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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 s...Show More
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Ep 369: Product Hunt – Entrepreneurship Lessons From a Blazing Success Story

28:53 | Oct 8th, 2015

James credits at least some of his success to his guest's new company, Product Hunt.   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 seem...Show More
Ep 368: The Best-Kept Secret in "America"

27:43 | Oct 7th, 2015

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 fi...Show More
Ep 367: Altucher interviews Altucher

1:00:04 | Oct 6th, 2015

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...Show More
Ep 366: James Needs a Therapist for His Public Speaking

16:41 | Oct 5th, 2015

James gives his friend Mitch Joel 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 o...Show More
Ep 365: Chris Brogan – What's the Real Value of Podcasting?

18:41 | Oct 2nd, 2015

James gives his good friend Chris Brogan 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 ...Show More
Ep 364: The Art of Fiction, with Screenwriter, Brian Koppelman, Part Two

27:16 | Sep 30th, 2015

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...Show More
AA Ep 363: It's Time to Take Care of Your Own Needs

11:43 | Sep 29th, 2015

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 d...Show More
Ep 362: Should I Quit College and Pursue My Passion?

16:50 | Sep 25th, 2015

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 busi...Show More
Ep 361: The Best Salesman Ever

42:29 | Sep 24th, 2015

John Ruhlin 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 ti...Show More
Ep 360 Jason Zook (aka Surfrapp) Sells His Future

41:04 | Sep 22nd, 2015

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 . . . benea...Show More
Ep 359: How to Become a Master at Networking

34:24 | Sep 18th, 2015

Derek Coburn 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 an...Show More
Ep 358: What to Do When You're Burned Out

12:53 | Sep 17th, 2015

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 you...Show More
Ep 357: The Secret Mistake ALL First Time Entrepreneurs Make

11:21 | Sep 16th, 2015

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 secret.
Ep 356: The 10 Most Important Books to Expand Your Mind

18:28 | Sep 15th, 2015

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 t...Show More
Ep 354 Suicide

12:33 | Sep 11th, 2015

Just don't do it. In honor of National Suicide Prevention Week, 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 pr...Show More
Ep 353: Why Accomplish Anything?

13:42 | Sep 10th, 2015

This question came in from the Choose Yourself 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 alr...Show More
Ep 352: Do You Have To Pay Your Student Loans?

16:12 | Sep 9th, 2015

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 help. Listen...Show More
Ep 351: How to Know When to 'Fire' a Terrible Customer

14:51 | Sep 8th, 2015

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 de...Show More
Ep 350: How to Go From $0 to $100,000 as a Public Speaker

55:23 | Sep 4th, 2015

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 Brian Rashid to join them to give us a couple of quick tips to help you if you want to b...Show More
Ep 349: Why Did James Self-Publish The Rich Employee?

13:58 | Sep 3rd, 2015

Why did James self-publish his new book, The Rich Employee? 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...Show More
Ep 348: The Rich Employee

15:22 | Sep 2nd, 2015

Why did James feel that he had to write his new book, The Rich Employee? 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 chea...Show More
Ep 347 Chris Brogan hosts James today on Blab.im

1:02:20 | Sep 1st, 2015

Chris Brogan 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; The Rich Employee that hit the Amazon bookstore today. They jumped onto a platform n...Show More
Ep 346: Dr. Wayne Dyer – Namaste

56:05 | Aug 31st, 2015

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 interview...Show More
Ep 345: Frank Curzio Interviews James Altucher

50:16 | Aug 28th, 2015

A few months ago Frank Curzio interviewed James on his Top 10 iTunes podcast Wall Street Unplugged. 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 i...Show More
Ep 344: Why Do So Many Small Businesses Fail?

24:45 | Aug 27th, 2015

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

12:01 | Aug 26th, 2015

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 great.   Listen...Show More
Ep 342: Is the Stock Market Crashing?

21:57 | Aug 25th, 2015

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 tod...Show More
Ep 341: Why You Should DO IT NOW

13:08 | Aug 24th, 2015

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 here tod...Show More
Ep 340: SPECIAL PRESENTATION: James Altucher Live (Sort of...)

1:06:51 | Aug 21st, 2015

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 rec...Show More
Ep 339: Cassey Ho, YouTube's Biggest Fitness Instructor, Tells How She Did It Her Way

38:09 | Aug 20th, 2015

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 entr...Show More
Ep 338: Do You Fear Death?

13:49 | Aug 19th, 2015

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, Jame...Show More
Ep 337: The Power of an Impossible No!

