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The James Altucher Show

James Altucher interviews the world’s leading peak performers in every area of life. But instead of giving you the typical success story, James digs deeper to find the “Choose Yourself” story—these are the moments we relate to… when someone rises up from personal struggle to reinvent themselves. The James Altucher Show brings you into the lives of peak-performers: billionaires, best-selling authors, rappers, astronauts, athletes, comedians, actors, and the world champions in every field, all who forged their own paths, found financial freedom and harnessed the power to create more meaningful and fulfilling lives.

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700 - Skip (The Line) Into The Impossible Podcast with Brian Keating!

Another Episode with Dr. Brian Keating! This time, the other way around, I was being interviewed by him about my new book, Skip The Line, on the podcast, and also taking questions from Clubhouse, the first experiment that we did together! In Skip The Line: The 10,000 Experiments Rule and Other Surprising Advice for Reaching Your Goals, James Altucher busts the 10,000-hour rule of achieving mastery, offering a new mindset and dozens of techniques that will inspire any professional—no matter their age or managerial level—to pursue their passions and quickly acquire the skills they need to succeed and achieve their dreams. This episode is itself an experiment, as Brian onboards James to Clubhouse and uses it to interact with listeners live. - Into The Impossible With Brian Keating Brian Keating is the Chancellor’s Professor of Physics at UC San Diego. He hosts INTO THE IMPOSSIBLE (https://www.youtube.com/DrBrianKeating?sub_confirmation=1), a podcast about science, leadership, and happiness, and is the is author of a bestselling cosmic memoir called “Losing the Nobel Prize“. You can also find his blog at https://briankeating.com/blog.php I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook LinkedinSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 19mins

20 Mar 2021

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The truth about AI, automation, and Andrew Yang - Kevin Surace

I sat that the world expert in AI, Kevin Surace to discuss if we should afraid of AI and automation or not, gene editing, and Andrew Yang! So here's the show and if you like it, please let us know. I read all the comments and tweets. And use them to make better and better shows in the future. Thanks James I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram Check Out The Altucher Book Club Series: Apple Podcasts YouTube InstagramSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

50mins

10 Jan 2020

Rank #2

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Ep. 281 - Tim Ferriss: Using a New Lens To Make Life Easier

Tim’s doing a new experiment. (I’m not surprised.) He’s looking at people and asking himself one question... “What happened to this person?" He said, “Normal people are just folks you don’t know well enough yet, right? Nobody's normal. We’re so full of stuff and trauma and nonsense and silly beliefs. Everyone’s a work in progress and since you’re a work in progress, it’s very hard to know yourself.” He gave me an example. But didn’t name names. “There was this woman who had some very peculiar emotions. It turned out that she had watched her father beat her mother into unconsciousness on multiple occasions… knocked out, unconscious, on the floor. And that was just the tip of the iceberg.” She’s acting in response to her past. Not her present. I think that’s what Tim means when he said, “we're cause and effect collection machines.” And that’s really where advice comes from… the intersection between cause, effect, and hindsight. I feel Tim’s really mastered this new intersection. He’s embracing being “a work in progress.” That’s what makes his new book so relatable. It’s called “Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World.” He reached out to Matt Ridley, Stephen Pressfield, Dustin Moskovitz, Naval Ravikant, Patton Oswalt, Susan Cain, Ben Stiller, Annie Duke… the list goes on and on. (But don’t worry! I’m in the next book, “Tribe of ALMOST Mentors”). Each person in the book dissects their success. They slice it open, dig through the guts and give you the heart. They show you HOW they became a peak performer. And the best part is it’s all through Tim’s lens. Make sure to read the full show notes here: https://jamesaltucher.com/2017/11/tim-ferriss-3/ And don't forget to subscribe to "The James Altucher Show" on Apple Podcast or wherever you get your podcasts!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

2hr 35mins

21 Nov 2017

Rank #3

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Ep. 289 - Amy Morin: The Easiest Side Hustle You Can Start Right Now

