Ask Altucher






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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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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.

Direct download: Ep54_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:03am EDT

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.

Direct download: Ep53_AskAltucher_AA-FINAL.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 8:37am EDT