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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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Good Until It's Not

By rhsiao - Jun 08 2019
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After listening to all the episodes up to #460, it's time to leave a review and unsubscribe. Contains great value early on, but less so now. Though Altucher is a bit unconventional in his methods of interview, he does ask some poignant questions that catch his guests off-guard to spill the beans. Really enjoyed most of this podcast, and it helped me build a great book reading list, but as Altucher's focus turned to standup comedy and started interviewing more and more comedians, I'm getting less and less out of it. BTW, don't make the mistake of joining his email list like I did. That's where he shows his snake-oil merchant side.

Unique Guests...

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interviewed with a unique perspective, by a unique guy! Gets better each episode!

iTunes Ratings

1567 Ratings
Average Ratings
1343
121
42
20
41

Good Until It's Not

By rhsiao - Jun 08 2019
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After listening to all the episodes up to #460, it's time to leave a review and unsubscribe. Contains great value early on, but less so now. Though Altucher is a bit unconventional in his methods of interview, he does ask some poignant questions that catch his guests off-guard to spill the beans. Really enjoyed most of this podcast, and it helped me build a great book reading list, but as Altucher's focus turned to standup comedy and started interviewing more and more comedians, I'm getting less and less out of it. BTW, don't make the mistake of joining his email list like I did. That's where he shows his snake-oil merchant side.

Unique Guests...

By Regialc - Dec 25 2018
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interviewed with a unique perspective, by a unique guy! Gets better each episode!
Cover image of The James Altucher Show

The James Altucher Show

Updated about 1 month ago

Rank #9 in Careers category

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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.

Rank #1: 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
2 hours 18 mins
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Rank #2: 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/

And don't forget to subscribe to "The James Altucher Show" on Apple Podcast or wherever you get your podcasts!

Nov 21 2017
2 hours 37 mins
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Rank #3: 312 - Jordan B. Peterson: 12 Rules for Life: A Solution to Suffering

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Jordan thinks about things, people pay attention, and he gets paid for it. His YouTube channel has tens of millions of views. He’s a clinical psychologist, professor and author of “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos.”  

Show notes: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson

Jordan's popular YouTube channel and lectures

"Tools of Titans" by Tim Ferriss

 Jordan’s interview with Joe Rogan on "The Joe Rogan Experience

Carl Panzram (the serial killer Jordan talks about)

A quote from Carl Jung: "Modern people can't see god because they won't look low enough"

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

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Feb 01 2018
1 hour 26 mins
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Rank #4: Ep. 290 - Ray Dalio: Principles for Investing in a Meaningful Life (Tested Strategies from 1 of The World's Wealthiest Investors)

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I wish I could take everything Ray Dalio said and turn it into a book. But he already did that. It’s called, “Principles: Life and Work.”

And I’m going to be re-reading it for the rest of my life.

He defines principles as “ways of successfully dealing with reality to get what you want out of life.”

And he’s revealing how he used these principles to build BridgeWater Associates, (which manages $150 BILLION in assets. Globally.)

He told me story after story. How he went broke. How he started over. How he built a community within the walls of business. How he wrote his book. Love his family, teaches his students, learns from life…

“I think you're faced with choices. Those are the times that test your values…”

“Being successful is hard,” he said. “But it’s a lot harder to live a life you don’t want.”

Then he said, “habit is the main controller of all of us.”

And (for me) it all came down to one formula:

He said, “Dreams + reality + determination = a successful life.”

Show Notes:

Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio

Ray founded Bridgewater Associates, LP, a hedge fund that manages $150 billion in global investments.

Listen to Ray’s TED Talk

“The Hero with a Thousand Faces” by Joseph Campbell

“The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” by Charles Duhigg (And you can listen to my interview with Charles - Ep. 161 – Charles Duhigg: Be Smarter, Faster, Better… And Most of All Be Free

Also check out this video from Ray if you want to learn more about economics.

