more about James' great ideas.

 

--------------Recommended Resources----------------

Choose Yourself by James Altucher

Ep 215: What's on Your Bucket List?

 

Today, we're going to introduce something new, Throwback Thursday. We have so many new listeners joining us every day and we have so much content in our archives that many of you may never have heard. So, we've decided to pull out an old favorite and highlight it on our new Throwback Thursday segment. This episode was published July 23, 2014 and we called it – How to Land a Job. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Direct download: AA20Ep20270.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:48pm EST

To write well, you need to continually exercise your brain muscle.

As James says, one of the best books on writing is Stephen King's book, On Writing.

King says that after a bad bicycle accident, he stopped writing for a few weeks while he healed. When he got back to it, he couldn't write. He couldn't quite connect the words.

James writes seven days a week and he tries to do it at his peak productivity time.

When Dan Ariely was on The James Altucher Podcast earlier this year, he explained that two to four hours after you wake up are your peak hours.

So if you want to be a better writer, then this is probably the best time for you to sit down and write.

James wakes up about 6:00 a.m. and spends a few minutes every day "meditating." He then reads for about two hours and makes sure to read some fiction.

Then it's on to writing.

If you want to improve your writing skills, write every day and give yourself permission to publish something that is not great.

Regards,

David Newman

P.S. James says there are seven huge trends that will shape America. Understanding these trends before anyone else will give you a huge advantage in work, life, and investing. Click here to learn more about James' great ideas.

 

------------------------Recommended Resources-------------------------

On Writing by Stephen King

On Writing Well by William Zinsser

Zen and the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson

The James Altucher Show EP 65 Dan Ariely 

 

Ask Altucher Ep. 91 How to Get Better At Writing

Direct download: AA20Ep20269.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:55pm EST

This week on Quora both James and Claudia answered the same question, which was, "What is the one word you need to know to make you rich?

The funny thing is, their answers appeared to be exact opposites.

Claudia's answer was "Yes" and" and James' answer was "No."

Click here to listen as James and Claudia talk about how these two answers are really very similar.

Regards,

David Newman

P.S. James says there are seven huge trends that will shape America. Understanding these trends before anyone else will give you a huge advantage in work, life, and investing. Click here to learn more about James' great ideas.

 

--------------------------------Recommended Resources---------------------------------

 

 

The Power of No: Because One Little Word Can Bring Health, Abundance, and Happiness

Direct download: AA20Ep20268.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:50am EST

James is thinking about giving up e-mail. His kids are only using Telegram and he wants to see what will happen.

Claudia believes she has a better idea… and it's changing her life already. She stopped all notifications on her phone.

She says it's given her her life back. She's back in control.

Then James says he's no longer bringing his phone to any meetings or conferences. He focuses in on the other person so much better now.

Listen as James and Claudia talk about productivity and how it can give you your life back.

Give these a try.

Regards,

David Newman

 

P.S. James says there are seven huge trends that will shape America. Understanding these trends before anyone else will give you a huge advantage in work, life, and investing. Click here to learn more about James' great ideas.

 

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  •  James says it's not focus that matters the most. It's "decluttering" that really makes the biggest difference. Get rid of negative people, stop arguing with people, don't go to meetings or conferences that are marginal, and follow Warren Buffett's 5/25 rule. Listen here and learn how to declutter.

 

  •  Saturday, June 6, 2015 – Come meet your COUSINS James and Claudia (yes, we are all related) at the WORLD'S LARGEST FAMILY REUNION– Cousin James is one of the speakers.
Direct download: AA20Ep20267.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:40am EST

Gillian Zoe Segal joins James and Claudia today to talk about how you can get any mentor in the world.

She interviewed "everyone" for her new book Getting There: A Book of Mentors. People like Warren Buffett, Sarah Blakely, Michael Bloomberg, Kathy Ireland and so many more.

James tells Gillian that many of these people have said no to coming on to The James Altucher Show and asks how she did it.

Gillian says a friend told her, "Don't take a no from somebody who can't give you a yes."

That's what made the difference.

If you get a no from the front door then try the back door, the side door or the window.

Gillian says she finished this book because she had a need for the material.

It was her passion.

Listen as James and Claudia have great conversation with Gillian.

 

Regards,

David Newman

P.S. James says there are seven huge trends that will shape America. Understanding these trends before anyone else will give you a huge advantage in work, life, and investing. Click here to learn more about James' great ideas.

 

------------------------------Recommended Resources--------------------------------

Getting There: A Book of Mentors

 

 

Saturday, June 6, 2015 – Come meet your COUSINS James and Claudia (yes, we are all related) at the WORLD'S LARGEST FAMILY REUNION– Cousin James is one of the speakers.

Direct download: AA20Ep2026620final.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 3:26pm EST

Last week James was invited to do a video for Business Insider on whether you should put money into your 401(k).

People went crazy attacking James. Not his arguments against saving within a 401(k), they attacked him personally.

Here's the scenario

1)Company: "Hey buddy, here's your money. Good job!" 

2)Company (1 second later): "WHOOPS! We have to take that from you. Don't worry, you'll get it back 30 years from now and have unknown fees and charges taken out of it. Relax." 

3)Person: protests with reasonable argument. Gets maybe minor fact wrong that is not important for the argument.

4)Company: "STONE HIM! HE IS A F'KING MORON! KILL HIM!" 

If you've not seen the original video, you can watch it here.

Your employer is not going to "choose you," you have to "choose yourself." If 401(k)s are so great, then why are so many people broke going into retirement?

Listen as James and Claudia talk about the real limitations of a 401(k).

Don't shoot the messengers...

Regards,

David Newman

 

P.S. James says there are seven huge trends will shape America. Understanding these trends before anyone else will give you a huge advantage in work, life, and investing. Click here to learn more about James' great ideas.

 

---------------------------------Recommended Resources---------------------------------

 

The Three Surprises in 401(k)s

 

Saturday, June 6, 2015 - Come meet your COUSINS James and Claudia (yes, we are all related) at the WORLD'S LARGEST FAMILY REUNION– Cousin James is one of the speakers.

Direct download: AA20Ep20265.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:05pm EST

One of our past Ask Altucher guests Matt Capala from episode 245 emailed Claudia with our question of today.

Matt wants to know how to get the skills and passions he used to have, but that he has let slip recently

For Matt specifically, chess was something he used to play and enjoy and he'd like to get this passion back.

Lsten today as James talks about how to get back those skills you let rust.

Regards,

David Newman

PS. James says there are seven huge trends will shape America. Understanding these trends before anyone else will give you a huge advantage in work, like, and investing. Click here to learn more about James' great ideas.

-------------------------------------Recommended Resources---------------------------------

Chess by László Polgár

Greg Shahade on YouTube

Saturday, June 6, 2015 - Come meet your COUSINS James and Claudia (yes, we are all related) at the WORLD'S LARGEST FAMILY REUNION– Cousin James is one of the speakers.

Direct download: AA20Ep20264.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:03am EST

Claudia loves this quote and James hates it.

Today they debate this famous quote by Eleanor Roosevelt and what it means to each of them.

In the broadest sense of the word, this quote can seem a little ridiculous, but as they talk about it – and rephrase it just a little – it now makes sense.

Listen to how James and Claudia work through their differences of opinion.

Regards,

David Newman

 

PS. James says there are 7 huge trends will shape America. Understanding these trends before anyone else gives you a huge advantage in work, like, and investing.  Click here to learn more about James’s great ideas.

Direct download: AA20Ep20263.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:54am EST

How can you say "no" without hurting someone's feelings?

If your immediate reaction isn't "hell yeah," than you should probably say "no." Unless your career is speaking, then don't say "yes" just because you're being paid.

There is a right way to say "no," and most importantly, don't put it off.

 

Listen to how James has screwed this up many times

Direct download: AA20Ep20262.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:47am EST

The most engaged article on LinkedIn last year was James' article on the "10 Reasons You Have to Quit Your Job in 2014."

But today, James is going to tell you why you might want to keep your job.

One reason may be that you're creating your own new job, but it's not big enough to totally support you yet. You need to keep your old job until the income from your new business is at least equal to the money you're making at your job.

Only then is it the right time to quit your job.

Listen today and learn why this subject isn't always just black and white.

Direct download: AA20Ep20261.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 8:56am EST

Recently, James met with one of the current presidential candidates and came away with nothing new.

He realized that everyone is out for themselves and for their own self-interests. That's something he already knew.

James had the opportunity to ask the tough questions, but he didn't.

Listen today and learn why he didn't.

And both he and Claudia offer up who they think will win the next presidential election.

 

Who do you think will win?

Let James know.

Direct download: AA20Ep20260.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:05am EST

Today’s question is going to be a controversial one. 

Our listener is under water on his mortgage and wants to know if he should stop paying it.

James says, absolutely.

When you took out a mortgage you signed a contract. If you can’t pay it than stop and give them back the house.

 

They are costs to this but you should weigh them against going broke. This isn’t an ethical issue, it’s a contract.

Listen today to learn the difference

Direct download: AA20Ep20259.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:04am EST

What makes a good leader?

A lot of people give advice on this topic, but should you take their advice? Maybe not...

James says...

A good leader should give everyone who works for them a detailed plan on what they should be doing and what their goals are.

A good leader needs to make sure that everyone working for them has a path to success that takes them beyond the leader.

A good leader listens to people around him.

 

And a great leader has a vision.

Direct download: AA20Ep20258.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:15am EST

James says it's not focus that matters the most. It's "decluttering" that really makes the biggest difference.

Get rid of negative people, stop arguing with people, don't go to meetings or conferences that are marginal, and follow Warren Buffett's 5/25 rule.

Listen and learn how to declutter your life

Regards,

 

David

Direct download: AA20Ep20257.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:45am EST

Today's question is a delicate one. A listener texted in to ask what James thinks about abortion.

James says that there are a few topics that no matter which side you're on, everyone hates you.

This is one of those questions, but it's a very important discussion.

I think it's important to tune in today. Please listen to this entire episode.

 

Listen here and join in the conversation.

Direct download: AA20Ep20256.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:35am EST

Claudia showed James "the perfect resume" yesterday. After taking a look at it, James had to agree.

This should be the standard resume anyone should use going forward.

The resume was from a woman named Nina, who wanted to work at Airbnb. So, she customized her resume to look exactly like an Airbnb webpage.

She left out all the old standard resume components; instead, she just put in a link to LinkedIn, where it's all housed anyway.

Instead, she focused on how she can help Airbnb. She studied the company, offered solutions on where to start, and told a story.

If you really, honestly want that job, then learn from Nina and stand out.

Listen and learn how you can get that new job.

Regards,

 

David

Direct download: AA20Ep20255.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 4:36pm EST

Yesterday, James and Claudia covered a bunch of myths that have been drilled into us. Here's a link to listen to yesterday's episode if you missed it.

Today, they talk about the myths we believe in regarding money, family, government, wars, and religion.

Regards,

David

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I wanted to let you know that the opportunity to get a Charter Subscription to his brand-new newsletter... plus a hardback copy of his new book... and tons of other great resources... expires today.

As you probably know, Charter Subscribers always get the best deal, and this is no exception.

I strongly encourage you to take advantage of this today, before this deal closes forever.

 

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Direct download: AA20EP20254.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:08am EST

James likes to beat his kids (you’ll have to listen to find out why)

But that's not today's question.

Today, James and Claudia cover a bunch of myths that have been drilled into us.

Listen to hear how many of these myths you've fallen for.

Regards,

David

P.S. As you can tell, James is fiercely committed to helping people lead happier, wealthier, and more fulfilling lives.

 

That's why he's working on a new project – one that introduces you to life-changing ideas, secrets, and techniques you have never heard of before. It's the perfect guidebook for succeeding in a rapidly changing America. Click here to learn more.

Direct download: AA20Ep20253.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:47am EST

James is so excited that he can hardly handle it...

James has used "The Force" to help him solve a major business problem he experienced in one of his earlier companies.

He decided not to be angry, and he wasn't going to be scared. He calmed down and trusted that whatever happens, happens.

He wasn't going to waste time worrying.

Be calm, be honest, and do your best.

 

Regards,

David

P.S. As you can tell, James is fiercely committed to helping people lead happier, wealthier, and more fulfilling lives.

 

That's why he's working on a new project – one that introduces you to life-changing ideas, secrets, and techniques you have never heard of before. It's the perfect guidebook for succeeding in a rapidly changing America. Click here to learn more.

Direct download: AA20Ep20252.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:44pm EST

If you're in a service business, you need to give your friendship away for free at first.

But be careful, and make sure the friendship is reciprocal.

Take each individual client on a case-by-case basis.

Every client is different.

Regards,

David

P.S. As you can tell, James is fiercely committed to helping people lead happier, wealthier, and more fulfilling lives.

 

That's why he's working on a new project – one that introduces you to life-changing ideas, secrets, and techniques you have never heard of before. It's the perfect guidebook for succeeding in a rapidly changing America. Click here to learn more.

Direct download: AA20Ep20251.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:05pm EST

Claudia threw out all of her dinner plates since she wants to live longer, but that's not today's question.

Today, James wanted to talk about creativity and the power of a partnership.

1 + 1 = Teamwork

Teamwork can help you become a creative genius. No idea lives in isolation, no partnership lives in isolation, and no team lives in isolation.

 

Regards,

David

 

P.S. As you can tell, James is fiercely committed to helping people lead happier, wealthier, and more fulfilling lives.

 

That's why he's working on a new project – one that introduces you to life-changing ideas, secrets, and techniques you have never heard of before. It's the perfect guidebook for succeeding in a rapidly changing America. Click here to learn more.

Direct download: AA20Ep20250.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:42am EST

Your boss has a good reason to hate you.

Too many employees don't want to be proactive. They want more money and bigger titles, but they don't want to tie their own success to the success of the company they work for.

Figure out a way to tie your success to your company's. Try to solve your company's problems.

Become an asset and your boss won't hate you.

Regards,

David

P.S. As you can tell, James is fiercely committed to helping people lead happier, wealthier, and more fulfilling lives.

 

That's why he's working on a new project – one that introduces you to life-changing ideas, secrets, and techniques you have never heard of before. It's the perfect guidebook for succeeding in a rapidly changing America. Read on here to learn more.

Direct download: AA20Ep20249.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:10am EST

Yes, money was a factor, but not the most important factor.

Listen to what was the most important thing.

Regards,

David

P.S. As you can tell, James is fiercely committed to helping people lead happier, wealthier, and more fulfilling lives.

 

That's why he's working on a new project – one that introduces you to life-changing ideas, secrets, and techniques you have never heard of before. It's the perfect guidebook for succeeding in a rapidly changing America. Read on here to learn more.

Direct download: AA20Ep20248.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:29am EST

Who do you want to do business with – honest, forthright, and trustworthy people or aggressive sharks?

James says honestly pays every time.

Being a shark is a terrible strategy. In the long term, it will always catch up with you.

Regards,

David

P.S. As you can tell, James is fiercely committed to helping people lead happier, wealthier, and more fulfilling lives.

 

That's why he's working on a new project – one that introduces you to life-changing ideas, secrets, and techniques you have never heard of before. It's the perfect guidebook for succeeding in a rapidly changing America. Read on here to learn more.

Direct download: AA20Ep2024720final.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:04am EST

The average successful multimillionaire has roughly seven to 10 streams of income.

Becoming an entrepreneur often means that you only have one; it may be a very large income but it's usually from just one source.

James recommends working on multiple sources of income, and today he and Claudia talk about numerous opportunities available to everyone.

Nothing happens overnight. Find what you're knowledgeable about and start today.

You'll look back a year from now and discover you're on your way.

 

Regards,

David

 

P.S. Hi, James here...

My new book is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions.

Here's what the initial reviews of this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book you will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the responses I've received. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get the book exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports and a subscription to my brand new newsletter, which is the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here.

Direct download: AA20Ep20246.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:47am EST

How can I make money on my blog is a question James gets over and over and over again.

So today he and Claudia call an expert in the field of SEO, Matt Capala, to learn some of the secrets.

James and Claudia visited Matt in his NYU class last week and since then he's helped Claudia optimize her new website.

Matt has dug into the Google algorithms to understand how you can best utilize their search engine, and today he tells James a few of the new updates coming.

James asks Matt if a new blogger can really make money on the web. As Matt says, first you need a ton of free content on your website, but it's much more than that. Google will give you free tools to help you get ranked and you should learn what they are and how to use them

Blogging like a pro is a real science, and Matt can help you get a quick education. He's written the ultimate beginners guide to SEO and he's giving it away free to James' listeners.

SEO Like I'm 5, (just click on the link).

This book will help you with:

  • Where to start
  • Which free platforms and tools to use
  • How to build a search-friendly website
  • How to build a killer content strategy
  • How to monetize your website
  • How to build a winning social media strategy
  • How to make money online

And much, much more.

So if this is something you think you need help with, grab a copy of SEO Like I'm 5 today. 

