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September 23, 2014

Ep.45 - Nassim Taleb: Why You Should Embrace Uncertainty

 
 

This week, Nassim Taleb, author of Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, joins me on The James Altucher Show to talk about technology and how different systems handle disorder.

In Nassim’s last book,  he highlighted for readers the unusual and unpredictable events that underlie almost everything about our world. Now with his book, Antifragile, readers are presented with why we should embrace these uncertainties.

The ideas and concepts that Nassim presents on the show for  listeners are beyond anything you have heard before.

We talk about several ways that disorder in your life will actually make you stronger. As Nassim tells me, “If you don’t have variability in your life, you are not human.”

The key is to take these shocks and disruptions and become, as Nassim says, antifragile, in turn making you stronger, more creative, and better able to adapt to each new challenge you face.

Nothing is certain in this world, and this episode will have you questioning everything you thought you knew.

Enjoy!

September 10, 2014

Ep.41 - Marina Franklin: The Secret No Comedian Will Ever Admit

 
Marina Franklin, comedian and host of her own podcast, Friends Like Us, is my guest this week on The James Altucher Show.
 
I first heard Marina Franklin on a show on Comedy Central and ever since then I knew I wanted to get her on the show.
 
Although Marina is a comedian, this episode isn’t all about comedy. We go into many different topics including, entrepreneurship, how to become successful, and finding your true passion.
 
Enjoy!
 
 

September 05, 2014

Ep.40 - Seth Gold from Hardcore Pawn: The Art of Negotiating

 
You probably recognize my guest this week, Seth Gold from his hit TV series, Hardcore Pawn. What you probably don’t know is that Seth is a 4th generation pawn broker and a master negotiator.
 
In this episode, Seth spills his tips and tricks on how to negotiate in any situation.  Enjoy!
 
In This Episode You Will Learn:
 - How to become a master negotiator
 - Tips and tricks for using a pawn shop to your advantage
 - How to get a discount in any store on any product
 - How Seth’s family started their pawn shop
 - How the show has affected Seth’s life
 
Links and Resources Mentioned In the Show:
- Hardcore Pawn on TruTv
- Pawndetroit.com (stay up to date with the pawnshop and Seth's recent purchases
- Seth Gold on Twitter | Les Gold on Twitter
 
 
 

 

August 21, 2014

Ep.38 - Jim Cramer & James Finally Talk - Here's What Happened

 
 
Jim Cramer, host of Mad Money and Co-Anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” is my guest this week on The James Altucher Show.
 
I’ve gotten to know Jim fairly well over the years – I wrote for the street.com, I sold my company StockPickr to him, and I’ve recorded dozens of videos with him.
 
But, more importantly, he has become a great colleague and a close personal friend.
 
On this episode though, Jim displays a side of himself that most people don’t ever get the opportunity to see.
 
Links and Resources Mentioned On The Show:
 Get Rich Carefully (One of my favorite investement books)  
 
•  Confessions of a Street Addict  
 
P.S. The publisher of my latest book, “THE POWER OF NO” has discounted the price to $1.99 (87% off). Here it is: http://amzn.to/VCL6Bn
 
 

August 21, 2014

Ep.37 - Wendy Simmons: What's Really Going On In North Korea

 
The stories and headlines that we hear and see about North Korea could be enough to keep anyone from traveling to the country.
 
Or even the simple fact that Americans are generally NOT welcomed would be a clear warning to never travel to that part of the world.
 
But for our guest this week this was simply not the case.  It only enticed her more...
 
In This Episode You Will Learn:
 
•  what it was like to be in North Korea at the same time they declared war on America  
 
•  the hundreds of thousands of forest workers cutting down trees without tools  
 
•  what a football game is like in North Korea  
 
•  what it was like to break through to some of the people  
 
•  the carnival filled with generals  
 
•  how the propaganda in North Korea can actually make a tourist feel like they are going crazy  

 
Links and Resources Mentioned In The Show
•  Windysimmons.com (her blog)
 
•  Wendy's bio  
 
•  Wendy Simmons website for photography, including pictures taken from North Korea  
 
•  Wendy's Facebook  
 
•  Wendy is also the President of the New York City eyewear institution, Moscot  
 
•  The entire transcript of the show  
 
Thanks so much for listening!

if you enjoyed this episode of  The James Altucher Show, please leave a review or a rating on iTunes. I read every review and it helps to make the podcast better.

 

August 13, 2014

Ep. 36 - Ramit Sethi: I Will Teach You To Be Rich

 
Ramit Sethi is the author of the NYT Bestseller,  I Will Teach You To Be Rich. Ramit also runs a website that is dedicated to teaching people how to live a rich life. His site has helped thousands of people that were stuck in a dead end job or that were unhappy with the amount of money they were making turn their life around and bring in some real income.
 
If you are tired of living in the dark, being lied to and sick of wasting your time, then this is the show that you have been waiting for…
 
In This Episode You Will Learn:
 
how you can land your dream job
 
•   ​how to start a business on the side and generate $1,000 a month
 
how to interview and negotiate a raise
 
•   why trying to be frugal and save a couple of dollars on things like coffee can actually do more harm than good.
 