19:45 | Aug 18th, 2015

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 ...Show More
Ep 336: Dominating a Room with Your Body Cues

41:59 | Aug 17th, 2015

What if someone told you that your behavior was controlled by a powerful, invisible force? Nick Morgan, the author of Power Cues, joins James today to tell the fantastic story of how, after a serious concussion that left him in a coma for about 10 d...Show More
Ep 335: Q & A Day

17:36 | Aug 14th, 2015

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 Ja...Show More
Ep 334: How to Make a GREAT Book

19:15 | Aug 13th, 2015

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 momen...Show More
Ep 333: I’m Obsessed with Being Rich

17:00 | Aug 12th, 2015

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 to ask, who did I help ...Show More
Ep 332: Ask Mollie

12:37 | Aug 11th, 2015

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 sch...Show More
Ep 331: How to Remember Everything You Read

17:20 | Aug 10th, 2015

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...Show More
Ep 330: How to Survive a Really Terrible Job

13:53 | Aug 7th, 2015

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. ...Show More
Ep 329: How You Can Get Your Dream Job

14:40 | Aug 6th, 2015

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 do....Show More
Ep 328: Who Are the Gatekeepers in Your Life?

13:50 | Aug 5th, 2015

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 st...Show More
Ep 327: The 11 Funniest Movies Ever

17:26 | Aug 4th, 2015

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 1...Show More
Ep 326: Is Society Dying Because of Lack of Character?

10:41 | Aug 3rd, 2015

First, what is good character?  A person who takes responsibility has good character. Listen to hear James and Claudia talk about whether society is dying because of a lack of character. Be impeccable in your word… Regards, David Newman P.S. NO...Show More
Ep 325: The One Question More Valuable than Money

13:51 | Jul 31st, 2015

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 LIFE...Show More
Ep 324: Super Nova Thursday

14:12 | Jul 30th, 2015

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 ...Show More
Ep 323 How Has James Survived Being Married to Claudia for Five Years!?

19:45 | Jul 29th, 2015

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 ...Show More
Ep 322: The Hustle

38:34 | Jul 28th, 2015

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, John Havel, joins him today to...Show More
Ep 321: How to Deal With Unrequited Love

12:35 | Jul 27th, 2015

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 for y...Show More
Ep 320: What is the Difference Between School and Real Life?

15:21 | Jul 24th, 2015

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 the...Show More
Ep 319: How Do I Get Rid of Doubt?

14:57 | Jul 23rd, 2015

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 your...Show More
Ep 318: What Can You Learn From Playing Poker?

13:14 | Jul 22nd, 2015

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 learned t...Show More
Ep 317: What Is the Business Model of Podcasting?

14:43 | Jul 21st, 2015

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 ...Show More
Ep 316: The Eleven Top TV Shows Ever

11:27 | Jul 20th, 2015

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 Geeks...Show More
Ep 315: How to Build Your Influential Network

14:23 | Jul 17th, 2015

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 ...Show More
Ep 314: What to Do if Your Best Friend's Husband Is Cheating

16:23 | Jul 16th, 2015

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 ...Show More
Ep 313: Get an MIT Education for 1% of the Price

25:03 | Jul 15th, 2015

Scott Young spent $2,000 and got a "degree" from MIT... And he never had to leave his house. He calls it the "MIT Challenge." Scott believes you might learn better without having to go to college for four years. He spent four years getting a busin...Show More
Ep 312: True Friends

09:24 | Jul 14th, 2015

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 ...Show More
Ep 311: How to Deal With Catastrophes

15:26 | Jul 13th, 2015

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 soft...Show More
Ep 310 How Mastery Can Make Your Life Amazing

17:22 | Jul 10th, 2015

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 how to lo...Show More
Ep 309: The End of Jobs

48:30 | Jul 9th, 2015

Taylor Pearson talks with James today about The End of Jobs, 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 so...Show More
AA Ep 308: How Does the Daily Practice Turn into Money?

12:54 | Jul 8th, 2015

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 exact...Show More
Ep 307: What If All of My Ideas Are Rejected?

10:43 | Jul 7th, 2015

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 sa...Show More
Ep 306: The Path to Excellence

1:04:16 | Jul 6th, 2015

Mac Lethal (born David McCleary Sheldon) is another overnight success, 17 years in the making. In November 2011, he released a video on YouTube of him rapping over the beat to "Look at Me Now" while he prepared pancakes in his kitchen. The video be...Show More
Ep 305: Mozart Rap Idea Sex

05:03 | Jul 3rd, 2015

Happy Fourth of July. To celebrate, James and Claudia wanted to give everyone a present. Listen to today's show and click here to get your special present. Regards, David Newman P.S. NOT SURE WHAT TO DO WITH THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?   A great ne...Show More
Ep 304: How Can I Not Have Strong Opinions?

12:33 | Jul 2nd, 2015

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 l...Show More
Ep 303: The Bruce Lee Technique of Learning

15:45 | Jul 1st, 2015

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 h...Show More
Ep 302 James Goes Super Nova

11:44 | Jun 30th, 2015

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 ...Show More
Ep 301: How to Get People to Listen to Your Ideas

10:24 | Jun 29th, 2015

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 newspaper while h...Show More
AA Ep 300 The One Thing That Can Improve All of Your Relationships

25:57 | Jun 26th, 2015

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,...Show More
Ep 299: How to Teach Your Kids About Business

15:39 | Jun 25th, 2015

"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 ...Show More
Ep 298: The Naked Truth about Personal Finance

14:32 | Jun 24th, 2015

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,...Show More
Ep 297: Is 19 Years Old Too Young to Have a Meaningful Relationship?

