Ask Altucher

Ask Altucher

www.jamesaltucher.com
Hi I’m James Altucher host of The James Altucher Show. I’ve been a successful entrepreneur, investor, board member, and the writer of 11 books including the recent WSJ Bestseller, “Choose Yourself!” (foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter). I’ve started and sold several companies for eight figure exits, sit on the board of a billion revenue company, I’ve written for The Financial Times, The New York Observer, and over a dozen popular websites for the past 15 years. I’ve run several hedge funds, venture capital funds, and I’m a successful angel investor in technology, energy, and biotech. I’ve also lost all my money, made it back, lost it, made it back several times and openly discusses how I did it. That’s why I’ve decided to do another podcast. AskAltucher is my brand new Daily Podcast. Ask me anything, business, investing, self-help, entrepreneurship, publishing, fitness, money, relationships, startups, breakups and so much more.


Ep 369: Product Hunt – Entrepreneurship Lessons From a Blazing Success Story
Oct 8, 2015 • 28 min
James credits at least some of his success to his guest’s new company, . Erik Torenberg a founding team-member at Product Hunt, co-founder of Rapt.fm, and associate at Queensbridge Venture Partners joins James today. Product Hunt seems…
Ep 368: The Best-Kept Secret in “America”
Oct 7, 2015 • 27 min
Do you need a vacation? How about a place that has such a lingering bad reputation that it’s the perfect place to get away to? Interested? Today, James and Claudia call our good friend and the original co-host of Ask Altucher, Aaron Brabham, to…
Ep 367: Altucher interviews Altucher
Oct 6, 2015 • 60 min
James spent an hour interviewing his wife and business partner, Claudia Azula Altucher. They went back to 1999, when Claudia first started to learn about yoga. She knew very little about it, but wanted a discipline that would be physical and get her…
Ep 366: James Needs a Therapist for His Public Speaking
Oct 5, 2015 • 16 min
James gives his friend a call today to talk about a subject that scares the heck out of him — public speaking. James asks Mitch about his philosophy on public speaking. Mitch breaks down public speakers and presenting into three styles of…
Ep 365: Chris Brogan – What’s the Real Value of Podcasting?
Oct 2, 2015 • 18 min
James gives his good friend a call today to talk about the real value of doing a podcast. James asks Chris… Is podcasting worth the time and effort? Chris says “no… and yes.” There’s no real money in it, but the other benefits are worth every…
Ep 364: The Art of Fiction, with Screenwriter, Brian Koppelman, Part Two
Sep 30, 2015 • 27 min
Brian Koppelman is back today to continue the fascinating discussion he and James started on his last visit. As Brian says, “Non-fiction books answer a series of questions, whereas fiction books raise a series of questions.” On the last show, James…
AA Ep 363: It’s Time to Take Care of Your Own Needs
Sep 29, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question is a tough one, as one of our listeners writes in… “My girlfriend has decided to concentrate on her career and wants to take a break from our relationship. How can I support her while satisfying my own needs?” James and Claudia…
Ep 362: Should I Quit College and Pursue My Passion?
Sep 25, 2015 • 16 min
Today’s question… “I feel like the life I knew is falling apart before my eyes and my next steps are critical. I would deeply appreciate guidance and support. Here is what’s happening. I’m a twenty-year-old college student starting an online…
Ep 361: The Best Salesman Ever
Sep 24, 2015 • 42 min
joins James and Claudia to talk about what it means to be a great salesman and John has decided to take it to a new level. Before you can sell you have to get in the door. So he introduces himself with a very special gift. Like the time he brought…
Ep 360 Jason Zook (aka Surfrapp) Sells His Future
Sep 22, 2015 • 41 min
Of all the assets that you could possibly sell, I bet you’ve never thought of selling your future … but Jason is doing just that. Jason Zook (formerly JasonSurfrapp, Jason Headsetsdotcom and Jason Sadler) is a crazy-at-heart salesman . . ….
Ep 359: How to Become a Master at Networking
Sep 18, 2015 • 34 min
is the master at networking. Derek says, “Going to networking events is a waste of time.” You can go to networking events two or three times a week and never realize how much time you’re wasting. Traditional networking isn’t working anymore. He…
Ep 358: What to Do When You’re Burned Out
Sep 17, 2015 • 12 min
Everyone at some point in their career hates their job. For some people it’s just temporary, but for others, it gets so bad that they quit. If you decide to quit, everything suddenly changes. The stability of your old job is gone. Now you’re on your…
Ep 357: The Secret Mistake ALL First Time Entrepreneurs Make
Sep 16, 2015 • 11 min
Do you know what the secret mistake that most first time entrepreneurs make? If you’re an entrepreneur than its so to know it. If you don’t you could already be out of business and not even know it. Listen to James and hear his…
Ep 356: The 10 Most Important Books to Expand Your Mind
Sep 15, 2015 • 18 min
Most books are “business card” books. A “business card” book is a book that helps the author establish credentials. It works as a business card. But today, James wants to talk about “braingasm” books. Your brain has an orgasm while you’re reading…
Ep 355: Is There Such a Thing as True Love
Sep 14, 2015 • 7 min
James says, no.
Ep 354 Suicide
Sep 11, 2015 • 12 min
Just don’t do it. In honor of , Claudia and James felt it was very important to record this podcast. Claudia, being a victim of living through her mother’s suicide when she was just a teenager, is passionate about preventing it. Listen to…
Ep 353: Why Accomplish Anything?
Sep 10, 2015 • 13 min
This question came in from the Facebook group: “I’ve been passed over for my next promotion. I feel like ‘the poor employee’ instead of “the ‘rich employee.’” James says being “The Rich Employee” is a mindset, and this person is already acting as a…
Ep 352: Do You Have To Pay Your Student Loans?
Sep 9, 2015 • 16 min
Get ready – this one is going to be very controversial. You went to college. You took out huge student loans to get your degree. You can barely make ends meet, and your monthly student loan bills are now due. What can you do? Ask for…
Ep 351: How to Know When to ‘Fire’ a Terrible Customer
Sep 8, 2015 • 14 min
Should you “fire” a really terrible customer? Well, that depends… If that customer happens to be 99% of your business, you have a big problem. But today, James addresses what to do with those customers who won’t break your business. You could…
Ep 350: How to Go From $0 to $100,000 as a Public Speaker
Sep 4, 2015 • 55 min
Do you want to be a professional speaker? Does having to get up on stage in front of a group of people scare the heck out of you? Today James and Claudia invite to join them to give us a couple of quick tips to help you if you want to become a…
Ep 349: Why Did James Self-Publish The Rich Employee?
Sep 3, 2015 • 13 min
Why did James self-publish his new book, ? He wanted total control over the marketing. The old way of the legacy book publishers is to get the author to march around the country doing book signings at the few book stores that still exist. This just…
Ep 348: The Rich Employee
Sep 2, 2015 • 15 min
Why did James feel that he had to write his new book, ? He wanted to set the record straight. For the average employee, income is going down while inflation goes up. Industry, knowledge, and management are all being outsourced cheaply to other…
Ep 347 Chris Brogan hosts James today on Blab.im
Sep 1, 2015 • 62 min
was gracious enough to allow us to repost an interview he did today with James to talk about, everything…including the release of James brand new book; that hit the Amazon bookstore today. They jumped onto a platform new to many of us, and…
Ep 346: Dr. Wayne Dyer – Namaste
Aug 31, 2015 • 56 min
This weekend Dr. Wayne Dyer passed away. James wants to recognize the influence Wayne Dyer has had on his life. We’re very sad about his passing. Here is one of the last interviews Wayne Dyer has done and it is with James… During that…
Ep 345: Frank Curzio Interviews James Altucher
Aug 28, 2015 • 50 min
A few months ago Frank Curzio interviewed James on his Top 10 iTunes podcast . We thought a lot of our new listeners might have never heard this interview and so I decided to publish it today. I really think you’ll enjoy this…
Ep 344: Why Do So Many Small Businesses Fail?
Aug 27, 2015 • 24 min
Most small businesses fail. In fact, about 85% of them do. Is it the business, or is it the people behind the business that fail? Listen here today as James talks about how not to fail as a small startup business.
Ep 343: Why Do Anything If You’re Going To Die Anyway
Aug 26, 2015 • 12 min
Why do anything if you’re going to die anyway? It’s an evolutionary thing. Our brains have been setup to reward us for those things that trigger well-being. When the chemical dopamine is triggered in your brain, it makes you feel…
Ep 342: Is the Stock Market Crashing?
Aug 25, 2015 • 21 min
China is having problems… The Fed may raise interest rates next month. And the market is down about 10%. But this is not 2009. The world is not falling apart. Today James gives you some companies you may want to think about. Listen here…
Ep 341: Why You Should DO IT NOW
Aug 24, 2015 • 13 min
Before you start your podcast, should you have a specific niche in mind? James says no – you can do whatever you want, whenever you want. If it works, great. If not, then you can close it down and start another. Just do it for fun. Listen…
Ep 340: SPECIAL PRESENTATION: James Altucher Live (Sort of…)
Aug 21, 2015 • 66 min
I’ve been saving this recording for the day when James’ schedule became so crazy he just couldn’t record your daily dose of Ask Altucher. Today is that day… This is a presentation that James gave recently at the NJ Tech Meetup. WARNING: This…
Ep 339: Cassey Ho, YouTube’s Biggest Fitness Instructor, Tells How She Did It Her Way
Aug 20, 2015 • 38 min
Are you willing to disobey your parents? Cassey Ho came from a typical Asian family. They gave her three choices for her career… doctor, lawyer or engineer. She had to bring honor to her family. But that wasn’t Cassey’s calling. She had the…
Ep 338: Do You Fear Death?
Aug 19, 2015 • 13 min
Do you fear the nothingness of death? That last thought, that last breath… James doesn’t. Pain scares him, but not death. Listen here today as he and Claudia discuss the unknown. Regards, David Newman P.S. This Thursday, August 20th,…
Ep 337: The Power of an Impossible No!
Aug 18, 2015 • 19 min
What if the consequences of saying “no” are so strong, you feel like you just have to agree? James gives an example: Your boss demands that you change your plans at the last second and spend the weekend traveling for business, instead of doing what…
Ep 336: Dominating a Room with Your Body Cues
Aug 17, 2015 • 41 min
What if someone told you that your behavior was controlled by a powerful, invisible force? Nick Morgan, the author of , joins James today to tell the fantastic story of how, after a serious concussion that left him in a coma for about 10 days, Nick…
Ep 335: Q & A Day
Aug 14, 2015 • 17 min
What’s an effective way to deal with complainers? James says help the complainer focus on other things, and if they’re a chronic complainer, then just remove yourself from the conversation. You’ll notice the complaints will slow down. Why doesn’t…
Ep 334: How to Make a GREAT Book
Aug 13, 2015 • 19 min
Are you writing a thousand words a day, every day? You better be if you want to write a great book. Are you doing great research? Have you immersed yourself in the story? Are you writing everything down? James says you should start off with a moment…
Ep 333: I’m Obsessed with Being Rich
Aug 12, 2015 • 17 min
We’re not talking about having enough money to take care of your human needs; we’re talking about getting rich. Today’s question comes from a twenty-year-old who says that’s all he can think about. The key to getting rich is…
Ep 332: Ask Mollie
Aug 11, 2015 • 12 min
James delves into the mind of his 13-year-old daughter Mollie today. We start off with James asking Mollie about her favorite music, movies, and TV shows. They then talk about school. James has made Mollie an offer: She will never have to go to…
Ep 331: How to Remember Everything You Read
Aug 10, 2015 • 17 min
Claudia “The Snake Killer” has today’s question, which is, how does James retain the information from all the books he reads? James usually reads about five books at the same time, making it through 20% of each book daily. If something interests him,…
Ep 330: How to Survive a Really Terrible Job
Aug 7, 2015 • 13 min
I hate my boss. He’s a real tyrant, but I can’t quit because I need the money. James says, in order to become the rich employee, you need to tie your success to the success of the company. Encourage the people around you, as hard as that may seem….
Ep 329: How You Can Get Your Dream Job
Aug 6, 2015 • 14 min
What’s the best way to get your dream job? A listener wrote in to say that he has been sending his “out-of-the-box ideas” to his company, but he hasn’t heard back. Suddenly, the company has posted a job opening for something similar that he can…
Ep 328: Who Are the Gatekeepers in Your Life?
Aug 5, 2015 • 13 min
Today, James, Claudia, Mollie, and Josie are podcasters in cars going to Whole Foods. Often, the biggest gatekeeper you’ll run up against is in your own mind. You believe you have to use gatekeepers to become successful. What if you want to be a…
Ep 327: The 11 Funniest Movies Ever
Aug 4, 2015 • 17 min
Good television tells great stories… In fact, James believes television is the best art form out there right now. It’s better than the best movies and even better than most books. But they both do love to watch funny movies Here’s a list of the 11…
Ep 326: Is Society Dying Because of Lack of Character?