You may remember Amy, she came on my podcast a few weeks ago. We discussed her book, “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do.” I asked her why is it a book about what people DON’T do instead of SHOULD do. It seemed counterintuitive to me. But her reasoning made sense. The book wasn’t written for other people. It was actually just a letter to herself at first. And then she put it online. And it became viral… that led to a book deal. The podcast was really popular. But I feel like you didn’t get the full story… Amy’s not just an author, therapist, social worker/mentally strong person. She’s also an entrepreneur. She was making money in her sleep... “I’ve always had some sort of a side hustle usually something fun or strange,” she said. I knew immediately I needed to have her back on the show. I wanted her to  share this with my listeners. Because these are “choose yourself” ideas. Simple, easy to execute, and anyone can do it.   “I had a friend who had a jewelry store,” Amy said, “so I knew the markup on jewelry was incredible, like 200 hundred or 300 hundred percent.” And she knew jewelry was fairly inexpensive to ship because it didn’t weigh anything. Over the years she and her husband thought about how they could turn this into something they could monetize. And finally they did it. I asked so many questions about how she pulled the trigger. And got the courage. I wanted to know how she made this business work. I also gave her ideas about how she could scale. I really believe this: anyone who listens to this podcast can start doing their own side hustle right now. “Over time it went from a few dollars to a few hundred and then before I knew it we were up to a few $1,000  dollars a month.” You could quit your job I told her. “That was the dream,” she said. You can read my show notes here: https://jamesaltucher.com/2017/12/amy-morin-2/ And don't forget to subscribe to "The James Altucher Show" on Apple Podcast or wherever you get your podcasts!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 14mins

11 Dec 2017

Rank #4

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388 - Robert Cialdini [Anniversary Episode]: 7 Techniques To Influence Anyone Of Anything

Robert Cialdini is known as "The Godfather of Influence." People call him when they need to learn how to be persuasive & influential. And by "people" I mean some of the most powerful politicians, CEOs, and so on. The lessons Robert taught are still some of the most critical lessons I've learned on my podcast. So I'm excited to share it with you again one year later. Links and Resources Read Robert’s book, “Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade“ Read his New York Times business bestseller book, “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition“ Visit his website: influenceatwork.com Follow Robert on Facebook, Twitter & YouTube I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify Follow me on Social Media: Twitter Facebook Linkedin InstagramSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 7mins

6 Sep 2018

Rank #5

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403 - Robert Greene: The Laws of Human Nature... (Why We Are The Way We Are)

Robert Greene is one of my all-time favorite authors and brilliant thinkers. He just came out with a new book, “The Laws of Human Nature.” And I can already tell you this going to be one of my top recommended reads for the next 10, 20, 30 years. It’s the type of book that makes me feel like my IQ is actually going up while reading it. It explains all of this hidden science behind human behavior. It explains why we see so much irrational behavior around us and in ourselves. Then he tells you ways you can start to change your behavior. And actually feel like you’re becoming who you want to be. So enjoy this episode. - James P.S. You can enter to win a signed copy of Robert’s book, “The Laws of Human Nature.” Just go check out the details at instagram.com/Altucher I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify Follow me on Social Media: Twitter Facebook Linkedin InstagramSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 21mins

23 Oct 2018

Rank #6

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Ep. 276 - Scott Adams: The Hardest Sell: Convincing Someone You're Not What You Used to Be

It’s Scott’s 3rd time on the podcast. In the first interview, he was “the creator of Dilbert.” A famous cartoonist. The second time he was still “the creator of Dilbert” and a hypnosis/persuasion student. Now (appearance #3), Scott Adams is something new. He’s reinvented. And no longer standing on the footbridge between old self and new self. He’s the author of “Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don't Matter” and infamous for predicting Trump’s win… two years before election day. His prediction was spot on. Before Trump raced Hillary. Before he beat Ted Cruz in the primaries. And before he beat 18 other "more experienced" Republican candidates (Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Ben Carson, and the ones who’s names I can’t remember.) Scott could name each persuasion trick Trump was using. His tone, the stories he told, the way he made you remember him, his thoughts, plans, policies, tweets. And how he's still doing it to us today. I wanted to know how he knew. But I also wanted to know how he changes his career. And his life. “I came in through the side entrance,” he said. “Why?” ““Look how hard it is to change to fields. And so so dramatically. The hardest sell is convincing someone you’re not what you’ve been for decades… Or convincing them that you have more to offer,” he said. “Right.” And then I realized we hadn’t even talked about cartooning. And the interview was almost done. He taught me the most important rule for persuading anyone of anything: facts don’t matter. “What makes news and what makes people care is if you do something in a different way,” he said. New doesn’t matter. New and different matters. “In this case, I’m talking about politics, but I'm talking about persuasion. That was a different way. That immediately gets people’s attention. And they say, ‘Oh a new thing. Finally, there’s a new thing. Let’s talk about the new thing.” In this episode, Scott teaches you that it’s possible change someone's perspective of you. That you can break free of the titles and jobs you hold and become who you really feel you are. He’ll walk you through how he did it… how President Trump did it, and how you can do it, too. Thanks for reading! Make sure to check out the show notes here: https://jamesaltucher.com/2017/11/scott-adams-3/ And don't forget to subscribe to "The James Altucher Show" on Apple Podcast or wherever you get your podcasts!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 43mins