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Dec 12 2017
1 hour 27 mins
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Rank #5: Ep. 217 - Tony Robbins: How to Be Fulfilled: Just Start Asking Yourself These 2 Questions

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Tony Robbins stopped by on his birthday. And then he started causing problems. Like he does. "I realize you're high energy," the audio engineer says, looking at Tony, "but when you bang the table it sounds like the whole room is shaking." In 220 podcasts, it's the first time the audio engineer had to interrupt in the middle. "Oh, ok, no problem," Tony says. "I don't want to stop the passion," the audio engineer says. "Don't worry, I'll be good," Tony says. Then the audio engineer went back outside. Tony kept slamming that table. Outside the room, people thought he was going to climb over the table and beat the S**t out of me. But it was all good. BUT... I felt like I had to keep the energy level high. So pretty soon we were both yelling back and forth. He was there because of his new book, "Unshakeable". But we spoke about maybe 1000 topics. Not just the financial world. So let's get right down to it. What did I learn? - EVERY YEAR (on average) THE STOCK MARKET WILL FALL 10% This is great for newspapers. They say, "The world is ending!" and they say it EVERY SINGLE YEAR. And yet it never does. It never did. Even in 2008. The world did not end. The market is at all time highs right now. The key with Tony's book is he shows these statistics not so you can make money off of them but so you DON'T PANIC. Markets move. Ignore the news. - BRING IT Before the podcast I said to Tony, "let's do a fun outtake". I wasn't sure he'd say "yes". We videotaped it (it's on my instagram). He BRINGS IT. It's so much energy I almost had to stutter out my planned line ("I can't see your face on Skype, only your chest"). And when we did the podcast, I felt like I had to yell and really UP my own energy level at least three levels higher just to keep pace with him. I don't know how he does it. SO....! I asked. How do you do it? I want that energy also. Please? - DON'T ASK HOW, INSTEAD ASK 'WHY!?' He finally said, "Enough with the 'how-to'. Don't ask 'how-to' questions". He said, "Ask What and Why?" What is the Result. Why is your purpose. "Why are you getting out of bed in the morning? And what are you going to do about it? "Motive matters and brings energy". He said, "I love lighting people up." That, he said, gives me the energy. When I later found out his schedule, not only was he booked every hour that day with different news sources (he started the day by ringing the bell at the Nasdaq) but IT WAS HIS BIRTHDAY. He brings it. - TRADE YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR APPRECIATIONS This is critical for well-being. Don't expect the world to provide you with happiness. Every time you find yourself slipping into an expectation, change it in your head into an "appreciation". Find the things you appreciate. Then take ACTION. "It's like a practice," I said. He banged the table. "Exactly!" - MODELING I said, "how do you learn new things?" He said, "Modeling." I said, "Well, I imagine you look great walking down a runway at a fashion show but seriously." He laughed and said, "Look, when I went to write the Money book and then my new book, Unshakeable, I didn't just sit around reading the paper. "I went out with a video crew and interviewed 50 billionaires about how they invest. "I watch what they do. I study how they think. And I see if I can break it down into chunks so that anyone can follow their process." In my last podcast with Tony, two years ago, he described how he learned how expert Marines improve their firing skills even though he had never fired gun before. He described almost the same process then. For me, I know this works. When I want to write, I always read first. When I want to do public speaking, I watch standup comedians (and singers) first. I want to figure out how the best people in the world do something so I can do it 1/100 as good at the very least. When I need energy now, I picture Tony Robbins smashing the table and the audio engineer begging me to slow it down. Well too bad! - SURRENDER TO WHAT YOU CAN'T CONTROL "If your happiness requires other people to behave the way you want them to behave, then what are the chances you're going to stay happy in your life? "You'd have to limit yourself to a small number of humans... who you can control, which is not love." - DON'T WAIT FOR FREEDOM Learn how to deal with stress. That's the path to freedom. Not the other way around He gives many techniques. One of them is to learn to appreciate the things around you. But more than that, he says. Take, "Massive Action". Show people you appreciate them. Take steps forward in a career. Feed your mind. Help someone. Cultivate great thoughts. Strengthen your body. Participate. "You activate your body's chemistry." "Doing nothing, you learn nothing". How do you do this? Again, "How brings in fear". You have to have an emotional purpose. Something more than yourself. Purpose is "why?" Find a role model so that you realize that what you want is attainable for you. - DON'T NEGOTIATE WITH YOUR MIND He said to me, "what are the two things you are most worried about in life?" No problem. I didn't hesitate. "I constantly worry about going broke and that someone will cheat on me." He leaned forward. "EVERYBODY IS WORRIED ABOUT THOSE TWO THINGS!" he said. "That's not your worries. That's the mind's worries. It's in everyone's mind." Don't bother negotiating with your mind. It's there to protect you but it's used to the jungle from 50,000 years ago. Find things that are bigger than just you. Make those things your purpose. Your reason for living. They can change. But they will be the things that take you to freedom. Not your mind. And, he said, when I am afraid to do something, that's when I do it! - LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO SUFFER "I had mercury poisoning this past year. I also had a problem with my back that could have been critical. "But I did a ton of research. I spoke to many doctors and other people with similar problems. I worked on my own issues and did not let them bring me down." "I am responsible to choose my own happiness," he said. I think I'm paraphrasing. We spoke about so many things I can't remember everything. Sometimes when I prepare a podcast, i read so many books, watch so many interviews, jot down so many notes, and get so much nervous energy ready that I feel like it burns like a bright hot light for the entire podcast and then dims once it's over. - IT IS REALLY REALLY HARD TO INTERRUPT TONY ROBBINS! Man, it is hard. It's like trying to stop a tank. I think I my "interruption skills" greatly improved during this one hour. I simply couldn't do it at first. But finally I had to do it. He said, "And then President Clinton called me and..." I had to yell, "STOP!" "Will you finally tell me why the hell Presidents call you?" And he answered. After Tony left I had to go catch an airplane. About six hours later I finally felt like I was starting to calm down. At the airport I ran into someone on Tony's team. She said, Tony really enjoyed the podcast. I don't know if she says that to everyone. But I was happy. I know I enjoyed it. I know I learned a lot. I know it got me to start thinking again about why I get up in the morning, about what emotional purposeI want to have greater than myself. It changes every day. But it's there. It has to be. Today it was: Write this post. Oh, and run for Governor. But more on that later.

