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 Dec 29, 2018

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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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489 - The Art of Human Connection: Brian Grazer on How to Let Curiosity Lead You Forward
01:05:52

Brian Grazer is one of the top producers of all time in Hollywood. He's a producer of "Splash," "Apollo 13," "A Beautiful Mind," which he won the Oscar for Best Picture. He produced one of my favorite movies, "8 Mile," and another favorite movie, "Blue Crush." Plus, my favorite TV series, "Arrested Development," and other great TV series like "24," "Empire," and more. He's also the author of two book, "Face to Face, the Art of Human Connection" and "A Curious Mind."

 

Listener giveaway alert: right now, for a limited time, you can claim a free copy of my new book, "The Side Hustle Bible." I love this book for so many reasons. But mainly because it helps peopel choose themselves. In "The Side Hustle Bible" you'll learn how to make extra income. (I actually give you 177 ways in the book). Press play to hear how to claim your free copy today.

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Sep 17, 2019
488 - How to Learn Anything Extremely Quickly: Scott Young on The Science of Ultralearning
01:43:58

Scott Young is the author of "Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career." And he's not just a researcher. He's lived this. Scott finished a four-year MIT degree in just one year. He's self-taught himself multiple languages, drawing, and a lot of other skills that take people decades to master. In this episode, you'll hear Scott's step-by-step approach for learning any difficult skill you have in mind.

 

You'll also hear how you can claim a free copy of my brand 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.

 

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Sep 12, 2019
487 - In Honor & Memory... We Hear An Air Traffic Controller’s 9/11 Story: How Chris Tucker Saved Lives
01:38:48

Chris Tucker is a former air traffic controller. He was working in New York City on 9/11. And spent the whole day trying to keep the passengers of two hijacked planes safe. This episode is his story. It's heroic. And it saved lives. But Chris says, "I was just doing my job."

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Sep 11, 2019
486 - Everything Doctor's & Hospitals are Afraid to Tell You: Dr. Marty Makary on How to Negotiate Your Medical Bills, Advocate For Yourself & Restore U.S. Healthcare
01:37:30

Healthcare is making people bankrupt. Doctors screw you. Hospitals scam you. They recommend surgeries you don't need. Or rob you based on what "network" you're in. Why? Because we're not informed. And Marty Makary is here to change that. "Every price on a hospital bill is negotiable," he said. Then he told me how. Here's why you can trust Marty. Because he's on the inside. He's a surgeon at John Hopkins, a health policy expert, professor and the author of "The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care--and How to Fix It" and "Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care." Listen to this episode to hear how you can take charge of your personal healthcare. And how your friends and family can, too.

Giveaway alert: claim a free copy of 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.

 

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Sep 10, 2019
485 - The State of Big Business: Tyler Cowen's Contrarian Economic View
01:07:00

Tyler Cowen is an economist and the author of "Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero." This book is meant to help calm your nerves. He says, "I think we're in a grumpy time period. People are upset at politicians, at Congress, somewhat at the church, the media, there’s a loss of faith in many institutions. There’s a sense that whatever is perceived as having power has to be taken down and I think big business is caught up in that... I thought I would just write down the things about big business that no one else was saying." It's sort of a contrarian book... "which ought not to be contrarian.”

Also, I have a new book, "The Side Hustle Bible." It's a collection of 177 proven ways to make extra income. And I'm giving it away for free to my listeners. You'll hear more in the podcast.

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Sep 05, 2019
484 - The Best Tool To Unlock Your Creativity: Julia Cameron on "The Artist's Way"
01:27:59

Julia Cameron is the author of "The Artist's Way." I've read and re-read this book for decades. It's THE #1 tool for when I need to clear out my self-doubt, fear, creative blocks, etc. And I'm not the only one. Countless of movie producers, actors, writers, and more have used this book to unlock their creativity. And build success. 

Listen to hear what it can do for you.

Also (big announcement for listeners), 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.

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Sep 03, 2019
483 - Political Incorrectness: Brian Scott McFadden on The Disease of PC Culture in the Trump Era
02:10:18

Brian Scott McFadden is on a mission to make comedy funny again. He says, "You're a human being. And that's what comedy is supposed to be about... our shared humanity." You'll hear some really funny, thought-provoking bits. You'll hear classic impersonations. And you'll be given the chance to question the level of animosity, fear, anger, hypocrisy, etc. in the air. And determine if you've given up your ability to look at the bright side. Listen to have a laugh with us. 

AND if you listen, you'll hear a special announcement about my new book, "The Side Hustle Bible," which is a collection of 177 proven ways to extra income. I'm giving it away for free. So listen to find out how to claim your copy today.

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Aug 29, 2019
Why People Fail (The Do's & Don’ts: What We Learned from 500 Peak Performers)
01:04:40

I'm getting ready to celebrate my 500th episode. So I'm relearning old lessons. And I want you to join me. Steve Cohen (podcast producer extraordinaire) says, "What's the best room in the house? The room for improvement." Listen to learn all our favorite lessons on WHY people fail. So you can start making your own incremental changes in your daily life today.

Also, I'm giving away my new book, "The Side Hustle Bible" to listeners for free. Listen to hear how to claim your free copy today.

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Aug 27, 2019
482 - Unconventional Careers: How Tank Sinatra Turned an Obsessive Mind into a Profitable Online Career
01:28:34

Tank Sinatra was an alcoholic. He knew it early on. And quit drinking when he was 22 years old. "You know how people say they're going to go have 'A drink?'" he said, "I've never done that." He calls it an allergy. Because his reaction to alcohol is so abnormal. He told me how he quit. And how he turned his attention to the internet. He started making memes. Which got a lot of attention. Now he runs several meme accounts on Instagram. Including @tank.sinatra (1.8 million followers). He'll tell you how he left his job as a fence salesman and built one of the most sought after unconventional careers in modern society.

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Aug 22, 2019
481 - Take Back The Power: Amy Morin on Toxic People, Setting Boundaries & Deciding What’s Worth Your Time
01:57:46

Amy Morin is a psychotherapist and the author of the international bestseller, "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do." She's seen firsthand how people change their lives. And coming on the show to help you take back the power in your own life. Just like she did. And just like her clients.

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Aug 20, 2019
480 - Chris Gethard: How to Talk About The Hard Things In Life & Make it Funny
02:05:21

Chris Gethard makes issues like depression, anxiety & loneliness funny. He's a comedian, actor and the host of the podcast “Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People." In this episode, you'll hear Chris Gethard's top tips for inserting the funny into the difficult... I'll tell you why this is important. It will help you with sales, business, connecting with people, etc. Being funny isn't just for comedians. It's a business skill, a parenting skill, a life skill, etc.

  

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Aug 15, 2019
479 - Jackie Martling: Life as The Joke Man & Why Passion Isn't Enough
01:02:46

Jackie Martling is a professional joke writer. He spent 18 years writing jokes for “The Howard Stern Show.” He’s also had his own radio show about jokes on Sirius XM. And he’s the author of ‘The Joke Man: Bow to Stern.”

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Aug 13, 2019
478 - Tim Staples: The Psychology Behind Capturing Attention & Making Content Go Viral
55:48

Tim Staples makes content go viral. In this episode, he'll break down the psychology behind capturing attention. Which you can use in any area of life: sales, pitching a business, growing a following online, getting people behind you, crowdfunding, getting your kids to listen and care, etc. Everything comes from Tim's new book, "Break Through The Noise: The Nine Rules To Capture Global Attention."

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Aug 08, 2019
477 - Mike Love: Life as a Beach Boy (Memories, Lyrics, & A Behind The Scenes Look at The Band Who Gave Us "Good Vibrations")
55:45

Mike Love is a singer and co-founder of The Beach Boys. I did this interview LIVE in New York. (Come to a show sometime!) We talk about his legendary career and how The Beach Boys became a global sensation pre-internet. We also talk about writing music, being creative, what was happening in the 60’s and 70’s, how Mike is still able to go on tour at age 78 and more. Listen to this episode to join us in remembering the good old days.

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Aug 06, 2019
476: Andrew Schulz - How to Be Authentic Everywhere. All The Time.
01:13:54

Andrew Schulz is a comedian and host of “The Brilliant Idiots” podcast with Charlamagne Tha God and "Flagrant 2" with Akaash Singh and Kazeem Famuyide. In this episode you’ll hear all his marketing hacks for building an audience, becoming discoverable, growing on YouTube, etc. And he’ll also teach you his #1 skill: being authentic everywhere. All the time.

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Aug 01, 2019
475: David Bach - What Do You Need to Retire? (& How to Invest Money That Aligns with Your Values)
01:19:22

David Bach is the author of "The Latte Factor: Why You Don't Have to Be Rich to Live" and "The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich." He'll teach you about the financial anxieties we create in our head, why they're dead wrong, how to relax, save and get ready for the life you imagine for yourself.

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Jul 30, 2019
474: Scott Galloway - Men's Health: "If You Continue To Do This, You're Going to Die Early"
01:19:11

Scott Galloway quit everything in 1999. He quit his job, his marriage. “I didn’t like my friends. I didn’t like myself,” he said. So he went out on his own. Two years later he felt like he was going to die. “I only left my loft for food, sex and to go to the ready-teller,” he said. "An instinct kicks in that if you continue to do this, you're going to die early." He did the research. And found that men who live alone die 8-10 years earlier than men who are engaged in a family. So he started to study what was happening in his head. What was it about isolation that made him vulnerable? You'll hear the science in this episode. You'll also hear about the psychology of money, how to use it to feel happier, the 3 types of love (and which is the most important to longevity), what memories in your life will solidify in your brain as your greatest moments in life, and more.

All of this comes from Scott Galloway's newest book "The Algebra of Happiness." Which he wrote because he made a video about it, got 2 million views and realized "people need to hear this."  

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Jul 25, 2019
473 - Jamie Metzl: The Future of Life on Earth: Threats, Opportunities, & Scientific Predictions You Never Saw Coming
01:46:39

Jamie Metzl is a tech futurist, sci-fi writer, CIA think-tank participant, self-taught genomics expert, economist and more. His new book is “Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity” about the future of life on earth: the threats, the opportunities, the differences and predictions you'll never see coming (unless you click play).

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Jul 23, 2019
472 - Eric Weinstein: How to Question the World Around You & Find Your Core Theories (Part 2)
58:49

Eric Weinstein was going to drop out of college. But he got a degree... from Harvard. In mathematical physics. And now he’s the Managing Director of Thiel Capital (Peter Thiel’s investment firm). And he's the host of the new podcast "The Portal." In Part 1, we talk about his background. And in this episode (part 2), we talk about the hidden ways you're being suppressed, how to "unspin the world" and see it differently, what Eric recommends to practice "first principles" thinking and more. 

 

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Jul 18, 2019
471 - Eric Weinstein: The Formula for Innovation (And How to Escape Your Own Restrictions) (Part 1)
01:06:35

Eric Weinstein is the managing director of Thiel Capital. He has a Ph.D. from Harvard in mathematical physics. (Meaning, listening to him WILL make you smarter.) I asked him how he learned to think so clearly. Because too many of us are in a fog or sleep-deprived or on an emotional stress-induced roller coaster. So how do you get off? Eric explains: try being an imposter, look for the core principle of any given problem, let history be your reference in life, build reliable mental models and more. He explains how in this episode.

 

 

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Jul 16, 2019
470 - Ramit Sethi: Are You Building The Skills & Habits to Live a Rich Life? (Part 2)
01:17:34

Ramit Sethi's is the only person who will tell you exactly how to improve your behavior about money. He's direct. No BS. He's very honest about "the one thing you have to focus on to become a millionaire."

You'll learn that in this episode. You'll also hear our heated debates about when and HOW to stop paying your credit card debt, what makes your 401K a (potential) scam, how to get rid of your financial stress, who should invest in crypto. And more.

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Also check out part 1. You'll learn how to stop having so much fear around money. So you can embrace the possibility and opportunities you have to make and spend money in a way that actually makes you feel like you're living.

 

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Jul 11, 2019
469 - Ramit Sethi: The New Rules about Money & Wealth + What You Don't Know About Achieving Financial Freedom (Part 1)
01:13:56

Ramit Sethi is the bestselling author and coach of "I Will Teach You To Be Rich," a book that tells you the biggest money mistakes you make, the exact words you should use in a negotiation, how to spend money in a way that actually makes you happy and light up. And more. 


We also did a part 2 (coming out soon) where we have such heated debates over when to stop paying your credit card debt, when 401Ks become just evil scams, then we yell at each other about cryptocurrencies, etc. 


So tune in. Here's part 1: The NEW Rules about Money & Wealth + What You Don't Know About Achieving Financial Freedom 

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Jul 09, 2019
468 - David Epstein: Proof That It’s Never Too Late to Master Something New
01:12:16

We've been lied to. All of our lives, we were told that the most successful people in the world started young. And focussed on just one thing. LIES! David Epstein just wrote about this in his book, "Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World." This book is proof that there are shortcuts to mastery. (And I bet you're already doing at least one of the shortcuts). In this episode, you'll hear the formula for mastery, how to start something new at any age and you'll hear case studies of famous artists, athletes, investors and more... all who dabbled in life, tried different careers, moved around and still rose to the top. 

Oh! And if you like this episode, please remember to subscribe.

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Jul 04, 2019
467 - Gabriel Weinberg: These 10 Biases Impact Who & What Influence You
01:22:34

I’m jealous of Gabriel Weinberg. He wrote the book I WISH I wrote. It’s called “Super Thinking: The Big Book of Mental Models.” This book has hundreds of mental models, cognitive biases, ect. This is a book I'm going to keep out and re-read pretty regularly. Because it explains why we think the way we think.

Here are a few you'll hear about in this episode: how to force yourself into thinking critically, how to stop jumping to conclusions, how to end arguments with people you love, how to improve your decision-making ability and more.

And Gabriel is also the founder of Duck Duck Go, a search engine that gets over a billion searches a month. And focusses 100% of keeping you safe and searches private. You'll hear more about this, why I use it and how it can benefit you.

 

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Jul 02, 2019
466 - Brad Thor: How to Start Carving Out Time For Your Dream
58:36

Brad Thor used to work in the TV industry. Then he got married. And his wife asked him, “If you were on your death bed, what would you regret not doing?" He answered right away. Without thinking. "Write a novel," he said. Now he's written 19. And he's one of my all-time favorite thriller writers. He told me how he carved out time for his dream, what it's like to work on secret projects with the government, how he got his book deals, the beats of a thriller and more.

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Jun 27, 2019
465 - Susie Essman: Bravery = Opening Yourself Up to Getting Rejected. Showing Who You Are. And Going For What You Want
01:17:52

People are scared to be brave. Not Susie Essman. She puts her guts out there. It's how she became a successful comedian and actor. And this is a serious model of success in any situation. Because you can't half-ass your business, your book, your life, your career. So I asked Susie "How do you get to that level of bravery?" "What should someone listening practice?" And she told me.

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You can see Susie on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," Comedy Central's "Broad City," ABC's "Bless is Mess." And she has a novel coming out soon about a woman who has to clean out her mother’s apartment after she dies.

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Jun 25, 2019
464 - Humble the Poet: Unlearn The Lessons That Hurt You. So You Can Learn The Lessons That Help You (Part 2)
53:11

This is part 2 with Humble the Poet. In part 1 we talk about how he quit his teaching job. And became an artist. In part 2, Humble tells me how he became an artist who serves a community AND profits.  

 

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Jun 20, 2019
463 - Humble the Poet: Unlearn The Lessons That Hurt You. So You Can Learn The Lessons That Help You (Part 1)
01:14:26

Humble the Poet started out as someone who didn’t know what he wanted to do in life. Then he became a teacher. He was good with kids. But there was too much bureaucracy in the job. So he quit. I asked him a bunch of “how” questions. “How did you quit?” “How did you start your side gig?” “How did you know you’d make money? or be successful.” A lot of it was about following his intuition. And taking one step at a time. Which anyone can do. At any age.

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Jun 18, 2019
462 - Scot Cohen: Don't Stay Small. Build Real Businesses Using Just Your Network
01:26:56

Scot Cohen has made millions from networking. But he used to have a hard time figuring out who was toxic and who was actually a good connection. So I asked him how what flipped the switch? He told me how he went from miserable job to millions off networking. 

 

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Jun 13, 2019
461 - Ben Mezrich: Bitcoin Billionaires (And The Future of Crypto)
01:16:02

I believe in bitcoin. But not everyone understands it. It's confusing. So Ben Mezrich wrote about it. But not in the boring way you've seen over and over again. Ben Mezrich is a thriller writer. So he found the drama. And shows you bitcoin's dark history and its bright future.

 

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Jun 11, 2019
460 - Jeff Garlin: Don't Give Yourself a Back Up Plan (Why Having No Net Leads to Greater Success)
01:18:29

Jeff Garlin is an actor, known for playing Jeff Green (Larry David’s sidekick) on Curb Your Enthusiasm (my favorite show!). He’s also on The Goldberg and he’s been doing stand up comedy for 37 years. But he didn't start out knowing he'd be successful. He just gave himself no other choice. "Because I had nothing to fall back on," he said. "My dad always used to say, ‘Have something to fall back on.’ If I had something to fall back on and I liked it, I might’ve fallen back on it."

 

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Jun 06, 2019
459 - Mike Reiss: True Stories: How To Survive a Horrible Boss, The Oscars, Make a Cartoon From Scratch & More
59:22

Mike Reiss had a horrible boss. He'd call him up just to say, "XYZ sucks." He'd hold group meetings just to put his insults on display. "He was impossible," Mike said. But he dealt with it. Which seems like something a lot of people don't know how to handle. Mike gave me his tips and then also told me what life is like now. He's a co-founding writer of "The Simpsons." And he still flies to LA once a week to work on the show. "I can make jokes. I can’t really do much else," he said. "And thank God it’s a job. I'm the luckiest man in the world.” 

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Jun 04, 2019
458 - Roger McNamee: Who’s Really in Control of Your Mind? These Are The Secret Ways You're Being Manipulated
49:13

He’s back! Roger McNamee is a Silicon Valley veteran who’s mentored everyone from Steve Jobs to Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg. And more. But he’s not here to talk about their success. He’s here to talk about the ways their success is crippling our freedom. And how to change that. Before it’s too late (also, I should say, I’m never a fan of "doom and gloom" marketing. This is not that. This is education. And knowledge. Which equals power.) This episode is the start of a privacy revolution. And you'll be glad to look back one day and say, "I remember how that got started."

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May 30, 2019
457 - Sam Harris: Why You’re Failing to Make Sense of Your Life
02:18:05

Sam Harris is a neuroscientist, philosopher, meditation advocate, he's the host of the "Making Sense" podcast and the New York Times bestselling author of "The End of Faith" "Waking Up," "The Moral Landscape" and more. This episode is long. But you can listen to it in piece if thats easier. Here are some of the subjects we talk about: irrational vs. rational thinking, expectations, anxiety, “the effort of an examined life,” how cults think, how to win an argument, why no one likes to talk about climate change, human imagination, and more.

 

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May 28, 2019
456 - Rich Karlgaard: You Can Flourish Later in Life (It’s More Possible Now Than Ever)
01:04:51

Rich Karlgaard has done everything from dishwashing to running Forbes magazine. He was a late bloomer. And he wanted to hunt down other late bloomers. He gives a bunch of examples in this podcast. And wrote a book about this phenomenon titled, "Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement."

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May 23, 2019
455 - Bishop T.D. Jakes: How to Turn Unexpected Pain into Power
50:54

Bishop T.D Jakes has served millions of people all over the world. He listens to their stories. And has learned this: "Pain always leaves a gift behind." And he wants to teach you how to find that gift. "Sometimes things happen to us that we did not choose," he said. This episode and T.D.'s new book, "Crushing" will help you deal with that truth. 

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May 21, 2019
454 - Caroline Hirsch: Film Making, Art & Expression as Activism
58:28

Caroline Hirsch is the owner and founder of the iconic Caroline’s comedy club in Time Square New York. She’s worked with Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Tracy Morgan, Amy Schumer, and all the greats. She told me about the pattern that great performers go through. But we also talked about a new project: "Ask For Jane." It's a film about the activists who worked secretly to help women get safe abortions at a time when abortion was totally illegal. She said that even talking about abortion could be considered grounds for manslaughter. And the point Caroline wants to make is that these rights are at risk right now.

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May 16, 2019
453 - Pete Holmes: The Beauty of Healing Through Jokes
01:16:50

Pete Holmes wants to rearrange the molecular structure of your brain. NOT through science. He wants to do it through comedy. And masturbation jokes. "When my wife left me," he said, "I realized that comedy is noble. People are hurting and it’s a good thing to do. I know I’m being a little bit high-hoped about stand-up, but good comedy can alchemize pain into pleasure. And I’m getting emotional, but that’s f***ing beautiful.” Don't let these quotes fool you, though. This episode is as hilarious as it is philosophical. And if you like that, also check out Pete's new book "Comedy Sex God."

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May 14, 2019
452 - Mark Manson: Everything Is F*cked (A Conversation About Hope)
50:02

Mark Manson is the best selling author of “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.” And now, his new book is, "Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope." Mark started this book when he got depressed.He wanted to find out what hope is and how we can get more of it.