9 Nov 2017

Rank #7

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Ep. 298 - Ryan Holiday: Competition is For Losers: Invent Your Own Category

If I compete with you, I’m a loser. It means I’m not helping anyone in a new way. Ryan said, “Competition is for losers.” He was quoting Peter Thiel. Instead, you have to invent your own category… here’s how Show Notes: “Trust Me I’m Lying” by Ryan Holiday "The Obstacle is The Way” by Ryan Holiday “Ego is The Enemy” by Ryan Holiday “The Perennial Seller” by Ryan Holiday “The Daily Stoic” by Ryan Holiday “The Daily Stoic Journal” by Ryan Holiday A famous writing technique created and taught by Julia Cameron called “morning pages.” You can read about it in her book “The Artist’s Way” “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius A phrase from Ryan’s mentor, Robert Greene and author of “The 48 Laws of Power” (Ryan mentions “tactical hell” when everyone’s just reacting all the time) A quote from Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal and bestselling author of “Zero to One” (Ryan quotes him saying, “competition is for losers”) Ryan’s article “Uncommon Advice To Any Young Man Wanting To Become Insanely Successful (Or Get Something From Someone Who Is Successful)” “If You Have to Cry, Go Outside” by Kelly Cutrone Subscribe, Rate, and Review: Apple Podcast Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify Follow me on Social Media: Twitter Facebook Linkedin InstagramSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 30mins

1 Jan 2018

Rank #8

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347 - Jen Sincero: You Are a Badass at Making Money

Jen made $30k a year before she decided to get rich. Guess how much she made a year later? SIX FIGURES. “I was sick of living my life so small,” she said. So she made a BIG decision. Jen “decided” to get rich. She shifted her focus, incorporated positive thinking and made success her only option. There was no plan B... And that’s what she taught me in this interview. This episode will give you Jen’s best insights about making money and being positive from her New York Times bestselling books, “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” and (the 2nd edition of the series) “You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth”. Links and Resources You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero Follow Jen on Twitter + Facebook Check out Jen’s website Also Mentioned The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles Think and Grow Rich I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify Follow me on Social Media: Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 1min

26 Apr 2018

Rank #9

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391 - Yuval Noah Harari: Are You Imagining The Future Correctly?

This interview is probably the most thought-provoking interview I've ever aired. Essentially, Yuval Harari is the expert on human evolution. I've recommended his book "Sapiens" more than any other book in the past 5 years. And not only me: Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg's say it's their favorite book, too. And now Yuval has a brand new book, "21 Lessons for The 21st Century," which covers so many topics: "the myth of free will," perception, mental health, the rise of robots, algorithms, hackers, how "The Automation Revolution" will impact the economy, your job, your quality of life and so on. Plus he tells us what you start can doing now to feel more comfortable and prepared for all these changes.  Links & Resources: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari  Visit Yuval's website www.ynharari.com Yuval’s course on Coursera Also Mentioned: "The Ultimate Guide to Self Publishing," which you can get for free right now by visiting jamesaltucher.com/publish. Everyone who listens to this show can benefit from writing and self-publishing a book because it leads to so many opportunities to make money and be creative. Trust me. I made this report to go into more detail and help you understand the huge benefit (financially, emotionally, mentally) to self-publishing your own book. Check it out by going to jamesaltucher.com/publish where you can sign up to get your free copy. I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify Follow me on Social Media: Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

57mins

18 Sep 2018

Rank #10

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Ep. 287 - Scott Galloway: How the Four Most Influential Companies on the Planet Took Over the Market and Changed Humankind

