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James Altucher
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

The One Learning Technique That Scared The Heck Out Of Bruce Lee

(8) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 3:06 PM

Once a week I crush my 13-year-old at tennis until she cries.

I feel I only have a one or two year window to do this. Then she will conquer and destroy and laugh at me.

So give me my chance....

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James Altucher's Top 5 Books to Read This Summer

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 8:47 PM

I tried to read on a beach once. I got the very first Kindle. It didn't have many books available but what it did, I downloaded and tried to read.

But it was uncomfortable and hot and my wife and kids kept going into the ocean, so I went...

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A Funny Thing Happened to Me on the Way to the Bank

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 11:36 AM


Someone stole my identity yesterday. Briefly.

I woke up and there were two versions of my latest book, The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth, listed on Amazon.

One was written by "James Altucher" and the other was written by "JAMES ALTUCHER"...

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Snoop Dogg for CEO of Twitter

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 7:47 PM


Snoop Dogg should become CEO of Twitter and I'm about to tell you why.

But first, leave Dick Costolo, the outgoing CEO, alone. When Dick became CEO, Twitter was valued at about $3 billion. (now it's $26 billion).

The site was constantly overloaded...

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The Ultimate Guide To Finding A Mentor

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 10:31 AM


After my dad went into a permanent coma I had to take his car back to the dealership and hand them the keys. They wanted to know what happened and I couldn't talk. I couldn't sign papers. I was shaking.

I held out...

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What Happens When You Don't Care

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 3:37 PM


The worst thing that happened to me in five years happened three months ago. But, wait, I don't want to be complaining. More on that in a second.

"Are you going to kill yourself?" I bumped into one of my neighbors a...

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I Give Myself Permission to...

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 3:03 PM


Oh, I can't do that. It would be rude.

Oh my god, there's that awkward silence.

My parents really want me to at least finish school so I can have "security".

I can't quit this job right when they are going into the...

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The Six Things the Most Productive People Do Every Day

(2) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 11:31 AM


I admit I stole this title. Part of being productive is to piggyback on the shoulders of greatness.

So I decided to write down what six things I do every day that help me with productivity. They make work for you. Or...

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How to Be a Bad Leader

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 11:29 AM


I am the best bad leader in the world. Not only do I know everything about how to fail as a leader but I also have spent large amounts of time with bad leaders.

This is a UNIQUE opportunity for you...

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Mimi Makes a Million

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 11:47 AM


I think I'm in love with Mimi Ikonn. Oh, and also her husband Alex Ikonn. Don't want to confuse anyone!

When I was a kid I didn't think I would be happy unless I was a "millionaire". Some kids in my...

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How Do I Know if I Should Take a Job at a Startup?

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 3:45 PM

Imagine if someone asked "would you invest in this company?" Your answer is going to be similar. With a few additions.

Here's the checklist I would follow:

A) Has the CEO built a business before?

This is not always reliable (Mark Zuckerberg or Larry Page hadn't built businesses before) but...

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10 Reasons to Stay at Your Job

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 1:54 PM


I used to love my job. Love it. I worked for my favorite entertainment company in the world.

I would've paid to work there.

I made friends at work. And on weekends we'd even get together and play poker. Sometimes we'd...

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

(1) 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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