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May 09, 2019
451 - Eric Schmidt: Becoming the CEO of Google... Unlearn Arrogance & Become Your Greatest
01:03:31

Eric Schmidt is the former CEO of Google. Founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page hired him to gear Google up for the IPO. But something happened. They told him, “You need a coach.” Eric disagreed. He thought “I’m so great! You just hired me.” Arrogance kicked in. And he forgot about all the potential he had. We all do this. For different reasons:  we're busy, we're tired, we think we know it all, ect. But there's no good reason to stop growing.

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May 07, 2019
Yesterday's "10 Ideas" List (Proof that BAD Ideas Lead to The Good Ideas)
01:01:16

I get this question a lot: “Did you start coming up with ideas because you were already successful?” I'll tell you WHY they ask this. Because people think "I need to pay my bills and THEN I'll change my life." That's backwards. I was dead broke and dead lonely when I started writing 10 ideas a day. It changed my life. Even the bad ones. So I still do it. Every single day. In this episode, I sit with Steve Cohen and go over yesterday's idea list ("10 Reality TV Show Ideas"). You'll see why ideas are infinite. And how bad ideas lead to the best ideas. 

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May 02, 2019
450 - Mark Malkoff: It's OK to Not Takes Yourself Seriously All The Time.
02:04:53

Mark Malkoff is a comedian who challenges himself to the impossible. And I don't mean medical miracles or anything like that. Everything he does is purely ridiculous. “I get super focussed when someone says I can't pull something off,” he said. This episode will teach how to become persistent. And it will teach you that it's ok to not takes yourself so seriously all the time.

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Apr 30, 2019
How to Deal With Crappy, Toxic People
01:08:24

When I wrote “How to Deal with Crappy People” it became the most popular post on my blog. Everyone is dealing with crappy people. Since that post came out, the most common question I am asked is "What if the crappy person is your boss?" "Or someone you work with?" "Or someone you live with?" In other words, what if the person who is actively trying to harm you, who probably hates you to the core of your being, is someone you or forced to deal with every day? Steve and I talk about the different ways we deal with this, what works, what doesn't work, and some things worth trying out.

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Apr 25, 2019
449 - Chelsea Handler: Life Will Be The Death of Me (Stories About Grief, Healing, Cannabis & The Quest for Meaning)
55:00

Chelsea Handler is a comedian and the author of “Life Will Be The Death Of Me.” I interviewed her live at Stand Up New York (you can find out about upcoming live shows here).

We talked a lot about trauma, comedy, death... and healing. Chelsea was only 9 years old when her oldest brother died. She felt abandoned. She thought “He went and got himself killed. He wasn’t even careful!” No one taught her how to grieve. So it followed her. Until finally, something else triggered her. Now Chelsea is using comedy (and cannabis) to help "take the edge off." And make the healing less taboo, more fun, and accessible for everyone.

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Apr 23, 2019
448 - Dave Barry: How To Have More Humor in Your Life
01:01:48

Dave Barry is a comedian and the author of “Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog.” The book is really funny. I rarely laugh out loud while reading. I have Dave tell me about the inspiration for the book and some of the ways his life has changed (for the better) at age 70, including how to have more humor, more joy and feel an overall sense of satisfaction and goodness.

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Apr 18, 2019
447 - Hal Elrod: Decide What Has Power Over Your Life and Your Future (Using "The Miracle Equation")
01:15:19

Hal Elrod almost died twice. Actually, he did die. "I was clinically dead for 6 minutes," he said. He was hit by a car. And the doctors said he'd never walk again. Hal dealt with the news with a totally different mindset than most people. "I gave myself five minutes to upset about it," he said. "I accepted the worst case scenario. It has no power over me." Hal is a master at this. Over and over again, he decides what has power over him and what doesn't. In this interview, you'll hear how Hal created "The Miracle Equation," a practical, step-by-step guide to ceaate what you want in life. And go for it. Hal uses this equation everywhere from the most extreme (surviving cancer and learning how to walk again) to the every day (making money and living meaningfully).

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Apr 16, 2019
Don’t Follow Your Dreams. Age With Your Interests!
14:11

Sometimes our dreams hold us back from thinking about new possibilities. This is a 10-15 minute episode about why I don't believe in following your dreams. And why it's better to age with your interests. (Examples included!)

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Apr 11, 2019
446 - Lori Gottlieb: What to Do When You're Ready for a (Real) Change
47:03

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and the author "Maybe You Should Talk to Someone." I asked her why therapists never tell you how to improve your life. Why won't they just give me the answers? And she said it's because people like to live where it's safe. Therapists know this. They know you won't take their advice. And that you have to figure out for yourself. In this episode, Lori says how talking to someone can help you see the changes you really need. Rather than living in the same decision-making that got you to where you are today. I like her message because it means we all have the chance to change. 

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Apr 09, 2019
445 - Congressman Tim Ryan: The First Presidential Candidate Who Meditates!
51:00

Tim Ryan is running for president. He just announced it. I interviewed him five years ago. It was my 32nd podcast interview. I'm re-releasing it. Because it's evergreen. Tim talks about how he got into meditation, the science behind it, how it can help improve your personal health and how it can also impact the health of our country. Give it a listen and let me know what you think.

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Apr 06, 2019
What I Learned When I Was Dead Broke
23:50

When I was broke, I thought my life was over. Then I made 4 changes. I talk about those 4 changes with Steve in this episode. But we also talk about investing, how to spot a scam (like Madoff), becoming an idea machine and more. 

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Apr 04, 2019
444 - Mike Van Cleave: A Conversation About Cancer & Learning How to Discard the Meaningless
01:23:20

This episode is from 2017. It's a beautiful conversation with lessons I'll cherish for the rest of my life. Rest in peace, Mike. 

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Apr 02, 2019
Problems = Business Opportunity. Here's 5 Major Problems I've Learned From Podcast Guests
01:05:24

I’ve interviewed 500 of the smartest people in the world. Many of them have discovered major problems in society. And when there are problems that also means there are opportunities for businesses. So Steve and I break down five problems, how they could(potentially) be solved if you tried.

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Mar 28, 2019
443 - Tero Isokauppila: What People Who Study Optimal Human Performance Know About Health That You Don't
01:22:03

Tero Isokauppila is the CEO and founder of Four Sigmatic, a company specialized in helping people reach optimal human performance through superfoods, functional mushrooms and adaptogenic herbs. It's an odd business. And that's why it works. Because Tero doubled down on everything he loves. This episode walks you through the health and business of mushrooms. And teaches you how someone combines interest and skill to successfully build a business.

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Mar 26, 2019
The 2 Biggest Financial Risks You Could Make in a Lifetime
53:38

Steve and I were going to do this podcast on "The 10 Commandments of the American Religion." Which is an article I wrote (and got tons of hate mail about) back in 2016. But we only got through #1 and #2. Which happen to be about 2 worst financial risks you could take. Listen to find out what they are, how to avoid them, and why. Plus I'll show you all the money you COULD save if you avoid these two mistakes.

 

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Mar 21, 2019
442 - Justice Sonia Sotomayor: Lessons From a Supreme Court Justice on How to Persuade & Convince
46:19

Justice Sonia Sotomayor is on the US Supreme Court. I went to Washington for this interview. And asked her what makes someone persuasive and convincing? Is it voice? Is it confidence? And what makes a winning case? And how does someone become the type of person who gets recognized as true and good? I could tell why people look at Justice Sotomayor and say, "Ah, yes, I believe in you." She told me about her beginning. And the dead-ends she hit before making it to the top. She also told me about her new book for young adults called, "Just Ask: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You." It's technically for 4th-10th graders. But I felt the sincerity and goodness in the lessons even at age 50. 

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Mar 19, 2019
Q’s from Twitter: The Advice I Give My Daughter About Purpose, Books I Re-Read, Procrastination Decoded & More
40:58

I get a lot of questions on Twitter and Instagram. So this is an episode to scroll through and give out answers. Send me questions for the next episode @jaltucher. 

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Mar 14, 2019
441 - Steven Pressfield: It’s Not Too Late to Become the Hero of Your Journey (Listen to Your Gut)
01:34:53

Steven Pressfield was a cab driver for years before becoming a best-seller author. He's taught me about following your gut and not letting time get in the way of who you’re supposed to become. Listen to Steven talk about the hero’s journey and how you can become the hero of your life (even if you feel like it’s too late, it’s not.) 

 

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Mar 12, 2019
Entrepreneur vs. Employee: They’re Both Great & They Both Suck. Here’s How to Make the Best of Both
01:11:32

We did this whole podcast off of my idea list for the day. I was in a Facebook group. And someone asked “What does entrepreneurship mean to you?” People had these corny answers like “value, freedom…” But when I started my first company in the 90’s, I cried everyday for 15 years. It’s stressful. Your business follows you everywhere. And eventually your employees are going to start having sex with each other. And a million things can take your dream down. That’s not to say entrepreneurship is always a bad idea. It’s not. I’m glad I did it. I feel like it made me stronger. But people can experience freedom and wealth and everything else from employeeship, too. So I wanted to explore that.

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Mar 07, 2019
440 - Gretchen Rubin: How to Feel Calm & Get Rid of Mental Clutter
01:30:24

Gretchen Rubin is the bestselling author of “The Happiness Project” and “Better Than Before.” She just wrote a new book “Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness." Gretchen will make you think about what happiness means to you, why it's individual and how to take steps that really make a difference in your life. And she'll give you new ideas. Which is always a good way to declutter old ways and make room for new.

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Mar 05, 2019
439 - Eddie Ibanez: Data... Threat or a Means to Make Money?
56:49

Eddie Ibanez is the biggest cyber security hacker I know. He used to be contracted by the US government to find patters that could help identify various threats (terrorist threats, security threats, etc.) He tried to tell me what he could without going past the line. (He holds a lot of secrets). He'll tell you how you're being hacked, how to protect yourself, what threats are out there for individuals and countries, and more.

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Feb 28, 2019
438 - Brad Meltzer: Our County’s Secrets (Untold Stories From the CIA & Secret Service)
01:06:09

Brad Meltzer gets to call up the CIA and the secret service whenever he needs a new story. He’s written 11 best selling novels. They’re all history thriller novels. And now he’s written his first non-fiction book about the plot to kill George Washington. Which leads to the invention of the CIA, spies, and other conspiracies. Brad's fascination with history also leads to self-history. He did a TED talk on "How To Write Your Own Obituary." Which made me think, what history will I leave behind? 


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Feb 26, 2019
437 - John Maxwell: THE Master of Personal Growth
01:00:46

John Maxwell changed my life in 2001. I read his book “Failing Forward” and then read all his books ever since. He’s the #1 go-to guy for leadership and personal growth. And he’s sold over 30 million copies of his books worldwide. His newest book is “Leader Shift: The 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace.” I asked him how he found his passion so early in life, what leaders need to do differently, how to find a mentor, make friends in your industry and more.

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Feb 21, 2019
436 - Todd Herman: When to Use Your Alter Ego
01:02:13

Todd Herman coaches CEOs, Olympic athletes, entrepreneurs (etc.) on how to reach their peak performance using 1 key trick… an alter ego. He says, “We’re all super multi-layered people.” But we block ourselves. We constantly use old narratives that we’ve outgrown or hold us back. And we force ourselves to be somebody we don’t want to be anymore. But if you use an alter ego, you can get out of your head. And perform the way you want to (at work, in negotiations, on the field, while networking, in relationships, anywhere.) He'll tell you success stories and how to get started.

 

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Feb 19, 2019
435 - Roger McNamee: Every Tech Billionaire's Mentor
54:09

Roger McNamee was Steve Jobs' mentor. And Bill Gates. And Mark Zuckerberg. Why is Roger so valuable to these people? What does he know that we don't? What did he have to offer the world's future billionaire visionaries? I also wanted to hear stories. What is Steve Jobs like? And Mark Zuckerberg? "When I met Mark he was different from everybody. But in a kind of cool, interesting way. I mean a little creepy too. But you have to keep in mind, tech entrepreneurs aren’t like you and me.” They're obsessed. And focussed. And sometimes equally underdeveloped as they are overdeveloped. One other thing about this interview: it'll change the way you think about technology.

 

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Feb 14, 2019
434 - Stephen Merchant: How to Live Through Your Life’s Awkward Moments… Build Your Ridiculous Muscle
01:21:17

Stephen Merchant is 2x GoldenGlobe-winning actor, writer and director. I’m a fan of everything he’s worked on (The Office, Office Space, Extras, Hello Ladies, etc.). And now he has a brand new movie coming out that I highly recommend called “Fighting With Family.” The Rock is in it. Stephen wrote and directed it. It’s based off of a real-life family who raised their kids to be professional wrestlers. And it tackles all of these real-life human experiences like the fear of not making it, the pressure to succeed, setting difficult expectations for ourselves and so on. This episode is both funny and totally relatable. Just like Stephen’s upcoming movie (coming out Feb. 14)

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Feb 12, 2019
433 - 6 MORE of The Best One Minute Life Hacks
52:17

People don't talk about this enough... the life hacks that answer the bigger questions: "How can I make time for things I really love and enjoy?" "How do I get the most out of a day, a week, a year, ten years?" There are a lot of life hacks out there. But I wanted to do something different. I wanted to talk about the little tweaks I do personally to optimize my life and make it a little better bit by bit. Just 1% improvement a day compounds. And adds up to 3780% a year. So here are 6 more things you can try (that all add up) to improve your life.

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Feb 07, 2019
432 - Will Shortz: Proof that You Can Create Your Own Career Path & Keep Your Brain in Shape
01:06:02

"You’re the most disappointing guest ever," I said. "You’ve done everything you’ve ever wanted to do, you rose to the top…” Will Shortz is the crossword puzzle editor for "The New York Times." And he took probably the strangest path I’ve ever heard to get there… he figured out how to be in control of his career, do what he loves and make it all up as he goes along. This episode is going to give you tips to keep your brain young, smart and it'll also give you ideas about out the box careers. 

 

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Feb 05, 2019
431 - Gary Gulman: "I'm Not Suffering from Depression Anymore"
01:39:14

The first time Gary Gulman came on my podcast, he was totally depressed. He had difficulty speaking. He was hunched over. I almost felt bad for inviting him. But he was really candid. And I wanted to be his friend. He's likable and his comedy always makes me laugh. This is his third time on the show. And he's not suffering from depression anymore. He told me about the medical changes he's made, the support of his loved one, and (best of all) finding his way back to feeling normal. “I wasn’t myself for so long,” he said. “And now to be myself is so exhilarating.” But I realize a lot of people, even people without depression, don’t have the safe and secure feeling of being themselves on a daily basis. So this episode can help you if you feel stuck in some version of yourself that wants to grow and be different and be healthy again. 

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Jan 31, 2019
430 - The Best 1 Minute Life Hacks to Save Time & Enjoy More of Life
01:12:04

One time I was on a plane with an CIA officer. He told me a lot of stories. One thing he said stood out. It was a life hack that I adopted right away. And I've been doing it for years ever since. I try to collect one takeaway from every person I interview. But sometimes I get takeaways from my friends and even myself. And now they're all recorded in this podcast.

Oh and one more thing. You can let me know your favorite by tweeting @jaltucher.

Thanks.

- James

 

 

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Jan 29, 2019
429 - Garry Kasparov: The History of The Free World (And How to Gain Confidence in The Future)
01:10:03

Garry Kasparov is the best chess player in history. He was ranked #1 in the world for 20 years. And in 2007, he ran for president of Russia. Now he lives in exile. Going back to Russia is not an option for him. When I asked him, "Would you be in trouble?" he said, "Trouble is an understatement." He'd be arrested or worse because of his outspokenness and belief in democracy. He believes in America. And he's noticed a lot of young people don't seem to believe in America or its ideals. They don't realize the free world is always being threatened. Garry says, "We cannot separate ourselves from the world. We need to be more proactive. If you don’t want to be proactive you’ll be subject to manipulations." Use this episode as a chance to rediscover history, develop skepticism, become a sharper critical thinker and strength your ability to fight off manipulation online and in real life.

 

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Jan 24, 2019
428 - Evan Carmichael: How to Shut Out the Negativity in Your Life and Maybe Get Huge on YouTube
01:42:56

Evan Carmichael has a YouTube channel with over 2 million subscribers. He didn’t have a master plan. He built it up from scratch. And just followed a few simple rules (which you’ll hear in this podcast). My favorite rule out of all of them is this: “Follow your momentum.” Evan didn’t know he’d be a huge success on YouTube. He just tried it and felt the momentum and followed it forward. Now he has 16 employees and gets letters from people who say “You believe in me more than anybody else in my life.” Because his videos are built to inspire. This episode breaks down how he got his success on YouTube, what you should do if you want to start today, and he also covers his top tips for running an online businesses, how to shut out the doubt and negativity in your life and replace it with the messages that will actually make you feel happy, healthy, confident, capable, and so on.

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Jan 17, 2019
427 - Lori Gottlieb: When To See a Therapist (And When Not To)
01:03:53

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and the author of an upcoming book called "Maybe You Should Talk to Someone." She also writes a column in The Atlantic called "Dear Therapist." This episode is sort of a behind-the-scenes. Because Lori tells me what therapists really think about their patients, how they might deal with situation X vs. situation Y. And she also talked to me about things she's noticed about people in general. Like how we don't set high enough standards for ourselves. And what we can do to improve. This episode will make you reflect on the areas of your life that aren't working. So you can stop feeling stuck. 

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Jan 15, 2019
426 - Gilbert Gottfried: Laugh Everyday (It's Medicine For Your Day)
01:18:04

Gilbert Gottfried started doing stand-up comedy when he was 15 years old. He dropped out of high school and within 10 years he was on Saturday Night Live. And he built his career up from there. But he's also been the center of a lot of controversies. People get upset at comedians for "going too far." But Gilbert does it for a reason... He said, "I remember, I did this show that was a tribute to Joan Rivers. It was right after there was that shooting at a gay nightclub. I started doing jokes about the shooting and the audience was laughing all the way through and you know, Joan Rivers has a large gay audience. One guy tweeted me and he said, ‘I never thought that I’d wake up crying and go to sleep laughing.'" It's easy to misunderstand people. And get upset. Whenever I'm made, I say to myself, "This means I'm not understanding something." So then I move that anger into curiosity. I kept asking Gilbert about his jokes. And we walked me through the humor. This episode will make you laugh and maybe uncomfortable but I promise the laughter makes it all worth it. The laughter is medicine for your day.

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Jan 10, 2019
425 - David Rubenstein: The Importance of Having a Good 2nd and 3rd Life (Lessons From The Co-Founder of The Carlyle Group)
01:00:01

I got nervous because David Rubenstein is the co-founder and co-chariman of The Carlyle Group, which is the biggest private equity firm maybe in the world. They own hundreds of companies and have $200 billion in assets. He's also the chairman of a lot of other things: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Smithsonian and he also has his on show, "The David Rubenstein show," where he's interviewed so many brilliant people. His success could be intimating. But he doesn't want it to be. He said, "I'm 69. I didn't start Carlye until I was 37. Maybe people find what they love earlier. I found out later I life." Then he walked me through this. He told me how he stumbled into his new love for philanthropy and the careers he experimented with early on his life and how he learned how to develop new skills at different stages of his career (like motivation and persuasion.) David says this is all part of his third life. That's what this episode is about. The importance of having a good second and third life.

 

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Jan 08, 2019
424 - Byron Allen: How To Make History in Your Dream Industry (A Story About Outsmarting The Standards)
01:55:19

Bryon Allen has 3 rules in business: “Don’t let anyone come between you and the customer. Don’t run out of money. And don’t break rules #2 and #3.” But he didn’t know these rules when he got started. He says people weren’t betting on the young black boy born in Detroit… in the 60’s… to a 17-year-old teenage mother. But he defied the odds. And found his passion early on (age 12). This episode walks you through Byron’s success from comedian to writer to TV producer and distributor… all the way up to the top. Now, he owns “Entertainment Studios,” (the TV production company he started at his kitchen table). This is the story of someone who decides to make history.

 

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Jan 03, 2019
423 - John Paul DeJoria: Build A Self-Made Personality (How John Went From Homeless to Billionaire)
01:18:00

John Paul DeJoria is a self-made billionaire and philanthropist who co-founded the Paul Mitchell hair line.

 

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Jan 01, 2019
422 - George Gilder: How to Think Like a Futurist
01:38:54

George Gilder is a 79 year old super futurist. He’s the author of  #2 book in China, “Life after Google The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy.” I had him on the podcast because he’s somehow been able to predict the future for decades. Steve Jobs read his book in 1990 and passed it around to friends. “So I believe I had some vague influence on the evolution of iPhone,” George said. Now he’s investigating the future of blockchain, bitcoin and more. And in this episode, I ask him to teach me how to think like a futurist so I can profit (financially, creatively intellectually and personally).

 

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Dec 27, 2018
421 - David Goggins: Never Be Satisfied With Your Life… Find Your New 100%
02:00:41

David Goggins went from being 300 lbs to becoming a Navy SEAL. He also ran a 100-mile race AND he set the world pull-up record at 4,030 pull-ups in 24 hours. I told him I don't want to do any of that. But... I do want to learn the mindset he developed to achieve all of this and get out of his comfort zone. 

