James Altucher – Choose Yourself

James Altucher is an American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, bestselling author, venture capitalist and podcaster. He has founded or cofounded more than 20 companies, including Reset Inc. and StockPickr and says he failed at 17 of them. He has published eleven books, and he is a frequent contributor to publications including The Financial Times, TheStreet.com, TechCrunch, Seeking Alpha, Thought Catalog, and The Huffington Post.

Why people relate to the Altucher phenomenon. [9:10]

What made James good at making money and not good at keeping it. [15:00]

What it means to be losing $1m a week. [15:35]

Why we are in an Ideas Economy. [21:40]

Why we need meaning in life. [25:40]

$$$ is a side effect of helping people. [26:10]

How James launched and sold StockPickr for $10m in 8 months. [24:07]

Why execution is a subset of ideas. [21:30]

James’s first memory as a boy. [26:57]

How to receive feedback as an entrepreneur. [28:08]

What it means to reinvent yourself and why James considered faking a suicide. [28:08]

James explain why people become haters and go on a junk status binging. [30:57]

What is the essence of good writing. [32:40]

What was the common theme when James was on the way up and what did he stopped doing  on the way down? [35:10]

4 areas of life to focus on to create wealth. [35:30]

How to prevent idea muscle atrophy. [36:10]

How to improve your spiritual health and why we shouldn’t do “time traveling”. [39:13]

How James overcame the anxiety of being late for this London Real podcast. [40:15]

What makes a good CEO. [42:00]

How to become personally antifragile. [42:33]

Importance of sleeping. [43:10]

How to shortcut the 10,000 hour rule and be the best in the world at something. [46:10]

How a master interviewer deflects a question and turns the question back to Brian. [50:40]

Why what James is doing now is far better than any of the previous things he’s ever done. [51:15]

Reason why being an entrepreneur is worse than having a job. [53:15]

Importance of having multiple sources of income. [54:20]

Publishing books, connecting with end users and disappearance of gatekeepers. [57:37]

How to be a businessman when it comes to professionally self-publishing. [57:55]

What are the downsides of using a publisher. [58:00]

Why it’s all about the talent and why the gatekeepers are failing. [1:05:00]

The 2 best sitcoms ever. [1:07:00]

James’s new book and how to tie your success with the success of your employer.[1:08:00]

How James manages his time writing and advising companies. [1:08:50]

Why it may take 50 hours to prepare for a podcast interview. [1:09:28]

Why James wanted to understand the basics of drug dealing. [1:11:10]

2 reasons why an introverted shy guy would put himself in front of the camera. [1:13:25]

What happened when James did the “push yourself outside of your comfort zone exercise” in a coffee shop. [1:14:50]

What’s the biggest lesson James learned from interviewing great people. [1:16:18]

Advice to the 20 yr old James Altucher. [1:17:00]

James’ wish for the audience of London Real. [1:18:]

Advice to the 20 yr old who’s listening. [1:18:45]

How James has mentored Brian. [1:19:45]

The Power of No [1:20:00]

“You can’t write a book unless you are dealing with it.” [1:20:20]

 

Success Secrets

What is the best predictor of success. [1:18]

Anxiety of giving talks. [4:30]

Money is always emotional. Anxiety is an addiction. [6:00]

Who is James’s mentor and how to get mentors. [8.00]

Why it is important to read books. [10:30]

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