Aug 3, 2015 • 10 min
First, what is good character? A person who takes responsibility has good character. to hear James and Claudia talk about whether society is dying because of a lack of character. Be impeccable in your word… Regards, David…
Ep 325: The One Question More Valuable than Money
Jul 31, 2015 • 13 min
When is enough enough? Whenever money is your main goal, it will always disappoint you. At the end of the day, it’s more important to ask yourself: “Who did I help today?” Regards, David Newman P.S. NOT SURE WHAT TO DO WITH THE REST OF YOUR…
Ep 324: Super Nova Thursday
Jul 30, 2015 • 14 min
James answers a few questions in rapid-fire fashion. The first question is whether you should edit as you write. James says never. Your first draft is always terrible. Just race to the end. Write it, write it, and write it… Race to the end, and…
Ep 323 How Has James Survived Being Married to Claudia for Five Years!?
Jul 29, 2015 • 19 min
James and Claudia celebrate five years of marriage on today’s show. They talk about what marriage is really all about. It’s not about your sex life, the money, or almost anything else… It’s about becoming friends and handling problems. If there…
Ep 322: The Hustle
Jul 28, 2015 • 38 min
James recently hired someone to completely rewrite Fifty Shades of Grey using a thesaurus to change every word. Unfortunately, he found out there are laws against this, so of course, he never published it James’ guest, , joins him today to talk about…
Ep 321: How to Deal With Unrequited Love
Jul 27, 2015 • 12 min
Love can be tough – especially when it’s unrequited or unreturned. We’ve all been there… Are you sure that what you’re feeling is love? If you truly care about someone, then you want the best for them. The best for them may not be the best…
Ep 320: What is the Difference Between School and Real Life?
Jul 24, 2015 • 15 min
In school, in order to get an “A” you have to get 90% of the questions right. But in business, if you make just 50% of your decisions correctly, you’re an “A+” leader. Do most of you really need to learn trigonometry, algebra or geometry? Why to they…
Ep 319: How Do I Get Rid of Doubt?
Jul 23, 2015 • 14 min
What is doubt? James says doubts are all in your head. “If I X, then the result of Y may not be great” – that’s a doubt. Don’t let doubt control you. Instead, use it as a tool. Action is the only thing that will make you successful. Living in…
Ep 318: What Can You Learn From Playing Poker?
Jul 22, 2015 • 13 min
James once played poker for more than 365 days in a row. He was obsessed. He’d just sold a business and had a ton of cash in his pocket, but he had no friends. He thought he could make both money and friends by taking up poker. He quickly…
Ep 317: What Is the Business Model of Podcasting?
Jul 21, 2015 • 14 min
There are about 250,000 podcasts available today, but what’s the business model? Business models don’t have to come first, but problems that you solve and your passion to solve them should. Listen to today’s episode and learn why James and Claudia…
Ep 316: The Eleven Top TV Shows Ever
Jul 20, 2015 • 11 min
Today we’re going to have some fun… James and Claudia share a list of their 11 top TV shows: 1.”Arrested Development” 2.”Breaking Bad” 3.”Better Call Saul” 4.”Peep Show” 5.”Madmen” 6.”Louie” 7.”Veep” 8.”Silicon Valley” 9.”Freaks and…
Ep 315: How to Build Your Influential Network
Jul 17, 2015 • 14 min
How can you build your network of influencers? Ignore the obvious. Don’t do what everyone else is doing. Don’t send the people congratulations on their birthdays. Everyone else is doing that. Instead, notice them and acknowledge their work. James…
Ep 314: What to Do if Your Best Friend’s Husband Is Cheating
Jul 16, 2015 • 16 min
Your friend’s spouse is cheating and you know about it. What should you do? This exact situation happened to James once and he decided to stay out of it. By saying something, he would have injected himself into his friend’s relationship. He thought…
Ep 313: Get an MIT Education for 1% of the Price
Jul 15, 2015 • 25 min
spent $2,000 and got a “degree” from MIT… And he never had to leave his house. He calls it the “.” Scott believes you might learn better without having to go to college for four years. He spent four years getting a business degree and he still…
Ep 312: True Friends
Jul 14, 2015 • 9 min
I can’t seem to make new friends… Today’s question is from someone who’s recently out of prison and can’t find a true friend except his wife. James and Claudia each define what a true friend is. To find new friends, you have to put yourself out…
Ep 311: How to Deal With Catastrophes
Jul 13, 2015 • 15 min
Claudia is upset… United Airlines grounded all their flights recently due to a computer glitch. This glitch had nothing to do with their airplanes. People just couldn’t check in. United probably has layers and layers, and more layers, of new…
Ep 310 How Mastery Can Make Your Life Amazing
Jul 10, 2015 • 17 min
Did mastering chess change James life? Yes. It has opened all sorts of doors for him and taught him to look at everything a little differently. He spent his youth studying everything about chess. He learned how to learn, and he learned…
Ep 309: The End of Jobs
Jul 9, 2015 • 48 min
talks with James today about , he wrote the book on it. James says about Taylors book “ The most important thing about The End of Jobs is that entrepreneurship is not a choice you can make at your leisure”. “This is something that…
AA Ep 308: How Does the Daily Practice Turn into Money?
Jul 8, 2015 • 12 min
James’ practice of working to improve four areas of his life (physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental) just 1% a day led to today’s question: How does James’ daily practice turn into money? He turns this question around. What if you did the…
Ep 307: What If All of My Ideas Are Rejected?
Jul 7, 2015 • 10 min
So, you’ve gone ahead and created 10 great ideas, sent them over to a company to try to help them, and someone from the company has written back and said… We don’t need your ideas. James is curious about what his original letter said. What you say…
Ep 306: The Path to Excellence
Jul 6, 2015 • 64 min
(born David McCleary Sheldon) is another overnight success, 17 years in the making. In November 2011, he released a video on of him rapping over the beat to “Look at Me Now” while he prepared pancakes in his kitchen. The video became a viral hit…
Ep 305: Mozart Rap Idea Sex
Jul 3, 2015 • 5 min
Happy Fourth of July. To celebrate, James and Claudia wanted to give everyone a present. Listen to today’s show and to get your special present. Regards, David Newman P.S. NOT SURE WHAT TO DO WITH THE REST OF YOUR LIFE? A great new…
Ep 304: How Can I Not Have Strong Opinions?
Jul 2, 2015 • 12 min
James and Claudia touch on a controversial subject today… opinions. James says whenever he has a strong opinion about something, everybody gets angry. As you probably already know, James has some pretty strong and controversial opinions about a…
Ep 303: The Bruce Lee Technique of Learning
Jul 1, 2015 • 15 min
James starts off today with a productivity hack, and it involves looking at Claudia. Today’s question asks for James’ opinion on the best technique to teach someone something. James starts off with a quote from Bruce Lee. “I fear not the man who…
Ep 302 James Goes Super Nova
Jun 30, 2015 • 11 min
James wants to catch up before he leaves for his silent retreat to finish his new book. His phone has been exploding with questions and today he’s trying to get through a few of them. (If you listen closely you’ll hear him tell Claudia not to be so…
Ep 301: How to Get People to Listen to Your Ideas
Jun 29, 2015 • 10 min
James was giving a talk to 150 people in Hoboken, New Jersey last week. Before the talk, he took a walk to prepare, settled into a café, took out his waiter’s pad, and jotted down notes. A few tables away at the café, a dad read a…
AA Ep 300 The One Thing That Can Improve All of Your Relationships
Jun 26, 2015 • 25 min
Today is a huge day for all of us at The Choose Yourself Network. Today we’re publishing our 300th episode of Ask Altucher. What started as an experiment has now become a way of life for so many people, including us. So from James, Claudia, myself,…
Ep 299: How to Teach Your Kids About Business
Jun 25, 2015 • 15 min
“Dr. Altucher” is in the house today. Well he’s not really a doctor but he plays one on Twitter. Today’s question is, “What is the best way to teach your kids about business?” James has a few very interesting nonconventional ideas. First, walk up…
Ep 298: The Naked Truth about Personal Finance
Jun 24, 2015 • 14 min
James 13-year-old daughter explains to him today that the safest way to make money is to get a job with a steady salary. As you can imagine, James disagrees. He says DON’T focus on a salary. If you have a salary you can still get fired at any time,…
Ep 297: Is 19 Years Old Too Young to Have a Meaningful Relationship?
Jun 23, 2015 • 8 min
Don’t try to predict the future. When you’re 19 years old, you’re going to make every mistake possible. We all do it, but that doesn’t mean that your relationship isn’t meaningful. Don’t regret. Don’t be anxious. Stay focused on the…
Ep 296: Is It Possible to Be Too Humble?
Jun 22, 2015 • 11 min
“Can a person be too humble,” was the question asked of James today. James says he doesn’t think that’s the real question. The real question should be, “Should I be so humble that I let people walk all over me?” The easy answer is, “No.” But…
Ep 295: Yesterday, James’ Identity Was Stolen
Jun 19, 2015 • 14 min
Yesterday, James noticed on Amazon that there was a second version of The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth. Someone had hacked James’ book and made himself the editor so he could sell it and get paid. Claudia called Amazon and went ballistic when no…
Ep 294 What it’s like to Die – The Miracle Morning
Jun 18, 2015 • 38 min
Hal Elrod died. We’re not talking metaphorically; he actually died in a head-on car accident. Driving home in his new car he was hit head on by a drunk driver. He bled to death on the side of the freeway. After six days in a coma he woke up to find…
Ep 293: Stupid Mistakes Young (and Old) People Constantly Make
Jun 17, 2015 • 17 min
James has a list… First, having any opinion at all is a mistake for any young person. Second, you were not put on this earth for any special purpose. Stop searching for your purpose in life. It only causes unnecessary stress. Just do want you…
Ep 292: What Is Happiness?
Jun 16, 2015 • 10 min
Everyone’s happiness is different, special, and customized just for them by them. Is happiness something inside you or is it outside of you? James and Claudia explain the difference. Regards, David Newman P.S. NOT SURE WHAT TO DO WITH THE REST OF…
Ep 291: Living Location Independent (aka Homeless)
Jun 15, 2015 • 35 min
Last week in our Ask Altucher episode #286: and episode #283: James and Claudia talked about being homeless. Today they interview who is living, as she calls it, location independent. Maja has been a traveler since childhood. She’s lived all over…
Ep 290: What To Do When You Have Too Many Choices
Jun 12, 2015 • 7 min
James and Claudia tackled todays question about too many choices a little differently today. Claudia thought you should begin with focusing and James felt you should instead just pick anything and get going. Do the first, simplest thing you…
Ep 289: How to be Mega-Productive
Jun 11, 2015 • 17 min
You can’t be productive all day every day. First, you must read. When you read, you get the distilled, curated life of the writer. The author becomes your virtual mentor. Second, you must sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep, your brain just isn’t…
Ep 288: This 11 year old dropped out of school… Then THIS HAPPENED
Jun 10, 2015 • 37 min
dropped out of school at age 11 and that’s when his real education began. It wasn’t his choice. He was comfortable in his “normal” life but his family was about to make a few quick, short-term moves and it was easier for him to be home schooled. The…
Ep 287: How to Turn Fear Into Money
Jun 9, 2015 • 14 min
Have you ever thought to yourself, “I want to start a business, but I’m afraid I’m going to go broke?” Somehow, when you work for someone else, you feel more stable. But that’s just not the case. They can fire you at any time. There’s no stability in…
Ep 286: Help, I’m Homeless
Jun 8, 2015 • 13 min
Last Thursday on our Ask Altucher Episode #283: James said: “How many homeless people do you know? It’s harder to become homeless than you think.” And while he still believes that to be true, James had a long-time listener write in to tell him and…
Ep 285: The Dr. is in The House
Jun 5, 2015 • 16 min
“Dr. Claudia” is in the house today. Back pain is a major problem for many people, yet for most it’s easily curable. Here are a few quick exercises that may help. 1.Back away from your desk. While you’re still sitting, open your legs and let your…
Ep 284: How to Stop Feeling Anxious
Jun 4, 2015 • 9 min
Do you feel anxious when you’re not working, or not studying? Anxiety is built into all of us. It’s in our DNA. We had to be anxious or we’d be eaten. When you feel anxious, think about it, realize it, notice it and relax. Most anxiety is pretty…
Ep 283: Will You Go Broke Choosing Yourself?