 

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Dec 25, 2018
420 - Amy Morin: 10 Mental Strength Tips That Will Make You Stronger (Part 2) "
01:00:19

This is part 2 of my interview with Amy Morin where we talk about 10 mental health strategies that will make you stronger.  In part 1 of the interview, we talked about her article "5 Ways to Simplify Your Life to Make Room for Things that Matter Most.”

Both parts have really great tips. Part 1 focusses on what not to do. And part 2 takes it into the positive because it shows you actionable steps you can start implementing today to be more mentally strong.

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Dec 20, 2018
419 - Amy Morin - The Power to Strengthen Your Own Mind (Part 1)
01:17:07

Amy Morin in a mental strength trainer. She started out a therapist. And then her husband passed away. And her mom. She was grieving. And tortured by the pain. Then she realized she had the power to strengthen her own mind. She wrote about this in her internationally bestselling book, "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do." Now, she's back on the podcast to talk about an article she just wrote called, "5 Ways to Simplify Your Life So You Can Make Room for Things That Matter Most." 

 

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Dec 18, 2018
418 - T.J. Miller: Don’t Take Yourself Seriously = Success
01:14:14

TJ Miller is a comedian and actor. You’ve seen him in Silicon Valley, Deadpool, Ready Player One, and more. I kept asking him about his success. And how he got there. He told me to stop trying “manufacture” it. I laughed. He kept cracking jokes. He’ll make you laugh. And think. Because he studies a lot of philosophy. That’s where a lot of his comedy comes from. Absurdism + philosophy + storytelling. This episode will probably make you laugh and question at the same time.

 

One other thing...

Even though TJ told me not to formulae his success, I still did. Here is it... don’t take yourself seriously + hard work = success. 

 

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Dec 13, 2018
417 - Jamie Kilstein interviews Me About Escaping The Noise and Finding What Works For You
01:12:47

I went on Jamie Kilstein's podcast. And the conversation got intense. So I asked to publish it on my podcast, too. Here it is. I wanted to repost it because he told me what he does to make an impact in life. And how this has changed for him over time. I could relate. I used to waste energy on things that don't matter. Or stop me from progressing in a way that actually makes me feel better than I did yesterday. So we talk about that. But also, comedy, some books we like, Twitter Wars, why I'm bad with money, why I'm good with money and more. 

 

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Dec 11, 2018
416 - Phillip Stutts: The Strategy To Win (Marketing in The Digital Age)
01:31:53

Phillip Stutts has been at the forefront of defining digital campaigning in politics. He has gotten presidents elected. He’s gotten senators elected. He’s gotten all sorts of political offices elected. I wanted to hear the strategy behind those wins. And how it can be applied to business. But I also wanted to ask Phillip about his rare, incurable disease. Because he set a goal to find the cure in 5 years. Even though he has absolutely zero experience in medical research or any of that, he felt inspired to “stop doing nothing.” So I ask him about that inspiration and drive, too.

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Dec 06, 2018
415 - Tom Bilyeu: Replace Excuses With Process (Part 2)
53:37

First, Tom Bilyeu created one of the fastest growing companies. Sold it. And made millions. Now he's running a super successful media company.

Here’s a list of what we talked about:


- WHY I’M TERRIBLE AT NETWORKING (AND WHAT MAKES TOM GREAT AT IT)
- HOW TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS STAND OUT ONLINE
- USEFUL TECHNIQUES FOR STORYTELLING
- FINDING YOUR PERSONAL NARRATIVE / CHANGING IT AND IMPROVING YOUR SELF-TALK

And more.

In part one, we talk about:

- THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR
- HOW TO FIND YOUR BLIND SPOTS
- HOW TO BUILD A BUSINESS THAT STANDS OUT AND SELLS

You don't have to listen in order. Both halves are great.

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Dec 04, 2018
414 - Tom Bilyeu: Anyone Can Create Impact (Part 1)
52:22

Tom Bilyeu grew his company 57,000% in just two years. His company was the second fastest growing company that year. Then he sold it. And overnight, became massively wealthy. Now he runs a media company called Impact Theory. And has a podcast with the same name. This episode will teach you about massive growth in business and everyday life.

 

Also Mentioned

“The E Myth” by Michael E. Gerber's

“Principles” by Ray Dalio

My interview with Ray Dalio

“The 4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss

“Mindset” by Carol Dweck

Freakonomics podcast with Stephen Dubner 

“Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari

Tom Bilyeu’s interview with Yuval Noah Harari 

Joseph Campbell

Tom’s interview with Dean Graziosi

 

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Nov 29, 2018
413 - Danica Patrick: Finding Your Driving Force
01:09:18

Danica Patrick is a top-level, professional racing driver, entrepreneur and one of the most well recognized female athletes in history. She started racing when she was 10 years old. And knew she'd make a career out of it. I wanted to know what drove her. And how she uses that same drive to fuel her clothing line, wine business, speaking gigs and more today. 

 

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Nov 27, 2018
412 - Kai-Fu Lee: Who Will Win In The Future? (AI, China, Capitalism and The New World Order)
01:00:10

Kai-Fu Lee is an artificial intelligence expert, venture capitalist and he’s probably the reason we have “Siri” and “Alexa.” He ran all of Apple’s speech recognition back in the 90’s. Then went on to work with Google and Microsoft. He’s neck deep in innovation. So I had him on to show me the future. And to tell me who the winners will be.

 

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Nov 22, 2018
411- Wyclef Jean: From Poverty to The World Stage (How to Dream a New Reality)
01:23:15

Wyclef Jean is one of my favorite artists/rappers/creators.  He came from the worst ghettos in Brooklyn. And before that, he came from Haiti. I wanted to know how he took the leap... because so many people are afraid to try. He would imagine himself singing in front of audiences when he was just singing behind the counter at Burger King. And eventually, that vision was reality. 

 

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Nov 20, 2018
410 - AJ Jacobs: How I Reduce Stress Daily
01:37:00

AJ Jacobs traveled all around the world to say “thanks” to all the people involved in making his morning cup of coffee. Then he wrote about it in his new book “Thanks a Thousand.” He thanked everyone from the farmers to the truckers and so on. Then I did my own gratitude experiment (during this podcast). I called the professor who signed the letter that got me thrown out of graduate school. And I said “thanks…”

 

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Nov 15, 2018
409 - Dan Schawbel: The Cure to Loneliness at Work AND How to Leverage Each Step of Your Career
01:18:36

Dan Schawbel has the ultimate life plan. He started as the youngest columnist at BusinessWeek, then he created his own personal branding blog, then he became an online contributor for Forbes, then Forbes Magazine (print edition)… He takes each thing he does and leverages it to get to the next level. Eventually, he’ll be a coach for c-suite executives. But for now (in this interview) I had him break down his life plan, tell me how to leverage each micro step further and further so you can get to where you want to go and I had him tell me about his new book, ““Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation.” He broke down the stats for me… and told me how we can stop being lonely and start being human.

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Links and Resources

Read Dan's books:

"Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation"

"Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success"

"Me 2.0, Revised and Updated Edition: 4 Steps to Building Your Future"

Visit Dan’s website

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Nov 13, 2018
408 - James Frey: Breaking The Rules, Writing & Becoming Yourself Again
01:22:48

James Frey is a controversial writer. On purpose. He wanted to be “the most notorious writer in the world.” He ran off to Paris to be a writer when he was 21. He published a bestseller 12 years later ("A Million Little Pieces"). That’s 12 years of failure. He told me about those 12 years, his writing style, how he developed a voice, rehab, addiction, depression… but mostly about learning how to become yourself again.

Links and Resources: 

Read James' books: 

"A Million Little Pieces"

"Katerina"

"My Friend Leonard"

"Bright Shiny Morning"

"The Final Testament of the Holy Bible"

"Endgame: The Complete Training Diaries: Volumes 1, 2, and 3 (Endgame: The Training Diaries)"

"Endgame: Sky Key"

"Endgame: Rules of the Game"

"Endgame: The Calling"

"Endgame: The Complete Zero Line Chronicles (Endgame: The Zero Line Chronicles)"

 

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Nov 08, 2018
407 - Charlamagne Tha God: Mental Health & Coping with Anxiety
01:06:03

Charlemagne got kicked out of two high schools. He was a class clown and his teachers said he was "disruptive." Now he gets paid to be disruptive and a class clown... on radio. "I took those so called flaws and made them my strength." And now he's the number one radio personality out there. He told me how he got there. And the anxiety he suffered from getting there. He just came out with a book about mental health called, "Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me."

 

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Nov 06, 2018
406 - Howard Marks: Billionaire Investor on Market Cycles (How to Survive the Bad Days & Win the Good Days)
01:07:15

Howard Marks is #374 on the Forbes richest list. He co-founded Oaktree Capital Management and is worth $1.9 billion. I asked, “Do you hate being introduced as a billionaire?” He said, “I do. I don’t think that how much money I have sums me up and I don’t think it’s the greatest thing about me.” And he’s right. He can’t teach you how to be a billionaire. He can only teach you what he knows: investing strategies, market cycles, philosophy, psychology, and how he used all of this to create freedom and wellbeing in life. He writes about this in his new book, “Mastering the Market Cycle: Getting the Odds on Your Side.” The book is as much about finance and market cycles as it is about personal cycles.

 

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Nov 01, 2018
405 - John C. McGinley: When to Quit Your Dream & When to Go All In
01:38:14

John C. McGinley has been in 80+ movies, he’s been in six Oliver Stone movies and all nine seasons of “Scrubs.” And now, he’s celebrating the 3rd season of “Stan Against Evil,” where he’s acting AND writing. We talked about acting, improving, auditioning. We talked about the pressure and who should not get into acting… But then about 45 minutes in, I asked him about his experience parenting a child with down syndrome. Four days into his son’s life, John had to make life or death decisions about heart surgery. His life focus changed completely. It had to. And John rose up to it. This podcast really touches on all aspects of life... everything from having a dream to fulfilling it and then seeing your life rotate. Something I think a lot of people can relate to.

 

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Oct 30, 2018
404 - Noam Dworman: The Risk of Censorship…
01:00:49

I talk to Noam Dworman, owner of the Comedy Cellar about censorship, starting and running a small family-owned business, freedom of information vs. freedom of speech (which is more important?) and... Louis C.K.'s return to the stage. Some background: a few weeks ago, Louis C.K. showed up at the Comedy Cellar. Noam wasn't there. He got a text. "Louis's here." He saw it the next morning. Now everyone is asking Noam, "Where do you draw the line?" He's gotten death threats. I told Noam “When we were growing up no one had peanut allergies. A generation later, because we’ve disinfected everything, millions of kids have peanut allergies. And now, people are allergic to language. It doesn’t seem like this trend ever reverses. First, we were disinfecting our food. Now we’re disinfecting language. What’s next?"

 

Links and Resources

Comedy Cellar

 

Also Mentioned

Louis (tv show)

Fat Black Pussy Cat

Village Underground

Cafe Wha?

Bill Grundfest

Gilbert Gottfried

John Stewart

Bill Marr

Ray Ramano

Larry David

Michael Che

Chapelle

Allan Havey

Malcolm Gladwell

The Comedy Channel

Jerry Seinfeld’s Documentary “Comedian”

“Tough Crowd”

Amy Schumer

Chris Rock

Dave Patel

Joe Machi

Gary Shandling

Robert Kline

Harvey weinstein

Bill Cosby

Aziz Ansari

Fable: The Emperor’s New Clothes 

Jim Gaffigan

Norm MacDonald

Roseanne

“The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure” by Greg Lukianoff  

“1984" by George Orwell

  

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Oct 25, 2018
403 - Robert Greene: The Laws of Human Nature... (Why We Are The Way We Are)
01:30:01

Robert Greene is one of my all-time favorite authors and brilliant thinkers. He just came out with a new book, “The Laws of Human Nature.” And I can already tell you this going to be one of my top recommended reads for the next 10, 20, 30 years. It’s the type of book that makes me feel like my IQ is actually going up while reading it. It explains all of this hidden science behind human behavior. It explains why we see so much irrational behavior around us and in ourselves. Then he tells you ways you can start to change your behavior. And actually feel like you’re becoming who you want to be.

So enjoy this episode.

- James

P.S. You can enter to win a signed copy of Robert’s book, “The Laws of Human Nature.” Just go check out the details at instagram.com/Altucher

 

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Oct 23, 2018
402 - Jocko Willink & Leif Babin: How Navy SEALS Lead
01:35:49

Jocko Willink and Leif Babin are both Navy SEALS. They just came out with a new book “The Dichotomy of Leadership" where they break down all the mistakes leaders do, all the ways they get lost in ego, all the ways they forget to gain trust from their teams and lose.

They do they so you can win.

People fail at leadership everyday. I fail at leadership everyday.

I needed this book because it showed me some of my nature. And how I can counteract it. So I can achieve more. And my team can too.

 

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Oct 18, 2018
401 - Chip Conley: Is Retirement Dead? How To Find Your Calling (Even When You're 50+)
01:06:54

Chip Conley is the Head of Hospitality for Airbnb. He started working there at age 52. And quickly realized he was double the age of everyone in the room, didn’t understand the tech lingo, and was not there for the reasons he thought he was. “So I decided, ‘Gosh the only way I’m going to survive here is to be as much of a curious learner as the wise sage,” Chip said. And that’s what he did. Six and a half years later he’s still an advisor to the (now) billionaire founders of Airbnb. This podcast is perfect for anyone trying to find their calling. Or anyone trying to stay relevant in a quickly changing economic landscape.

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Oct 16, 2018
[Special Edition] 400 Podcasts = 400 Yes's (Part 2 - Celebrating 400 Podcasts)
01:40:27

400 episodes = 400 “yes’s” from my heroes. “Yes’s” from Tony Robbins, Richard Branson, Tyra Banks, Tiffany Haddish, Garry Kasparov, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Tony Hawk, Arianna Huffington and the list goes on (by #392).

But first, I had to say “yes.”

And I'm glad I did. I hope this episode helps you find your next "yes."

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Part 2 features clips from my interviews with Tony Rock, Sherrod Small, Jocko Willink, Maria Konnikova, Steve Cohen, Ken Langone, Amy Morin, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Rob Corddry, Seth Godin, Roy Niederhoffer and Yuval Noah Harari.

 

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Oct 13, 2018
[Special Edition]: I'm Celebrating 400 Episodes! (Part 1)
01:41:17

I’m celebrating my 400th podcast episode. With a GIANT episode. I took clips from the last 100 podcasts and talk about what I learned from each one. It was so hard to pick which clips to do. There was over 12,000 hours of audio to pick from. So it was hard. But I got it down to 20-something clips. Thanks for celebrating 400 with me. And keep an eye out for when you start to see me get close to 500. I’ll throw a party and invite you. Thanks for listening.

- James

One other thing. If want to go back to hear the full episodes with these guests, here are the links to each episode:

 

Clip #1 - Dan Harris - Ep. 301: How to Mentally Train the Mind – Ten Minutes a Day


Clip #2 - Aaron Carroll - Ep. 302: Aaron Carroll: It’s All Relative: Nutrition Myths Debunked


Clip #3 -Kareem Abdul Jabbar - Ep. 307: Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court


Clip #4 -Jordan Peterson - Ep. 312: 12 Rules For Life: A Solution to Suffering

Clip #5 - Dr. Oz - Ep. 313: I Talk to THE #1 Health Guru in America


Clip #6 - Annie Duke - Ep. 317: The Fastest Way to Become an Expert at Anything


Clip #7 -Jim Cramer - Ep. 321: The Greatest Wealth Creator of All Time


Clip #8 - Cal Fussman - Ep. 324: The Art of a Great Question


Clip #9 -Wolfgang Puck - Ep 328: Knowing Your Calling is Step One. Following It is Step 2 (A Chef's Journey)


Clip #10 -Sebastian Maniscalco - Ep. 329: How to Create an Authentic Word of Mouth Career


Clip #11 - Michio Kaku - Ep. 338: What The Future Holds... (How to Use Physics to Predict the Future)


Clip #12 -Tyra Banks - Ep. 339: How to Create New Opportunities & Gain Control of Your Destiny

 

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Oct 11, 2018
399 - Neil deGrasse Tyson: What is The Truth? The Real Science of Inquiry
01:04:52

“If the world ends it's because people in power didn't listen to the warnings of physicists,” Neil deGrasse Tyson said. Neil is the world’s window into physics. And he just came out with a new book “Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military.” He told me how physicists think. And this kind of thinking can be used to make you a better communicator, help you to avoid conflict, make smart decisions, but he also told me odd stories. Like how Columbus used astrophysics to exploit power, why E = mc2  gave us atomic bombs, who the first trillionaire will be, why physics stops Neil from having normal fights with his wife and more. If you don’t think you "get" science, you’ll be a new person after this podcast.

 

Links and Resources

Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military by Neil deGrasse Tyson

StarTalk radio (Neil’s podcast)

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil  deGrasse Tyson

Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson 

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

 
Also Mentioned

"The Ultimate Guide to Self Publishing." This report will teach you all about how to successfully self-publish your own book. And how I created a new revenue stream for myself from it. All the tips are right here. Get your copy at jamesaltucher.com/publish

The Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History 

Richard Holbrooke

Key and Peele’s parody on Neil deGrasse Tyson

My interview with Naveen Jain - Ep. 135  “The Billionaire Who Wants to Go to The Moon”

Carl Sagan

Scientific American

 

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Oct 09, 2018
398 - Ryan Holiday [LIVE] - Are You Doing Your Best Work? [Part 2]
01:02:20

Links and Resources

Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue by Ryan Holiday

The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living & The Daily Stoic Journal

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday

Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday

Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work That Lasts by Ryan Holiday

Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator by Ryan Holiday

 

Also Mentioned

My free report: "The Ultimate Guide to Self Publishing" which will teach you all about how to self-publish your book. And make money at it! I can honestly say self-publishing "Choose Yourself" has changed my life. So I put all my tips together. Sign up to get your copy jamesaltucher.com/publish

Movie - China Town

WestWorld

Seneca

The time I threw everything out

My article on why you should quit your job

Tim Ferriss

Hunger Games

Stoicism

Transcendental Meditation

Viktor Frankl’s concept: The existential vacuum”

My interview with The Fonz

Fight Club

 

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Oct 04, 2018
397 - Ryan Holiday [LIVE] - How I Celebrated 5 Years of "Choose Yourself" [Part 1]
49:09

Links and Resources

Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue by Ryan Holiday

The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living & The Daily Stoic Journal

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday

Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday

Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work That Lasts by Ryan Holiday

Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator by Ryan Holiday

 

Also Mentioned

"The Ultimate Guide to Self Publishing." This is my free guide about how to self publish your book. It takes you from zero to published author. Sign up to get your copy jamesaltucher.com/publish

Movie - China Town

WestWorld

Seneca

The time I threw everything out

My article on why you should quit your job

Tim Ferriss

Hunger Games

Stoicism

Transcendental Meditation

Viktor Frankl’s concept: The existential vacuum”

My interview with The Fonz

Fight Club

 

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Oct 02, 2018
396 - Michael Ovitz: The Most Cut-Throat, Competitive Business in The World… How He Changed Hollywood
57:22

My favorite movies wouldn't exist without Michael Ovitz. Think: Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters, Schindler's List! But he believes "great projects always surface." So I had him tell me about all the projects he worked with. And the talent (Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd and more). He told me how he left the mailroom of one talent agency to start his own. Which THEN became the biggest talent agency in Hollywood, Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Later on, Michael went on to become the #2 guy at Disney. Now, he has a bestselling book called, “Who Is Michael Ovitz?" 

 

Links & Resources:

"Who Is Michael Ovitz?" by Michael Ovitz

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The Altucher Report

GhostBusters
Dan Aykroyd
Schindler's List
Jurassic Park
Michael Crichton
Steven Spielberg
MGM Studios
Gary Cooper
Clark Gable
Jennifer Lawrence
Bill Murray
Zoe Saldana
The Hoffmans
The Pacinos
Robert Deniro
Robert Redford
Martin Scorsese
Paul Newman
Sidney Poitier
Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
Al Pacino
Heat
Michael Mann
Paramount Studios
MCA Studios
Universal Studios
Columbia Pictures
Bernie Brillstein
Zero to One by Peter Thiel
Meatballs
Tom Cruise
Paula Wagner
Taps
The Color of Money
The Hustler
William Morriss
Hulu
Netflix
ABC Pictures
Joanna Woodward
Slapshot
Buffalo Bill and the Indians
Mash
Sydney Pollack
They Shoot Horses
Three Days of the Condor
Stanley Kubrick
Newman’s Own
Michael Eisner
Disney
Don Keough and Roberto Goizueta (Coka-Cola)
Bob Daly and Terry Semel (Warner)
Tom Murphy and Daniel Burke (Capital Cities)
Tom Clancy
Janet Jackson
Bob Iger
Pixar
Marvel
Lucasfilms
Andreessen Horowitz
Airbnb
George Seurat

 

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Sep 29, 2018
395 - Tucker Max: The Top 3 Rules for Writing [Part 2]
56:15

Tucker Max sold 3 million books to people who don’t read. He’s the first to go from blog to book to screenplay. And now that method of publishing is dead. But Tucker knows so many people want to write a book. And get it out there. So he started Scribe Media. So in this special part 2 of my podcast with Tucker Max, I ask him for his top 3 Rules of Writing.