It’s free for now, but soon it’s going back up to $10

Regards,

David

P.S. Hi, James here...

My new book is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions.

Here's what the initial reviews of this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book you will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the response I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get the book exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports and a subscription to my brand-new newsletter, which is the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here

Direct download: AA20Ep2024520final.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:14pm EST

When are you most creative – when you're working alone or when you're working in a team?

James used to work alone, but in about 2010, Claudia gave him some feedback, a "spark." And as he says, "he's never looked back," and his work is much better.

He has found his team, his partner.

Not every team works out well, but don't neglect the value of having a good partner. It's well worth the effort.

Regards,

David

 

P.S. Hi, James here...

My new book is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions.

Here's what the initial reviews of this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book you will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the response I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get the book exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports and a subscription to my brand-new newsletter, which is the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here.

Direct download: AA20Ep20244.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:57am EST

Mancal Denton went to prison. Not jail... prison.

He was sent to the Texas State Penitentiary and served a six-month prison term there.

He joins James today to talk about the mistakes he made and why he did it.

He was convicted of stealing about 17,000 pages of documents from the Mazal Holocaust Library in Hill Country Village and then selling them online. While exact numbers aren't available, it's believed about 7,000 pages were never recovered.

He felt he probably won't have to go to jail but in June 2014 the judge sentenced him to six months in prison.

During the three and a half years between being arrested and being sentenced, he finished school and started a business.

He credits James' blog as one of things that helped him get through this ordeal.

How he survived prison is a fascinating story.

Regards,

David

P.S. Hi, James here...

My new book is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions.

Here's what the initial reviews of this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book you will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the response I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get the book exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports and a subscription to my brand-new newsletter, which is the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here.

Direct download: AA20Ep2024320Final.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:43am EST

Ben from London is skeptical that writing down your 10 ideas a day and then giving them away will really help you generate income.

James explains that this type of thinking comes from our evolutionary instinct towards scarcity.

Life is not a zero-sum game, though.

By giving away your ideas, you're showing people a few things about you. You're the type of person who can come up with ideas that can help them.

Share your ideas and don't ask for anything. Just plant the seed and see what grows.

Listen here if you're ready to learn about giving away your ideas.

 

P.S. Hi, James here...

My new book is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions.

Here's what the initial reviews of this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book you will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the response I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get the book exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports and a subscription to my brand-new newsletter, which is the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here

Direct download: AA20Ep20242.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:34am EST

We sent you Part 1 of this amazing interview with Mark Ford on Tuesday and today we're releasing Part 2. If you've not listened to Part 1 click here to start there.

 

Make sure you go to markfordbook.com and learn how you can claim your free copy of Mark's book, Living Rich: How to Live as Well as a Billionaire on a Middle-Class Budget.

Direct download: JAS20EP2010320Ford20Part20220final.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 4:55pm EST

No matter how you invest, James says the best investment is to invest in yourself. But today he and Claudia cover 401(k)s.

You'll hear Claudia's story about how hers never made her any money.

But James says that's not the "scam." The real problem is that the people who sell these calculate an annualized return and project it out over 30 or 40 years. They show you these compounding growth charts and suddenly, when you're ready to retire, boom, you're rich.

But there are two big problems with those calculations.

First, no one can really tell you what you're going to be earning on these investments and all too often the projections are way too aggressive. And secondly, and this one is really important, they don't tell you about the taxes you're going to have to pay when you want your money back.

And then there are the fees. Everyone has his or her hand in your money getting a piece of your retirement.

The fees will kill you.

Listen here if you're ready to learn how to get rich.

 

 

P.S. Hi, James here...

My new book is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions.

Here's what the initial reviews of this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book you will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the response I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get the book exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports and a subscription to my brand-new newsletter, which is the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here.

Direct download: AA20EP20241.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:51am EST

Dorie Clark is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Entrepreneur,and the World Economic Forum blog. Recognized as a "branding expert" by the Associated Press, Fortune, and Inc. magazine, she is the author of the brand-new best-seller Stand Out.

Today, she talks with James and Claudia about what it means to stand out.

Dorie gives us five different strategies that successful people have used to come up with their breakthrough ideas.

  1. 1.Become an expert in a narrow niche and then expand out.
  1. 2.Combine disciplines, mash up two different ideas.
  1. 3.Do independent research. We need more facts.
  1. 4.Tackle a big idea.
  1. 5.Create a framework.

 

She details all of these with great examples in today's podcast, along with examples on how to build your following.

She says you first have to build your network, next build your audience, and finally you have to build your community.

That's the tipping point.

Regards,

David

 

P.S. Hi, James here...

My new book is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions.

Here's what the initial reviews on this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book you will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the response I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get the book exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports and a subscription to my brand-new newsletter, which is the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here.

Direct download: AA20Ep20240.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:34am EST

Ep 102: The Man Who Built 100 Businesses

Today we have a very special show for you. 

James hopped a plane to Palm Beach and recorded this two-part show from this gentleman’s waterfront mansion. He’s is a true legend in the field of entrepreneurship and investing having started over 100 companies, most of which have been successful.

His guest today is the New York Times bestselling author, Mark Ford, You might recognize Mark by his pen name, “Michael Masterson,” but I also wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve never heard of him. Unlike other business and financial “gurus,” Mark is intensely private and has deliberately kept a low profile over the past 30 years. He has been a silent force behind the careers and ideas of many of the smartest people in investing and entrepreneurship.

Mark’s accomplishments are as impressive as they are varied: he has built 100+ businesses, amassed a fortune in the high 8-figure range… climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, speaks 4 languages… is a best selling author of nearly twenty books… and at 64, he still wears his Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt 5 times a week as he spars with men half his age. 

But before you check out the interview, we forgot to include an important piece of information during the show. Mark agreed to give away one of his most popular books to my listeners

They start out today talking about what Mark calls, “becoming an “Intra-premier”. Not everyone can quit his or her job tomorrow. As an intra-preneur you have to become the most valuable or one of the most valuable people within the company you work. 

He then tells James about two very different negotiation techniques that he’s learned from two of his mentors. They couldn’t be more different.

Mark talks today about the three sides of every business and which one you want to be a part of. 

And as Mark says “You have to promote yourself”

Plus, this is only part one of this amazing interview. 

Make sure you go to markfordbook.com and claim your free copy of Mark’s book Living Rich: How to Live as Well as a Billionaire on a Middle-Class Budget

Regards,

 

James Altucher

Direct download: JAS2010220Mark20Ford20Part20120final.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 2:04pm EST

Drew Canole – a nutrition specialist, transformation specialist, and national spokesperson for the benefits of juicing vegetables for health and vitality – joins James and Claudia today to talk about getting healthy.

Drew goes way beyond just eating healthily. He teaches James and Claudia some really easy vestibular exercises to lower stress ad stimulate brain activity.

He also promises to give us at least 30 unhealthily food substitutions, and boy does he deliver.

Drew is the founder of Fitlife.tv and has offered to give all our listeners a free report. Just go to AlphaReset.com.

Listen today if you're ready to reset your life.

Regards,

David

 

P.S. Hi, James here...

My new book is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions.

Here's what the initial reviews on this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book you will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the response I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get the book exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports and a subscription to my brand-new newsletter, which is the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here.

Direct download: AA20Ep2023920final.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 2:55pm EST

Steve DiNisio joins James today to explain how, by helping liquidate failed businesses, he's created a seven-figure income for himself.

Today they dig into some of the basic reasons why business fail and what they should be doing at the very beginning to help them succeed.

Steve explains the liquidation business to James. It's recently gone online, which makes it much easier to manage.

James is on a roll today as an atomic idea machine, tossing out some great business ideas to help Steve grow his business

 Hi, James here...

My new book is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions.

Here's what the initial reviews on this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book you will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the response I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get the book exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports and a subscription to my brand-new newsletter, which is the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here.

Direct download: AA20Ep2023820final.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:17pm EST

Today is a very special episode of Ask Altucher. Our original co-host, Aaron Brabham, is back for a long-overdue reunion.

Aaron decided a few months ago to "choose himself." He moved from snowy Baltimore to sunny San Diego to work on the projects he loves.

Copywriting has always been something he dabbled in, but now he has decided to dive in full time. He tells James and Claudia all about the art of copywriting. Aaron dives into the art of gives away a few of his best secrets.

James then asks him what a "choose yourself" lifestyle really is, and Aaron shares his own path to living life on his own terms. He explains how he's living The Millionaire Anywhere lifestyle – living, feeling, and earning like a millionaire.

If you go to Aaron's website, The Millionaire Anywhere, today, you can get his free report, "10 Strategies to Start Your First Business Today (Even if You Don't Have an Idea)."

You'll be happy you did.

Regards,

David

 

P.S. Hi, James here...

My new book is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions.

Here's what the initial reviews on this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book you will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the response I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get the book exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports and a subscription to my brand-new newsletter, which is the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here.

Direct download: AA20Ep20237.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:42pm EST

James hits Claudia with another idea today. As he says, you are allowed to have bad ideas.

Today's idea is called "The Lottery Diet." You'll have to tune in to find out what his idea is all about.

Today's question comes from a listener who wants to know what James thinks about President Obama's idea to offer community college for free.

James says it's a horrible idea. Too many young people think that it is the "degree" that counts, but that's not correct.

It's not the piece of paper that matters... it's experience that really matters. Take those few years you'll waste in college and travel, intern, experiment.

You'll be much better off.

We'd love to hear about your "Choose Yourself" stories. Send us your stories here: askjamesaltucher@gmail.com

Regards,

David

 

P.S. Hi, James here...

My new book is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions.

Here's what the initial reviews on this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book you will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the response I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get the book exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports and a subscription to my brand-new newsletter, which is the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here.

Direct download: AA20Ep20236.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:03pm EST

Today's question comes from a listener who wants to know, "Should I quit my job and open a yoga studio?"

James says, "If you're leaving your job, don't start a yoga studio."

The goal to choosing yourself is to make money while you sleep.

The problem with quitting your job and opening a yoga studio is you always have to be there to make any money.

The best case is it's a lifestyle business. You're doing this because you love it and just have to do it, but test your idea first.

Try adding in clothing, food, and equipment.

Make it a destination.

We'd love to hear about your "Choose Yourself" stories. Send us your stories here: askjamesaltucher@gmail.com

Regards,

David

 

P.S. Hi, James here...

My new book is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions.

Here's what the initial reviews on this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book you will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the response I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get it exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports and a subscription to my brand-new newsletter, which is essentially the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here.

Direct download: AA20Ep20235.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 7:12am EST

Today's question came from a listener who wants to know "How much money do I need before I quit my job?"

James says, "ZERO!"

But James recommends staying with the job you already have while you start your new business. You need to create a second source of income before you quit.

That's your runway.

We'd love to hear about your "Choose Yourself" stories. Send us your stories here: askjamesaltucher@gmail.com

 

P.S. Hi, James here...

My new book is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions. 

Here's what the initial reviews on this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book you will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the response I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get it exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports, and a subscription to my brand-new newsletter, which is essentially the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here.

Direct download: AA20Ep20234.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:49pm EST

Today's question came from a listener who wants to know if you should trust your friends in business.

James says you should never go into business with people you don't trust. Or to take it a step farther, you shouldn't have friends you can't trust.

The average person is inherently trustworthy, but...

It's always personal.

Listen here as James tosses out a huge number of ideas.

We'd love to hear about your "Choose Yourself" stories. Send us your stories here: askjamesaltucher@gmail.com.

 

P.S. Hi, James here...

My new book is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions. I have more books coming.

Here's what the initial reviews on this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book your will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the response I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get it exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports, and a subscription to my brand-new newsletter, which is the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here 

Direct download: AA20Ep20233.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 2:29pm EST

Today's question came from a listener who was laid off after 10 years at his last company. He's interested in the wine business and is wondering if he can make a living in the wine e-commerce space.

James first says... Congratulations!

First, think of three levels "free," "pay," and then wealth.

  • Free – Every day, blog about wine. James and Claudia give him a bunch of ideas. Move into the video space, use Vine. Try everything, and always be storytelling.
  • Pay – Create a newsletter and sell a wine of the day with a 24-hour countdown.
  • Wealth – Host wine tours.

Write down your ten ideas a day and watch how quickly you'll also come up with great ideas.

James tosses out a huge number of ideas.

We'd love to hear about your "Choose Yourself" stories. Send us your stories here: askjamesaltucher@gmail.com

 

P.S. Hi, James here...

My new book is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions. I have more books coming.

Here's what the initial reviews on this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book your will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the response I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get it exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports, and a subscription to my brand-new newsletter, which is essentially the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here

Direct download: AA20EP20232.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:27pm EST

For those who are interested, I decided to launch a new monthly newsletter, The Altucher Report.

It's going to be a little more specific and much more tactical than my free blog posts.

It's brand new and I'm selling it for just $39 per year with a four-month, 100%-money-back guarantee.

Plus...

My new book, The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth, is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions. I have more books coming.

Here's what the initial reviews on this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say, it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book, you will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the response I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get the book exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports, and a subscription to my new newsletter, which is essentially the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here.

Direct download: AA20Ep20231.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:57pm EST

Today, James is going to fire off quick answers to a bunch of questions.

He talks about karma, investing, and relationships. He answers a question about his goals.

We'd love to hear about your "Choose Yourself" stories. Send your stories to: askjamesaltucher@gmail.com

Regards,

David

 

P.S. Hi, James here...

My new book is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions. I have more books coming.

Here's what the initial reviews on this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book, you will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the response I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get the book exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports, and a subscription to my brand-new newsletter, which is the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here

Direct download: AA20EP20230.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:44pm EST

James always says that you should over-promise and over-deliver. Though, most people say you should under-promise and then over-deliver.

The over-promise gets you beyond what people think you might be able to do. Yes, it's stressful, but you'll stand out.

Then, when you over-deliver beyond even that, you'll grow as a person.

We'd love to hear about your "Choose Yourself" stories. Send us your stories here: askjamesaltucher@gmail.com

P.S. Hi James here...

My new book is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together a book of all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions. I have more books coming.

Here's what the initial reviews on this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book your will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the response I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get it exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports, and a subscription to my brand-new newsletter, which is the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here

Direct download: AA20Ep20229.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:31pm EST

Today's question for James is, would he home school his children?

James says absolutely, but only after the sixth grade. Well, sort of...

Instead he would "un-school" his kids. All they'd have to do is read one book per week and then discuss it with him. The rest of the time they could do whatever they want.

But here's the problem, James' kids want to go to school. They like the social aspect of it and they don't want to be one of those "weird" kids.

Listen here.

We'd love to hear about your Choose Yourself stories. Send us your stories here.

Regards,

David

P.S. Hi, James here...

My new book is finally out! It's taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions. I have more books coming.

Here's what the initial reviews on this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book your will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the responses I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get it exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports, and a subscription to my brand-new newsletter, which is essentially like the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here

Direct download: AA20EP20228.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 4:36pm EST

Is James' daily practice a way out of an addiction?

James says yes and no...

First, you need to become physically healthy. You need to sleep well, eat well, and exercise at least a little.

Listen today as James talks through becoming emotionally healthy, mentally healthy, and spiritually healthy.

Every day, try to improve just a little.

And remember to be grateful.

We'd love to hear about your "Choose Yourself" stories. Send them to askjamesaltucher@gmail.com.

Regards,

David 

P.S. Hi, James here...

My new book is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions.

Here are some of the initial reviews on this book:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book you will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the response I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

If you want to get the book exclusively in hardcover, plus several other books by me, plus a newsletter that will be the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here.

 

P.P.S. Happy Birthday, Mollie.

Direct download: AA20EP20227.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:17am EST

Today's questioner wants to know if James' daily 1% improvement comes from doing something brand new.

His answer is yes, and no...

Plus, today James answers a second question about how to format an e-mail and write a subject line so it gets opened and read.

Click here to listen to today's episode of Ask Altucher.

 

We'd love to hear about your Choose Yourself stories. Send us your stories here.

 

 

P.S. James' new book is finally out! He's been quietly working on this new volume for the better part of a year. Many people are telling him that it's his best book yet. He'd love to hear your feedback. His new book is all about money – how to make it, keep it, grow it, and enjoy it. This book is not yet available on Amazon, but we've arranged a way for you to claim a copy right here..

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Category:business -- posted at: 4:15pm EST

Is it ethical to just walk out of a meeting, quit your job, and never return?

Today, James talks about your legal and ethical responsibilities. When James walked out, he felt it was the best thing to do for all parties involved.

Click here to listen to today's episode of Ask Altucher.

We'd love to hear your opinion.

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Category:business -- posted at: 4:15pm EST

What's the deal with The Paleo Diet?

James says screw it, it's just another marketing message.

Our lifestyle is so different from that of our ancestors. We sit at work all day and watch TV all night, between trips to the refrigerator.

Today, James talks about what it really means to follow a paleo diet. It's a lot more than just which foods you eat.

