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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.

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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.

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Assassination Attempt on Trump: The Facts, Theories, Future of Democracy, and My Love Letter to America

7/17/2024
A Note from James: "So during COVID, every single day, I was doing a podcast because I felt there was so much misinformation in the mainstream media. Everyone was saying conspiracy theories, and nobody was getting the math right on how infections like COVID-19 spread. I just wanted to make the information more correct every day, explain what was going on, and try to translate why so much of the mainstream news was wrong—not just about COVID but about the effects on the economy from the shutdowns and the printing of trillions of dollars. Many of the things spoken about then have come to pass. On COVID, it was more of an attempt to understand what was unknown by the public, what were conspiracy theories, and what was misinformation. I tried to understand from a rational point of view what was going on. Rationality is not part of the mainstream media anymore. We're seeing this again with the Trump assassination attempt—on every side, by the way. This is not intended to be a political podcast, although I will talk about some of the politics involved. So, I want to go through what happened, some of the conspiracy theories about this kind of stuff in general, some of the history behind this, and perhaps we'll get into some more recent events. This is a news-filled week: just a few days after the assassination attempt is the nomination of JD Vance as the vice presidential candidate for the Republican party. It's a very historic event, and I will comment on that as well. But let's start with this assassination attempt." Episode Description: James breaks down the recent assassination attempt on former President and presidential candidate Donald Trump. He provides historical context, drawing parallels to past attempts on major political figures, and discusses the ensuing conspiracy theories from all sides of the political spectrum. Listeners will gain a clear, rational perspective on the events and their implications for the upcoming election and beyond. What You’ll Learn: Chapters: Additional Resources: Hillbilly Elegy by JD VanceSecret Service Protocols and History ------------ What do YOU think of the show? Head to JamesAltucherShow.com/listeners and fill out a short survey that will help us better tailor the podcast to our audience!Are you interested in getting direct answers from James about your question on a podcast? Go to JamesAltucherShow.com/AskAltucher and send in your questions to be answered on the air!------------ Notepd.comSkip the LineYou Should Run for President 2.0jamesaltuchershow.com------------ Thank you so much for listening! If you like this episode, please rate, review, and subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” wherever you get your podcasts: Apple PodcastsiHeart RadioSpotifyFollow me on social media: YouTubeTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Duration:00:47:31

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How to Have Impossible Conversations when Facts Don't Matter! Peter Boghossian

7/10/2024
A Note from James: You know, it's election season, and guess what? Everybody is annoyed right now. Do you know why? It's not that their opinions are annoying, I could care less, but everybody wants to know your opinions on everything. And you know what? It's a dangerous time right now. You could have opinions about who should be president, you could have opinions about Israel, you could have opinions about Ukraine, and you see people had opinions and like, okay, my friend has this opinion, I have a different opinion. That's not true anymore. Now people hate you for your opinions, whether you're on the left or the right or whatever. And even worse, nobody ever believes that you're just not interested, that you're neutral. Like I've written for the past 15 years what I think of the presidency. Heck, I've written, I'm even running for president and People say you can't be neutral or not have an opinion on Joe Biden and Donald Trump. If you go to FEC.gov, I decided I could completely not have an opinion if I ran for president myself, so I filled out all the paperwork and I'm running for president. Officially, not seriously, really, but still to the point where if anyone asked my opinion, I could just say, I don't like either of them because I'm running against them. So anyway, it's very hard to have difficult conversations, which is why I'm so glad my friend Peter Boghossian wrote a book, How to Have Impossible Conversations. And this is valuable stuff to listen to during election time. Here he is. Episode Description: Facts Don't Matter! Over the past year, people are either on one side or another, and they're so into their own beliefs, it's almost impossible to have a reasonable and proper conversation with either side! Do you remember all the impossible conversations that you had with your family or friends? It's always unproductive and doesn't lead anywhere! In this episode, I have Peter Boghossian - an American philosopher, pedagogist, and author - on the podcast to talk about the techniques of talking to people that he described in his book, How to Have Impossible Conversations: A Very Practical Guide. ------------ What do YOU think of the show? Head to JamesAltucherShow.com/listeners and fill out a short survey that will help us better tailor the podcast to our audience!Are you interested in getting direct answers from James about your question on a podcast? Go to JamesAltucherShow.com/AskAltucher and send in your questions to be answered on the air!------------ Notepd.comSkip the LineYou Should Run for President 2.0jamesaltuchershow.com------------ Thank you so much for listening! If you like this episode, please rate, review, and subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” wherever you get your podcasts: Apple PodcastsiHeart RadioSpotifyFollow me on social media: YouTubeTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Duration:01:25:07

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Crypto Millions: Nat Eliason's Wild Crypto Journey and the Future of Digital Currency

7/2/2024
A Note from James: Today, we have an incredibly exciting guest, Nat Eliason, author of the riveting book Crypto Confidential: Winning and Losing Millions in the New Frontier of Finance. Tons of people have made millions, maybe even tens of millions, in the various crypto crazes of 2013, 2018, 2021, and now. In his book, Nat tells his own adventure of making a ton of money, losing a ton of money, making a ton of money again, and how it all ended up by creating his own tokens or currencies for a game and NFTs. You'll hear him talk all about it on the podcast. We'll discuss not only his story but also the future of crypto. Here it is; a great conversation. Episode Description: In this episode, James Altucher sits down with Nat Eliason, the author of Crypto Confidential. Nat shares his personal journey through the highs and lows of the crypto world, providing unique insights into the wild and often unpredictable world of cryptocurrency. From making and losing millions to creating his own tokens for games and NFTs, Nat's story is both cautionary and inspiring. They explore the evolving landscape of crypto, the impact of decentralized finance, and the future potential of blockchain technology. This episode is packed with real-life lessons and insider knowledge that you won't find anywhere else. What You’ll Learn: Chapters: Additional Resources: Nat Eliason's Book: Crypto ConfidentialOpenZeppelin: Ethereum Development FrameworkCoinbase: Cryptocurrency ExchangeUniswap: Decentralized Trading ProtocolBlake Crouch's Dark Matter ------------ What do YOU think of the show? Head to JamesAltucherShow.com/listeners and fill out a short survey that will help us better tailor the podcast to our audience!Are you interested in getting direct answers from James about your question on a podcast? Go to JamesAltucherShow.com/AskAltucher and send in your questions to be answered on the air!------------ Notepd.comSkip the LineYou Should Run for President 2.0jamesaltuchershow.com------------ Thank you so much for listening! If you like this episode, please rate, review, and subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” wherever you get your podcasts: Apple PodcastsiHeart RadioSpotifyFollow me on social media: YouTubeTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Duration:01:17:58