Links and Resources

 Scribe Media - scribemedia.com

Tucker’s series of articles “Asshole to CEO
“I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell” by Tucker Max
“Assholes Finish First” by Tucker Max
“Hilarity Ensues” by Tucker Max
“Sloppy Seconds: The Tucker Max Leftovers” by Tucker Max
Tuckermax.com
Follow Tucker on Facebook + Twitter

 

Also Mentioned

My free self-publishing guide! "The Ultimate Guide to Self Publishing. I wrote this to help anyone who wants to write and self-publish a book. I always say the best times to start were 5 years ago and today. So if you have this dream, go get the free guide and see how it'll help you. Just sign up at jamesaltucher.com/publish

Plato 

Gutenberg Press

“Choose Yourself” by me, James Altucher

My interview with Steven Pressfield 

Malcolm Gladwell author of “The Tipping Point”

My interviews with Seth Godin 2018 + 2017 


Tim Ferriss author of “The Four Hour Workweek”
My interview with Tim Ferriss

 

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Sep 27, 2018
394 - Tucker Max: Speak Your Truth or Be Silenced [Part 1]
01:07:42

I’ve known Tucker Max for 2 decades now. 20 years ago, he emailed me for advice. I told him to quit his job. And he did. He’s the bestselling author of “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell.” And I always tell people that if they want to study good writing, go read 10 pages of Tucker's books. “My stuff blew up... All I did was stand up and use my real name and tell my real stories about my real life.” So now Tucker wants to help other people get out there and tell their truth. This part 1 of my interview will tell you how to separate the truth from everything else. Then (in part 2), Tucker will tell you how to deal with fear, how to find your audience, and how to write. 

 

Links and Resources

Scribe Media - scribemedia.com

Tucker’s series of articles “Asshole to CEO

“I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell” by Tucker Max

“Assholes Finish First” by Tucker Max 

“Hilarity Ensues” by Tucker Max 

“Sloppy Seconds: The Tucker Max Leftovers” by Tucker Max 

Tuckermax.com

Follow Tucker on Facebook + Twitter

 

Also Mentioned:

"The Ultimate Guide to Self Publishing." This is my free guide for anyone who wants to write and self-publish their own book. I put together this guide to help you get started. Because, in my own experience, writing a book has lead to more opportunities than anything else. Get my guide today at jamesaltucher.com/publish

Billions

Rounders

My interview with Brian Koppleman

Hunter S. Thompson author of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” 

Nassim Taleb author of “Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder”  

My interview with Nassim Taleb

Jordan Peterson author of “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” 

My interview with Jordan Peterson

The four great titans of psychological thought:
1. William James
2. Sigmund Freud
3. Carl Jung 
4. Alfred Adler

“The Courage to Be Disliked: The Japanese Phenomenon That Shows You How to Change Your Life and Achieve Real Happiness” by Fumitake Koga and Ichiro Kishimi

Tall Poppy Syndrome” 

“The Last Black Unicorn” by Tiffany Haddish

My interview with Tifanny Haddish 

“Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?” by Seth Godin

Eric Weinstein

Sarah Jeong 

Candice Owens

“The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life” by Robin Hanson and Kevin Simler

JT Mccormick - CEO of scribe media

Alex Jones

Karl Marx

 

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Sep 25, 2018
393 - Beth Comstock: 3 Rules for Spotting Trends & Getting Ahead
01:24:52

Beth Comstock was the Vice President of General Electric. And before that, she was President of Integrated Media at NBC. Both of those titles are proof that she figured out how to rise up in the most competitive corporate environments. She had to figure out how to spot trends, generate ideas, speak up, and so on. And she recently wrote about it all in her book, “Imagine It Forward: Courage, Creativity, and the Power of Change.”

 

 

Links and Resources

“Imagine It Forward: Courage, Creativity, and the Power of Change" by Beth Comstock



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Sep 22, 2018
392 - William Shatner: Live Long And ... Lessons from an Intergalactic Legend
01:02:58

Captain Kirk has always been one of my heroes. So when Steve told me I'd get to interview the intergalactic legend, I immediately teleported back to my 11-year-old self. Star Trek made it possible for people to look up at the stars and wonder what else is out there. So I brought William Shatner on and asked him everything. He told me about the brief period in his career when he lived out of his truck, he told me what he's doing to live so long (he's 87), and then we had a BIG surprise. Michio Kaku (one of the most brilliant physicists alive today) was in the audience. Halfway through the podcast, we invited him on stage. If you've ever wondered what else is out there... in space and in your own life, the possibilities of true fulfillment, then you have to listen to this episode. 

Links & Resources:

WilliamShatner.com

Live Long And . . .: What I Learned Along the Way by William Shatner 

“Why Not Me?” (William Shatner’s Country Album with Jeff Cook of the group “Alabama”)

Shatner-Clause (William Shatner’s Christmas Album) 

The Wrath of Khan

William’s One Man Show

 

Also Mentioned:

Aretha Franklin

The Brill Building

Captain Kirk

Mitzi Shore

Rampage

Star Trek (tv series)

There’s A Girl In My Soup

Star Wars

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Robert Wise

Michio Kaku

Stephen Hawking author of “A Brief History in Time”

Edward Hubble

The Hubble Space Telescope

Jules Verne

The Big Bang

“Physics of The Impossible” by Michio Kaku

Waze

Presbyterian

Buddhism

 

"The Ultimate Guide to Self Publishing," which you can get for free right now by visiting jamesaltucher.com/publish. William Shatner just came out with his book at 87 years old. That's proof that you can write at any age. And I want to show you how. Because I strongly believe everyone has a book inside them. Trust me, writing it can lead to so many new opportunities (financially and creatively). I put all the details in this guide. Check it out by going to jamesaltucher.com/publish where you can sign up to get your free copy.

 

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Sep 20, 2018
391 - Yuval Noah Harari: Are You Imagining The Future Correctly?
01:04:16

This interview is probably the most thought-provoking interview I've ever aired. Essentially, Yuval Harari is the expert on human evolution. I've recommended his book "Sapiens" more than any other book in the past 5 years. And not only me: Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg's say it's their favorite book, too. And now Yuval has a brand new book, "21 Lessons for The 21st Century," which covers so many topics: "the myth of free will," perception, mental health, the rise of robots, algorithms, hackers, how "The Automation Revolution" will impact the economy, your job, your quality of life and so on. Plus he tells us what you start can doing now to feel more comfortable and prepared for all these changes. 

 

Links & Resources:

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari 

Visit Yuval's website www.ynharari.com 

Yuval’s course on Coursera

 

Also Mentioned:

"The Ultimate Guide to Self Publishing," which you can get for free right now by visiting jamesaltucher.com/publish. Everyone who listens to this show can benefit from writing and self-publishing a book because it leads to so many opportunities to make money and be creative. Trust me. I made this report to go into more detail and help you understand the huge benefit (financially, emotionally, mentally) to self-publishing your own book. Check it out by going to jamesaltucher.com/publish where you can sign up to get your free copy.

 

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Sep 18, 2018
Are We Actually Better Off? Questioning Evolutionary History...
05:50

Everything in history has either a good or bad connotation. The Agricultural Revolution: good. The Rise of Big Data: bad. But what if we're wrong? Yuval gave me an example. And showed me just how wrong we might be about our own human evolution. (Also, if you like what you hear, make sure to check out the full episode with Yuval Noah Harari. Thanks - James).

 

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Links & Resources:

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari 

Visit Yuval's website www.ynharari.com 

Yuval’s course on Coursera

 

Also Mentioned:

"The Ultimate Guide to Self Publishing," which you can get for free right now by visiting jamesaltucher.com/publish. This guide will tell you how I made money self-publishing, why I think everyone should publish a book (it can be 100 pages or 10 pages, doesn't matter), how this can help your career and help you financially and so much more. Check it out at jamesaltucher.com/publish


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Sep 18, 2018
Someone Is Trying to Hack You
07:40

“Right now, there is somebody out there who is trying to hack you. And not just one," Yuval said. "Amazon is trying to hack you, Google is trying to hack you, Coca-Cola is trying to hack you, and the Russians, and the American government, and the Chinese, they are all trying to hack you right now." In this clip, Yuval explains the threat and what he says is "the best defense." 

 

If you like this clip, then you'll also like my full interview with Yuval Noah Harari. 

 

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Links & Resources:

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari 

Visit Yuval's website www.ynharari.com 

Yuval’s course on Coursera

 

Also Mentioned:

"The Ultimate Guide to Self Publishing," which you can get for free right now by visiting jamesaltucher.com/publish.

 

This guide will tell you how I made money self-publishing, why I think everyone should publish a book (it can be 100 pages or 10 pages, doesn't matter), how this can help your career and help you financially and so much more. Check it out at jamesaltucher.com/publish

 


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Sep 18, 2018
The (Threatening) Promise of New Technology
05:04

This is a clip from my full interview with Yuval Noah Harari, a brilliant author and expert in human evolution. In this clip, Yuval talks about the 3 major threats to humanity. But he also says it's not all bad. “I mean there are some very positive scenarios ahead of us..."

 

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Links & Resources:

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari 

Visit Yuval's website www.ynharari.com 

Yuval’s course on Coursera

 

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"The Ultimate Guide to Self Publishing," which you can get for free right now by visiting jamesaltucher.com/publish


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Sep 18, 2018
390 - Dan Roth: Do Your Skills Measure Up? I Ask LinkedIn
01:22:40

Dan Roth is the Editor and Chief at one of the largest social media platforms: LinkedIn. We talk about using LinkedIn to reinvent yourself, skill development, how to become a published writer, etc. Dan also knows the most obscure facts about people and the workplace that you'll want to hear. 

 

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Also Mentioned

 

Dan Roth’s interview on ReCode 

My interview with Yuval Noah Harari (author of “Sapiens”) 

Lynda.com (acquired by LinkedIn)

Dan’s article “LinkedIn Top Startups 2018: The 50 most sought-after startups in the U.S. (26-50)

Beth Comstock

George Anders

Reid Hoffman

Quora

“The Daily Rundown” on LinkedIn

“The Martian” by Andy Weir

My interview with Andy Weir https://jamesaltucher.com/2015/01/andy-weir-the-martian-how-to-go-from-self-published-to-six-figures/

Steve Case, founder of AOL

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia

My interview with Ray Dalio 

“Principles” by Ray Dalio

Ace the Interview” series on LinkedIn by George Anders 

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 

Sally Krawcheck 

Uber’s TV series with Spike Lee

My top articles on LinkedIn:

How To Quit Your Job the Right Way 

10 New Reasons You Have To Quit Your Job 

 

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Sep 13, 2018
389 - Brandon Webb: Mastering Fear (A Navy SEAL's Guide)
01:01:53

Brandon is a Navy SEAL. He’s experienced some of the most terrifying, life-threatening situations you can imagine. He’s also been through a divorce. So I like talking to him about that. And he also runs his own business (a media to commerce called the Hurricane Group).

He’s not getting shot at anymore. But he still has to deal with fear: business fears, family fears, money fears, etc.

“Fear is something we’re going to live with for the rest of our lives,” he said.

So I had him break down his process in his new book, “Mastering Fear: A Navy SEAL's Guide.”

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Sep 11, 2018
My Biggest Fear Once Upon a Time
10:52

This is a clip from my interview with Brandon Webb, Navy SEAL and author of "Mastering Fear: A Navy SEAL's Guide." I like the book because the premise is really powerful. It's not about getting rid of fears. It's about learning practical tools to be able to handle fear... which is just part of life. 

Sep 11, 2018
Finding Your “Network of Wisdom”
09:29

I'm not alone in my problems. But it's easy to think I am. And that's scary. It's miserable. So, instead, I lean on my "network of wisdom." A group of people who I can call when I need to. I have my accountant, my doctor, my writer friends, my podcast producer and so on. For every fear, there's a person.

--

 

This is a clip from my podcast with Brandon Webb, author of "Mastering Fear: A Navy SEAL's Guide"

 

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Sep 11, 2018
388 - Robert Cialdini [Anniversary Episode]: 7 Techniques To Influence Anyone Of Anything
01:12:14

Robert Cialdini is known as "The Godfather of Influence." People call him when they need to learn how to be persuasive & influential. And by "people" I mean some of the most powerful politicians, CEOs, and so on. The lessons Robert taught are still some of the most critical lessons I've learned on my podcast. So I'm excited to share it with you again one year later.

Links and Resources

Read Robert’s book, “Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade

Read his New York Times business bestseller book, “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition

Visit his website: influenceatwork.com

Follow Robert on Facebook, Twitter & YouTube

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Sep 06, 2018
Retirement Goals
05:47

This is a clip from my interview with comedian Bert Kreischer about retirement goals and relationships. He brings up a question I've never thought of before, but really, it's something everyone should ask themselves.

 

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Sep 04, 2018
Create Something You Want to Create
06:03

This is a clip from my interview with comedian Bert Kreischer where we talk about being creative and not being afraid to post what you want online.

 

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Sep 04, 2018
Dad Issues & Drinking Problems
10:56

Bert Kreischer told me about his relationship with his dad. And he makes it sound funny (because he's a comedian), but then Bert says, "We all have issues with our dad." Which may or not be true, but at least, I feel comfort in hearing someone else share what they go through. Plus, Bert makes it funny. So there's that comedic relief. 

 

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Sep 04, 2018
The Power of Perception - Bert Kreischer on "Finding Out He Was Fat"
19:32

Bert took his shirt off on stage. He did an hour special on Netflix called "Secret Time" and he's topless the whole time. Someone even wrote him a 5-page letter explaining why it offended her. Bert didn't care. But what I thought was even funnier than that is the fact that he says he didn't know he was fat. "I thought I looked good." Here's Bert on the power of perception.

 

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Sep 04, 2018
What's Your "Natural Personality?"
18:43

When Bert Kreischer was little, he did some cute little kid thing on the baseball field. But his dad didn't think it was cute. Or appropriate. And Bert says that "who that kid was" is the core of his "natural personality." Which mirrors the fact that we all grow up somehow. And we all stay the same, too. 

 

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James

 

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Sep 04, 2018
387 - Bert Kreischer: Wanting to Be Liked & Learning How to Tell Hilarious Stories
02:10:00

Bert Kreischer is a comedian and storyteller. He said he had to learn how to tell stories because he wasn't "a hot chick." He needed a skill or a talent and then he'd be liked. So in the 9th grade, he started practicing. Now he's 45. And he's been doing stand-up for most of his life. In this interview, I ask him about his need for approval, what his dad thinks of his career, the changing landscape of TV and entertainment and how anyone can become a creative if they just use the right tools and lens. But I also split this episode up into smaller pieces, which you'll see on your podcast feed if you subscribe. Because the interview is so long (2 hours) I wanted to give you a chance to enjoy and learn and laugh without having to give such a big commitment to the show. And if you like it, hopefully, you'll come back and listen to the full episode or share the parts you like with your friends. Either way, thanks for being with me while I try something new today.

-James

 

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Links and Resources

“Something’s Burning”

Secret Time (streaming now on Netflix)

The Machine

Bert’s Podcast “Bert Cast” 

 

Also Mentioned

Gary Vaynerchuk

Ryan Seacrest

My interview with Coolio

Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off

Guy Fieri

Rachel Ray

The Travel Channel

Shannen Doherty

Beverly Hills 902010

Just Go Away” by Motley Crue

Tracy Morgan

Forbes review of Bert Kreischer

Freddy Soto

Sebastian Maniscalco

Tom Segura

Bert on “The Joe Rogan Experience”

Will Smith

The Gist

Mike Pesca (host of The Gist)

The Bonfire with Big Jay

“Skanks for the Memories” from Mike Vecchione

Brian Regan

Demetri Martin

Sam Kinison

Dave Chappelle

Dave Attell

Ari Shaffir

Hannah Gadsby’s special on Netflix “Nanette”

Shit My Dad Says” by Justin Halpern

Rob Riggle

Bert’s Tracy Morgan story on “The Joe Rogan Experience”

Tracy Morgan’s Doug Flutie speech

Wild West

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Norm Macdonald

Louis CK

Michael Ian Black

Patreon

Travelocity

Casey Neistat’s podcast “Couple Therapy” with Candice and Casey

H3 Productions

Grace Helbig’s podcast “Not Too Deep”

Jordan Peterson on Patreon

First We Feast episode with Michael Cera

Jim Gaffigan

Kesha

Lindsey Pelas

 

 

Sep 04, 2018
386 - Bassem Youssef: The Bravery to Speak Out (How He Risked Everything to Create An Impact)
01:10:24

Bassem Youssef risked everything to create an impact. He was living in Egypt. And a revolution was happening. Everyday, he would go to the streets of the protests and try to help the wounded. Then he’d go home. And watch the news. That’s when he saw how the media was lying to the people. So Bassem started a Youtube channel where he reported what was REALLY happening in his country. He did this with satire and comedy. He relieved the tension of the country. Egypt has 80 million people. And in weeks, 30 million were watching Bassem. And the weird part is he had no background in media. Bassem was a heart surgeon turned truth teller. And he was rewarded for it. In 2013, “TIME Magazine” named Bassem Youssef “one of the most influential people in the world.” This podcast is about the revolution in Egypt and Bassem’s journey through it. But it’s also about creating content people want and need. And telling a story that changes lives.

 

Links and Resources

Listen to Bassem’s podcast “Remade in America

Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring” by Bassem Youssef

Follow Bassem on Twitter 

Tickling Giants - the documentary about Bassem directed by Sara Taksler 


Also Mentioned

The Daily Show

Jon Stewart

Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell

 

 

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Aug 30, 2018
385 - How Failure Turned Me Into An Idea Machine
51:27

I have a trick to getting unstuck. I do it everyday. It works. And I’ve done it everyday for 16 years. I’ve written about and done talks. And then I went on Carolina Millan’s podcast, “Beyond the Hustle.” She read my book, “The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth” and said it really changed her life. So I wanted to share the interview with you. So you can become an idea machine and start to create new opportunities for yourself too.

Links and Resources

The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth by Me, James Altucher


Also Mentioned

Freelancer.com

Daniel Craig

Fifty Shades of Gray by E.L. James

Simon Black

Sovereignman.com 

My interview with Seth Godin 

 

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Aug 28, 2018
384 - Maria Menounos: Finding Wellness: A Battle With Brain Cancer
01:05:46

Maria Menounos has two stories. Her career story and her brain tumor story. I asked about both. She’s accomplished so much. You’ve seen her on E! News, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood and the list goes on. “If i introduced you, it would take the full hour,” I said. And soon we were talking about her fight with cancer, her surgery, and taking time off to be well.

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Aug 23, 2018
383 - Rob Corddry: The Idea of Character Building
55:41

Rob Corddry is an actor and writer. He plays Joe in one of my favorite HBO shows, “Ballers.” He’s also been in “Hot Tub Time Machine,” and was a correspondent on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart. This is where Rob developed his iconic character: the likable jerk. I wanted to understand how he created this character. Because he looks like he’s having so much fun being it. And I think there’s something to that… to learning how to like the character your living. 

 

Links and Resources

HBO’s “Ballers


Also Mentioned

Entourage

“Sports Management”

Hot Tub Time Machine” 

The Daily Show

Rob Huebel

“Do You Want to See a Dead Body”

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

Childrens Hospital” 

ER

Rob Corddy’s appearance on Ari Shaffir

creator Steve Levinson (and his dad Papa Dave)

Fantasy Football

Ed helmes

Upright Citizens Brigade

“The Winners”

 

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Aug 21, 2018
382 - Joe Moglia: Double Reinvention: From Football Coach to CEO of TD Ameritrade & Back to Football
01:22:43

Joe Moglia completely reinvented himself. Twice…   He went from college football coach to CEO of Ameritrade and then BACK to football (his first love). He was at the top of the corporate ladder. And decided to climb down for a coaching internship at the University of Nebraska. I wanted to know why he wasn’t afraid to change careers so drastically. And how he transferred the skills he learned from one industry to a completely different industry… creating a double reinvention.

 

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Aug 16, 2018
381 - The Power of the Ask
50:29

Steve Cohen, my producer, emailed Taylor Swift’s publicist asking if she’d come on the podcast. He knew she was going to say “no.” But he still did it. Steve sends out 200 emails a day, knowing 100% will come back as a “no.” I’m fascinated by this. What’s the point? Where’s the line between annoyance and persistence? I brought Steve on to go over this. I wanted to know the nuances and the subtleties. Because this skill is good for anyone to study. Businesspeople, salespeople, building relationships, finding your mentor, and so on. This is the art of the ask.

 

Links and Resources

Taylor Swift

Reverend Jesse Jackson

Derek Jeter

James Comey

My Interview with Seth Godin 

My Interview with T.D. Jakes 

Omnicom Group

Brian Grazer

Conan O’Brien

Marian Rivera

Tyra Banks

Bernie Madoff

Choose Yourself by Me

The Tim Ferriss Show

The Moment with Brian Koppelman 

Richard Branson

Marc Maron

Barack Obama

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

Getting There: A Book of Mentors by Gillian Zoe Segal 

Spike Lee

Jerry Seinfeld

 

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Aug 14, 2018
[Bonus - Part 2] - The Real Truth How James Chose Himself
51:12

This is the 5th anniversary of my book “Choose Yourself,” which I am so proud of. The book took off in ways that I could not have expected. I self published it thinking only my family would read it and a few friends and now it has over a million copies published in 20 different countries. Plus, I get emails and letters everyday from people like you who say it’s helped them either get unstuck or take a chance they were too scared to. Or anything. So I’m happy I get to celebrate it with you. There’s a special announcement waiting for you in this podcast.