I don’t know where to begin. I’m a fan of Scott. I think he reminds me of someone I went to highschool with. He was bright and always cursing at the right time. I remember laughing. Because I felt close to being free. But he was the one with the ability to put himself in the middle of controversy. That’s something I (still) can’t do. He’d say eff this or eff that. Part of me felt compelled to egg him on. But he didn’t need it. He was comfortable being cynical and right. Scott Galloway does this with business. I watch his weekly  “Winners & Losers” videos where he tells you things like “Brands are dying” and “Amazon will be broken up” Then he’ll dress up like Spock and I’ll lose my mind. I get these videos emailed to my phone. And I’m also subscribed to his YouTube channel. He came on my podcast to talk about his new book, “The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.” But we also talked about his past: creating and selling companies. Being on the board of The New York Times, wanting to salvage the newspaper industry (his idea back then was brilliant). “I got laughed out of the room,” he said. “What was your idea?” “That the stupidest thing we did is buy into this bullshit lie that ‘information wants to be free.’” He’s right. I remember the beginning on the internet. We gave information  away… And now they’re profiting off us. Scott called it “the hot girl effect” “Everybody wants to hang out with the hot girl,” he said. “So, to say you’re doing a deal with Google made you feel younger and more interesting.” They said “information wants to free.” So deals were made. He told me exactly how he would’ve turned it around. And I felt like I was listening to the possibility of new reality. That’s what Scott Galloway brings to the table. Beyond strategy or analysis. Beyond brilliance, he brings possibility. And teaches you that it’s not over. “The Four” are winning. But I told Scott nobody really cares. Nobody cares which one of these companies “wins.” I’m interested in is learning how to win too. I want to know HOW Amazon, Apple, Facebook & Google became influential. And disruptive. So I can be influential and disruptive, too. Scott said all Fortune 500 CEO’s have one thing in common... or at least “450 of them have one thing in common.” They’re likable. “Even the ones that are psychopaths?” I said. “Yeah…” He explained: ”During the day these people are Darwin and Darth Vader, make no mistake about it. They play full body contact business and they make very brutal decisions. They dominate markets. They put companies out of business. And they don’t put warning labels on your iPad even though your kid has a crack-like addiction to the thing.” He called them “wolves in sheeps clothing.” Zuckerberg, Jobs, Bezos, Page, Brin. But then he told me the principles they standby... There’s five in total. And we go through them all on this podcast.  You can read my show notes here: https://jamesaltucher.com/2017/12/scott-galloway/ And don't forget to subscribe to "The James Altucher Show" on Apple Podcast or wherever you get your podcasts!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 24mins

5 Dec 2017

Rank #11

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Ep. 301 - Dan Harris: How to Mentally Train the Mind - Ten Minutes a Day

He had a panic attack on air. Live.  A meltdown in front of 5 million people.  Dan was struggling with PTSD, which led to drug abuse and depression. Then he found meditation. Show Notes:  “10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story” By Dan Harris  “Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book” By Dan Harris Download Dan’s App (10% Percent Happier) to Start Meditating today! Listen to Dan’s podcast (10% Happier with Dan Harris) Watch the ABC World News Tonight story about the inspiration for Dan Harris’ first book! Also Mentioned: The Ben Shapiro Show Pod Save America Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Youtube Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify Follow me on Social Media: Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram YoutubeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 27mins

8 Jan 2018

Rank #12

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326 - Tony Robbins - [Anniversary Episode]: How to Be Fulfilled: Just Start Asking Yourself These 2 Questions

Tony's latest book "Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook"
 "MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom" by Tony Robbins 
"Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!" by Tony Robbins Tony's Netflix documentary about Tony “I Am Not Your Guru” produced by my good friend Brian Koppelman I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify Follow me on Social Media: Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

58mins

8 Mar 2018

Rank #13

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Ep. 187 - Chris Voss: This Is What I Do In A Negotiation

“Terrorists have moms,” he said. Jeffrey Schilling was kidnapped in the Philippines and held hostage for 7 and a half months. The terrorists said they were torturing him. But Chris Voss didn’t fall for it. Chris is a former FBI hostage negotiator and the author of, “Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It.” “Find a way to mention his mother’s concern for him,” Chris’ boss said. “I remember thinking, ‘That’s the dumbest idea I ever heard. A terrorist is going to care about this guys mother?’” “But my boss had great insight. And I didn’t see any downside to it. So in the middle of the negotiation I said, ‘Ya know Jeff’s mom is really worried about him.’” “What happened next?” I asked. “This murderous, sociopathic terrorist said, ‘His mother knows about this? You tell his mother he’s OK.’” Months later, Jeffrey came home. Some hostage negotiation tactics won’t work in business or with your wife. But these 5 tactics will… 1. Use the “hand-cuff method”: Use this line when someone yells at you: “I can’t hear you when you’re yelling at me.” The logic simple. People yell when they want you to listen. But if you eliminate their reward (being heard), then they have to comply. And you’ll never get yelled at again.  2. Push past threats: “People who make threats always leave themselves an out,” Chris said. But the truth is they need you. If you’re not talking, there’s no deal. They could lose out on a sale, a new employee, or millions of dollars. “The point of a negotiation is to find out how much money is on the table,” Chris said. “You have to push the other side as far as they’ll go… without insulting them.”  3. Gain the upper hand 100% of the time: “You can gain the upper hand by giving respect first,” Chris said. Which a lot of people are afraid to do... “But that’s exactly why you gain the upper hand,” Chris said.  4. Become less busy: Rest is the new hustle. “Anytime you slow down to do things more deliberately, you save time.” Chris calls this, “The delay that saves time.”  5. Show fearlessness Fear can be useful. But not in a negotiation. “Showing fearlessness is a great way to inspire confidence in you from the other side,” Chris said. Forget what you have to lose. And focus on the reward. I can’t afford to lose all my money again. So if you’re on this list… don’t listen to this interview: A) you’re related to me B) you work with me C) you want to sell me something Everybody else is welcome. The negotiation tactic used against Mark Cuban [49:36] Find out the negotiation tactic I use personally [42:08] How to avoid the most dangerous negotiation [4:58] See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 15mins

