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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 started and sold several companies for eight figure… read more

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Ep 369: Product Hunt – Entrepreneurship Lessons From a Blazing Success Story

October 8th, 2015


James credits at least some of his success to his guest's new company, .   Erik Torenberg a founding team-member at Product Hunt, co-founder of, and associate at Queensbridge Venture Partners joins James today. …

Ep 368: The Best-Kept Secret in "America"

October 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?
Today, James and Claudia call our good friend and the original co-host of Ask …

Ep 367: Altucher interviews Altucher

October 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 …

Ep 366: James Needs a Therapist for His Public Speaking

October 5th, 2015


James gives his friend a call today to talk about a subject that scares the heck out of him — public speaking.
James asks Mitch about his philosophy on public speaking.
Mitch breaks down public speakers and presenting …

Ep 365: Chris Brogan – What's the Real Value of Podcasting?

October 2nd, 2015


James gives his good friend a call today to talk about the real value of doing a podcast.
James asks Chris... Is podcasting worth the time and effort?
Chris says "no... and yes." There's no real money in it, but the …

Ep 364: The Art of Fiction, with Screenwriter, Brian Koppelman, Part Two

September 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 …

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

September 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 …

Ep 362: Should I Quit College and Pursue My Passion?

September 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 …

Ep 361: The Best Salesman Ever

September 24th, 2015


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.

Ep 360 Jason Zook (aka Surfrapp) Sells His Future

September 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 …

Ep 359: How to Become a Master at Networking

September 18th, 2015


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 …

Ep 358: What to Do When You're Burned Out

September 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 …

Ep 357: The Secret Mistake ALL First Time Entrepreneurs Make

September 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 …

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

September 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 …

Ep 354 Suicide

September 11th, 2015


Just don't do it.
In honor of , Claudia and James felt it was very important to record this podcast.
Claudia, being a victim of living through her mother's suicide when she was just a teenager, is passionate about …

Ep 353: Why Accomplish Anything?

September 10th, 2015


This question came in from the Facebook group:
"I've been passed over for my next promotion. I feel like 'the poor employee' instead of "the 'rich employee.'"
James says being "The Rich Employee" is a mindset, and this …

Ep 352: Do You Have To Pay Your Student Loans?

September 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 …

Ep 351: How to Know When to 'Fire' a Terrible Customer

September 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 …

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

September 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 to join them to give us a couple of quick tips to help you …

Ep 349: Why Did James Self-Publish The Rich Employee?

September 3rd, 2015


Why did James self-publish his new book, ?
He wanted total control over the marketing.
The old way of the legacy book publishers is to get the author …

Ep 348: The Rich Employee

September 2nd, 2015


Why did James feel that he had to write his new book, ?
He wanted to set the record straight.
For the average employee, income is going down while inflation goes up. Industry, knowledge, and management are all being …

Ep 347 Chris Brogan hosts James today on

September 1st, 2015


was gracious enough to allow us to repost an interview he did today with James to talk about, everything…including the release of James brand new book; that hit the Amazon bookstore today.
They jumped onto a platform …

Ep 346: Dr. Wayne Dyer – Namaste

August 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 …

Ep 345: Frank Curzio Interviews James Altucher

August 28th, 2015


A few months ago Frank Curzio interviewed James on his Top 10 iTunes podcast .
We thought a lot of our new listeners might have never heard this interview and so I decided to publish it today.
I really think you’ll enjoy …

Ep 344: Why Do So Many Small Businesses Fail?

August 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

August 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 …

Ep 342: Is the Stock Market Crashing?

August 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 …

Ep 341: Why You Should DO IT NOW

August 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, …

Ep 340: SPECIAL PRESENTATION: James Altucher Live (Sort of...)

August 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 …

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

August 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 …

Ep 338: Do You Fear Death?

August 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.
David Newman
P.S. This Thursday, …

Ep 337: The Power of an Impossible No!

August 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 …

Ep 336: Dominating a Room with Your Body Cues

August 17th, 2015


What if someone told you that your behavior was controlled by a powerful, invisible force?
Nick Morgan, the author of , joins James today to tell the …

Ep 335: Q & A Day

August 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 …

Ep 334: How to Make a GREAT Book

August 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 …

Ep 333: I’m Obsessed with Being Rich

August 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 …

Ep 332: Ask Mollie

August 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 …

Ep 331: How to Remember Everything You Read

August 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 …

Ep 330: How to Survive a Really Terrible Job

August 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, …

Ep 329: How You Can Get Your Dream Job

August 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 …

Ep 328: Who Are the Gatekeepers in Your Life?

August 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 …

Ep 327: The 11 Funniest Movies Ever

August 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 …

Ep 326: Is Society Dying Because of Lack of Character?