08:46 | Jun 23rd, 2015

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 present. List...Show More
Ep 296: Is It Possible to Be Too Humble?

11:03 | Jun 22nd, 2015

"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 there...Show More
Ep 295: Yesterday, James' Identity Was Stolen

14:01 | Jun 19th, 2015

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...Show More
Ep 294 What it's like to Die – The Miracle Morning

38:42 | Jun 18th, 2015

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...Show More
Ep 293: Stupid Mistakes Young (and Old) People Constantly Make

17:57 | Jun 17th, 2015

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 wa...Show More
Ep 292: What Is Happiness?

10:58 | Jun 16th, 2015

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 O...Show More
Ep 291: Living Location Independent (aka Homeless)

35:32 | Jun 15th, 2015

Last week in our Ask Altucher episode #286: Help I'm Homeless and episode #283: Will You Go Broke Choosing Yourself? James and Claudia talked about being homeless. Today they interview Maja Gray who is living, as she calls it, location independent. ...Show More
Ep 290: What To Do When You Have Too Many Choices

07:36 | Jun 12th, 2015

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 can fi...Show More
Ep 289: How to be Mega-Productive

17:45 | Jun 11th, 2015

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 ...Show More
Ep 288: This 11 year old dropped out of school... Then THIS HAPPENED

37:05 | Jun 10th, 2015

Mark Messick 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 ...Show More
Ep 287: How to Turn Fear Into Money

14:10 | Jun 9th, 2015

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 i...Show More
Ep 286: Help, I'm Homeless

13:39 | Jun 8th, 2015

Last Thursday on our Ask Altucher Episode #283: Will you Go Broke Choosing Yourself? 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-ti...Show More
Ep 285: The Dr. is in The House

16:15 | Jun 5th, 2015

"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 ...Show More
Ep 284: How to Stop Feeling Anxious

09:33 | Jun 4th, 2015

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 u...Show More
Ep 283: Will You Go Broke Choosing Yourself?

17:56 | Jun 3rd, 2015

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 kn...Show More
Ep 282: Podcasters in Cars Getting Coffee Talking Part 2 – Making Quick Cash

13:03 | Jun 2nd, 2015

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 online...Show More
Ep 281: Podcasters in Cars Getting Coffee Talking About Career Envy

11:57 | Jun 1st, 2015

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 po...Show More
Ep 280: Want to be Smarter, Read Fiction

31:24 | May 29th, 2015

"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, ficti...Show More
Ep 279: How to Make a Boatload of Money After Going on Shark Tank

28:01 | May 28th, 2015

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, Squa...Show More
Ep 278: Make More Money by Having Less Focus

11:53 | May 27th, 2015

"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 pape...Show More
Ep 277: How to Stop Giving a Darn

10:14 | May 26th, 2015

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...Show More
Ep 276: How to Make $25,000 in 90 Minutes

18:53 | May 22nd, 2015

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 me...Show More
Ep 275 Pocket Dreams Can Come True

24:57 | May 21st, 2015

Do you carry around a dream in your back pocket? Rollie Peterkin 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'...Show More
Ep 274: How To Think About Hard Work

13:07 | May 20th, 2015

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 really ...Show More
Ep 273: Three Choose Yourself Exercises

14:48 | May 19th, 2015

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 down. T...Show More
Ep 272 How to Make 7-Figures a Year on YouTube

1:01:01 | May 18th, 2015

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 with them p...Show More
Ep 271: What Should You Unlearn?

10:09 | May 15th, 2015

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 you s...Show More
Ep 270: What Does James Want People to Say at His Funeral?

07:53 | May 14th, 2015

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 more likely to stand up and t...Show More
Ep 269 James' Secret to Writing

12:48 | May 13th, 2015

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. ...Show More
Ep 268 The ONE WORD that will make you RICH

10:37 | May 12th, 2015

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' a...Show More
Ep 267: Two Hacks for Incredible Monday Productivity

07:35 | May 11th, 2015

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 it's g...Show More
Ep 266: How to Get Any Mentor in the World

31:36 | May 8th, 2015

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 ...Show More
Ep 265: 401(k)s Are Still a Scam – No Matter How Much Hate Mail You Send Me.

14:17 | May 7th, 2015

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 scenario ...Show More
Ep 264: How Do I Get Back My Old Rusty Skills?

12:44 | May 6th, 2015

One of our past Ask Altucher guests Matt Capala from episode 245 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 s...Show More
Ep 263: "You Must Do the Thing You Think You Cannot Do"

11:06 | May 5th, 2015

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 – and rep...Show More
Ep 262: Don't Say 'Yes' When You Really Want to Say 'No'

14:15 | May 4th, 2015

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 s...Show More
Ep 261: Why You Should KEEP Your Job

11:16 | May 1st, 2015

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 ...Show More
Ep 260: Who Is Going to Be the Next President?

