Ask Altucher






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Today’s Ask Altucher is a question that we have all asked at one point in time… maybe even dreamed about… “What would you do if you won the lottery?”

Would you invest? Make some extravagant purchases? Give it away to charity? Make sure your family was financially set for the future?

There are endless possibilities…but, what you do with the money could affect your happiness and relationships.

Today, James talks about interviews that he has conducted with past lottery winners and shares what they did with their money and if it was worth it.

James also reveals what he would do if he hit the jackpot…

Direct download: Ep23_AskAltucher.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:08pm EDT

Feeling depressed or lonely?

Do you think the people around you could be causing these feelings?

We have no problem finding enough crappy people in our lives...

But how do you find people with positive energy that you actually want to be around?

Today, James breaks down his methods for meeting these individuals... They are actually not that hard to come by.

Nobody wants to be around someone that is always pessimistic, so your first step should always be to make sure you are the kind of person that you would want to be around.

"It's impossible to be lonely if you like the person your alone with."

When you have a "Choose Yourself" attitude, others will be automatically drawn to you.

There is a secret to surrounding yourself with great people. And it's revealed here.

It won't happen overnight, but with patience and persistence, it will begin to occur naturally.

Direct download: EpAskAltucher22.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:49pm EDT

You need a degree to be a doctor, veterinarian, or a lawyer – it's actually illegal to perform these jobs without a degree... but is it worth it?

Today's question is from a parent whose daughter wants to be a veterinarian. He is worried that it will be an expensive first couple years of college, only for his daughter to realize that it's not the major that suits her.

Well, he is not overreacting. College tuitions are soaring and student debts are piling up beyond belief.

College is a great way to figure out who you are and what you want to do with your life... but is it the only way?

Is there a way to find out if you enjoy a job before paying thousands of dollars a year for a degree?

Of course!

In fact, there are a ton of different alternatives for someone to figure out where they are supposed to be and what they want to do in life.

Let's face it... some of us are still trying to figure things out years after college. So why stress yourself or your children out with the burden of debt?

With James' wide range of experiences and unique outlook on life, you will begin to see opportunities that you might have been overlooking.

And maybe... you can figure out what you want to do in life before spending thousands of dollars for a piece of paper.

Direct download: EpAskAltucher21.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:02am EDT

Do you feel like a failure?

If you do... you aren't alone.

Today's question is one that James is very familiar with answering.

Why? Because he has been there himself... divorce, no job, no money, depressed, ashamed of everything.

You'll hear how James was able to pull himself and his life out of the gutter and become a huge success.

There are simple steps that you can take that will get you there... you just have to put in the time and "Choose Yourself."

James describes the "daily practices" he puts in place to become physically, mentally, and emotionally healthier.

You just need to keep the big picture in mind and be grateful for what you have in your life...

If you deal with failure the way that James has... you will see it's the best way to reduce regrets and anxiety.

You'll feel younger, look younger, and have energy to spare...

Direct download: EpAskAltucher20.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:16am EDT

We've all been there, right?

Hectic schedules, lack of sleep, or just plain hopelessness for getting anything done.

What if you could improve your health, social life, happiness, and career, while providing yourself with more time to do what you love?


Not according to James...

There aren't any easy answers, but today James provides you with several ways to optimize your time and alleviate stress in the process.

Direct download: EpAskAltucher19.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:58am EDT

The fear of public speaking ranks No. 1 for Americans...

Although it may seem unbearable to most... it's actually an excellent tool to boost self-esteem, network with contacts, and give you an effective platform to share your ideas.

So whether it's just one person or a stadium full of strangers... learning how to cope with being in front of an audience is an excellent skill to acquire.

But if you tense up when it's time to deliver, what can you do?

Can you learn how to harness the fear and use it to your advantage?

Today, James shares how he overcomes stage fright and the preparations that he puts in place to make the routine more bearable.

James has given hundreds of speeches and still to this day gets anxious when giving a talk to an audience.

There is a secret that he reveals that might catch you off guard... it might sound weird... but it works for James and it might just work for you.

Direct download: EpAskAltucher18.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:12pm EDT

When we are hurt by a loved one, we are usually wounded in more ways than one...

Maybe your ego was shot down, your emotions were toyed with, or you mentally cannot handle that someone has broken up with you.

Is there a quick fix for these feelings?

Or is there some secret process that makes a breakup any easier?

Today James and Aaron go through what they have found that works for them when faced with this situation.

You'll hear the helpful tips that are guaranteed to make you feel better... they may seem like common sense, but chances are you forgot how beneficial these daily routines can be.

Plus, are you being "the Chooser" or "the Chosen?"...

Aaron explains how this has become his dating philosophy... It could be something that will change all of your future relationships.

Direct download: Ep17AskAltucher_.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:41am EDT

Increased productivity is something that most of us strive for whether it's in our professional or personal life...

But how do you become more productive?

Do you cut down on interruptions or social activities?

How about turning off the TV, or limiting e-mail, computer, and cell phone use?

What if adding more distractions and activities could be the solution?

Today, James shares what he does to improve his productivity each day... and his methods might surprise you...

Direct download: Ep16AskAltucher_.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:23am EDT

Everyone at one point in time has dealt with procrastination...


What does it stem from?


How do you overcome it?


Are you listening to yourself? Is your body trying to tell you something that maybe you are unaware of?


Do you punish yourself for procrastinating? Today's Ask Altucher will give you a different perspective on your life and the tasks that you come across.


Could delaying a task actually benefit you more than harm you?


If you do things you don't like to do, you're going to end up angry at yourself, resentful of the people around you, and frustrated with life in general.


That unhappiness and frustration will cause you to procrastinate, and ultimately hate your job or the tasks that you "have to do."


But today, you could be on the path to a happier, more successful, and more peaceful life... And James tells you exactly how to do just that.

Direct download: Ep15AskAltucher.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:19am EDT

There are no experts out there...

That whole universe of people who claim that they're experts, they're all wrong.

But more than likely, you still look for knowledge beyond your own to improve some part of your life.

Maybe like James you seek advice to better yourself emotionally, physically, or mentally.

The one thing to keep in mind here is that motivation comes in different forms, and what works for one person won't necessarily work for everyone...

For James, this meant writing his own daily practice of advice to follow... He knew what worked for him and he was going to stick to it.

If you found something that has helped improve your life, wouldn't you want to share that with the world...?

Today, you'll hear James' own reasoning behind the publishing of Choose Yourself.

Direct download: Ep14AskAltucher_.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:33am EDT