Jun 3, 2015 • 17 min
James has shut up. He’s not talking… except on this show. He’s saving his voice for a special project. Today’s question is an important one. It’s about fear. The fear of becoming homeless if you choose yourself. How many homeless people do you…
Ep 282: Podcasters in Cars Getting Coffee Talking Part 2 – Making Quick Cash
Jun 2, 2015 • 13 min
Another podcast on the go today… James received a text from a young listener who wants to earn a quick $5,000 so he can travel to Thailand. He asks, “What’s a quick and easy way to make some fast money?” The easiest way is to do something…
Ep 281: Podcasters in Cars Getting Coffee Talking About Career Envy
Jun 1, 2015 • 11 min
We want to thank Jerry Seinfeld for coming up his original show, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” Today we ripped off the title. James and Claudia are on the way to a dance recital for James’ daughter and decided to try something new today. A…
Ep 280: Want to be Smarter, Read Fiction
May 29, 2015 • 31 min
“Ocean’s 13” and “Rounders” writer Brian Koppelman talks with James today about why reading fiction is so valuable. No matter what field you’re in there’s tremendous benefit to reading fiction as part of the diet of what you read. Brian says,…
Ep 279: How to Make a Boatload of Money After Going on Shark Tank
May 28, 2015 • 28 min
Two entrepreneurs, Robert (Bobby) Edwards and his mother, Judy Edwards who presented on Shark Tank talk with James today about what life is like after the show. They did a deal with Lori Greiner that was a game-changer for them. Their product, was…
Ep 278: Make More Money by Having Less Focus
May 27, 2015 • 11 min
“It’s important to lack focus.” Both Newton and Einstein were fans of this idea… Let your mind drift off and see what happens. Maybe your best ideas come while you’re in the shower or as you’re drifting off to sleep. Claudia keeps a pen and paper…
Ep 277: How to Stop Giving a Darn
May 26, 2015 • 10 min
If you put yourself into the public domain, be prepared. There are a lot of haters out there. No matter who you are, one in 10, one in 20, or one in whatever will hate you. Nobody is above it. It will happen. And it hurts… So what should you do…
Ep 276: How to Make $25,000 in 90 Minutes
May 22, 2015 • 18 min
We’re lucky… We’re living at a very special time in history. Startup companies have so much cash that if you’re smart, you can legally grab a bunch of it. Greg Muender did. He became a part-time Uber and Lyft driver to help put his wife through…
Ep 275 Pocket Dreams Can Come True
May 21, 2015 • 24 min
Do you carry around a dream in your back pocket? did. He left a cushy job on Wall Street to go to Peru and get punched in the face… And he loved it. So what’s next? His world is now wide open. Listen to Rollie’s story in today’s episode…
Ep 274: How To Think About Hard Work
May 20, 2015 • 13 min
Someone once asked Mohammad Ali how many push-ups he does. He said he has no idea. He doesn’t start counting until it starts hurting. How do you think about work? Do you get tense, anxious and overwhelmed? The key is find one thing that you…
Ep 273: Three Choose Yourself Exercises
May 19, 2015 • 14 min
Exercising is something you have to constantly work on. It’s not something you can do for a while and then never need again. First, unclutter. Give away anything you really don’t need. Second, remove from your life the people that drag you…
Ep 272 How to Make 7-Figures a Year on YouTube
May 18, 2015 • 61 min
One of the most frequently asked questions we get relates to how to make more money. Today, James and Claudia talk to Alex and Mimi Ikonn who’ve figured out one of the formulas. They took a simple idea, something that really resonated…
Ep 271: What Should You Unlearn?
May 15, 2015 • 10 min
James flips this question around and asks Claudia, “What have you learned?” They talk about many of the misconceptions that exist about the things you’ve “learned.” Including how to learn quickly. Listen as James and Claudia talk about what…
Ep 270: What Does James Want People to Say at His Funeral?
May 14, 2015 • 7 min
What does James want people to say at his funeral? He could care less… We all have two lists: your résumé list and your eulogy list. No one is going to stand up at your funeral and read your résumé. Instead, they’re…
Ep 269 James’ Secret to Writing
May 13, 2015 • 12 min
To write well, you need to continually exercise your brain muscle. As James says, one of the best books on writing is Stephen King’s book, On Writing. King says that after a bad bicycle accident, he stopped writing for a few weeks while he healed….
Ep 268 The ONE WORD that will make you RICH
May 12, 2015 • 10 min
This week on Quora both James and Claudia answered the same question, which was, “What is the one word you need to know to make you rich? The funny thing is, their answers appeared to be exact opposites. Claudia’s answer was “Yes” and” and James’…
Ep 267: Two Hacks for Incredible Monday Productivity
May 11, 2015 • 7 min
James is thinking about giving up e-mail. His kids are only using Telegram and he wants to see what will happen. Claudia believes she has a better idea… and it’s changing her life already. She stopped all notifications on her phone. She says…
Ep 266: How to Get Any Mentor in the World
May 8, 2015 • 31 min
Gillian Zoe Segal joins James and Claudia today to talk about how you can get any mentor in the world. She interviewed “everyone” for her new book Getting There: A Book of Mentors. People like Warren Buffett, Sarah Blakely, Michael Bloomberg, Kathy…
Ep 265: 401(k)s Are Still a Scam – No Matter How Much Hate Mail You Send Me.
May 7, 2015 • 14 min
Last week James was invited to do a video for Business Insider on whether you should put money into your 401(k). People went crazy attacking James. Not his arguments against saving within a 401(k), they attacked him personally. Here’s the…
Ep 264: How Do I Get Back My Old Rusty Skills?
May 6, 2015 • 12 min
One of our past Ask Altucher guests Matt Capala from emailed Claudia with our question of today. Matt wants to know how to get the skills and passions he used to have, but that he has let slip recently For Matt specifically, chess was something he…
Ep 263: “You Must Do the Thing You Think You Cannot Do”
May 5, 2015 • 11 min
Claudia loves this quote and James hates it. Today they debate this famous quote by Eleanor Roosevelt and what it means to each of them. In the broadest sense of the word, this quote can seem a little ridiculous, but as they talk about it –…
Ep 262: Don’t Say ‘Yes’ When You Really Want to Say ‘No’
May 4, 2015 • 14 min
How can you say “no” without hurting someone’s feelings? If your immediate reaction isn’t “hell yeah,” than you should probably say “no.” Unless your career is speaking, then don’t say “yes” just because you’re being paid. There is a right way to…
Ep 261: Why You Should KEEP Your Job
May 1, 2015 • 11 min
The most engaged article on LinkedIn last year was James’ article on the “10 Reasons You Have to Quit Your Job in 2014.” But today, James is going to tell you why you might want to keep your job. One reason may be that you’re creating your own new…
Ep 260: Who Is Going to Be the Next President?
Apr 30, 2015 • 12 min
Recently, James met with one of the current presidential candidates and came away with nothing new. He realized that everyone is out for themselves and for their own self-interests. That’s something he already knew. James had the opportunity to ask…
Ep 259 When Should You Stop Paying Your Mortgage
Apr 29, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question is going to be a controversial one. Our listener is under water on his mortgage and wants to know if he should stop paying it. James says, absolutely. When you took out a mortgage you signed a contract. If you…
Ep 258 How to Be a Great Leader
Apr 28, 2015 • 12 min
What makes a good leader? A lot of people give advice on this topic, but should you take their advice? Maybe not… James says… A good leader should give everyone who works for them a detailed plan on what they should be doing and what their…
Ep 257: How Does James Focus to Get Everything Done Every Day?
Apr 27, 2015 • 11 min
James says it’s not focus that matters the most. It’s “decluttering” that really makes the biggest difference. Get rid of negative people, stop arguing with people, don’t go to meetings or conferences that are marginal, and follow Warren Buffett’s…
Ep 256: What Does James Think About Abortion?
Apr 24, 2015 • 13 min
Today’s question is a delicate one. A listener texted in to ask what James thinks about abortion. James says that there are a few topics that no matter which side you’re on, everyone hates you. This is one of those questions, but it’s a very…
Ep 255: The Perfect Resume to Get Any Job Today
Apr 23, 2015 • 19 min
Claudia showed James “” yesterday. After taking a look at it, James had to agree. This should be the standard resume anyone should use going forward. The resume was from a woman named Nina, who wanted to work at Airbnb. So, she customized her resume…
Ep 254: More Myths, Part II
Apr 22, 2015 • 17 min
Yesterday, James and Claudia covered a bunch of myths that have been drilled into us. Here’s a to yesterday’s episode if you missed it. Today, they talk about the myths we believe in regarding money, family, government, wars, and…
Ep 253: Seven Myths Debunked
Apr 21, 2015 • 15 min
James likes to beat his kids (you’ll have to listen to find out why) But that’s not today’s question. Today, James and Claudia cover a bunch of myths that have been drilled into us. Listen to hear how many of these myths you’ve fallen…
Ep 252: How to Use “The Force” in Your Life
Apr 20, 2015 • 10 min
James is so excited that he can hardly handle it… James has used “The Force” to help him solve a major business problem he experienced in one of his earlier companies. He decided not to be angry, and he wasn’t going to be scared. He calmed down…
Ep 251: Should You Be Friends With Your Customers?
Apr 17, 2015 • 12 min
If you’re in a service business, you need to give your friendship away for free at first. But be careful, and make sure the friendship is reciprocal. Take each individual client on a case-by-case basis. Every client is…
Ep 250 The Key to Becoming a Creative Genius
Apr 16, 2015 • 13 min
Claudia threw out all of her dinner plates since she wants to live longer, but that’s not today’s question. Today, James wanted to talk about creativity and the power of a partnership. 1 + 1 = Teamwork Teamwork can help you become a creative…
Ep 249 – Why Does Your Boss Hate You?
Apr 15, 2015 • 10 min
Your boss has a good reason to hate you. Too many employees don’t want to be proactive. They want more money and bigger titles, but they don’t want to tie their own success to the success of the company they work for. Figure out a way to tie your…
Ep 248: Did Claudia Marry James for the Money?
Apr 14, 2015 • 13 min
Yes, money was a factor, but not the most important factor. Listen to what was the most important thing. Regards, David P.S. As you can tell, James is fiercely committed to helping people lead happier, wealthier, and more fulfilling…
Ep 247: Do You Have to Be Tough and Aggressive to be Successful in Business?
Apr 13, 2015 • 8 min
Who do you want to do business with – honest, forthright, and trustworthy people or aggressive sharks? James says honestly pays every time. Being a shark is a terrible strategy. In the long term, it will always catch up with…
Ep 246: How to Create 15 Sources of Income
Apr 10, 2015 • 16 min
The average successful multimillionaire has roughly seven to 10 streams of income. Becoming an entrepreneur often means that you only have one; it may be a very large income but it’s usually from just one source. James recommends working on multiple…
Ep 245: How to Make Money With Your Blog in Six Months
Apr 9, 2015 • 27 min
How can I make money on my blog is a question James gets over and over and over again. So today he and Claudia call an expert in the field of SEO, Matt Capala, to learn some of the secrets. James and Claudia visited Matt in his NYU class last week…
Ep 244: How Can You Become More Creative?
Apr 8, 2015 • 15 min
When are you most creative – when you’re working alone or when you’re working in a team? James used to work alone, but in about 2010, Claudia gave him some feedback, a “spark.” And as he says, “he’s never looked back,” and his work is much…
Ep 243 How to Survive Prison
Apr 7, 2015 • 27 min
went to prison. Not jail… prison. He was sent to the Texas State Penitentiary and served a six-month prison term there. He joins James today to talk about the mistakes he made and why he did it. He was convicted of stealing about 17,000 pages of…
Ep 242: Can You Really Make Money Giving All Your Ideas Away?
Apr 6, 2015 • 17 min
Ben from London is skeptical that writing down your 10 ideas a day and then giving them away will really help you generate income. James explains that this type of thinking comes from our evolutionary instinct towards scarcity. Life is not a…
Ep 103: Part 2 with Mark Ford: The Man Who Built 100 Businesses
Apr 3, 2015 • 54 min
We sent you Part 1 of this amazing interview with Mark Ford on Tuesday and today we’re releasing Part 2. If you’ve not listened to Part 1 to start there. Make sure you go to and learn how you can claim your free copy of Mark’s book, Living…
Ep 241 – Are 401(k)s a Scam?
Apr 2, 2015 • 14 min
No matter how you invest, James says the best investment is to invest in yourself. But today he and Claudia cover 401(k)s. You’ll hear Claudia’s story about how hers never made her any money. But James says that’s not the “scam.” The real problem is…
Ep 240: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It
Apr 1, 2015 • 30 min
is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Entrepreneur,and the World Economic Forum blog. Recognized as a “branding expert” by the Associated Press, Fortune, and Inc….
