Ask Altucher






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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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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