•   how so many of Ramit’s students go on to make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year after taking his course
 
•  techniques to habit forming  
 
the mistakes that most people make when starting a business
 
how to turn your passion into a recurring revenue stream
 
•  the great lies that are told to us
 
 
 
Links and Resources Mentioned On The Show:
 
•  I Will Teach You To Be Rich (Ramit Sethi's book)  
 
•  Zero To Launch (Ramit's program for going from idea to success)  
 
•  Ramit's interview with James on Braintrust  
 
•  Ramit Sethi on Twitter | Youtube  
 
•  The entire transcript to the show  
 
Thanks so much for listening!

If you enjoyed this interview please reach out to Ramit Sethi on Twitter to let him know.

Additionally, if you enjoy The James Altucher Show, please leave a review or a rating on ITunes. I read every review and it helps to make the podcast better.

 

August 08, 2014

Ep. 35 - Biz Markie: The Best and Worst Interview You'll Ever Hear

I’ve never felt more embarrassed and awkward in an interview in my life.
 
My guest actually HUNG UP on me.
 
Even the engineers said afterwards, “What. The hell. Was that?”
 
 
I recorded this interview weeks ago, but was unsure what to do with it. I mean, it was a terrible interview (which was my fault) and I was embarrassed to release it.  I think I just really wanted Biz to like me too much.
 
So we decided to play off of the awkwardness and embarrassing moments in the interview and bring to you something we know you haven’t heard anywhere else.
 
Our solution:
 
Aaron and I would play back the recording, stopping it every so often  in order to add some commentary.
The result:
 
A hilarious, insightful interview.
 
Enjoy.
 
Listen To The Entire Interview:
 
 
 
Thanks so much for listening!
 
If you enjoy The James Altucher Show, please leave a review or a rating on ITunes. I read every review and it helps to make the podcast better.
 
 
 

August 06, 2014

Ep.34 - James Altucher's Life Story

Each week, I give little snippets of my life on the podcast.
 
But never before have I told the full story.
 
Today that changes. Today, Claudia turns the tables and interviews ME on my own show.
 
Claudia jumps right into the questions that so many of you want to know more about.
 

“Why were you going to die?”

 

“People lose money every day… how many millions did you lose?”

 

“How did you lose it? How did you make it back again?”

 
I reveal all the mistakes that led to my darkest moments… times where I thought I would never see the light again.
 
Divorced, no job, completely broke, millions having been lost. I felt like my children would be better off with my life insurance money than with me…how do you come back from something like that?
 
I'll reveal how I did it and how you can do it too.
 
Plus, I reveal a secret that nobody else knows… not even Claudia.
 
I have always been open and honest with my listeners and followers of my blog, twitter and Facebook. But today EVERYTHING is revealed… absolutely nothing is off the table.
 
This is my story.
 
This is how I chose myself!
 
 
Listen To The Entire Episode:
 
 
 
 
Thanks so much for listening!
 
If you enjoy The James Altucher Show, please leave a review or a rating on ITunes. I read every review and it helps to make the podcast better.
 
 

August 01, 2014

Ep.33 - Noah Kagan: What It's Like To Lose 100,000,000 At Facebook

Noah Kagan was fired as one of the first employees of Facebook and he left probably $100,000,000 behind if he had stayed. Then he was fired early on as an employee of Mint.com, which later got bought by Intuit.
I think I would feel horrible if that happened to me. Maybe I just wanted to talk to someone who might have had similar feelings. Or even worse. I didn't know Noah at all but I called him.
 
"It did feel horrible," he told me, "But I was arrogant. I deserved to be fired."
 
 

"People's fundamental principals should be to have fun and create cool stuff" - Click To Tweet

 
He told me more about what happened. Why he was fired. What he did afterwards. What he's doing now is genius. It made me feel bad again because I wish I had thought about. His company AppSumo is like a groupon for digital products.
 
He finds a digital product (an app, even a list of copywriting tips, a newsletter, whatever), negotiates a discount for a certain time period, and then sells it online to his 750,000 subscribers.
 
He describes all of this on my podcast.
 
But the podcast veered in a different direction THAT CHANGED MY LIFE. 
 
 
Listen To The Entire Interview*:
 
*Warning, this podcast is explicit! Do not listen if you have soft ears
 
 
 
In This Episode You Will Learn:
 
•  How to find what you are great at and then turn that into a business  
 
•  How Noah was screwed out of 10,000,000 dollars  
 
•  How to acquire customers  
 
•  Two secrets that Noah hasn't told anyone else before  
 
•  Tactics to grow your business  
 
•  How to take yourself out of your comfort zone  
 
•  How to actively get customers  
 
•  The 4 stages of starting a business  
 

 
Resources Mentioned On The Show:
 
 Noah's story of getting fired at Facebook as employee #30, in turn losing 100,000,000 dollars (available only to listeners of The James Altucher Show for free)  
 
•  App Sumo  
 
•  King Sumo  
 
Sumo Me (Noah's website with apps like Image Sharer & List Builder)  
 
•  Andrewchen.co (The marketing blog that Noah reads often)  
 
 Monthly 1k  
 
•  Stranger Challenges to take yourself out of your comfort zone  
 
•  Failure Games, also to take you out of your comfort zone  
 
•  Hunt Gather Snack  
 
•  The Empowered Dollar Blog  
 
 
Thanks so much for listening!
 
If you enjoyed this interview please reach out to Noah Kagan on Twitter to let him know. 
 
Additionally, if you enjoy The James Altucher Show, please leave a review or a rating on ITunes. I read every review and it helps to make the podcast better.