Ep 102: The Man Who Built 100 Businesses
Mar 31, 2015 • 53 min
Today we have a very special show for you. James hopped a plane to Palm Beach and recorded this two-part show from this gentleman’s waterfront mansion. He’s is a true legend in the field of entrepreneurship and investing having…
Ep 239: Changing Your Lifestyle Can Change Your Life
Mar 30, 2015 • 39 min
Drew Canole – a nutrition specialist, transformation specialist, and national spokesperson for the benefits of juicing vegetables for health and vitality – joins James and Claudia today to talk about getting healthy. Drew goes way beyond…
Ep 238 How to Make Seven Figures Liquidating Failed Businesses
Mar 27, 2015 • 25 min
joins James today to explain how, by helping liquidate failed businesses, he’s created a seven-figure income for himself. Today they dig into some of the basic reasons why business fail and what they should be doing at the very beginning to help them…
Ep 237: Aaron Brabham’s Back – Well, Sort Of
Mar 26, 2015 • 34 min
Today is a very special episode of Ask Altucher. Our original co-host, Aaron Brabham, is back for a long-overdue reunion. Aaron decided a few months ago to “choose himself.” He moved from snowy Baltimore to sunny San Diego to work on the projects he…
Ep 236: What Do You Think of Obama’s Free Community College Proposal?
Mar 25, 2015 • 12 min
James hits Claudia with another idea today. As he says, you are allowed to have bad ideas. Today’s idea is called “The Lottery Diet.” You’ll have to tune in to find out what his idea is all about. Today’s question comes from a listener who wants to…
Ep 235: Should I Quit My Job to Open a Yoga Studio?
Mar 24, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from a listener who wants to know, “Should I quit my job and open a yoga studio?” James says, “If you’re leaving your job, don’t start a yoga studio.” The goal to choosing yourself is to make money while you sleep. The…
Ep 234: How Much Money Do I Need Before I Quit My Job?
Mar 23, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question came from a listener who wants to know “How much money do I need before I quit my job?” James says, “ZERO!” But James recommends staying with the job you already have while you start your new business. You need to create a second…
Ep 233: Should We Trust Our Friends in Business?
Mar 20, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question came from a listener who wants to know if you should trust your friends in business. James says you should never go into business with people you don’t trust. Or to take it a step farther, you shouldn’t have friends you can’t…
Ep 232: Can You Make a Career in the E-Commerce Space?
Mar 19, 2015 • 13 min
Today’s question came from a listener who was laid off after 10 years at his last company. He’s interested in the wine business and is wondering if he can make a living in the wine e-commerce space. James first says… Congratulations! First, think…
Ep 231: Why Did James Decide to Start a Newsletter?
Mar 18, 2015 • 6 min
For those who are interested, I decided to launch a new monthly newsletter, . It’s going to be a little more specific and much more tactical than my free blog posts. It’s brand new and I’m selling it for just $39 per year with a four-month,…
Ep 230: Quick-Fire on AA’s Today – Relationships, Investing, Karma, Goals, and More
Mar 17, 2015 • 10 min
Today, James is going to fire off quick answers to a bunch of questions. He talks about karma, investing, and relationships. He answers a question about his goals. We’d love to hear about your “Choose Yourself” stories. Send your stories to:…
Ep 229: Why Should You Over-Promise and Over-Deliver
Mar 16, 2015 • 9 min
James always says that you should over-promise and over-deliver. Though, most people say you should under-promise and then over-deliver. The over-promise gets you beyond what people think you might be able to do. Yes, it’s stressful, but you’ll stand…
Ep 228 Should You Home School Your Kids?
Mar 13, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question for James is, would he home school his children? James says absolutely, but only after the sixth grade. Well, sort of… Instead he would “un-school” his kids. All they’d have to do is read one book per week and then discuss it with…
Ep 227: How to Counteract Your Addictions
Mar 12, 2015 • 10 min
Is James’ daily practice a way out of an addiction? James says yes and no… First, you need to become physically healthy. You need to sleep well, eat well, and exercise at least a little. Listen today as James talks through becoming emotionally…
Ep 226 How to Improve 1% per Day, Every Day
Mar 11, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s questioner wants to know if James’ daily 1% improvement comes from doing something brand new. His answer is yes, and no… Plus, today James answers a second question about how to format an e-mail and write a subject line so it gets opened…
Ep 225: Is it Ethical to Just Walk Out of Your Job?
Mar 10, 2015 • 11 min
Is it ethical to just walk out of a meeting, quit your job, and never return? Today, James talks about your legal and ethical responsibilities. When James walked out, he felt it was the best thing to do for all parties involved. Click here to listen…
Ep 224: Screw The Paleo Diet
Mar 9, 2015 • 9 min
What’s the deal with The Paleo Diet? James says screw it, it’s just another marketing message. Our lifestyle is so different from that of our ancestors. We sit at work all day and watch TV all night, between trips to the refrigerator. Today, James…
Ep 223: How Do I Execute?
Mar 6, 2015 • 8 min
How do I execute on my ideas? It’s extremely hard to come up with an idea worth executing. Execution is just a subset of ideas. When you have a good idea, the next day you should make list of 10 ideas on how to move your idea…
Ep 222 – Is it better to lease or buy a car?
Mar 5, 2015 • 7 min
Alan wants to know why I leas my car instead of buying it. I’m a bit conflicted about which is better – buying or leasing. Today a car is really a computer with a bunch of metal wrapped around it. With technology moving so quickly, I…
Ep 221 What Did James Do When He Crashed His Car?
Mar 4, 2015 • 9 min
Don’t Run Over a Baby in the Middle of the Snow by James Altucher The car started to skid and swerve and we couldn’t stop. It was all my fault. I had sped up while going into a sharp curve. I was just fooling around. The entire road was…
Ep 220 The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth
Mar 3, 2015 • 12 min
My new book, , is now available. I’ve been working on this book all my life. I believe this is the financial book for today’s new economy and for my members. Every month, I’ll be sending them updates. Listen to today’s podcast to learn a few…
Ep 219 What Can You Do if Someone Steals Your Website?
Mar 2, 2015 • 6 min
What can you do if someone steals your website? Amazingly, this is more common than you think. James says to just move on… There’s nothing you can do. No one can compete with you being you. If you have the passion and the enthusiasm for your…
Ep 218 How Important Is Suffering?
Feb 27, 2015 • 11 min
James says suffering is extremely important, yet it’s always horrible. But a lot of people believe that through their suffering, they’ve paid their dues. James doesn’t see it this way. It’s important to learn from your suffering. If you just suffer…
Ep 96: Kevin Kelly – A Thousand True Fans
Feb 26, 2015 • 71 min
Kevin Kelly is Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. He co-founded Wired in 1993, and served as its executive editor from its inception until 1999. He is also editor and publisher of the website, which gets half a million unique visitors per month….
Ep 217 How one man makes six figures with Uber
Feb 26, 2015 • 13 min
Uber is popping up everywhere and it’s a lot more than just a new way to hire a ride. todays guest on Ask Altucher, shares his great story first about the “Uberpreneur” Gavin Escolar.
Ep 216 Where Can Your Kids Publish Their Content
Feb 25, 2015 • 10 min
Today James does the show in Spanish… Just kidding. Roma wrote to James asking him where his daughter can publish her work. Whether it’s a written piece, a video, or an audio recording, it doesn’t matter. There’s so much opportunity for kids to…
Ep 215 What’s on Your Bucket List?
Feb 24, 2015 • 8 min
A listener from Brazil writes in and asks James what’s on his bucket list. James says he purposely doesn’t have a bucket list. Instead he wants to focus on every day. “Was I creative today?” Did I follow my daily practices today? Did I surround…
Ep 214 What Businesses Can Be Created to Take Advantage of the Lack of Privacy
Feb 23, 2015 • 14 min
What businesses can be created to take advantage of the lack of privacy in the times we live in? James tells us you have to assume privacy is gone. He tells us of an idea he has to build a business and Claudia has an idea for a privacy…
Ep 213 The Art of Negotiation
Feb 20, 2015 • 14 min
Are you a great negotiator? Most people think they are. But the reality is most people are terrible negotiators. James says first, the better negotiator will have a big list. The list needs to be big enough so you can give away some of the items from…
Ep 212 – Use Your 10 Ideas as Your Feedback
Feb 18, 2015 • 14 min
Whenever Claudia gets an email asking for feedback from a service she’s recently used, she responds with “10 Ideas.” She has been using 99Designs recently to design the covers for the new Special Bonus Reports to go along with the launch of James’…
Ep 92 Andy Weir – The Martian - How to go from Self Published to Six Figures
Feb 17, 2015 • 53 min
Andy Weir followed his dream. Ever since he was a small boy he wanted to be a writer, but it took him a long time to find success. His first short story, , brought him a bit of notoriety. This thousand-word story got passed around on blog sites and…
Ep 211 – A Twofer Today
Feb 17, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s show is very special. The first question comes from one of our listeners about making business deals through mergers and acquisitions. James says the real work begins after both parties decide on the deal. It’s always about the personalities…
Ep 210 – Ari Whitten, The Low Carb Myth
Feb 13, 2015 • 27 min
James and Claudia talk with , author of the book ,to talk aboutwhy people get fat and get unhealthy. Do carbohydrates make you fat? His conclusions are surprising. He disagrees strongly that we get fat because we are lazy and eat too much. Rather…
Ep 209: A Choose Yourself Meet-up Guide
Feb 12, 2015 • 12 min
What’s a “Choose Yourself” meet-up? When a group of people get together and share ideas… well that’s a great start. Claudia shares her thoughts on how to get involved and keep the meet-up moving in the right…
Ep 208 To Make More Money – Spend More
Feb 11, 2015 • 12 min
Did you miss us? Yesterday was so crazy that James and Claudia just couldn’t do an Ask Altucher show. You’ll hear why on today’s show. But today James had a great question. “Why not save?” James says, don’t go buy a big house or a college education…
Ep 207 What’s the Difference between a Loser and a Winner?
Feb 9, 2015 • 8 min
Claudia, Claudia, Claudia asks James “What’s the difference between a loser and a winner?” James loves this question and thinks it through with us today. A winner starts with a basic idea. We’ve all encountered some stressful moments in our lives….
Ep 206: How to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Feb 5, 2015 • 50 min
How we step outside of our comfort zone to achieve success? It is a question James gets asked all the time. His recent discussion with Seth Godin really dives into it… a problem many of us constantly deal with. Seth tells James that he had to…
Ep 205 – How Do You Deal When Everything is Going Wrong?
Feb 4, 2015 • 12 min
When everything is going wrong, James says to… subtract. Listen today and you’ll understand. Plus, today’s show has a little bit of everything thrown into it. First you’ll get a list of a couple of new books James has been reading, a hint of a…
Ep 204 What Does James Do in the Afternoon?
Feb 3, 2015 • 6 min
James’ youngest daughter Mollie joins him again and asks James what he does in the afternoon? James tells her he spends the first few hours of every day reading; he has a cup of coffee and then does his writing. From 8am to 11am your brain is at its…
AA Ep 203 Are You Shy?
Feb 2, 2015 • 8 min
James youngest daughter Mollie joins him today to talk about what technology young teenagers are interested in today. Mollie than asks James today’s question, “What you should do if you’re shy?” James tells her…
Ep 202: Casey Neistat – How to Get to 13 Million YouTube Views
Jan 30, 2015 • 39 min
Casey Neistat is an American film director, producer, and creator of popular . While he has worked in almost every aspect of video making, he tells James that YouTube is his absolute passion. He chose to leave mainstream media for YouTube, which is…
Ep 201: Does The Self-Help Industry Help?
Jan 29, 2015 • 12 min
Does the self-help industry help? James says they’re 99% useless but Claudia disagrees. They do both agree that you need to take time to focus on yourself before anything else. It’s a very important discussion, I promise it will make you think.
Ep 200 Entrepreneurs Get It Wrong Most of the Time
Jan 28, 2015 • 10 min
As an entrepreneur, you’re going to make more bad decisions than good ones. Even the smartest entrepreneurs constantly make decisions they have to undo. There’s an extremely small difference between a bad entrepreneur and a really great one. Today,…
Ep 199 Public Speaking Tips
Jan 27, 2015 • 10 min
You’ve been asked to give a speech, so how can you capitalize on this to be asked back? First, nix the Power Point. Second, always be a storyteller. Tell a story that relates to your talk. People will relate to you if you tell a great story. Third,…
Ep 198 How Can I Build a Media Empire?
Jan 26, 2015 • 8 min
How can I build a media empire? James says, first you have to realize it takes years. Find a writing voice, write constantly, and put that article everywhere you can. People will write back to you and eventually you’ll get those all-important…
Ep 197 Nicole Lapin – Rich Bitch
Jan 23, 2015 • 33 min
, known for being the youngest anchor ever at CNN and then going on to claim the same title at CNBC – where she anchored “Worldwide Exchange” and contributed to “Morning Joe” and “The Today Show” – joins James on today’s special edition of…
Ep 196 – The Guy Who Makes Things Happen
Jan 22, 2015 • 5 min
Today we’re going to do something a little bit different. Hi, my name is David Newman and I’m the Executive Producer for all of James’ podcasts. Yesterday, while Claudia and James were having lunch, she turned on her phone and recorded their…
Ep 195 Jayson Gaignard – Uncommon Commonalities
Jan 21, 2015 • 28 min
Building connections and building relationships are how you bring real value to the world around you. Jayson Gaignard is a super-connector. He’s two degrees of separation from anyone you want to meet. Broke and $250,000 in debt, Jayson thought about…
Ep 194 – How to Throw Out Everything
Jan 20, 2015 • 12 min
Claudia and I threw out everything we owned this weekend. We threw out 98% of everything. There are about 30 garbage bags and another 20 boxes filled with stuff. “Stuff.” We had just spent six weeks traveling around and except for the stuff we were…
Ep 193: Should I Buy a Home?
