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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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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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John McAffee Interview today

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John McAffee Interview today

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What an interview today with John McAffee. Twilight zone. Did you take it down?

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Always enjoy listening to James have a discussion with like minded people!
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Rank #1: Ep. 281 - Tim Ferriss: Using a New Lens To Make Life Easier

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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/

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Nov 21 2017

2hr 35mins

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Rank #2: 388 - Robert Cialdini [Anniversary Episode]: 7 Techniques To Influence Anyone Of Anything

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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.

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Sep 06 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #3: Ep. 289 - Amy Morin: The Easiest Side Hustle You Can Start Right Now

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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/

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Dec 11 2017

1hr 14mins

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Rank #4: 403 - Robert Greene: The Laws of Human Nature... (Why We Are The Way We Are)

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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.

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Oct 23 2018

1hr 21mins

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Rank #5: Ep. 276 - Scott Adams: The Hardest Sell: Convincing Someone You're Not What You Used to Be

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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/

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Nov 09 2017

1hr 43mins

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Rank #6: 347 - Jen Sincero: You Are a Badass at Making Money

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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.

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Apr 26 2018

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Rank #7: 391 - Yuval Noah Harari: Are You Imagining The Future Correctly?

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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:

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Sep 18 2018

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Rank #8: Ep. 298 - Ryan Holiday: Competition is For Losers: Invent Your Own Category

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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

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Jan 01 2018

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Rank #9: Ep. 301 - Dan Harris: How to Mentally Train the Mind - Ten Minutes a Day

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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

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Jan 08 2018

1hr 27mins

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Rank #10: Ep. 287 - Scott Galloway: How the Four Most Influential Companies on the Planet Took Over the Market and Changed Humankind

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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/

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Dec 05 2017

1hr 24mins

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Rank #11: 326 - Tony Robbins - [Anniversary Episode]: How to Be Fulfilled: Just Start Asking Yourself These 2 Questions

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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.

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Mar 08 2018

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Rank #12: Ep. 187 - Chris Voss: This Is What I Do In A Negotiation

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“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]

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Oct 04 2016

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Rank #13: 457 - Sam Harris: Why You’re Failing to Make Sense of Your Life

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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.

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May 28 2019

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Rank #14: Ep. 269 - Sir Richard Branson: How He Found a Gap in The Market and Became The Billionaire Founder of Virgin

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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/

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Oct 24 2017

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Rank #15: Ep. 237 - Scot Cohen: The Best Networker in the World. PERIOD.

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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.

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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.

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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...”

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Rank #16: 421 - David Goggins: Never Be Satisfied With Your Life… Find Your New 100%

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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.

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Dec 25 2018

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Rank #17: 488 - How to Learn Anything Extremely Quickly: Scott Young on The Science of Ultralearning

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Scott Young is the author of "Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career." And he's not just a researcher. He's lived this. Scott finished a four-year MIT degree in just one year. He's self-taught himself multiple languages, drawing, and a lot of other skills that take people decades to master. In this episode, you'll hear Scott's step-by-step approach for learning any difficult skill you have in mind.

You'll also hear how you can claim a free copy of my brand new book, "The Side Hustle Bible." It's a collection of 177 proven ways to make extra income. Listen to find out how to claim your free copy today.

I write about all my podcasts. Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast.

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Sep 12 2019

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Rank #18: Ep. 177 - Ramit Sethi: What Happens When You Make $50,000 In One Month?

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What you'll learn from today's podcast:

[6:58] - Who should everyone be an entrepreneur?

[9:12] - How do you decide what a “rich” life is to you?

[19:43] - Make $50,000 in one month with a simple site

[25:03] - How to attract the right audience/customer

[34:00] - Get better than anyone else in your space

[43:30] - How to test your idea… before it “tanks”

[54:40] - Two marketing myths you need to know

[58:58] - If you want to quit your job (and start your own business)... do this step first

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I try noticing when I’m having a hard time. And if I want to ask why.

If I ask, “Why do I feel like this?” my thoughts seep further into my brain. And I can’t find them. “Where are you going? And why do I feel like this?”

But “why” isn’t the answer.

“You are not your feelings.” I’ve heard this before. It’s helpful to have a degree of separation.

