The James Altucher Show
James Altucher
James Altucher interviews the world’s leading peak performers in every area of life. But instead of giving you the typical success story, James digs deeper to find the “Choose Yourself” story—these are the moments we relate to… when someone rises up from personal struggle to reinvent themselves. The James Altucher Show brings you into the lives of peak-performers: billionaires, best-selling authors, rappers, astronauts, athletes, comedians, actors, and the world champions in every field, all who forged their own paths, found financial freedom and harnessed the power to create more meaningful and fulfilling lives.
Someone sent me a video of a young 20-something-year-old getting tasered in the shower by a police officer. He was mentally ill.  I thought, “This needs to change.” And it is. Thanks to Chief Don Deluca, Scott Cohen and the whole team behind BolaWrap, a new technology that helps officers restrain people without using extreme force. Their story is proof that problems in society don’t have to stay problems forever. You can look at something difficult that hasn’t changed in 20 years and say, “I’m going to do something about this.” And that’s what this episode will walk you through. You'll learn how to go from problem to idea to action. So you can feel empowered to make the changes you want to see, too. I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify   Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram   Check Out The Altucher Book Club Series: Apple Podcasts YouTube Instagram

We all make stupid arguments all the time. But we can get better. If we take the right steps. So I read Scott Adams new book and invited him on the podcast to talk about “Loserthink.” Loserthink is any kind of argument that’s baseless or lacking evidence. I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify   Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram   Check Out The Altucher Book Club Series: Apple Podcasts YouTube Instagram

Mike Rowe has been a TV personality for a long time. He’s best known as the host of “Dirty Jobs” where he shows the world what it’s like to do dangerous and disgusting jobs. Mike showed us that there’s dignity in work. Of all kinds. In this episode, I ask Mike what made him want to do that show. He told me, “Curiosity.” “It’s no less valid to wonder how a sewer works than how the Hubble works.” Mike shows that work is not about prestige. It’s about providing… something so many of us forget to recognize ourselves for. Even if we deserve to. I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify   Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram   Check Out The Altucher Book Club Series: Apple Podcasts YouTube Instagram

I’m jealous of Jeannie Gaffigan’s brain tumor. Not the tumor itself. Or the feeding tube. Or side effects. But I’m jealous of the community that came to her side. I told her, "I’m afraid that if this ever happens to me, I won't have the love and support that you've built up over the years." She had a mega support system... neighbors and family who got her the best doctors, plus friends and colleagues who worked with her when she wrote and produced "The Jim Gaffigan Show." She laughed. Because it's the weirdest thing to be jealous of. But she understood. And told me not to worry. "I had no idea I had this [support system]. It took this. You have it. You just don't know. Like me. I didn't know it." She wrote all about this in her new book, "When Life Gives You Pears: The Healing Power of Family, Faith, and Funny People." Which you can also listen to on Audible. It'll make you laugh. And help you feel more connected. And more capable of handling life's hardest moments. Also if you want to know how to reshape your life, maybe start over, try a new career move, make a new income stream or whatever you need to feel refreshed, then I have a book for you. Go to www.reinventbook.net to claim your free copy of my book "Reinvent Yourself" I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify   Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram   Check Out The Altucher Book Club Series: Apple Podcasts YouTube Instagram

Eric Adams was beat by the police at age 15. “They kicked us in the groin over and over again. We were urinating blood for seven days.” So when Eric grew up, he became a cop. “I had no idea I was going to last for 22 years,” he said. “I thought I would be there a year. And then they’d say, ‘Get rid of this guy. This guy’s a trouble maker.” But that never happened. He got promoted. “I was driven. The plan was to go in there with a mission. The mission was to find ways to make communities safe without being in disgrace. How do you turn this noble profession into what it ought to be?” Later on, Eric became a state senator and now he’s Brooklyn Borough President with a new mission to become mayor. In this episode, you’ll hear Eric talk about his drive. And how he turns visions into missions. With real hope. And real possibility. -- New announcement. Free copies of my book "Reinvent Yourself" is available for my listeners to claim. Get yours here while you can. I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify   Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram   Check Out The Altucher Book Club Series: Apple Podcasts YouTube Instagram

