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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.

Entries by James Altucher

Step By Step Guide to Make $10 Million and Then Totally Blow It

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 4:40 PM

$70 million was a lot of money for me at the time. And I couldn't sleep at night until I gave back every dollar to the people who gave it to me.

I was running the sort of fund where people gave me money and then I invested it in...

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10 Reasons You Have to Quit Your Job in 2014

(104) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 1:25 PM

This was going to end badly.

My boss screamed at me in front of my colleagues. I had done something wrong of course. I had sent a product to the client without debugging it thoroughly. It was my fault. But I don't like being yelled at.

And fortunately I was...

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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Reinventing Yourself

(51) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 6:14 PM

Here are the rules: I've been at zero a few times, come back a few times, and done it over and over. I've started entire new careers. People who knew me then, don't me now. And so on.

I've had to change careers several times. Sometimes because my interests changed....

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How to Be the Best Public Speaker on the Planet

(4) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 2:04 PM

I was scared to death. I thought I was going to cry.

Polls say people would rather be dead than speak in public. Seinfeld joked that a guy giving a eulogy would rather be in the coffin.

I've given 100s of talks but last week I wanted to die before...

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7 Things Happen to You When You Are Completely Honest

(12) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 12:21 PM

Honesty is about the scars. It's about the blemishes. But it's more than just bragging about failure, which could be a form of ego. It's about truly helping people.

There's a trillion websites competing against each other. The most honest website of all? Google. Google can't help you with your...

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The 100 Rules for Being an Entrepreneur

(3) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 1:38 PM

If you Google "entrepreneur" you get a lot of mindless cliches like "Think Big!" For me, being an "entrepreneur" doesn't mean starting the next "Facebook." Or even starting any business at all. It means finding the challenges you have in your life, and determining creative ways to overcome those challenges....

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How to Stop Lying

(6) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 1:09 PM

I lied to him to get a job. The hedge fund manager asked me how much money I had in the bank. I had ZERO but I said, "a million dollars". This was in 2002. In the prior two years I had lost all the money I ever made and...

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Why Do People Hate Their Jobs?

(153) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 1:32 PM

I limped out of the meeting and said, "excuse me", and took the elevator down 67 stories, went to Grand Central, limped home, and never went back to work at that job.

I never returned the constant phone calls and emails over the next month. "James, where did you go?"

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10 Reasons To Quit Your Job This Year

(379) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 11:26 AM

This was going to end badly. I would play chess all day in my office with the door locked. My boss would knock on the door and I would put my headphones on and ignore him. People would complain that the software I wrote didn't work. My boss would say,...

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Wall Street's 'Eat What You Kill' Motto Is the Only Way to Live

(19) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 1:21 PM

An anonymous commenter named "Frank" wrote on an article I wrote yesterday, "Every time Altucher opens his mouth or posts commentary, he subtracts from the sum total of all human knowledge."

Frank is absolutely right and I congratulate him for recognizing that. I do subtract from the sum total of...

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What Are You?

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 5:00 PM

Are you a Republican? Are you gay? Or straight? Are you pro-choice? Are you anti-environmentalist? Are you a Buddhist? Or a Jew? And, if Jewish -- are you Reform or Conservative? Or Reconstructionist? Are you a vegetarian for moral reasons? Do you smoke?

Are you a writer? Or a lawyer?...

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Mediocre People

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 10:46 AM

I'm pretty mediocre. I'm ashamed to admit it.  I'm not even being sarcastic or self-deprecating. I've never done anything that stands out as, "whoah! This guy made it into outerspace! Or...this guy has a best selling novel! Or...if only Google had thought of this!" I've had some successes and some...

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The 10 Keys To Selling Anything

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 9:04 PM

Someone I don't know at all just wrote me with the worst selling technique of all time. He wrote, "I really need to talk to you. Can I have 20-30 minutes of your time?"

The answer is, "no." Not that I think I'm so great. Or my time is so...

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My Minimalism Manifesto

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 9:35 AM

Claudia and I spent the entire Thanksgiving on an airplane, going from San Francisco to New York. We avoided the entire holiday.

Cooking, cleaning, getting together with relatives, all the small talk, all the hateful talk, all the gossipy talk, all the expenses. I hate that shit. Claudia slept almost...

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Mistakes Were Made

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 4:18 PM

Sometimes in the middle of the day, totally by reflex or accident, I blurt out, "No" really loud. The word escapes my throat before I can stop it. I'm daydreaming about some mistake I made over the past 40 years and how embarrassing it was. How ashamed I feel. I...

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Lessons I Learned From Poker

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 2:37 PM

In the Twitter Q&A that I give every Thursday @GiraffesCanSwim asked, "what did you learn from playing poker?" I gave a 140 character answer. Something like, "you learn quickly that all your friends lie to you all the time in order to steal your money."

But I've been thinking a...

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Unsubscribe

(4) Comments | Posted December 29, 2011 | 12:35 PM

I got an email this morning that said, "I disagree with you on Immigration. Unsubscribe."

So I guess after 280 posts where I've written about transvestite prostitutes, and every other topic under the sun, I finally said something that offended this guy so much he could NEVER EVER...

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How to Spot a Scammer

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2011 | 9:51 AM

I'm scammed almost every day. Or, if not scammed, at the very least someone tries to scam me. Usually more than once a day. The first time was at the age of 12 playing Three-card Monte in NYC where I lost my watch. Another time when I sent in $80...

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When I Retire I Will...

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 1:16 PM

I was about three years old and my dad scared the hell out of me. It was the first day of Yellow Duck nursery school. I had never been to school before. I vaguely remember being upset about it. Perhaps crying.

My dad said, "first you'll have two years of...

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Where Is the Magic?

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 11:43 AM

I had to run to the second level basement at the New York Public Libary on 42nd Street. Every day. I worked across the street at HBO and I would usually hold it in until I really had to go the bathroom. But there was no way I was...

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