12:56 | Apr 30th, 2015

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...Show More
Ep 259 When Should You Stop Paying Your Mortgage

08:58 | Apr 29th, 2015

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 can’t pay it than s...Show More
Ep 258 How to Be a Great Leader

12:38 | Apr 28th, 2015

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 goa...Show More
Ep 257: How Does James Focus to Get Everything Done Every Day?

11:29 | Apr 27th, 2015

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 5...Show More
Ep 256: What Does James Think About Abortion?

13:11 | Apr 24th, 2015

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 import...Show More
Ep 255: The Perfect Resume to Get Any Job Today

19:16 | Apr 23rd, 2015

Claudia showed James "the perfect resume" 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 cu...Show More
Ep 254: More Myths, Part II

17:49 | Apr 22nd, 2015

Yesterday, James and Claudia covered a bunch of myths that have been drilled into us. Here's a link to listen to yesterday's episode if you missed it. Today, they talk about the myths we believe in regarding money, family, government, wars, and reli...Show More
Ep 253: Seven Myths Debunked

15:53 | Apr 21st, 2015

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 for. Regard...Show More
Ep 252: How to Use "The Force" in Your Life

10:54 | Apr 20th, 2015

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 a...Show More
Ep 251: Should You Be Friends With Your Customers?

12:06 | Apr 17th, 2015

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 different. Regards, David ...Show More
Ep 250 The Key to Becoming a Creative Genius

13:05 | Apr 16th, 2015

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 geniu...Show More
Ep 249 – Why Does Your Boss Hate You?

10:31 | Apr 15th, 2015

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 s...Show More
Ep 248: Did Claudia Marry James for the Money?

13:57 | Apr 14th, 2015

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 lives.   Th...Show More
Ep 247: Do You Have to Be Tough and Aggressive to be Successful in Business?

08:06 | Apr 13th, 2015

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 you. Regards, David ...Show More
Ep 246: How to Create 15 Sources of Income

16:45 | Apr 10th, 2015

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 multipl...Show More
Ep 245: How to Make Money With Your Blog in Six Months

27:05 | Apr 9th, 2015

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 ...Show More
Ep 244: How Can You Become More Creative?

15:00 | Apr 8th, 2015

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 better. ...Show More
Ep 243 How to Survive Prison

27:42 | Apr 7th, 2015

Mancal Denton 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 1...Show More
Ep 242: Can You Really Make Money Giving All Your Ideas Away?

17:13 | Apr 6th, 2015

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 zero-s...Show More
Ep 103: Part 2 with Mark Ford: The Man Who Built 100 Businesses

54:17 | Apr 3rd, 2015

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 click here to start there.   Make sure you go to markfordbook.com and learn how you can claim your free copy o...Show More
Ep 241 – Are 401(k)s a Scam?

14:24 | Apr 2nd, 2015

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 i...Show More
Ep 240: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It

30:15 | Apr 1st, 2015

Dorie Clark 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,...Show More
Ep 102: The Man Who Built 100 Businesses

53:48 | Mar 31st, 2015

Today we have a very special show for you.  James hopped a plane to Palm Beach and recorded this two-part show from this gentleman’s waterfront mansion. He’s is a true legend in the field of entrepreneurship and investing having started over 100 com...Show More
Ep 239: Changing Your Lifestyle Can Change Your Life

39:35 | Mar 30th, 2015

Drew Canole – a nutrition specialist, transformation specialist, and national spokesperson for the benefits of juicing vegetables for health and vitality – joins James and Claudia today to talk about getting healthy. Drew goes way beyond just eating...Show More
Ep 238 How to Make Seven Figures Liquidating Failed Businesses

25:07 | Mar 27th, 2015

Steve DiNisio joins James today to explain how, by helping liquidate failed businesses, he's created a seven-figure income for himself. Today they dig into some of the basic reasons why business fail and what they should be doing at the very beginni...Show More
Ep 237: Aaron Brabham's Back – Well, Sort Of

34:22 | Mar 26th, 2015

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...Show More
Ep 236: What Do You Think of Obama's Free Community College Proposal?

12:56 | Mar 25th, 2015

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...Show More
Ep 235: Should I Quit My Job to Open a Yoga Studio?

10:32 | Mar 24th, 2015

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 probl...Show More
Ep 234: How Much Money Do I Need Before I Quit My Job?

08:30 | Mar 23rd, 2015

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 s...Show More
Ep 233: Should We Trust Our Friends in Business?

09:53 | Mar 20th, 2015

Today's question came from a listener who wants to know if you should trust your friends in business. James says you should never go into business with people you don't trust. Or to take it a step farther, you shouldn't have friends you can't trust....Show More
Ep 232: Can You Make a Career in the E-Commerce Space?