Jan 19, 2015 • 14 min
Should you buy a home? No… Almost never. Time is always more valuable than money and you’re going to spend a huge amount of your time repairing your home. Things constantly break and they’re expensive in both your time and your money to get…
Ep 192 Become an Idea Machine
Jan 16, 2015 • 26 min
How do you transform your life? The answer is simple. Come up with 10 ideas a day. Every day. It doesn’t matter if they are good or bad; the point is to exercise your idea muscle, to make it sweat. Today James talks with Claudia about her brand new…
Ep 191 How to Make Seven Figures a Year on Social Media
Jan 15, 2015 • 33 min
Branden Hampton’s a master of making money on social media and today James and Claudia ask him to help them understand it. First off, James asks him what his top four social media sites are today. Hands down, Instagram is number one today, followed…
Ep 190 Travel The World on $50 a Day
Jan 14, 2015 • 28 min
Can you really travel the world if you don’t have a bunch of money? The simple answer is yes… Today James and Claudia call their new friend who just wrote the new book He shares with us many of the secrets he’s…
Ep 189 Why Doesn’t James Own an iPhone?
Jan 13, 2015 • 8 min
James is a big fan of Apple products, but he says he’s going to pay for an iPhone’s older technology. He’s using a Samsung Galaxy Note 4. He likes the larger screen and calls it the best phone out there. Listen here and let us know what you…
Ep 188 Is Grad School Worth the Time?
Jan 12, 2015 • 11 min
“How do I make money if I just got thrown out of graduate school?” Easy, you get a job… Get your feet on the ground and get to work. You’ll begin to get a feeling for what people really want and you should start thinking about how you can solve…
Ep 187 Is The Food We Eat Killing Us?
Jan 9, 2015 • 48 min
James and Claudia call Vani Hani, author of , to talk about her inspiration for living a healthy life and to investigate what is really in our food, how it’s grown, and what chemicals are used in its production. Do you know what’s really in the food…
Ep 186 Credit Card Debt
Jan 8, 2015 • 13 min
“I lost my job and I’ve piled up a huge amount of credit card debt. I just got a new job but I’m only making $11/hr. What should I do?” James says – Stop making any payments on your credit cards. You can’t…
Ep 185 Find Your Unfair Advantage
Jan 7, 2015 • 12 min
You don’t have to go to college to find your passion. College doesn’t make you smarter. You make yourself smarter by studying what you’re passionate about. Find a mentor and model yourself after them. You have to find your passion and…
Ep 184 Should I Take a Promotion if I Have to Sacrifice My Lifestyle?
Jan 6, 2015 • 14 min
Today’s question is a great one. “Should I take a promotion if it means I’ll have to work longer hours and sacrifice my Choose Yourself projects?” James suggests you take a good look at what this promotion really means… It means a lot more work…
Ep 183 Online Dating – Is It Worth it?
Jan 5, 2015 • 10 min
“Online dating doesn’t seem to be working. Is there anything wrong with me?” James says there’s nothing wrong with the woman who asks this question. Online dating has reduced the value of a relationship just due to the sheer volume and the…
Ep 182 Are The Holidays Justified?
Jan 2, 2015 • 15 min
James and Claudia tell their New Year celebration stories and talk about whether any of the holidays we celebrate really make sense. Halloween, Hanukkah, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving… James debunks the ways we celebrate all of…
Ep 181: 203-512-2161
Jan 1, 2015 • 6 min
The world around us is changing rapidly and what’s old is new again. James’ daughter Mollie asks James why he gives away his real phone number for people to text him questions for this show. We used to contact each other via telephone, then it was…
Ep 180 What I Learned in 2014 – Have Faith
Dec 31, 2014 • 6 min
James’ daughter Mollie sits in for Claudia today and asks James… What did you learn in 2014 and how will that affect you in 2015? Success is measured in decades… Don’t get disappointed in small setbacks. Start today… a decade can pass…
Ep 179 When is the Right Time to Start a Family
Dec 30, 2014 • 8 min
Not every couple’s timetable is in sync. Today’s question comes via James’ text and is a difficult one. A man writes in… I’m in love with my woman and we’ve been together for a while. She wants to have…
Ep 178 Do I Need a Business Plan?
Dec 29, 2014 • 16 min
You’ve got an idea; do you need a business plan to launch it? James says yes sometimes, but not the kind of plan you’re probably used to. Forget the PowerPoint with a ton of numbers, graphs, and charts. “And don’t ever tell me that there’s 1.3…
Ep 177 How Can I Deal With Crappy People at the Holidays?
Dec 26, 2014 • 13 min
James and Claudia are celebrating Christmas by cheating on their paleo diet. We hope you all are enjoying yours. Is blood really thicker than water? Do you have to be around those that are bad for you? Why? Why not make it a point to…
Ep 176 Am I a Taker If I Follow Advice?
Dec 25, 2014 • 12 min
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us to all of you. This year make sure you don’t forget to Choose Yourself… Episode #73 of The James Altucher Show was about givers and takers with Adam Grant. This was a…
Ep 175 How Can I Set up a Business Helping Small Businesses?
Dec 24, 2014 • 13 min
Our question comes today from Holland and Claudia gives us all a quick lesson in geography. Many small entrepreneurs are great at their specialty but may not be good at or like to do the accounting or the technology or maybe hate marketing. Ask…
EP 174 The No-Complaint Diet
Dec 23, 2014 • 11 min
The no-complaint diet says that for ten days you can’t complain about anything. If you complain, you have to start again As James says, you’ll never get there. It’s the practice that important. Complaint bonding is an evolutionary trait that we as…
Ep 173 How Can I Sell My idea?
Dec 22, 2014 • 10 min
Do you have a great idea but you’re afraid that if you tell someone, they’re going to steal it… Well, as James tells us today there is no real way to protect your idea. But if you’re more passionate about your idea than anyone else, then…
Ep 172: What Goals Did You Set for 2015?
Dec 19, 2014 • 13 min
Have you set your 2015 goals yet? James doesn’t make goals. Instead he tries to improve incrementally 1% better every day… spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. Instead of goals, James sets…
Ep 171: How Can I Get My Movie Made?
Dec 18, 2014 • 11 min
Getting your movie produced through the traditional method is extremely difficult. But so is raising the money to do it yourself. So James suggests you try both routes. The cost of producing your own movie has gone way, way…
Ep 170 What’s The Best Way to Crowdfund?
Dec 17, 2014 • 25 min
Do you have a great idea for a product but have no idea how to raise the money to get it launched? Why not try crowdfunding? Today James calls the expert, and gives you all the tricks. He says you need to act like the opposite of…
Ep 169 The Key to Success in Life
Dec 16, 2014 • 11 min
Today we start off with a cooking class, not really. Claudia asks James, how did you start your day today? James says, “The key to success in life is what you do in the morning.” Turn off your phone, laptop, and TV and go to…
Ep 168 – How Do You Get That Final 1% Finished?
Dec 15, 2014 • 13 min
Getting that last 1% of your project finished is a problem so many of us experience. James says it’s a problem he has always had to deal with and can totally relate to. So here are a few tricks he uses to get that last 1% done. Try…
EP 167 How Long Should You Date Before Having Sex?
Dec 12, 2014 • 9 min
When is the right time and what message does that send? That depends… Do you want to have a relationship or are you just looking for a sexual partner? After you have sex, your relationship changes. Do you…
EP 166 Do You Believe in Intuition?
Dec 11, 2014 • 14 min
Do you believe in intuition or is it something else? Intuition, that feeling that you know something even though you have no evidence to back that up, is how most people would define it… Not James… He…
Ep 165: How to Monetize Your Niche Podcast
Dec 10, 2014 • 13 min
Podcasting can be extremely rewarding. And if you’re willing to work hard, you can make a lot of money. Today, James calls John Lee Dumas, the host of Entrepreneur on Fire, to ask him if he can help answer a question from one of James’…
Ep 164 Should You Theme Your 10 Daily Ideas
Dec 9, 2014 • 8 min
James recommends exercising your idea muscle daily. Pull out a piece of paper and write down 10 ideas every day. Today one of our listeners asks – “Should I theme my ideas?” James says yes, but that doesn’t mean every day’s…
Ep 163: Back Pain
Dec 8, 2014 • 12 min
Claudia talks with James about three major causes of back pain. 1.Back pain associated with genetics or an accident. 2.Sitting. We sit all day and it’s not natural position for our spine. We slouch, our head goes forward, backwards…
Ep. 162: How To Add Value
Dec 5, 2014 • 11 min
This show is really boring… I’m just kidding, of course. Our question today was asked via a text message on James’ phone. How do I add value when my industry is insanely boring… like law? James has a bunch…
Ep. 161: Internet Startup Shortcuts
Dec 4, 2014 • 16 min
How do I get started with my new Internet business? Today, James calls someone who has been influential in him building his own business, Buck Flogging. Buck says, “Find a way to tap into the hard work that others have done in…
Ep 160: How to Write a Book
Dec 3, 2014 • 7 min
Make an outline, it will help. An outline will allow you to jump around and work on those areas that interest you at that moment. If you go off on a tangent, well… tangents aren’t really tangents. Allow your writing to go where it may….
EP 159: Right NOW
Dec 2, 2014 • 7 min
Anxiety about dealing with future problems has two problems. It doesn’t solve tomorrow’s problems and it does drain your energy of right now. Thinking about the future is important, but you can choose whether to worry about your problems or…
Ep 158: Anger and How to Deal With It
Dec 1, 2014 • 11 min
James and Claudia talk about a real-life fight that they’ve recently had and walk you through how they dealt with it. Being aware that you’re angry is extremely important. Emotions go in cycles. You can discuss the…
EP 157: Minimal Viable Product
Nov 28, 2014 • 13 min
James turns the tables today and surprises Claudia by asking her a question. Claudia, an expert in Ashtanga Yoga, has traveled the world studying the minimal essentials needed to practice yoga. So today you’re going to get an…
EP 156: How to Give Away Your Ideas
Nov 27, 2014 • 14 min
Many of you know that James believes in giving your best ideas away. If these are really great ideas, ones you’ve worked really hard on, this often helps both you and who you give the idea to. But how do you present…
EP 155 Breaking Bad Habits with Maneesh Sethi
Nov 26, 2014 • 34 min
Bad habits, we all have them and we all want to break them. But how far are you willing to go… James and Claudia’s special Ask Altucher guest, Maneesh Sethi, CEO of and Editor in Chief of , took it to the extreme. He hired an…
AA Ep 154 Trends for The 21st Century
Nov 25, 2014 • 14 min
Trends, they’re not that hard predict. People are living longer so our and as such our population is aging. That’s a trend to keep your eyes on. Wal-Mart, CVS and Walgreens are putting clinics in their stores, No longer do you…
Ep. 153 A Trillion-Dollar Company?
Nov 24, 2014 • 13 min
Years ago, James wrote an article for CNBC and stated, “Apple will be the trillion- dollar market cap company”. Everyone laughed… But it looks like he’s going to be right. And today he’ll give…
Ep 152: If Everyone Chose Themselves, Then Who Would Work
Nov 21, 2014 • 13 min
Choosing yourself doesn’t mean you’re not going to be working any longer. As a matter of fact, Claudia mentions that since she’s chosen herself, she’s never worked harder in her life. What it does mean is you don’t have to go through the…
Ep. 151: Top 3 Things I Learned from Tony Robbins
Nov 20, 2014 • 12 min
James and Claudia are just back from interviewing Tony Robbins live at his home in Palm Beach, FL and Claudia wants to know the Top 3 Things James took away from the interview. · Lousy…
Ep. 150: Fire Me I Beg You
Nov 19, 2014 • 16 min
Today, we’re mixing it up a bit. Robbie Abed, author of the book and CTO of Technori, pestered James for four years trying to pin him down to “have coffee together.” James thought he was going to call Robbie’s bluff by saying, “Yeah, sure,…
Ep. 149: Efficiency Hacks
Nov 18, 2014 • 12 min
Everyone is allocated a certain amount of energy per day. Today, James and Claudia talk about how you can “hack” your peak energy. This trick will help you be your most efficient. For most people, about two to four hours after you…
Ep 148: Entrepreneur’s Worst Mistake
Nov 17, 2014 • 15 min
Picking a great business partner is the most important decision you can make. Great partners are critical. It’s like a marriage. There’s a contract and an obligation to spend a lot of time together. Business life is…
Ep. 147: How to Deal With Short-Term Stress
Nov 14, 2014 • 13 min
Today’s question is a tough one and it’s from one of our listeners who texted in this question to 203-512-2161. To paraphrase, his start-up failed, he was in a divorce, he was in a car accident and when he reported it to the police, his…
Ep 146: C’mon, Mark Cuban just got LUCKY! Didn’t he?
