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James Altucher - Choose Yourself: How To Turn Your Vulnerability Into Freedom


The James Altucher Show

James Altucher is an American hedge fund manager, venture capitalist, entrepreneur, author, and podcaster. He has founded or co-founded more than 20 companies and written over 20 books.

Master of The Side Hustle

For this episode I flew to New York City to speak with James Altucher.

The best-selling author, chess master, comedian, cryptocurrency expert, entrepreneur and broadcaster, James Altucher is a truly fascinating guy. He’s always up to something new and today’s episode is proof as I got to sit down with James in his new comedy club.

This is what James is like. He just went ahead and bought a comedy club and now he actually practices as a stand-up comedian!

James Altucher’s podcast

James also where he interviews influential figures such as Sir Richard Branson and Mark Cuban. His show has been downloaded over 40 million times and James has written thousands of articles for the Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch & The Financial Times.

Along with his articles, James’ book “Choose Yourself”, was named by Business Week as one of the Top 12 Business Books of All-Time.

I love James. He’s got such a vulnerable writing style, is super curious and it was great to reconnect with him.

I know you’re going to enjoy this incredible new episode with James Altucher.

Join us as we discuss:

  • Transcendental meditation, psychedelics, and Ayahuasca experiences
  • Ido Portal, Dan Peña, and break dancing
  • Crazy Legs, writing, and the hero’s journey
  • Steven Pressfield, Joseph Campbell, and Star Wars
  • Christianity, his children, and masculinity
  • Stand up comedy, J.K. Rowling, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Idea sex, the price of Greenland, and Donald Trump
  • College, the power of no, and his upcoming projects

00:00 | Trailer.
02:50 | Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
03:54 | Brian’s introduction.
04:35 | James Altucher asks Brian Rose about the growth and mission of London Real, and their shared interest in break dancing.
17:59 | Vulnerability can lead to freedom.
24:05 | The hero’s journey, make every day a mini ark of the hero.
31:44 | Men shouldn’t be vulnerable for the sake of being vulnerable, they should still be masculine.
36:05 | James Altucher’s reinvention in the form of becoming a stand up comedian.
52:52 | Should everyone get up and do five minutes of comedy?
1:00:46 | James embraces ideas, thinking of them as a resource or commodity, one that can change your life.
1:11:53 | Ideas sex.
1:18:56 | How James takes action upon an idea including buying Greenland.
1:25:45 | James argues against the need for going to University.
1:36:01 | The power of no.
1:40:15 | Choose yourself.
1:42:09 | James’ future writing and blogging plans.
1:47:01 | Where James’ sees himself in another five years.
1:50:45 | James’ daily routine.
1:52:41 | His superpower.
1:53:38 | Best and worst days of his life.
1:54:43 | What we would be surprised to learn about James Altucher.
1:55:58 | What keeps him awake at night.
1:59:38 | His idea for action Brian could take.
2:02:00 | Telephone call to the 20 years old James.
2:02:30 | Best advice he ever received.
2:04:43 | Advice to the 20 years old listening.
2:08:28 | Brian’s summing up.
2:08:49 | James suggests Brian should consider rebranding London Real.
2:10:35 | Brian wraps up the show.


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