Ask Altucher






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Today's question is one you might be familiar with. A listener asks James for advice on how he can quit texting his ex-girlfriend.


James believes the first step is to focus on the "Daily Practice." By taking care of your spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical self, you'll be able to calm the uncontrollable desire to stop a bad behavior.


Claudia also has a specific suggestion for this listener. It's one you might use if you find yourself in the same position as this listener.


You'll also hear James' three-step plan on how to break bad habits.

Direct download: AA20EP20137.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:29am EDT

Today's question comes from a text that was sent to James' cell phone, 203-512-2161. And it's one that James identifies with well.


A listener asks for advice on how to make new friends as an introvert.


James believes the first step is to break self-defining labels. He then presents a challenging exercise for anyone that's up for meeting strangers.



He also tells listeners a great place anyone can go to meet new people. 

Direct download: AA20EP20136.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:41am EDT

Every week for an hour on Twitter, James hosts a Q&A where he answers any and all questions from his followers.


One of the most frequent questions James receives is, "How do I generate website traffic?"


Although James has mastered the art and science of generating traffic for his blog, he decides to answer this question by taking it one step further. On this episode of Ask Altucher, James invites a special guest who has "written the book" on how to create habit-forming products.



Tune in and you'll learn the true key to generating website traffic.

Direct download: AA20EP20135.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:30am EDT

Maybe you've been recently laid off or finally decided to quit your job to choose yourself…  and now you need some cash quick.


Today, Claudia ask James, "You've just been fired from your job and you need $1,000 a week. Go."


Right off the top of his head, you can hear James create a business.



He and Claudia role play and she's tough on him, but he's on top of his game and fires back with great answers.

Direct download: AA20EP20134.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:49pm EDT

Something that we need to keep in mind is that Ebola is a RARE and DEADLY disease.


But with the recent hype in the media and news stories about the few cases that have been diagnosed it’s hard to not get caught up in the panic.


Today, James and Claudia talk about the REAL concerns that we should be thinking about when it comes to Ebola.


If it turns out that you have a better chance at winning the lottery than getting Ebola then why are so many people worried about this virus?


Is there an agenda that we are not paying attention to? Maybe we should be more concerned with who is making money from Ebola news…

Direct download: AA20EP20133.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:18am EDT

Whether in school, in public, or in the online community, we have all experienced bullies and negative attention.

It's no secret that not everyone is going to agree with everything that you have to say...

People are always going to have their opinions, and they do not always express them in the most pleasant way.

Today, James and Claudia talk about how to deal with negative energy... and the best practices to avoid unwanted and unnecessary stress.

You'll find out what the "24-Hour" rule is and how you can put it to use in your own life...

Plus, don't miss out on a special segment with Mike Godwin, author of Cyber Rights: Defending Free Speech in the Digital Age... find out what Mike has to say about hate in the online community.

Direct download: AA_EP_132.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:06am EDT

We all have our own preferences for qualities that we look for in a partner. There are certain things that attract us and make us want to be closer to a person.

Today, James and Claudia talk about their own dating history and the courtship that they encountered together.

Claudia even shares what was on her "dating list" and what she would not settle for...

Find out what worked for them and what they decided was not necessary.

They did something right because they found success after just six months of dating each other... Their story might just trigger your own path to happiness.

Direct download: AA_EP_131.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:23pm EDT

Relationships are tough and what can make them even worse is when the person you are pursuing does not share the same interest in you...

Something that we are all familiar with is the slippery slope that leads to the friend-zone... liking someone but never creating a romantic relationship with someone you care about.

Today, James and Claudia talk about how to approach a relationship and move it to the next level.

They also bring on a special guest... a dating guru to give her take on dating and how to determine what you really want out of a relationship and when it is right to take the next step.

Direct download: AA_EP_130.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:03pm EDT

We have all been through weight fluctuations... but what can you do when you notice a loved one has gained a significant amount of weight?

What is the best way to approach the situation?

Today, James and Claudia talk about the appropriate ways to suggest healthier options to a family member or close friend that won't seem over bearing.

There is one specific example that James gives listeners that will help them lose weight without any exercise... results are strictly from a basic diet change only.

Direct download: AA_EP_129.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:36am EDT

Have you started your own daily practice? Have you followed James advice and started to exercise your idea muscle on a daily basis?

If you have then you probably have some ideas that you have thought about executing.

But how do you know when it is the right time to act on an idea?

Today James and Claudia talk about how to continue your idea list and the importance of combining good ideas together.

James mentions on the podcast that one of the best strategies is to continue the idea generation until you have become an idea machine...

If you are coming up with ideas every day, then you are giving your imagination exactly what it needs... Exercise and nourishment.

And if you think that you are ready to execute at least one of your current ideas then today is just what you have been waiting for...

On our second segment... James and Claudia challenge all listeners to try and execute one "good idea" this week and provide some basic but helpful tips on how to accomplish the task.

Direct download: AA_EP_128.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:24am EDT

Tired of seeing clutter around your house? Or maybe your closet is in need of a good “spring cleaning”?

Today, James and Aaron talk about how you can create passive income from simply selling a few items on Ebay.

It takes more than just posting a piece of clothing and making a quick sale if you are looking for some success.

Find out how simply writing a personal description of the item can make a world of a difference.

We’re all familiar with the old saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. Learn how to make anything lying around your house into quick and easy income.

Plus, don’t miss out on our second segment…what is on James’ idea list today?

Direct download: AA_EP_127.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:35am EDT

Have you ever met someone that projected negative energy?

Maybe you have worked with or went to school with someone like this... or maybe you can relate this to your own energy.

It makes you wonder if a person's personality affects their success? Do certain traits qualify you for more opportunities?

Today, James and Aaron talk about which personality traits will guarantee failure no matter what...

Plus, find out how you can alter your attitude and improve your personality by simply using this daily practice.

If you are looking to move up in the corporate world, begin your entrepreneurial journey, or simply improve your relationships, then the first step is to choose yourself.

Direct download: AA_EP_126.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:47am EDT

Aaron and James are finally back in the studio together!

You'll hear all about Aaron's trip to Europe and a brand-new podcast that will be featured on Stansberry Radio Network... "The Choose Yourself Stories."

And... you have probably heard about James' daily practice and the importance he places on exercising your idea muscle, but are you familiar with his "idea matrix"?

Today, James reveals how the "idea matrix" will enable you to generate both good and bad ideas and ultimately enable you to choose yourself.

Direct download: AA_EP_125.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:45am EDT

With so many distractions in the world, how does James take full advantage of his daily practice?

Today, James and Claudia talk about how you can easily adapt to situational noise and distractions and continue on with your daily practice.

What might seem like a disturbance to one person might be a convenience to another.

Plus, don't miss out on the second segment... Which books have made the biggest impact on James...

Direct download: AA_EP_124.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 3:07pm EDT

We all experience stress and difficulties in life.

But is there a way we can create a barrier between us and our ongoing stressors?

Today, James and Claudia discuss how to keep calm simply by listening to your body.

If you have ever felt nervous for a speech or an interview, then you will want to learn how to replace that negative feeling with a positive one.

It is possible to subdue your nervousness and it's simpler than you think.

Plus, don't miss out on our second segment "what is on James' idea list?"

Direct download: AA_EP_123.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:43am EDT

Many of you might not know that James used to work at HBO...

It was one of the jobs that he had always dreamed of and was most proud of. And even though it didn't work out, it gave him experiences and knowledge that James would not trade for anything.

Not only did he make some of his greatest networking connections, but he was given priceless professional guidelines.

Today, James shares the most important thing that he learned while working at HBO... and why it is so important.

"Always treat the talent with respect."

Find out how James was able to apply this to other areas in his life... and how it fits in to his daily practice.