Mar 07 2017
1 hour 1 min
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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
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #7: 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.

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 06 2018
1 hour 12 mins
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Rank #8: 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]

Oct 04 2016
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #9: 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
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #10: 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?”

Jul 26 2016
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #11: 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."

Dec 06 2016
1 hour 22 mins
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Rank #12: 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?"

Sep 13 2016
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #13: 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
1 hour 30 mins
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Rank #14: Ep. 181 - Jordan Harbinger: The Mindset We All Want

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You can learn a lot from a sociopath. How to be charismatic, charming, convincing... They know how you think.

“That’s the mindset we want,” Jordan Harbinger said.

He was kidnapped twice. Once in Serbia. Once in Mexico.

He talked his way out both times. “We knew there was a problem,” he said.

“The cop gets in my face and says, ‘In your country, can you walk around with no identification and no passport? Tell me the Goddamn truth.’”

Jordan was in Serbia teaching refugees English.

“Yeah, we don’t need any form of identification at all,” he said.

The cop turned to his friend and in Serbian said, “I guess they really are free over there. I had no idea.”

They didn’t know Jordan spoke Serbian.

He ended up in a basement. Pipes were sticking out of the wall. There was no water for miles. Wires were everywhere. And Jordan was tied to a chair.

They threatened to burn his eyes with a cigarette.

The guard had a club and rakia, a homebrewed liquor. Jordan talked his way out of going blind and into having a drink with his kidnapper.

I always say advice is autobiography. Now Jordan’s made a career teaching ultimate survival skills through his podcast, “The Art of Charm.”