 

Enjoy!

 

- James

 

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Aug 12, 2018
[Bonus] - The Real Truth How James Altucher Chose Himself
45:26

So, this is a very special podcast for me. Because it’s the 5th Year Anniversary of my bestselling book “Choose Yourself.” This book changed my life. And so I want to bring you into the celebration! All the details are in this podcast. Plus you’ll also hear the real truth behind why I published this book, how it’s lead to new opportunities everyday, the financial struggles I dealt with in the roughest time of my life, my family hardships, etc. It’s a real tell all. Writing it has helped me and now I hope you can use it to do something liberating and freeing in your own life.

 

Thanks! And enjoy

 

- James

 

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Aug 11, 2018
380 - Henry Winkler: "The Fonz" On Finding Your Identity Again
54:51

I interviewed “The Fonz!” aka, Henry Winkler. Henry played the Fonz on “Happy Days” for ten years. But after Happy Days ended, he got stuck. “I didn’t have a plan b,” he said. “I just lived my dream for the last ten years. And I did not have anything to replace it with. I was psychically in pain. When you don’t know what you want, it literally hurts your head. I was sad. I didn’t know what to do, so I did nothing.” He went nine years without an acting job. “It was a rudderless time,” he said. So I wondered how he got out of that rut. Because he did escape that pain… He’s in “Arrested Development" and “Barry,” which is a new Emmy nominated comedy airing on HBO.

Links and Resources

Barry on HBO


Also Mentioned

Happy Days

Paul McCartney

HBOGo

Shakespeare

Yale School of Drama

Arrested Development

Adam Sandler

Gary Marshal

Mitch Horowitz

Bill Hader

Sarah Goldberg

My Interview with Brian Grazer

Sherri Thomas

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park 

Arthur Miller

Alec Berg

Stella Adler

Ron Howard

Robin Williams

MacGyver

 

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Aug 09, 2018
379 - Lewis Howes: Where Do Breakthroughs Come From?
01:28:06

Lewis Howes is doing a TV show… he was told “no, not now” from Ellen Degeneres's team. And six months later told “yes” by Facebook. I wanted to know how he made it happen, what it’s about and WHY he pressed forward. (A hint: it has to do with energy). 

 

Links and Resources

Inspiring Life with Lewis Howes

The School of Greatness: A Real-World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy“ by Lewis Howes 

“The Mask of Masculinity: How Men Can Embrace Vulnerability, Create Strong Relationships, and Live Their Fullest Lives“ by Lewis Howes 

Visit Lewis’ website and subscribe to his newsletter 

Listen to his podcast “The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes“ 

Follow Lewis on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

 

Also Mentioned

Comedian Steven Wright

Jerry Seinfeld

Failing Up” by Leslie Odom Jr

Ramit Sethi

Gabby Bernstein

Jay Shetty

Gretchen Rubin

Lewis on Ellen Degeneres

Tom vs. Time (Tom Brady’s Facebook show) 

Jada Pinkett Smith’s Facebook show 

Tony Robbins

Scott Adams’ “talent stack” theory

Lewis’ podcast interview with Tony Hawk

My podcast with Tony Hawk

Uber’s collaboration with Spike Lee

James Altucher Show animated podcast series (made possible thnks to Jon Briggs and FoodFight Studios)

Access to my ebook “FAQ Me

  

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Aug 07, 2018
378 - James Altucher: Cal Fussman Asks Me About Experimenting with Minimalism & Lifestyle
01:12:36

Cal Fussman was the Editor at Large at Esquire for years where he got to interview Muhammad Ali, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Robert DeNiro and hundreds more. So he’s really known as an all star interviewer. He asks big questions. And now he’s interviewing me, which is also live on his podcast “Big Questions.” He named the episode “James Altucher on Reaching For Your Future and Letting Go of Your Past.” So, I guess that’s what this episode is about. He said, “I’d like to go to the start and see the arch of your life.” And I hope you let this episode be an invitation for you to explore your own story arch, too.

Links and Resources

Why Self-Help Guru James Altucher Only Owns 15 Things by Alex Williams

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

Esquire

Amblin Partners - Steven Spielberg's Production Company 

Seamless

Melanie Whelan - CEO of SoulCycle

Guiness Book of World Records

My interview with Wolfgang Puck 

 

 

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Aug 02, 2018
377 - Roy Niederhoffer: Trading Against Your Instincts: How to Make Money in The Market
01:15:03

This is a must listen for anyone interested in money, wealth creation, investing strategy, crypto, psychology, economics, etc.

Roy Niederhoffer is a super investor. And founder of a billion dollar hedge fund. He started earning six-figures at age 13! He taught himself how to code and then started a software company with his friends. He used the money he made to fund his education at Harvard, where he studied neuroscience. And now he applies what he learned about the brain and human behavior to the market.

And it only gets more impressive when you find out that he really came from humble beginnings (his father was a cop). So, this interview will cover everything from investing strategy to the future of currency PLUS book recommendations, methods to stay motivated and more.  

 

Also Mentioned

Monroe Trout

Toby Cravel

Paul Jones 

Space Invaders video game

TSR-80

Pac-Man

Ms. Pac-Man

Scott Adams

Beethovens’ Symphony No. 5 

Daniel Kahneman author of “Thinking Fast and Slow” 

The Blank Slate” by Steven Pinker

Joseph Stiglitz

Antifragile” by Nassim Taleb

 

 

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Jul 31, 2018
376 - Seth Godin: Go Back to What Lights Your Heart on Fire: This is What Makes a Hit
57:21

Seth Godin is best known as marketer and an author. But I think of him as one of the great thinkers we have today. He doesn’t create for the masses. He creates for a core group of people. Seth says to imagine this (it’s the essence of his creation, his art and his business): “You have a microphone, what are you going to do with it? My formula is I wake up in the morning and think about the people I seek to serve. That’s all I do. And I don’t reverse engineer it. I make it so that I can actually do my work.” He asks himself, “What change am I trying to make here?” And he wants you to ask yourself this, too.

 

Links and Resources

Purple Cow” by Seth Godin

“Gracefully” by Seth Godin

Akimbo (Seth’s new podcast) 

Seth’s blog

"This Might Work" by Seth Godin

Seth Godin’s online course Alt-MBA 

 

Also Mentioned

Krista Tippett and her podcast “On Being” 

Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast “Revisionist History” 

The Davinci Code

Gangnam Style

Chris Anderson

Kevin Kelly’s article “1,000 True Fans”

“The Tipping Point” by Malcolm gladwell

"Freakonomics" by Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt 

Choose Yourself by me, James Altucher

Jerry Seinfeld

Sweet Green

Howard Schultz (founder of Starbucks)

Ayn Rand (author of “Atlas Shrugged”

Zig Ziglar

Warby Parker

Wharton Business School

Adam Grant author of “Originals”

James Cook

“The War of Art” by Stephen Pressfield

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (a Netflix documentary)

 

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Jul 26, 2018
375 - Bishop T.D. Jakes: How to Evolve, Where to Go Next and What Step to Take
01:00:44

Bishop T.D. Jakes was not born with “Bishop” in his name. He’s a preacher. The first one on my podcast. But he’s ALSO an entrepreneur (His business is his church and he has an entertainment company called TDJ enterprises). Every week, Bishop T.D. Jakes gives sermons to tens of thousands of people on multiple platforms (online and off). And people watch from all over the country. So I asked him about that (building an audience, find what you love, pursuing it, etc.) And I asked about his business. He gave me so much knowledge about entrepreneurship. And his most recent book, “Soar!: Build Your Vision From the Ground Up” says how anyone (from beginner to expert) can adopt his principles. We packed so much valuable information into the hour we were together. Everything from reinventing the choices we make to “purpose over profit” to why failure is priceless.

Links and Resources

Soar!: Build Your Vision From the Ground Up by T.D. Jakes 

Woman, Thou Art Loosed by T.D. Jakes 

Identity: Discover Who You Are and Live a Life of Purpose by T.D. Jakes 

Destiny: Step Into Your Purpose by T.D. Jakes 

The Potter’s House

Watch his youtube channel 


Also Mentioned


My Interview with Ken Langone 

Tyler Perry

 

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Jul 24, 2018
374 - Robert Greene: The Laws of Mastery: Know What You Want & How to Master It
39:36

Five years ago I interviewed one of my all-time favorite authors and brilliant thinkers. Now, I’m bringing this interview about mastery back to the surface. Before you can master something, you have to know what that “something” is. We all want to master something. And live to our full potential. That’s why we ask ourselves questions like, “What’s my passion?” and “What do I love?” Robert Greene told me his theory: find your voice, connect with your likes and dislikes. He digs into these strategies but also talks about seduction, manipulation, regret, writing and why he thinks everybody has creative potential.

 

Links and Resources

48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene

Mastery” by Robert Greene

Art of Seduction: An Indispensible Primer on the Ultimate Form of Power” by Robert Greene


Also Mentioned

"FAQ ME" - a free ebook for my podcast listeners! You can access it at jamesaltucher.com/FAQ

"11 Rings" by Phil Jackson

"Influence" by Robert Cialdini

Nicholas Tesla

Y Combinator creator Paul Graham

Steve Jobs

Mozart

Steve Jobs: A Biography by Walter Isaacson


Leonardo da Vinci quote: “Just as a well-filled day brings blessed sleep, so a well-employed life brings a blessed death.”

 
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Jul 19, 2018
373 - Sasha Cohen: How to Relentlessly Pursue Your Dream
54:17

Sasha Cohen is a World Champion ice skater. She won silver in the 2006 Winter Olympics when she was just 22 years old. Which means she had to start early. I wanted to know how she figured out what her dream was. (Because I think that’s hard at any age.) And I wanted to know how she became one of the best in the world at her thing. Her pursuit is relentless. Her focus is obsessive. And now she's sharing how to chase your dreams. And then make it happen...

Links and Resources

Follow Sasha on Facebook + Instagram + Twitter

Also Mentioned

Morgan Stanley

60 Minutes

Zig

Kristi Yamaguchi

Anders Ericsson

Malcolm Gladwell

Richard Feynman

The Weight of Gold Documentary 

 

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Jul 17, 2018
372 - James Altucher [Part 2]: How to Go from Idea to Business, Build an Inner Circle...
01:04:22

This is Part 2 of my interview with Amy Morin where she interviews me on building a business, going from idea to implementation, learning new skills, some my personal investment philosophies, why I think I’m stupid, burnout, relationships and more.

I’d also like to hear what you think of this episode. Tweet me at @jaltucher. Thanks

- James

 

Links and Resources

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears, and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success by Amy Morin

13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do: Raising Self-Assured Children and Training Their Brains for a Life of Happiness, Meaning, and Success by Amy Morin

There Are Only 4 Times You Should Agree to Work for Free” by Amy Morin on Inc.

Ep. 259 - Amy Morin: 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do  

Ep. 289 - Amy Morin: The Easiest Side Hustle You Can Start Right Now

 

Also Mentioned

My interview with Nell Scovell

My Google talk

The Power of No” by me (James Altucher)

“The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno

My latest book, “Reinvent Yourself

My interview with Richard Branson

My interview with Judy Blume

Parker Posey

Judd Apatow

Freelancer.com

 

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Jul 12, 2018
371 - James Altucher [Part 1]: Amy Morin Interviews Me (How to Say "No," Anxiety, Success & More)
50:32

I wanted someone to interview me. And Amy Morin was the perfect choice. She’s the author of “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do” and she’s been on the podcast twice before this. For Part 1 of this interview, we cover a lot... Here's a list:

- WHY you should invest in yourself & how to diversify that investment


- Why process is more important than goals


- “Vulnerability hangovers”


- Anxiety


- Writing


- Reinvention


- How to say "no" (and when to say "yes")

And more. Enjoy and you can let me know what you think on Twitter @jaltucher

 

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Jul 10, 2018
370 - Garry Kasparov [Anniversary Episode]: The Mindset of a World Champion
01:09:03

Garry Kasparov is a World Champion Chess Master. He has made a name for himself through his unmatched intelligence and skill. In this special anniversary episode, I share my interview with Garry Kasparov from 2017. We talk about his mindset from the beginning of chess all the way to becoming a world champion. And drill down to get simple steps that anyone can use to improve their own mindset.

Links and Resources:

Read Garry’s newest book, “Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins“ 

Read “How Life Imitates Chess: Making the Right Moves, from the Board to the Boardroom” by Garry Kasparov

Read “Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped” by Garry Kasparov

Read “Checkmate!: My First Chess Book (Everyman Chess)” by Garry Kasparov

Check out Garry’s website

Follow Garry on Facebook and Twitter


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Jul 05, 2018
369 - John McCaskill: Behind The Pot Industry Boom (Pros & Cons)
29:45

I went to Denver for research. Twenty-nine states + Canada have legalized marijuana in one form another. So what happened before the industry boom? And how can people profit today? I interview John Mc in this "pot-cast" about the changes he's seen develop in Colorado (economically, financially, culturally, etc.) 

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Jul 03, 2018
368 - Mike Reiss: Yes! You Should Take Chances with Your Career
01:15:38

Mike Reiss started writing for The Simpsons because NO ONE else would take the job. They didn’t know they were passing up the opportunity work on what would soon become the #1 animated series on prime time TV. Mike has tons of stories about TV writing, comedy, and creating something people love. His secret: “We said, ‘No one’s gonna watch this so let’s just make this for us.” In this episode, Mike tells me why he took a chance, why he wasn’t afraid, and how it became the most fulfilling career move he ever made.

 

Links and Resources

Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons by Mike Reiss

The Simpsons

Follow Mike on Twitter

My interview with Nancy Cartwright (the voice of Bart Simpson)

The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

It’s Garry Shandling Show

Not Necessarily the News

National Lampoon

Conan O’Brien

James L. Brook

Sam Simon

Jake Hogan

Carol Burnett

The Flintstones

The Critic

Family Guy

South Park

Alf

Itchy and Scratchy

Aristotle

Taxi (tv show)

Chico and The Man

Mary Tyler Moore Show

Jim Brooks

Louie

Teen Angel

Whoopi Goldberg

Al Gene

Mike Reiss’s speech at Havard

Mark Twain quote “If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter”

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Larry David

Seinfeld

Cheers

Chevy Chase

Richard Pryor

Sabrina the Teenage Witch

My interview with Nell Scovell

Beavis and Butthead

Frasier

Psych

Roseanne

All In The Family

Big Bang Theory

Harvard Lampoon

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Citizen Kane

Terms of Endearment

Spotlight

Thor

Thomas Pynchon

J.D Salinger

Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

V. by Thomas Pynchon

Tom Clancy

Buzz Aldrin

James Taylor

Magic Johnson

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

Veep

Silicon Valley

The Comedians

Billy Crystal

Josh Gad

Poking the Dead Frog: Conversations with Today's Top Comedy Writers by Mike Sacks

Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy by Judd Apatow

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin

Even This I Get to Experience by Norman Lear

The Hitchhiker by Charlie Lee

 

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Jun 28, 2018
367 - A.J. Jacobs: Immerse Yourself in The Creative Process
01:01:13

AJ Jacobs is entertaining. I think that’s the first thing I should say before I also say that he’s a six-time New York Times bestselling author. All his books are funny. And they’re extreme. I’ll explain. AJ comes up with crazy ideas and then gives us his “normal” way of life to fully immerse himself in a new (but temporary) way of life. This time he’s traveling the world to thank a thousand people who all had a hand in making his daily cup of coffee.

 

Links and Resources

"Thanks A Thousand: A Gratitude Journey" by AJ Jacobs (you can pre-order it now) 

 “Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection”  by AJ Jacobs

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible“ by AJ Jacobs

The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World“  by AJ Jacobs 

My Life as an Experiment: One Man’s Humble Quest to Improve Himself by Living as a Woman, Becoming George Washington, Telling No Lies, and Other Radical Tests“  by AJ Jacobs 

"It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree" by AJ Jacobs

Visit his website ajjacobs.com

Follow AJ on Facebook + Twitter


Also Mentioned

My interview with Dr. OZ

23 & Me

Ancestry.com

"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress" by Steven Pinker

Elisha Gray, he filed the patent for the telephone about 4 hours after Alexander Graham Bell

My interview with Tom Papa

Bill Gates

Ted Kaczynski

Jay R. Ferguson who plays AJ in “Living Biblically”

Seinfeld

Larry David

Jerry Seinfeld

Marlon Wayans who almost played AJ 

John Galecki

The Big Bang

Modern Family

Louie (Louis CK’s show)

CSI

American Idol

Tim Ferriss

Gangum Style  

My YouTube channel

Good Fellas

Tom Hanks

Karma Sutra (book)

I, Pencil by Leonard E. Read

 

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Jun 26, 2018
366 - Ken Langone: Billionaire Co-Founder of Home Depot
02:01:27

Ken Langone is a billionaire. He co-founded Home Depot and he’s also been on the boards of some of America's most renowned companies. Ken talked to me about capitalism, (his book is called “I Love Capitalism!: An American Story”), corporate governance, morality, and picking good people to invest in. But I also always say that this podcast is not just about business. I also got to learn from Ken about self-respect, death, having a good outlook on life and following your gut. His success is proof that you can live well and live true to yourself. That’s what I hope to keep learning for myself.

 

Links and Resources

I Love Capitalism!: An American Story by Ken Langone

 

Also Mentioned

My interview with Garry Kasparov 

My interview with Sara Blakely

My interview with Arianna Huffington

Seinfeld

Amy Schumer’s SNL monologue

Giuliani

Pete Cunningham

Frank Blake

Sam Walton

Jack Welch

Bernie Madoff

Home Depot

NYU Langone Health Centers

Robert De Niro

Walmart

The Bible

GE

Jeff Bezos

Warren Buffet quote, “It takes a lifetime to build a reputation and you can lose it in 5 minutes.”

The Wizard of Lies

Bob Nardelli

Ross Perot

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York

Jim Kaplan who collaborated with Ken on his book

Goldman Sachs

Stanley Druckenmiller

Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy

Pam Goldman (Ken’s assistant)

Castro

Steve Easterbrook

Jack Welch

Strayer - Jack Welch Management Institute

 

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Jun 21, 2018
365 - Steve Cohen & I Talk About Creativity, Culture and The Beatles
37:30

We're mixing up the format! You already know Steve Cohen (my podcast producer) from a recent episode. Well, in this episode, Steve and I talk about the impact of creativity, BUT we get really specific and focussed totally on one historic moment... just before The Beatles fell apart. 

 

Links and Resources

Let It Be by the Beatles

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Paul McCartney

John Lennon

George Harrison

Yoko Ono

Phil Spector - the producer of the album Let It Be

Ringo Starr

Jimmy Fallon

The Roots

Jay-Z

Kanye West

Behind the Music

The Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger

Keith Richards

Charlie Watts

Richard Ben Cramer

Brian Epstein

Curious Mind by Brian Grazer

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - a documentary directed by Ron Howard

Eye Contact by Brian Grazer 

Tom Bodett

In Conversation: Quincy Jones

Andy Warhol

The Comedy Store

Robin Williams

Jay Leno

David Letterman

Spielberg on HBO

James on Ice T’s podcast

Break In - Ice T’s first appearance

George Lucas

Judy Blume

Chronicles: Volume One by Bob Dylan

American Pie

Ep. 340 - Don McLean: Why You Should Follow Your Instincts 

Veep

Cheers

Ep. 343 - Tony Rock: The Process to Get ANY Idea Off the Ground

 

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Jun 19, 2018
Special Ep: Akimbo: A Podcast from Seth Godin
52:33

Hey! There's a new podcast out from my good friend Seth Godin. If you haven't had a chance to check out it, then here's your chance. I think you'll really enjoy it. It's called Akimbo

 

Jun 18, 2018
364 - Tom Papa: Will You Put Your Dream to The Test?
01:11:29

Tom Papa was afraid to follow his dream (like everyone else). But he put it to the test. He went up on stage, got laughs, and kept going. Now he has 5 different income streams (all because he took that first leap). He’s got a new TV show coming up, a podcast, a radio show, live events and comedy tours, plus he also just wrote a book, “Your Dad Stole My Rake: And Other Family Dilemmas.” These opportunities didn’t come to him over night. He’s been doing comedy for 25 years. He put his dream to the test. It was the scariest thing he’d ever done. I wanted him to share his story. And the courage.

 

Links and Resources

Read “Your Dad Stole My Rake: And Other Family Dilemmas” by Tom Papa

Watch Tom’s Specials, “Tom Papa: Human Mule,” “Tom Papa: Live in New York City,” and “Tom Papa: Freaked Out

Listen to Tom on the radio “Live From Here

Listen to Tom’s podcast “Come to Papa

Check out Tom’s website to see where he’s touring right now

Follow Tom on Twitter

 
Also Mentioned

Seinlanguage by Jerry Seinfeld 

Tom’s interview on WTF with Marc Maron 

The Village Voice

 

The Marriage Ref (tom hosted) created by Jerry Seinfeld 

The Informant!