Negative pressures take away momentum. It makes me lazy. And hungry.

I don’t think I’m ever really hungry. I’m just looking for a human excuse to get away from responsibility.

But sometimes you have to admit where you really are.

I don’t have advice for you. I have something better.

I have Ramit Sethi, author of the New York Times bestseller, “I Will Teach You to Be Rich” and owner of iwillteachyoutoberich.com and growthlab.com. He’s been on my podcast before. Every time he’s on, people want to know this one thing:

“HOW can I live a rich life?”

I told Ramit, "The person listening to this doesn't want to hear that it's possible to get rich. Because that's what everybody says. I want to hear specific tactics.”

And he’s giving them all away. 

“There’s story after story after story of people who have taken your courses and made money…” I said.

“Not just made money. Yes. Of course, they made money. That's the least interesting part. A guy gets a $50,000 raise. That happens every day using my stuff.”

“Tell me a story of someone who's made $50,000 in one month.” (Listen at [19:45])

I don’t believe 99% of the advice about entrepreneurship. Because that advice is what gets you out of your heart and into your head. It makes you lost. Because you try to sell out. You try to win. You try to get rich. And you stop giving.

So Ramit and I talked about a rich life. What is it?

We came up with this: I can’t tell you what a rich life is to you. I can only say what a rich life is to me.

My “rich” life consists of four things.

You just need to find what you’re OK at. Because if you are OK at one thing and OK at another thing then you can be the best in the world at the intersection.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. And that’s how people fail. They focus on the wrong things, get lost, give up and never start again.

They’re at negative zero.

Everyone wants to be at 100. But that’s impossible. And wanting to be anywhere other than where you are right now is painful.

Start by acknowledging where you are. And know that’s the only true thing about this moment.

Then you’re out of the negative. And you have a starting place: you’re at zero.

Zero is the best place to be. It’s where Mark Cuban, Arianna Huffington, every millionaire, billionaire, writer, rapper, author, athlete, and astronaut starts.

It’s where you’ll start, too. And you can start right now. Just follow these two steps: 1. Acknowledge where you are 2. Trust that it’s the start

And then you can launch a rich life. Whatever that means to you. Listen to my interview with Ramit Sethi to stop asking “why” and start asking “how?”

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Jul 26 2016

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Rank #19: Ep. 196 - Tim Ferriss: [Part 1] Becoming a Titan & Overcoming Your Worst Weakness

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I was very late and I was very upset at myself. I had flown three thousand miles. I moved into an Airbnb right next to where Tim was staying.

I had written thousands of notes on ripped pieces of paper and stuck them all throughout the book. I had notes written up and around all the margins.

I listened to dozens of his podcasts. And I've known him for years. All morning I had jotted down possible questions.

And I was late to meet Tim for our podcast. Because the west coast is three hours a way in time travel from the east coast. That's how stupid I am.

I rushed over and he was waiting. Tim follows his own advice. He was relaxed. No problems. I apologized, we spoke for awhile, and then started the podcast.

Three hours later...not even close to done but we stopped.

I want to be a better person in life.

I want to be healthier. I want to be more creative. I want to find what is hidden inside of me, dig around, unleash it. I want to find the strength to do that.

It's not an easy to thing to do. To scrape the dirt and dust that collects inside of ourselves. To explore. To wander. To create.

Tim's book, "Tools of the Titans" is a guidebook for doing the above. And I had a lot of questions.

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A few months after I started my podcast in 2014, Tim wrote me and said, "Can I call you and ask you some questions about podcasting".

I said sure and he called and we talked for quite awhile. He called many podcasters during this period.

Then he started his own podcast. He DOMINATED. All of his guests were amazing.

He told me he was getting so much great advice from his guests it was overwhelming. The aftermath of a hailstorm where everything is just glowing and even the air you breathe seems cleansed.

But that lasts only a short time until the atmosphere is filled with the everyday pollution of life.

So he took a month off, re-listened to all his podcasts, and just for his own use he wrote down the advice he was hearing.

"But it was too much," he told me. "I kept writing. It was clearly a book."

It's not like any other book he's written. He steps out of the way in many cases, and let's these super-achievers do the talking.