13:10 | Mar 19th, 2015

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...Show More
Ep 231: Why Did James Decide to Start a Newsletter?

06:53 | Mar 18th, 2015

For those who are interested, I decided to launch a new monthly newsletter, The Altucher Report. It's going to be a little more specific and much more tactical than my free blog posts. It's brand new and I'm selling it for just $39 per year with a ...Show More
Ep 230: Quick-Fire on AA's Today – Relationships, Investing, Karma, Goals, and More

10:32 | Mar 17th, 2015

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: askjam...Show More
Ep 229: Why Should You Over-Promise and Over-Deliver

09:38 | Mar 16th, 2015

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 stan...Show More
Ep 228 Should You Home School Your Kids?

09:56 | Mar 13th, 2015

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 wit...Show More
Ep 227: How to Counteract Your Addictions

10:13 | Mar 12th, 2015

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 h...Show More
Ep 226 How to Improve 1% per Day, Every Day

08:18 | Mar 11th, 2015

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 ...Show More
Ep 225: Is it Ethical to Just Walk Out of Your Job?

11:58 | Mar 10th, 2015

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 liste...Show More
Ep 224: Screw The Paleo Diet

09:12 | Mar 9th, 2015

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...Show More
Ep 223: How Do I Execute?

08:24 | Mar 6th, 2015

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 forward.   I w...Show More
Ep 222 – Is it better to lease or buy a car?

07:07 | Mar 5th, 2015

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 don't want to...Show More
Ep 221 What Did James Do When He Crashed His Car?

09:32 | Mar 4th, 2015

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 ice. My...Show More
Ep 220 The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

12:25 | Mar 3rd, 2015

My new book, The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth, 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 to...Show More
Ep 219 What Can You Do if Someone Steals Your Website?

06:29 | Mar 2nd, 2015

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 busin...Show More
Ep 218 How Important Is Suffering?

11:06 | Feb 27th, 2015

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...Show More
Ep 96: Kevin Kelly – A Thousand True Fans

1:11:07 | Feb 26th, 2015

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 Cool Tools website, which gets half a million unique visitors per...Show More
Ep 217 How one man makes six figures with Uber

13:18 | Feb 26th, 2015

Uber is popping up everywhere and it's a lot more than just a new way to hire a ride.   Jon Youshaei todays guest on Ask Altucher, shares his great story first published in Forbes about the "Uberpreneur" Gavin Escolar.
Ep 216 Where Can Your Kids Publish Their Content

10:17 | Feb 25th, 2015

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 g...Show More
Ep 215 What's on Your Bucket List?

08:52 | Feb 24th, 2015

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 mys...Show More
Ep 214 What Businesses Can Be Created to Take Advantage of the Lack of Privacy

14:17 | Feb 23rd, 2015

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 product.   ...Show More
Ep 213 The Art of Negotiation

14:32 | Feb 20th, 2015

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 fro...Show More
Ep 212 – Use Your 10 Ideas as Your Feedback

14:49 | Feb 18th, 2015

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' n...Show More
Ep 92 Andy Weir – The Martian - How to go from Self Published to Six Figures

53:26 | Feb 17th, 2015

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, The Egg, brought him a bit of notoriety. This thousand-word story got passed around on blog sit...Show More
Ep 211 – A Twofer Today

11:55 | Feb 17th, 2015

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 personalitie...Show More
Ep 210 – Ari Whitten, The Low Carb Myth

27:00 | Feb 13th, 2015

James and Claudia talk with Ari Whitten, author of the book The Low Carb Myth,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 la...Show More
Ep 209: A Choose Yourself Meet-up Guide

12:41 | Feb 12th, 2015

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 direction. •Participate •Speak up ...Show More
Ep 208 To Make More Money – Spend More

12:52 | Feb 11th, 2015

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 educatio...Show More
Ep 207 What's the Difference between a Loser and a Winner?

08:27 | Feb 9th, 2015

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. ...Show More
Ep 206: How to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

50:51 | Feb 5th, 2015

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 wri...Show More
Ep 205 – How Do You Deal When Everything is Going Wrong?

12:27 | Feb 4th, 2015

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 c...Show More
Ep 204 What Does James Do in the Afternoon?

06:20 | Feb 3rd, 2015

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...Show More
AA Ep 203 Are You Shy?

08:33 | Feb 2nd, 2015

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 you need to practice talking to peo...Show More
Ep 202: Casey Neistat – How to Get to 13 Million YouTube Views

39:17 | Jan 30th, 2015

Casey Neistat is an American film director, producer, and creator of popular YouTube videos. 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 You...Show More
Ep 201: Does The Self-Help Industry Help?

12:07 | Jan 29th, 2015

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

10:23 | Jan 28th, 2015

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...Show More
Ep 199 Public Speaking Tips

10:26 | Jan 27th, 2015

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...Show More
Ep 198 How Can I Build a Media Empire?

