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James' daughter Mollie sits in for Claudia today and asks James...

What did you learn in 2014 and how will that affect you in 2015?

Success is measured in decades...


Don't get disappointed in small setbacks. Start today... a decade can pass in the blink of an eye.

Direct download: AA20Ep20180.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:50pm EDT

Not every couple's timetable is in sync. 


Today's question comes via James' text and is a difficult one. 


A man writes in... 


I'm in love with my woman and we've been together for a while. She wants to have children and I don't. 


Should he stay in the relationship or should he let her go?


James and Claudia look at this question from both the man and the woman's perspective.


Should she wait until he's ready? Will he ever be ready? 


Or is it time for both of them to just move on.


Listen in today as James and Claudia discuss this difficult topic.

Direct download: AA20Ep20179.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:49am EDT

You've got an idea; do you need a business plan to launch it?

James says yes sometimes, but not the kind of plan you're probably used to. Forget the PowerPoint with a ton of numbers, graphs, and charts. "And don't ever tell me that there's 1.3 billion people in China and your business only needs to attract 1% of these people to be a huge success."

Here's what you should include in your business plan...

Who are you?

Did you build and sell another business?

Can you come up with ideas and do you have business "sense"?

Can you sell your idea?

Simple, powerful slides, and please...


No smiley face curves.

Direct download: AA20EP20178.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:42am EDT

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 it a point to be around those that love you and those you love. 

Direct download: AA20Ep20177.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 8:48am EDT

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us to all of you. 

This year make sure you don’t forget to Choose Yourself…

Episode #73 of The James Altucher Show was about givers and takers with Adam Grant.  This was a fantastic show and if you’ve not listened to it here’s the link.

Our question today is from that show.


I’d recommend you listen to episode #73 and then listen to this Ask Altucher.

Direct download: AA20Ep20176.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:45am EDT

Our question comes today from Holland and Claudia gives us all a quick lesson in geography.

Many small entrepreneurs are great at their specialty but may not be good at or like to do the accounting or the technology or maybe hate marketing.

Ask these small companies – What do you need help with?

Make a menu list of what you’re good at and offer these as a webinar. Give away as much as possible, give away all your secrets for free.


And don’t forget to gather testimonials. These are critical to the growth of your company.

Direct download: AA20Ep20175.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 8:38am EDT

The no-complaint diet says that for ten days you can't complain about anything. If you complain, you have to start again

As James says, you'll never get there. It's the practice that important.

Complaint bonding is an evolutionary trait that we as humans have done a great job of exploiting.

But can complaining ever be useful?

James says no. What can help you is figuring out the solution to a problem... not complaining about it.


Plus James tosses out a new idea. It's one waiting for someone to grab and run with it.

Direct download: AA20ep20174.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:38am EDT

Do you have a great idea but you're afraid that if you tell someone, they're going to steal it...


Well, as James tells us today there is no real way to protect your idea. But if you're more passionate about your idea than anyone else, then you can succeed.


Spend a few dollars and get your idea out there. Go to ODesk or Kickstarter and get some help getting your idea seen. For help with crowdfunding, check out our episode 170 with Clay Heber.


James and Claudia come up with a few ideas of their own.


Click to listen to this money-making episode.


Direct download: AA20EP20173.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:39am EDT

Have you set your 2015 goals yet? 


James doesn't make goals. Instead he tries to improve incrementally 1% better every day... spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. 


Instead of goals, James sets themes. 


Before you pull out that pad and pen, listen here.


And a thank you from our listener who asked the question in Episode #168: How Do You Get That Final 1% Finished?


If you have a question that you would like to ask James, you can either:


Ask a question at


E-mail it to



Or, text James at 203-512-2161.

Direct download: AA20EP20172.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:08pm EDT

Getting your movie produced through the traditional method is extremely difficult. But so is raising the money to do it yourself.


So James suggests you try both routes.


The cost of producing your own movie has gone way, way down.


Claudia suggests creating a short trailer and James chimes in with a few social media ideas to get producers to see it.


Try crowd funding...



And don't forget to start your next script now.

Direct download: AA20EP20171.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:36am EDT

Do you have a great idea for a product but have no idea how to raise the money to get it launched? Why not try crowdfunding?


Today James calls the expert, Clay Hebert and gives you all the tricks.


He says you need to act like the opposite of MacGyver (you'll have to listen to understand).


Build a landing page and pre-sell your idea weeks and even months before you launch your campaign. Build the excitement...


48 hours to launch...


24 hours to launch...


Don't miss out. The best deals are going fast!


Clay doesn't hold back, he tells James and Claudia all the best practices.



If you've ever thought about doing a crowdfunding campaign, then you have to listen to this episode of Ask Altucher

Direct download: AA20EP20170.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:18am EDT

Today we start off with a cooking class, not really.


Claudia asks James, how did you start your day today? 


James says, "The key to success in life is what you do in the morning." Turn off your phone, laptop, and TV and go to bed early. Getting a good night sleep is critical to having a productive day.


Stress is so damaging to both your physical and mental body so take a moment in the morning to remember what you're grateful for. Just take a few minutes to reflect. It relaxes the anxiety we all feel daily.