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Drugs, Chess, and Rock & Roll | Brian Lawlor

6/27/2024
A Note from James: Drugs, chess, and rock and roll—Brian Lawlor has seen it all. I didn’t include the sex part because I don’t know, but he's been to jail. We talk all about that: how, why, when. But I was concerned—how did he survive? Interestingly, part of the way he survived was through chess. Brian's story is riveting and valuable, touching on survival in general. We played a bunch of games. I’m not including the games in the podcast, but he surprised me with his skill. We’ll do a video on that later. But for now, here’s Brian Lawlor. ###Episode Description: In this episode of "The James Altucher Show", James sits down with Brian Lawlor, a man who transformed his life from being a drug addict in and out of jail to becoming a successful composer and teacher. Brian shares his remarkable journey of overcoming addiction, finding solace in chess, and building a career in music against all odds. This episode is a powerful testament to the human spirit's resilience and the transformative power of passion and discipline. What You’ll Learn: Chapters: Additional Resources: Brian Lawlor’s Music StudioBook: “How to Reassess Your Chess” by Jeremy SilmanBook: “My 60 Memorable Games” by Bobby Fischer ------------ What do YOU think of the show? Head to JamesAltucherShow.com/listeners and fill out a short survey that will help us better tailor the podcast to our audience!Are you interested in getting direct answers from James about your question on a podcast? Go to JamesAltucherShow.com/AskAltucher and send in your questions to be answered on the air!------------ Notepd.comSkip the LineYou Should Run for President 2.0jamesaltuchershow.com------------ Thank you so much for listening! If you like this episode, please rate, review, and subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” wherever you get your podcasts: Apple PodcastsiHeart RadioSpotifyFollow me on social media: YouTubeTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Duration:01:07:18

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Mastering the Book Game: Charlie Hoehn's Playbook for Self-Publishing Success

6/25/2024
A Note from James: Charlie Hoehn has quietly become the go-to expert on self-publishing your book. Charlie has worked with some of the best authors out there, like Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, David Goggins, Ramit Sethi, and Cody Sanchez. Charlie has touched every part of the book-making process—from coming up with the right idea to marketing the book in the most efficient and high-quality way. I've been writing books for over 20 years, and in this one-hour podcast, Charlie gave me so many new ideas I had never thought of before. This is a must-listen for anyone thinking about writing a book. Share it with your friends who are authors or aspiring authors, and be sure to check out Charlie's site, charliehoehn.com, where you can subscribe to his newsletter and all his self-publishing tips. This is important stuff to listen to. Episode Description: In this episode, James Altucher sits down with Charlie Hoehn, the self-publishing maestro who has helped best-selling authors like Tim Ferriss and Seth Godin bring their book ideas to life. Charlie shares his unique approach to self-publishing, offering insights that go beyond the traditional publishing route. He discusses the power of crafting compelling book titles, the importance of building a personal brand through your writing, and how to market your book effectively without a massive budget. Whether you're an established author or just starting, Charlie's strategies will help you rethink the entire book creation process and achieve self-publishing success. What You’ll Learn: Chapters: Additional Resources: Charlie Hoehn’s WebsiteJames' "How to Write and Publish a Book in 30 Days" CourseHelpThisBook.comINeedABookCover.comTim Ferriss's BooksSeth Godin’s BlogDavid Goggins's Book "Can't Hurt Me"Ramit Sethi’s “I Will Teach You to Be Rich” ------------ What do YOU think of the show? Head to JamesAltucherShow.com/listeners and fill out a short survey that will help us better tailor the podcast to our audience!Are you interested in getting direct answers from James about your question on a podcast? Go to JamesAltucherShow.com/AskAltucher and send in your questions to be answered on the air!------------ Notepd.comSkip the LineYou Should Run for President 2.0jamesaltuchershow.com------------ Thank you so much for listening! If you like this episode, please rate, review, and subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” wherever you get your podcasts: Apple PodcastsiHeart RadioSpotifyFollow me on social media: YouTubeTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Duration:01:40:36

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Facing Mortality and Beyond: Peak Performance in the Most Crucial Moments | Sebastian Junger

6/20/2024
A Note from James: Imagine you are dying or you're about to die. Let's say you were hit by a car, you're bleeding out, you're on the way to the hospital but you just have this sense that you're not going to live, and you see visions of someone you knew in the past, maybe a mother or a father, and they're saying, "Don't worry, we're here for you." Come down this light at the end of a tunnel. Does that change your experience of life if you then survive? Well, we're going to hear from Sebastian Junger, who wrote "In My Time of Dying: How I Came Face to Face with the Idea of an Afterlife." And if you don't know who Sebastian is, he's written many books about being a war reporter, his experiences in war zones, and other intense situations. But this is perhaps his most intense book that I've read, where he's not talking about deaths on the battlefield or in a war zone, but his own experience of dying and what happened to him during that experience. It really makes you think. And I've been thinking about it a lot for personal reasons this past week. I hope everybody enjoys it. If you do, please retweet it, share it with your friends, and subscribe to the podcast so all the good little algorithms work for me. Thanks so much, and here is Sebastian. Episode Description: In this compelling episode, James Altucher converses with Sebastian Junger, acclaimed author and war reporter, about his harrowing near-death experience and his exploration of the afterlife in his latest book, "In My Time of Dying." Junger shares the profound and mystifying moments he faced at the brink of death, challenging his atheistic beliefs and scientific understanding. This episode isn't just about a personal encounter with mortality but dives into the larger implications of consciousness, the mysteries of the human mind, and what it means to truly live after facing death. What You’ll Learn: Chapters: 00:01:3000:04:4100:09:0000:14:2200:24:2600:31:3000:41:2900:52:3000:56:3501:02:1501:05:28Additional Resources: Sebastian Junger's Official WebsiteIn My Time of Dying: How I Came Face to Face with the Idea of an AfterlifeTribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian JungerWar by Sebastian JungerQuantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness by Bruce Rosenblum and Fred KuttnerBiocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe by Robert Lanza ------------ What do YOU think of the show? Head to JamesAltucherShow.com/listeners and fill out a short survey that will help us better tailor the podcast to our audience!Are you interested in getting direct answers from James about your question on a podcast? Go to JamesAltucherShow.com/AskAltucher and send in your questions to be answered on the air!------------ Notepd.comSkip the LineYou Should Run for President 2.0jamesaltuchershow.com------------ Thank you so much for listening! If you like this episode, please rate, review, and subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” wherever you get your podcasts: Apple PodcastsiHeart RadioSpotifyFollow me on social media: YouTubeTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Duration:01:03:55