08:45 | Jan 26th, 2015

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 testi...Show More
Ep 197 Nicole Lapin – Rich Bitch

33:29 | Jan 23rd, 2015

Nicole Lapin, 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 o...Show More
Ep 196 – The Guy Who Makes Things Happen

05:53 | Jan 22nd, 2015

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 conver...Show More
Ep 195 Jayson Gaignard – Uncommon Commonalities

28:16 | Jan 21st, 2015

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 abou...Show More
Ep 194 – How to Throw Out Everything

12:34 | Jan 20th, 2015

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...Show More
Ep 193: Should I Buy a Home?

14:12 | Jan 19th, 2015

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 fixe...Show More
Ep 192 Become an Idea Machine

26:10 | Jan 16th, 2015

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...Show More
Ep 191 How to Make Seven Figures a Year on Social Media

33:28 | Jan 15th, 2015

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...Show More
Ep 190 Travel The World on $50 a Day

28:49 | Jan 14th, 2015

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 Matt Kepnes who just wrote the new book How to Travel the World on $50 a Day  He shares with us many of th...Show More
Ep 189 Why Doesn't James Own an iPhone?

08:41 | Jan 13th, 2015

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 think. ...Show More
Ep 188 Is Grad School Worth the Time?

11:44 | Jan 12th, 2015

"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 t...Show More
Ep 187 Is The Food We Eat Killing Us?

48:40 | Jan 9th, 2015

James and Claudia call Vani Hani, author of The Food Babe, 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 reall...Show More
Ep 186 Credit Card Debt

13:37 | Jan 8th, 2015

“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 afford to pay. I know this goes against w...Show More
Ep 185 Find Your Unfair Advantage

12:53 | Jan 7th, 2015

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 college i...Show More
Ep 184 Should I Take a Promotion if I Have to Sacrifice My Lifestyle?

14:34 | Jan 6th, 2015

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 f...Show More
Ep 183 Online Dating – Is It Worth it?

10:44 | Jan 5th, 2015

"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 unlimite...Show More
Ep 182 Are The Holidays Justified?

15:33 | Jan 2nd, 2015

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 them. Lis...Show More
Ep 181: 203-512-2161

06:26 | Jan 1st, 2015

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 ...Show More
Ep 180 What I Learned in 2014 – Have Faith

06:57 | Dec 31st, 2014

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 in ...Show More
Ep 179 When is the Right Time to Start a Family

08:58 | Dec 30th, 2014

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 children and I don't.    Shou...Show More
Ep 178 Do I Need a Business Plan?

16:10 | Dec 29th, 2014

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 billi...Show More
Ep 177 How Can I Deal With Crappy People at the Holidays?

13:38 | Dec 26th, 2014

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 be aroun...Show More
Ep 176 Am I a Taker If I Follow Advice?

12:19 | Dec 25th, 2014

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 fantastic show and if you’ve ...Show More
Ep 175 How Can I Set up a Business Helping Small Businesses?

13:03 | Dec 24th, 2014

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 the...Show More
EP 174 The No-Complaint Diet

11:09 | Dec 23rd, 2014

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 ...Show More
Ep 173 How Can I Sell My idea?

10:27 | Dec 22nd, 2014

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 you ca...Show More
Ep 172: What Goals Did You Set for 2015?

13:57 | Dec 19th, 2014

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 themes.    Before you pull out t...Show More
Ep 171: How Can I Get My Movie Made?

11:51 | Dec 18th, 2014

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 down.   Claudia ...Show More
Ep 170 What's The Best Way to Crowdfund?

25:01 | Dec 17th, 2014

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, Clay Hebert and gives you all the tricks.   He says you need to act like the opposite of ...Show More
Ep 169 The Key to Success in Life

11:48 | Dec 16th, 2014

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 bed early. Getti...Show More
Ep 168 – How Do You Get That Final 1% Finished?

13:22 | Dec 15th, 2014

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 these... ...Show More
EP 167 How Long Should You Date Before Having Sex?

09:55 | Dec 12th, 2014

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 have any rules in place -13 ...Show More
EP 166 Do You Believe in Intuition?

14:52 | Dec 11th, 2014

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 believes intuition is really yo...Show More
Ep 165: How to Monetize Your Niche Podcast

13:47 | Dec 10th, 2014

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' Facebook f...Show More
Ep 164 Should You Theme Your 10 Daily Ideas

08:21 | Dec 9th, 2014

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 list will be simil...Show More
Ep 163: Back Pain

12:31 | Dec 8th, 2014

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 or to the ...Show More
Ep. 162: How To Add Value

11:15 | Dec 5th, 2014

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 of boring ideas to share...Show More
Ep. 161: Internet Startup Shortcuts

16:59 | Dec 4th, 2014

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 building their...Show More
Ep 160: How to Write a Book

07:53 | Dec 3rd, 2014

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. You'll f...Show More
EP 159: Right NOW