He curates their thoughts. They had found the hidden gems inside themselves, and long ago brought them up to share with the world to achieve their successes, and now they documented them with Tim.

That's why I flew 3000 miles. I wanted the gems. I wanted answers.

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I've had so many ups and downs I try to quantify what works on the way up. What goes wrong on the way down.

I try to quantify: what are the steps for reinvention?

I wonder: what makes someone break out of mediocrity?

About seven months ago I threw out all of my belongings. I gave away or donated to the library about 3000 books. All of my books now are on my kindle.

None of the answers were in my things.

But now I have one physical book. Tim's. And I plan to keep it.

Here are ten things (among many) I learned from the book and from our podcast:

"ALL I HAVE TO DO IS SHOW UP"

I'm impressed how Tim did his work before starting a podcast.

Starting something new is not about taking risks. Jumping into the unknown, getting out of the comfort zone, doing something scary. It's not about bravery.

It's the exact opposite. You can only do so many "new" things in life. So do the work beforehand.

He called people up. He learned the craft as much as he could. He talked to people ranging from me to people at Apple.

He had initial guests lined up. He had a huge launch. And he told me the other day that he is persistent at getting his guests.

One recent guest, he told me, took two years to book. Which was refreshing for me to hear since it often takes me that long or longer to book many guests.

Comedian Whitney Cummings told him: "My work is not done on the night of a big standup special. My work was done three months ago. All I have do is show up."

Even though I was late for our podcast, I'm glad I showed up.

- DOING IS EVERYTHING

Derek Sivers told him, "If all we needed was more information, then everyone would be a billionaire with perfect abs."

It's the DOING that's difficult.

I asked Tim: "there's 700 pages of advice here. How can anyone follow everything? How do you know what will work for you?"

Just pick a few things. Pick what resonates with you. Start slowly. It doesn't matter what you do. Just start DO-ing.

Dan Ariely once told me something similar. "If you say sorry to someone, even if you don't mean it, even if THEY KNOW you don't mean it, then you still have a better relationship with them a year later compared with people who never say sorry."

DOING > THINKING.

- BLEED

From Morgan Spurlock, the director of "Supersize Me" and many other great documentaries.

"Don't be afraid to show your scars".

This is not a book about suicide. But Tim shares the time he was considering it. This is not a book about anxiety or depression. But Tim shares his battles with those demons.

This book is not just a book of advice, it's a book of Tim's own journey as he tries to make his life better.

In the section with Tony Robbins, Tony talks about how he wakes up every morning and writes about what he is anxious about.

I find this is very helpful. Instead of complaining to the outside world, you reveal to your inside world what it is you are scared of.

When I was talking to Susan David in another podcast, she told me how if you write down your vulnerabilities just ONCE for 20 minutes, then even up to six months later the experimental group showed less signs of stress than the control group.

Be vulnerable, write down three anxieties a day. I can't be true to others if I'm not true to myself.

- MORNING PAGES

Julia Cameron writes about this in the classic book, "The Artists Way". Brian Koppelman, writer of Rounders, Ocean's 13, Billions, etc swears by this technique for increasing his creativity.

Many of Tim's guests say the same thing.

What are morning pages?

Sit down in the morning, write in longhand three pages of garbage without stopping.

This uncages the anxious "monkey mind" and puts it on the page. It unleashes any writer's block because you have permission to write total nonsense.

It frees the mind for the creativity it needs to do that day.

- THE DOUBLE THREAT GUIDE TO BEING SUCCESSFUL

When Tim spoke to Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, Scott told him:

"I always advise young people to become good public speakers".

Anyone can do that, he says, with practice.

"Suddenly you're in charge or maybe you are starting your own company. Capitalism rewards things that are both rare and valuable." If you are good at public speaking and one other skill, you make yourself more rare and valuable.

Before Warren Buffett made one dime of money, he took a Dale Carnegie course on public speaking.

After that, he made a dime of money. Or two.

- DON'T BE AFRAID TO DO SOMETHING YOU'RE NOT QUALIFIED TO DO

Dan Carlin, host of the super-podcast "Hardcore History" told Tim this.

Dan was not a historian, didn't have a PhD, but was fascinated by history.

His mother(!) told him, "why don't you do a podcast about the stories you tell here at the dinner table."