I want to live forever. Or at least for as long as I feel like living. So I called Dr. Steven Gundry. He's changing the way we understand health by creating new food pyramids, busting myths about food fads, and helping us understand the underlying science that makes one food bad and another food good. Dr. Gundry is also the bestselling author of “The Longevity Paradox," “The Plant Paradox”  & “The Plant Paradox Family Cookbook." And today I also have a special co-host, Dr. Dean Mitchell, who's a board-certified immunologist with valuable questions that will only help you get better and better at taking care of yourself longterm. I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify   Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram   Check Out The Altucher Book Club Series: Apple Podcasts YouTube Instagram

Kamal Ravikant went to the hospital for a scheduled elective surgery. Everything went great. Until the stitches inside his body ripped. And he felt pain in his stomach. He asked the nurse for medicine. Soon his was spurting blood everywhere. One of the residents held him down to try to stop the bleeding. Kamal sat there in fear as he watched the inside of his liquids get all over this man. They had to get him back into surgery. But this time they didn't know if he'd make it out loud. Right before they put the oxygen mask on, Kamal told the doctor, "I'm scared." She held his hand. And he disappeared out of consciousness. Now he's back. He's alive. And he came on the podcast to share what it feels like to start dying. And how living... surviving brought him a new sense of knowing what matters. And what doesn't.   I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify   Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram   Check Out The Altucher Book Club Series: Apple Podcasts YouTube Instagram

It’s hard to practice psychology in high stakes situations. But it's necessary. I've been practicing this forever. I practice with chess, in business, in negotiating, in investing. Jennifer Shahade also practices this. Actually, no. She's mastered it. She's the U.S. Women's Chess Champion and a professional poker player. We've been playing chess together since we were kids. And I recently went on her podcast, "The Poker Grid." And I'm airing it here for you. We talk about crypto, diversifying your investments, side hustles, and negotiating. Plus, we talk about the psychology of poker, how to take in information and predict your opponent. Here's the show. I hope you enjoy. - James   I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify   Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram   Check Out The Altucher Book Club Series: Apple Podcasts YouTube Instagram

Nas had a great life. And a great job. He was making a ton of money as a software developer for Venmo. But he was too comfortable. So he started a creative challenge where he traveled around the world. And made a one-minute video every day for 1,000 days. He didn’t skip a single day. Which is not easy. So I wanted to have Nas on the podcast to learn how he got the courage to quit his job, travel the world and become a professional creator.    I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify   Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram   Check Out The Altucher Book Club Series: Apple Podcasts YouTube Instagram

Humble The Poet was scared of going broke again. It was his biggest fear. So he made some necessary changes. And now he's sharing them with you. We recorded this as a quick minisode. It started by accident. We were just talking. And then I looked at my audio engineer. "Are you recording." Yes. Here's the clip.    I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify   Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram   Check Out The Altucher Book Club Series: Apple Podcasts YouTube Instagram  

Humble The Poet was a teacher. He didn't like it. And he felt it. He had a different art inside of him. Part of it was rap, part of it was poetry, part of it was philopshy. It took time, but now Humble The Poet is a full-time artist. In this podcast, you'll learn how he gave himself permission to step off of the approved life paths and create his own.   I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify   Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram   Check Out The Altucher Book Club Series: Apple Podcasts YouTube Instagram  

This is Ryan Holiday's 10th time on the podcast. In this episode, we talk about his new book, "Stillness Is the Key," which takes an allusive topic (stillness) and makes it applicable to everyday life.  Ryan signed a bunch of copies for me to give away. You can learn how to enter by going to @Altucher on Instagram. - James    I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify   Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram   Check Out The Altucher Book Club Series: Apple Podcasts YouTube Instagram  