It's a lifestyle.

Direct download: AA20Ep20224.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:49pm EST

How do I execute on my ideas?

 

It's extremely hard to come up with an idea worth executing. Execution is just a subset of ideas.

 

When you have a good idea, the next day you should make list of 10 ideas on how to move your idea forward.

 

I walk through a model you can copy.

Direct download: AA20EP20223.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:55pm EST

Alan wants to know why I leas my car instead of buying it.

I'm  a bit conflicted about which is better – buying or leasing.

Today a car is really a computer with a bunch of metal wrapped around it. With technology moving so quickly, I don't want to be tied down to old technology.

I'd rather trade up every three years.

Plus, Claudia has a great idea for new car technology. Here's a hint... think about a wet dog.

Direct download: AA20Ep20222.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:22pm EST

Don't Run Over a Baby in the Middle of the Snow

by James Altucher

 

The car started to skid and swerve and we couldn't stop. It was all my fault.

I had sped up while going into a sharp curve. I was just fooling around. The entire road was ice. My 12 year old kid was sitting next to me.

Why did I do that? I don't know. Because I'm an idiot sometimes. I hope all people are idiots sometimes so I don't have to feel so bad but maybe it's just me.

When we couldn't stop the car from skidding Mollie started screaming. We went into a snow drift and kept going.

The snow was beautiful and white and we were over the top and sitting in a perfect white yard. I put it in reverse but the car was perched in the air above the snow bank. It wouldn't move forward or backward and the wheel just spun in the air.

It was getting cold and dark. I had no shovel and when I went outside to try to kick away the snow around the wheel it seemed almost infinite. I kept kicking but my feet got cold and then I got cold and went back in the car.

Mollie was disappointed in me. "What are we going to do now?" She said. She was angry. But I had no idea.

I could have been disappointed. "Why me?" Or I could have been regretful. "Stupid me!"

I could have also been scared. What if we are stuck all night? Or even worse, what if I don't stop by the pharmacy and run the errand I said I would run for Claudia!

This is a great example of what I call a "difficult gratitude problem." Everyone says be "grateful." It's easy to be grateful when things are going well. Grateful for kids, wife, home, food, blah blah.

It's much harder to be grateful when you know you are an idiot and everything bad is your fault.

So here's what I am grateful for about crashing into the snow and being stuck in the night. I was totally irresponsible and foolish and it seemed like nothing good would come out of it.

A) I spent more time with Mollie.

She was disappointed in me at first. But then while we just sat there in the car doing nothing she showed me a game she was playing on her phone and we spent some time going back and forth, laughing, while she tried to explain her strategy for winning to me.

B) We live in an amazing service world.

I called Claudia, who called Honda, who called a towing service. It would take an hour but a towing service was on the way.

I didn't even have my phone. Mollie had her phone. Total cost: $0. We had some sort of insurance for an unlicensed irresponsible father crashing into snow banks on an icy road in the night.

C) It takes a village.

First one person passed and said, "do you need help?" Then another. Then another. One person helped me shovel. Another person got his own tow truck out. Another person kept finding more chains to link the two cars to help me. Strangers wanted to help. I feltgood about that.

D) I learned about cars.

I said to the first guy: "I think my car is broken now." He laughed. He didn't even know what that meant.

He said it just needed to be moved a little and it would be all right. He told me to cancel the towing service.

We figured I had "front wheel drive". I didn't know what that was. He said, "it means the front wheels drive. Not the back wheels."

And he showed me where the strap goes when a tow truck tows another car.

E) Rope beats Chain beats Nylon.

My car was really baked into the snow. It was like the candle in a cake. We couldn't drag it out. We tried a nylon strap. Then a metal chain. Both broke. Eventually a rope worked.

F) We had a party.

The reason I was outside was I just dropped off my older kid to her "sweet 16" sleepover with friends. Meanwhile, about 7 of us adults were outside in the cold trying to get my car out of the snow.

We were laughing because this was our version of an adult sweet 16. I seldom go to parties for more than 30 minutes. This was about an hour of hangingout and talking to people.

G) I didn't finish the errand.

By the time the car was out, the pharmacy had closed. I never got the medication. And then it turned out Claudia didn't need it. Which is good because the side effects were bad.

H) Hot chocolate.

After the car was out, instead of going home, I took Mollie for hot chocolate.

While we were having hot chocolate I had us do an exercise: where does she see our relationship in five years (she's 12) and where do I see it?

We didn't finish the exercise but we talked about the importance of doing exercises like that.

I'm glad she still listens to me even though she knows her father definitely shows signs of severe stupidity.

She said, "we had an adventure tonight!" Adventures are good for little kids. Sometimes for adults also.

I) I got to listen to music.

For a while I was sitting in the car alone while I was waiting. Mollie was in the house where the sweet 16 was with her older sister.

I hardly ever listen to music I like in the car. There was a "top 40" from this week in 1984.

I will be honest: 1984 was the best year in history for music. I listened to John Lennon's "Nobody Told Me There Would Be Days Like These." Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and a song I forget the title to bySheena Easton. Go 1984!

J) I felt happy.

When the towing finally worked with the rope strap, I felt "Hurray!"

I probably would not have felt that happy if I had just driven straight home. I got out of the car and shook everyone's hand. Everybody laughed. Everyone was happy even though this had taken up an hour of their time on a Saturday night. Maybe they felt glad they could help.

I also probably learned a lesson. Don't speed up on a curve on a road made of ice with snow all around at night. I say "probably" because who can predict? I make mistakes all the time.

Difficult gratitude problems are how you exercise the gratitude muscle. Don't waste it on easy gratitude problems.

Believe it or not, exercising the gratitude muscle helps solve digestive problems and makes it easier to sleep and even helps people with cancer and polio. I'm not kidding.

When we were having a hot chocolate later, Mollie told me something she was scared of in her life. Something that might happen in the future a year or two from now that she hopes doesn't happen.

I asked her to write down all the things she predicts in the future and see which ones come true. So she will know her success rate as a psychic. She laughed because she knew I was making fun of her.

I also told her there could be worse things. And she said, "like what?"

And I said, "well, I could've run over a baby while driving the car just now." She laughed, "why would there've been a baby crawling across the road in the middle of the night?"

"Well," I said, "I don't know. But that would be worse."

Click here to listen to today's episode of Ask Altucher.

Regards,

James

 

P.S. My new book is finally out! I've been quietly working on this new volume for the better part of the year. Many are telling me it's my best book yet. I'd love to hear your feedback. My new book is all about money – how to make it, keep it, grow it, and enjoy it. This book is not yet available on Amazon, but you can get a copy right here...

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Category:business -- posted at: 11:37am EST

My new book, The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth, is now available. I've been working on this book all my life.

I believe this is the financial book for today's new economy and for my members. Every month, I'll be sending them updates.

Listen to today’s podcast to learn a few of the ideas I write about.

Ideas like...

  • What's old is new again
  • Why it's important for people to meet up
  • Creating your own stream of income

 

I hope you'll give it a try

Direct download: AA20EP20220.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 3:07pm EST

What can you do if someone steals your website?

Amazingly, this is more common than you think.

James says to just move on… There's nothing you can do. No one can compete with you being you.

If you have the passion and the enthusiasm for your business, then they'll never be able to beat you.

 

Listen to today's podcast here

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Category:business -- posted at: 3:23pm EST

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.

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Category:business -- posted at: 11:05am EST

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.

And they talk about a few of his books, Cool Tools and The Silver Cord.

 

Listen here if you want to see into the future.

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Category:business -- posted at: 3:56pm EST

Uber is popping up everywhere and it's a lot more than just a new way to hire a ride.

 

Jon Youshaei todays guest on Ask Altucher, shares his great story first published in Forbes about the "Uberpreneur" Gavin Escolar.

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Category:business -- posted at: 11:13am EST

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're a writer, then you can post your work on Fanfiction.net and Wattpad.com.

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.

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Category:business -- posted at: 1:46pm EST

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

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Category:business -- posted at: 9:35am EST

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?

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Category:business -- posted at: 10:12am EST

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:58pm EST

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

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Category:business -- posted at: 12:29pm EST

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

  1. 1.Write. It's easy to daydream about your story but you have to sit down and write.
  1. 2.Resist the urge to tell your story to your friends and family.
  1. 3.This is the best time in history to be a writer. Today, you can bypass the gatekeepers.

 

Listen here its great story.

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Category:business -- posted at: 3:55pm EST

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.

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Category:business -- posted at: 8:46am EST

James and Claudia talk with Ari Whitten, author of the book The Low Carb Myth,to talk aboutwhy people get fat and get unhealthy.

Do carbohydrates make you fat?

His conclusions are surprising.

He disagrees strongly that we get fat because we are lazy and eat too much. Rather than being due simply to gluttony, sloth, and conscious decisions around how much we eat or move.

 

If you've been on a low- or no-carb diet or are just looking for an alternative to eating healthy, listen here.

Direct download: AA20EP2021020Ari20Whitten.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:31pm EST

What's a "Choose Yourself" meet-up?

When a group of people get together and share ideas... well that's a great start.

Claudia shares her thoughts on how to get involved and keep the meet-up moving in the right direction.

  • Participate
  • Speak up
  • Mingle
  • Respect each other

In his newest book, The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth, whichis due out later thismonth,James included an entire chapter on the "Choose Yourself Meet-Ups," it's that important.

 

Plus, James does a quick review of a book he just read, and a guest he just interviewed.

Direct download: AA20EP20209.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:02pm EST

Did you miss us?

Yesterday was so crazy that James and Claudia just couldn't do an Ask Altucher show. You'll hear why on today's show.

But today James had a great question. "Why not save?"

James says, don't go buy a big house or a college education or just save money for the sake of saving to earn a return on it. You'll go broke that way.

 

Instead, spend your time and money investing in your skills and ideas. Write down your 10 ideas daily and focus every day on how you can earn more income for yourself

Direct download: AA20EP2020820Save20rather20generate.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 2:23pm EST

Claudia, Claudia, Claudia asks James "What's the difference between a loser and a winner?" James loves this question and thinks it through with us today.

A winner starts with a basic idea.

We've all encountered some stressful moments in our lives. Winners are defined by how they react to these tough times.

You're not going to be perfect at everything you do, so don't be too hard on yourself. Just keep trying.

It's a way of life.

Listen today to hear James expand on this idea.

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Category:business -- posted at: 10:54am EST

How we step outside of our comfort zone to achieve success? It is a question James gets asked all the time.

His recent discussion with Seth Godin really dives into it... a problem many of us constantly deal with.

Seth tells James that he had to write his new book What to Do When It's Your Turnbecause he had no choice.

It's about what's holding you back, that voice in your head that pushes you to be mediocre or pushes you to hide.

"It pushes us to dig deep inside so we can do better work and impact the things we care about."

They talk about the industrial age and how it changed everything.

"We invented public school to train children to sit still long enough to work in a factory."

But now that we're in the postindustrial age, it's all leftover and everything has changed.

They talk about why it's so important get out of your comfort zone. Seth tells James about when he realized that he was hiding from the big projects.

How he was just playing it safe.

Through a fortunate meeting, he realized that by speaking his truth, standing for something instead of just trying to fit in, is what gets you noticed.

They transition into a great discussion about writing every day. Constantly putting yourself out there is critically important.

Dance with your fear.

 

And read more books

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Category:business -- posted at: 3:59pm EST

When everything is going wrong, James says to... subtract.

Listen today and you'll understand.

Plus, today's show has a little bit of everything thrown into it.

First you'll get a list of a couple of new books James has been reading, a hint of a couple of great guests he'll be interviewing for The James Altucher Show podcast and today's question about giving away your ideas for free and whether people will then value them.

James, Claudia, and I have been in Orlando this week where James gave another fantastic talk. As always, he was a crowd favorite.

But traveling can be very hectic... you'll hear Claudia's stress as she tells James about her need to slow the hell down. She asks for help from the powers to be.

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Category:business -- posted at: 3:42pm EST

James' youngest daughter Mollie joins him again and asks James what he does in the afternoon?

James tells her he spends the first few hours of every day reading; he has a cup of coffee and then does his writing. From 8am to 11am your brain is at its peak, so plan your day wisely.

The rest of the day is devoted to outside businesses.

James then asks Mollie what she learns in school.

 

Listen today as James asks you a question.

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Category:business -- posted at: 8:22am EST

James youngest daughter Mollie joins him today to talk about what technology young teenagers are interested in today. 

Mollie than asks James today’s question,  “What you should do if you’re shy?”

James tells her you need to practice talking to people but more importantly you need to listen and then ask follow-up questions.

 

Listen today as James offers a few suggestions.

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Category:business -- posted at: 10:51am EST

Casey Neistat is an American film director, producer, and creator of popular YouTube videos.

While he has worked in almost every aspect of video making, he tells James that YouTube is his absolute passion.

He chose to leave mainstream media for YouTube, which is the opposite of most YouTubers' aspirations.

They talk about creative "ideas." Casey tells James that ideas matter very little – it's execution that matters.

They talk about risk, too, and Casey has a great take on it. He tells James, "The most dangerous lifestyle anyone can live is the lifestyle where you play it safe."

 

Casey probably disagrees with James more than anyone else James has ever interviewed.

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Category:business -- posted at: 2:23pm EST

Does the self-help industry help?

James says they're 99% useless but Claudia disagrees. They do both agree that you need to take time to focus on yourself before anything else.

 

It's a very important discussion, I promise it will make you think.

Direct download: AA20EP20201.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

As an entrepreneur, you're going to make more bad decisions than good ones.

Even the smartest entrepreneurs constantly make decisions they have to undo.

There's an extremely small difference between a bad entrepreneur and a really great one.

Today, James shares with us some of the good and some of the bad decisions he's made.

 

As he says, don't ever stop trying.

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Category:business -- posted at: 12:23pm EST

You've been asked to give a speech, so how can you capitalize on this to be asked back?

First, nix the Power Point.

Second, always be a storyteller. Tell a story that relates to your talk. People will relate to you if you tell a great story.

Third, watch stand-up comedy.

And don't forget to entertain.

If you want to ask James a question, just go to...

 

Ask a question at Askaltucher.com.

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Category:business -- posted at: 11:30am EST

How can I build a media empire?

James says, first you have to realize it takes years.

Find a writing voice, write constantly, and put that article everywhere you can. People will write back to you and eventually you'll get those all-important testimonials.

James recommends reading "The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Reinventing Yourself," a post he wrote for his blog.

If you want to ask James a question, just go to...

 

Ask a question at Askaltucher.com

Direct download: AA20Ep20198.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:09am EST

Nicole Lapin, known for being the youngest anchor ever at CNN and then going on to claim the same title at CNBC where she anchored "Worldwide Exchange" and contributed to "Morning Joe" and "The Today Show" joins 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 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 plan in 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.

Nicole rethinks every piece of financial "wisdom" you've ever heard and puts her own fresh, modern, sassy spin on it. Sure, there are some hard-and-fast rules about finance, but when it comes to your money, the only person who can tell you how to spend it is you. Should you invest in a 401(k)? Maybe not. Should you splurge on that morning latte? Likely yes.

It's a bit different format today.

I hope you enjoy it.

 

Ask a question at Askaltucher.com.

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Category:business -- posted at: 2:25pm EST

Today we're going to do something a little bit different.

Hi, my name is David Newman and I'm the Executive Producer for all of James' podcasts.

Yesterday, while Claudia and James were having lunch, she turned on her phone and recorded their conversation.

And while James knew she was recording him, he had no idea she was going to send it to me.

After listening to it, I decided to release it to you today.

As I said, it's a bit different.

I hope you enjoy it. So here goes…

 

Ask a question at Askaltucher.com

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Category:business -- posted at: 2:08pm EST

Building connections and building relationships are how you bring real value to the world around you.

Jayson Gaignard is a super-connector. He's two degrees of separation from anyone you want to meet.

Broke and $250,000 in debt, Jayson thought about an idea that nobody else was doing after getting a free ticket to hear Seth Godin speak, connecting entrepreneurs over an intimate dinner.

He paid for this himself by going even further into debt with no expectations of ever making money on these. Mastermind Dinners launched and Jayson’s new venture was off and running.

Entrepreneurship often takes an unyielding belief in yourself, and Jayson definitely believes.

Listen today to hear the story of someone who bet everything he had on an idea.

His new book, Mastermind Dinners Build Lifelong Relationships by Connecting Experts, Influencers and Linchpins is a fantastic read and he hosts a podcast, Mastermind Talks you really need to subscribe to.

 

Ask a question at Askaltucher.com.

Direct download: AA20Ep20195.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:02am EST

Claudia and I threw out everything we owned this weekend. We threw out 98% of everything.

There are about 30 garbage bags and another 20 boxes filled with stuff. "Stuff."

We had just spent six weeks traveling around and except for the stuff we were traveling with we realized we didn't need anything else.

No papers, books, extra sheets, clothes, extra plates, tables, lights, etc. I didn't even miss these things once.