4 Oct 2016

Rank #14

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457 - Sam Harris: Why You’re Failing to Make Sense of Your Life

Sam Harris is a neuroscientist, philosopher, meditation advocate, he's the host of the "Making Sense" podcast and the New York Times bestselling author of "The End of Faith" "Waking Up," "The Moral Landscape" and more. This episode is long. But you can listen to it in piece if thats easier. Here are some of the subjects we talk about: irrational vs. rational thinking, expectations, anxiety, “the effort of an examined life,” how cults think, how to win an argument, why no one likes to talk about climate change, human imagination, and more. I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook Linkedin InstagramSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

2hr 7mins

28 May 2019

Rank #15

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588 - How to Spot Trends & Capitalize in a Post-Pandemic World with Sam Parr, Founder of The Hustle & Trends.co

Business is changing. And so is investing. Risk is higher these days. And people want predictions. But no one really knows. You can’t predict something that’s never happened before... You can only look at what’s possible. So I called up Sam Parr. He founded The Hustle, an 8-figure company that started with an email. And NOW The Hustle has a new arm, which I'm really excited about: trends.co which tells you HOW trends are changing in real-time. It's run by a team of analysts and entrepreneurs who scour global markets for opportunities to help you make money and build businesses successfully.  Definitely check them out. And Sam surprised me at the end with a special gift for our listeners so I hope you enjoy. Thanks, - James I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter FacebookSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 31mins

18 May 2020

Rank #16

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Ep. 269 - Sir Richard Branson: How He Found a Gap in The Market and Became The Billionaire Founder of Virgin

Sir Richard Branson. End of notes. Enjoy. Just kidding. The advice from Richard is priceless. He's a self-made billionaire (BILLION!) who windsurfed across the English Channel with his kids, biked from Northern Italy to Southern italy with his whole family (they rode 100 miles a day). He's active everyday. Active in life, active in fatherhood, active in business. “My slogan is 'Screw it, just do it.' Why not just try these things? You may fall flat on your face," he said, "but you’ll have fun." That's part of "find your virginity." (The slogan based on his new book "Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography") Then he told me how he applies this to Virgin, the multi-billion dollar empire he started on a whim... “A business is simply coming up with an idea that’s going to make people’s lives better," he said. That's why he's been in business for over 50 years. "If I hadn’t reinvented myself I wouldn’t be in business,” he said. "And if I see a situation where people’s lives are not as good as they could be, we’ll jump in. We'll try to improve people’s lives." I don't have an easy time saying "screw it." I usually overthink. And second guess myself. I want to change that. So I called Richard. And he told me how to change... he told me how to find my virginity. Make sure to read the full show notes here: https://jamesaltucher.com/2017/10/sir-richard-branson/ And don't forget to subscribe to "The James Altucher Show" on Apple Podcast or wherever you get your podcasts!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

47mins

24 Oct 2017

Rank #17

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Ep. 237 - Scot Cohen: The Best Networker in the World. PERIOD.

