Ask Altucher
Ep 102: The Man Who Built 100 Businesses

Today we have a very special show for you. 

James hopped a plane to Palm Beach and recorded this two-part show from this gentleman’s waterfront mansion. He’s is a true legend in the field of entrepreneurship and investing having started over 100 companies, most of which have been successful.

His guest today is the New York Times bestselling author, Mark Ford, You might recognize Mark by his pen name, “Michael Masterson,” but I also wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve never heard of him. Unlike other business and financial “gurus,” Mark is intensely private and has deliberately kept a low profile over the past 30 years. He has been a silent force behind the careers and ideas of many of the smartest people in investing and entrepreneurship.

Mark’s accomplishments are as impressive as they are varied: he has built 100+ businesses, amassed a fortune in the high 8-figure range… climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, speaks 4 languages… is a best selling author of nearly twenty books… and at 64, he still wears his Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt 5 times a week as he spars with men half his age. 

But before you check out the interview, we forgot to include an important piece of information during the show. Mark agreed to give away one of his most popular books to my listeners

They start out today talking about what Mark calls, “becoming an “Intra-premier”. Not everyone can quit his or her job tomorrow. As an intra-preneur you have to become the most valuable or one of the most valuable people within the company you work. 

He then tells James about two very different negotiation techniques that he’s learned from two of his mentors. They couldn’t be more different.

Mark talks today about the three sides of every business and which one you want to be a part of. 

And as Mark says “You have to promote yourself”

Plus, this is only part one of this amazing interview. 

Make sure you go to markfordbook.com and claim your free copy of Mark’s book Living Rich: How to Live as Well as a Billionaire on a Middle-Class Budget

Regards,

 

James Altucher

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Category:business -- posted at: 2:04pm EST

Drew Canole – a nutrition specialist, transformation specialist, and national spokesperson for the benefits of juicing vegetables for health and vitality – joins James and Claudia today to talk about getting healthy.

Drew goes way beyond just eating healthily. He teaches James and Claudia some really easy vestibular exercises to lower stress ad stimulate brain activity.

He also promises to give us at least 30 unhealthily food substitutions, and boy does he deliver.

Drew is the founder of Fitlife.tv and has offered to give all our listeners a free report. Just go to AlphaReset.com.

Listen today if you're ready to reset your life.

Regards,

David

 

P.S. Hi, James here...

My new book is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions.

Here's what the initial reviews on this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book you will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the response I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get the book exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports and a subscription to my brand-new newsletter, which is the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here.

Direct download: AA20Ep2023920final.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 2:55pm EST

Steve DiNisio joins James today to explain how, by helping liquidate failed businesses, he's created a seven-figure income for himself.

Today they dig into some of the basic reasons why business fail and what they should be doing at the very beginning to help them succeed.

Steve explains the liquidation business to James. It's recently gone online, which makes it much easier to manage.

James is on a roll today as an atomic idea machine, tossing out some great business ideas to help Steve grow his business

 Hi, James here...

My new book is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions.

Here's what the initial reviews on this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book you will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the response I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get the book exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports and a subscription to my brand-new newsletter, which is the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here.

Direct download: AA20Ep2023820final.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:17pm EST

Today is a very special episode of Ask Altucher. Our original co-host, Aaron Brabham, is back for a long-overdue reunion.

Aaron decided a few months ago to "choose himself." He moved from snowy Baltimore to sunny San Diego to work on the projects he loves.

Copywriting has always been something he dabbled in, but now he has decided to dive in full time. He tells James and Claudia all about the art of copywriting. Aaron dives into the art of gives away a few of his best secrets.

James then asks him what a "choose yourself" lifestyle really is, and Aaron shares his own path to living life on his own terms. He explains how he's living The Millionaire Anywhere lifestyle – living, feeling, and earning like a millionaire.

If you go to Aaron's website, The Millionaire Anywhere, today, you can get his free report, "10 Strategies to Start Your First Business Today (Even if You Don't Have an Idea)."

You'll be happy you did.

Regards,

David

 

P.S. Hi, James here...

My new book is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions.

Here's what the initial reviews on this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book you will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the response I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get the book exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports and a subscription to my brand-new newsletter, which is the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here.

Direct download: AA20Ep20237.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:42pm EST

James hits Claudia with another idea today. As he says, you are allowed to have bad ideas.

Today's idea is called "The Lottery Diet." You'll have to tune in to find out what his idea is all about.

Today's question comes from a listener who wants to know what James thinks about President Obama's idea to offer community college for free.

James says it's a horrible idea. Too many young people think that it is the "degree" that counts, but that's not correct.