25 years' worth of memories in some cases.

Part of this is an experiment. I'm interviewing Marie Kondo in a few weeks. Author of the 2-million-copies bestseller The Art of Tidying Up.

I wanted to try her suggestions. She said before you "organize," you "discard." But once we started discarding, we couldn't stop. We discarded everything. All of our rooms are now pretty empty.

And it's not like we are going to replace anything. If anything, having less leaves room in your life for more, for other things.

That is the trick.

Marie Kondo suggests you lay everything out side by side.

Then you touch each object.

If it gives you joy, you keep it. If it doesn't give you joy, or if you haven't used it in a long time, throw it out. No holding back.

If it's paper, you throw it. I threw out my photos, books, art, furniture, all my clothes except 3 outfits. I thanked everything for its dutiful service to me.

It feels almost like a new toy. "Nothing" was the toy I wanted to play with, instead of the latest "this" or "that."

If you want to try it, try this: take all the books from one bookshelf. Lay them on the floor side by side.

Touch each one. If it doesn't make you happy or if you haven't looked at the book in over six months, give it away. Don't say, "well I might need this as a reference later." You won't. There's Google for that.

Don't say, "it was a great book, though". Ok, it was great. Give it to someone else. Say "thank you" to it. Then throw it out.

"But we might have a guests over some day." Buy new sheets then. Four years from now, when you actually have a guest. "But Sheila gave me this shirt." Have you worn it in the past six months?

Claudia thought we would only get rid of enough things to get rid of one bookshelf. She thought our closets would still be full.

But we got rid of everything. We have nothing left. There's nothing in my office.

Nothing in my desk. Our closets... empty.

I want nothing in between us. In between you and me.

If you have a question that you would like to ask you can either:

 

Ask a question at Askaltucher.com

Direct download: AA20EP20194.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 2:26pm EST

Should you buy a home?

No... Almost never.

Time is always more valuable than money and you're going to spend a huge amount of your time repairing your home.

Things constantly break and they're expensive in both your time and your money to get fixed.

Listen today as James debunks the usual myths like: you'll miss out on the appreciation... you get a tax deduction... or you'll never establish "roots."

If you want to ask James a question, you can contact him...

Ask a question at Askaltucher.com.

E-mail it to James@stansberryradio.com.

 

Or, text James at 203-512-2161.

Direct download: AA20Ep20193.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:00am EST

How do you transform your life?

The answer is simple. Come up with 10 ideas a day. Every day. It doesn't matter if they are good or bad; the point is to exercise your idea muscle, to make it sweat.

Today James talks with Claudia about her brand new book,Become an Idea Machine: Because Ideas Are the Currency of the 21st Century.

People say ideas are cheap and execution is everything, but that is NOT true. Execution is a consequence, a subset of good, brilliant idea. And good ideas require daily work.

As Claudia explains, coming up with 10 ideas a day is very important.

Ideas may be easy if you are only coming up with one or two, but if you try to produce more than three, you will feel a burn, scratch your head, and you will be sweating and working hard. There is a turning point when you reach idea number six for the day, when you still have four to go, and your mind muscle is getting a workout. By the time you list those last ideas to make it to ten, you will see for yourself what "sweating the idea muscle" means.

When you practice every day your life will transform...

Life changes for the better when we become the source of positive, insightful, and helpful ideas.

Challenge yourself to try it for 180 days and see your life transform, in magical ways, in front of your very eyes.

 

When you exercise your idea muscle every day, you become an idea machine, you are unstoppable.

Direct download: AA20Ep20192.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:57pm EST

Branden Hampton's a master of making money on social media and today James and Claudia ask him to help them understand it.

First off, James asks him what his top four social media sites are today.

Hands down, Instagram is number one today, followed by Snapchat, Twitter, and then in fourth place, everyone's "necessary evil" – Facebook.

They dig into what it takes to make a living off of social media.

For all Branden's best ideas, listen here. He's extremely open and willing to share his best secrets.

Follow Branden on Twitter - @CEO

If you want to ask James a question, just go to...

Ask a question at Askaltucher.com.

E-mail it to James@stansberryradio.com.

 

Or, text James at 203-512-2161.

Direct download: AA20Ep2019120Branden20Hampton.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 2:49pm EST

Can you really travel the world if you don’t have a bunch of money? 

The simple answer is yes…

Today James and Claudia call their new friend Matt Kepnes who just wrote the new book How to Travel the World on $50 a Day 

He shares with us many of the secrets he’s learned over his many years of travel. Such as a way you can stay with people with in countries around the world for free called couch surfing

Or a car sharing website that puts you in touch with people driving between cities and is looking for someone to share the cost of gas. 

For all these tricks and a bunch more just listen here. 

If you want to ask James a question just go to…

Ask a question at Askaltucher.com.

E-mail it to James@stansberryradio.com.

 

Or, text James at 203-512-2161.

 

Direct download: AA20Ep2019020final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:52pm EST

James is a big fan of Apple products, but he says he's going to pay for an iPhone's older technology.

He's using a Samsung Galaxy Note 4. He likes the larger screen and calls it the best phone out there.

Listen here and let us know what you think.

Ask a question at Askaltucher.com.

E-mail it to James@stansberryradio.com.

 

Or, text James at 203-512-2161.

Direct download: AA20Ep20189.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 2:01pm EST

"How do I make money if I just got thrown out of graduate school?"

Easy, you get a job...

Get your feet on the ground and get to work. You'll begin to get a feeling for what people really want and you should start thinking about how you can solve their needs.

James' philosophy about choosing yourself fits perfectly here.

While you're working for someone else, start a part-time business, write a blog, help a friend.

Stay active...

You don't need a graduate degree to be successful. You just need to work hard and work smart.

Listen here to find out how.

If you have a question that you would like to ask James, you can either:

Ask a question at Askaltucher.com.

E-mail it to James@stansberryradio.com.

 

Or, text James at 203-512-2161.

Direct download: AA20Ep20188.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:06am EST

James and Claudia call Vani Hani, author of The Food Babe, to talk about her inspiration for living a healthy life and to investigate what is really in our food, how it's grown, and what chemicals are used in its production.

Do you know what's really in the food you eat… and do you care?

James talks with Vani about what the best fish to eat right now are, what's up with the paleo diet, and the "not milks."

She tells James and Claudia she's not a fan...

She says the FDA is completely asleep at the wheel and you have to take control of what you eat, yourself.

They cover GMOs… always a hot-button subject. And they talk about if we'll be able to feed a world population that's growing fast.

Vani is passionate about this subject and she scares the hell out of James and Claudia.

 

Listen here to find out why.

Direct download: AA20Ep20187.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 4:12pm EST

“I lost my job and I’ve piled up a huge amount of credit card debt. I just got a new job but I’m only making $11/hr.  What should I do?”

James says – Stop making any payments on your credit cards. You can’t afford to pay.

I know this goes against what everyone else is telling you but James explains today why this individual shouldn’t pay.

He can’t…

Get prepared for the calls and the harassment but don’t worry.

Listen here today as James explains why.

If you have a question that you would like to ask James, you can either: 

Ask a question at Askaltucher.com.

E-mail it to James@stansberryradio.com

 

Or, text James at 203-512-2161.

Direct download: AA20Ep20186.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:58am EST

You don't have to go to college to find your passion.

College doesn't make you smarter. You make yourself smarter by studying what you're passionate about.

Find a mentor and model yourself after them.

 

You have to find your passion and college is definitely not the place to find it.

Direct download: AA20Ep20185.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:37am EST

Today's question is a great one. "Should I take a promotion if it means I'll have to work longer hours and sacrifice my Choose Yourself projects?"

James suggests you take a good look at what this promotion really means...

It means a lot more work for the privilege of being able to buy another dinner out per week, or another pair of shoes or a nicer car.

The incremental money will not bring you happiness.

So, say yes but spend every free minute you can scrape together to invest in yourself.

 

Put together a plan to control your own destiny and plan you life and never forget to always Choose Yourself.

Direct download: AA20Ep20184.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:20am EST

"Online dating doesn't seem to be working. Is there anything wrong with me?" 

James says there's nothing wrong with the woman who asks this question. Online dating has reduced the value of a relationship just due to the sheer volume and the unlimited supply.

Claudia mentions how you have to be clear and set a few parameters and preferences, but you also have to be flexible.

Don't only rely on online dating to meet your match. Take dance lessons, go to entrepreneur meet-ups or whatever interests you 

But don't rely solely on online dating clubs    

Direct download: AA20Ep20183.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

James and Claudia tell their New Year celebration stories and talk about whether any of the holidays we celebrate really make sense.

Halloween, Hanukkah, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving... James debunks the ways we celebrate all of them.

Listen here and text James if you disagree.

If you have a question that you would like to ask James, you can either:

Ask a question at Askaltucher.com.

E-mail it to James@stansberryradio.com.

Or, text James at 203-512-2161.

 

Happy New Year (or not)

Direct download: AA20Ep20182.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:03am EST

The world around us is changing rapidly and what's old is new again.

James' daughter Mollie asks James why he gives away his real phone number for people to text him questions for this show.

We used to contact each other via telephone, then it was email, and now it's via a text message.

Listen here to today's episode

If you have a question that you would like to ask James, you can either:

Ask a question at Askaltucher.com.

E-mail it to James@stansberryradio.com.

Or, text James at 203-512-2161.

 

Here's to a happy and prosperous New Year from all of us at The James Altucher Show.

Direct download: AA20Ep20181.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:52am EST

James' daughter Mollie sits in for Claudia today and asks James...

What did you learn in 2014 and how will that affect you in 2015?

Success is measured in decades...

 

Don't get disappointed in small setbacks. Start today... a decade can pass in the blink of an eye.

Direct download: AA20Ep20180.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:50pm EST

Not every couple's timetable is in sync. 

 

Today's question comes via James' text and is a difficult one. 

 

A man writes in... 

 

I'm in love with my woman and we've been together for a while. She wants to have children and I don't. 

 

Should he stay in the relationship or should he let her go?

 

James and Claudia look at this question from both the man and the woman's perspective.

 

Should she wait until he's ready? Will he ever be ready? 

 

Or is it time for both of them to just move on.

 

Listen in today as James and Claudia discuss this difficult topic.

Direct download: AA20Ep20179.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:49am EST

You've got an idea; do you need a business plan to launch it?

James says yes sometimes, but not the kind of plan you're probably used to. Forget the PowerPoint with a ton of numbers, graphs, and charts. "And don't ever tell me that there's 1.3 billion people in China and your business only needs to attract 1% of these people to be a huge success."

Here's what you should include in your business plan...

Who are you?

Did you build and sell another business?

Can you come up with ideas and do you have business "sense"?

Can you sell your idea?

Simple, powerful slides, and please...

 

No smiley face curves.

Direct download: AA20EP20178.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:42am EST

James and Claudia are celebrating Christmas by cheating on their paleo diet. 

We hope you all are enjoying yours.

Is blood really thicker than water? Do you have to be around those that are bad for you?

Why?

 

Why not make it a point to be around those that love you and those you love. 

Direct download: AA20Ep20177.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 8:48am EST

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us to all of you. 

This year make sure you don’t forget to Choose Yourself…

Episode #73 of The James Altucher Show was about givers and takers with Adam Grant.  This was a fantastic show and if you’ve not listened to it here’s the link.

Our question today is from that show.

 

I’d recommend you listen to episode #73 and then listen to this Ask Altucher.

Direct download: AA20Ep20176.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:45am EST

Our question comes today from Holland and Claudia gives us all a quick lesson in geography.

Many small entrepreneurs are great at their specialty but may not be good at or like to do the accounting or the technology or maybe hate marketing.

Ask these small companies – What do you need help with?

Make a menu list of what you’re good at and offer these as a webinar. Give away as much as possible, give away all your secrets for free.

 

And don’t forget to gather testimonials. These are critical to the growth of your company.

Direct download: AA20Ep20175.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 8:38am EST

The no-complaint diet says that for ten days you can't complain about anything. If you complain, you have to start again

As James says, you'll never get there. It's the practice that important.

Complaint bonding is an evolutionary trait that we as humans have done a great job of exploiting.

But can complaining ever be useful?

James says no. What can help you is figuring out the solution to a problem... not complaining about it.

 

Plus James tosses out a new idea. It's one waiting for someone to grab and run with it.

Direct download: AA20ep20174.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:38am EST

Do you have a great idea but you're afraid that if you tell someone, they're going to steal it...

 

Well, as James tells us today there is no real way to protect your idea. But if you're more passionate about your idea than anyone else, then you can succeed.

 

Spend a few dollars and get your idea out there. Go to ODesk or Kickstarter and get some help getting your idea seen. For help with crowdfunding, check out our episode 170 with Clay Heber.

 

James and Claudia come up with a few ideas of their own.

 

Click to listen to this money-making episode.

 

Direct download: AA20EP20173.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:39am EST

Have you set your 2015 goals yet? 

 

James doesn't make goals. Instead he tries to improve incrementally 1% better every day... spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. 

 

Instead of goals, James sets themes. 

 

Before you pull out that pad and pen, listen here.

 

And a thank you from our listener who asked the question in Episode #168: How Do You Get That Final 1% Finished?

 

If you have a question that you would like to ask James, you can either:

 

Ask a question at Askaltucher.com.

 

E-mail it to James@stansberryradio.com.

 

 

Or, text James at 203-512-2161.

Direct download: AA20EP20172.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:08pm EST

Getting your movie produced through the traditional method is extremely difficult. But so is raising the money to do it yourself.

 

So James suggests you try both routes.

 

The cost of producing your own movie has gone way, way down.

 

Claudia suggests creating a short trailer and James chimes in with a few social media ideas to get producers to see it.

 

Try crowd funding...

 

 

And don't forget to start your next script now.

Direct download: AA20EP20171.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:36am EST

Do you have a great idea for a product but have no idea how to raise the money to get it launched? Why not try crowdfunding?

 

Today James calls the expert, Clay Hebert and gives you all the tricks.

 

He says you need to act like the opposite of MacGyver (you'll have to listen to understand).

 

Build a landing page and pre-sell your idea weeks and even months before you launch your campaign. Build the excitement...

 

48 hours to launch...

 

24 hours to launch...

 

Don't miss out. The best deals are going fast!

 

Clay doesn't hold back, he tells James and Claudia all the best practices.

 

 

If you've ever thought about doing a crowdfunding campaign, then you have to listen to this episode of Ask Altucher

Direct download: AA20EP20170.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:18am EST

Today we start off with a cooking class, not really.

 

Claudia asks James, how did you start your day today? 

 

James says, "The key to success in life is what you do in the morning." Turn off your phone, laptop, and TV and go to bed early. Getting a good night sleep is critical to having a productive day.

 

Stress is so damaging to both your physical and mental body so take a moment in the morning to remember what you're grateful for. Just take a few minutes to reflect. It relaxes the anxiety we all feel daily.

 

 

Your morning ritual can decide your whole life.

Direct download: AA20EP20169.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:03am EST

Getting that last 1% of your project finished is a problem so many of us experience.

 

James says it's a problem he has always had to deal with and can totally relate to. So here are a few tricks he uses to get that last 1% done.

 

Try these...

 

•Clean up the whole area around you. Clean up the table, clean up the entire room. This will give you the feeling of a fresh start.

 

•Next, list for yourself, even just in your head, why finishing this project will be good for other people. Remembering why you started this project will help you finish it.

 

•Lastly, picture in your mind what it will feel like when it's finally finished.

 

Go ahead, give these tricks a try, and let us know if they help.

 

Claudia then asks James what he's currently reading...

 

Direct download: AA20EP20168.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:33am EST

When is the right time and what message does that send? 

 

That depends... 

 

Do you want to have a relationship or are you just looking for a sexual partner? After you have sex, your relationship changes. 

 

Do you have any rules in place -13 dates, 90 days? Do you hold to them?

 

Claudia and James are in rare form today. 

 

Sit back and enjoy this episode.

 

If you have a question that you would like to ask James, you can either:

 

Ask a question at Askaltucher.com.

 

E-mail it to James@stansberryradio.com.

 

 

Or, text James at 203-512-2161.

Direct download: AA20EP2016720SEX.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:18am EST

Do you believe in intuition or is it something else?

 

Intuition, that feeling that you know something even though you have no evidence to back that up, is how most people would define it... 

 

Not James... 

 

He believes intuition is really your super-computer, your brain subconsciously going through every variation possible and giving you a scientific answer. 

 

 

It may feel spiritual but it's really just science. 

Direct download: AA20EP20167.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:30am EST

Podcasting can be extremely rewarding. And if you're willing to work hard, you can make a lot of money.

 

Today, James calls John Lee Dumas, the host of Entrepreneur on Fire, to ask him if he can help answer a question from one of James' Facebook followers. John's an expert at monetizing his podcast. Last month he grossed $307,504.50 and publishes his numbers here .

 

The question is "How do I approach or attract advertisers in order to monetize my niche podcast?"

