The James Altucher Show  
October 16, 2014

Why am I giving away 29 of my favorite books? (and here's how you can get them for free

"Why are you even doing this podcast?" Dave asked me.

"Because I love my guests. I get to pick up the phone and call them and ask them anything I want."

From Peter Thiel to Mark Cuban to Coolio to Marni Kirnys, I simply love them. And maybe Coolio would never talk to me unless I had something called a "podcast".

I don't even know what that stupid word means. Am I sitting in some sort of "pod" like Major Tom. Is ground control listening to me talk to Arianna Huffington?

One person said to me: "But there's no theme. You talk to entrepreneurs, rappers, random writers... JUST WHAT IS YOUR THEME?" He really wanted to know.

Humans are NOT themes. Coolio was talking to me about the value of the US dollar. Mark Cuban telling me what he was doing the second he became a billionaire. Geoffrey Miller telling me about the evolution of sex.

Humans aren't themes. Humans want to reach out and touch each other. They want to connect. They want to have something they leave behind.

I open the door and say, you can come over here and leave something behind that hopefully people will listen to and enjoy for years.

Yesterday I read a book that was a pageturner. I was on a train from Baltimore to New York. It was a book about nothing to do with anything I've ever read before.

As soon as I was done with the book I wrote to him and said, "Can I talk to you?" And he wrote write back and said, "Yes!" And I said to myself "Yay!"

I know the more times a day I say "YAY!" the longer I will live. Please please please promise me you will say "Yay!" a lot today.

It might not work for you. But you can tell me later. We can play chess in the park when we are 100 years old and our backs hurt and we hold each other up when the day ends and the pieces are scattered by the wind, the game unfinished.

By the time this post ends I am going make you say "yay!"

Because I love my guests so much, and I love them because I mostly love their books, I want you to love them as much as I do and I want you have their books.

I've picked out 29 of the books, some of which are written by my former guests, in some cases, the authors haven't even appeared on the show yet.

I want give you the chance to have them. All 29. I will pay for them. I gain nothing by doing this. You can have them in any form you want.

I can't give all 29 books to all the people who read this but I can give them to some people. See the bottom of this post (and then you can say "Yay!")

Here is the collection of books I'm giving out:

(Btw, for those who wonder why I would do this, I have no clue. Maybe you can give me an answer why I would do this. I just want to run into you in the street and then we can all talk about the books we love. Yay!!).

1.            The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
2.            Zero To One by Peter Thiel
3.            Antifragile by Nassim Taleb
4.            Think Like A Freak by Freakonomics
5.            The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth by Chris Brogan
6.            Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
7.            Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk
8.            I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell by Tucker Max
9.            Play It Away by Charlie Hoehn
10.          I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi
11.          Thrive by Arianna Huffington
12.          Drop Dead Healthy by AJ Jacobs
13.          Mastery By Robert Greene
14.          Unlabel by Marc Ecko
15.          The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday
16.          10% Happier by Dan Harris
17.          Smartcuts by Shane Snow
18.          The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau
19.          The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun
20.          Cookin’ With Coolio by Coolio
21.          Wool by Hugh Howey
22.          I Can See Clearly Now by Wayne Dyer
23.          How To Fail at Everything & Still Win Big by Scott Adams
24.          Creativity For Sale by Jason SurfrApp
25.          Succeed in Business Without Really Crying by Carol Leifer
26.          Waking Up by Sam Harris
27.          Traction: Startup Guide To Getting Customers by Gabriel Weinberg
28.          The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey
29.          Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It by Kamal Ravikant

Here's the link if you want to sign up for a chance to win my giveaway. I think it's about $400-500 in value but I haven't added it up. Maybe it's more. Our 5 winners will be selected at random, but there's  a wayto increase your odds. I describe in the link.

I charge nothing. I want nothing. I just want to run into you and we can say, "we both loved these books".


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.


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.

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!

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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.
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.