I asked him, “How can I be more likable?”

“I think you’re very likable…”

Later he said I have “an un-punchable face.” And I agreed.

When Jordan was single, he saw a girl texting on the train. There was no cell service.

I tried guessing what he said to her, “‘I didn’t get your text, can you re-send it?’”

“No, no that’s a great, pick-up line, but I wanted to disarm her. So I said something like, ‘Are you gonna write the whole book on your phone?’”

I asked him the top 5 takeaways from his podcast. He said everyone’s decision-making process is different. “Everyone gets to the top differently.”

Jordan’s interviewed world leaders like General Hayden, the former head of the NSA and CIA, Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward, and 500+ more.

They all have stories. We all do.

You could even self-publish yours. That’s what I did.

My life changes every six months. Maybe yours will too.

I even wrote a guide called “The Ultimate Checklist Before Self-Publishing.” You can get the checklist now (for free). Write a book. Sell it for 99 cents. And email me when you get your first sale.

I’ll tell you even more about this on Saturday. I’m doing a special bonus podcast with Jordan. You’ll hear his two kidnapping stories and you’ll learn about the 20 steps I took to become a best selling author. (If you don’t want to miss it subscribe now.)

But for now here’s Jordan’s top 5 takeaways from “The Art of Charm.”

Aug 23 2016
52 mins
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Rank #15: Ep. 211 - Sara Blakely: How To Get a Billion Dollar Idea

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Sara Blakely is weird. I wish I could think like she does. I want to be weird like her.

"I look at any object and try to think of any use it has other than what people had planned for it."

And then she acts on it. She sees a pair of pantyhose, cuts off the feet (why not?) and creates a multi-billion dollar company, Spanx.

She sees her 9 month pregnant belly and paints a basketball on it. And then inspires hundreds of other women to do the same. Creates a book out of it: The Belly Art Project, and donates the proceeds to charity.

"All my life I was taught how to deal with failure," she told me. "My dad would ask us at the dinner table every night: how did you fail today?"

HOW DID YOU FAIL TODAY?

She got comfortable with failure at an age when every other kid wants to get an A+ at everything.

She got comfortable embarrassing herself. For two years she tried to be a standup comedian. "I wasn't very good at it."

Practice embarrassing yourself...

Ready. Fire. Aim.

She got a huge order from Nieman Marcus even though she didn't have the inventory or the production ready.

She said, "YES!". Then she figured out how to get the order filled.

Oprah listed Spanx as one of her "favorite things" of 2000. Oprah wanted to film her office. Sara had no office.

She said, "YES!". Then she got an office and filled it up with people.

Say YES! Then make things happen. Don't argue yourself into failure.

Excuses are easy. Saying "yes" and then executing is hard.

Get your thinking time.

"It takes me five minutes to drive to work," she told me. "But I take 45 minutes. I use that time to think."

It's important to think. To be creative every day.

This is how she comes up with non-stop ideas to expand her brand, expand her products, and work on other projects.

I suspect this is the secret for how she always sees things differently. Being creative is a practice. It's not lightening from above.

It's taking the long route when you could've taken the short route.

Purpose = Infectious salesmanship.

While I was talking to Sara she used the word "empower" several times.

Spanx clothes gives women more confidence. Empowers women. The Belly Art Project empowers pregnant women.

It seems like there are three parts to a project that leads to master salesmanship.

- the higher purpose for it. This gets people excited. - the actual product and its benefits. - execution

Combine all three and people will get infected with your passion for your ideas. Sara was unstoppable.

Don't volley.

Don't engage with the people who want to argue with you. That's time wasted when you can be creative.

Don't invite ego in the door.

Once you've worked on your project, have passion for it, started it, be willing to take suggestions and listen to people.

Ego can kill a project and close the door on good opportunities.

Be aware of you mortality.

Sara was selling fax machines for five years before fully launching Spanx.

She could still be selling them if she never started.

If she listened to all the people who tried to dissuade her.