He told his mother, but I don't have a doctorate."

His mother said, "I didn't realize you had to have a doctorate to tell stories".

And now he has the most popular history-based podcast on the planet.

Kamal Ravikant, a past and future guest on my own podcast, told Tim, "If I only did things I was qualified for I'd be pushing a broom somewhere."

Schools, corporations, government, parents, friends, want to put you in their own boxes. They have a menu for you, with only very limited choices today.

But if you don't choose your own themes in life, then someone else will do the choosing for you and the results won't be as good.

- THE THOUSAND TRUE FAN THEORY....EXPANDED

Kevin Kelly tells tim, "Success need not be complicated. Just start with making 1000 people extremely extremely happy,"

Three ideas from this:

Kevin's idea is that if they are true super fans, you will be able to build a product, charge for it, and they will pay, making you a living. Build a product that makes their lives better.

Second idea: Have direct contact with your fans. This gets rid of all the middlemen and turns your relationships into a tribe.

Third idea: Not every fan is a super fan. But the super fans will help you communicate with the other people who would be receptive to your message.

The key here being: have an important and unique message. One that helps people. One that is a vision that people can believe in.

Start small.

Focus on the people who really care about what you are doing. As Seth Godin even says, "Find Ten" if you have to.

Because if t's a good idea then ten will tell ten who will tell ten.

Book recommendation from this chapter: "Small Giants" by Bo Burlingham, about companies that choose to be the best rather than the biggest.

- ASK DUMB QUESTIONS

This is a common theme throughout the book. Tony Robbins tells Tim, "We are the quality of the questions we ask."

And both Alex Blumberg (super podcaster) and Malcolm Gladwell talk about the importance of asking dumb questions.

People sometimes criticize me for interrupting guests on my podcasts. I get it.

But the reality is: if I don't understand something during the podcast, then when else will I get the chance to understand.

Alex Blumberg gives some good ways to start dumb questions:

"Tell me about a time when..." "Tell me about the day when..." "What were the exact steps that got you to...." "Describe the conversation when..."

And then with a follow up to any answer like, "How did that make you feel?"

-- NO COMPLAINING

Tracey DiNunzio told Tim a great line which I underlined twice in the book:

"When you complain, NOBODY wants to help you":

If you only focus what is wrong, then you will bring the people around you down.

Be a source of growth for the people around you, so that they can become a source of growth for you.

It's the "Honda" theory. If you just bought a Honda, you will suddenly see Hondas all over the road.

If all you do is complain, you will only see the scarcity everywhere. And the abundance will leave you in the dust.

- DON'T BELIEVE IN ALL THE SELF-HELP BOOKS

This is not quite what was said, but this is my personal takeaway.

BJ Novak, a writer from "The Office" for it's entire run and a successful comedian told Tim, "I read the book Daily Rituals and I am demoralized by how many great people start their day early."

Instead, BJ spends several hours getting in a good mood. Walking, playing, fooling around, reading newspapers, etc. Getting in a good mood was the surest way to get creative ideas.

He takes his own path.

BJ's podcast recommendation: "Intelligence Squared".

Oh! VERY important lesson from Novak. I'm always stressed that I need to publish every day.

I even asked Ice T once: if you stopped doing things, how long would it take for people to forget about you?

And he scared me when he answered almost immediately, "Six months".

But Novak's advice to Tim was the opposite: "Take as long as you want if you're talented. You'll get their attention again if you have reason to."

BOOM!

- SAYING NO

This came up as a theme in many of Tim's podcasts (including one with me about my book, "The Power of No").

When you are young and getting started, say "Yes" to anything. Tim was talking to super-investor Chris Sacca who said, "I'd even show up at meetings where I wasn't invited."

But ultimately, so many "inbound" requests come in for your time you have to say "no" to almost all of it.

Tim says: "3 to 4 mornings per week I am in "maker" mode until at least 1pm" - creativity without allowing for ANY interruptions.

- "WISDOM IS ABOUT FOLLOWING YOUR OWN ADVICE"

Sam Harris (a prior guest on my podcast as well) told Tim this.

I strongly believe this. For a few years I was writing about my "daily practice" that I had used many times when things were at their worst for me.