Scot Cohen is the best networker on the planet. I have never seen anything like it. And he used that skill to make tens of millions of dollars, not only for himself but for many others. I wanted him to explain, in detail, how. But first: I’m sorry, Scot. I am really, truly sorry. I am horrified at my behavior. A year of bad behavior. Imagine: you owe someone a phone call and you say to yourself, “Ok, I’ll call tomorrow”. And then tomorrow you say, “Well, maybe tomorrow”. And then you delayed so much you feel awkward about calling. Because you know you have to apologize and you hate confrontation. Stupid, right? Let’s make this even worse: the person you have to call back has been incredibly generous to you. In fact, he let you stay in his apartment for three months for free. You’ve worked together for 14 years and he’s one of the most successful investors in NYC. And then you did this for no reason. I’m an idiot. --- The day I threw out all of my belongings  and gave up my apartment I was sitting in a restaurant with my one bag and I called Scot Cohen. I said, “I’m just sitting in this restaurant.” “Where are you going to live?” “I have no idea yet.” I coudl’ve just stayed in a hotel. But for various reasons I was feeling a bit down. I just wanted to sit in the restaurant. I had no idea where I would live. “Come on over,” Scot said. “Stay here.” And so I did. For the next three months I stayed in one of Scot’s several apartments. I invested in Scot’s hedge fund in 2003. We’ve worked together on and off for 14 years. He’s one of the most successful hedge fund managers I know. He’s made tens of millions, invested in dozens of companies that went up 1000s of percent, and I am glad that, in my own small way, I was able to help him in several situations. . When you build your network over years, over decades, and your network is made up of good people, they help you out. They let you move in their apartment. You work on deals together to make money. You meet each others girlfriends who become wives. And then sometimes you let them down and you have to apologize. So I did. On the podcast. This is how stupid and awkward I am: I hadn’t seen Scot in a year. I had stupidly avoided his calls. And so I said, “come on to the podcast and that’s where I will apologize”. And then, I said, step by step we will break down and figure out 1. HOW YOU BECAME THE BEST NETWORKER I HAVE EVER SEEN 2. HOW YOU USED THAT SKILL TO MAKE TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS Scot came to NYC with nothing. But he had a skill that is worth tens of millions at the highest level. It's networking at a level I've never seen before or since. ----- One time, a year earlier, I was sitting in his apartment. Scot rushed in, changed into a suit and rushed out. It was Sunday night, 8 o’clock at night. He was rushing  from tennis with one hedge fund manager to the wedding of one of his investors. That’s how he made himself so successful. He networks seven days a week. I just sit around and fall asleep early. I asked him on the podcast how he did it. How can I do it? How can anyone do it? We broke down his story: 1. Self awareness “Do self-work,” he said. “Really try to dial in on who you are and where you want to go, because if you don’t have that right, you’re never going to be able to get off first base. “This is fundamental. It takes a while. You’ve got to have patience to play this out, so give yourself the time. You’re not going to get a quick fix. Nothing’s going to happen in three months, or a year. It’s going to take years. So get that fundamental work done on yourself first, and then you can start growing.” 2. Keep a diary Scot told me to write down where you want to go. “If you don’t write stuff down, how are you going to go anywhere? You’re not going to remember where you came from.” “I think it’s really important to be able to quantify what you’re doing during the day,” he said. “You’ve got to keep account of how you’re spending your time. That’s the most important thing.” 3. Meet people I asked Scot, “What else can they do? Should they start holding dinners? Should they start figuring out who’s good, and doubling down on those relationships? Should they start coming up with ideas to connect people? What should they do?” His advice was simpler than that… just plant seeds. “Surround yourself with great people. I don’t care if it’s a plumber. I don’t care if he’s a construction worker. I don’t care if it’s a teacher, a police officer, a guy in the gym, somebody that you met at the grocery store. It doesn’t matter, but just make sure they’re kind. Make sure they’re aligned with where you want to go...” See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 24mins

13 Jul 2017

Rank #18

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542 - 2019 Coronavirus: What you NEED TO KNOW with Professor Peter Openshaw from Imperial College London!

Is the Coronavirus really a threat? I keep seeing headlines. But I don’t know what to think. So I called up Professor Peter Openshaw from Imperial College London. He’s a clinician, and a scientists specializing in lung immunology. In this episode, you’ll learn the science. And find out what we can do to prevent it from getting into our bodies. I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook Linkedin InstagramSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 3mins

10 Feb 2020

Rank #19

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421 - David Goggins: Never Be Satisfied With Your Life… Find Your New 100%

David Goggins went from being 300 lbs to becoming a Navy SEAL. He also ran a 100-mile race AND he set the world pull-up record at 4,030 pull-ups in 24 hours. I told him I don't want to do any of that. But... I do want to learn the mindset he developed to achieve all of this and get out of his comfort zone.  I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook Linkedin InstagramSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 55mins

25 Dec 2018

Rank #20