If she became afraid of the multi-billion dollar companies that could have easily squashed her. Except they didn't. She was one person and they were billions. But they lost.

We are here only this precious small amount of time. Make every moment a work of art. Make every moment move you one step forward towards your dream and purpose.

Invent a new undergarment even if you had never made clothes in your life.

Get 100s of women to paint their pregnant bellies and then raise money for charity with the idea.

"EVERYTHING IS A CANVAS," she told me.

Which makes everyone a potential artist. What a great way to look at life.

But I can't!

Why not?

For anything you want to do, for anything that excites you, take the time to figure out the next step. Ready. Fire. Aim.

Just why not? Why not?

Feb 07 2017
1 hour 24 mins
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Rank #16: Ep. 203 - Susan David: What Happens When You're Deeply Stuck In Your Job and Asking, "How Did I Get Here?"

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It’s the most commonly believed lie. It will make you lose all your money. It’ll make you wake up in your 40’s or 50’s and wonder what you’re going to do about retirement. It will make you develop your worst possible habits.

For me, it was drinking. And waking up face to floor. I was ugliest when I was unhappy. That’s true for everyone.

Unless you hide it with plastic surgery and cocaine.

The point is I care about myself now. And not a lot of people say that.

But it’s important.

I should care about me more than anyone else… even my daughters. But sometimes I mess up. Sometimes I love them more than me.

Even on airplanes, they say, “Put your mask on before assisting others.” If you put a mask on your baby before you put a mask on yourself, your baby will never know who you could’ve been.

If I don’t put my oxygen mask on first everyday, then my kids, my friends, everyone I meet, won’t know who I really am.

They won’t know me at my best. They’ll know me passed out on the floor because I tried starving myself for three days (it was a fast. I was trying to detox my body. Again this goes back to caring about yourself. Molly, Josie, I swear, I had good intentions.)

Let me get back to the most commonly believed lie.

It’s called the sunk cost fallacy. This is when you stick to what you’re doing because you already invested your whole life in it.

For example, you won’t quit your job (the job you hate) because that’s what you went to college for or because you’ve been doing it for 20 years and change is scary.

I studied computer science. I went to graduate school for it.

But now I do what I love. Because I gave up.

I had to give up on life’s little stresses and jump head first into an even bigger stress. It took me one step closer to bottom. And one step closer to the lifeboat.

I have a friend. She’s 52. Or 53, divorced. She has a “low-level” job. Or that’s what she says.

She thinks her goals are out of reach. She says, “I can’t do it.” And she believes it. So I asked my friend Susan David, (she’s a Ph.D) “How can you help someone like that? How can you help someone struggling with life’s circumstances?”

But I was asking the wrong question. Because she told me the stress people experience everyday isn’t (usually) caused by massive life events.

“There’s a particular kind of stress that, in psychology, we call allostatic stress,” Susan said, “It’s the everyday stress.”

I was interviewing her about her book, “Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life.”

She gave 50 or 100 tips to do exactly what the subtitle of her book says, “Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life.”

1) Accept it

“Accept that you aren’t where you want to be,” Susan said. “Be with those difficult emotions.”

She said we get stuck in two ways. One is “bottling.” The second is “bruting.” Bottling is when someone traps emotions inside. They ignore their feelings.

Bruting is when someone obsesses about emotions. And try to determine what happened and why…

They both cause high levels of anxiety.

So I had to stop asking, “Why?”

2) Choose “want-to” goals

I have four main values. They’re in my daily practice.

Values are the things you want to do versus the things you have to do. Because “have to” goals are less likely to be successful.

So I asked Susan, “What if you don’t know what your values are?”

“We often turn around and say, ‘How did I get here?’

“I was just going on with flow. I was just doing what everyone else told me to do. I went to college. I got a job. I got a house... How did I get her?’ This is a really difficult place for people to be” she said. “What’s really critical for all of us to realize is values are not some abstract idea. Values are ways of living, ways of being.”