Nov 13, 2014 • 11 min
Luck… it has been written about for years. Today James tackles both sides… what is luck and why did this person ask this question? Was Mark Cuban lucky? Who knows? But if you know the back story of Mark’s rise to success you’ll understand…
Ep. 145: Give Your Ideas Away for Free
Nov 12, 2014 • 9 min
Have you created what you think is the next big idea, but you’re afraid to tell anybody because you’re afraid they’ll steal your idea? What should you do next? Should you send it to LinkedIn, Google, or Zappos? And will they…
Ep. 144 New York or L.A.?
Nov 11, 2014 • 12 min
Are you an aspiring artist? Have you always wanted to be an actor, a director or a producer? If so, what’s the best city to launch your career, N.Y., L.A? Today James and Claudia discuss why neither of those are…
Ep. 143: How did James Propose to Claudia?
Nov 10, 2014 • 13 min
Some days there’s nothing better than a great feel-good story. It just makes you feel good inside. If you listen to today’s episode, you’ll know what I mean…
Ep. 142: On the Floor and Alone
Nov 7, 2014 • 12 min
James and Claudia are relaxing in sunny San Diego today and decided to take the show outside to enjoy the weather and recharge. If you’ve listened to James for a while now, you’ll know that one of his keys is to keep healthy. He’s practicing…
Ep 141: 10 Step Salesmen
Nov 6, 2014 • 42 min
Today we’re doing something a bit different… James is has a question about an industry he really doesn’t know anything about—selling cars. So, he decides to call up the expert to learn more about his 10 step program to…
Ep. 140 I Hate My Boss
Nov 5, 2014 • 23 min
Warning… This episode is a bit explicit and may not be suitable for young children… If you work for a company, there’s a strong chance you don’t have a good relationship with your boss. James decides to put a…
Ep. 139 How to be Grateful
Nov 4, 2014 • 19 min
A listener asks James how he can be more grateful. It all starts with the “Daily Practice.” James believes being grateful is like a muscle that needs to be flexed daily. The critical component to becoming grateful is to stop…
Ep. 138 Should I Leave my Spouse
Nov 3, 2014 • 19 min
Today’s Ask Altucher is a difficult one. A listener asks James advice on whether or not he should leave his alcoholic wife and children. James lays out a few options he thinks will help. He believes the first course of action to take is…
Ep. 137 Breaking Bad Habits
Oct 31, 2014 • 13 min
Today’s question is one you might be familiar with. A listener asks James for advice on how he can quit texting his ex-girlfriend. James believes the first step is to focus on the “Daily Practice.” By taking care of your spiritual, mental,…
Ep. 136 Unleash your Inner Extrovert
Oct 30, 2014 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from a text that was sent to James’ cell phone, 203-512-2161. And it’s one that James identifies with well. A listener asks for advice on how to make new friends as an introvert. James believes the first step…
Ep. 135 How to Generate Website Traffic
Oct 29, 2014 • 24 min
Every week for an hour on Twitter, James hosts a Q&A where he answers any and all questions from his followers. One of the most frequent questions James receives is, “How do I generate website traffic?” Although James has…
Ep. 134 $1,000 in a Week
Oct 28, 2014 • 14 min
Maybe you’ve been recently laid off or finally decided to quit your job to choose yourself… and now you need some cash quick. Today, Claudia ask James, “You’ve just been fired from your job and you need $1,000 a week. Go.”…
Ep. 133 Ebola - Should I Worry?
Oct 27, 2014 • 11 min
Something that we need to keep in mind is that Ebola is a RARE and DEADLY disease. But with the recent hype in the media and news stories about the few cases that have been diagnosed it’s hard to not get caught up in the…
Ep. 132 The 24-Hour Rule
Oct 24, 2014 • 19 min
Whether in school, in public, or in the online community, we have all experienced bullies and negative attention.It’s no secret that not everyone is going to agree with everything that you have to say…People are always going to have their opinions,…
Ep. 131 Dating Checklist
Oct 23, 2014 • 5 min
We all have our own preferences for qualities that we look for in a partner. There are certain things that attract us and make us want to be closer to a person.Today, James and Claudia talk about their own dating history and the courtship that they…
Ep. 130 Friend-Zoned
Oct 22, 2014 • 11 min
Relationships are tough and what can make them even worse is when the person you are pursuing does not share the same interest in you… Something that we are all familiar with is the slippery slope that leads to the friend-zone… liking someone but…
Ep. 129 James Altucher Diet
Oct 21, 2014 • 12 min
We have all been through weight fluctuations… but what can you do when you notice a loved one has gained a significant amount of weight?What is the best way to approach the situation?Today, James and Claudia talk about the appropriate ways to…
Ep. 128 Today’s the Day
Oct 20, 2014 • 13 min
Have you started your own daily practice? Have you followed James advice and started to exercise your idea muscle on a daily basis?If you have then you probably have some ideas that you have thought about executing.But how do you know when it is the…
Ep. 127 Income From Ebay
Oct 17, 2014 • 16 min
Tired of seeing clutter around your house? Or maybe your closet is in need of a good “spring cleaning”?Today, James and Aaron talk about how you can create passive income from simply selling a few items on Ebay.It takes more than just…
Ep. 126 Don’t Be That Guy
Oct 16, 2014 • 18 min
Have you ever met someone that projected negative energy?Maybe you have worked with or went to school with someone like this… or maybe you can relate this to your own energy.It makes you wonder if a person’s personality affects their success? Do…
Ep. 125 Idea Matrix
Oct 15, 2014 • 20 min
Aaron and James are finally back in the studio together!You’ll hear all about Aaron’s trip to Europe and a brand-new podcast that will be featured on Stansberry Radio Network… “The Choose Yourself Stories.”And… you have probably heard about James’…
Ep. 124 Defeat Distractions
Oct 14, 2014 • 15 min
With so many distractions in the world, how does James take full advantage of his daily practice?Today, James and Claudia talk about how you can easily adapt to situational noise and distractions and continue on with your daily practice.What might…
Ep. 123 Stay Calm
Oct 13, 2014 • 21 min
We all experience stress and difficulties in life.But is there a way we can create a barrier between us and our ongoing stressors?Today, James and Claudia discuss how to keep calm simply by listening to your body.If you have ever felt nervous for a…
Ep. 122 The No-Complaints Diet
Oct 10, 2014 • 13 min
Many of you might not know that James used to work at HBO…It was one of the jobs that he had always dreamed of and was most proud of. And even though it didn’t work out, it gave him experiences and knowledge that James would not trade for…
Ep. 121 Stealing Energy
Oct 9, 2014 • 18 min
With all of the pressures and expectations that we experience through life, it’s easy to feel depressed and anxious.But are you suffering from clinical symptoms or situational symptoms?Could you improve your physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental…
Ep. 120 Writing for Money
Oct 8, 2014 • 16 min
Have you ever thought to yourself that you would like to make money from writing?Do you struggle with getting started? Maybe the answer is not to jump right into the publishing industry…Today, James and Claudia talk about several ways that you can…
Ep. 119 Start Writing
Oct 7, 2014 • 20 min
If you know anything about James, you know how adamant he is about developing a daily practice and writing down at least 10 ideas a day.Today, James and Claudia talk about several ways that you can broaden your idea spectrum and start the writing…
Ep. 118 Cookies or Cake?
Oct 6, 2014 • 9 min
Life is complicated and there are many moving parts that we juggle on a daily basis.Kids, marriage, career… there are many different things that take away time from us.How can you “choose yourself” when you are being pulled in so many different…
Ep. 117 GOALS suck
Oct 3, 2014 • 23 min
Do you think that goals are pointless and a waste of time?If so, then you already have at least one thing in common with today’s guest.Matt Stone, an independent health researcher and author of Goals Suck, joins today’s Ask Altucher segment to talk…
Ep. 116 Follow Your Passion
Oct 2, 2014 • 15 min
It’s a dream of many… to play pro sports.James describes being interested in sports as “a huge umbrella.” There are many careers that can stem from the love of sports.Maybe you can’t do exactly what you fantasized about doing, but there is an…
Ep. 115 Hype
Oct 1, 2014 • 16 min
How does the media choose the stories they produce?Is it just the facts? Or do they pick and choose which stories will get the most reaction?If you rely on the news to get your information on what is going on in the world, then you are letting others…
Ep. 114 James Fav. Investments
Sep 30, 2014 • 15 min
Normally James does not like to talk about stocks and investments… But today we have a special treat for listeners.There are certain investments that reflect important demographic trends and will help you make money in a variety of areas.Find out…
Ep. 113 The Art of Charm
Sep 29, 2014 • 32 min
A show that talks about confidence, dating advice, relationship advice, and emotional intelligence… Sound interesting?Well today’s guest hosts a show that does just that… Jordan Harbinger, host of The Art of Charm podcast, joins today’s Ask…
Ep. 112 Master Copywriting
Sep 26, 2014 • 24 min
Do you enjoy writing or have an interest in learning how to write?Would you enjoy working from home or anywhere in the world?If you have the ability to create material that influences the way people think or act, then a career in writing could be the…
Ep. 111 Altucher’s Media 101
Sep 25, 2014 • 24 min
How do you use the media? Do you follow certain news broadcasts, newspapers, subscriptions, or Internet sources?There are unlimited ways to get the news today and we are constantly being bombarded with what the Media considers to be the most important…
Ep. 110 Self-Help Books
Sep 24, 2014 • 16 min
We all have our own ways of dealing with stress, challenges, and other kinds of life’s dilemmas.Have you ever considered using self-help books? Or wanted to attend seminars from self-proclaimed gurus?Today, James and Claudia talk about their thoughts…
Ep. 109 Promote Yourself
Sep 23, 2014 • 15 min
We’re exposed to marketing and branding every day. In fact, there are even circumstances where we need to market ourselves, whether it is for a job, a relationship, an idea, etc. But are you marketing effectively?Today, James and Claudia talk about…
Ep. 108 Advice For Kids
Sep 22, 2014 • 16 min
What advice do he has for children? What do you do to encourage them to be creative and to have a live where they Choose Themselves. You can’t just tell your kids to do something and expect them to do it. You have to show them. You have to lead…
Ep. 107 Find Your Passion
Sep 19, 2014 • 21 min
Claudia is about to jump into Ask Altucher and forgets the question. It’s too funny. How often have we all done this? I know I do it almost daily. Anyway…Lindsay emailed us a great question. “I want to change, but I…
Ep. 106 10 Times Better
Sep 18, 2014 • 22 min
James interrupts Claudia from her daily yoga routine to bring you today’s Ask Altucher question. On our sister show, The James Altucher Show, James interviewed Peter Thiel. It was one of James’ best interviews, and if you’ve not listened to it yet,…
Ep. 105 Orchestrating a Bestseller
Sep 17, 2014 • 32 min
Today James and Claudia host expert book promoter Michael Drew. While James is a huge proponent of self-publishing he wanted Michael to explain to you the other side of the story. According to Michael, self published books, right or…
Ep. 104 Leave Your 9 to 5
Sep 16, 2014 • 14 min
The notion of a 9 to 5 carrying us into the safety of retirement is dead. But how can you quit the grind. How can you plan for your future? Today, James and Claudia talk about the steps you may need to put in place before you make the jump. You may…
Ep. 103 Power of Giving
Sep 15, 2014 • 15 min
James has been known to give away his possessions to friends and acquaintances. Although they may be special objects to James, he seems to find others whom he feels would get more use or enjoyment out of them. Today, James and Claudia talk about…
Ep. 102 Are You Selfish?