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How to Achieve Peak Performance in Any Field: Chess GM Hikaru's Life Lesson

6/18/2024
A Note from James: Today, we have a fascinating story of resilience, transformation, and triumph. Imagine being the second-best player in the world in your field, only to see your ranking plummet over the years. Hikaru Nakamura experienced just that in the world of chess. Once the number two player globally, he saw his ranking drop below the top 20. But Hikaru didn't let this define him. During the pandemic, he started streaming chess online, building a massive audience and diversifying his interests. And remarkably, he climbed back to number two in the world. How did he do it? What changes in mindset and strategy led to this incredible comeback? We'll cover all this and more in our discussion today. This conversation is not just for chess enthusiasts but for anyone looking to succeed and find balance in life. So, here is Hikaru Nakamura." Episode Description: In this episode of The James Altucher Show, James talks with Hikaru Nakamura about his extraordinary journey in the world of chess. Hikaru shares the ups and downs of his career, detailing how he went from being the second-best chess player in the world to falling out of the top 20. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Hikaru pivoted to streaming chess online, which not only revitalized his career but also brought him back to the top echelons of the chess world. This episode delves into the mindset shifts, strategies, and the role of diversification in achieving success and maintaining mental well-being. Hikaru's story is a testament to resilience and adaptability, offering insights that are valuable for anyone aiming to excel in their field. What You’ll Learn: Chapters: 00:00 The Rise and Fall of Hikaru Nakamura 01:10 Hikaru's Streaming Journey Begins 01:51 Return to Competitive Chess 02:24 The Psychology of Chess 05:23 The Impact of Computers on Chess 10:57 Hikaru's Career Challenges 24:14 The Turning Point: Streaming and the Pandemic 35:57 Transitioning to Live Streaming 36:17 Changing Perceptions of Chess Players 37:21 Cultural Significance of Chess 38:02 Making Chess More Accessible 38:48 Strategic Decisions in Content Creation 41:37 Engaging the Audience 44:10 Pandemic and the Rise of Chess Streaming 47:17 Building a Streaming Business 55:26 Diversifying Income and Investments 01:06:49 Maintaining Chess Skills 01:10:45 Unexpected Opening Strategy 01:11:13 The Power of Unpredictability 01:11:47 Evolving Chess Study Methods 01:13:20 Memory and Age in Chess 01:14:22 Generational Gaps in Chess 01:16:07 Impact of the Chess Boom 01:18:02 Emotional Moments in Chess 01:22:45 Future Aspirations Beyond Chess 01:24:02 Dealing with Online Trolls 01:26:01 Breaking Chess Rules with Computers 01:29:55 Challenges of Modern Chess 01:39:39 Final Thoughts and Reflections Additional Resources: Hikaru Nakamura’s Twitch ChannelHikaru Nakamura’s YouTube ChannelThe Lex Fridman Podcast with Hikaru Nakamura“The Queen’s Gambit” on NetflixInternational Chess Federation (FIDE)This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in understanding how to navigate the ups and downs of a professional career, leveraging new opportunities, and achieving personal growth. Tune in to hear Hikaru’s inspiring story and gain insights that could transform your approach to success. ------------ What do YOU think of the show? Head to JamesAltucherShow.com/listeners and fill out a short survey that will help us better tailor the podcast to our audience!Are you interested in getting direct answers from James about your question on a podcast? Go to JamesAltucherShow.com/AskAltucher and send in your questions to be answered on the air!------------ Notepd.comSkip the LineYou Should Run for President 2.0jamesaltuchershow.com------------ Thank you so much for listening! If you like this episode, please rate, review, and subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” wherever you get your podcasts: Apple PodcastsiHeart RadioSpotifyFollow me on social media: YouTubeTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Duration:01:44:18

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Superconvergence: The Dawn of Human-Engineered Intelligence with Jamie Metzl

6/13/2024
Episode Description In this riveting episode of "The James Altucher Show," James welcomes back futurist Jamie Metzl to explore the groundbreaking themes from his new book, Superconvergence: How the Genetics, Biotech, and AI Revolutions Will Transform Our Lives, Work, and World. As one of the most frequent and insightful guests on the show, Jamie shares his expert perspective on the rapid acceleration of technologies that are reshaping our future. From the intersection of genomics and artificial intelligence to the ethical implications of human-engineered life, this conversation is packed with insights that you won't find anywhere else. Tune in to understand how these technological advancements will affect your health, the environment, and the global economy. What You’ll Learn: Chapters: 00:01:30Superconvergence00:02:3500:04:0400:06:1200:10:0500:19:0600:29:5200:39:3000:54:5001:02:4301:13:05Additional Resources: Jamie Metzl’s websiteSuperconvergence: How the Genetics, Biotech, and AI Revolutions Will Transform Our Lives, Work, and WorldHacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of HumanityAlphaFold by DeepMindJennifer Doudna’s work on CRISPR ------------ What do YOU think of the show? Head to JamesAltucherShow.com/listeners and fill out a short survey that will help us better tailor the podcast to our audience!Are you interested in getting direct answers from James about your question on a podcast? Go to JamesAltucherShow.com/AskAltucher and send in your questions to be answered on the air!------------ Notepd.comSkip the LineYou Should Run for President 2.0jamesaltuchershow.com------------ Thank you so much for listening! If you like this episode, please rate, review, and subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” wherever you get your podcasts: Apple PodcastsiHeart RadioSpotifyFollow me on social media: YouTubeTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Duration:01:19:15

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Ryan Holiday’s Stoic Approach | How to Balance Self Improvement and Justice