August 3rd, 2015


First, what is good character? 
A person who takes responsibility has good character.
to hear James and Claudia talk about whether society is dying because of a lack of character.
Be impeccable in your word…

Ep 325: The One Question More Valuable than Money

July 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?"
David Newman

Ep 324: Super Nova Thursday

July 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 …

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

July 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 …

Ep 322: The Hustle

July 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, , …

Ep 321: How to Deal With Unrequited Love

July 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 …

Ep 320: What is the Difference Between School and Real Life?

July 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, …

Ep 319: How Do I Get Rid of Doubt?

July 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. …

Ep 318: What Can You Learn From Playing Poker?

July 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 …

Ep 317: What Is the Business Model of Podcasting?

July 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 …

Ep 316: The Eleven Top TV Shows Ever

July 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 …

Ep 315: How to Build Your Influential Network

July 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 …

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

July 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 …

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

July 15th, 2015


spent $2,000 and got a "degree" from MIT... And he never had to leave his house.
He calls it the "."
Scott believes you might learn better without …

Ep 312: True Friends

July 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 …

Ep 311: How to Deal With Catastrophes

July 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. …

Ep 310 How Mastery Can Make Your Life Amazing

July 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, …

Ep 309: The End of Jobs

July 9th, 2015


talks with James today about , he wrote the book on it.
James says about Taylors book “ The most important thing about The End of Jobs is that entrepreneurship is not a choice you can make at your leisure”.
“This is …

AA Ep 308: How Does the Daily Practice Turn into Money?

July 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 …

Ep 307: What If All of My Ideas Are Rejected?

July 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 …

Ep 306: The Path to Excellence

July 6th, 2015


(born David McCleary Sheldon) is another overnight success, 17 years in the making.
In November 2011, he released a video on of him rapping over the beat to "Look at Me Now" while he prepared pancakes in his kitchen.
The …

Ep 305: Mozart Rap Idea Sex

July 3rd, 2015


Happy Fourth of July.
To celebrate, James and Claudia wanted to give everyone a present.
Listen to today's show and to get your special present.

Ep 304: How Can I Not Have Strong Opinions?

July 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 …

Ep 303: The Bruce Lee Technique of Learning

July 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 …

Ep 302 James Goes Super Nova

June 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 …

Ep 301: How to Get People to Listen to Your Ideas

June 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 …

AA Ep 300 The One Thing That Can Improve All of Your Relationships

June 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 …

Ep 299: How to Teach Your Kids About Business

June 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 …

Ep 298: The Naked Truth about Personal Finance

June 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 …

Ep 297: Is 19 Years Old Too Young to Have a Meaningful Relationship?

June 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 …

Ep 296: Is It Possible to Be Too Humble?

June 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 …

Ep 295: Yesterday, James' Identity Was Stolen

June 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 …

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

June 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 …

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

June 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 …

Ep 292: What Is Happiness?

June 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.
David Newman

Ep 291: Living Location Independent (aka Homeless)

June 15th, 2015


Last week in our Ask Altucher episode #286: and episode #283: James and Claudia talked about being homeless.
Today they interview who is living, as she calls it, location independent.
Maja has been a traveler since …

Ep 290: What To Do When You Have Too Many Choices

June 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 …

Ep 289: How to be Mega-Productive

June 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 …

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

June 10th, 2015


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 …

Ep 287: How to Turn Fear Into Money

June 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 …

Ep 286: Help, I'm Homeless

June 8th, 2015


Last Thursday on our Ask Altucher Episode #283:
James said: "How many homeless people do you know? It's harder to become homeless than you think."
And while he still believes that to be true, James had a long-time …

Ep 285: The Dr. is in The House

June 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, …

Ep 284: How to Stop Feeling Anxious

June 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.

Ep 283: Will You Go Broke Choosing Yourself?

June 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 …

Ep 282: Podcasters in Cars Getting Coffee Talking Part 2 – Making Quick Cash

June 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 …

Ep 281: Podcasters in Cars Getting Coffee Talking About Career Envy

June 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 …

Ep 280: Want to be Smarter, Read Fiction

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 …

Ep 279: How to Make a Boatload of Money After Going on Shark Tank

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 …

Ep 278: Make More Money by Having Less Focus

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.

Ep 277: How to Stop Giving a Darn

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 …

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

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 …

Ep 275 Pocket Dreams Can Come True

May 21st, 2015


Do you carry around a dream in your back pocket?
He left a cushy job on Wall Street to go to Peru and get punched in the face...
And he loved it.

Ep 274: How To Think About Hard Work

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 …

Ep 273: Three Choose Yourself Exercises

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 …

Ep 272 How to Make 7-Figures a Year on YouTube

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 …

Ep 271: What Should You Unlearn?

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 …

Ep 270: What Does James Want People to Say at His Funeral?

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 …

Ep 269 James' Secret to Writing

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 …

Ep 268 The ONE WORD that will make you RICH

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 …

Ep 267: Two Hacks for Incredible Monday Productivity

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 …

Ep 266: How to Get Any Mentor in the World

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 …

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

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. …

Ep 264: How Do I Get Back My Old Rusty Skills?

May 6th, 2015


One of our past Ask Altucher guests Matt Capala from emailed Claudia with our question of today.
Matt wants to know how to get the skills and passions he used to have, but that he has let slip recently
For Matt …

Ep 263: "You Must Do the Thing You Think You Cannot Do"

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 …

Ep 262: Don't Say 'Yes' When You Really Want to Say 'No'

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 …

Ep 261: Why You Should KEEP Your Job

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 …

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

April 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 …

Ep 259 When Should You Stop Paying Your Mortgage

April 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 …

Ep 258 How to Be a Great Leader

April 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 …

Ep 257: How Does James Focus to Get Everything Done Every Day?

April 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, …

Ep 256: What Does James Think About Abortion?

April 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 …

Ep 255: The Perfect Resume to Get Any Job Today

April 23rd, 2015


Claudia showed James "" yesterday. After taking a look at it, James had to agree.
This should be the standard resume anyone should use going forward.

Ep 254: More Myths, Part II

April 22nd, 2015


Yesterday, James and Claudia covered a bunch of myths that have been drilled into us. Here's a to yesterday's episode if you missed it.
Today, they talk about the myths we believe in regarding money, family, government, …

Ep 253: Seven Myths Debunked

April 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 …

Ep 252: How to Use "The Force" in Your Life

April 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 …

Ep 251: Should You Be Friends With Your Customers?

April 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.

Ep 250 The Key to Becoming a Creative Genius

April 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 …

Ep 249 – Why Does Your Boss Hate You?

April 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.

Ep 248: Did Claudia Marry James for the Money?

April 14th, 2015


Yes, money was a factor, but not the most important factor.
Listen to what was the most important thing.
P.S. As you can tell, James is fiercely committed to helping people lead happier, wealthier, and more …

Ep 247: Do You Have to Be Tough and Aggressive to be Successful in Business?

April 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 …

Ep 246: How to Create 15 Sources of Income

April 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 …

Ep 245: How to Make Money With Your Blog in Six Months

April 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 …

Ep 244: How Can You Become More Creative?

April 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," …

Ep 243 How to Survive Prison

April 7th, 2015


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 …

Ep 242: Can You Really Make Money Giving All Your Ideas Away?

April 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 …

Ep 103: Part 2 with Mark Ford: The Man Who Built 100 Businesses

April 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 to start there.
Make sure you go to and learn how you can claim your free copy …

Ep 241 – Are 401(k)s a Scam?

April 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 …

Ep 240: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It

April 1st, 2015


is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Entrepreneur,and the World …

Ep 102: The Man Who Built 100 Businesses

March 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 …

Ep 239: Changing Your Lifestyle Can Change Your Life

March 30th, 2015


Drew Canole – a nutrition specialist, transformation specialist, and national spokesperson for the benefits of juicing vegetables for health and …

Ep 238 How to Make Seven Figures Liquidating Failed Businesses

March 27th, 2015


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 …

Ep 237: Aaron Brabham's Back – Well, Sort Of

March 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 …

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

March 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 …

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

March 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, …

Ep 234: How Much Money Do I Need Before I Quit My Job?

March 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. …

Ep 233: Should We Trust Our Friends in Business?

March 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 …

Ep 232: Can You Make a Career in the E-Commerce Space?

March 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... …

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

March 18th, 2015


For those who are interested, I decided to launch a new monthly newsletter, .
It's going to be a little more specific and much more tactical than my free blog posts.
It's brand new and I'm selling it for just $39 per year …

Ep 230: Quick-Fire on AA's Today – Relationships, Investing, Karma, Goals, and More

March 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. …

Ep 229: Why Should You Over-Promise and Over-Deliver

March 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 …

Ep 228 Should You Home School Your Kids?

March 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 …

Ep 227: How to Counteract Your Addictions

March 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 …

Ep 226 How to Improve 1% per Day, Every Day

March 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 …

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

March 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 …

Ep 224: Screw The Paleo Diet

March 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 …

Ep 223: How Do I Execute?

March 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 …

Ep 222 – Is it better to lease or buy a car?

March 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 …

Ep 221 What Did James Do When He Crashed His Car?

March 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 …

Ep 220 The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

March 3rd, 2015


My new book, , is now available. I've been working on this book all my life.
I believe this is the financial book for today's new economy and for my members. Every month, I'll be sending them updates.
Listen to today’s …

Ep 219 What Can You Do if Someone Steals Your Website?

March 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 …

Ep 218 How Important Is Suffering?

February 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 …

Ep 96: Kevin Kelly – A Thousand True Fans

February 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 website, which gets half a million …

Ep 217 How one man makes six figures with Uber

February 26th, 2015


Uber is popping up everywhere and it's a lot more than just a new way to hire a ride.
todays guest on Ask Altucher, shares his great story first …

Ep 216 Where Can Your Kids Publish Their Content

February 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 …

Ep 215 What's on Your Bucket List?

February 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 …

Ep 214 What Businesses Can Be Created to Take Advantage of the Lack of Privacy

February 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 …

Ep 213 The Art of Negotiation

February 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 …

Ep 212 – Use Your 10 Ideas as Your Feedback

February 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 …

Ep 92 Andy Weir – The Martian - How to go from Self Published to Six Figures

February 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 …

Ep 211 – A Twofer Today

February 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 …

Ep 210 – Ari Whitten, The Low Carb Myth

February 13th, 2015


James and Claudia talk with , author of the book ,to talk aboutwhy people get fat and get unhealthy.
Do carbohydrates make you fat?
His conclusions are surprising.
He disagrees strongly that we get fat because we are lazy …

Ep 209: A Choose Yourself Meet-up Guide

February 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 …

Ep 208 To Make More Money – Spend More

February 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 …

Ep 207 What's the Difference between a Loser and a Winner?

February 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 …

Ep 206: How to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

February 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 …

Ep 205 – How Do You Deal When Everything is Going Wrong?

February 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 …

Ep 204 What Does James Do in the Afternoon?

February 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 …

AA Ep 203 Are You Shy?

February 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 …

Ep 202: Casey Neistat – How to Get to 13 Million YouTube Views

January 30th, 2015


Casey Neistat is an American film director, producer, and creator of popular .
While he has worked in almost every aspect of video making, he tells …

Ep 201: Does The Self-Help Industry Help?

January 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 …

Ep 200 Entrepreneurs Get It Wrong Most of the Time

January 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 …

Ep 199 Public Speaking Tips

January 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 …

Ep 198 How Can I Build a Media Empire?

January 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 …

Ep 197 Nicole Lapin – Rich Bitch

January 23rd, 2015


, 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 …

Ep 196 – The Guy Who Makes Things Happen

January 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 …

Ep 195 Jayson Gaignard – Uncommon Commonalities

January 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 …

Ep 194 – How to Throw Out Everything

January 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 …

Ep 193: Should I Buy a Home?

January 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 …

Ep 192 Become an Idea Machine

January 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 …

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

January 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 …

Ep 190 Travel The World on $50 a Day

January 14th, 2015


Can you really travel the world if you don’t have a bunch of money? 
The simple answer is yes…

Ep 189 Why Doesn't James Own an iPhone?

January 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 …

Ep 188 Is Grad School Worth the Time?

January 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 …

Ep 187 Is The Food We Eat Killing Us?

January 9th, 2015


James and Claudia call Vani Hani, author of , to talk about her inspiration for living a healthy life and to investigate what is really in our food, how it's grown, and what chemicals are used in its production.
Do you …

Ep 186 Credit Card Debt

January 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 – …

Ep 185 Find Your Unfair Advantage

January 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 …

Ep 184 Should I Take a Promotion if I Have to Sacrifice My Lifestyle?

January 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?"

Ep 183 Online Dating – Is It Worth it?

January 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 …

Ep 182 Are The Holidays Justified?

January 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, …

Ep 181: 203-512-2161

January 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 …

Ep 180 What I Learned in 2014 – Have Faith

December 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 …

Ep 179 When is the Right Time to Start a Family

December 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 …

Ep 178 Do I Need a Business Plan?

December 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 …

Ep 177 How Can I Deal With Crappy People at the Holidays?

December 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 not make …

Ep 176 Am I a Taker If I Follow Advice?

December 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…

Ep 175 How Can I Set up a Business Helping Small Businesses?

December 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 …

EP 174 The No-Complaint Diet

December 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 …

Ep 173 How Can I Sell My idea?

December 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 …

Ep 172: What Goals Did You Set for 2015?

December 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. 

Ep 171: How Can I Get My Movie Made?

December 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 …

Ep 170 What's The Best Way to Crowdfund?

December 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, and gives you all the tricks.
He says you need to act like the …

Ep 169 The Key to Success in Life

December 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 …

Ep 168 – How Do You Get That Final 1% Finished?

December 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 …

EP 167 How Long Should You Date Before Having Sex?

December 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 …

EP 166 Do You Believe in Intuition?

December 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 …

Ep 165: How to Monetize Your Niche Podcast

December 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 …

Ep 164 Should You Theme Your 10 Daily Ideas

December 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 – …

Ep 163: Back Pain

December 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 …

Ep. 162: How To Add Value

December 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 …

Ep. 161: Internet Startup Shortcuts

December 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 …

Ep 160: How to Write a Book

December 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 …

EP 159: Right NOW

December 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.

Ep 158: Anger and How to Deal With It

December 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 …

EP 157: Minimal Viable Product

November 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 …

EP 156: How to Give Away Your Ideas

November 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 …

EP 155 Breaking Bad Habits with Maneesh Sethi

November 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 and Editor in Chief of , took it to the extreme. …

AA Ep 154 Trends for The 21st Century

November 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.

Ep. 153 A Trillion-Dollar Company?

November 24th, 2014


Years ago, James wrote an article for CNBC and stated, “Apple will be the trillion- dollar market cap company”.
Everyone laughed…

Ep 152: If Everyone Chose Themselves, Then Who Would Work

November 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 …

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

November 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 …

Ep. 150: Fire Me I Beg You

November 19th, 2014


Today, we're mixing it up a bit. Robbie Abed, author of the book and CTO of Technori, pestered James for four years trying to pin him down to "have coffee together."
James thought he was going to call Robbie's bluff by …

Ep. 149: Efficiency Hacks

November 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 …

Ep 148: Entrepreneur's Worst Mistake

November 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 …

Ep. 147: How to Deal With Short-Term Stress

November 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 …

Ep 146: C'mon, Mark Cuban just got LUCKY! Didn't he?

November 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 …

Ep. 145: Give Your Ideas Away for Free

November 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 …

Ep. 144 New York or L.A.?

November 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 …

Ep. 143: How did James Propose to Claudia?

November 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

November 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 …

Ep 141: 10 Step Salesmen

November 6th, 2014


Today we’re doing something a bit different…

Ep. 140 I Hate My Boss

November 5th, 2014


Warning… This episode is a bit explicit and may not be suitable for young children…

Ep. 139 How to be Grateful

November 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 …

Ep. 138 Should I Leave my Spouse

November 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 …

Ep. 137 Breaking Bad Habits

October 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 …

Ep. 136 Unleash your Inner Extrovert

October 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 …

Ep. 135 How to Generate Website Traffic

October 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 …

Ep. 134 $1,000 in a Week

October 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. …

Ep. 133 Ebola - Should I Worry?

October 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 …

Ep. 132 The 24-Hour Rule

October 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 …

Ep. 131 Dating Checklist

October 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 …

Ep. 130 Friend-Zoned

October 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 …

Ep. 129 James Altucher Diet

October 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 …

Ep. 128 Today's the Day

October 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 …

Ep. 127 Income From Ebay

October 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 …

Ep. 126 Don’t Be That Guy

October 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 …

Ep. 125 Idea Matrix

October 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 …

Ep. 124 Defeat Distractions

October 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 …

Ep. 123 Stay Calm

October 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 …

Ep. 122 The No-Complaints Diet

October 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 …

Ep. 121 Stealing Energy

October 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 …

Ep. 120 Writing for Money

October 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 …

Ep. 119 Start Writing

October 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 …

Ep. 118 Cookies or Cake?

October 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 …

Ep. 117 GOALS suck

October 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 …

Ep. 116 Follow Your Passion

October 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 …

Ep. 115 Hype

October 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 …

Ep. 114 James Fav. Investments

September 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 …

Ep. 113 The Art of Charm

September 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 …

Ep. 112 Master Copywriting

September 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 …

Ep. 111 Altucher's Media 101

September 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 …

Ep. 110 Self-Help Books

September 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 …

Ep. 109 Promote Yourself

September 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, …

Ep. 108 Advice For Kids

September 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 …

Ep. 107 Find Your Passion

September 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 …

Ep. 106 10 Times Better

September 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 …

Ep. 105 Orchestrating a Bestseller

September 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 …

Ep. 104 Leave Your 9 to 5

September 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 …

Ep. 103 Power of Giving

September 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 …

Ep. 102 Are You Selfish?

September 12th, 2014


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 …

EP. 101 Stop To-Do Lists

September 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 …

Ep. 100 Starting from Scratch

September 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 …

Ep. 99 Sell Anything

September 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 …

Ep. 98 Networking Effectively

September 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 …

Ep. 97 Getting Fired

September 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 …

Ep. 96 Divorce

September 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 …

Ep. 95 Ideas for Anything

September 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, …

Ep. 94 Brain Power

September 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 …

Ep. 93 Criticism Part II

August 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 …

Ep. 92 Constructive Criticism

August 28th, 2014


Often, when people think that they are giving constructive criticism, they are actually being destructive and unhelpful.Whether you are trying to …

Ep. 91 Tips on Writing

August 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 …

Ep. 90 Self-Image

August 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 …

Ep. 89 Say "Yes"

August 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 …

Ep. 88 Life's Difficulties

August 22nd, 2014


James has made money, lost money, found love, been divorced, and been involved with many entrepreneurial endeavors.Through all of his experiences, …

Ep. 87 John Lee Dumas' Success

August 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 …

Ep. 86 John Lee Dumas on Idea Sex

August 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 …

Ep. 85 Getting Older

August 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 …

Ep. 84 How To Stop

August 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 …

Ep. 83 Ultimate Investing Technique

August 15th, 2014


The specialty store Crumbs Cupcakes recently disappeared altogether as a chain. With loyal customers upset, a listener is wondering what caused the …