Sep 12, 2014 • 15 min
is one of James’ most successful books… but is the idea of choosing yourself actually a selfish concept? Today, James and Claudia discuss an email that was sent in from a listener who is concerned that by choosing herself she will be considered…
EP. 101 Stop To-Do Lists
Sep 11, 2014 • 22 min
Do you make lists to manage your time? Do you feel that you are usually disappointed when you are not able to cross off each item? Today, James and Claudia talk about their thoughts on “To-Do” lists. Something that James considers more efficient is…
Ep. 100 Starting from Scratch
Sep 10, 2014 • 16 min
Episode 100! Before we get into the description of the show, we just wanted to thank all the listeners of Ask Altucher for getting us this far.Now onto the description…Have you ever had to start over in life? Start completely from scratch? No…
Ep. 99 Sell Anything
Sep 9, 2014 • 20 min
After reading Choose Yourself, a listener sent us an email about the success he has found while following James’ daily practice and pursuing his passion.Just four months into the process, he has drastically changed his way of thinking and his quality…
Ep. 98 Networking Effectively
Sep 8, 2014 • 23 min
Have you ever known two people that you felt would make a great connection?If so, introducing them would not only be beneficial for them, but might pay off for you in the long run, too.Whether your intentions are business or social arrangements,…
Ep. 97 Getting Fired
Sep 5, 2014 • 24 min
When you get hired for any job, you go through the process of negotiating a salary, the start date, and many other factors…What people don’t realize though, is that negotiating can be a powerful aspect of being fired as well. Getting fired can…
Ep. 96 Divorce
Sep 4, 2014 • 13 min
We should all enter into a marriage knowing that it will not be perfect… because there is no such thing as a perfect marriage.But if things are not working out, when is the right time to end a marriage?Click here to find out.Maybe you are worried…
Ep. 95 Ideas for Anything
Sep 3, 2014 • 18 min
James is very passionate about exercising his idea muscle, using his brain, and actually making it “sweat.”If you came up with ten good ideas a day, you would have 3,650 good ideas a year…There are endless opportunities to be discovered, all you…
Ep. 94 Brain Power
Sep 2, 2014 • 14 min
You might have heard that as humans we only consciously use about 5% of our brain. If that is true then how can we tap into the remaining 95%?Today, James and his wife Claudia talk about this body myth and what they feel is the more appropriate…
Ep. 93 Criticism Part II
Aug 29, 2014 • 12 min
Yesterday we covered how to give constructive criticism… today James and Claudia go through the difference between constructive and destructive criticism.In anything that you do, being open to suggestions is an important part in improving…
Ep. 92 Constructive Criticism
Aug 28, 2014 • 14 min
Often, when people think that they are giving constructive criticism, they are actually being destructive and unhelpful.Whether you are trying to give suggestions or someone else is criticizing your work, there is a right and wrong way to approach the…
Ep. 91 Tips on Writing
Aug 27, 2014 • 11 min
Every day, questions come in to James about how to get better at writing.So today, James talks about several habits that he has adopted that have increased his creativity.Knowing James though, you know that his tips are always going to be out of the…
Ep. 90 Self-Image
Aug 26, 2014 • 11 min
Has your reputation ever been attacked? Have you ever felt like the victim of gossip?James knows first-hand how much negative attention can affect your life and ruin others’ perception of you.So how do you restore your self-image after it gets…
Ep. 89 Say “Yes”
Aug 25, 2014 • 10 min
At some point, we have all been asked to do some things that we really don’t want to do…But how do you deal with the requests and demands of others, when they cut into your personal time?Today, James and Aaron talk about how to make the most of your…
Ep. 88 Life’s Difficulties
Aug 22, 2014 • 13 min
James has made money, lost money, found love, been divorced, and been involved with many entrepreneurial endeavors.Through all of his experiences, what he describes as his most difficult time in the past might surprise you… What is even more…
Ep. 87 John Lee Dumas’ Success
Aug 21, 2014 • 23 min
John Lee Dumas joins Ask Altucher for Part II of our interview from yesterday’s show.In Part I of this interview, James and John talked about their success and how they got to where they are today.For Part II, listeners get to hear the real secret to…
Ep. 86 John Lee Dumas on Idea Sex
Aug 20, 2014 • 19 min
For the first time ever… James and Aaron have a special guest join an Ask Altucher segment.John Lee Dumas, founder and host of Entrepreneur On Fire, joins the show to talk about his idea generation process.Just like James, John has found the means…
Ep. 85 Getting Older
Aug 19, 2014 • 13 min
Diet pills, cosmetic surgery, Botox… people are constantly looking for secrets to make them look younger. It’s no wonder that so many individuals are obsessed with finding the fountain of youth because that is exactly what our society idolizes……
Ep. 84 How To Stop
Aug 18, 2014 • 11 min
Alcohol abuse, stress, lack of sleep… there are many different ways that we cause harm to our bodies.But how do you know when it is time to step in and choose yourself?Today, James and his wife, Claudia, talk about several unhealthy habits and…
Ep. 83 Ultimate Investing Technique
Aug 15, 2014 • 10 min
The specialty store Crumbs Cupcakes recently disappeared altogether as a chain. With loyal customers upset, a listener is wondering what caused the popular business to shut down.Today, James and his wife, and temporary co-host, Claudia, talk about…
Ep. 82 Bitcoin in Argentina
Aug 14, 2014 • 11 min
Many people are starting to wonder which country is going to be the leader in the Bitcoin revolution.Today, James and his wife, Claudia, talk about the differences between their two home countries.Unlike James who was born in the U.S. where there are…
Ep. 81 James’ Reading List
Aug 13, 2014 • 20 min
James is always reading and usually it’s more than one book at a time. His reading lists always prove to be something that interests our listeners so it’s no surprise that today’s question is, “What is James currently reading?”We hope that you have a…
Ep. 80 Train Your Brain
Aug 12, 2014 • 12 min
There are many critical thinking games that both children and adults can benefit from.Today’s question comes from a listener who wants to know what the benefits are of playing chess… If you know anything about James, then you know how much he loves…
Ep. 79 Feel More Attractive
Aug 11, 2014 • 10 min
Have you ever felt self-conscious about the way you look? Has your lack of confidence ever affected your relationships?James grew up with a self-image that didn’t help his social life, but over time, he has developed confidence and a higher sense of…
Ep. 78 Funding a Business
Aug 8, 2014 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from a listener who wants to know what to say to a friend that is having trouble funding a business plan.James knows first-hand how difficult this can be…He has started more than 20 companies, each with unique funding methods….
Ep. 77 How to Use Your Degree
Aug 7, 2014 • 17 min
Do you feel like you have wasted years of your life in a career that you are no longer interested in pursuing?Are you just graduating college and unhappy with the field that you feel you have to go into?James has repeatedly said college is a complete…
Ep. 76 How to Move On
Aug 6, 2014 • 15 min
A couple of months ago, James and Aaron answered a listener’s question about how to get unstuck in their current situation.Since then, we have got continuous e-mails from listeners writing in with questions for more information on this topic.So today,…
Ep. 75 Fame and Fortune
Aug 5, 2014 • 8 min
Although it may not seem obvious, every industry is the same when it comes to creating opportunities.Today’s question comes from a listener who wants to break into the film industry, but wants to hear James’ advice on how he should do it.Although…
Ep. 74 Creativity
Aug 4, 2014 • 7 min
You are most creative during your childhood years.Our teenage years are when we want to be normal and fit in with our peers so we stop trying to be unique and creative… As adults we lose the talent of imagination and the creating of “what if”…
Ep. 73 Be Better At Everything
Aug 1, 2014 • 17 min
James and Aaron talk about the importance of effective communication – it can help you with almost any situation.You might think that you already know the basics, but most people forget these simple tactics that could make or break an…
Ep. 72 Passive Income
Jul 31, 2014 • 18 min
Today’s Ask Altucher is a little different. Instead of James and Aaron giving advice to a listener, a listener has emailed 10 ideas that could make James and Aaron money.If you have an idea and want to get your message out to the right person, then…
Ep. 71 Networking
Jul 30, 2014 • 19 min
Time is important and most people don’t like their time wasted.We have all heard it before, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”But when it comes to networking and meeting individuals, what is the best way to approach them so that they will…
Ep. 70 Passion
Jul 29, 2014 • 21 min
It’s a question that James is asked repeatedly… “How do I find my passion in life?”Whether it’s a hobby, a career, or just an overall purpose in life, it’s something that we have all thought about at least once.In order to find your passion, James…
Ep. 69 Ignore The News
Jul 28, 2014 • 18 min
James often says that he doesn’t rely on traditional news publications and media outlets to keep up with current events.Today’s question comes from a listener who wants to know how James is able to stay current with trends and technologies if he…
Ep. 68 Internet’s addiction
Jul 25, 2014 • 15 min
Facebook started as a site used to connect college students and then became available to anyone who wanted to join.Now it is used for almost everything. It has replaced e-mail, photo albums, instant messaging, advertising, news; the list could go on…
Ep. 67 Religion
Jul 24, 2014 • 7 min
This episode can be a touchy subject for some individuals, so we ask that you to listen with an open mind.Today, James discusses his position on religion and what he personally believes and follows.We all have our own standards and expectations, but…
Ep. 66 How to Land a Job
Jul 23, 2014 • 19 min
Thinking about changing careers? Or maybe you are looking for your first job?Today, James shares several tips that will help you nail the interview process.Plus, in standard Altucher fashion, his tips are “out of the box” and just crazy enough to…
Ep. 65 Angel Investing
Jul 22, 2014 • 12 min
Angel investing is how you can turn $1,000 into $1,000,000.Angel investing is an alternative to playing the stock market.But what exactly is it and how can anyone get involved?Today, James explains what angel investing is and several examples of when…
Ep. 64 Browser Bookmarks
Jul 21, 2014 • 15 min
We live in a time when the media is a huge part of our lives, and has evolved in so many forms. How do we keep up?Should we keep up?Today, James shares what he has saved on his Internet browser and what he spends his time reviewing.You will probably…
Ep. 63 HBO Shows
Jul 18, 2014 • 10 min
We all have our favorite TV shows but what makes HBO’s series so good?Today, James shares his first-hand experience of what it was like working at HBO and why they produce the best content on TV.Find out how they started and evolved into an…
Ep. 62 Communicating
Jul 17, 2014 • 9 min
Are you a shy person?Do you have a fear of speaking in front of a group?For some individuals, public speaking is the least of their worries – sometimes they have trouble just interacting in more intimate settings, such as a dinner party.Today,…
Ep. 61 Executing Ideas
Jul 16, 2014 • 16 min
If you know anything about James, you know how important exercising his idea muscle is to him.Today, James reveals the secret to his idea generation. Are all the ideas good ideas?Does he try to execute all of the ideas?Here, you will get James’…
Ep. 60 Job Qualifications
Jul 15, 2014 • 12 min
Have you ever looked at a job description for a company but failed to apply because you thought you didn’t meet the qualifications?Every day, people sell themselves short and fail to apply for a job that they might be great at.There are ways to get…
Ep. 59 How to Stand Out
Jul 14, 2014 • 11 min
Even in a niche market, you need to stand out in order to get the most business.Today, James and Aaron share several marketing steps that you should be doing to grow your business.Whether you are self-employed or working as an employee in a company,…
Ep. 58 Having Kids
Jul 11, 2014 • 16 min
Are you feeling pressure to have children? Maybe you are reaching a certain age that people expect you to be raising kids already.A lot of the pressure that you might be feeling is stemming from society, peers, family, or the media. But nobody…
Ep. 57 Feeling Guilt
Jul 10, 2014 • 10 min
OK, so you have chosen yourself… now what?This is not the time to feel guilty or sad that you may be ignoring other parts of your life, such as your full-time job. Life is too short to harbor any regrets. You have every right to take time for…
Ep. 56 Feeling Insecure
Jul 9, 2014 • 13 min
It’s completely normal to feel insecure in certain situations, especially when it comes to relationships, where jealousy can sometimes surface.Is there a simple way to avoid this awful feeling?Today, James and Aaron share several things that you…
Ep. 55 Write for a living
Jul 8, 2014 • 16 min
James gave a talk at a conference a couple months ago in Dallas. In his talk he said that, “everybody has a book inside of them. You just have to find what that book is and write it.”In order to become a writer, and make money doing it, you need to…
Ep. 54 Left Out?
Jul 7, 2014 • 8 min
If you choose not to go to college… will you feel left behind as your friends go on to different universities?How can you make the most of your time and feel great about avoiding the cost of college?Today, James shows you just how easy that can be….
Ep. 53 Investing for your kids
Jul 3, 2014 • 9 min
You shouldn’t invest with the expectation of generating wealth, but rather as a means to grow your wealth.Today, James shares how and why he puts money aside for his children.He believes in hard work and does not want to just give his fortune to his…
Ep. 52 Shallow People
Jul 2, 2014 • 14 min
Welcome back to Ask Altucher!Today’s episode is not your typical daily question. Aaron is back from his week-long birthday celebration and shares what shenanigans he and his friends got into while in LA.All the beautiful people, exclusive pool…
Ep. 51 Introvert
Jul 1, 2014 • 11 min
Do you have a fear of public speaking or talking to strangers?Are you using the label “introvert” as an excuse?Today, James and his wife, Claudia, talk about several ways to overcome shyness around others.In order to overcome your fears, you must…
Ep. 50 Forgive Yourself
Jun 30, 2014 • 10 min
Whether you are feeling guilt, regret, sadness, or failure, just remember that these moments can be the times to plant the seeds of success.We all have regrets in our lives and there will be plenty more in the future.Today, James and his wife,…
Ep. 49 Health Care
Jun 27, 2014 • 8 min
Maybe you are thinking about leaving a current job to pursue another career, go back to school, or you just need time to figure out what you really want to do in life.One thing that might be holding you back from taking this step is health insurance….