6/11/2024
A Note from James: Today, we've got a returning guest, a fan favorite, and someone whose work has consistently left a mark on this podcast—Ryan Holiday. We've talked about many of his books, from "Trust Me, I'm Lying" to his series on stoicism, including "The Obstacle is the Way". His latest work, "Right Thing Right Now: Good Values, Good Character, Good Deeds", is part of his Stoic Virtue series and is packed with insightful stories and practical advice on how to live a virtuous life. Ryan always brings fascinating examples and compelling narratives that not only entertain but also offer deep, actionable insights. So, let's jump right into it with Ryan Holiday. Episode Description: In this episode, James Altucher sits down with Ryan Holiday, a prolific author and modern stoic philosopher, to discuss his latest book, "Right Thing Right Now". This book is a profound exploration of the virtues of good values, good character, and good deeds, and how these principles can be applied to everyday life to achieve peak performance and personal growth. Ryan shares powerful stories and historical examples that highlight the importance of doing the right thing, even when it's difficult. Listeners will gain unique perspectives on how to navigate challenges and make ethical decisions that benefit both themselves and society. What You’ll Learn: The Real Benefits of VirtueHistorical LessonsPractical StoicismOvercoming Modern ChallengesChapters: [01:30][03:15][07:00][14:26][20:00][25:01][33:45][45:13][51:46][01:03:00]Additional Resources: Ryan Holiday's Official WebsitePurchase "Right Thing Right Now" on AmazonThe Obstacle is the Way by Ryan HolidayEpictetus' Discourses and Selected WritingsMarcus Aurelius’ Meditations ------------ What do YOU think of the show? Head to JamesAltucherShow.com/listeners and fill out a short survey that will help us better tailor the podcast to our audience!Are you interested in getting direct answers from James about your question on a podcast? Go to JamesAltucherShow.com/AskAltucher and send in your questions to be answered on the air!------------ Notepd.comSkip the LineYou Should Run for President 2.0jamesaltuchershow.com------------ Thank you so much for listening! If you like this episode, please rate, review, and subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” wherever you get your podcasts: Apple PodcastsiHeart RadioSpotifyFollow me on social media: YouTubeTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Duration:01:12:42

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'Secret Altucher' | Negotiation lesson from Eminem, Life Lessons from Bill Murray, Choose Yourself with Mick Jagger, and Hero's Journey with Stan Lee.

6/7/2024
Episode Description: In this special episode of "The James Altucher Show," James shares his unique commentary on surprisingly impactful media that has imparted valuable life and business lessons. Through an in-depth analysis of scenes from iconic movies and insights from legendary figures, James reveals how these media moments have influenced his thinking and strategies. Listeners will discover practical and transcendent lessons that aren't typically found in conventional self-help resources. Whether it's the strategic use of cognitive biases in "8 Mile" or the unfiltered wisdom of Bill Murray, this episode offers a treasure trove of insights that can elevate your performance in life and business. What You’ll Learn: Chapters: Additional Resources: Bill Murray on IMDbRolling Stones Official WebsiteEminem’s "8 Mile" on IMDb ------------ What do YOU think of the show? Head to JamesAltucherShow.com/listeners and fill out a short survey that will help us better tailor the podcast to our audience!Are you interested in getting direct answers from James about your question on a podcast? Go to JamesAltucherShow.com/AskAltucher and send in your questions to be answered on the air!------------ Notepd.comSkip the LineYou Should Run for President 2.0jamesaltuchershow.com------------ Thank you so much for listening! If you like this episode, please rate, review, and subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” wherever you get your podcasts: Apple PodcastsiHeart RadioSpotifyFollow me on social media: YouTubeTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Duration:00:31:52

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Steve Forbes and the Billionaire's Mind

6/2/2024
A Note from James: Today, we have a very special guest, Steve Forbes, who is arguably the world's leading authority on billionaires. Each year, Forbes magazine publishes the Forbes 400, listing the 400 wealthiest people on the planet. Although I sometimes disagree with the list, Steve always provides fascinating insights into what it takes to become a billionaire. Our conversation covers various intriguing topics about wealth, success, and the unique traits that make these billionaires stand out. Let's jump into it. Episode Description: In this episode, originally recorded on August 10th, 2018, James sits down with Steve Forbes, the chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media, to explore the traits and strategies that define billionaires. Steve shares his wealth of knowledge from years of curating the Forbes 400 list, offering a rare glimpse into the minds and habits of the world's richest individuals. This conversation is not just about money; it’s about understanding the relentless drive, innovative thinking, and strategic decisions that set billionaires apart. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, a business leader, or someone fascinated by success stories, this episode offers unparalleled insights you won't find anywhere else. What You’ll Learn: Chapters: 01:3003:1205:0008:4613:1018:1421:1125:1529:2632:11Billionaire Blitz!Additional Resources: Forbes 400 ListThink Like a Billionaire by James AltucherI Love Capitalism! by Ken LangoneForbes MagazineThe Two Pizza Rule: How Amazon Delivers High-Impact ResultsTune in for an enlightening conversation that goes beyond the numbers to reveal the essence of what it means to think and act like a billionaire. ------------ What do YOU think of the show? Head to JamesAltucherShow.com/listeners and fill out a short survey that will help us better tailor the podcast to our audience!Are you interested in getting direct answers from James about your question on a podcast? Go to JamesAltucherShow.com/AskAltucher and send in your questions to be answered on the air!------------ Notepd.comSkip the LineYou Should Run for President 2.0jamesaltuchershow.com------------ Thank you so much for listening! If you like this episode, please rate, review, and subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” wherever you get your podcasts: Apple PodcastsiHeart RadioSpotifyFollow me on social media: YouTubeTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Duration:00:34:31

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Secrets Unveiled: The Power of Hidden Truths with Andrew Gold

5/28/2024
A Note from James: Today, we've got Andrew Gold back on the podcast. He's an investigative journalist and the author of "The Psychology of Secrets: My Adventures with Murderers, Cults, and Influencers" This book is riveting—every page dives into the intriguing world of secrets. What are secrets? What are the big secrets we know of? How do you tell someone’s secrets? From murderers to cults to influencers, Andrew’s insights are fascinating. He also runs the YouTube channel Heretics, which I highly recommend. But for now, let’s get into our conversation about the nature of secrets. Here's Andrew Gold. Episode Description: In this episode, James welcomes back investigative journalist and author Andrew Gold to discuss his latest book, "The Psychology of Secrets: My Adventures with Murderers, Cults, and Influencers." Andrew shares his deep insights into the nature of secrets and their impact on our lives. From the hidden doctrines of cults like Scientology to the subtle ways secrets influence our personal relationships, Andrew reveals the psychology behind why we keep secrets and how they shape our behavior. This conversation delves into the interplay between secrecy and storytelling, the social dynamics of secret-keeping, and the ethical dilemmas of radical honesty. What You’ll Learn: Chapters: 01:52 The Fascinating Dynamics of Cults and Influence 02:57 Navigating the Complexities of Public Appearances and Media 05:51 The Ethical Dilemmas and Impact of AI on Truth 25:40 Unveiling the Power of Secrets in Cult Dynamics 39:15 The Enigmatic Influence of Secrets on Society and Individual Psyche 42:18 The Intricacies of Secrecy and Society 43:03 The Evolution of Secrets and Their Societal Impact 45:08 The Power of Secrets in Personal and Social Dynamics 54:56 Exploring the Psychology Behind Sharing Secrets 58:23 The Complex Relationship Between Secrecy, Honesty, and Society 01:06:42 Navigating the Challenges of Content Creation and Audience Expectations 01:17:43 Reflections on the Journey of a Content Creator Additional Resources: Andrew Gold’s YouTube Channel: HereticsThe Psychology of Secrets on AmazonSam Harris' Book: LyingPeter Boghossian’s WorkTrigonometry Podcast ------------ What do YOU think of the show? Head to JamesAltucherShow.com/listeners and fill out a short survey that will help us better tailor the podcast to our audience!Are you interested in getting direct answers from James about your question on a podcast? Go to JamesAltucherShow.com/AskAltucher and send in your questions to be answered on the air!------------ Notepd.comSkip the LineYou Should Run for President 2.0jamesaltuchershow.com------------ Thank you so much for listening! If you like this episode, please rate, review, and subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” wherever you get your podcasts: Apple PodcastsiHeart RadioSpotifyFollow me on social media: YouTubeTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Duration:01:19:29

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Whole Foods Market Founder, John Mackey’s Journey of Love, Life, and Capitalism: Hippie to Heavy Hitter:

5/23/2024
A Note from James: Today, we have a remarkable guest, John Mackey, the founder of Whole Foods. Whole Foods is my go-to place for groceries, whether I'm shopping in-store or ordering via Instacart. John’s story is fascinating. He started as a young, hippie-ish guy living in a commune and working in a food co-op. One day, he thought, "Hey, I could do this," and opened his first store, Saferway, humorously named to poke fun at Safeway. Over time, this venture grew into the massive empire we now know as Whole Foods, which was eventually acquired by Amazon. John's journey is detailed in his new book, which captures the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur. Despite his seemingly hippie background, John evolved into an ardent capitalist, recognizing that innovation thrives on the competition capitalism inspires. In our conversation, we delve into how he evolved over the decades and the invaluable advice he shared with me. So, here’s John Mackey with the whole story: adventures in love, life, and capitalism. Episode Description: In this episode, James Altucher welcomes John Mackey, co-founder of Whole Foods Market. John shares his inspiring journey from a young man living in a commune to building one of the most successful grocery chains in the world. This conversation offers a unique perspective on entrepreneurship, competition, and personal growth. John reveals his transition from a "hippie-ish" background to embracing capitalism, discussing how competition fuels innovation. Listeners will gain insights into John’s entrepreneurial spirit, his experiences with Whole Foods’ expansion, and the personal challenges he faced along the way. This episode is a treasure trove of wisdom for anyone interested in business, personal development, and the philosophy of conscious capitalism. What You’ll Learn: The Origin StoryEntrepreneurial InsightsCultural IntegrityResilience in BusinessFuture of RetailChapters: 00:01:3000:03:0700:04:2200:06:3200:10:0400:13:3200:19:4100:27:1500:30:3800:41:5200:46:5300:51:2300:58:2201:08:4101:09:31Additional Resources: The Whole Story: Adventures in Love, Life, and Capitalism by John MackeyEnlightenment Now by Steven PinkerSuperabundance by Marian TupyCapitalist Manifesto by Johan NorbergThe Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley ------------ What do YOU think of the show? Head to JamesAltucherShow.com/listeners and fill out a short survey that will help us better tailor the podcast to our audience!Are you interested in getting direct answers from James about your question on a podcast? Go to JamesAltucherShow.com/AskAltucher and send in your questions to be answered on the air!------------ Notepd.comSkip the LineYou Should Run for President 2.0jamesaltuchershow.com------------ Thank you so much for listening! If you like this episode, please rate, review, and subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” wherever you get your podcasts: Apple PodcastsiHeart RadioSpotifyFollow me on social media: YouTubeTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

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Anthony Scaramucci's Resilience: Surviving Trump, FTX and Embracing Bitcoin

5/21/2024
A Note from James: "I've known Anthony Scaramucci for about 15 years. We had breakfast 15 years ago after his first book came out, and I had written a review of it in the Financial Times. At different times, we even thought about working together, about 10 or 15 years ago. He's always been a very interesting guy. Of course, I know him from the hedge fund world, but much later, he got involved in the political world. He became the Communications Director of the White House under Donald Trump for 11 days before he got fired. He later came on my podcast to talk about his time there, and by then, he was more aligned with Biden. Anthony has a problem: both sides of the aisle don't like him. Democrats remember him as a Trump guy, and Trump supporters hate him because he trashes Trump. I like it when people can't figure out what they really are, but love him or hate him, Anthony Scaramucci has been involved in top news events of the past 10-15 years. From Trump to being involved with FTX, where Sam Bankman-Fried tried to buy Anthony's firm SkyBridge and bought a stake in it, which is part of the bankruptcy proceedings. He just wrote a book, 'From Wall Street to the White House and Back,' the Scaramucci guide to unbreakable resilience. We started off by discussing why people either love or hate him. I pointed out that the worst thing you could have for a book is three-star reviews. You want a lot of five-star reviews and a lot of one-star reviews to show you had an impact on people. That's how he is as a person, and I feel like that's how I am sometimes. We had a good conversation. He's been a friend for a long time. Here's Anthony Scaramucci." Episode Description: In this episode, James Altucher welcomes Anthony Scaramucci, a man who has worn many hats—hedge fund manager, White House Communications Director, and now author. Known for his controversial yet impactful presence, Scaramucci shares insights from his new book, "From Wall Street to the White House and Back," offering listeners a unique perspective on resilience, peak performance, and navigating the highs and lows of public and professional life. Whether you love him or hate him, Scaramucci's journey provides valuable lessons on maintaining integrity, finding purpose, and thriving amidst adversity. What You’ll Learn: Navigating Political and Financial Turbulence:Building Unbreakable Resilience:Bitcoin and Crypto Insights:Balancing Integrity and Ambition:The Importance of Being Polarizing:Chapters: 00:01:30 - Introduction and Background00:04:00 - Early Career and Hedge Funds00:11:49 - Tenure in the White House00:22:27 - FTX and Crypto Insights00:39:30 - Bitcoin and Financial Strategies00:49:33 - Political Views and Voting Decisions01:00:53 - Philosophical Insights and Purpose01:03:34 - Closing Thoughts and Future PlansAdditional Resources: Anthony Scaramucci’s book: "From Wall Street to the White House and Back"SkyBridge CapitalBitcoin and Cryptocurrency Resources ------------ What do YOU think of the show? Head to JamesAltucherShow.com/listeners and fill out a short survey that will help us better tailor the podcast to our audience!Are you interested in getting direct answers from James about your question on a podcast? Go to JamesAltucherShow.com/AskAltucher and send in your questions to be answered on the air!------------ Notepd.comSkip the LineYou Should Run for President 2.0jamesaltuchershow.com------------ Thank you so much for listening! If you like this episode, please rate, review, and subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” wherever you get your podcasts: Apple PodcastsiHeart RadioSpotifyFollow me on social media: YouTubeTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