Greg Giraldo

Paul Reiser

Red Oaks

Stephen Colbert

Conan O’Brien

Jay Leno

Dave Chappelle

Eddie Izzard

Paul Newman

Kevin Hart

Jim Gaffigan

Opie and Anthony (radio show)

Larry Wilmore

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Lenny Marcus 

Amy Schumer

Inside Amy Schumer

 

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Jun 14, 2018
363 - Allison Task: How to Have a Personal Revolution
01:09:32

Allison Task is a businesswoman. She was in the dot-com industry for nearly a decade. But she didn’t want to run a tech business. She wanted a more creative career... cooking. So that’s what she did. First, she went to culinary school, then she worked for Martha Stewart. and now, Allison is a premier chef, life coach, TV personality and podcaster. She’s also the author of recent book, “Personal Revolution: How to Be Happy, Change Your Life, and Do That Thing You’ve Always Wanted to Do.” And that’s what she’ll teach you in this episode… how to have a personal revolution.

Links and Resources


Personal Revolution: How to Be Happy, Change Your Life, and Do That Thing You've Always Wanted to Do by Allison Task

You Can Trust a Skinny Cook by Allison Fishman  


Cooking Light Lighten Up, America!: Favorite American Foods Made Guilt-Free by Allison Fishman Task

 

Also Mentioned


Yahoos Blue Ribbon Hunter


Spam Jam


Cook Yourself Thin


Jean-Georges


Martha Stewart


Everyday Food


Choose Yourself by James Altucher


The Power of No by James Altucher


Ep. 276 - Scott Adams: The Hardest Sell: Convincing Someone You’re Not What You Used to Be


The Joe Rogan Experience

 

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Jun 12, 2018
362 - Dani Zoldan: Reflecting on Reinvention: Why Stand Up Saved My Life
01:13:50

I’d always been interested in comedy, but I was completely terrified to go up on stage. But now  I’m obsessed. I interview as many of my favorite comedians on the show as I can, so I could learn from them. I want to know everything. Not just from comedians. But from everyone in the industry. And Dani Zoldan, owner of Stand Up NY, is the one who convinced me go on stage consistently. So I went up 6x a week. I got good. Stand-up comedy is by far the hardest skill I’ve ever wanted  to learn. And now, I needed to reflect. I’ve been doing stand up close to 3 years now. I own part of a comedy club. I’ve gone all in. I wanted Dani to interview me because he was the person who encouraged me the most in the beginning. This is my stand up journey…

 

Links and Resources


Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J Dubner  

The Bell House 

Stand Up NY - go to standupny.com/thetightfive for a course to develop your best 5 minutes of stand up 

Ep. 316 - Aaron Berg: The Fearless Comedian (How He Find the Funny)

Judah Friedlander

Judah Friedlander: America Is the Greatest Country in the United States

30 Rock

Ep. 325 - Godfrey: Flex Your Comedy Muscle 

Luna Lounge

Marc Maron 

Aspen Laugh Festival

Dave Chappelle 

Louis CK

Ep. 343 - Tony Rock: The Process to Get ANY Idea Off the Ground 

Anthony Jeselnik

Ep. 344 - Barry Michels: This Is What’s Really In Your Subconscious Mind 

The Tools: 5 Tools to Help You Find Courage, Creativity and Willpower–and Inspire You to Live Life in Forward Motion by Barry Michels 

Brian Regan’s talk at Google 

Chris Rock 

Bo Burnham 

Amy Schumer 

Ep. 327 - Dante Nero: From Stripping to Comedy: How to Switch Careers

Ep. 251 - Geno Bisconte: Let Yourself Laugh!

Seinfeld

Johnny Carson

Seth Rogen

Rodney Dangerfield

Guys We Fucked Podcast

Tuesdays With Stories!

Race Wars

Recode

 

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Jun 07, 2018
361 - Jesse Itzler: The $160,000 Lesson
01:24:07

Jesse doesn’t remember anything he learned from college except for ONE lesson. He calls it “the $160,000 lesson.” He almost breezed by it. I had to stop him. “What was the lesson?”

It’s a strong lesson. And if I try to write the whole story in this box, it’ll lose it’s power.

I wrote about it here. Or you can listen to the podcast now [it’s in the first 2 mins]. It’s worth it. Jesse is one of the most naturally motivating people I’ve ever met. And it’s contagious.

 

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Show Notes:

Living with the Monks: What Turning Off My Phone Taught Me about Happiness, Gratitude, and Focus by Jesse Itzler

Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet by Jesse Itzler

My first interview with Jesse Itzler: Ep.163: 6 Simple Steps to Becoming Self-Made

Vanilla Ice (rapper)

Marquis Jet (a company Jessie founded, which was then sold to NetJets)

Zico coconut water (Jesse’s a partner)

My interview with Shane Snow, author of Smartcuts [Ep. 355 - Make The Breakthrough You Need (With These “Smart Cuts”]

President Obama

Dwight Eisenhower

John F Kennedy

Lyndon B Johnson

Richard Nixon

Spanx (invented by Sara Blakely who Jesse is married to and who I got to interview on this podcast: Episode 211: How To Get a Billion Dollar Idea)

Philip Roth who wrote “American Pastoral” a Pulitzer Prize winning book

Steve Jobs

Game of Thrones

Monasticism 

Silent retreat

Thich Nhat Hahn and his monastery which is Buddhist

Jesse stayed with Orthodox Christian monks

Vipassana (silent retreat)

Fit for Life” by Harvey Diamond and Marilyn Diamond

Jesse turned some of the highlights from his book into an animated series. Check it out here

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Jun 05, 2018
360 - Joey Coleman: How to Relate to People (Customers, Partners, Bosses, Loved Ones and Cops)
01:41:59

Joey Coleman knows relationships. Business relationships, romantic relationships. “It’s all part of the human condition,” he says. He also got himself out of 76 traffic tickets. And it’s all because of this one trick: he goes a level deeper. And then another level and another. Anytime I've made money, it's because of this trick. Joey's book is called, “Never Lose a Customer Again: Turn Any Sale into Lifelong Loyalty in 100 Days” and I trust Joey. His book and his talks all offer some of greatest value you’ll find for relationships, friendships, entrepreneurship, friendships, solo-preneurship, being an employee. Anywhere and in every area.

Links and Resources

Never Lose a Customer Again: Turn Any Sale into Lifelong Loyalty in 100 Days by Joey Coleman

 

Also Mentioned

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini

My interview with Robert Cialdini 

Scott Adams 

Tucker Max

Tim Ferriss


Ryan Holiday


Lewis Howes

my interview with Barry Michels 

Mastermind Talks (created by Jayson Gaignard)  

Delta Airlines 

Amazon 

Attention Pays: How to Drive Profitability, Productivity, and Accountability by Neen James

 

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May 31, 2018
359 - Keith Hernandez: Talent & Obsession (A Formula for Grit)
53:46

Keith Hernandez is arguably one of the best baseball players of all time. He played first baseman for the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals the majority of his career. He won two World Series titles (one with each team). He’s now apart of the broadcasting team for the Mets. And he just wrote a new book, “I’m Keith Hernandez: A Memoir.” He’s multi-talented. But before there was broadcasting and books there was no plan B for Keith. Everything he did was baseball. And he was sent to the majors when he was only 2 and a half years out of high school. So I wanted to know what transformed him from being a talented, obsessed kid to one of the best players of all time. And what kept him there for almost 20 years. This is the Keith Hernandez story…  

 

Links and Resources


I’m Keith Hernandez: A Memoir by Keith Hernandez

Pure Baseball by Keith Hernandez and Mike Bryan

If at First: A Season With the Mets By Keith Hernandez and Mike Bryan

Shea Good-Bye: The Untold Inside Story of the Historic 2008 Season by Keith Hernandez and Matthew Silverman

 

Also Mentioned

Seinfeld

The Science of Hitting by Ted Williams and John Underwood

Every Hand Revealed by Gus Hansen

Joe Medwick

Peter Marshall

Pete Rose

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis

Moneyball (the movie)

Bob Kennedy

Andre Agassi

Open: An Autobiography By Andre Agassi

Ted Williams

Lou Brock

Dick Selma

Larry Dierker

Gene Tenace

Dave Anderson

Derek Jeter

 

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May 29, 2018
358 - Heather Monahan: Create Confidence Up From Nothing
01:28:46

Heather Monahan told me that with every decision you make, you’re either going to be building confidence or chipping away at it. So I wanted to learn how to be building it more often than I am destroying it. Because according to Heather, author of “Confidence Creator,” confidence is not static. It’s a muscle. And you can work on it at any stage of life. She says, “It’s not a natural gift. It’s practice.”

Links and Resources


Confidence Creator by Heather Monahan


Also Mentioned


Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini  


My upcoming interview with Keith Hernandez (subscribe to the podcast to make sure you hear it)


Compilation video of Eddie Murphy on David Letterman 


Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg 


The song “Glorious” by Macklemore 


The Honda Civic Effect


My YouTube Channel which just launched

 

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May 24, 2018
357 - Jordan Harbinger: How to Keep Growing and Keep Moving Forward
01:20:27

Jordan Harbinger built a successful brand from podcasting for 12 years. He’s done close to 900 interviews with top performers. But something changed recently. He reached out to me via email. And I knew I needed to get him on the show right away. He told me that he didn’t like his brand anymore. He didn’t like what it was morphing into. “I was becoming disillusioned,” Jordan said. So he took a step back. And after what he thought was an amicable split from his partners, he and his team got fired. PAUSE. This is awful. I’ve been through my own terrible losses before. So I can say fully that what Jordan did next was the definition of a true entrepreneur.

Links and Resources

The Jordan Harbinger Show


Also Mentioned

PodcastOne Network

Howard Stern

Opie and Anthony

Podcast Listeners Really Are the Holy Grail Advertisers Hoped They’d Be by Miranda Katz on WIRED

Dan Harris

Missing Richard Simmons

Seth Godin

Larry King

Gary Vaynerchuk

Jerry Seinfeld

Talk Pages of Wikipedia

Mike Rowe: The Way I Heard It (Episode 597) on The Art of Charm 

Advanced Human Dynamics Programs 

Friend of a Friend: Understanding the Hidden Networks That Can Transform Your Life and Your Career by David Burkus

Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts by Annie Duke

Ep. 40: Annie Duke: How to Make Decisions Like A Poker Champ on the Jordan Harbinger Show

Ep. 28: James Fallon: How to Spot a Psychopath on the Jordan Harbinger Show 

The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain by James Fallon

Charlie Rose

On Being

Hardcore History

Serial

Startup

Cam Herrald

Tim Ferriss

Gavin de Becker

 

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May 22, 2018
356 - Steve Cohen: The Tao of Steve Cohen, A Shortcut to Wisdom
01:23:39

I hired Steve Cohen. He produces this podcast. And I wanted him to be on the show because he has a mutant superpower. All my guests do. But his superpower really blows me away. I can barely understand how it comes so natural to him. But it does. Steve is a friend to thousands and thousands of people. He knows everyone and their mom, their manager, their business. He’s built up genuine goodwill with so many people. And I look at that as a superpower because it’s not your typical “networking.” It’s more than that. It’s networking with meaning. Or as Steve says, “it’s friendship.” I wanted to interview Steve about how he got this talent. And he kept me laughing the whole way through. Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing: Steve Cohen!

 

Also Mentioned

Howard Stern

Dan Rather

Walter Cronkite

60 Minutes

Madonna

Dig Your Well Before You're Thirsty: The Only Networking Book You'll Ever Need by Harvey Mackay

Mother Teresa

Matt Lauer

J.B. Smoove

Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 1

Seth Godin

Wolfgang Puck

The Wolf Of Wall Street

Jordan Belfort

My interview with Mike Posner

James Taylor

Rain Man

Enter the Dragon (1973) featuring Bruce Lee

The Last Dragon

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

Ava DuVernay

Choose Yourself! by me

My segment of Good Day New York (Steve’s show before coming to work with me on this podcast)

The New York Times Article about me “Why Self-Help Guru James Altucher Only Owns 15 Things”  

A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer

Michael Buffer

Pat Croce

Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant

Ryan Holiday

My most recent interview with Mike Massimino

My interview with Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Dumb and Dumber

On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

 My interview with Nancy Cartwright who did the voice of Bart Simpson

Charlie Rose

Gayle King

The Psychology of Winning: Ten Qualities of a Total Winner by Denis Waitley

Eric Andre who’s in The Internship and Man Seeking Woman Season

Man Seeking Woman (the book) by Simon Rich

The Eric Andre Show

Hannibal Buress

My interview with Wayne Dyer

My interview with Richard Branson

 

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May 17, 2018
355 - Shane Snow: Are You Ideal to Work With? (What Makes a Good Team)
01:36:25

This is Shane Snow’s third time on the podcast. And we had a lot to cover. Shane is the author of, “Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success.” (An incredibly intelligent book.) And he’s also the cofounder of “Contently,” a content strategy company that helps businesses grow. Shane’s taught me a lot about solving problems in unconventional ways. And in this episode he teaches me about the 4 elements that make someone “ideal to work with.” See, he’s been studying teams. And just wrote a book about it (coming out in June) called “Dream Teams: Working Together Without Falling Apart.”

Links and Resources

Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success by Shane Snow

Dream Teams: Working Together Without Falling Apart by Shane Snow

Contently - the company Shane co-founded

Take The Open Mindedness Test on Shane’s Website

 

Also Mentioned

Ep. 168 - Tony Hawk: Don’t Stand Still

The Peekaboo Paradox by Gene Weingarten

Alias

Malcolm Gladwell

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin (how Shane learned to be a better writer) 

JJ Abrams

John F. Kennedy

Rizza of the Wu Tang Clan

Malcolm X

Martin Luther King

Bayard Rustin

12 Rule for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson

Lost

The Captain Class: A New Theory of Leadership by Sam Walker

Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Taleb

Elijah Muhammad

Hamilton the Musical

Bob Dylan

Elon Musk

SpaceX

  

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May 15, 2018
354 - Mike Massimino: You Can’t Control the Outcome, So Keep Doing What You Love
01:12:18

It took Mike Massimino 11 years to achieve his childhood dream of becoming an astronaut. He was rejected 3 times. But he never stopped his pursuit to achieve his dream. He writes about it in his New York Times bestselling book “Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe”. This is Mike’s 2nd time on the podcast and I wanted to ask him all the questions that have stuck with me ever since that first interview. Like how he kept trying even after that 1st rejection.

 

Links and Resources


Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe by Mike Massimino


Also Mentioned

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

The Right Stuff (the movie)

Jurassic Park

Science Channel

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Podcast, StarTalk Radio

StarTalk on the National Geographic Channel

The Planets and Beyond on Science Channel

One Strange Rock on the National Geographic Channel

The Big Bang Theory

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

Elon Musk

Jeff Bezos

Richard Branson

  

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May 14, 2018
353 - Maria Konnikova: How to Look at Life Like a Game and Make Better Choices Because of It
01:36:08

Maria Konnikova is a journalist. She’s written two New York Times best sellers. One about con artists and having the confidence to get away something. The other is about how detectives think. But now she’s immersed in poker (for her next book). And making big money (she made $200,000 in her first year playing). That WAS NOT the plan. She wanted to write a book about luck. Now, she’s on her way to play in the world series. She taught me about “game theory,” which is “when you look at the world like a game, where everyone has certain payoffs for certain decisions,” she said.

 

Links and Resources

The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time by Maria Konnikova


Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova


My first podcast interview with Maria Konnikova

 
Also Mentioned


Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players by Stefan Fatsis


Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Josh Foer


My interview with Josh Foer


Doyle Bronson who said he could win without looking at his cards


A Man for All Markets: From Las Vegas to Wall Street, How I Beat the Dealer and the Market by Edward Thorpe


My interview Anders k. Ericson, author of “Peak” and the founder of the 10,000 hour rule

Erik Seidel


Rounders


Brian Koppelman


Youtube clip Erik Seidel playing Johny Chang 


Matt Damon


Daniel Negreanu


Bobby fisher


Harrington on Hold 'em Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments, Vol. 1: Strategic Play by Dan Harrington


Every Hand Revealed by Gus Hansen


Poker Go (a site to watch poker)


Nassim Taleb


My interview with Tony Robbins


My interview with Frank Shamrock 


Run It Once (poker strategy site)


Phil Galfond


Joseph Conrad (polish writer)


Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts by Annie Duke

The story of the Polgar sisters


Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games by László Polgár and Bruce Pandolfini


Brad Mehldau

  

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May 10, 2018
352 - Tony Hawk [Anniversary Episode]: The Key to Having Abundance in Life is Persistence
58:10

Tony Hawk is a professional skateboarder AND world champion for 12 years in a row. Every single day, since he was 11 years old, he’s done what he loves to do: skateboarding. I interviewed him at an event in 2016. And Tony was skating before the interview. It’s what’s most natural to him. But he also built a brand and an empire from his success. He’s sold over a billion dollars worth of video games with his name on it. 

 

Show Notes:

Follow Tony Hawk on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (username: tonyfrankhawk)

Watch videos at TonyHawk.com

Learn about The Tony Hawk Foundation

Jason Gaynor’s Mastermind Talks Conference

my interview with Freeway RickRoss

 

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May 08, 2018
351 - Sherrod Small: The Benefit of Starting at The Bottom (You Get to Rise)
01:03:37

Sherrod Small is a comedian, all around personality, actor, writer, producer, podcast host of "RaceWars". He’s done everything. He grew up in the comedy clubs with his cousins, Chris Rock and Tony Rock. And he could’ve taken a shortcut, but he chose not to. "We wanted to start from the bottom of the bottom,” he said. “We wanted to know every aspect of this business. And we wanted to grow our own voice.” He told me his path to success. It’s applicable to more than just someone who wants to pursue stand-up. He talked to me about enthusiasm and experience. And why he recommends you skip taking shortcuts when you feel the excitement.

Links and Resources: 

My interview with Tony Rock: Ep. 343 – Tony Rock: The Process to Get ANY Idea Off the Ground

Greg Giraldo

Lucian Hold who ran The Comic Strip  

Rick Newman owned The Catch

Robbin Williams

Rosie O'Donnell

Some of Sherrod’s biggest influences: Richard Pryor, Lenny Bruce, Bobcat Goldthwait

Michelle Wolf’s performance at the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner

Sherrod’s commentary on CBS as official correspondent for the White House Correspondents Dinner

Todd Barry

Dave Chappelle

Chris Rock

Jerrod Carmichael

Sherrod’s podcast “RaceWars”

Greer Barne’s bit on Colbert

Godfrey

Christian Finnegan

The Real Real World

Neal Brennon

Sherrod’s show with Christian Finnegan called “Black and White” on A&E

Jim Biederman

My interview with AJ Jacobs  

My interview with Kevin Alloca 

Joe Rogan

My interview with Sebastian Maniscalco

Carrot Top

Carl Ruiz (who Sherrod is working on a new show with)

Guy Fieri

Man vs Food

Sherrod’s show, Men vs Food

Louis episode “bang bang”

Bonnie McFarlane

Mark Norman

Butter

Alex guarnaschelli  

Kert Metzer (who used to write for Inside Amy Schumer”)

Stephen Colbert  

Jon Stewart

Sherrod’s website smallworldcomedy.com

Sherrod’s upcoming show  Mi Familia: Part 1 - LIVE AT THE COMEDY CELLAR

Sam Jay

Michael Che

Chris Redd

Leslie Jones

Drew Michael

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May 07, 2018
350 - Mark Manson: The Origin of Hope (vs. Hopelessness)
01:05:19

You’ve heard of the book,“The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life.”  It’s the #3 most read book on Amazon and a “New York Times” bestseller. And the book, written by Mark Manson, is still skyrocketing. But ENOUGH. Mark is ready to move on. He’s been doing press for the book for over a year. And it’s pulling him back from getting to a place where his brain can look for new ideas. So I asked what he’s curious about. I wanted to know what’s next.

“I’m fixated on this idea of hope and meaning right now,” Mark said. He broke it down. And revealed his opinion on why there’s so much hopelessness and meaningless now. Our conversation went deep. And we got into topics I haven’t talked about much on this podcast. And now… thanks to Mark, I have new ideas, too.

Links and Resources

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

6 Things People Should Give Fewer Fucks About by Mark Manson

Check Out Mark’s website

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Also Mentioned

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World--And Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress by Steven Pinker

The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz

Republic by Plato

Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter

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May 03, 2018
349 - Jon Morrow [Anniversary Episode]: He Made Half a Million Dollars in 9 months. This is What Kept Him Motivated
01:29:47

There are very few times in my life that I am so incredibly grateful to meet someone. And this was definitely one of those top 10 moments for me. Jon Morrow has created several multi-million dollar businesses. He's the founder of Smart Blogger and written several viral articles including “On dying mothers and fighting for your ideas” and “How to quit your job, move to paradise and get paid to change the world.” Jon is the epitome of overcoming obstacle. He was paralyzed from the neck down at birth. That didn't stop him. It motivated him. Because he knew he could end up in a nursing home. And nothing scared him more. I asked him everything: how he built his businesses, consulting practice, how he wrote without being able to type. And with every question I asked, he had an answer. He had a story. Or experience to share. And I'm grateful I can share it with you.