Ep. 48 Second Marriage
Jun 26, 2014 • 9 min
With divorce rates so high, it’s no wonder that people are reluctant to enter into another marriage after one has already failed.But what if you do meet another person that you can see yourself with for the rest of your life? Is it too late? Will it…
Ep. 47 Life Coaches
Jun 25, 2014 • 10 min
Do you feel like you need some guidance in life, but don’t necessarily want to seek therapy?Or maybe you want to help others, but don’t want to go through the years of school and debt to become a therapist?Today, James and Claudia share their opinions…
Ep. 46 Changing Careers
Jun 24, 2014 • 15 min
Once we land a job, are we required to stay in that career for the rest of our lives?Does it sometimes feel like you only stay because you are making good money and need to support yourself or others?You only have one life to live and you don’t want…
Ep. 45 Setting Goals
Jun 23, 2014 • 14 min
We have always been told to set goals for ourselves… they could be anything from improving your health to excelling in your career.Although James does not use the term “goals,” he does explain how he accomplishes different themes in his life.He…
Ep. 44 Better than Stocks
Jun 20, 2014 • 15 min
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be on a company’s board of directors?The board is one of a company’s most secret inner workings, and today James gives you an inside look. James has started many businesses over the…
Ep. 43 “Sabbatical”
Jun 19, 2014 • 12 min
You just got fired… Now what?Or, maybe you just don’t like your job and want to quit.But what’s next?Do you take a vacation? Do you start the job search?These decisions are made every day by millions of people… and today James gives you some…
Ep. 42 Stand-Up Comedy
Jun 18, 2014 • 10 min
One of Aaron and James’ goals over the next few months is to try stand-up comedy.Do you have the same desire to try stand-up? Or maybe you would like some pointers on how to be better at speaking in front of an audience.Today, James talks about how…
Ep. 41 Selling a Product
Jun 17, 2014 • 13 min
If you have developed a product, but are unsure how to launch it and make a profit, then this is the show for you.Today, James goes through the several steps that it takes to sell a product.Once you have a product, you just have to go for it, even at…
Ep. 40 Selling a Business
Jun 16, 2014 • 11 min
What does it take to sell a business?Is it dumb luck? Is it a lot of work? Do you have the hustle?How important is networking?Today, James answers it all and explains that when it comes to selling your business, it’s more than just selling your…
Ep. 39 Rejuvenate Yourself
Jun 13, 2014 • 12 min
It’s not like it was twenty years ago… forget the idea of leaving work at work. We are now living in an age where we work around the clock and are constantly on call for any issues that may arise.Whether its work, family, or our social lives, we are…
Ep. 38 Happily Married
Jun 12, 2014 • 11 min
With divorce rates as high as 50% across the nation, it’s no wonder that people are hesitant to get married these days.But when you do find that special someone and then fall in love, will that be enough to make it last? Will you be together until the…
Ep. 37 Family Approval
Jun 11, 2014 • 12 min
Many people can get stuck balancing their love for their significant other and their love for their family. But what do we do if our family does not accept the person that we choose to love?For most of us, our family’s approval is very important. It’s…
Ep. 36 My Reading List
Jun 10, 2014 • 11 min
There are tons of information and resources available to us… and they are literally at our finger tips.With technology like Amazon and the Kindle app (not to mention other e-readers) you can download almost any book you want.So if you are not…
Ep. 35 Court Loophole
Jun 9, 2014 • 9 min
The truth is… if a cop catches you speeding, you are going to get a ticket.But is there a guaranteed way to get out of it?In the past, you have probably just paid the ticket and moved on… but could fighting the ticket be worth it?Today, James…
Ep. 34 Choosing Yourself
Jun 6, 2014 • 19 min
The tables have turned. Today, James flips the script on Aaron and decides to ask him a question on the spot. We have gotten a lot of requests to hear more about James’ cohost, and today, you get to learn a little bit about “the man behind the…
Ep. 33 Polyamorous Relationships
Jun 5, 2014 • 7 min
Like we have said before, Ask Altucher will delve into any topic. Normal or weird… conservative or risqué.Today’s question for James is for his thoughts on polyamorous relationships, or having multiple romantic relationships…
Ep. 32 What Holds You Back?
Jun 4, 2014 • 12 min
What is holding you back from what you want to do?Money, gate-keepers, the economy, fears… the list could go on.But more than likely, you already have most of what you need to achieve your goals. Just remember that you have to start small.Nothing is…
Ep. 31 Stress at Work
Jun 3, 2014 • 9 min
We all have stressors in our life – work, family, relationships, money…But the way you deal with the stress in your life will affect you physically and emotionally.Suffering is a choice, and you can choose whether or not you are going to…
Ep. 30 Bad Decisions
Jun 2, 2014 • 10 min
Are the decisions you make affecting your life in a positive way?Or, do you find that your actions are holding you back from other opportunities?No matter what choices we make, we are going to learn from the mistakes that come our way. It’s more than…
Ep. 29 Selling Ideas
May 30, 2014 • 9 min
Every day you hear people say that they have a “million-dollar idea.” Maybe you have thought that at some point too… But how can you tell when your idea really is a winner?There are plenty of bad ideas that come to us on a daily basis… So figuring…
Ep. 28 Delegating Tasks
May 29, 2014 • 8 min
We all feel overwhelmed at some point… Work, family, friends, errands, kids… these are just some of the things that we encounter daily that demand attention and actions.Do you think you need a personal assistant? Or do you just need better time…
Ep. 27 Life Myths
May 28, 2014 • 15 min
WARNING: Everything you believe and thought you knew is about to be completely crushed.This is beyond the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and even the Tooth Fairy… What myths do you still believe as an adult?As Americans, we are subjected to thousands of…
Ep. 26 Honesty
May 27, 2014 • 13 min
Our relationships are built on honesty and trust.But how honest are you?Should you be careful with how direct you are with others?Could the truth actually hurt your career, relationships, or character?Today, James talks about his approach to honesty…
Ep. 25 Moving On
May 23, 2014 • 11 min
Relationships, business ventures, dreams, regrets, grudges…We all experience a time in life when it’s time to move on… but how do you know when that time is?As you move through life, you will continue to meet new people, generate new ideas, and…
Ep. 24 Mentors
May 22, 2014 • 10 min
We all learn in our own way, on our own terms, and from many different sources… school, mentors, family, friends, co-workers… the list goes on and on.But could the person you learn the most from be yourself?Today, James reveals who he has learned…
Ep. 23 Winning the Lottery
May 21, 2014 • 7 min
Today’s Ask Altucher is a question that we have all asked at one point in time… maybe even dreamed about… “What would you do if you won the lottery?”Would you invest? Make some extravagant purchases? Give it away to…
Ep. 22 Positive People
May 20, 2014 • 8 min
Feeling depressed or lonely?Do you think the people around you could be causing these feelings?We have no problem finding enough crappy people in our lives… But how do you find people with positive energy that you actually want to be around?Today,…
Ep. 21 Diploma Required?
May 19, 2014 • 8 min
You need a degree to be a doctor, veterinarian, or a lawyer – it’s actually illegal to perform these jobs without a degree… but is it worth it?Today’s question is from a parent whose daughter wants to be a veterinarian. He is worried that it…
Ep. 20 Overcome Failure
May 16, 2014 • 8 min
Do you feel like a failure?If you do… you aren’t alone.Today’s question is one that James is very familiar with answering.Why? Because he has been there himself… divorce, no job, no money, depressed, ashamed of everything.You’ll hear how James was…
Ep. 19 Optimizing Time
May 15, 2014 • 9 min
We’ve all been there, right?Hectic schedules, lack of sleep, or just plain hopelessness for getting anything done.What if you could improve your health, social life, happiness, and career, while providing yourself with more time to do what you…
Ep. 18 Overcome Stage Fright
May 14, 2014 • 12 min
The fear of public speaking ranks No. 1 for Americans… Although it may seem unbearable to most… it’s actually an excellent tool to boost self-esteem, network with contacts, and give you an effective platform to share your ideas.So whether it’s…
Ep. 17 Getting Over Your EX
May 13, 2014 • 13 min
When we are hurt by a loved one, we are usually wounded in more ways than one… Maybe your ego was shot down, your emotions were toyed with, or you mentally cannot handle that someone has broken up with you.Is there a quick fix for these feelings?Or…
Ep. 16 Be More Productive
May 12, 2014 • 11 min
Increased productivity is something that most of us strive for whether it’s in our professional or personal life… But how do you become more productive?Do you cut down on interruptions or social activities?How about turning off the TV, or limiting…
Ep. 15 Procrastination
May 9, 2014 • 10 min
Everyone at one point in time has dealt with procrastination… What does it stem from? How do you overcome it? Are you listening to yourself? Is your body trying to tell you something that maybe you are unaware…
Ep. 14 Why I Wrote Choose Yourself
May 8, 2014 • 6 min
There are no experts out there… That whole universe of people who claim that they’re experts, they’re all wrong.But more than likely, you still look for knowledge beyond your own to improve some part of your life.Maybe like James you seek advice to…
Ep. 13 Writing For A Living
May 7, 2014 • 11 min
Nothing happens overnight…But is there a quick way to become a successful writer?Today you will find out from a self-publishing guru just how easy it is to get your writing material to the public and get paid to do it.First thing you will need to do…
Ep. 12 Why Should I Take Your Advice
May 6, 2014 • 6 min
James admits he has no qualifications to dish out advice to individuals… Yet, people still ask James “What would you do?”… “What should I do?”The reason for this is because James has been thrown out of school, failed 17 out of 20 businesses, made…
Ep. 11 Make Some Extra Income
May 5, 2014 • 8 min
Have you been out of work for some time?Are you a stay-at-home parent?Or, maybe you are just setting out on your career journey and are unsure where to start… In today’s Ask Altucher, James breaks down several ways for an individual to make some…
Ep. 10 Altucher’s Idea Lists
May 2, 2014 • 10 min
With hundreds of ideas and thoughts, how do you go about organizing them so that they make sense and could possibly turn into something great? Today, James goes through the types of lists that he creates every day and tells you how he is able to…
Ep. 9 Ideas List
May 1, 2014 • 21 min
If you know anything about James Altucher, you know how strongly he feels about people exercising their idea muscle every day.Well… today you get the inside look at James’ ideas.Some of his ideas might seem ridiculous but the whole point to this,…
Ep. 8 Day-Trading
Apr 30, 2014 • 11 min
Quick and easy money?Or are there too many downsides to this lucrative, yet extremely risky, idea?Are you considering the disadvantages to your health?Are you willing to risk your relationships with your loved ones?James says the only people that make…
Ep. 7 Crappy Family
Apr 29, 2014 • 13 min
The people that are closest to us are usually the ones that really know which buttons to push to trigger an emotion from us.Do you have any conflicts or issues with certain family members or close friends?If you do, then this is the show for…
Ep. 6 Crappy People
Apr 28, 2014 • 9 min
They are all around us… at work, on social networks, in our social circles, maybe even at home…Do you avoid “them” and the negativity they provoke?Or, do you deal with situations head-on?Just remember that hate is contagious.Today, James answers…
Ep. 5 I Don’t Need College
Apr 25, 2014 • 12 min
It’s the government vs. 22-year-olds… Something is on the minds of many young adults… “Should I attend college?”What are the advantages of going to college? Do they outweigh the massive amount of debt you risk burying yourself in with student…
Ep. 4 Economic Crisis
Apr 24, 2014 • 8 min
WWII marked the beginning of the American Dream.Men went to war, women went to work, we had double-income families, and more money led to more spending…James breaks down the process of “why the current economic crisis started with WWII.”It all stems…
Ep. 3 How Do I Get Un-Stuck?
Apr 23, 2014 • 7 min
Even if you are not currently in this situation, chances are that at one point in your lifetime you either have felt or will feel this way.Maybe it’s not even you, maybe you know of a friend or family member that could benefit from today’s Ask…
Ep. 2 Is Wall Street a Scam?
Apr 22, 2014 • 10 min
Welcome back to Ask Altucher…In an economy where almost all corporations lie about their numbers… it’s no surprise that today’s question is… “Is Wall Street a scam?”Find out why James says individual investors are completely screwed…You’ll…
Ep. 1 Buying a Home
Apr 21, 2014 • 9 min
Welcome to the inaugural episode of our new show… Ask Altucher This is James Altucher’s brand-new daily podcast, and he couldn’t be more excited about it.Every day, he’ll take one question from our audience and dive in deep, as only James can….