 

You'll hear John and James share numerous ideas right off the top of their heads. Niches are great, you can focus with laser accuracy.

 

Your first step should be to contact podcast advertisers and prove to them that you can make them money. John tells you how to do this.

 

The most important thing is to get started... 

Direct download: AA20EP20165.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:38am EST

James recommends exercising your idea muscle daily. Pull out a piece of paper and write down 10 ideas every day.

 

Today one of our listeners asks – "Should I theme my ideas?"

 

James says yes, but that doesn't mean every day's list will be similar. He always comes up with a theme, like 10 book ideas or 10 business ideas. Sometimes the ideas are to just help him become a better person.

 

What themes are important to you? Give yourself permission to come up with bad ideas.

 

 

The most important thing is to just show up every day... 

Direct download: AA20EP20164.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:21am EST

Claudia talks with James about three major causes of back pain.

 

1.Back pain associated with genetics or an accident.

 

2.Sitting. We sit all day and it's not natural position for our spine. We slouch, our head goes forward, backwards or to the side and so we add neck pain to our back pain.

 

3.Psychological back pain caused by money problems.

 

Stand up, walk around, stretch back, breathe, and choose yourself.

Direct download: AA20EP20163.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:22am EST

This show is really boring... 

 

I'm just kidding, of course. Our question today was asked via a text message on James' phone.

 

How do I add value when my industry is insanely boring... like law?

 

 

James has a bunch of boring ideas to share with you... 

Direct download: AA20EP20162.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:54pm EST

How do I get started with my new Internet business? 

 

Today, James calls someone who has been influential in him building his own business, Buck Flogging.

 

Buck says, "Find a way to tap into the hard work that others have done in building their audiences and then find a way to get those people over to your site. They've done a lot of the hard work, so build good, strong, healthy relationships with them; you can get there a lot faster."

 

For too many people, the usual formula has been... 

 

You keep writing and writing... praying someone will subscribe.

 

Instead, spend the bulk of your time off your website, not on your website. Drive these readers back to your website via a good landing page and create your most important tool using this shortcut.

 

Your e-mail list... 

 

Direct download: AA20EP20161.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:26pm EST

Make an outline, it will help. An outline will allow you to jump around and work on those areas that interest you at that moment.

 

If you go off on a tangent, well... tangents aren't really tangents. Allow your writing to go where it may. You'll fit it in later...

 

Or you won't.

 

Let it go, don't outline in a very strict way. Let your thoughts wander and fit them back into the book later.

 

It doesn't matter whether you want to write an e-book, paperback, or an audio book; James recommends you do all three. You'll look much more professional.

Direct download: AA20EP20160.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:14am EST

Anxiety about dealing with future problems has two problems. It doesn't solve tomorrow's problems and it does drain your energy of right now.

 

Thinking about the future is important, but you can choose whether to worry about your problems or solve them now.

 

That decision is up to you. Worry and anxiety will not solve your problems.

 

 

Do the best things you can right now.

Direct download: AA20EP20159.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:27am EST

James and Claudia talk about a real-life fight that they've recently had and walk you through how they dealt with it.

 

Being aware that you're angry is extremely important. 

 

 

Emotions go in cycles. You can discuss the disagreement at the "peak" of it or you can wait for this anger cycle to wane. You still may be just as mad, but you'll be more rational

Direct download: AA20EP20158.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 8:54am EST

James turns the tables today and surprises Claudia by asking her a question.

 

Claudia, an expert in Ashtanga Yoga, has traveled the world studying the minimal essentials needed to practice yoga.

 

So today you're going to get an expert's explanation of the essentials to the correct practice of yoga.

 

Posture, stretching, and breathing are critical. She walks James through five easy posses. You can follow along.

 

 

I promise you, your body will say thank you.

Direct download: AA20EP20157.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 8:20am EST

Many of you know that James believes in giving your best ideas away. If these are really great ideas, ones you've worked really hard on, this often helps both you and who you give the idea to.

 

But how do you present these?... 

 

You have to catch them in the first few sentences and offer up the value right away.

 

James tells the story of how this has worked for him. 

 

 

Sure, a few may get stolen, but ideas are currency. You give them out and often many more come back in return.

Direct download: AA20EP20156.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:59pm EST

Bad habits, we all have them and we all want to break them.

 

But how far are you willing to go...

 

James and Claudia's special Ask Altucher guest, Maneesh Sethi, CEO of PAVLOKand Editor in Chief of Hack The System, took it to the extreme. He hired an assistant to slap him every time he got off task.

 

If there wasone thingyou could do, every day for a year, who would you become?

 

Change is hard.

 

We're held back by distractions, other people, and often ourselves.

 

But change isn't impossible. Choose your daily action, and PAVLOK will hold you accountable, ensuring lasting success.

 

Self-induced changes seem to work much better than those forced upon you by others.

 

James immediately comes up with two ways he's going to use PAVLOK to help him break his bad habits.

 

What started out as just a joke has quickly turned into a potentially huge business.

Direct download: AA20EP20155.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:24pm EST

Trends, they’re not that hard predict.

 

People are living longer so our and as such our population is aging. That’s a trend to keep your eyes on.

Wal-Mart, CVS and Walgreens are putting clinics in their stores, No longer do you need to make an appointment to see your family doctor if you have a cold, sore throat

Education and chemistry are two more.

Take out your waiters pad and write down what you see happening around you.  These will probably be the new trends for The 21st Century

Direct download: AA20EP20154.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:17pm EST

Years ago, James wrote an article for CNBC and stated, “Apple will be the trillion- dollar market cap company”.

 

Everyone laughed…

 

But it looks like he’s going to be right.

 

And today he’ll give you his thoughts on the next trillion-dollar company.

 

The not yet public company, James believes this company will easily hit a trillion dollars in revenue because they solve a problem we all have; people who need something can connect with people who provide that something .

 

This company provides the logistics to make all this happen.

 

The company is…. Uber. They hook up those people who need something with those who can provide it.

 

Plus, Claudia thinks she knows the one right after that…

 

Listen here and see if you agree.

 

Direct download: AA20EP20153.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:30am EST

Choosing yourself doesn't mean you're not going to be working any longer. As a matter of fact, Claudia mentions that since she's chosen herself, she's never worked harder in her life.

 

What it does mean is you don't have to go through the gatekeepers to get things done.

 

A boss can't fire you, a publisher can't reject you, and no one can stop you from creating wealth and abundance.

 

Many people still think there's stability in the 9 to 6 job, but they're being fooled. There's much less stability when you're relying on someone else.

 

Go ahead, give it a try, choose yourself, don't worry about what any one else is doing, and see what happens...

Direct download: AA20EP20152.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 2:46pm EST

James and Claudia are just back from interviewing Tony Robbins live at his home in Palm Beach, FL and Claudia wants to know the Top 3 Things James took away from the interview.

 

·         Lousy questions lead to lousy answers.

 

·         Be a servant to many.

 

·         The Tony Robbins Method.

 

 

James explains what these are, how important they really are, and why these rose to the top of his list.

Direct download: AA20EP2015120NEW.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:17am EST

Today, we're mixing it up a bit. Robbie Abed, author of the book Fire Me I Beg You and CTO of Technori, pestered James for four years trying to pin him down to "have coffee together."

 

James thought he was going to call Robbie's bluff by saying, "Yeah, sure, just drive up to my town eighty miles north of Manhattan and meet me there at 12:10."

 

Well, Robbie called his bluff and showed up.

 

So James and Claudia invited Robbie back to their house, turned on the mics, and recorded today's Ask Altucher.

 

Robbie has about 250 "coffees" a year with people.

 

He has used these meetings to create a huge network of people helping people. He knows them all and he has used this to create a business-development company.

 

Relationships take a long time to build. It took Robbie four years to finally connect with James and I think this is going to lead to something much bigger.

Direct download: AA20EP2015020NEW.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:24am EST

Everyone is allocated a certain amount of energy per day.

 

Today, James and Claudia talk about how you can "hack" your peak energy. This trick will help you be your most efficient.

 

For most people, about two to four hours after you wake up are your peak hours, but this is determined by your healthy practices. Healthy eating, getting a good night's sleep, and healthy breathing are very important.

 

Claudia and James talk about some breathing exercises she teaches. If you're interested in learning more from "The Master," click here.

 

Use your peak hours to take care of the most important work… the work you love.

 

Direct download: AA20EP20149.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 2:38pm EST

Picking a great business partner is the most important decision you can make. Great partners are critical.

 

It's like a marriage. There's a contract and an obligation to spend a lot of time together.

 

Business life is intense...

 

You have to have good chemistry; you have to really trust the person or you're setting yourself up for failure.

 

 

In our second segment, James shares with Claudia his ideas about the big trends coming over the next century.

Direct download: AA20EP20148.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:44am EST

Today's question is a tough one and it's from one of our listeners who texted in this question to 203-512-2161.

 

To paraphrase, his start-up failed, he was in a divorce, he was in a car accident and when he reported it to the police, his license was suspended because he hadn't paid a speeding ticket.

 

He's incredibly stressed and wondering how to deal with it.

 

As James recounts, almost the exact same thing has happen to him.

 

First off, you're not alone...

 

"Tomorrow is not dictated by yesterday, but tomorrow will be dictated by what you do today."

 

Take a deep breath, pause, and try to get healthy. Get a good night's sleep, start exercising, and be grateful.

 

Try to improve just 1% a day – the compounding effect with be amazing.

 

Then, James tells us what he read recently while he was traveling back and forth from his recent TedX talk in San Diego.

 

Here's James' latest reading list:

 

The Art of Stillness: Adventure in Going Nowhere by Pico Iyer

 

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

 

Everything is Bullshit: The greatest scams on Earth revealed by Priceonomics

 

The Laughing Monsters: A Novel by Denis Johnson

 

 

City of Thieves by David Benioff

Direct download: AA20EP20147.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:49am EST

Luck... it has been written about for years. Today James tackles both sides... what is luck and why did this person ask this question?

 

Was Mark Cuban lucky? Who knows? But if you know the back story of Mark's rise to success you'll understand how much work went into his success.

 

When he made his first few million, he didn't quit. He leveraged his success and "got lucky" again.

 

And although he's a billionaire (a few times over), he still has not quit. Just tune into Shark Tank and you'll see why he has been so consistently "lucky."

Direct download: AA20EP20146.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:21pm EST

Have you created what you think is the next big idea, but you're afraid to tell anybody because you're afraid they'll steal your idea?

 

What should you do next? 

 

Should you send it to LinkedIn, Google, or Zappos? And will they just steal it?

 

James says, "just send it to them." If they use it, that means your idea was good and it won't be the last good idea you ever have. But that's how you get in.

 

 

Give your ideas away for free. You'll be repaid a hundred times over.

Direct download: AA20EP20145.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:14am EST

 Are you an aspiring artist? Have you always wanted to be an actor, a director or a producer?

 

If so, what’s the best city to launch your career, N.Y., L.A? 

 

Today James and Claudia discuss why neither of those are good choices. 

 

Claudia offers great insight here.  Asking what city should I start in is the wrong question. The right question should be, what scene should I shoot today.

 

Make the city come to you. 

 

No matter what you’re aspiring to be…

 

The only good choice is to Choose Yourself

 

Direct download: AA20EP20144.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:10am EST

 

Some days there's nothing better than a great feel-good story. It just makes you feel good inside.

 

 

If you listen to today's episode, you'll know what I mean... 

Direct download: AA20EP20143.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:34am EST

James and Claudia are relaxing in sunny San Diego today and decided to take the show outside to enjoy the weather and recharge.

 

If you've listened to James for a while now, you'll know that one of his keys is to keep healthy. He's practicing what he preaches.

 

Today's question is about being alone.

 

Yes, it's not an easy place to be, but no matter how bad it seems, there's hope. See if you can figure out how to help other people. Go volunteer, give ideas to others, become a go-giver.

 

Helping others will help you up off the floor.

Direct download: AA20EP20142.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:06am EST

Today we’re doing something a bit different…

James is has a question about an industry he really doesn’t know anything about—selling cars.

So, he decides to call up the expert to learn more about his 10 step program to “closing the deal.” Enter, Leonard Kim, car salesman, author and Quora contributor.

This show is longer than usual but we wanted to make sure we didn’t miss anything.

After listening we’d like your opinion.

Do car salesman get a bad rap or are his sales techniques pretty much what you thought went on behind the scenes?

 

Leave a comment at www.Askaltucher.com  and let us know!

Direct download: AA20EP2014120NEW.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:26am EST

Warning… This episode is a bit explicit and may not be suitable for young children…

 

If you work for a company, there's a strong chance you don't have a good relationship with your boss.

 

 

James decides to put a different spin on this question. Instead of focusing on the problem, his advice is to do the opposite... You don't want to miss his counterintuitive perspective.

Direct download: AA20EP20140.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:04am EST

A listener asks James how he can be more grateful. It all starts with the “Daily Practice.” James believes being grateful is like a muscle that needs to be flexed daily. 

 

The critical component to becoming grateful is to stop complaining or comparing yourself to others. 

 

Claudia adds to the conversation. She exercises her gratitude muscle by letting it compound itself throughout the day. 

Direct download: AA20EP20139.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:19am EST

Today's Ask Altucher is a difficult one. A listener asks James advice on whether or not he should leave his alcoholic wife and children. 

 

James lays out a few options he thinks will help. He believes the first course of action to take is to temporarily remove him from the situation. 

 

Claudia, on the other hand, has some strong advice for the listener based upon things she has been through in the past. You don't want to miss what Claudia has to say.

Direct download: AA20EP20138.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:45am EST

Today's question is one you might be familiar with. A listener asks James for advice on how he can quit texting his ex-girlfriend.

 

James believes the first step is to focus on the "Daily Practice." By taking care of your spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical self, you'll be able to calm the uncontrollable desire to stop a bad behavior.

 

Claudia also has a specific suggestion for this listener. It's one you might use if you find yourself in the same position as this listener.

 

You'll also hear James' three-step plan on how to break bad habits.

Direct download: AA20EP20137.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:29am EST

Today's question comes from a text that was sent to James' cell phone, 203-512-2161. And it's one that James identifies with well.

 

A listener asks for advice on how to make new friends as an introvert.

 

James believes the first step is to break self-defining labels. He then presents a challenging exercise for anyone that's up for meeting strangers.

 

 

He also tells listeners a great place anyone can go to meet new people. 

Direct download: AA20EP20136.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:41am EST

Every week for an hour on Twitter, James hosts a Q&A where he answers any and all questions from his followers.

 

One of the most frequent questions James receives is, "How do I generate website traffic?"

 

Although James has mastered the art and science of generating traffic for his blog, he decides to answer this question by taking it one step further. On this episode of Ask Altucher, James invites a special guest who has "written the book" on how to create habit-forming products.

 

 

Tune in and you'll learn the true key to generating website traffic.

Direct download: AA20EP20135.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:30am EST

Maybe you've been recently laid off or finally decided to quit your job to choose yourself…  and now you need some cash quick.

 

Today, Claudia ask James, "You've just been fired from your job and you need $1,000 a week. Go."

 

Right off the top of his head, you can hear James create a business.

 

 

He and Claudia role play and she's tough on him, but he's on top of his game and fires back with great answers.

Direct download: AA20EP20134.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:49pm EST

Something that we need to keep in mind is that Ebola is a RARE and DEADLY disease.

 

But with the recent hype in the media and news stories about the few cases that have been diagnosed it’s hard to not get caught up in the panic.

 

Today, James and Claudia talk about the REAL concerns that we should be thinking about when it comes to Ebola.

 

If it turns out that you have a better chance at winning the lottery than getting Ebola then why are so many people worried about this virus?

 

Is there an agenda that we are not paying attention to? Maybe we should be more concerned with who is making money from Ebola news…

Direct download: AA20EP20133.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:18am EST

Whether in school, in public, or in the online community, we have all experienced bullies and negative attention.

It's no secret that not everyone is going to agree with everything that you have to say...

People are always going to have their opinions, and they do not always express them in the most pleasant way.

Today, James and Claudia talk about how to deal with negative energy... and the best practices to avoid unwanted and unnecessary stress.

You'll find out what the "24-Hour" rule is and how you can put it to use in your own life...

Plus, don't miss out on a special segment with Mike Godwin, author of Cyber Rights: Defending Free Speech in the Digital Age... find out what Mike has to say about hate in the online community.

Direct download: AA_EP_132.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:06am EST

We all have our own preferences for qualities that we look for in a partner. There are certain things that attract us and make us want to be closer to a person.

Today, James and Claudia talk about their own dating history and the courtship that they encountered together.

Claudia even shares what was on her "dating list" and what she would not settle for...

Find out what worked for them and what they decided was not necessary.

They did something right because they found success after just six months of dating each other... Their story might just trigger your own path to happiness.

Direct download: AA_EP_131.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:23pm EST

Relationships are tough and what can make them even worse is when the person you are pursuing does not share the same interest in you...