 

Show Notes:

Jon’s website SmartBlogger.com


Jon's most popular blogs that went viral: “On dying mothers and fighting for your ideas” and “How to quit your job, move to paradise and get paid to change the world


How to accomplish big things even when you feel small

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us” by Seth Godin


Tribes: The Case Studies (which Jon was featured in) + it’s a free PDF


Fight Club


unstoppable.me


Jon mentioned a few successes from his course:
Danny Iny – Mirasee
Jennifer Grisham – Everyday Bright
Tommy Walker – (runs content for Shopify)

 

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May 01, 2018
348 - Jocko Willink: How Having a Code to Live By Will Give You Strength
01:25:57

Jocko Willink is a retired Navy SEAL. Jocko has taken what he learned from the military and is teaching others how to live their life the same way, including our kids. He lives by a code. A code that anyone can develop for themselves. Jocko holds himself to these standards everyday. This is the Way of the Warrior…  

He’s also written books about this code: “Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win,” a book I loved and highly recommend. And most recently he published two books in his children’s series: “Way of the Warrior Kid: From Wimpy to Warrior the Navy SEAL Way” and “Marc’s Mission: Way of the Warrior Kid.”

 

Links and Resources

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Way of the Warrior Kid: From Wimpy to Warrior the Navy SEAL Way by Jocko Willink

Marc’s Mission: Way of the Warrior Kid by Jocko Willink

The Dichotomy of Leadership: Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin (releasing September 25)

Jocko Podcast (don’t miss his recently released 3 part series)

Check out Jocko’s apparel company at originmaine.com

 

Also Mentioned

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson

Fortunate Son: The Healing of a Vietnam Vet by Lewis B. Puller Jr.

22 Kill - an organization to raise awareness to the veteran suicide epidemic and to educate the public on PTSD and other mental health issues.

Factfulness: 10 Reasons We’re Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling

The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II by Iris Chang

The Woman Who Could Not Forget: Iris Chang Before and Beyond the Rape of Nanking by Ying-Ying Chang
 

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Apr 30, 2018
347 - Jen Sincero: You Are a Badass at Making Money
01:04:02

Jen made $30k a year before she decided to get rich. Guess how much she made a year later? SIX FIGURES. “I was sick of living my life so small,” she said. So she made a BIG decision. Jen “decided” to get rich. She shifted her focus, incorporated positive thinking and made success her only option. There was no plan B... And that’s what she taught me in this interview. This episode will give you Jen’s best insights about making money and being positive from her New York Times bestselling books, “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” and (the 2nd edition of the series) “You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth”.

Links and Resources

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero

Follow Jen on Twitter + Facebook

Check out Jen’s website

 

Also Mentioned

The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles

Think and Grow Rich

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Apr 26, 2018
346 - Nell Scovell: From Old to Original: How to Take Tired Ideas and Make Them New
01:07:59

Nell Scovell had a dream career working in television. She’s worked on every classic I can remember. And she even created a show, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” She took tired sitcom plots and put them through what she calls a “magical blender.” And out came something original. She told me how her ambition to be a prominent female television writer gave her these amazing opportunities that us men can only dream of. And how being on the sidelines gave her the confidence to lead a team to success.

 

Links and Resources

Just the Funny Parts… And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys’ Club  by Nell Scovell

Follow Nell on Twitter + Facebook

 

Also Mentioned

Murphy Brown

Monk

It’s Garry Shandling’s Show

The Muppets

Charmed

Late Night with David Letterman

Sabrina the Teenage Witch, created by Nell

90210

Bewitched

I Dream of Genie

Coach with Craig T. Nelson

The Simpsons

Seinfeld

Curb Your Enthusiasm

A Thousand Clowns, the play by Herb Gardner

The Cosby Show

Newhart

The Buttoned Down Mind of Bob Newhart

I’m Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy’s Golden Era by William Knoedelseder

Superstud: Or How I Became a 24-Year-Old Virgin by Paul Feig

Gilligan’s Island

Freaks & Geeks

Arrested Development

The Office

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg’s TED Talk: Why we have too few women leaders

NCIS

 

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Apr 24, 2018
345 - Aubrey Marcus: Human Optimization + Peak Performance (A Guide)
01:05:04

Aubrey Marcus is the CEO and founder of Onnit, a company dedicated to human optimization and peak performance. I like what Aubrey had to say because it’s not just what you’d typically think of when you hear the words “optimize” or “peak performance.” He says, “You gotta live a life that’s worth living. Live a life that’s well-rounded, balanced and includes the things like having a glass of wine or smoking a joint and making love to your lover, playing with your dog and hanging out, but also being extremely productive, also meditating, also eating right, also training like a beast." And his philosophy is backed up by clinical studies. He really has the science to prove his theories. So I'm testing them all. 

Show Notes

Onnit

Own the Day Own Your Life by Aubrey Marcus

Alpha Brain

 

Also Mentioned

The Joe Rogan Experience

Kettlebells

My interview with Rich Roll

My interview with Freeway Rick Ross (the infamous drug dealer and now philanthropist) 

Alpha Brain 

Ginko

Huperzia Serrata 

Acetylcholine system (responsible for memory, sharpness, focus)

Gaba

Dopamine

Serotonin

Boston Center for Memory (this is where Aubrey did his clinical trials for Alpha Brain)

Aubrey’s interview with Tim Ferriss

Aubrey’s interview with Gary Vaynerchuk

Tim Ferris’ video working out with kettlebells 

Brody Miller

Rodger Huerta

The steel mace

The steel club

Zeitgeber (the external cues that help sync your circadian rhythm)

The Human Charger (light emitting earbuds) 

Wim Hof method

Norepinephrine

Chronic stress

Snus (a Swedish tobacco company) 

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship: A Toltec Wisdom Book by Don Miguel Ruiz

You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter by Dr. Joe Dispenza

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Practicing the Power of Now: Essential Teachings, Meditations, and Exercises From The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Island by Aldous Huxley

Sex at Dawn by Cacilda Jethá and Christopher Ryan

 

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Apr 23, 2018
344 - Barry Michels: This is What's Really in Your Subconscious Mind
01:11:35

Barry is taking Eastern/compassion meditation and westernizing it. He wrote a book about these “tools” that you can use to understand yourself better. And understand your reactions, your dreams, your disappointments. He’ll explain how your subconscious stores information and memories. So that you can take advantage of it. This episode is powerful. Barry Michels has knowledge (and experience) helping people like you and me through therapy and his books. I highly recommend you listen to this interview. Because Barry will teach you how to tap into the potential you didn’t know you had...

 

Links and Resources

Also Mentioned

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Apr 19, 2018
343 - Tony Rock: The Process to Get ANY Idea Off the Ground
01:16:30

Tony Rock is a super stand up comedian. And he’s also Chris Rock’s brother. He stars in CBS’ newest comedy, “Living Biblically,” based on my good friend, AJ Jacobs’ book. Tony’s been working on his comedy muscle for 24 years, so I wanted to ask him about his process. And how anyone can adopt this process for their own projects or side hustles. These are Tony's techniques to bring your ideas from the drawing board to action. 

 

Links and Resources

Watch Tony on CBS’ newest comedy, Living Biblically, based on AJ Jacobs book, “The Year of Living Biblically”

Watch Tony on BET’s Shows Black Card Revoked + Apollo Live

Watch Tony on NBA - The WarmUp Live on Twitter or on nbatv.com

Follow Tony on Twitter + Facebook

Also Mentioned

Ep. 293 - AJ Jacobs: Why We Experiment (And Why You Should Also)

Inside the NBA

Patrice O’Neal: Elephant In the Room

Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip

Chris Rock: Tamborine

Dave Chappelle: Equanimity & The Bird Revelation

The Kevin Nealon Show at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood

Jay-Z Album - 4:44

Louis CK: Live at the Beacon Theater

All of Us

 

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Apr 17, 2018
342 - Frank Oz: How to Create Something Original: Lessons from The Maker of Our Most Beloved Characters
01:08:26

Frank Oz is the puppeteer. He played Miss Piggy. Bert of “Bert and Ernie,” The Cookie Monster,  and even Yoda on Star Wars. He just released a new documentary called “Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched.” It’s about the creation of the Muppets and the man behind it all, Jim Henson. He was a unique leader, with a “nothing is impossible” attitude. This is the untold story of the Muppet creators and the team that made it all possible.

Links and Resources

Watch Frank’s documentary: “Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched” only available on muppetguystalking.com for $10

Frank directs the off broadway production In & Of Itself playing at the Daryl Roth Theatre in NYC

Sesame Street

Star Wars

The Muppets

The Muppets Movie 

Trading Places (the 1983 movie) 

The Great Muppet Caper 

Touch of Evil

Little Shop of Horrors 

Downton Abbey

Steve Martin

Orson Welles

Jim Henson

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Apr 16, 2018
341 - Anders Ericsson [Anniversary Episode]: 7 Secrets of Mastery
01:07:05

Anders K. Ericsson discovered the “10,000” hour rule. I had him on my podcast in 2016 to talk about peak performance. (One of my favorite topics.) And he broke down the steps every individual should follow to learn and MASTER a skill.

Links and Resources

Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Dr. K Anders Ericsson and Robert Poole

Also Mentioned

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

The Polgar SIsters (the 3 best female Hungarian chess players ever)

Laszlo Polgar (chess teacher who raised 3 chess prodigies his daughters)

The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance

Mozart - considered the most talented prodigy in music history, Anders disputes this

Magnus Carlsen - the best chess player in the world at age 12

Michelangelo

Picasso - one of the best painters of his time

Andy Warhol - in the 1950s he was a master illustrator

The Boston Marathon

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Apr 12, 2018
340 - Don McLean: Why You Should Follow Your Instincts
42:14

Don McLean is a singer and songwriter best known for the song, "American Pie." But he’s so much more than just this one hit. He’s sold 40 platinum and gold records and he’s still touring(!). And now he’s kicking off his 2 year tour for his new album, "Botanical Gardens." Don has decades and decades of experience and he’s always had an instinct about what he’s wanted to do... what he wanted to create. He transforms nostalgia into music and art. And in this interview he told me how  I think I was asking for every artist. Or anyone listening who still wants to become one

 

Links and Resources

Check out Don’s newest album Botanical Gardens 

Don’s Albums we talk about:

Don’s Songs we talk about:

Check out Don’s website for tour dates

Also Mentioned

Steve Martin - Don told a story where he showed up on his doorstep in 1972 (before he was anyone) to talk about the banjo

Penn Jillette - he came on the podcast!

Larry Butler

Buddy Holly

The Weavers

Steve Allen

Pete Seeger

Bob Dylan

 

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Apr 10, 2018
339 - Tyra Banks: How to Create New Opportunities & Gain Control of Your Destiny
58:11

Tyra Banks booked 25 fashion shows her first year being an “unknown.” That’s unheard of. She climbed to the top of an industry and consistently created new opportunities for herself. When “they” said she was getting too fat, she switched from high-fashion to commercial modeling. When “they” said her idea for a TV show was stupid, she found someone else and got a “yes.” Then she produced one of the highest rated reality TV shows “America’s Top Model.” She excelled in 150 countries. And created 25 international versions, too. And what was most impressive was that Tyra had her hands in all of it. She’s a true entrepreneur. And I’m so lucky to have learned from her. Now you get, too.

Links and Resources

Perfect Is Boring: 10 Things My Crazy, Fierce Mama Taught Me About Beauty, Booty, and Being a Boss by Tyra Banks and her mama, Carolyn London

Modelland by Tyra Banks 

Tyra's Beauty Inside & Out by Tyra Banks and‎ Vanessa Thomas Bush 

America’s Top Model 

Tyra Beauty (Tyra’s cosmetics line)

Also Mentioned

Lean on me” (movie) 

Battlestar Galactica  (movie)

Star Trek 

Against All Odds”  (movie)

Stand and Deliver  (movie)

Edward James Olmos

James interview with Tony Robbins

Cindy Crawford

Heidi Klum

Claudia Schiffer

American Idol 

MTV’s The Real World 

Blackish 

Kenya Barris (creator of Blackish)

Ken Bock

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Apr 09, 2018
338 - Michio Kaku: What The Future Holds… (How to Use Physics to Predict the Future)
59:57

Michio Kaku is one of the most famous physicists out there. His new book, “The Future of Humanity” is a New York Times bestseller. It’s full of deep questions. “Every question has another answer, which begs more questions,” he said. “But that’s good. Because that’s what science is all about.” Michio talked to me about time travel, space travel, etc. And he PROVED that there’s a lot more possible than just what lies on the surface. The future is an exciting picture.

 

Show Notes:

Physics of the Impossible” by Michio Kaku


Physics of the Future” by Michio Kaku


The Future of the Mind” by Michio Kaku


Einstein’s Cosmo” by Michio Kaku


Beyond Einstein” by Michio Kaku


Albert Einstein


Theory of Everything


String Theory


The Theory of Everything


Quantum Theory


Interstellar travel


"Alice in Wonderland"


Stephen Hawking


Shakespeare's quote: “All the world’s a stage"


Isaac Newton


Einstein Rosen Bridge


Interstellar” (the movie)


Singularity (theory)


The Quantum Principle


The Uncertainty Principle


Hyperspace


The 5th Dimension


Quantum Entanglement


The Matrix


The Nation Science Fair


Star Trek


Harry Potter

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Apr 05, 2018
337 - Robert Kurson: The Leap of Faith Everyone Needs to Take
01:11:21

Robert Kurson is the bestselling author of “Shadow Divers,” “Pirate Hunters” and his newest, “Rocket Men”. He writes about people and their explorations. And brings them to life. Before he became an esteemed author, he led a pretty conventional life. He went to Harvard Law School and carried out his degree in the field. But he dreaded every morning. So he started writing and took a huge leap of faith. This is his story…

Show Notes:

“Pirate Hunters” by Robert Kurson

“Shadow Divers” by Robert Kurson

“Rocket Men” by Robert Kurson

Apollo 13

Machiavelli’s Advice for Nice Guys

 

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Apr 03, 2018
336 - Steve Case [Anniversary Episode]: An Entrepreneur's Vision of the Future
01:07:50

Steve Case founded AOL. He’s a self-made billionaire and author of the New York Times bestseller “The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur's Vision of the Future.” This is one of my most popular episodes from 2016. Because he has a great story (he turned down Bill Gates, when Gates wanted to buy AOL for millions). He saw a bigger future. And he held on to that idea. He learned how to master his own future. That’s what this episode is about.

Enjoy and you can check out my full notes on my blog at jamesaltucher.com/podcast.

 

Show Notes:

Steve Case’s New York Times bestseller, “The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur's Vision of the Future

Revolution (Steve is the founder)

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Apr 02, 2018
335 - Wynton Marsalis: How to Find the Jazz of Life: Embrace Your Creativity
42:31

Wynton Marsalis is one of the best and most well-known jazz musicians ever. I had him on to talk about creativity. He’s made over 80 albums, sold over 7 million records, and won 9 Grammys (all unbelievable). He even won the Pulitzer Prize in music, which is the 1st for jazz. Now Wynton’s the Managing Director & the Artistic Director for Jazz at Lincoln Center. Wynton’s whole life is about being creative. He’s learned how to transform art from its existing state into something entirely new. That’s a skill. And that’s what we’ll dive into in this conversation: how you, too, can become a master of your own creativity.

Show Notes: 

Read Wynton Marsalis’ article in The New York Times, “What Jazz Is and Isn’t And listen to some of his music on “United We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas

Check Out Wynton’s Website

Be part of Jazz at Lincoln Center Community via jazz.org

Autobiography of a Yogi by P. Yogananda

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Mar 29, 2018
334 - Brad Meltzer: Creating a Bestselling Novel (The Secret X-Factor Revealed)
01:21:35

Brad Meltzer is one of the most passionate writers I’ve ever met. He writes page-turning thriller novels. “The Tenth Justice”, “The Millionaires” and his most recent, “The Escape Artist”. The first book Brad wrote got 24 rejection letters. But he trusted his gut and kept fighting. He found what he loved: 1. Character creation and 2. writing. I wanted to find out the X-factor in his books… and how he pressed on to become the writer he is today.

Show Notes:

The Tenth Justice by Brad Meltzer

The Millionaires by Brad Meltzer

The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer

Brad’s Ted Talk: How to Write Your Own Obituary

Jack and Bobby the TV Series

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

Games Magazine

 

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Mar 27, 2018
333 - Adam Perlman: ‘Billions’ Writer on The Internal Struggle that Comes With Changing Your Career
01:28:56

Adam Perlman is a TV writer, director and co-executive producer. We met on the set of Showtime's “Billions,” which I can now say I am a technical writer for. He's also written for some of my favorite shows like "The Newsroom" and "The Good Wife." Adam used to be a lawyer. But he went through this constant battle with himself on whether it’s “okay” to be an artist. Finally, the market collapsed. And there was no work for him in corporate law. So he spent his days writing and eventually landed a mentor, and a gig, and the story picks up from there. Adam Perlman’s a true example of the struggle a lot of us go through when we know we have some bigger dream... but don’t know if survival comes with that dream. So I look at Adam as living proof that it can be done. That you can have your dream and your wellness and your finance all at once.

Show Notes:

Some of the shows Adam Perlman writes for:
"The Newsroom"
"The Good Wife"

"Billions" (on Showtime)

My interview with Bill Cartwright
My interview with Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Bob Scanlan
Samuel Beckett
David Mamet
David Rabe

The Harvard Lampoon

The Acting Company

The Flea
The New York Fringe Festival

Aaron Sorkin’s shows: "The West Wing" and "Sports Night"

"Seinfeld" (TV Show) by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" 
"Silicon Valley"
"Veep" 
"The League"

Michael Patrick King (Adam says Michael Patrick King was the major creative force behind "Sex and the City")
t (the play Michael Patrick King worked on with writer Nancy Shane)
Transport Group (the off broadway theater company that Adam Perlman was the literary manager for)
"Sex and the City" (Movie)

"Ugly Betty"
"Law and Order"

Gen Maynard (the first person to help out Adam in his TV career. Gen worked on “The Amazing Race,” “Survivor,” and later “CSI”)

Josh Berman

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Mar 26, 2018
332 - Jimmy Yang: Stop Being Bored at Work… Risk Stability & Find Your Next Career Move
57:42

Jimmy Yang veered into comedy not out of love, but out of desperation. He writes about this in his new book “How to American”. “I was picturing myself sitting behind a desk until I was 65 at the same job,” Jimmy said. He knew he had another skill to offer. So he googled “open mics.” And went. He Jimmy wasn’t very funny (at first), but what he found was a sense of purpose and a community of people just like him. He set himself on a journey towards a meaningful life.

Show Notes: 

Silicon Valley

How to American” by Jimmy Yang

Patriots Day

Crazy Rich Asian

Ha Ha Comedy Club

Seinfeld

The Wire

Freaks & Geeks

Beavis & Butthead

Dr. Drew

 

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Mar 22, 2018
331 - Ryan Holiday: Behind the Conspiracy: A Deeper Look at THE Most Surreal Conspiracy of Modern Day
01:30:42

Ryan Holiday had access a surreal conspiracy. Probably THE most surreal conspiracy of modern day. And he wrote about it in his new book, “Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue” It’s a narrative nonfiction, which is new for Ryan. And that’s what makes it the best book he’s ever written. In this interview, Ryan tells us how he unraveled a conspiracy and why it was the hardest book he’s ever written. He also quotes a handful of Stoics, something I’ll always appreciate about having Ryan on the show.

Show Notes: 

Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue” by Ryan Holiday


"Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts” by Ryan Holiday

Ego Is the Enemy" by Ryan Holiday

The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living“ by Ryan Holiday

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph“ by Ryan Holiday

Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator“ by Ryan Holiday

Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing, and Advertising“ by Ryan Holiday

Also, I highly recommend Ryan’s reading list newsletter. And his daily email, which I read every day “The Daily Stoic

In the beginning, you'll hear me mention my interview with Amy Morin author of “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears, and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success

My interview with Peter Thiel (Ep. 43 - "What The Future Looks Like")

Zero to One by Peter Thiel

Philosophy: the straw man argument vs the steel man argument

My interview with Jordan Peterson - “12 Rules for Life: A Solution to Suffering” 


Peter Thiel’s “7 questions” (he wrote about these in his book, “Zero to One,” but you can also read about them here on Medium


Eric Weinstein, President of Thiel Capital

"The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas

Uber co-founder, Travis Kalanick

"The 48 Laws of Power" by Robert Greene

"Mastery" by Robert Greene


Breitbart

Peter Thiel’s speech at the Republican Convention (you can watch it on YouTube here)

Ryan Holiday’s open letter “Dear Dad, Please Don’t Vote for Trump” 

Matt Levine (Bloomberg columnist who Ryan reads)

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Mar 20, 2018
330 - Jon Ronson: Go Inside the Mind of A Psychopath
01:15:06

Jon Ronson writes about psychopaths. He created a test called "The Psychopath Test." And wrote about it. I had him on to learn what it means to be mad. He told me how to spot the signs (and how it starts to haunt you). He also told me stories. Lots of them. About kids trapped in mental hospitals. Secret cults planning to take over the world. His writing style is sort of humorist meets gonzo-esque journalism. He puts himself directly in the center of a conspiracy. That's where this episode will take you... into the mind of a psychopath.