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Quantum Quandaries and Cosmic Contemplations with Sean Carroll

5/16/2024
A Note from James: This may be the smartest guy in terms of raw intelligence that I've ever had on the podcast. Sean Carroll is a great physicist and a great writer of physics. He attempts to explain quantum mechanics and the difference between quantum mechanics and classical physics. I make some analogies about how this applies to my personal life and pitch an idea that I think could win the Nobel Prize. If you listen to this podcast, you will know more about quantum mechanics than before. Sean Carroll is a professor living in Maryland, and a superb physicist who has written many books. However, there's another Sean Carroll who also lives in Maryland and is very smart. While preparing for this podcast, I didn't know the difference between the two Sean Carrolls, so I read books by both. Today, we have Sean M. Carroll, but there's also Sean B. Carroll, who wrote "A Series of Fortunate Events," about the science behind the luck of human existence. It was as fascinating as Sean M. Carroll's work. I read both in preparation and only later realized they were different Sean Carrolls. We need to get the other Sean Carroll on the podcast as well. Episode Description: In this mind-expanding episode of The James Altucher Show, we dive into the complex world of physics with none other than Sean Carroll, a renowned theoretical physicist and one of the most thought-provoking scientists of our time. This isn't your standard physics discussion; it's an enlightening exploration of how the fundamental laws of the universe influence our everyday lives. From the nuances of quantum mechanics to the grandeur of cosmology, Sean breaks down the universe's biggest mysteries in a way that's not only accessible but deeply relevant to personal growth and understanding our place in the cosmos. Episode Summary: [00:01:30][00:03:17][00:05:19][00:06:44][00:07:34][00:12:35][00:14:25][00:16:05][00:18:27][00:20:00][00:22:42][00:23:15][00:27:02][00:29:35][00:31:39][00:37:00][00:40:31][00:42:57][00:45:51][00:48:52][00:50:50][00:54:55][00:57:43]Additional Resources: Sean Carroll's Book: The Biggest Ideas in the Universe: Space, Time, and MotionSean Carroll's Book: The Biggest Ideas in the Universe: Quanta and FieldsTune in and expand your understanding of the universe with insights from Sean Carroll! ------------ What do YOU think of the show? Head to JamesAltucherShow.com/listeners and fill out a short survey that will help us better tailor the podcast to our audience!Are you interested in getting direct answers from James about your question on a podcast? Go to JamesAltucherShow.com/AskAltucher and send in your questions to be answered on the air!------------ Notepd.comSkip the LineYou Should Run for President 2.0jamesaltuchershow.com------------ Thank you so much for listening! If you like this episode, please rate, review, and subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” wherever you get your podcasts: Apple PodcastsiHeart RadioSpotifyFollow me on social media: YouTubeTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

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Revolutionizing Education with AI | Khan Academy founder Salman Khan

5/14/2024
A Note from James: Oh my gosh, I've been wanting to have this guy on my podcast for literally ten years, ever since I started. I am so impressed with him, and he speaks about a subject near and dear to my heart. Salman Khan, Sal Khan, is the creator of Khan Academy, which was really the first big online academy. It focused on teaching math, coding, and other subjects, effectively reaching people who went through years of school without truly mastering these topics. Khan Academy has had a profound understanding of education and has become a huge phenomenon. 150 million students have used Khan Academy, with that number representing monthly users or registered accounts. Sal Khan recently authored a book on how AI will revolutionize education, titled "Brave New Words: How AI Will Revolutionize Education and Why That's a Good Thing." He discusses the use of AI in education for students, teachers, and employers, providing valuable insights into not only education but also AI and its impact on our lives. He addresses common fears about AI, its role in creativity, learning, and whether it will replace jobs or facilitate new employment opportunities. I finally got the chance to interview Sal Khan about Khan Academy and AI. I learned so much, and I hope you will too. Episode Description: In this thought-provoking episode of The James Altucher Show, we embark on an exploratory journey into the future of education with none other than Salman Khan, the visionary founder of Khan Academy. As AI continues to seep into every facet of our lives, its potential to transform educational paradigms stands both as an opportunity and a profound challenge. Salman shares intriguing insights from his latest book, *Brave New Words: How AI Will Revolutionize Education and Why That's a Good Thing*, delving into AI's role not just as a disruptor, but as a potent catalyst for educational equity and innovation. Salman's perspective is not just about theoretical possibilities; it's grounded in the tangible impact Khan Academy has had on democratizing education for millions globally. He recounts the Academy's genesis from humble beginnings — a series of YouTube tutorials for his cousin — to a global phenomenon. What stands out is his belief in AI's potential to further this mission, tailoring learning experiences to meet individual student's needs and inspiring both educators and learners to view AI as a partner, rather than a threat. This episode is a beacon of optimism for educators, parents, and creatives alike, providing nuanced viewpoints on AI's implementation in classrooms, its potential to reshape content creation, and the critical role of humans in steering this technological revolution. Salman envisions a future where AI supports personalized learning journeys, making the exceptional accessible to many rather than a privileged few. James engages Salman in discussions that span the philosophical to the practical, from concerns over AI-induced job displacement to the future of screenwriting in the age of algorithmic creativity. Yet, at its core, this dialogue returns always to the transformative potential of AI in enriching human understanding and connection — whether in interpreting Shakespeare or solving quadratic equations. If you're looking for a blend of futurism with grounded optimism or curious about how technology could enhance human capabilities rather than replace them, this episode is an enlightening listen. As always, James brings his signature mix of curiosity and skepticism, pushing beyond surface-level concerns to uncover the deeper implications of our evolving relationship with AI. Listen in to reimagine what education could become in an AI-integrated world, and perhaps to catch a glimpse of how we might navigate these uncharted waters with wisdom and humanity at the helm. Episode Summary: 00:00 Introduction to the Podcast and Sal Khan's Impact 03:00 Exploring Sal Khan's Personal Background 05:12 The Genesis of Khan...