This is Part 3 of my 500th podcast celebration. All three episodes have incredible clips from incredible guests. Here's the list of clips for Part 3. And let me know which clips you love. Or who you'd like to hear more from. And we'll bring it to you. Thanks. - James Clip 1 - Ep. 438 - Brad Meltzer: Our County’s Secrets (Untold Stories From the CIA & Secret Service) Clip 2 - Ep. 481 - Take Back The Power: Amy Morin on Toxic People, Setting Boundaries & Deciding What’s Worth Your Time Clip 3 - Ep. 460 - Jeff Garlin: Don't Give Yourself a Back Up Plan (Why Having No Net Leads to Greater Success) Clip 4 - Ep. 437 - John Maxwell: THE Master of Personal Growth Clip 5 - Ep. 424 - Byron Allen: How To Make History in Your Dream Industry (A Story About Outsmarting The Standards) Clip 6 - Ep. 451 - Eric Schmidt: Becoming the CEO of Google... Unlearn Arrogance & Become Your Greatest Clip 7 - Ep. 425 - David Rubenstein: The Importance of Having a Good 2nd and 3rd Life (Lessons From The Co-Founder of The Carlyle Group) Clip 8 - Ep. 473 - Jamie Metzl: The Future of Life on Earth: Threats, Opportunities, & Scientific Predictions You Never Saw Coming Clip 9 - Ep. 471 - Eric Weinstein: The Formula for Innovation (And How to Escape Your Own Restrictions) Clip 10 - Ep. 491 - Find Your Creative Calling: Chase Jarvis on How to Establish a Daily Practice & Make Time for What You Love   I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify   Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram   Check Out The Altucher Book Club Series: Apple Podcasts YouTube Instagram  

Here's Part 2 of my 500th celebration! I'm releasing three bonus episodes. You can listen in any order. They all have a mix of clips that show you how to find what you really love in life, how to overcome the fear and self-doubt that plagues all of us, how to predict the future, get a new skill and more. I hope you enjoy. But most of all, I want to say thank you for supporting this show. I appreciate it. Everyone who works on this show appreciates you. And we really hope you get as much value from this as we do.   Here's the list of clips for Part 2:  Clip 1 - Ep. 455 - Bishop T.D. Jakes: How to Turn Unexpected Pain into Power Clip 2 - Ep. 403 - Robert Greene: The Laws of Human Nature... (Why We Are The Way We Are) Clip 3 - Ep. 412 - Kai-Fu Lee: Who Will Win In The Future? (AI, China, Capitalism and The New World Order) Clip 4 - Ep. 457 - Sam Harris: Why You’re Failing to Make Sense of Your Life Clip 5 - Ep. 422 - George Gilder: How to Think Like a Futurist Clip 6 - Ep. 406 - Howard Marks: Billionaire Investor on Market Cycles (How to Survive the Bad Days & Win the Good Days) Clip 7 - Ep. 413 - Danica Patrick: Finding Your Driving Force Clip 8 - Ep. 477 - Mike Love: Life as a Beach Boy (Memories, Lyrics, & A Behind The Scenes Look at The Band Who Gave Us "Good Vibrations") Clip 9 - 408 - James Frey: Breaking The Rules, Writing & Becoming Yourself Again Clip 10 - Ep. 426 - Gilbert Gottfried: Laugh Everyday (It's Medicine For Your Day)     I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify   Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram   Check Out The Altucher Book Club Series: Apple Podcasts YouTube Instagram  