Your morning ritual can decide your whole life.

Direct download: AA20EP20169.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:03am EDT

Getting that last 1% of your project finished is a problem so many of us experience.


James says it's a problem he has always had to deal with and can totally relate to. So here are a few tricks he uses to get that last 1% done.


Try these...


•Clean up the whole area around you. Clean up the table, clean up the entire room. This will give you the feeling of a fresh start.


•Next, list for yourself, even just in your head, why finishing this project will be good for other people. Remembering why you started this project will help you finish it.


•Lastly, picture in your mind what it will feel like when it's finally finished.


Go ahead, give these tricks a try, and let us know if they help.


Claudia then asks James what he's currently reading...


Direct download: AA20EP20168.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:33am EDT

When is the right time and what message does that send? 


That depends... 


Do you want to have a relationship or are you just looking for a sexual partner? After you have sex, your relationship changes. 


Do you have any rules in place -13 dates, 90 days? Do you hold to them?


Claudia and James are in rare form today. 


Sit back and enjoy this episode.


If you have a question that you would like to ask James, you can either:


Ask a question at


E-mail it to



Or, text James at 203-512-2161.

Direct download: AA20EP2016720SEX.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:18am EDT

Do you believe in intuition or is it something else?


Intuition, that feeling that you know something even though you have no evidence to back that up, is how most people would define it... 


Not James... 


He believes intuition is really your super-computer, your brain subconsciously going through every variation possible and giving you a scientific answer. 



It may feel spiritual but it's really just science. 

Direct download: AA20EP20167.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:30am EDT

Podcasting can be extremely rewarding. And if you're willing to work hard, you can make a lot of money.


Today, James calls John Lee Dumas, the host of Entrepreneur on Fire, to ask him if he can help answer a question from one of James' Facebook followers. John's an expert at monetizing his podcast. Last month he grossed $307,504.50 and publishes his numbers here .


The question is "How do I approach or attract advertisers in order to monetize my niche podcast?"


You'll hear John and James share numerous ideas right off the top of their heads. Niches are great, you can focus with laser accuracy.


Your first step should be to contact podcast advertisers and prove to them that you can make them money. John tells you how to do this.


The most important thing is to get started... 

Direct download: AA20EP20165.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:38am EDT

James recommends exercising your idea muscle daily. Pull out a piece of paper and write down 10 ideas every day.


Today one of our listeners asks – "Should I theme my ideas?"


James says yes, but that doesn't mean every day's list will be similar. He always comes up with a theme, like 10 book ideas or 10 business ideas. Sometimes the ideas are to just help him become a better person.


What themes are important to you? Give yourself permission to come up with bad ideas.



The most important thing is to just show up every day... 

Direct download: AA20EP20164.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:21am EDT

Claudia talks with James about three major causes of back pain.


1.Back pain associated with genetics or an accident.


2.Sitting. We sit all day and it's not natural position for our spine. We slouch, our head goes forward, backwards or to the side and so we add neck pain to our back pain.


3.Psychological back pain caused by money problems.


Stand up, walk around, stretch back, breathe, and choose yourself.

Direct download: AA20EP20163.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:22am EDT

This show is really boring... 


I'm just kidding, of course. Our question today was asked via a text message on James' phone.


How do I add value when my industry is insanely boring... like law?



James has a bunch of boring ideas to share with you... 

Direct download: AA20EP20162.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:54pm EDT

How do I get started with my new Internet business? 


Today, James calls someone who has been influential in him building his own business, Buck Flogging.


Buck says, "Find a way to tap into the hard work that others have done in building their audiences and then find a way to get those people over to your site. They've done a lot of the hard work, so build good, strong, healthy relationships with them; you can get there a lot faster."


For too many people, the usual formula has been... 


You keep writing and writing... praying someone will subscribe.


Instead, spend the bulk of your time off your website, not on your website. Drive these readers back to your website via a good landing page and create your most important tool using this shortcut.


Your e-mail list... 


Direct download: AA20EP20161.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:26pm EDT

Make an outline, it will help. An outline will allow you to jump around and work on those areas that interest you at that moment.


If you go off on a tangent, well... tangents aren't really tangents. Allow your writing to go where it may. You'll fit it in later...


Or you won't.


Let it go, don't outline in a very strict way. Let your thoughts wander and fit them back into the book later.


It doesn't matter whether you want to write an e-book, paperback, or an audio book; James recommends you do all three. You'll look much more professional.

Direct download: AA20EP20160.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:14am EDT

Anxiety about dealing with future problems has two problems. It doesn't solve tomorrow's problems and it does drain your energy of right now.


Thinking about the future is important, but you can choose whether to worry about your problems or solve them now.


That decision is up to you. Worry and anxiety will not solve your problems.



Do the best things you can right now.

Direct download: AA20EP20159.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:27am EDT

James and Claudia talk about a real-life fight that they've recently had and walk you through how they dealt with it.


Being aware that you're angry is extremely important. 



Emotions go in cycles. You can discuss the disagreement at the "peak" of it or you can wait for this anger cycle to wane. You still may be just as mad, but you'll be more rational

Direct download: AA20EP20158.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 8:54am EDT