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Mastering Mastery: Unraveling Learning with Scott Young

5/9/2024
A Note from James: "Get Better at Anything: 12 Maxims for Mastery." I first met Scott Young nearly ten years ago when he completed all the requirements for a four-year MIT degree in computer science in just 12 months. He's an expert at learning things quickly and recently authored the book "Get Better at Anything: 12 Maxims for Mastery." I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with him, as I'm always interested in learning and mastering new skills. Scott Young excels in this area, and we discuss it thoroughly in this episode. Episode Description: In a vibrant dialogue that traverses the breadth of learning, James Altucher and Scott Young dissect the complexities of acquiring new skills across diverse fields. From Scott's pursuit of an MIT degree in a record-breaking year to effective strategies for mastering anything, this episode is a treasure trove for anyone looking to elevate their learning game. James explores the psychological underpinnings and practical applications of learning principles, drawing on examples from chess, writing, acting, and more to illustrate the multifaceted nature of learning and mastery. Scott Young provides insights from his book, offering listeners a blend of storytelling, scientific research, and personal anecdotes. Whether you're a lifelong learner, an educator, seeking to break through personal boundaries, or simply curious about the mechanics of mastering new skills, this episode is a compelling journey into understanding how we learn best. Episode Summary: 00:00 Introduction to Mastery and Learning Quickly 00:08 Scott Young's Journey and the Art of Ultra Learning 01:57 The Science of Learning: Insights and Strategies 05:43 Exploring the Role of Talent in Learning 06:56 Case Study: Annette Oberstadt's Poker Mastery 17:56 The Importance of Quantity and Practice in Mastery 24:25 Understanding Chunking and Pattern Recognition 29:38 The Power of Variability in Learning 33:36 Applying Knowledge: The Challenge of Retrieval 35:39 Unlocking the Basics: Starting Your Learning Journey 35:51 Deep Dive into Learning Piano: Strategies and Pitfalls 38:12 Exploring Creativity in Music and Writing 40:41 The Role of Theory in Creative Mastery 45:40 Learning Across Lifespans: Adapting and Overcoming 46:45 The Power of Procedural Learning and Memory Systems 01:01:41 Harnessing Improv for Acting: A Unique Approach 01:04:57 Aging and Learning: Cognitive Shifts Over Time 01:10:29 The Joy of Learning: Flow, Mastery, and Well-being Scott H. YoungGet Better at Anything: 12 Maxims for Masteryhttps://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/getbetter/WikipediaThe Hero With a Thousand FacesWikipediaWikipediaClarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshopofficial websiteofficial website ------------ What do YOU think of the show? Head to JamesAltucherShow.com/listeners and fill out a short survey that will help us better tailor the podcast to our audience!Are you interested in getting direct answers from James about your question on a podcast? Go to JamesAltucherShow.com/AskAltucher and send in your questions to be answered on the air!------------ Notepd.comSkip the LineYou Should Run for President 2.0jamesaltuchershow.com------------ Thank you so much for listening! If you like this episode, please rate, review, and subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” wherever you get your podcasts: Apple PodcastsiHeart RadioSpotifyFollow me on social media: YouTubeTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Duration:01:12:46

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How to Live the Constitution: AJ Jacobs' Ultimate Guide to America's Founding Document

5/7/2024
A Note from James: "The Year of Living Constitutionally." I mentioned this episode last week during our discussion with AJ Jacobs, but here we delve into his book, "The Year of Living Constitutionally." AJ not only researched and wrote about the Constitution, but he also spent a year living as if it were 1790, adhering to the U.S. Constitution literally. He even carried a musket and applied to be a pirate in Congress, referencing Article One, which grants Congress the power to commission pirates. The book is filled with facts, debates, and information about the newfound powers of the Supreme Court, Congress, and the President, as well as the pros and cons of states' rights versus federal rights. It covers the reasons behind various amendments and the ongoing debates about the Electoral College. AJ not only researched this; he lived it. I discussed his unique method of immersing himself in his subjects on last week's podcast, a method that has proven successful in creating bestsellers. With his humor, talent, and depth of information, AJ brings a fresh perspective to the U.S. Constitution in "The Year of Living Constitutionally: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Constitution's Original Meaning." And here's my good friend, AJ Jacobs. Episode Description: In this compelling episode of 'The James Altucher Show', James sits down with the endlessly curious and ever-experimenting AJ Jacobs, the author behind the intriguing ‘The Year of Living Constitutionally’. Delving into AJ’s unique journey of trying to live by the U.S. Constitution's original tenets, this conversation unfolds a treasure trove of insights, historical quirks, and the profound impact of such an experiment on one’s understanding of democracy and personal freedoms today. James and AJ unpack the myriad lessons learned from this year-long adventure, touching upon the original intent behind the Constitution’s creation, the contemporary relevance of its mandates, and the often humorous, sometimes bizarre challenges of adhering to its original rules in the modern world. From carrying a musket in New York City to applying to become a legal pirate, AJ’s experiences provide a unique lens through which we explore the founding document of the United States. Beyond the historical anecdotes and constitutional debates, this episode shines a light on the dynamic interplay between law, personal belief, and the evolving landscape of American democracy. James and AJ's dialogue ventures into the complexities of freedom of speech, the implications of the Electoral College, and the changing powers of the presidency, offering listeners a nuanced perspective on what the Constitution means in today’s context. More than just a discussion, this episode is an invitation to reflect on the living spirit of the Constitution, encouraging us to consider how its foundational principles influence our lives and society at large. Episode Summary: 00:00 Diving Into the Year of Living Constitutionally 01:11 AJ Jacobs' Unique Method of Experiencing History 02:56 Exploring the Original Meaning of the U.S. Constitution 07:09 The Surprising Realities of Early American Laws 15:26 The Evolution of Free Speech in America 21:11 The Supreme Court's Role and the 14th Amendment 23:37 The Growing Power of the Presidency 24:21 Historical Debates and the Idea of Multiple Presidents 26:04 The Evolution of Presidential Powers 29:54 The Founders' Flexibility and the Constitution's Compromises 37:49 The Challenges of Federal Regulation and Overregulation 42:02 Reforming the Constitution for Modern Times 45:42 AJ Jacobs on Writing and Future Projects Additional Resources https://ajjacobs.com/The Year of Living BiblicallyThe Year of Living ConstitutionallyFederalist PapersJames Altucher ------------ What do YOU think of the show? Head to JamesAltucherShow.com/listeners and fill out a short survey that will help us better tailor the podcast to our audience!Are you interested in getting direct...