07:55 | Dec 2nd, 2014

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 solve...Show More
Ep 158: Anger and How to Deal With It

11:38 | Dec 1st, 2014

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 disagreement at the "pe...Show More
EP 157: Minimal Viable Product

13:07 | Nov 28th, 2014

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 expert's explana...Show More
EP 156: How to Give Away Your Ideas

14:00 | Nov 27th, 2014

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 these?...    You have to cat...Show More
EP 155 Breaking Bad Habits with Maneesh Sethi

34:11 | Nov 26th, 2014

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 PAVLOKand Editor in Chief of Hack The System, took it to the extreme. He ...Show More
AA Ep 154 Trends for The 21st Century

14:51 | Nov 25th, 2014

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 need to make an ap...Show More
Ep. 153 A Trillion-Dollar Company?

13:22 | Nov 24th, 2014

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 you his thoughts on the next trillion-dollar ...Show More
Ep 152: If Everyone Chose Themselves, Then Who Would Work

13:32 | Nov 21st, 2014

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 gatekeep...Show More
Ep. 151: Top 3 Things I Learned from Tony Robbins

12:50 | Nov 20th, 2014

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 questions lead to lousy answers.   ·         Be a s...Show More
Ep. 150: Fire Me I Beg You

16:17 | Nov 19th, 2014

Today, we're mixing it up a bit. Robbie Abed, author of the book Fire Me I Beg You 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, "...Show More
Ep. 149: Efficiency Hacks

12:31 | Nov 18th, 2014

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 wake up ar...Show More
Ep 148: Entrepreneur's Worst Mistake

15:10 | Nov 17th, 2014

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 intense...   You have to...Show More
Ep. 147: How to Deal With Short-Term Stress

13:35 | Nov 14th, 2014

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 license w...Show More
Ep 146: C'mon, Mark Cuban just got LUCKY! Didn't he?

11:41 | Nov 13th, 2014

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 how...Show More
Ep. 145: Give Your Ideas Away for Free

09:34 | Nov 12th, 2014

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 just steal it? ...Show More
Ep. 144 New York or L.A.?

12:25 | Nov 11th, 2014

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 good choices.    Claudia of...Show More
Ep. 143: How did James Propose to Claudia?

13:38 | Nov 10th, 2014

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

12:53 | Nov 7th, 2014

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 what...Show More
Ep 141: 10 Step Salesmen

42:39 | Nov 6th, 2014

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 “closing the deal.” Enter, Le...Show More
Ep. 140 I Hate My Boss

23:38 | Nov 5th, 2014

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 different spin on this questio...Show More
Ep. 139 How to be Grateful

19:42 | Nov 4th, 2014

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 complaining or compa...Show More
Ep. 138 Should I Leave my Spouse

19:55 | Nov 3rd, 2014

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 to tempo...Show More
Ep. 137 Breaking Bad Habits

13:44 | Oct 31st, 2014

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, emoti...Show More
Ep. 136 Unleash your Inner Extrovert

10:04 | Oct 30th, 2014

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 is to br...Show More
Ep. 135 How to Generate Website Traffic

24:27 | Oct 29th, 2014

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 mastered the art and...Show More
Ep. 134 $1,000 in a Week

14:20 | Oct 28th, 2014

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."   Right off the top...Show More
Ep. 133 Ebola - Should I Worry?

11:44 | Oct 27th, 2014

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 panic.   Today, James a...Show More
Ep. 132 The 24-Hour Rule

19:43 | Oct 24th, 2014

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,...Show More
Ep. 131 Dating Checklist

05:02 | Oct 23rd, 2014

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 e...Show More
Ep. 130 Friend-Zoned

11:38 | Oct 22nd, 2014

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...Show More
Ep. 129 James Altucher Diet

12:28 | Oct 21st, 2014

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 sugge...Show More
Ep. 128 Today's the Day

13:14 | Oct 20th, 2014

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 ...Show More
Ep. 127 Income From Ebay

16:09 | Oct 17th, 2014

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 posting a piece...Show More
Ep. 126 Don’t Be That Guy

18:02 | Oct 16th, 2014

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 ce...Show More
Ep. 125 Idea Matrix

20:08 | Oct 15th, 2014

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...Show More
Ep. 124 Defeat Distractions

15:23 | Oct 14th, 2014

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 se...Show More
Ep. 123 Stay Calm

21:08 | Oct 13th, 2014

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 s...Show More
Ep. 122 The No-Complaints Diet

13:10 | Oct 10th, 2014

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 anything....Show More
Ep. 121 Stealing Energy

18:46 | Oct 9th, 2014

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...Show More
Ep. 120 Writing for Money

16:57 | Oct 8th, 2014

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 ...Show More
Ep. 119 Start Writing

20:47 | Oct 7th, 2014

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 pro...Show More
Ep. 118 Cookies or Cake?