Something that we are all familiar with is the slippery slope that leads to the friend-zone... liking someone but never creating a romantic relationship with someone you care about.

Today, James and Claudia talk about how to approach a relationship and move it to the next level.

They also bring on a special guest... a dating guru to give her take on dating and how to determine what you really want out of a relationship and when it is right to take the next step.

Direct download: AA_EP_130.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:03pm EST

We have all been through weight fluctuations... but what can you do when you notice a loved one has gained a significant amount of weight?

What is the best way to approach the situation?

Today, James and Claudia talk about the appropriate ways to suggest healthier options to a family member or close friend that won't seem over bearing.

There is one specific example that James gives listeners that will help them lose weight without any exercise... results are strictly from a basic diet change only.

Direct download: AA_EP_129.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:36am EST

Have you started your own daily practice? Have you followed James advice and started to exercise your idea muscle on a daily basis?

If you have then you probably have some ideas that you have thought about executing.

But how do you know when it is the right time to act on an idea?

Today James and Claudia talk about how to continue your idea list and the importance of combining good ideas together.

James mentions on the podcast that one of the best strategies is to continue the idea generation until you have become an idea machine...

If you are coming up with ideas every day, then you are giving your imagination exactly what it needs... Exercise and nourishment.

And if you think that you are ready to execute at least one of your current ideas then today is just what you have been waiting for...

On our second segment... James and Claudia challenge all listeners to try and execute one "good idea" this week and provide some basic but helpful tips on how to accomplish the task.

Direct download: AA_EP_128.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:24am EST

Tired of seeing clutter around your house? Or maybe your closet is in need of a good “spring cleaning”?

Today, James and Aaron talk about how you can create passive income from simply selling a few items on Ebay.

It takes more than just posting a piece of clothing and making a quick sale if you are looking for some success.

Find out how simply writing a personal description of the item can make a world of a difference.

We’re all familiar with the old saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. Learn how to make anything lying around your house into quick and easy income.

Plus, don’t miss out on our second segment…what is on James’ idea list today?

Direct download: AA_EP_127.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:35am EST

Have you ever met someone that projected negative energy?

Maybe you have worked with or went to school with someone like this... or maybe you can relate this to your own energy.

It makes you wonder if a person's personality affects their success? Do certain traits qualify you for more opportunities?

Today, James and Aaron talk about which personality traits will guarantee failure no matter what...

Plus, find out how you can alter your attitude and improve your personality by simply using this daily practice.

If you are looking to move up in the corporate world, begin your entrepreneurial journey, or simply improve your relationships, then the first step is to choose yourself.

Direct download: AA_EP_126.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:47am EST

Aaron and James are finally back in the studio together!

You'll hear all about Aaron's trip to Europe and a brand-new podcast that will be featured on Stansberry Radio Network... "The Choose Yourself Stories."

And... you have probably heard about James' daily practice and the importance he places on exercising your idea muscle, but are you familiar with his "idea matrix"?

Today, James reveals how the "idea matrix" will enable you to generate both good and bad ideas and ultimately enable you to choose yourself.

Direct download: AA_EP_125.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:45am EST

With so many distractions in the world, how does James take full advantage of his daily practice?

Today, James and Claudia talk about how you can easily adapt to situational noise and distractions and continue on with your daily practice.

What might seem like a disturbance to one person might be a convenience to another.

Plus, don't miss out on the second segment... Which books have made the biggest impact on James...

Direct download: AA_EP_124.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 3:07pm EST

We all experience stress and difficulties in life.

But is there a way we can create a barrier between us and our ongoing stressors?

Today, James and Claudia discuss how to keep calm simply by listening to your body.

If you have ever felt nervous for a speech or an interview, then you will want to learn how to replace that negative feeling with a positive one.

It is possible to subdue your nervousness and it's simpler than you think.

Plus, don't miss out on our second segment "what is on James' idea list?"

Direct download: AA_EP_123.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:43am EST

Many of you might not know that James used to work at HBO...

It was one of the jobs that he had always dreamed of and was most proud of. And even though it didn't work out, it gave him experiences and knowledge that James would not trade for anything.

Not only did he make some of his greatest networking connections, but he was given priceless professional guidelines.

Today, James shares the most important thing that he learned while working at HBO... and why it is so important.

"Always treat the talent with respect."

Find out how James was able to apply this to other areas in his life... and how it fits in to his daily practice.

Plus, don't miss out on our Second Segment where James and Claudia present a 10-day challenge to listeners...

Direct download: AA_EP_122.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:59am EST


With all of the pressures and expectations that we experience through life, it's easy to feel depressed and anxious.

But are you suffering from clinical symptoms or situational symptoms?

Could you improve your physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental health before turning to medication?

Today, James and Claudia talk about how using the "daily practice" can completely boost your energy and improve your mood.

Remind yourself daily that health and happiness usually go together.

Plus, on our Second Segment, find out what is on James' reading list this week.

Direct download: AA_EP_121.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:57am EST

Have you ever thought to yourself that you would like to make money from writing?

Do you struggle with getting started? Maybe the answer is not to jump right into the publishing industry...

Today, James and Claudia talk about several ways that you can start writing for money instantly.

James has great tips on how to start small and create your own path to success.

Your first step could be as simple as guest blogging for a site. No matter how small the content is, the most important thing is that you are getting your ideas out there.

Don't strive for perfection... just start working your idea muscle.

Once you are able to get your work out there, you will see opportunities start to open up.

Direct download: AA_EP_120.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:15am EST

If you know anything about James, you know how adamant he is about developing a daily practice and writing down at least 10 ideas a day.

Today, James and Claudia talk about several ways that you can broaden your idea spectrum and start the writing process.

If you are looking for inspiration or just wondering how to start the process then this is the show to listen to.

Even if you are a decent writer, you always have room to grow your skills.

If it were easy to be successful, then everybody would be. Take time to craft your skills and do not delay your creativity.

P.S. If you know anyone that is aspiring to be a writer and think this could help, go ahead and forward today's episode to them.

Direct download: AA_EP_119.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:03am EST

Life is complicated and there are many moving parts that we juggle on a daily basis.

Kids, marriage, career... there are many different things that take away time from us.

How can you "choose yourself" when you are being pulled in so many different directions?

Today, James and Claudia talk about how you can still make time for yourself. And they cover why choosing yourself is actually the best way to provide a better "you" to others.

You should never underestimate your own power to change yourself... once you develop your own daily practice of choosing yourself you will see your life change drastically.

Direct download: AA_EP_118.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:22am EST

Do you think that goals are pointless and a waste of time?

If so, then you already have at least one thing in common with today's guest.

Matt Stone, an independent health researcher and author of Goals Suck, joins today's Ask Altucher segment to talk about how to reach your life's passions without the restrictions of setting goals.

Our free time is probably the most precious part of our lives.

So why would you spend your time writing things out instead of actually doing them...

Today, Matt shares with our listeners the real purpose of goals and why we should restructure how we act on them.

Cut stress, disappointment, meaningless tasks... stop doing what doesn't make you happy and start living your life the way you want...

Direct download: AA_EP_117_.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:03pm EST

It's a dream of many... to play pro sports.

James describes being interested in sports as "a huge umbrella." There are many careers that can stem from the love of sports.

Maybe you can't do exactly what you fantasized about doing, but there is an underlying theme that you can still follow.

Today, James and Claudia talk about different ways around the sports industry gatekeepers.

If you "choose yourself," follow your passion, and find an interest in your fantasy theme then you are already halfway there.

Activate your idea machine and you will be a success no matter what.

Plus, find out what is on James' idea list for today.

Direct download: AA_EP_116.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:34am EST

How does the media choose the stories they produce?

Is it just the facts? Or do they pick and choose which stories will get the most reaction?

If you rely on the news to get your information on what is going on in the world, then you are letting others decide what you need to know.

James admits that he does not listen or read the news.

Today, he reveals what sources and knowledge skills are necessary for interpreting the news and deciding what is important and what is just media hype.

Plus, he reveals what you should be doing with your time instead and provides some alternative ways to familiarize yourself with current events.

And in today's Second Segment, Claudia and James talk about what not to do if you come into sudden wealth.

Direct download: AA_EP_115.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:09am EST

Normally James does not like to talk about stocks and investments... But today we have a special treat for listeners.

There are certain investments that reflect important demographic trends and will help you make money in a variety of areas.

Find out which five investments James says he is most excited about.

Plus, Claudia gives us her favorite chicken recipe...

Direct download: AA_EP_114.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:09am EST

A show that talks about confidence, dating advice, relationship advice, and emotional intelligence...

Sound interesting?

Well today's guest hosts a show that does just that...

Jordan Harbinger, host of The Art of Charm podcast, joins today's Ask Altucher segment to talk about how he has personally used charm to help him on a daily basis and even get him out of life-threatening scenarios such as kidnapping.

In fact... believe it or not, but Jordan has escaped being kidnapped TWICE!

You'll hear the concepts and tools that Jordan has developed into the "art of charm" and how it has literally saved his life.

The ideas he presents are so simple and yet game-changing techniques...

Direct download: AA_EP_113.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 2:38pm EST

Do you enjoy writing or have an interest in learning how to write?

Would you enjoy working from home or anywhere in the world?

If you have the ability to create material that influences the way people think or act, then a career in writing could be the answer.

Today, James and Claudia talk about how you can literally sell anything if you can master copywriting.

If you are interested in learning the skills to succeed in one of the most lucrative professions, then look no further...

Plus, find out what is on James' idea list for this week.

Direct download: AA_EP_112_.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:01pm EST


How do you use the media? Do you follow certain news broadcasts, newspapers, subscriptions, or Internet sources?

There are unlimited ways to get the news today and we are constantly being bombarded with what the Media considers to be the most important stories.

But there is more to the media than just the news and celebrity gossip. Today, Claudia asks James to comment on what Media he uses and for what purposes.

If you know James then you know that he does not believe in reading the news.

Here you will learn what media outlets he finds most essential...

When James prepares for his shows, interviews, presentations, or any interaction, there is one type of source that no other can compare to.

Plus... find out what is on James' reading list for this week.

Direct download: AA_EP_111_.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:38am EST

We all have our own ways of dealing with stress, challenges, and other kinds of life's dilemmas.

Have you ever considered using self-help books? Or wanted to attend seminars from self-proclaimed gurus?

Today, James and Claudia talk about their thoughts on the self-help industry.

Find out why James says that self-help books are simply placebos and do not heal or confront the real route of any problem.

You'll hear James and Claudia share several ways that you can help yourself with simple daily activities and exercises.

Plus, you won't want to miss out on Part II of today's segment...

Want to find out what "life hacks" James uses?

Direct download: AA_EP_110_.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:35am EST

We're exposed to marketing and branding every day. In fact, there are even circumstances where we need to market ourselves, whether it is for a job, a relationship, an idea, etc.

But are you marketing effectively?

Today, James and Claudia talk about the importance of promoting yourself and the different exercises that will help you master the process.

Do you have the skills it takes to promote a vision?

Here you get the necessary tools and concepts for self-advertising and executing any idea.

Direct download: AA_EP_109.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:16am EST

What advice do he has for children? What do you do to encourage them to be creative and to have a live where they Choose Themselves. 

You can't just tell your kids to do something and expect them to do it. You have to show them. You have to lead by example. 

You have to be honest, authentic, fair but firm. 

You can try challenging your kids. Find those things that interest them and give them some tools to push these to the next level. 

Think of ways to do it when you're together, just hanging out. Make a game out of it. 

 

James gives us a few examples.

Direct download: AA20EP20108.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:32pm EST

Claudia is about to jump into Ask Altucher and forgets the question. It’s too funny. How often have we all done this? I know I do it almost daily. 

Anyway…Lindsay emailed us a great question. “I want to change, but I don’t know what my passion is?”

James jumps right in, questioning whether or not passion alone is enough to be successful. 

He suggests that you should rite down what interests you—no limits just start writing. The next step is to start combining these ideas and see what happens.

Don’t be disappointed if you try one or two things that fail. The technique is to try 10 or 20. 

Just keep trying.

 

And in today’s Second Segment, James gives us some writing tips. He discusses how to utilize “the cliffhanger”.

Direct download: AA20EP20107.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 4:18pm EST

James interrupts Claudia from her daily yoga routine to bring you today's Ask Altucher question.

On our sister show, The James Altucher Show, James interviewed Peter Thiel. It was one of James' best interviews, and if you've not listened to it yet, click here. 

Claudia asks James, "What's the one thing that Peter said that caused the biggest impression on you, the ONE thing" 

If you're going to start a business, something really new and innovative, then be 10 times better than your competitor.

James takes this idea and expands it into everything you should do in your daily life.

20% better is not enough; you have to blow away the completion... 

And in today's second segment, James tells us what makes for a great interview. You can learn a lot by practicing some of these techniques in whatever you do.

Direct download: AA20EP20106.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:10pm EST

Today James and Claudia host expert book promoter Michael Drew.

While James is a huge proponent of self-publishing he wanted Michael to explain to you the other side of the story. 

According to Michael, self published books, right or wrong will never make The New York Times bestselling book list.

With an impressive track record, which he says includes “80 books out of 80 books onto national bestseller lists”, Michael Drew is THE authority on how to turn your book into a bestseller. 

He knows all the tricks and while you may not think they’re fair, they are what they are. 

“Creating a best seller is 90% knowledge, secrets and timing, and only about 10% great book. The crazy thing…very few people in the publishing industry understand that.”

 

Direct download: AA20EP20105.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 4:01pm EST

The notion of a 9 to 5 carrying us into the safety of retirement is dead.

But how can you quit the grind. How can you plan for your future?

Today, James and Claudia talk about the steps you may need to put in place before you make the jump.

You may have to work multiple jobs before you can feel secure enough to quit. That's OK, but you need to make sure you're healthy enough to work this hard. 

Plus, James gives a good rule of thumb as to when it's time to finally Choose Yourself.

And in our new segment, James and Claudia discuss an idea that James has been thinking about. It's there for one of you to take and run with.

Something New – Our Listener Location MAP

We asked you to tell us where you are and what you're doing when you listen to Ask Altucher.

Your responses have been amazing... 

You're listening in North and South America, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Australia. You listen while driving, hiking, biking, and walking. We help you get through those daily chores like cooking dinner, cleaning the house, and mowing your lawn.

But this is just the beginning... 

We have huge plans to take this to another level. Stay tuned; we're hard at work right now getting it ready.

So keep sending us your notes. We'll post them weekly to our map, and we'll be announcing something new and exciting soon.

Click here to see the map. 

And let's see if we can fill it up.

If you have a question that you would like to ask James, you can either:

 

·       Ask a question at Askaltucher.com.

 

Direct download: AA20EP20104.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:08pm EST

James has been known to give away his possessions to friends and acquaintances.

Although they may be special objects to James, he seems to find others whom he feels would get more use or enjoyment out of them.

Today, James and Claudia talk about different things that he has given away and why he finds freedom from the process.

Plus, they introduce a new segment to Ask Altucher on business advice. And more specifically, they discuss a business idea that could help reduce student loans.

Something New – Our Listener Location MAP

We asked you to tell us where you are and what you're doing when you listen to Ask Altucher.

Your responses have been amazing...

You're listening in North and South America, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Australia. You listen while driving, hiking, biking, and walking. We help you get through those daily chores like cooking dinner, cleaning the house, and mowing your lawn. 

But this is just the beginning... 

We have huge plans to take this to another level. Stay tuned, we're hard at work right now getting it ready.

So keep sending us your notes, we'll post them weekly to our map, and we'll be announcing something new and exciting soon. 

Click here to see the map 

And let's see if we can fill it up. 

If you have a question that you would like to ask James, you can either:

 

Ask a question at Askaltucher.com.

Direct download: AA20EP20103.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:16am EST

Choose Yourself is one of James' most successful books... but is the idea of choosing yourself actually a selfish concept?

Today, James and Claudia discuss an email that was sent in from a listener who is concerned that by choosing herself she will be considered selfish.

The problem is, if you aren't able to take care of your own well-being, you can't expect to care for or help anyone else.

It may seem selfish on the surface, but choosing yourself is probably the most unselfish thing you can do.

Here you will learn that when you start each day with James' daily practices you are not only creating positive energy for yourself but you are also making yourself available to others.

 

Also, on today's second segment, James turns the table and asks Claudia a question about an area that she is an expert in.

Direct download: AA20EP2010220.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:59pm EST

Do you make lists to manage your time?

Do you feel that you are usually disappointed when you are not able to cross off each item?

Today, James and Claudia talk about their thoughts on "To-Do" lists. Something that James considers more efficient is to actually make an "I did" list instead.

Could this be a new strategy that will improve your productivity with daily activities?

When you make a list of things to do you are really only procrastinating. To delay may mean to forget...

Here you will learn how to avoid disappointment and increase daily accomplishments.

 

And if you're up for it... James challenges listeners to create an "I did" list for the next 45 days.

Direct download: AA20EP20101.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:11pm EST

Episode 100! Before we get into the description of the show, we just wanted to thank all the listeners of Ask Altucher for getting us this far.