Figure out your values. Susan says, at the end of the day ask yourself, “What did I do today that was worthwhile?”

I watched a plane move through the sky today. I held the door for someone. I smiled at someone who looked dangerous… someone who probably isn’t smiled at often.

Those were worthwhile moments. I’m also writing…

It’s a “want-to” goal that I hope to have for the rest of my life...  but who knows, sometimes reinvention has new ideas for you.

3) Make “towards” moves

There are two types of movements.

Everything you do is either a “toward” or an “away” movement.

“If I value my health, I can go downstairs and choose an ice cream, which is an ‘away’ move or I can make a choice that is healthier,” Susan said.

4) Watch for setbacks

“When you have a setback you’re more likely to revert back to an old bias you falsely believe,” she said.

I made an “away” move. I stopped writing my daily gratitude list. And then I started complaining. It was a domino effect. But I caught it early.

Setbacks happen everyday to everyone. I just have to watch for them.

I’m not immune.

I asked Susan about her setbacks. I wanted to know what drove her to this study. “As you can hear from my accent, I didn’t grow up in the U.S.”

“I thought that was a Brooklyn accent,” I said.

“When I was growing up, your chances of learning how to read and write were lower than your chances of being raped,” she said. “So from a very early age, I became interested in how people were dealing or not dealing with the chaos that was going on around them.”

Susan was 25 years old the first time she could safely go for a walk.

She’s from South Africa. She lived there for 25 years. Then moved to New York.

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I’ve spent a lot of time trying to get rid of stress. But I spent more building it.

The lie we all believe is that you have to stick with it. You can’t quit. You are what you are.

But that’s not true.

You are what you choose to be tomorrow.

I chose to be a writer, podcaster, father, angel investor, interrupter, chess master. I chose not to be a computer scientist or to walk the streets of NY waiting for a coconut to save my life.

Susan called it “the physics of willpower”… It’s when you finally decide your investments are failing you.

A lot of people feel deeply stuck in their lives. I have, too. But the way out begins when you accept what you really want: reinvention.

Jan 05 2017
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #17: Ep. 202 - Kamal Ravikant: How To Find Something Worth Doing… Something Worth Looking For

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Kamal was totally lost. His father had died. His job over. His relationship gone. He felt adrift, depressed, broken.

He was so lost he wandered the world trying to find his way back.

Twenty years later he wrote the novel about what happened - REBIRTH.

The novel is about how he discovered for himself the ancient art of the pilgrimage. How to be a wanderer.

How to be lost in a world with too much GPS raining down.

Would a pilgrimage, a wandering, solve his problems?

I read Kamal's book. The book comes out today. I had him on my podcast (also out today). I wanted to find out how even in our daily lives we can go on a pilgrimage.

Even if I'm in a cubicle, can I break free, can I become a wanderer

Sometimes I also feel stuck. But I don't want to go away for months at a time. I want a pilgrimage in my life right now!

From what I can gather from reading the book, REBIRTH, and talking with Kamal, a pilgrimage has several parts:

A) SEEKING AN ANSWER

Something happened. Something confusing. Something that wasn't in the plan.

You have to get off the regular path. Try a new one. Try one that takes a bit of courage and discipline. To meet stranger along the way

B) IT TAKES TiME

I'm not a believer that you have to go to a far location.

But take time for yourself each day to do something you've never done before. Think about things you never thought about before.

Find the places in your life that you never looked before. They are there every day. The pilgrimage awaits.

Do a dare you never would have dared to before.

C) STRUGGLE

Maybe some people find life easy. I don't.

Life is filled with worries about money, about relationships, about (for me) kids, about decisions, about the people who hate you, who annoy you, who scare you. Anxieties, regrets.

Every pilgrimage begins with the struggle. And every journey is a struggle.

The struggle doesn't stop. It just changes. It changes into one where you are lost to one where you have vision.

Where the struggle is not being trapped in the vision of others but for the unique impact that you want to create.