09:49 | Oct 6th, 2014

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 dir...Show More
Ep. 117 GOALS suck

23:28 | Oct 3rd, 2014

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 a...Show More
Ep. 116 Follow Your Passion

15:20 | Oct 2nd, 2014

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 under...Show More
Ep. 115 Hype

16:12 | Oct 1st, 2014

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...Show More
Ep. 114 James Fav. Investments

15:52 | Sep 30th, 2014

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 w...Show More
Ep. 113 The Art of Charm

32:42 | Sep 29th, 2014

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 Altuc...Show More
Ep. 112 Master Copywriting

24:16 | Sep 26th, 2014

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...Show More
Ep. 111 Altucher's Media 101

24:04 | Sep 25th, 2014

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 importan...Show More
Ep. 110 Self-Help Books

16:42 | Sep 24th, 2014

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...Show More
Ep. 109 Promote Yourself

15:21 | Sep 23rd, 2014

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 t...Show More
Ep. 108 Advice For Kids

16:26 | Sep 22nd, 2014

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 by ...Show More
Ep. 107 Find Your Passion

21:14 | Sep 19th, 2014

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 don’t know what my passion is?” ...Show More
Ep. 106 10 Times Better

22:37 | Sep 18th, 2014

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, ...Show More
Ep. 105 Orchestrating a Bestseller

32:58 | Sep 17th, 2014

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 wrong wi...Show More
Ep. 104 Leave Your 9 to 5

14:18 | Sep 16th, 2014

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 ma...Show More
Ep. 103 Power of Giving

15:31 | Sep 15th, 2014

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 di...Show More
Ep. 102 Are You Selfish?

15:34 | Sep 12th, 2014

Choose Yourself 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 ...Show More
EP. 101 Stop To-Do Lists

22:02 | Sep 11th, 2014

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...Show More
Ep. 100 Starting from Scratch

16:39 | Sep 10th, 2014

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 money...Show More
Ep. 99 Sell Anything

20:46 | Sep 9th, 2014

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...Show More
Ep. 98 Networking Effectively

23:37 | Sep 8th, 2014

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, some...Show More
Ep. 97 Getting Fired

24:50 | Sep 5th, 2014

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 be inc...Show More
Ep. 96 Divorce

13:08 | Sep 4th, 2014

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 a...Show More
Ep. 95 Ideas for Anything

18:45 | Sep 3rd, 2014

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 ha...Show More
Ep. 94 Brain Power

14:28 | Sep 2nd, 2014

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 calcu...Show More
Ep. 93 Criticism Part II

12:35 | Aug 29th, 2014

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 yourself....Show More
Ep. 92 Constructive Criticism

14:26 | Aug 28th, 2014

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 th...Show More
Ep. 91 Tips on Writing

11:28 | Aug 27th, 2014

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 ...Show More
Ep. 90 Self-Image

11:38 | Aug 26th, 2014

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 tainte...Show More
Ep. 89 Say "Yes"

10:40 | Aug 25th, 2014

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 you...Show More
Ep. 88 Life's Difficulties

13:55 | Aug 22nd, 2014

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 intere...Show More
Ep. 87 John Lee Dumas' Success

23:32 | Aug 21st, 2014

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...Show More
Ep. 86 John Lee Dumas on Idea Sex

19:10 | Aug 20th, 2014

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 ...Show More
Ep. 85 Getting Older

13:37 | Aug 19th, 2014

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... "...Show More
Ep. 84 How To Stop

11:12 | Aug 18th, 2014

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 seve...Show More
Ep. 83 Ultimate Investing Technique

10:37 | Aug 15th, 2014

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 di...Show More
Ep. 82 Bitcoin in Argentina

11:28 | Aug 14th, 2014

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...Show More
Ep. 81 James' Reading List

20:47 | Aug 13th, 2014

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...Show More
Ep. 80 Train Your Brain

12:38 | Aug 12th, 2014

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...Show More
Ep. 79 Feel More Attractive

10:43 | Aug 11th, 2014

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 ...Show More
Ep. 78 Funding a Business

09:04 | Aug 8th, 2014

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...Show More
Ep. 77 How to Use Your Degree

17:24 | Aug 7th, 2014

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...Show More
Ep. 76 How to Move On

15:30 | Aug 6th, 2014

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...Show More
Ep. 75 Fame and Fortune

08:48 | Aug 5th, 2014

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 Jam...Show More
Ep. 74 Creativity

07:59 | Aug 4th, 2014

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" situa...Show More
Ep. 73 Be Better At Everything

17:20 | Aug 1st, 2014

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 interaction.Her...Show More
Ep. 72 Passive Income

18:48 | Jul 31st, 2014

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 t...Show More
Ep. 71 Networking

19:40 | Jul 30th, 2014

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 m...Show More
Ep. 70 Passion

21:51 | Jul 29th, 2014

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 ...Show More
Ep. 69 Ignore The News

18:12 | Jul 28th, 2014

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 does...Show More