Plus, don't miss out on our Second Segment where James and Claudia present a 10-day challenge to listeners...

Direct download: AA_EP_122.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:59am EDT

With all of the pressures and expectations that we experience through life, it's easy to feel depressed and anxious.

But are you suffering from clinical symptoms or situational symptoms?

Could you improve your physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental health before turning to medication?

Today, James and Claudia talk about how using the "daily practice" can completely boost your energy and improve your mood.

Remind yourself daily that health and happiness usually go together.

Plus, on our Second Segment, find out what is on James' reading list this week.

Direct download: AA_EP_121.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:57am EDT

Have you ever thought to yourself that you would like to make money from writing?

Do you struggle with getting started? Maybe the answer is not to jump right into the publishing industry...

Today, James and Claudia talk about several ways that you can start writing for money instantly.

James has great tips on how to start small and create your own path to success.

Your first step could be as simple as guest blogging for a site. No matter how small the content is, the most important thing is that you are getting your ideas out there.

Don't strive for perfection... just start working your idea muscle.

Once you are able to get your work out there, you will see opportunities start to open up.

Direct download: AA_EP_120.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:15am EDT

If you know anything about James, you know how adamant he is about developing a daily practice and writing down at least 10 ideas a day.

Today, James and Claudia talk about several ways that you can broaden your idea spectrum and start the writing process.

If you are looking for inspiration or just wondering how to start the process then this is the show to listen to.

Even if you are a decent writer, you always have room to grow your skills.

If it were easy to be successful, then everybody would be. Take time to craft your skills and do not delay your creativity.

P.S. If you know anyone that is aspiring to be a writer and think this could help, go ahead and forward today's episode to them.

Direct download: AA_EP_119.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:03am EDT

Life is complicated and there are many moving parts that we juggle on a daily basis.

Kids, marriage, career... there are many different things that take away time from us.

How can you "choose yourself" when you are being pulled in so many different directions?

Today, James and Claudia talk about how you can still make time for yourself. And they cover why choosing yourself is actually the best way to provide a better "you" to others.

You should never underestimate your own power to change yourself... once you develop your own daily practice of choosing yourself you will see your life change drastically.

Direct download: AA_EP_118.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:22am EDT

Do you think that goals are pointless and a waste of time?

If so, then you already have at least one thing in common with today's guest.

Matt Stone, an independent health researcher and author of Goals Suck, joins today's Ask Altucher segment to talk about how to reach your life's passions without the restrictions of setting goals.

Our free time is probably the most precious part of our lives.

So why would you spend your time writing things out instead of actually doing them...

Today, Matt shares with our listeners the real purpose of goals and why we should restructure how we act on them.

Cut stress, disappointment, meaningless tasks... stop doing what doesn't make you happy and start living your life the way you want...

Direct download: AA_EP_117_.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:03pm EDT

It's a dream of many... to play pro sports.

James describes being interested in sports as "a huge umbrella." There are many careers that can stem from the love of sports.

Maybe you can't do exactly what you fantasized about doing, but there is an underlying theme that you can still follow.

Today, James and Claudia talk about different ways around the sports industry gatekeepers.

If you "choose yourself," follow your passion, and find an interest in your fantasy theme then you are already halfway there.

Activate your idea machine and you will be a success no matter what.

Plus, find out what is on James' idea list for today.

Direct download: AA_EP_116.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:34am EDT

How does the media choose the stories they produce?

Is it just the facts? Or do they pick and choose which stories will get the most reaction?

If you rely on the news to get your information on what is going on in the world, then you are letting others decide what you need to know.

James admits that he does not listen or read the news.

Today, he reveals what sources and knowledge skills are necessary for interpreting the news and deciding what is important and what is just media hype.

Plus, he reveals what you should be doing with your time instead and provides some alternative ways to familiarize yourself with current events.

And in today's Second Segment, Claudia and James talk about what not to do if you come into sudden wealth.

Direct download: AA_EP_115.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:09am EDT