Now onto the description...

Have you ever had to start over in life? Start completely from scratch? No money... no job?

Today, James and Claudia share the story of a listener who feels completely overwhelmed and discouraged from starting over.

James knows first-hand what it's like to lose a job, money, family, and to live in fear.

Every day is a clean slate to start a new and better life.

If you start with James' daily practice and "choose yourself"... there are endless possibilities that you can achieve.

Here you will gain the knowledge and skills that can empower you to stop living in fear and move forward with confidence in starting over.

Direct download: AA_EP_100_.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:08am EST


After reading Choose Yourself, a listener sent us an email about the success he has found while following James' daily practice and pursuing his passion.

Just four months into the process, he has drastically changed his way of thinking and his quality of life.

Today, James and Aaron share the encouraging story that demonstrates if you "choose yourself" and work with your ideas, you can succeed at almost anything. And in this particular case, you can literally sell anything.

Plus, find out what books are currently on James' reading list.

Direct download: AA_Ep._99_.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:25am EST

Have you ever known two people that you felt would make a great connection?

If so, introducing them would not only be beneficial for them, but might pay off for you in the long run, too.

Whether your intentions are business or social arrangements, something to keep in mind is that there is a difference between "permission networking" and "introducing people."

And today, James and Aaron go through the proper ways to network with certain acquaintances.

Here, you will gain the skills and knowledge that will help you in any social setting that involves introductions.

Direct download: AA_Ep._98_.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:25am EST

When you get hired for any job, you go through the process of negotiating a salary, the start date, and many other factors…

What people don't realize though, is that negotiating can be a powerful aspect of being fired as well.

Getting fired can be incredibly scary and stressful, but there are some tips and tricks that you should keep in mind.

Today, James and Claudia discuss the power of negotiating and how you can apply the skill for when you are fired from a job.

Here you'll get the skills and concepts necessary for starting over and how to make the process less stressful.

Direct download: AA_EP._97_FIRED_FROM_JOB.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:37pm EST

We should all enter into a marriage knowing that it will not be perfect... because there is no such thing as a perfect marriage.

But if things are not working out, when is the right time to end a marriage?

Click here to find out.

Maybe you are worried about the shame of failure or about your children.

Today, James and Claudia talk about several reasons why a person should not stay in an unhappy marriage.

Remember to make your decision based on the whole situation, not certain factors that make you feel guilty.

And Claudia gets a promotion! Tune in to find out more.

Direct download: AA_Ep.96.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:27am EST

James is very passionate about exercising his idea muscle, using his brain, and actually making it "sweat."

If you came up with ten good ideas a day, you would have 3,650 good ideas a year...

There are endless opportunities to be discovered, all you have to do is put in the time and effort.

Today, James and his wife Claudia demonstrate how to start the idea generation process.

James recently said that he was going to come up with ten business ideas around the concept of toilets.

Here you have an inside look at how an "idea guru" is able to come up with substantial ideas about almost anything.

Direct download: AA_Ep.95_EDIT.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:17am EST

You might have heard that as humans we only consciously use about 5% of our brain. If that is true then how can we tap into the remaining 95%?

Today, James and his wife Claudia talk about this body myth and what they feel is the more appropriate calculation for our bodies' use for the brain.

If you are looking to improve your thinking process and brain power then listen up... James provides several ways that you can utilize daily activities to strengthen and stimulate your mind.

Direct download: AA_Ep.94.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:51pm EST

Yesterday we covered how to give constructive criticism... today James and Claudia go through the difference between constructive and destructive criticism.

In anything that you do, being open to suggestions is an important part in improving yourself.

But are you able to interpret whether or not the suggestions are meant to be helpful or just plain negative?

The most important thing to keep in mind when listening to others is to determine if they are offering anything of value.

Claudia and James not only talk about several aspects of criticism that you need to pay attention to but they also reveal how they overcame their own constructively criticisms against each other while co-writing The Power of No.

Direct download: AA_Ep.93.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:47am EST

Often, when people think that they are giving constructive criticism, they are actually being destructive and unhelpful.

Whether you are trying to give suggestions or someone else is criticizing your work, there is a right and wrong way to approach the situation...

Today, James and Aaron discuss several personal examples where they have been on both sides of criticism.

Whether you are an extrovert or an introvert, here you will gain the skills to approach any similar situation with confidence.

Plus, learn some quick tips on how to actually give constructive criticism.

Direct download: AA_Ep_92.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:03am EST

Every day, questions come in to James about how to get better at writing.

So today, James talks about several habits that he has adopted that have increased his creativity.

Knowing James though, you know that his tips are always going to be out of the box.

According to James, 90% of writing isn't even writing at all.

Direct download: AA_Ep_91.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:20am EST

Has your reputation ever been attacked? Have you ever felt like the victim of gossip?

James knows first-hand how much negative attention can affect your life and ruin others' perception of you.

So how do you restore your self-image after it gets tainted? Or better yet, how can you protect your self-image to ensure it does not get damaged?

Today, you will learn several techniques that James has found to be highly effective when dealing with negativity generated from "haters."

Direct download: AA_Ep_90.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:20am EST

At some point, we have all been asked to do some things that we really don't want to do...

But how do you deal with the requests and demands of others, when they cut into your personal time?

Today, James and Aaron talk about how to make the most of your time when asked to participate in activities that you are not exactly thrilled about.

Aaron has friend's destination wedding quickly approaching and shares his plan for how to make the best of the situation.

Not everyone has the time and money available to travel and celebrate. Find out how Aaron has been able to sort out his schedule to accommodate his friend's needs as well as his own.

What started as an obligation has now become the trip of a lifetime...

Direct download: AA_Ep_89.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:47am EST

James has made money, lost money, found love, been divorced, and been involved with many entrepreneurial endeavors.

Through all of his experiences, what he describes as his most difficult time in the past might surprise you...

What is even more interesting is that what he has most difficulty with is ongoing and probably will never end.

Maybe you have the same troubles as James and you don't even know it.

Today could be a breakthrough for so many aspects of your life and it all comes from the power and ability of saying "no."

Direct download: AA_Ep_88.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:57am EST

John Lee Dumas joins Ask Altucher for Part II of our interview from yesterday's show.

In Part I of this interview, James and John talked about their success and how they got to where they are today.

For Part II, listeners get to hear the real secret to John's business.

Just last month alone he was able to make $282,000...

How is he able to give away so much value for free and still able to convert listeners into buyers?

You'll get all the details... one idea just leads to another, and it becomes a snowball effect for extreme success.

If you are looking for a money-making strategy, look no further...

Direct download: AA_EP_87._JOHN_DUMAS_PART_II_EDIT.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:54am EST

For the first time ever... James and Aaron have a special guest join an Ask Altucher segment.

John Lee Dumas, founder and host of Entrepreneur On Fire, joins the show to talk about his idea generation process.

Just like James, John has found the means to go around the gate-keepers of an industry and launch a business that is inspired by his true passions.

Today, you get to hear the banter between two brilliant entrepreneurs on how they found success and what steps they took to get where they are today.

Direct download: AA_EP_86._JOHN_DUMAS_PART_I.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:06am EST

Diet pills, cosmetic surgery, Botox... people are constantly looking for secrets to make them look younger.

It's no wonder that so many individuals are obsessed with finding the fountain of youth because that is exactly what our society idolizes... "youthful beauty."

But people often forget about all of the wonderful experiences that come with age.

Today, James and his wife Claudia talk about several reasons why they find more happiness and confidence in their older years.

It's time to stop fighting the inevitable and embrace a future where you can choose yourself for the "real you."

Direct download: 08_1.05-STANS_AskAltucher_5.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:53am EST

Alcohol abuse, stress, lack of sleep... there are many different ways that we cause harm to our bodies.

But how do you know when it is time to step in and choose yourself?

Today, James and his wife, Claudia, talk about several unhealthy habits and several ways to avoid or stop them all together.

If you are ready to remove bad habits and choose a healthier lifestyle, then today could be your starting point.

Direct download: 08_1.05-STANS_AskAltucher_4.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:19am EST


The specialty store Crumbs Cupcakes recently disappeared altogether as a chain. With loyal customers upset, a listener is wondering what caused the popular business to shut down.

Today, James and his wife, and temporary co-host, Claudia, talk about different restaurant and store chains that could also be at risk of losing business because they focus on a specialty item.

Should you be thinking twice about investing in some of these places?

James and Claudia also go over a brand new technique that people can use to decide whether they want to invest in a company.

Direct download: 08_1.05-STANS_AskAltucher_3.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:13am EST

Many people are starting to wonder which country is going to be the leader in the Bitcoin revolution.

Today, James and his wife, Claudia, talk about the differences between their two home countries.

Unlike James who was born in the U.S. where there are many opportunities for wealth and success, Claudia was born in Argentina where the government is corrupt and there aren't many jobs available.

She describes Argentina as a true "choose yourself" country, where the people have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. You either work hard... or you don't survive.

Find out why James says Bitcoin is on its way to being the currency of choice in Argentina...

Could this be where Bitcoin first erupts into a country's economy?

Direct download: AskAltucher_82.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:36am EST

James is always reading and usually it's more than one book at a time. His reading lists always prove to be something that interests our listeners so it's no surprise that today's question is, "What is James currently reading?"

We hope that you have a pen and paper in hand because it's a long list today from both James and Aaron.

And do you know which one of James' books is his absolute favorite?

Today he reveals which one he re-reads over and over again.

Direct download: Ep81_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:34am EST


There are many critical thinking games that both children and adults can benefit from.

Today's question comes from a listener who wants to know what the benefits are of playing chess...

If you know anything about James, then you know how much he loves playing chess. Not only is it a leisurely activity that he enjoys, but it also serves as an excellent way to exercise his idea muscle.

Today, James shares several ways that chess has completely changed his life including landing him a job even though after completely ruining the interview.

It's a great way to build discipline, character, self-control, and critical thinking skills... all of which will help you choose yourself.

Direct download: Ep80_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Have you ever felt self-conscious about the way you look? Has your lack of confidence ever affected your relationships?

James grew up with a self-image that didn't help his social life, but over time, he has developed confidence and a higher sense of self-esteem that has completely changed his life.

Today, you'll hear several ways to boost your confidence and feel attractive in any situation.

We grew up hearing "beauty comes from the inside"... Find out how James' daily practice proves this to be 100% true.

If you feel good about yourself, then that is exactly how others will perceive you.

Focus on living every day with a smile and you will quickly see how others will be drawn to you.

Direct download: Ep79_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:47am EST

Today's question comes from a listener who wants to know what to say to a friend that is having trouble funding a business plan.

James knows first-hand how difficult this can be...

He has started more than 20 companies, each with unique funding methods. You'll be surprised to hear what happened to the companies that were funded through venture capitalists.

James goes beyond just advice and talks about several ways entrepreneurs can find funding to support their businesses.

He explains exactly what your main focus should be and that once you have it established, you will see that funding can actually come very easily.

Direct download: AA_EP._78_08_1.05-STANS_AskAltucher_1.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:47am EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST


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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

This episode can be a touchy subject for some individuals, so we ask that you to listen with an open mind.

Today, James discusses his position on religion and what he personally believes and follows.

We all have our own standards and expectations, but as James describes, we also all have the same golden rule... to treat others the way that you would like to be treated.

Find out what he has to say about "the universal bible."

Direct download: Ep67_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:01am EST

Thinking about changing careers? Or maybe you are looking for your first job?

Today, James shares several tips that will help you nail the interview process.

Plus, in standard Altucher fashion, his tips are "out of the box" and just crazy enough to work.

Listen as James gives some simple tips to ensure that the hiring manager remembers you over the rest of the people applying for the job.

Some of these tips might seem like common sense, but surprisingly they are forgotten by so many. Maybe your nerves are getting to you, and that makes you oblivious to what should be standard preparation for an interview.

Here is what you are going to learn:

•    What you need to do to prepare for an interview

•    How to calm your nerves before you make that first introduction

•    Tips on how to dress

•    How to make sure that you are ingrained in the memory of the hiring manager

Even someone that thinks they are a pro at interviews is guaranteed to learn something new from James' tips.

Here is where you will gain the confidence and knowledge that will bring you success in any communication process.

Plus, find out how James landed a job after having the worst interview ever.

Direct download: Ep66_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:16am EST

Angel investing is how you can turn $1,000 into $1,000,000.

Angel investing is an alternative to playing the stock market.

But what exactly is it and how can anyone get involved?

Today, James explains what angel investing is and several examples of when this type of investing could be beneficial to you.

Click here to listen.

James himself is an angel investor in 28 companies, so he knows what to look for in a company.

Plus, if you have a great idea but are lacking the financial means to build your company, James has some tips for you as well.

Here is where you are going to learn:

•    What is angel investing?

•    What is the difference between angels and venture capitalists?

•    When should you approach an angel investor?

•    What criteria do angel investors use to select entrepreneurs?

Direct download: Ep65_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:23am EST

We live in a time when the media is a huge part of our lives, and has evolved in so many forms. How do we keep up?

Should we keep up?

Today, James shares what he has saved on his Internet browser and what he spends his time reviewing.

You will probably be shocked with his answer.

Most of James' work is done online, but how much time does he spend on social-media sites?

James says one of his biggest responsibilities in life is to set a good example for his daughter... here is where you learn how the Internet plays a big part.

Direct download: Ep64_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:59am EST

We all have our favorite TV shows but what makes HBO's series so good?

Today, James shares his first-hand experience of what it was like working at HBO and why they produce the best content on TV.

Find out how they started and evolved into an entertainment empire. HBO seems to have figured out the key to success when it comes to creating addictive series.

People lose their minds with these shows. Here is where you get an inside look to one of the most successful cable networks.

Plus, learn how you can use strategies like HBO to create your own successful company.

Direct download: Ep63_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:06am EST

Are you a shy person?

Do you have a fear of speaking in front of a group?

For some individuals, public speaking is the least of their worries – sometimes they have trouble just interacting in more intimate settings, such as a dinner party.

Today, James explains how he was able to overcome being introverted and what he does when he is feeling anxious about talking to others.

Direct download: Ep62_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:05am EST

If you know anything about James, you know how important exercising his idea muscle is to him.

Today, James reveals the secret to his idea generation.

Are all the ideas good ideas?

Does he try to execute all of the ideas?

Here, you will get James' personal approach to coming up with good, bad, and great ideas and how to execute those great ones.

Direct download: Ep61_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL_EDIT.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:03am EST

Have you ever looked at a job description for a company but failed to apply because you thought you didn't meet the qualifications?

Every day, people sell themselves short and fail to apply for a job that they might be great at.

There are ways to get noticed without having the exact criteria a job is looking for. Today, James tells listeners several experiences where he was not qualified but was able to go around the gate-keepers and land a job.

Life is too short to not go after what you want. This is the episode that will give you unconventional ways to get noticed and prove that you are qualified.

Direct download: Ep60_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 8:29am EST


Even in a niche market, you need to stand out in order to get the most business.

Today, James and Aaron share several marketing steps that you should be doing to grow your business.

Whether you are self-employed or working as an employee in a company, you need to make your own business stand out.

James and Aaron go through two different business examples and the steps that you could potentially make in order to grow the businesses to millions of dollars in revenue.

If you are looking for a new and unique way to reach your intended audience, then this is the show for you.

Direct download: Ep59_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 8:31am EST

Are you feeling pressure to have children? Maybe you are reaching a certain age that people expect you to be raising kids already.

A lot of the pressure that you might be feeling is stemming from society, peers, family, or the media. But nobody controls your life. You have to take control and do what you feel is right.

Today, James talks about his own personal experience and how timing has nothing to do with having children.

There are several things that you will have to give up and, of course, many experiences that you will gain. You just have to decide what is worth more to you.

Direct download: Ep58_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL_EDIT.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 8:55am EST

OK, so you have chosen yourself... now what?

This is not the time to feel guilty or sad that you may be ignoring other parts of your life, such as your full-time job.

Life is too short to harbor any regrets. You have every right to take time for yourself and go after what you want.

Today, James and Aaron talk about how to avoid guilt while choosing yourself. It will inspire you to take that next step when in doubt and go after what you want in life.

Start today… Choose yourself and don't look back.

Direct download: Ep57_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:06am EST


It's completely normal to feel insecure in certain situations, especially when it comes to relationships, where jealousy can sometimes surface.

Is there a simple way to avoid this awful feeling?

Today, James and Aaron share several things that you should communicate, avoid, and start doing immediately in any relationship.

Just remember, no one is in charge of your happiness but you.

Direct download: Ep56_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 8:34am EST

James gave a talk at a conference a couple months ago in Dallas. In his talk he said that, "everybody has a book inside of them. You just have to find what that book is and write it."

In order to become a writer, and make money doing it, you need to make writing a daily practice.

Even if you are a great writer or you have room to grow your skills, this is a great way to exercise your idea muscle as well as possibly start a career.

