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James Altucher has written 11 bestselling books. He is a successful entrepreneur. He's failed a gazillion times. He's lived to tell the tale. Sometimes he talks too much. Read more at

Entries by James Altucher

I'm Going to Tell You About the Most Successful Person I Know

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 11:03 AM


Lets call him "Pat". That's not his name, but close. I don't want to embarrass him, although I am 99.99% sure he won't be embarrassed even if I mention him.

I met him in 1999. He was the number two guy at the...

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Live Life Like a Legend

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 1:26 AM


You were completely insane.

Imagine you're one of the best players in the country. You only read one tiny chess book and you became one of the best.

I had to read a 1000 and never reached your level.

I've played...

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Einstein's Secret of Productivity

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 11:50 AM


A producer at [well known television show] said to me, "Whatever you do - don't ever ever say 'I don't know'. If you say that, we'll never ask you back."

Then, thrust into a dark room, miked up, camera pointing at...

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The Power of Consistency

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 2:56 AM


I was incredibly jealous. I called Tim Ferriss and I said, "I can't believe you got Seth Rogen on your podcast. 'Superbad' is my third favorite movie of all time, and that's on a list that has Schindler's List at number one."


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10 Habits to Be Happier and More Productive

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 10:47 AM


What a goddamn shitty title. That's the sort of BS that is everywhere on the Internet these days.

Like, someone gets on a pedestal and teaches people how to be happier and then that same person goes to a motel owned by killers...

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Me and the IRS, a Bromance

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 12:38 PM


I pulled over the car on the highway because the IRS was calling.

"Daddy, why are we pulling over," said one of my kids. I can't remember which one. I didn't care. At that point, I wish I didn't have kids...

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The 20 Habits of Eventual Millionaires

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 1:50 PM


This is the wrong question. It's upside down.

This is a tacky question. This is sort of a rude question.

Actually, the question was a bit worse. It was "I'm in my 20s - can someone in their 40s tell me what I...

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Financial Fridays: It's Financial Suicide To Own A House

(2) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 1:52 PM


I am sick of me writing about this. Do you ever get sick of yourself? I am sick of me.

But every day I see more propaganda about the American Dream of owning the home.

I see codewords a $15 trillion dollar...

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Financial Fridays: Basic Mistakes Every Entrepreneur Makes

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 12:28 PM


I love you so I don't want you to do these things. Save the world instead.


I was on the board of a business where we all got the financials for that month and realized that the...

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Is Pope Francis An Atheist and Ten Other Things I Learned From Him

(2) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 2:36 PM


My grandparents were disgusted with me when my first, second, and third girlfriends were Catholics.

"What do they cook?" my grandmother asked.

Cooking being the great differentiator in religion. She even said, "Goulash?" Like it was a curse.

Many years later, after a...

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I Don't Know What I Will Do

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 1:00 AM

But I'm done. At least with this arc. I know when I was at my worst moments, I focused on improving four things in my life.

Whenever I worried, or woke up anxious, or woke up filled with so much regret and...

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10 Things Successful People Never Do

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 2:39 PM


I have done all of these ten things and seen the results. I was very unhappy.

Before I can give you the rules I must establish my credentials.

I have started about 20 businesses and failed at 17 of them. I...

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Financial Fridays: Divorce Sucks. A How-To.

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 3:36 PM

I never write about my ex-wife. It's her life.

But I want to write about divorce because the entire thing is a scam.

By the way, let's discuss marriage for a second.

I am married to Claudia. I...

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The Six People You Must Find Today

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 1:50 PM


The aliens have a mission for you.

Six people out of seven billion people were sent from deep space on a mission to Earth.

Each of these people contains a part of a hidden message encoded in their DNA.

You have twenty...

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The Ten Most Important Books to Expand Your Brain

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 9:31 AM

The Ten Most Important Books To Expand Your Brain

Books suck. No question about it, almost everyone who writes a book is a crappy writer.

And this is a good thing.

It's because the writer spent his life getting GOOD at...

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The One Formula to Find Your Passion in Life

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 12:45 PM

I was passionate when I was throwing hard pointed rocks at other little kids.

"I hit him!"

My friends and I would climb around construction sites, pretending they were forts. And throw rocks at each other until we were caught by parents. By adults.


Einstein found his passion because...

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Why I Hate Labor Day

(1) Comments | Posted September 7, 2015 | 10:42 AM

Today is Labor Day. It's supposed to celebrate the workers who built America and fought for their rights, etc. For instance, we can no longer hire nine-year-olds to work 60 hour work weeks.

Nine-year-olds were really bad at building bridges, for instance.

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The Rich Employee

(1) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 11:51 AM

One of my best friends from 8th grade invested $25,000 in Uber's first round. That $25,000 is now worth $50,000,000.

I can say, "I wish that were me!" but I don't deserve it.

He spent his 20s building his network in Silicon...

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In a Crisis... Wait

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 3:59 PM


I got fired. Security escorted me out. They would send me my box later.

A few weeks earlier Amy dumped me for another guy. I lost my inside when I found out. I lost my humanity.

All self-help is bullshit. It's...

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Why Your 401K Is a Scam!

(6) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 1:40 AM


I hate writing about finance. The most violent, ugly people in the world work in the traditional finance industry.

I write something and instead of responding with a well-reasoned argument, they write things like "James Altucher is a wacko" or "James Altucher is...

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