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Living By the Books | AJ Jacobs on Writing Methods

5/3/2024
A Note from James: AJ Jacobs, who has an upcoming book, "The Year of Living Constitutionally", he's a fascinating writer. He basically, instead of just doing research on a topic "Oh, I'm going to do research on the Constitution, I'm going to do research on living healthy, I'm going to do research on the Bible," instead of just researching something and writing a book, which I consider to be boring, he has a completely different way of exploring a topic, and it turns out,and not by accident, it turns out that this is the formula for writing a bestselling, millions-of-copies kind of book. And it's an interesting way to live life. And what I mean is, A. J. really lives what he's writing about. So when he wrote his, one of his early books, The Year of Living Biblically, he lived for a year, literally word by word, as the Bible would suggest he lives. For instance, I'll let A. J. describes and we talk about it in this episode, but in "The Year of Living Constitutionally", which is about to come out he lives the life of someone. Around 1790, living the constitution word for word applying to be a pirate with the Congress. Something which was an article, one of the constitution, if you didn't happen to know. And meanwhile, other books he's had are like, "My Life is An Experiment", where everything was an experiment. For instance, he outsourced arguments with his wife to an outsourcing agency in India. So this turns out to be not only a fascinating way to live a very curious and adventurous life. But again, as I said earlier, it turns out to be a great formula for writing a bestselling book, the kind of formula AI can't really compete with I will add. First, I want to hear about AJ's method, the AJ method of living a life of experience and using that to create stories, adventures, and of course, bestselling books. And he's a very funny guy, so how he incorporates Humor into that. And then next week, we're going to do a whole episode, fascinating episode, the year of living constitutionally, because there's so many issues about the constitution. I didn't know about it. And so many, so much information about the constitution. I didn't even know about it. I used to think I've read it, but it turns out I hadn't. So first off though, the AJ method on writing his own unique brand style of bestseller and living a life of adventure. Episode Description: In this episode of the James Altucher Show, James engages in a fascinating conversation with AJ Jacobs, an esteemed author known for his unique approach to writing and life. Jacobs discusses his upcoming book 'The Puzzler', delves into his method of immersing himself in his subjects, and shares insights from the Year of Living Constitutionally. Jacobs, known for his adventurous lifestyle and humor, describes past projects including outsourcing arguments with his wife to India and living according to the Bible. The episode also covers his visit to a long-termism conference, discussing potential future challenges and the impact of AI. Additionally, AJ and James ponder over the significance of incorporating puzzles into daily life and explore the concept of improving forecasting abilities through understanding probabilities. Episode Summary: 00:00 Exploring AJ Jacobs' Unique Approach to Writing and Living 02:47 AJ Jacobs: A Deep Dive into His Life and Works 03:31 The Fascinating World of Puzzles with AJ Jacobs 03:56 AJ's Hermit Life and the Creative Process 04:47 Solving the World's Most Baffling Puzzles 17:07 The Art of Creativity and Intelligence in Puzzle Solving 27:24 Exploring Long-Termism and Future Challenges 31:57 The Unheard Stories of Nuclear Near Misses 32:19 Exploring the Shadows of the Cold War 33:05 The Petrov Day: A Reminder of Nuclear Threat 34:29 Unaccounted Nuclear Weapons: A Lingering Threat 34:48 Envisioning a Utopian Future Amidst Doom 35:42 The Evolution of Technology vs. Environmental Challenges 36:54 The AI Dilemma: Potential and Perils 37:50 AI's...

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Mastering the Art of the Interview | Polina Pompliano Returns!

5/1/2024
A Note from James: Learning how to be a good interviewer is crucial in life, not just for reporters or podcasters, but because many life situations resemble interviews. Whether you're applying for a job, hiring someone, or meeting someone new at a party, it's beneficial to gather as much information about them as quickly as possible. Additionally, it's important to leave a good impression if that's your goal. Being a skilled interviewer is therefore essential. I'm grateful for my podcast, which has allowed me to study the techniques of some of the best interviewers. Recently, one of the top interviewers, Polina Pompliano, who writes the newsletter "The Profile," shared her insights. She has profiled many remarkable people and I recommend googling her. Polina has also written a book, "Hidden Genius," and in a recent issue of her newsletter, she didn't profile someone but instead shared the top 10 techniques for becoming a great interviewer, drawing from the best in the field. I found this immensely valuable, so I invited her to come on the podcast to discuss these techniques and share stories about what makes a good interviewer. Let me know if you find this helpful, but I'm confident it will be valuable. Here's Polina and our conversation on how to excel at interviewing. Original Article: https://www.readtheprofile.com/p/the-profile-10-interview-techniques Episode Description: This episode of The James Altucher Show explores the intricate art of interviewing, broadening its significance from journalism to daily situations like job interviews and social exchanges. Today's interview features a deep dive into interviewing techniques shared by notable figures, including insights from Polina Pompliano's newsletter "The Profile," which covers a diverse spectrum of personalities from billionaires to artists. We explore critical aspects of successful interviews, such as understanding individuals, establishing rapport, the art of storytelling, and mastering public speaking. Ethical considerations in selecting interview subjects and deliberately omitting controversial figures are also discussed. Moreover, the episode examines the importance of connecting with audiences across different platforms, utilizing storytelling effectively, and finding a balance between personal interests and professional development. This in-depth discussion not only captures the essence of interviewing but also emphasizes its importance in improving both personal and professional communication skills. Episode Summary: 00:00 Mastering the Art of Interviewing: Insights and Techniques 00:51 Polina Pompliano's Insights on Great Interviewing 01:35 Exploring Interview Techniques with Polina Pompliano 02:19 The Power of Research and Preparation in Interviews 03:53 The Art of Interviewing: Learning from the Best 05:13 The Impact of Interviewing Skills Beyond Podcasting 05:47 Building Intimacy and Trust in Interviews 10:37 Overcoming Nerves and Embracing the Interview Process 17:24 The Delicate Balance of Challenging and Supporting Interviewees 33:42 Joe Rogan's Approach to Engaging Conversations 42:05 Decoding David Letterman's Interview Style 45:01 The Art of Interviewing: Oprah's Approach 47:37 Howard Stern's Unique Interview Technique 51:12 Breaking Down Barriers with Sean Evans 55:08 Capturing the Essence of a Story: Barbara Walters 01:03:44 The Challenge of Interviewing Controversial Figures 01:09:21 Exploring Public Speaking and Interview Ethics 01:11:53 The Journey of a Masterful Interviewer 01:16:52 Closing Thoughts and Future Endeavors ------------ What do YOU think of the show? Head to JamesAltucherShow.com/listeners and fill out a short survey that will help us better tailor the podcast to our audience!Are you interested in getting direct answers from James about your question on a podcast? Go to JamesAltucherShow.com/AskAltucher and send in your questions to be answered on the air!------------ Notepd.comSkip the LineYou...

Duration:01:19:09