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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.

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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.

Direct download: Ep47_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
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.

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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.

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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.

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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