Then in 2015, two really difficult things happened to me. One financial and one in my relationships.

Right away I said to myself, "Ok, let's see if this still works".

And every night I would check the boxes: Did I improve 1% today physically,, emotionally, mentally, spiritually.

Without this, I think I would have died or spun into massive depression both times. I followed my own advice.

If you can't do this, then no advice will work. Advice is autobiography.

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After the podcast was over, Tim and I spoke for awhile. He gave me advice about my podcast. He gave me advice about my next book. He told me some of the things that didn't make it into the book.

Tim strives to increase his creativity. To experiment with new ideas, new formats, new ways to apply his creativity.

"Try things as an experiment. Always give yourself an out. Then when something works, double down."

I left his place and it was dark. I had spent the past week doing nothing but reading his book and preparing.

The last thing Tim suggested, "Think about what advice your future self would give you right now."

I thought about it. I went home. Had dinner. Thought more.

This is what my 60 year old self should say if he could advise me right now:

Care deeply about the work you do today. The future will take care of itself.

Oh and, "Don't be late."

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Dec 06 2016

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Rank #20: Ep. 184 - Robert Cialdini: The 7 Techniques to Influence Anyone Of Anything

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If I can tell my children to read one post of mine, it would be this post. Influence is how they will navigate a world of uncertainty.

Robert Cialdini is the most influential person in the world. And by that I mean, he wrote the book, "INFLUENCE", which sold 3 million copies and defines the six critical aspects of all influence.

Now he has a new book, "Pre-Suasion", going 10x deeper into the concepts of persuasion. I got him on my podcast so I can ask the 1000 questions I have.

Small story from the book: If you name a restaurant "Studio 97" instead of "Studio 17" people are more likely to tip higher.

If you ask a girl for her phone number outside a flower store (triggering feelings of romance), she is more likely to give it to you than if you ask her outside a motorcycle store.

And 500 other stories. The environment is just as important as what you say.

Before the podcast began, I gave him a book as a gift: "The Anxiety of Influence", a history of poetry.

What would poetry have to do with influence and marketing?

In all art, since the beginning of time, artists have built on the work of the artists the generation before them.

Beethoven depended on a Mozart to be a Beethoven. Picasso depended on a Cezanne. Without Michelson, there would be no Einstein.

But poets, for some reason, would deny being influenced. "I never even read Ezra Pound," shouted one poet at a critic. Poets want to be seen as original.

NOBODY is 100% original. This is the anxiety of influence.

Almost all of our decisions and even creativity are outsourced to the people around us who influence us: peers, teachers, religion, parents, bosses, etc.

Our personality is our own particular mishmash of influences.

How we deal with that anxiety, how we RECOGNIZE the influences, learn from them, build from them, is the BIRTH of all of our creativity.

Let me summarize the seven aspects of influence:

- RECIPROCITY - if you give someone a Christmas card they will want to return the favor - LIKABILITY - make yourself trustworthy. For instance, outline the negatives of dealing with you. - CONSISTENCY - ask someone for a favor. Now they will say to themselves, "I am the type of person who does James a favor". - SOCIAL PROOF - if you are trying to get someone to do X, show them that "a lot of your peers do X". For instance, if you are at a bar and you are a guy trying to meet women, being your women friends and not your guy friends with you. - AUTHORITY - "four out of five dentists say.." - SCARCITY - "only 100 iPhones left at this store!" - UNITY - you and I are the same because: location / values / religion / etc

I've used each of the above in business. They work. They will make you money.

The entire purpose of language is to influence. We are not strong animals. We are weak. The language of influence saved us.

Probably a word like, "Run!" was the first word spoken. A word of influence. And it worked. I'm still running from the things I fear.

So speak to influence. Don't speak to call a flower yellow. Speak to breathe spirit into an idea, to be enthusiastic, to convey emotion, to influence. This is the only way to have impact with your unique creativity.

I gave Robert the book as a gift ("reciprocity"), assuming we would have a great podcast. And we did.

But then I thought later, I can't even remember how Robert got on my podcast. I highly recommended his book in the podcast and even in this post.

As he got into his car after the podcast in order to go to his next interview, I started thinking, "Hmmm, who influenced who?"

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