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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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT