Ask Altucher






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Every day you hear people say that they have a "million-dollar idea."

Maybe you have thought that at some point too...

But how can you tell when your idea really is a winner?

There are plenty of bad ideas that come to us on a daily basis... So figuring out how to navigate through the bad ones to find the true winners is an important skill.

Maybe you have great ideas but are unsure how to execute them. Should you sell those ideas and let someone else profit?

Only a few great ideas are going to come along in your lifetime, and selling them early could be a major mistake.

Today, James explains how he has held on to his ideas and worked through the execution process even when he is unsure how to make them work.

Remember... There are ways around any difficult situation you come across.

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Category:business -- posted at: 10:01am EDT

We all feel overwhelmed at some point...

Work, family, friends, errands, kids... these are just some of the things that we encounter daily that demand attention and actions.

Do you think you need a personal assistant? Or do you just need better time management?

James discovered a more efficient way to delegate some of his daily tasks and he'll tell you how you can as well.

Starting at the most basic level and tracking everything you need to get done on a daily basis is the first step.

Then, maybe you'll discover that you are capable of completing all your tasks by simply writing them down.

If you are stressed or feel overwhelmed by everything you need to get done... This is the show for you.

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Category:business -- posted at: 9:46am EDT

WARNING: Everything you believe and thought you knew is about to be completely crushed.

This is beyond the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and even the Tooth Fairy...

What myths do you still believe as an adult?

As Americans, we are subjected to thousands of advertisements on a daily basis that try to convince us that we need certain things to be happy.

Are they filling our minds with lies?

Today, James breaks down the common myths in life that he has found to be false.

Some of those myths include:

•    College
•    Home ownership
•    Renting is a waste of money
•    Money means happiness
•    You won't be lonely if you get married
•    You have a purpose in life
•    The Internet has made us smarter
•    Hard work leads to success

This episode is going to make you take a step back and figure out what really matters in life.

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Category:business -- posted at: 10:37am EDT

Our relationships are built on honesty and trust.

But how honest are you?

Should you be careful with how direct you are with others?

Could the truth actually hurt your career, relationships, or character?

Today, James talks about his approach to honesty and how he builds his character and reputation on how he treats others.

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Category:business -- posted at: 11:36am EDT

Relationships, business ventures, dreams, regrets, grudges...

We all experience a time in life when it's time to move on... but how do you know when that time is?

As you move through life, you will continue to meet new people, generate new ideas, and grow as an individual.

So when your body is trying to tell you that it's time to move on, whether emotionally, physically, or mentally, you simply need to listen.

Today, James shares how he has come to trust his gut feeling, follow his heart, and become more level-headed when it comes to business ventures.

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Category:business -- posted at: 11:23am EDT

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

But could the person you learn the most from be yourself?

Today, James reveals who he has learned from and how his learning process has morphed into what he calls his "daily practice"...

Plus, find out how the simple act of reading can be the greatest mentor of all.

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Category:business -- posted at: 10:01am EDT

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

Would you invest? Make some extravagant purchases? Give it away to charity? Make sure your family was financially set for the future?

There are endless possibilities…but, what you do with the money could affect your happiness and relationships.

Today, James talks about interviews that he has conducted with past lottery winners and shares what they did with their money and if it was worth it.

James also reveals what he would do if he hit the jackpot…

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Category:business -- posted at: 12:08pm EDT

Feeling depressed or lonely?

Do you think the people around you could be causing these feelings?

We have no problem finding enough crappy people in our lives...

But how do you find people with positive energy that you actually want to be around?

Today, James breaks down his methods for meeting these individuals... They are actually not that hard to come by.

Nobody wants to be around someone that is always pessimistic, so your first step should always be to make sure you are the kind of person that you would want to be around.

"It's impossible to be lonely if you like the person your alone with."

When you have a "Choose Yourself" attitude, others will be automatically drawn to you.

There is a secret to surrounding yourself with great people. And it's revealed here.

It won't happen overnight, but with patience and persistence, it will begin to occur naturally.

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Category:business -- posted at: 12:49pm EDT

You need a degree to be a doctor, veterinarian, or a lawyer – it's actually illegal to perform these jobs without a degree... but is it worth it?

Today's question is from a parent whose daughter wants to be a veterinarian. He is worried that it will be an expensive first couple years of college, only for his daughter to realize that it's not the major that suits her.

Well, he is not overreacting. College tuitions are soaring and student debts are piling up beyond belief.

College is a great way to figure out who you are and what you want to do with your life... but is it the only way?

Is there a way to find out if you enjoy a job before paying thousands of dollars a year for a degree?

Of course!

In fact, there are a ton of different alternatives for someone to figure out where they are supposed to be and what they want to do in life.

Let's face it... some of us are still trying to figure things out years after college. So why stress yourself or your children out with the burden of debt?

With James' wide range of experiences and unique outlook on life, you will begin to see opportunities that you might have been overlooking.

And maybe... you can figure out what you want to do in life before spending thousands of dollars for a piece of paper.

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Category:business -- posted at: 11:02am EDT

Do you feel like a failure?

If you do... you aren't alone.

Today's question is one that James is very familiar with answering.

Why? Because he has been there himself... divorce, no job, no money, depressed, ashamed of everything.

You'll hear how James was able to pull himself and his life out of the gutter and become a huge success.

There are simple steps that you can take that will get you there... you just have to put in the time and "Choose Yourself."

James describes the "daily practices" he puts in place to become physically, mentally, and emotionally healthier.

You just need to keep the big picture in mind and be grateful for what you have in your life...

If you deal with failure the way that James has... you will see it's the best way to reduce regrets and anxiety.

You'll feel younger, look younger, and have energy to spare...

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Category:business -- posted at: 11:16am EDT

We've all been there, right?

Hectic schedules, lack of sleep, or just plain hopelessness for getting anything done.

What if you could improve your health, social life, happiness, and career, while providing yourself with more time to do what you love?


Not according to James...

There aren't any easy answers, but today James provides you with several ways to optimize your time and alleviate stress in the process.

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Category:business -- posted at: 9:58am EDT

The fear of public speaking ranks No. 1 for Americans...

Although it may seem unbearable to most... it's actually an excellent tool to boost self-esteem, network with contacts, and give you an effective platform to share your ideas.

So whether it's just one person or a stadium full of strangers... learning how to cope with being in front of an audience is an excellent skill to acquire.

But if you tense up when it's time to deliver, what can you do?

Can you learn how to harness the fear and use it to your advantage?

Today, James shares how he overcomes stage fright and the preparations that he puts in place to make the routine more bearable.

James has given hundreds of speeches and still to this day gets anxious when giving a talk to an audience.

There is a secret that he reveals that might catch you off guard... it might sound weird... but it works for James and it might just work for you.

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Category:business -- posted at: 1:12pm EDT

When we are hurt by a loved one, we are usually wounded in more ways than one...

Maybe your ego was shot down, your emotions were toyed with, or you mentally cannot handle that someone has broken up with you.

Is there a quick fix for these feelings?

Or is there some secret process that makes a breakup any easier?

Today James and Aaron go through what they have found that works for them when faced with this situation.

You'll hear the helpful tips that are guaranteed to make you feel better... they may seem like common sense, but chances are you forgot how beneficial these daily routines can be.

Plus, are you being "the Chooser" or "the Chosen?"...

Aaron explains how this has become his dating philosophy... It could be something that will change all of your future relationships.

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Category:business -- posted at: 10:41am EDT

Increased productivity is something that most of us strive for whether it's in our professional or personal life...

But how do you become more productive?

Do you cut down on interruptions or social activities?

How about turning off the TV, or limiting e-mail, computer, and cell phone use?

What if adding more distractions and activities could be the solution?

Today, James shares what he does to improve his productivity each day... and his methods might surprise you...

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Category:business -- posted at: 10:23am EDT

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 you punish yourself for procrastinating? Today's Ask Altucher will give you a different perspective on your life and the tasks that you come across.


Could delaying a task actually benefit you more than harm you?


If you do things you don't like to do, you're going to end up angry at yourself, resentful of the people around you, and frustrated with life in general.


That unhappiness and frustration will cause you to procrastinate, and ultimately hate your job or the tasks that you "have to do."


But today, you could be on the path to a happier, more successful, and more peaceful life... And James tells you exactly how to do just that.

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Category:business -- posted at: 10:19am EDT

There are no experts out there...

That whole universe of people who claim that they're experts, they're all wrong.

But more than likely, you still look for knowledge beyond your own to improve some part of your life.

Maybe like James you seek advice to better yourself emotionally, physically, or mentally.

The one thing to keep in mind here is that motivation comes in different forms, and what works for one person won't necessarily work for everyone...

For James, this meant writing his own daily practice of advice to follow... He knew what worked for him and he was going to stick to it.

If you found something that has helped improve your life, wouldn't you want to share that with the world...?

Today, you'll hear James' own reasoning behind the publishing of Choose Yourself.

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Category:business -- posted at: 9:33am EDT

Nothing happens overnight...

But is there a quick way to become a successful writer?

Today you will find out from a self-publishing guru just how easy it is to get your writing material to the public and get paid to do it.

First thing you will need to do is build your audience.

Submit lots of different ideas for articles to publications that pay.

Write a book, then write a second, a third, and a fourth. Once you realize that the best way to market your book is to keep writing more, you will already be halfway there...

Amazon is a great alternative to the mainstream publishing "gate-keepers," and James maps out the best way for somebody to start taking action.

You are not trying to hit the New York Times best-sellers list. You are trying to create a steady stream of income from what might just be a 30-page book.

In today's Ask Altucher, you will learn how to build your writing material and start generating income today.

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Category:business -- posted at: 9:20am EDT

James admits he has no qualifications to dish out advice to individuals...

Yet, people still ask James "What would you do?"... "What should I do?"

The reason for this is because James has been thrown out of school, failed 17 out of 20 businesses, made a lot of money, lost a lot of money, and made it back again.

He has been through a lot and knows ways around the "gate-keepers" of the industries.

That's the real secret to this show...

How to have a better life, make more money, have more fun, start a profitable business, make great investments, and accomplish your dreams by ignoring conventional wisdom and following proven alternative paths.

James has been there, done that, and is here to answer your questions and provide you with different solutions that you may have just overlooked.

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Category:business -- posted at: 10:31am EDT

Have you been out of work for some time?

Are you a stay-at-home parent?

Or, maybe you are just setting out on your career journey and are unsure where to start...

In today's Ask Altucher, James breaks down several ways for an individual to make some extra income from the comfort of their home.

The key concept to pay attention to is "learn how to sell"...

If you can understand the importance of storytelling, you're already halfway there.

So get your idea muscle ready and dive right into it.

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Category:business -- posted at: 9:46am EDT

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

Today, James goes through the types of lists that he creates every day and tells you how he is able to execute certain ideas.

James writes between one thousand and three thousand words a day, every day.

Maybe you won't write that much to start with... but if you take the time and keep building your idea muscle you will be amazed with what could be lurking in the shadows of your mind.

One task James asks you to do is... if you can't come up with one good idea then you need to come up with 20 bad ideas...

"Choose yourself"... Challenge yourself... Because you owe it to yourself!

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Category:business -- posted at: 9:11am EDT

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

Well... today you get the inside look at James' ideas.

Some of his ideas might seem ridiculous but the whole point to this, which you will start to see, is that it's all about quantity not quality.

Inventions, book ideas, businesses, his lists go on and on... if you have a pen and paper and random thoughts... you are already halfway there.

Take the time to "choose yourself" and funnel these thoughts into written words and you might just find that "million-dollar" idea...

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Category:business -- posted at: 9:25am EDT