Ep. 82 Bitcoin in Argentina

August 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 …

Ep. 81 James' Reading List

August 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 …

Ep. 80 Train Your Brain

August 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 …

Ep. 79 Feel More Attractive

August 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 …

Ep. 78 Funding a Business

August 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 …

Ep. 77 How to Use Your Degree

August 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 …

Ep. 76 How to Move On

August 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 …

Ep. 75 Fame and Fortune

August 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 …

Ep. 74 Creativity

August 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 …

Ep. 73 Be Better At Everything

August 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 …

Ep. 72 Passive Income

July 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 …

Ep. 71 Networking

July 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 …

Ep. 70 Passion

July 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 …

Ep. 69 Ignore The News

July 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 …

Ep. 68 Internet's addiction

July 25th, 2014


Facebook started as a site used to connect college students and then became available to anyone who wanted to join.Now it is used for almost …

Ep. 67 Religion

July 24th, 2014


This episode can be a touchy subject for some individuals, so we ask that you to listen with an open mind.Today, James discusses his position on …

Ep. 66 How to Land a Job

July 23rd, 2014


Thinking about changing careers? Or maybe you are looking for your first job?Today, James shares several tips that will help you nail the interview process.Plus, in standard Altucher fashion, his tips are "out of the …

Ep. 65 Angel Investing

July 22nd, 2014


Angel investing is how you can turn $1,000 into $1,000,000.Angel investing is an alternative to playing the stock market.But what exactly is it and …

Ep. 64 Browser Bookmarks

July 21st, 2014


We live in a time when the media is a huge part of our lives, and has evolved in so many forms. How do we keep up?Should we keep up?Today, James …

Ep. 63 HBO Shows

July 18th, 2014


We all have our favorite TV shows but what makes HBO's series so good?Today, James shares his first-hand experience of what it was like working at HBO and why they produce the best content on TV.Find out how they …

Ep. 62 Communicating

July 17th, 2014


Are you a shy person?Do you have a fear of speaking in front of a group?For some individuals, public speaking is the least of their worries – sometimes they have trouble just interacting in more intimate settings, such …

Ep. 61 Executing Ideas

July 16th, 2014


If you know anything about James, you know how important exercising his idea muscle is to him.Today, James reveals the secret to his idea generation. Are all the ideas good ideas?Does he try to execute all of the …

Ep. 60 Job Qualifications

July 15th, 2014


Have you ever looked at a job description for a company but failed to apply because you thought you didn't meet the qualifications?Every day, people sell themselves short and fail to apply for a job that they might be …

Ep. 59 How to Stand Out

July 14th, 2014


Even in a niche market, you need to stand out in order to get the most business.Today, James and Aaron share several marketing steps that you should …

Ep. 58 Having Kids

July 11th, 2014


Are you feeling pressure to have children? Maybe you are reaching a certain age that people expect you to be raising kids already.A lot of the pressure that you might be feeling is stemming from society, peers, family, …

Ep. 57 Feeling Guilt

July 10th, 2014


OK, so you have chosen yourself... now what?This is not the time to feel guilty or sad that you may be ignoring other parts of your life, such as …

Ep. 56 Feeling Insecure

July 9th, 2014


It's completely normal to feel insecure in certain situations, especially when it comes to relationships, where jealousy can sometimes surface.Is …

Ep. 55 Write for a living

July 8th, 2014


James gave a talk at a conference a couple months ago in Dallas. In his talk he said that, "everybody has a book inside of them. You just have to find what that book is and write it."In order to become a writer, and …

Ep. 54 Left Out?

July 7th, 2014


If you choose not to go to college... will you feel left behind as your friends go on to different universities?How can you make the most of your …

Ep. 53 Investing for your kids

July 3rd, 2014


You shouldn't invest with the expectation of generating wealth, but rather as a means to grow your wealth.Today, James shares how and why he puts …

Ep. 52 Shallow People

July 2nd, 2014


Welcome back to Ask Altucher!Today's episode is not your typical daily question. Aaron is back from his week-long birthday celebration and shares what shenanigans he and his friends got into while in LA.All the …

Ep. 51 Introvert

July 1st, 2014


Do you have a fear of public speaking or talking to strangers?Are you using the label "introvert" as an excuse?Today, James and his wife, Claudia, talk about several ways to overcome shyness around others.In order to …

Ep. 50 Forgive Yourself

June 30th, 2014


Whether you are feeling guilt, regret, sadness, or failure, just remember that these moments can be the times to plant the seeds of success.We all have regrets in our lives and there will be plenty more in the …

Ep. 49 Health Care

June 27th, 2014


Maybe you are thinking about leaving a current job to pursue another career, go back to school, or you just need time to figure out what you really …