It's not the piece of paper that matters... it's experience that really matters. Take those few years you'll waste in college and travel, intern, experiment.

You'll be much better off.

We'd love to hear about your "Choose Yourself" stories. Send us your stories here: askjamesaltucher@gmail.com

Regards,

David

 

P.S. Hi, James here...

My new book is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions.

Here's what the initial reviews on this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book you will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the response I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get the book exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports and a subscription to my brand-new newsletter, which is the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here.

Direct download: AA20Ep20236.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:03pm EST

Today's question comes from a listener who wants to know, "Should I quit my job and open a yoga studio?"

James says, "If you're leaving your job, don't start a yoga studio."

The goal to choosing yourself is to make money while you sleep.

The problem with quitting your job and opening a yoga studio is you always have to be there to make any money.

The best case is it's a lifestyle business. You're doing this because you love it and just have to do it, but test your idea first.

Try adding in clothing, food, and equipment.

Make it a destination.

We'd love to hear about your "Choose Yourself" stories. Send us your stories here: askjamesaltucher@gmail.com

Regards,

David

 

P.S. Hi, James here...

My new book is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions.

Here's what the initial reviews on this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book you will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the response I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get it exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports and a subscription to my brand-new newsletter, which is essentially the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here.

Direct download: AA20Ep20235.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 7:12am EST

Today's question came from a listener who wants to know "How much money do I need before I quit my job?"

James says, "ZERO!"

But James recommends staying with the job you already have while you start your new business. You need to create a second source of income before you quit.

That's your runway.

We'd love to hear about your "Choose Yourself" stories. Send us your stories here: askjamesaltucher@gmail.com

 

P.S. Hi, James here...

My new book is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions. 

Here's what the initial reviews on this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book you will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the response I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get it exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports, and a subscription to my brand-new newsletter, which is essentially the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here.

Direct download: AA20Ep20234.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:49pm EST

Today's question came from a listener who wants to know if you should trust your friends in business.

James says you should never go into business with people you don't trust. Or to take it a step farther, you shouldn't have friends you can't trust.

The average person is inherently trustworthy, but...

It's always personal.

Listen here as James tosses out a huge number of ideas.

We'd love to hear about your "Choose Yourself" stories. Send us your stories here: askjamesaltucher@gmail.com.

 

P.S. Hi, James here...

My new book is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions. I have more books coming.

Here's what the initial reviews on this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book your will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the response I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get it exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports, and a subscription to my brand-new newsletter, which is the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here 

Direct download: AA20Ep20233.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 2:29pm EST

Today's question came from a listener who was laid off after 10 years at his last company. He's interested in the wine business and is wondering if he can make a living in the wine e-commerce space.

James first says... Congratulations!

First, think of three levels "free," "pay," and then wealth.

  • Free – Every day, blog about wine. James and Claudia give him a bunch of ideas. Move into the video space, use Vine. Try everything, and always be storytelling.
  • Pay – Create a newsletter and sell a wine of the day with a 24-hour countdown.
  • Wealth – Host wine tours.

Write down your ten ideas a day and watch how quickly you'll also come up with great ideas.

James tosses out a huge number of ideas.

We'd love to hear about your "Choose Yourself" stories. Send us your stories here: askjamesaltucher@gmail.com

 

P.S. Hi, James here...

My new book is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions. I have more books coming.

Here's what the initial reviews on this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book your will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the response I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get it exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports, and a subscription to my brand-new newsletter, which is essentially the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here

Direct download: AA20EP20232.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:27pm EST

For those who are interested, I decided to launch a new monthly newsletter, The Altucher Report.

It's going to be a little more specific and much more tactical than my free blog posts.

It's brand new and I'm selling it for just $39 per year with a four-month, 100%-money-back guarantee.

Plus...

My new book, The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth, is finally out! It has taken me a year to put together all the skills I think are needed to create abundance in this new economy. I hope you write me with feedback and questions. I have more books coming.

Here's what the initial reviews on this book have said:

"James Altucher did it again. I just finished and have to say, it was a great read. Great insight into the future of wealth."

"I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It was well worth the wait! Very short and jam-packed with good ideas and advice for the budding entrepreneur. A must read!"

"This is the road map out. Very specific ideas to get you unstuck and to thrive in the 21st century. If you follow the ideas in this book, you will receive 1000% or more in return on your investment."

I'm really grateful for the response I've received so quickly. I feel we are quickly building a strong community of people who are deciding to "choose themselves."

 

If you want to get the book exclusively in hardcover, plus several other special reports, and a subscription to my new newsletter, which is essentially the equivalent of two additional chapters every month, claim your copy here.

Direct download: AA20Ep20231.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:57pm EST