Once you have confidence in your writing, it's only natural to wonder if you could actually make money for a living by simply writing.

Today, James and Aaron share several ways that you can make a living as a writer.

Find out how you could be making millions by simply writing at a sixth-grade level...

Direct download: Ep55_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 8:45am EST

If you choose not to go to college... will you feel left behind as your friends go on to different universities?

How can you make the most of your time and feel great about avoiding the cost of college?

Today, James shows you just how easy that can be. You don't want to be standard or ordinary; you want to stand out in life. College will give you standardized tests, but won't challenge your ability to grow your skills completely on your own.

You might have more opportunities by not going to college... plus, you will be way ahead of your peers financially by avoiding the massive amount of debt.

The things you can do with financial stability and zero debt can be worth much more to you than a degree.

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Category:business -- posted at: 9:03am EST


You shouldn't invest with the expectation of generating wealth, but rather as a means to grow your wealth.

Today, James shares how and why he puts money aside for his children.

He believes in hard work and does not want to just give his fortune to his children, but he also doesn't want them to have to worry if they ever face any hardship.

You'll hear how you can balance helping your kids financially with making sure they are capable of standing on their own two feet.

Remember that the best way to invest for your children is to invest in yourself first.

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Category:business -- posted at: 8:37am EST

Welcome back to Ask Altucher!

Today's episode is not your typical daily question. Aaron is back from his week-long birthday celebration and shares what shenanigans he and his friends got into while in LA.

All the beautiful people, exclusive pool parties, and VIP treatment could not make up for the low quality of conversations... which is why Aaron says he is strictly an East Coast guy.

Find out why he has officially named where he was in LA "Level 1."

Plus, find out how to recognize if a person is good for you within the first five minutes of meeting them.

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Category:business -- posted at: 10:28am EST

Do you have a fear of public speaking or talking to strangers?

Are you using the label "introvert" as an excuse?

Today, James and his wife, Claudia, talk about several ways to overcome shyness around others.

In order to overcome your fears, you must practice talking to others... even when it makes you feel uncomfortable.

James reveals several techniques that he has come across, and had success with, that could be the answer to all your social anxieties.

You'll learn how to prepare for social gatherings and make interacting with others almost effortless.

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Category:business -- posted at: 10:51am EST

Whether you are feeling guilt, regret, sadness, or failure, just remember that these moments can be the times to plant the seeds of success.

We all have regrets in our lives and there will be plenty more in the future.

Today, James and his wife, Claudia, talk about the process of forgiving one's self, no matter what the situation.

The only thing you should be worrying about is "choosing yourself" and choosing to be happy.

Forget the past because there is only "moving forward." And remember, whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

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Category:business -- posted at: 10:46am EST

Maybe you are thinking about leaving a current job to pursue another career, go back to school, or you just need time to figure out what you really want to do in life.

One thing that might be holding you back from taking this step is health insurance. It's definitely one of the many perks to having a job that offers benefits.

Today, James talks about what you should do if you find yourself jobless and without health insurance or if you are scared to leave your job because you won't have insurance.

Paying out of pocket for health insurance can be very expensive, so James and his wife, Claudia, talk about several ways to go around the health care gatekeepers that you may not have thought of before.

Of course, in classic James style, you know that this process is going to start by choosing yourself.

Becoming healthy by eating right, getting enough sleep, and exercising will reduce the amount of money that you will have to spend for health-related costs.

Direct download: Ep49_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:51am EST

With divorce rates so high, it's no wonder that people are reluctant to enter into another marriage after one has already failed.

But what if you do meet another person that you can see yourself with for the rest of your life? Is it too late? Will it be doomed like the first?

Today, James and Claudia give listeners their take on marriage. James has already been married, divorced and married again, so you can trust his words of wisdom.

What James advises is to not rush into thinking about marriage and to really learn how to develop your relationship.

Something that you may want to consider is to take this time to improve the relationship with yourself as a single person before you let someone else into your life.

Everybody shows their good side at first... This could be your second chance to really get to know someone and make it last.

Direct download: Ep48_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:17am EST


Do you feel like you need some guidance in life, but don't necessarily want to seek therapy?

Or maybe you want to help others, but don't want to go through the years of school and debt to become a therapist?

Today, James and Claudia share their opinions on life coaches and the possibility of making a career out of it. Everyone needs help and support, but do you need a degree to give someone an "ah-hah" moment?

They give you several tips on how to find the right life coach and some pointers on how to build a client base if you are interested in becoming a life coach yourself.

If you are someone that can really listen to others and help them figure their way around life's obstacles, then this is probably the right path for you...

Just remember to trust your gut and choose yourself.

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Category:business -- posted at: 9:54am EST

Once we land a job, are we required to stay in that career for the rest of our lives?

Does it sometimes feel like you only stay because you are making good money and need to support yourself or others?

You only have one life to live and you don't want to waste that life being miserable or doing something that you don't love.

Today, James talks about the many careers that he has had and shares exactly how he was able to make those changes.

If you are feeling stuck, then this is the show for you. Don't waste another minute being unhappy – "choose yourself," and follow James' simple step by step instructions.

Remember, this change may not happen overnight, but it is well worth the lifetime of happiness. All you have to do is be productive and find out what you want in life.

Direct download: Ep46_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:07am EST

We have always been told to set goals for ourselves... they could be anything from improving your health to excelling in your career.

Although James does not use the term "goals," he does explain how he accomplishes different themes in his life.

He mainly focuses on being creative, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and growing as a writer.

Today, you'll hear how James is able to establish these themes that he wants to pursue, and how he is able to stay on track...

If you are tired of setting yourself up for failure and creating these unrealistic goals, this is the show for you.

You'll learn how you can choose your own themes in life and guarantee that you will follow through.

Direct download: Ep45_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:34pm EST

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be on a company’s board of directors?

The board is one of a company’s most secret inner workings, and today James gives you an inside look. 

James has started many businesses over the years that he in turn sold for millions of dollars.

But that was chump change compared to the amount of money he has made on the board of directors.

So how did he did he receive these opportunities?

James explains how someone that isn’t a huge investor in a company can leverage themselves into the upper levels of a corporation.

Today’s episode is an interesting look into what it’s like to be at the top level of a company, and what you can do to get there.

Direct download: Ep44_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:28am EST

You just got fired... Now what?

Or, maybe you just don't like your job and want to quit.

But what's next?

Do you take a vacation? Do you start the job search?

These decisions are made every day by millions of people... and today James gives you some guidelines for what you should be doing with this newly acquired free time.

Remember, James has been there and knows what it's like to panic and feel the stress of wondering what the next step is...

This could be your chance to figure out what YOU really want in life.

What do you want to do next? What goals would you like to accomplish?

Don't waste time... this is when choosing yourself is most critical because this could be a brand new start.

If you are being productive, you won't have any regrets.

Direct download: Ep43_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:37am EST

One of Aaron and James' goals over the next few months is to try stand-up comedy.

Do you have the same desire to try stand-up? Or maybe you would like some pointers on how to be better at speaking in front of an audience.

Today, James talks about how jokes have always been great icebreakers for any speech he has given. He has studied numerous comedians and has taken notes on their mannerisms and style… and he has been able to master some techniques.

Do you have the confidence to give it a try? Once you master speaking for an audience, you will gain useful experience for so many situations.

Here, you will receive several guidelines from James and Aaron that will help you along the way.

Direct download: Ep42_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:37am EST

If you have developed a product, but are unsure how to launch it and make a profit, then this is the show for you.

Today, James goes through the several steps that it takes to sell a product.

Once you have a product, you just have to go for it, even at a loss, and sell it. The feeling that you get from that first sale will give you the drive that you need.

Next, figure out who your market is and start advertising to them. Whether it is something that will improve, help, or satisfy them, make sure you convince them it's better than what they currently do or use.

If you believe in your product, then choose yourself and take a risk – chances are it will be well worth it...

Direct download: Ep41_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:18am EST

What does it take to sell a business?

Is it dumb luck? Is it a lot of work? Do you have the hustle?

How important is networking?

Today, James answers it all and explains that when it comes to selling your business, it's more than just selling your company… It's more about selling yourself.

Selling is more than just giving up power and responsibility for a profit.

Are you going to be able to work as a team player with the person buying your company? It's a big change to sell a company, and you have to make sure that you are ready for it.

James goes through several questions that you should be asking yourself before making this decision.

Remember, "The deal is not done until the cash is exchanged."

Direct download: Ep40_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:52am EST

It's not like it was twenty years ago... forget the idea of leaving work at work. We are now living in an age where we work around the clock and are constantly on call for any issues that may arise.

Whether its work, family, or our social lives, we are now bound to technology that makes it extremely difficult to take a step back and let ourselves just relax and rejuvenate.

Today, James goes through several examples of things that he recommends for relaxation.

Cut down on the anxiety, stress, and hectic schedules. You'll see that it's as easy as keeping your phone away from one spot in your house and getting a good night's rest...

Just remember... More sleep equals more freedom.

Direct download: Ep39_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:05am EST

With divorce rates as high as 50% across the nation, it's no wonder that people are hesitant to get married these days.

But when you do find that special someone and then fall in love, will that be enough to make it last? Will you be together until the end?

Remember... there are no guarantees in life and every tomorrow is determined by every today...

Today, James talks about what it takes to build and maintain a happy marriage. James has daily practices for his personal health, and he believes that there is a daily practice for continuing a loving relationship.

How do you know if you have found the right person? Well there is no one clear answer, but in today's Ask Altucher, James shares a little checklist that he finds helpful.

Direct download: Ep38_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:55am EST

Many people can get stuck balancing their love for their significant other and their love for their family. But what do we do if our family does not accept the person that we choose to love?

For most of us, our family's approval is very important.

It's a struggle that many have to go through on a daily basis.

Today, James gives his take on the situation, and shares his own personal conflict between his family and a previous girlfriend.

Just remember never to let anybody other than you define the boundaries of your comfort zone.

If you choose yourself and are proud of your decisions, then the people that actually love and care about you will come around to support you.

Direct download: Ep37_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:14am EST

There are tons of information and resources available to us... and they are literally at our finger tips.

With technology like Amazon and the Kindle app (not to mention other e-readers) you can download almost any book you want.

So if you are not already immersing yourself in this available knowledge, then what is stopping you?

Do you feel like you have no extra time in your schedule? Or maybe you just lack motivation?

James reads about two to three hundred books a year and tries to read for about three hours per day.

It's all about time management... and James, who has mastered the art, tells you exactly how to adjust your schedule.

In today's Ask Altucher, you'll hear about several books that he is currently reading and highly recommends to our listeners.

Plus, don't miss this... James reveals a secret book by Tucker Max that hardly anyone knows about. There have been no announcements or marketing, it is simply known by word of mouth, and you heard it here first.

Direct download: Ep36_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:30am EST

The truth is... if a cop catches you speeding, you are going to get a ticket.

But is there a guaranteed way to get out of it?

In the past, you have probably just paid the ticket and moved on... but could fighting the ticket be worth it?

Today, James talks about something he has discovered as the "ticket scam" and explains how it can help you avoid points on your license and escape a fine.

Plus, you'll find out why your local town wants to downgrade your speeding ticket...

Direct download: Ep35_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:27am EST

The tables have turned. Today, James flips the script on Aaron and decides to ask him a question on the spot.

We have gotten a lot of requests to hear more about James' cohost, and today, you get to learn a little bit about "the man behind the mystery."

The question that James asks Aaron is, "When have you chosen yourself?"

Aaron shares a traumatic story from his past where he literally had to choose himself and decide to live.

He describes this as the worst and yet best moment in his life...

You'll hear how moving on from this experience has left him with a better outlook on life and a more peaceful state of mind.

He doesn't sweat the small stuff, maintains a healthy and fit lifestyle, removes influence from negative people, and lives his life to the fullest each day.

It will surely motivate you to start choosing yourself and a happier life today.

Direct download: Ep34_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 8:43am EST

Like we have said before, Ask Altucher will delve into any topic. Normal or weird... conservative or risqué.

Today's question for James is for his thoughts on polyamorous relationships, or having multiple romantic relationships simultaneously.

What works for one relationship is not always going to work for another.

But, if you do partake in having more than one relationship, are you missing out on important connections between you and another?

Balance can be broken, feelings can get hurt, and the potential trust and growth between individuals could be missing.

Direct download: Ep33_AskAltucher.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:43am EST

What is holding you back from what you want to do?

Money, gate-keepers, the economy, fears... the list could go on.

But more than likely, you already have most of what you need to achieve your goals.

Just remember that you have to start small.

Nothing is impossible – there is a solution or a way around any complication.

Today, James will walk you through the process of "choosing yourself" and  living your dreams.

Then he has a challenge for all of his listeners out there.

Direct download: Ep32_AskAltucher.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:45am EST

We all have stressors in our life – work, family, relationships, money...

But the way you deal with the stress in your life will affect you physically and emotionally.

Suffering is a choice, and you can choose whether or not you are going to suffer.

Is your workplace causing too much conflict and stress... can you leave? Start over somewhere else?

Today, James talks about how he has been able to become an idea machine, and started to bring in multiple streams of income so that he was able to avoid stress from one single job.

This is where you are going to learn to listen to your body and remember that pain is mandatory, but suffering is your choice.

Direct download: Ep31_AskAltucher.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Are the decisions you make affecting your life in a positive way?

Or, do you find that your actions are holding you back from other opportunities?

No matter what choices we make, we are going to learn from the mistakes that come our way. It's more than okay to try and fail.

Today, James shares his thoughts on how even though he might not always make the best decisions in life, there is a strategy that has helped him along the way... and it might be just what you have been waiting for.

Is it anger holding you back from something, or is it really just fear? James explains that if you are honest with yourself and others, you will face your fears before they turn into anger.

Avoid the stress and anxiety of wondering if you are choosing the best future for yourself. Just remember that if you are able to "choose yourself," keep calm and do your best today, then tomorrow will take care of itself.

Direct download: Ep30_AskAltucher.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:52am EST

Every day you hear people say that they have a "million-dollar idea."

Maybe you have thought that at some point too...

But how can you tell when your idea really is a winner?

There are plenty of bad ideas that come to us on a daily basis... So figuring out how to navigate through the bad ones to find the true winners is an important skill.

Maybe you have great ideas but are unsure how to execute them. Should you sell those ideas and let someone else profit?

Only a few great ideas are going to come along in your lifetime, and selling them early could be a major mistake.

Today, James explains how he has held on to his ideas and worked through the execution process even when he is unsure how to make them work.

Remember... There are ways around any difficult situation you come across.

Direct download: Ep29_AskAltucher.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:01am EST

We all feel overwhelmed at some point...

Work, family, friends, errands, kids... these are just some of the things that we encounter daily that demand attention and actions.

Do you think you need a personal assistant? Or do you just need better time management?

James discovered a more efficient way to delegate some of his daily tasks and he'll tell you how you can as well.

Starting at the most basic level and tracking everything you need to get done on a daily basis is the first step.

Then, maybe you'll discover that you are capable of completing all your tasks by simply writing them down.

If you are stressed or feel overwhelmed by everything you need to get done... This is the show for you.

Direct download: Ep28_AskAltucher.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:46am EST

WARNING: Everything you believe and thought you knew is about to be completely crushed.

This is beyond the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and even the Tooth Fairy...

What myths do you still believe as an adult?

As Americans, we are subjected to thousands of advertisements on a daily basis that try to convince us that we need certain things to be happy.

Are they filling our minds with lies?

Today, James breaks down the common myths in life that he has found to be false.

Some of those myths include:

•    College
•    Home ownership
•    Renting is a waste of money
•    Money means happiness
•    You won't be lonely if you get married
•    You have a purpose in life
•    The Internet has made us smarter
•    Hard work leads to success

This episode is going to make you take a step back and figure out what really matters in life.

Direct download: Ep27_AskAltucher.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:37am EST

Our relationships are built on honesty and trust.

But how honest are you?

Should you be careful with how direct you are with others?

Could the truth actually hurt your career, relationships, or character?

Today, James talks about his approach to honesty and how he builds his character and reputation on how he treats others.

Direct download: Ep26_AskAltucher.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:36am EST


Relationships, business ventures, dreams, regrets, grudges...

We all experience a time in life when it's time to move on... but how do you know when that time is?

As you move through life, you will continue to meet new people, generate new ideas, and grow as an individual.

So when your body is trying to tell you that it's time to move on, whether emotionally, physically, or mentally, you simply need to listen.

Today, James shares how he has come to trust his gut feeling, follow his heart, and become more level-headed when it comes to business ventures.


Direct download: Ep25_AskAltucher.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:23am EST

We all learn in our own way, on our own terms, and from many different sources... school, mentors, family, friends, co-workers... the list goes on and on.

But could the person you learn the most from be yourself?

Today, James reveals who he has learned from and how his learning process has morphed into what he calls his "daily practice"...

Plus, find out how the simple act of reading can be the greatest mentor of all.

Direct download: Ep24_AskAltucher.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:01am EST