Ep. 48 Second Marriage

June 26th, 2014


With divorce rates so high, it's no wonder that people are reluctant to enter into another marriage after one has already failed.But what if you do meet another person that you can see yourself with for the rest of your …

Ep. 47 Life Coaches

June 25th, 2014


Do you feel like you need some guidance in life, but don't necessarily want to seek therapy?Or maybe you want to help others, but don't want to go …

Ep. 46 Changing Careers

June 24th, 2014


Once we land a job, are we required to stay in that career for the rest of our lives?Does it sometimes feel like you only stay because you are making good money and need to support yourself or others?You only have one …

Ep. 45 Setting Goals

June 23rd, 2014


We have always been told to set goals for ourselves... they could be anything from improving your health to excelling in your career.Although James …

Ep. 44 Better than Stocks

June 20th, 2014


Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be on a company’s board of directors?The board is one of a company’s most secret inner workings, and today James gives you an inside look.  James has started many businesses over …

Ep. 43 "Sabbatical"

June 19th, 2014


You just got fired... Now what?Or, maybe you just don't like your job and want to quit.But what's next?Do you take a vacation? Do you start the job search?These decisions are made every day by millions of people... and …

Ep. 42 Stand-Up Comedy

June 18th, 2014


One of Aaron and James' goals over the next few months is to try stand-up comedy.Do you have the same desire to try stand-up? Or maybe you would like …

Ep. 41 Selling a Product

June 17th, 2014


If you have developed a product, but are unsure how to launch it and make a profit, then this is the show for you.Today, James goes through the several steps that it takes to sell a product.Once you have a product, you …

Ep. 40 Selling a Business

June 16th, 2014


What does it take to sell a business?Is it dumb luck? Is it a lot of work? Do you have the hustle?How important is networking?Today, James answers it all and explains that when it comes to selling your business, it's …

Ep. 39 Rejuvenate Yourself

June 13th, 2014


It's not like it was twenty years ago... forget the idea of leaving work at work. We are now living in an age where we work around the clock and are constantly on call for any issues that may arise.Whether its work, …

Ep. 38 Happily Married

June 12th, 2014


With divorce rates as high as 50% across the nation, it's no wonder that people are hesitant to get married these days.But when you do find that special someone and then fall in love, will that be enough to make it …

Ep. 37 Family Approval

June 11th, 2014


Many people can get stuck balancing their love for their significant other and their love for their family. But what do we do if our family does not accept the person that we choose to love?For most of us, our family's …

Ep. 36 My Reading List

June 10th, 2014


There are tons of information and resources available to us... and they are literally at our finger tips.With technology like Amazon and the Kindle …

Ep. 35 Court Loophole

June 9th, 2014


The truth is... if a cop catches you speeding, you are going to get a ticket.But is there a guaranteed way to get out of it?In the past, you have …

Ep. 34 Choosing Yourself

June 6th, 2014


The tables have turned. Today, James flips the script on Aaron and decides to ask him a question on the spot. We have gotten a lot of requests to hear more about James' cohost, and today, you get to learn a little bit …

Ep. 33 Polyamorous Relationships

June 5th, 2014


Like we have said before, Ask Altucher will delve into any topic. Normal or weird... conservative or risqué.Today's question for James is for his …

Ep. 32 What Holds You Back?

June 4th, 2014


What is holding you back from what you want to do?Money, gate-keepers, the economy, fears... the list could go on.But more than likely, you already …

Ep. 31 Stress at Work

June 3rd, 2014


We all have stressors in our life – work, family, relationships, money...But the way you deal with the stress in your life will affect you physically and emotionally.Suffering is a choice, and you can choose whether or …

Ep. 30 Bad Decisions

June 2nd, 2014


Are the decisions you make affecting your life in a positive way?Or, do you find that your actions are holding you back from other opportunities?No …

Ep. 29 Selling Ideas

May 30th, 2014


Every day you hear people say that they have a "million-dollar idea." Maybe you have thought that at some point too... But how can you tell when your …

Ep. 28 Delegating Tasks

May 29th, 2014


We all feel overwhelmed at some point... Work, family, friends, errands, kids... these are just some of the things that we encounter daily that demand attention and actions.Do you think you need a personal assistant? Or …

Ep. 27 Life Myths

May 28th, 2014


WARNING: Everything you believe and thought you knew is about to be completely crushed.This is beyond the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and even the …

Ep. 26 Honesty

May 27th, 2014


Our relationships are built on honesty and trust.But how honest are you?Should you be careful with how direct you are with others?Could the truth …

Ep. 25 Moving On

May 23rd, 2014


Relationships, business ventures, dreams, regrets, grudges...We all experience a time in life when it's time to move on... but how do you know when that time is?As you move through life, you will continue to meet new …

Ep. 24 Mentors

May 22nd, 2014


We all learn in our own way, on our own terms, and from many different sources... school, mentors, family, friends, co-workers... the list goes on …

Ep. 23 Winning the Lottery

May 21st, 2014


Today’s Ask Altucher is a question that we have all asked at one point in time… maybe even dreamed about… “What would you do if you won the …

Ep. 22 Positive People

May 20th, 2014


Feeling depressed or lonely?Do you think the people around you could be causing these feelings?We have no problem finding enough crappy people in our …

Ep. 21 Diploma Required?