Consider this the new year. I'm releasing 3 episodes back-to-back with the greatest advice from 30 guests. Today you'll get 10 clips (I made a list of the guests and episodes below so yu can follow along). But here's what I'm thinking. Use these 3 episodes as a guide. Let them help you reinvent.  I do this every 100 episodes. 500 is big. And it's hard to choose the clips. Because there are so many great ones. But I want to give you a good mix. So here's what you'll get in Part 1: Clip 1 - Ep. 421 - David Goggins: “Never Be Satisfied With Your Life… Find Your New 100%” Clip 2 - Ep. 474: Scott Galloway - Men's Health: "If You Continue To Do This, You're Going to Die Early" Clip 3 - Ep. 442 - Justice Sonia Sotomayor: Lessons From a Supreme Court Justice on How to Persuade & Convince Clip 4 - Ep. 407 - Charlamagne Tha God: Mental Health & Coping with Anxiety Clip 5 - Ep. 423 - John Paul DeJoria: Build A Self-Made Personality (How John Went From Homeless to Billionaire) Clip 6 - Ep. 494 - Talking About Depression & Mental Wellness: Gary Gulman on Using Comedy as Therapy Clip 7 - Ep. 411- Wyclef Jean: From Poverty to The World Stage (How to Dream a New Reality) Clip 8 - Ep. 463 - Humble the Poet: Unlearn The Lessons That Hurt You. So You Can Learn The Lessons That Help You Clip 9 - Ep. 441 - Steven Pressfield: It’s Not Too Late to Become the Hero of Your Journey (Listen to Your Gut) Clip 10 - Ep. 484 - The Best Tool To Unlock Your Creativity: Julia Cameron on "The Artist's Way"   I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify   Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram   Check Out The Altucher Book Club Series: Apple Podcasts YouTube Instagram  

Tim O’Brien is the bestselling author, “The Things They Carried.” Tim wrote this book as a veteran of the Vietnam war. He was drafted. Like everyone else in their 20’s at the time. “85, 90% of our casualties came from land mines,” he said. “Not gunfire. Not the typical battle you’ll see in movies. Landmines were the killing force.” Every step he took was a mystery. People died all around him. ““I’ll never know how close my foot was to a land mine,” he said. Now he's 73. And has a new book. It's called "Dad's Maybe Book." His son came up with the title. But I look at this book as a sequel to "Thinks They Carried." Because both books include the idea of "maybe." "Will I live another day?" "every day has maybe," Tim said. "But that’s true for everyone. We all write our maybe books. Maybe my dreams will come true. Maybe not. Maybe I’ll change my dream, amend them or qualify them..." This episode is about learning to get comfortable with the maybe. Settling in. And seeing the story unfold.  I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify   Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram   Check Out The Altucher Book Club Series: Apple Podcasts YouTube Instagram  

The rules of business are the same in 1800 and now. The times change. The products change. But the psychology of business stays the same. I'll tell you my stories. And lessons on being creative, executing your ideas, who to hire, giving yourself permission to make mistakes. And more. You can also check out my article here, "101 Rule for Starting Your Business." I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify   Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram   Check Out The Altucher Book Club Series: Apple Podcasts YouTube Instagram  

Mike Bullard dropped out of school to become a cop. He wanted to solve murders. But no one really gets murdered in Canada. So he quit. And became a stand-up comedian. Then a talk show host and radio host. He’s since been named the greatest TV talk show host in Canadian history. I asked him about his decision to quit and turn toward a new (and harder) dream. Here’s Mike Bullard on how he made it to the top.   I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify   Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram   Check Out The Altucher Book Club Series: Apple Podcasts YouTube Instagram  

I want to know who's going to win the election. And how. What marketing tactics will they use? How will the persuade? Is negative advertising good? I called Phillip Stutts. And he came back on the podcast to tell me his predictions. He’s gotten all sorts of political offices elected: presidents, senators, etc. But he's also worked for losing campaigns. And can speak to what DOESN'T win.    And I'm giving away my new book, "The Side Hustle Bible." It's a collection of 177 proven ways to make extra income. Listen to find out how to claim your free copy today.   I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify   Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram   Check Out The Altucher Book Club Series: Apple Podcasts YouTube Instagram  

Aaron Berg is a world record-breaking comedian. He just shattered a comedy record by doing 25 sets. At 25 different clubs. All in one night. He filmed it all. And made a new special called "25 Sets." Which you can get on Amazon. Or iTunes. In this episode, I ask Aaron why he got into comedy, but we also talk about angry people, this new heightened level of outrage, and how to alchemize it into laughs.   I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify   Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram