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Do you have a great idea for a product but have no idea how to raise the money to get it launched? Why not try crowdfunding?


Today James calls the expert, Clay Hebert and gives you all the tricks.


He says you need to act like the opposite of MacGyver (you'll have to listen to understand).


Build a landing page and pre-sell your idea weeks and even months before you launch your campaign. Build the excitement...


48 hours to launch...


24 hours to launch...


Don't miss out. The best deals are going fast!


Clay doesn't hold back, he tells James and Claudia all the best practices.



If you've ever thought about doing a crowdfunding campaign, then you have to listen to this episode of Ask Altucher

Direct download: AA20EP20170.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:18am EDT

Today we start off with a cooking class, not really.


Claudia asks James, how did you start your day today? 


James says, "The key to success in life is what you do in the morning." Turn off your phone, laptop, and TV and go to bed early. Getting a good night sleep is critical to having a productive day.


Stress is so damaging to both your physical and mental body so take a moment in the morning to remember what you're grateful for. Just take a few minutes to reflect. It relaxes the anxiety we all feel daily.



Your morning ritual can decide your whole life.

Direct download: AA20EP20169.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:03am EDT

Getting that last 1% of your project finished is a problem so many of us experience.


James says it's a problem he has always had to deal with and can totally relate to. So here are a few tricks he uses to get that last 1% done.


Try these...


•Clean up the whole area around you. Clean up the table, clean up the entire room. This will give you the feeling of a fresh start.


•Next, list for yourself, even just in your head, why finishing this project will be good for other people. Remembering why you started this project will help you finish it.


•Lastly, picture in your mind what it will feel like when it's finally finished.


Go ahead, give these tricks a try, and let us know if they help.


Claudia then asks James what he's currently reading...


Direct download: AA20EP20168.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:33am EDT

When is the right time and what message does that send? 


That depends... 


Do you want to have a relationship or are you just looking for a sexual partner? After you have sex, your relationship changes. 


Do you have any rules in place -13 dates, 90 days? Do you hold to them?


Claudia and James are in rare form today. 


Sit back and enjoy this episode.


If you have a question that you would like to ask James, you can either:


Ask a question at


E-mail it to



Or, text James at 203-512-2161.

Direct download: AA20EP2016720SEX.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:18am EDT

Do you believe in intuition or is it something else?


Intuition, that feeling that you know something even though you have no evidence to back that up, is how most people would define it... 


Not James... 


He believes intuition is really your super-computer, your brain subconsciously going through every variation possible and giving you a scientific answer. 



It may feel spiritual but it's really just science. 

Direct download: AA20EP20167.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:30am EDT

Podcasting can be extremely rewarding. And if you're willing to work hard, you can make a lot of money.


Today, James calls John Lee Dumas, the host of Entrepreneur on Fire, to ask him if he can help answer a question from one of James' Facebook followers. John's an expert at monetizing his podcast. Last month he grossed $307,504.50 and publishes his numbers here .


The question is "How do I approach or attract advertisers in order to monetize my niche podcast?"


You'll hear John and James share numerous ideas right off the top of their heads. Niches are great, you can focus with laser accuracy.


Your first step should be to contact podcast advertisers and prove to them that you can make them money. John tells you how to do this.


The most important thing is to get started... 

Direct download: AA20EP20165.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:38am EDT

James recommends exercising your idea muscle daily. Pull out a piece of paper and write down 10 ideas every day.


Today one of our listeners asks – "Should I theme my ideas?"


James says yes, but that doesn't mean every day's list will be similar. He always comes up with a theme, like 10 book ideas or 10 business ideas. Sometimes the ideas are to just help him become a better person.


What themes are important to you? Give yourself permission to come up with bad ideas.



The most important thing is to just show up every day... 

Direct download: AA20EP20164.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:21am EDT

Claudia talks with James about three major causes of back pain.


1.Back pain associated with genetics or an accident.


2.Sitting. We sit all day and it's not natural position for our spine. We slouch, our head goes forward, backwards or to the side and so we add neck pain to our back pain.


3.Psychological back pain caused by money problems.


Stand up, walk around, stretch back, breathe, and choose yourself.

Direct download: AA20EP20163.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:22am EDT

This show is really boring... 


I'm just kidding, of course. Our question today was asked via a text message on James' phone.


How do I add value when my industry is insanely boring... like law?



James has a bunch of boring ideas to share with you... 

Direct download: AA20EP20162.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:54pm EDT

How do I get started with my new Internet business? 


Today, James calls someone who has been influential in him building his own business, Buck Flogging.


Buck says, "Find a way to tap into the hard work that others have done in building their audiences and then find a way to get those people over to your site. They've done a lot of the hard work, so build good, strong, healthy relationships with them; you can get there a lot faster."


For too many people, the usual formula has been... 


You keep writing and writing... praying someone will subscribe.


Instead, spend the bulk of your time off your website, not on your website. Drive these readers back to your website via a good landing page and create your most important tool using this shortcut.


Your e-mail list... 


Direct download: AA20EP20161.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:26pm EDT