D) BENEFITS OF A PILGRIMAGE:

- You see more clearly: Everything you see on a pilgrimage is different from "normal life". Enjoy them. Learn from it. Even a single day, a single meeting, can be a pilgrimage. What is your takeaway from it.

- You meet people. I like to pretend everyone has a fortune cookie to give me. A little bit stale, a little bit crunchy, with a folded message inside. Read it.

- There's an end. We've made pilgrimages too easy. We can go to a museum and see 2000 works of art.

It used to be that people would travel a 1000 miles to see one painting hanging up in a chapel. Then you can really appreciate what you see.

The more you appreciate the people, the things, the emotions around you, the more you are a pilgrim.

- Come back changed. A pilgrim doesn't just fly a plane from LA to NY. A pilgrim changes because of the journey. You do that by using your senses: listen more, see more, taste more, observe more.

The convenience of modern society comes at a price. It's too difficult now to be a pilgrim because everything is two taps away on our phone.

There is an "otherness" to being disconnected for a bit. To search. To wander.

And finally, to give up looking. To surrender to the results.

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It's freeing to give up, even for a few minutes, everything you ever knew. To become a Wanderer.

To look around and see everything as if it were new.

REBIRTH, by Kamal Ravikant, got me thinking about these things. He went on his pilgrimage. He met people. He went on an adventure, a journey, and reading his book showed me how.

I need to leave. To struggle. To find an answer.

And then to completely give up all hope of ever finding one. To find again the beauty of being completely lost.

If I get lost enough, maybe I can find something worth looking for.

Jan 03 2017
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #18: Ep. 255 - Marcus Lemonis: The (Real) Key to A Profitable Business: People

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Marcus Lemonis is a self-made millionaire, serial entrepreneur and the front man of CNBC’s popular series, “The Profit”. Since an early age Marcus has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and passion. When he was twelve he started his own lawn mowing business to generate enough money to open a candy store. After he graduated college, he started in automotive sales and managerial positions which ultimately led him to get involved in the camping and RV business. Today he is the CEO of Camping World, a company specializing in products and services for RV owners. On “The Profit” Marcus lends his expertise and experience to help struggling businesses get back on their feet. Since the show premiered in 2013, he’s invested $50 million of his own money into the businesses featured on the show. On each and every episode Marcus uses his 3P formula, People/Process/Product, to analyze the pitfalls and how to improve the product and process. Marcus’ charm, results driven attitude and passion for people has left an impression on the entrepreneurial industry that can’t be matched. Start watching “The Profit”, today!

Sep 19 2017
1 hour 21 mins
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Rank #19: Ep. 260 - Gary Vaynerchuk: Set a Flag on YOUR Thing

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"If you do not do what you love, that’s on you," Gary said. Years ago, no one believed you could choose yourself. You needed gatekeepers. Now we have YouTube, Instagram. “Now it’s the standard,” Gary said. If you cut out all the reason why you can't do something, then you cut out all the infrastructural and financial problems stopping you. "The only thing left is your f-cking head." Gary set up this example (and this podcast is full of them):

Pokemon. Imagine this is your passion. First, you blog. Then it becomes a video blog. Then a podcast. “Let's say you become the foremost Pokemon gal, 'Sally the Pokemon Gal.' You’re owning it. You go to Comic-Con, you get random sponsorships on your blog. You’re getting by. And then, Pokemon-GO comes out. Now you're on CNN and FOX. You’re getting paid $5,000 to give a talk. The world has just walked in to you." That's key. "Everybody who’s listening right now is looking for trends. They’re trying to walk to where the world is now and by the time they get there, the world moved on. If you go to your thing and set a f-cking flag on your thing, the world comes to you." 

Read the full article (and top 10 lessons I Learned from Gary Vaynerchuk: 

https://jamesaltucher.com/2017/10/gary-vaynerchuck/

And don't forget to subscribe to "The James Altucher Show" on Apple Podcast or wherever you get your podcasts!

Oct 03 2017
1 hour 10 mins
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