May 19th, 2014


You need a degree to be a doctor, veterinarian, or a lawyer – it's actually illegal to perform these jobs without a degree... but is it worth it?Today's question is from a parent whose daughter wants to be a …

Ep. 20 Overcome Failure

May 16th, 2014


Do you feel like a failure?If you do... you aren't alone.Today's question is one that James is very familiar with answering.Why? Because he has been there himself... divorce, no job, no money, depressed, ashamed of …

Ep. 19 Optimizing Time

May 15th, 2014


We've all been there, right?Hectic schedules, lack of sleep, or just plain hopelessness for getting anything done.What if you could improve your …

Ep. 18 Overcome Stage Fright

May 14th, 2014


The fear of public speaking ranks No. 1 for Americans... Although it may seem unbearable to most... it's actually an excellent tool to boost …

Ep. 17 Getting Over Your EX

May 13th, 2014


When we are hurt by a loved one, we are usually wounded in more ways than one... Maybe your ego was shot down, your emotions were toyed with, or you mentally cannot handle that someone has broken up with you.Is there a …

Ep. 16 Be More Productive

May 12th, 2014


Increased productivity is something that most of us strive for whether it's in our professional or personal life... But how do you become more productive?Do you cut down on interruptions or social activities?How about …

Ep. 15 Procrastination

May 9th, 2014


Everyone at one point in time has dealt with procrastination...
What does it stem from?
How do you overcome it?
Are you listening to yourself? Is your body trying to tell you something that maybe you are unaware of?
Do …

Ep. 14 Why I Wrote Choose Yourself

May 8th, 2014


There are no experts out there... That whole universe of people who claim that they're experts, they're all wrong.But more than likely, you still …

Ep. 13 Writing For A Living

May 7th, 2014


Nothing happens overnight...But is there a quick way to become a successful writer?Today you will find out from a self-publishing guru just how easy …

Ep. 12 Why Should I Take Your Advice

May 6th, 2014


James admits he has no qualifications to dish out advice to individuals... Yet, people still ask James "What would you do?"... "What should I do?"The …

Ep. 11 Make Some Extra Income

May 5th, 2014


Have you been out of work for some time?Are you a stay-at-home parent?Or, maybe you are just setting out on your career journey and are unsure where to start... In today's Ask Altucher, James breaks down several ways …

Ep. 10 Altucher's Idea Lists

May 2nd, 2014


With hundreds of ideas and thoughts, how do you go about organizing them so that they make sense and could possibly turn into something great? Today, …

Ep. 9 Ideas List

May 1st, 2014


If you know anything about James Altucher, you know how strongly he feels about people exercising their idea muscle every day.Well... today you get …

Ep. 8 Day-Trading

April 30th, 2014


Quick and easy money?Or are there too many downsides to this lucrative, yet extremely risky, idea?Are you considering the disadvantages to your health?Are you willing to risk your relationships with your loved …

Ep. 7 Crappy Family

April 29th, 2014


The people that are closest to us are usually the ones that really know which buttons to push to trigger an emotion from us.Do you have any conflicts or issues with certain family members or close friends?If you do, …

Ep. 6 Crappy People

April 28th, 2014


They are all around us... at work, on social networks, in our social circles, maybe even at home...Do you avoid "them" and the negativity they provoke?Or, do you deal with situations head-on?Just remember that hate is …

Ep. 5 I Don't Need College

April 25th, 2014


It's the government vs. 22-year-olds... Something is on the minds of many young adults... "Should I attend college?"What are the advantages of going …

Ep. 4 Economic Crisis

April 24th, 2014


WWII marked the beginning of the American Dream.Men went to war, women went to work, we had double-income families, and more money led to more spending...James breaks down the process of "why the current economic crisis …

Ep. 3 How Do I Get Un-Stuck?

April 23rd, 2014


Even if you are not currently in this situation, chances are that at one point in your lifetime you either have felt or will feel this way.Maybe it's …

Ep. 2 Is Wall Street a Scam?

April 22nd, 2014


Welcome back to Ask Altucher...In an economy where almost all corporations lie about their numbers... it's no surprise that today's question is... "Is Wall Street a scam?"Find out why James says individual investors are …

Ep. 1 Buying a Home

April 21st, 2014


Welcome to the inaugural episode of our new show... Ask Altucher This is James Altucher's brand-new daily podcast, and he couldn't be more excited …

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