Show notes:

Listen to Jon’s podcast “The Butterfly Effect” (season 1 was about the consequences of the tech takeover of the porn industry)

"The Men Who Stare At Goats" by Jon Ronson

The Men Who Stare at Goats (Movie)

"So You've Been Publicly Shamed" (one of James’ favorite books)

"The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry" by Jon Ronson

"Them: Adventures with Extremists" by Jon Ronson

Psychopathic Test (live show)

"Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries" by Jon Ronson

Justine Sacco (you can read about here in this New York Times article “How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life” https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/magazine/how-one-stupid-tweet-ruined-justine-saccos-life.html

"Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutionsby Johann Hari 

R.D. Laing (the anti-psychiatrist who wrote “The Divided Self: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness” NOT Artie Lange the comedian)

The Bilderberg Group (the group that extremists Jon met said “run the world”)

Alex Jones, a “conspiracy broadcaster” (who you might know if you’ve seen InfoWars)

Bill Hicks (American stand-up comedian)

Jim Tucker (the journalist who helped Jon Ronson uncover more details about the Bilderberg Group), he wrote a diary about it called, “Jim Tucker's Bilderberg Diary: Reporter's 25year Battle to Shine the Light on the world Shadow Government” 

Henry Kissinger

AJ Jacobs, a good friend and bestselling author who wrote “The Year of Living Biblically” 

Broadmoor Ssylum for The Criminally Insane


Albert Dunlap (one the CEO’s Jon and I discuss as an example used in The Psychopath Test)

Okja (the popular Netflix movie written by Joon-ho Bong and Jon Ronson  (here’s the trailer on YouTube)

"Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (a TV show Jon recommends watching) 

Bari Weiss (the New York Times columnist who’s an example of someone who’s pushing back against online shaming) 

Emma Gonzalez, one of the high school student from Parkland who’s making waves in the movement to reform gun laws and one of the leaders of the March For Our Lives event 

"I Am, Unfortunately, Randy Newman" (a documentary Jon Ronson worked on) 

 

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Mar 19, 2018
329 - Sebastian Maniscalco: How to Create an Authentic Word of Mouth Career
51:31

Sebastian Maniscalco's one of the most successful pure road comics, meaning he doesn’t have film crews following him around. He built himself up the old way. Through word of mouth. But I wanted to know what is "real" word of mouth? Not just social media posts. Paul's created real, authentic relationships with the people he wanted to connect with. And then turned it into a $50 million career.

 

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Mar 15, 2018
328 - Wolfgang Puck: Knowing Your Calling is Step One. Following It is Step 2 (A Chef’s Journey)
01:21:21

Wolfgang Puck is a famous chef who has successfully created an empire in food. At age 14, he worked in his first restaurant. A few weeks in, he was fired. And contemplating suicide. Fast-forward, and Wolfgang became the first “celebrity chef.” He’s expanded his love of food in every single way: restaurants, cookbooks, catering (he’s catered the Oscars.) Now he also has a MasterClass available online.

“I always wanted to be in charge of my own destiny,” he said. “I thought, ‘This is what I was born to do.” I don’t fully understand destiny. So I wanted to know. How could he actually feel that? How could he know? How could anyone know?

 

Show Notes

Wolfgang’s MasterClass - "Build Your Cooking Techniques"

We talk about some of his restaurants including:

Cut 

Rogue (this one's in LA and only serves 10 people a night) 

Spago 

Eric Ripert (famous chef)


Chef (a movie starring Jon Favreau)

Le Cirque

Billy Wilder (famous director)

Ma Maison

The Wall by Pink Floyd

Serena Williams (tennis player)

Frank Gehry (architecture)

Picasso

Four Seasons

Freddy Rosen who started Ticketmaster

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Mar 13, 2018
327 - Dante Nero: From Stripping to Comedy: How to Switch Careers
02:01:27

Dante Nero was a male stripper for 10 years. And now he’s a comedian. He was always intrigued by comedy. But before he went up on any stage, he made sure his fundamentals were impeccable. And that’s key. This is what makes Dante Nero one of the greatest comedians still going 18 years later. Listen for your guide to the basic skills every comedian should know…

Show Notes:

The Beige Phillip Show - Dante’s podcast

Dantenero.com

Movies and Shows Dante’s appeared in:

Fighting

The Blacklist

Ocean’s 8

Power on Starz

Fringe

Eddie Murphy’s Raw

Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life” by Steve Martin

Stand Up NY

 

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Mar 12, 2018
326 - Tony Robbins - [Anniversary Episode]: How to Be Fulfilled: Just Start Asking Yourself These 2 Questions
01:00:45

Tony's latest book "Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook"


"MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom" by

Tony Robbins


"Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!" by Tony Robbins

Tony's Netflix documentary about Tony “I Am Not Your Guru” produced by my good friend Brian Koppelman

 

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Mar 08, 2018
325 - Godfrey: Flex Your Comedy Muscle
01:13:29

Godfrey’s 20 years old in comedy years. (Your age = your experience). He might’ve been born in 1969. But that doesn’t matter. He learned this from Jerry Seinfeld.

Seinfeld asked Godfrey, “How long have you been doing comedy?” At the time, his answer was 9 years. And Seinfeld said back, “That’s your age in comedy.” And it’s true for most skills. Or any pursuit. It’s not true for riding your bike because we all started young and a lot of us haven’t cared to step on a bike in 10 years. But if you’re trying to perfect a skill and become a master at something, then years dedicated = your age.

This perspective has helped me in more ways than one. And I wrote about it on my site (I write about all of my podcasts.) You can read it here, jamesaltucher.com/podcast.

Enjoy the show. And thanks

Show Notes: 

“Regular Black” (Godfrey’s special on ShowTime)

Seinfeld’s joke that people would rather be in the coffin then giving the eulogy

Soul Plane 

Zoolander

Adam Sandler

Eddie Murphy

Saturday Night Live

"On Writing" by Stephen King

Jim Gaffigan

Comedian (Jerry Seinfeld’s documentary)

George Carlin

Richard Pryor

Jackie Gleason

Johnny Carson

Jonathan Winters

Mantan Moreland

Pigmeat Markham

Slappy White

Timmie Rogers

George Burns

Gracie Allen

Laurel and Hardy

Steven Wright (Godfrey’s example for a guy who demonstrates “energy” on stage)

Tony Robbins - NLP (here’s a training video on it)

Jean Perret (famous comedy writer) - he talks about “the law of 3’s”

Godfrey’s yoga bit on “Just For Laughs”

Comedy Cellar

David Attell (Godfrey says he’s one of the funniest comedians living)

Colin Quinn

Dave Chappelle

Mitch Fatel

Mitch Hedberg

RoseAnne

Bill Cosby (in “The Cosby Show”)

Tim Allen (“Home Improvement” “Last Man Standing”)

Ray Romano (in “Everybody Loves Raymond”)

Kevin James (in “The King of Queens”)

The Chappele Show

Kevin Hart

Dane Cook

Steve Harvey (Family Feud, The Steve Harvey Show, The Big Shots)

Black Panther (in theaters now)

Marlene Dietrich

Greta Garbo

Robert Mitchum

Clark Gable

Spencer Tracy

Katharine Hepburn

King Bach

My interview with Amanda Cerny

Zach Galifianakis (in “Between Two Ferns”)

Greg Giraldo

Patrice O'Neal

Bernie Mac

Collin Quinn

 

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Mar 06, 2018
324 - Cal Fussman: The Art of a Great Question
01:57:45

Cal Fussman is one of the greatest interviewers of all time. He’s interviewed an estimated 500 iconic people. He asks the question no one else is asking. He gains respect. And gets the best answers. Cal knows how to connect with everyone. So how did he get the superpower of connection?

Show Notes:

Read Cal’s Esquire column -What I’ve Learned

Listen to Cal’s podcast -Big Questions with Cal Fussman

The Tim Ferriss Show

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

Ep. 211 - Sara Blakely: How to Get a Billion Dollar Idea

Ep. 321 - Jim Cramer: Stocks - The Greatest Wealth Creator of All Time

The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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Mar 05, 2018
323 - David McCandless: Visual Storytelling: Transforming Data into Stories through Infographics
01:03:58

David McCandless is the #1 data visualization expert. But what is that? “Data visualization?” Simply: it’s a better way to tell stories.

Show Notes: 

“Visual Miscellaneum: The Bestselling Classic, Revised and Updated: A Colorful Guide to the World's Most Consequential Trivia” by David McCandless

“Knowledge Is Beautiful: Impossible Ideas, Invisible Patterns, Hidden Connections--Visualized” David McCandless

Visit David’s website - informationisbeautiful.net

Watch David’s TED Talk - The Beauty of Data Visualization - which now has over 2.5 million views

These are a few of David’s infographics we talk about in the podcast (most have been updated)

One of the first infographics from 1869 by Charles Minard depicting Napoleon’s March in Russia in 1812.

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Mar 01, 2018
322 - Yuval Noah Harari [Anniversary Episode]: A Brief History of the Future
55:54

Probably the books I've recommended most in the past five years was "Sapiens" by Yuval Harari. And not only me: it's Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg's top recommendation. I’m releasing this episode because there’s so much to know about our past as humans. And our future.

 

Show Notes:

Read New York Times bestseller "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" by Yuval Noah Harari

Read "Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow" by Yuval Noah Harari

 

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Feb 27, 2018
321 - Jim Cramer: Stocks - The Greatest Wealth Creator of All Time
53:31

Jim Cramer is one of the most well known financial experts on the planet. I’ve known him for 16 years. We worked together. I was a writer for TheStreet.com and he was doing “Mad Money” for CNBC. So we have history. And I wanted to check in with him. But I didn’t ask about his success or how his career is going. I wanted the hidden truth. “Are you happy?” That’s what I asked Jim Cramer. 22 years later… fame, money, success… “Are you happy?” And that’s what I found out...

 

Show Notes:

“Confessions of a Street Addict” by Jim Cramer

My podcast interview with Dr. Oz: The #1 Health Guru in America

“Only the Paranoid Survive: How to Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company” by Andrew S. Grove

 

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Feb 26, 2018
320 - Steve Scott: How to Make $50K a Month Writing From Your Couch
01:17:47

This podcast episode is action packed. It’s not philosophy. It’s action. It’s HOW to actually get to the top of Amazon’s best seller list, how to get an idea for your book, how to create daily writing habits, etc. Steve Scott has written 70+ books. And each one generates income. He makes 30, 40, 50 thousand dollars A MONTH! He’s been on the podcast before. And broke it all down. I brought him back again to give us more details. More inspiration. Because if you didn’t act then, it’s okay. You can act now.

Show Notes:

"Habit Stacking: 97 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes or Less" by SJ Scott

Visit Steve’s websites:
https://authority.pub/category/podcast/
https://www.developgoodhabits.com/

Steve Scott’s Facebook group “Authority Self-Publishing”

Listen to my first interview with Steve Scott - Ep. 23 – How To Go From $0-$40,000 a Month Writing From Home

"Deep Work" by Cal Newport

"Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg

My interview with Charles Duhigg

pomodoro technique

"The Accountability Manifesto: How Accountability Helps You Stick to Goals" by SJ Scott (the book he wrote that flopped)

"Tools of Titans" by Tim Ferriss

"Dictate Your Book: How To Write Your Book Faster, Better, and Smarter (Growth Hacking For Storytellers #4)" by Monica Leonelle

HARO - helpareporterout.com

"The Art of Witty Banter: Be Clever, Be Quick, Be Interesting" by Patrick King (Steve says he’s a great example of copy writing / description for books)

Blinkest

A Thousand True Fans (brilliant article and idea by Kevin Kelly) 
You can also go listen to my interviews with Kevin Kelly (he’s been on twice):

Ep. 173 - One Rule for Predicting What You Never Saw Coming…

Ep 95 – Kevin Kelly: A Thousand True Fans

"50 Shades of Grey" by E L James

BookBub.com

Amazon Ads (Scott uses this to micro-target readers)

Pickfoo.com (this is the website Scott goes to get his titles reviewed and “ripped apart” before publishing)

"Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking" by Steve Scott and Barrie Davenport

"The One Thing" by Gary Keller

Virtual Staff Finder (the site Steve used to find his virtual assistant)

"Guerrilla Publishing: Dangerously Effective Writing and Book Marketing Strategy" by Derek Murphy

"The Miracle Morning for Writers: How to Build a Writing Ritual That Increases Your Impact and Your Income (Before 8AM)" (The Miracle Morning Book Series)


Honoree Corder, the project manager for “The Miracle Morning for Writers”

 

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Feb 22, 2018
319 - Cheryl Richardson: Personal Growth: How to Give Yourself a Radical Upgrade
01:15:47

Self-care. What does that even mean? I called the expert: Cheryl Richardson. She’s written several New York Times bestsellers and I owe her credit for helping me cultivate new thinking whenever I needed it. When I was most scared, I’d call Cheryl. And she’d say, “Your best thinking got you here, (to the worst situation of your life, to your complete bottom), so you probably need the thinking of somebody else.” She’s always been right. 

 

Show Notes:

Waking Up in Winter: In Search of What Really Matters at Midlife” by Cheryl Richardson

The Art of Extreme Self Care: Transform Your Life One Month at a Time” by Cheryl Richardson

Take Time for Your Life: A Personal Coach’s 7-Step Program for Creating the Life You Want” by Cheryl Richardson

Life Makeovers: 52 Practical & Inspiring Ways to Improve Your Life One Week at a Time” by Cheryl Richardson

Choose Yourself” by James Altucher

The Power of No” by James Altucher

Hay House Publishing - Cheryl’s first publisher

You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay

Launchpad Venture Group - where Cheryl does her angel investing

Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples” by Harville Hendrix

The Secret of the Ages” by Robert Collier

 

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Feb 20, 2018
318 - Paul Mecurio: Scary, But Not Impossible… Leaving the Job You Hate for the One You'd Love
01:51:11

Wait! Before I say “comedian.” Let me tell you who Paul Mecurio really is. He’s a transformer. A true re-inventor. He started out at as a lawyer on Wall Street. Because it was logical. And he got used to making 2, 3… 4 million dollars a year (after bonuses vested). It was hard to give it up... at first.But he still made little efforts. And those efforts add up. Overtime Paul stopped taking notes in meetings. He wrote jokes instead.

And then one day he got a chance to meet Jay Leno. And he started living a double life. If the senior partners knew what he was doing, they wouldn’t tolerate it. He’d be out. Immediately.

This was a gamble.
But it was worth it...

Show Notes:

Jay Leno

The Daily Show

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Stand up NY

Comedy Cellar

Paul Koestner - Louis CK’s cinematographer

The Hudlin brothers (Warrington Hudlin and Reginald Hudlin. Reginald wrote “Black Panther: Power,” directed “Marshall” and produced “Django Unchained.”)

Spike Lee (“25th Hour,” “He Got Game,” “Do The Right Thing,” “Malcolm X,” “She’s Gotta Have It”)

Albert Brooks (his movies include “Taxi Driver”, “Finding Nemo,” "Finding Dory,” “Twilight Zone: The Movie,” “Private Benjamin,” “A Most Violent Year,” and so many more)

Woody Allen (“Annie Hall,” “Manhattan,” “Love and Death,” “Bananas,”)

David Letterman

Robin Williams

Luna Lounge

Marc Maron

Blowin in the Wind by Bob Dylan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWwgrjjIMXA

Monologue: What Makes America Laugh Before Bed by Jon Macks

My interview with Jon Macks: Ep. 190: Jon Macks – The Gut Decision That Lasts A Lifetime

Jimmy Brogan (Jay Leno’s main writer)

Louis CK

Pete Holmes

Gary Gulman

Steve sweeney

Don Gavin

Movie: Chuck with Liev Schreiber

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Feb 19, 2018
317 - Annie Duke: The Fastest Way to Become an Expert at Anything
01:46:21

For two decades Annie Duke ranked as one of the top poker players in the world. Which means she won a lot. But she couldn’t win without losing. I’ll explain.

It’s hard to learn when you win, I think. Because if you win, then you think you’re a genius, but if you lose you blame your opponent for being “lucky”. So how do you become a real master... Skip the 10,000 hour rule. There’s a hack.

And Annie figured it out. Listen now.

 

Show Notes:

Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts” by Annie Duke

Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell

Every Hand Revealed” by Gus Hansen

Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy” by Judd Apatow

Ego is the Enemy” by Ryan Holiday

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph” by Ryan Holiday

Choose Yourself” by James Altucher 

 

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Feb 15, 2018
316 - Aaron Berg: The Fearless Comedian (How He Finds The Funny)
01:25:04

Aaron Berg is “the fearless comedian.” And I think that’s a compliment. How would you like if someone call you “the fearless (whatever you are).” Fill in the blank. I wanted to learn that skill. And that’s what I think you’ll learn from this interview.

 Show Notes:

American Etiquette: Failing Upwardly in a Fox News Nation” by Aaron Berg
 

Mr. Manners: Proper Etiquette for the Modern Degenerate” by Aaron Berg


Aaron Berg’s Albums: “Comedy Coltrane” & “Unscripted”, both available on iTunes or Amazon


Aaron’s Radio Show “In Hot Water” LIVE Tuesdays at 2pm


Stand Up NY

Gotham Comedy Club

LOL Comedy Club

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Feb 12, 2018
315 - Kevin Allocca: The Economics of Entertainment... This is What Makes Videos Go Viral
01:02:50

Kevin Allocca is "Head of Culture and Trends" at YouTube. He's been there for 8 years. So he knows how videos go viral. But more than that, Kevin knows the economics of entertainment. He told me how to get a message out (because no one reads books anymore. It's easier to get hits online than hits on Kindle.) So what's the first step? "You gotta start making something," he said. "Especially when you’re trying to establish what your voice is, what your perspective is... these things need to be sort of incubated in a way."

 

Show Notes:

Videocracy: How YouTube Is Changing the World . . . with Double Rainbows, Singing Foxes, and Other Trends We Can’t Stop Watching by Kevin Allocca

Kevin’s TED talk “Why videos go viral” 

Ylvs’s videos: “What Does the Fox Say”  and “What’s the Meaning of Stonehenge” 
GANGUM STYLE
David after Dentist 

Charlie bit my finger 

The making of GANGUM STYLE
The Star Wars Kid 

Chocolate Rain with Tay Zonday
My interview with Erika Ender (songwriter of Despacito, which has 4+ billion views on YouTube) 
"Lazy Sunday" by Adam Samberg (an SNL Original short) 

Bo Burnham & Amanda Sings (people who started on YouTube and then made it into career)
Ze Frank (created the video unit at BuzzFeed)
"Friday" by Rebecca Black
Tosh.O https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYJCulUgtmg

 

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Feb 08, 2018
314 - Sara Blakely [Anniversary Episode]: How to Get a Billion Dollar Idea
01:24:13

Sara Blakely is a self-made billionaire. She’s the founder and creator of Spanx. I interviewed her exactly a year ago. But all of her advice (learned directly from DOING) is still impacting me today. I had to re-listen. And I hope you do, too.

 

I wrote an article "What I Learned From Spanx Founder Sara Blakely." Sometimes I re-read it to remind myself of everything she taught me. Some people are inspirations for life. Sara is one of those people. Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast.

 

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Feb 06, 2018
313 - Dr. Oz: THE #1 Health Guru in America
42:24

This podcast is all about getting in control of your food. Food is medicine. It's fuel. Listen to Dr. Oz, leading cardiac surgeon, featured health expert, host of The Dr. Oz Show and author of 8 New York Times bestselling books, including his newest, “Food Can Fix It: The Superfood Switch to Fight Fat, Defy Aging, and Eat Your Way Healthy”.

 

Show Notes:

Dr Oz’s 8th NYT Bestseller: “Food Can Fix It: The Superfood Switch to Fight Fat, Defy Aging, and Eat Your Way Healthy

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari

My interview with Yuval Noah Harari

Dr. Oz's article on "The Pegan Diet"

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Feb 05, 2018
312 - Jordan B. Peterson: 12 Rules for Life: A Solution to Suffering
01:25:32

Jordan thinks about things, people pay attention, and he gets paid for it. His YouTube channel has tens of millions of views. He’s a clinical psychologist, professor and author of “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos.”  

 

Show notes:
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson

Jordan's popular YouTube channel and lectures

"Tools of Titans" by Tim Ferriss

 Jordan’s interview with Joe Rogan on "The Joe Rogan Experience

Carl Panzram (the serial killer Jordan talks about)

A quote from Carl Jung: "Modern people can't see god because they won't look low enough"

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Feb 01, 2018
311 - Todd Barry: Accidental Comedian: How to Stumble Into Your Calling
01:02:27

“It’s weird to do something that you didn’t really plan on doing,” Todd Barry said. He’s a comedian and actor. But he wanted to be a musician. “I didn’t go on stage with the conscious goal of pursuing comedy. In my mind, I still wanted to be in a band,” he said. “And at some point, I think it was like 8 months in where, I was like, ‘I guess I guess I’m doing this.’” I wanted to know what kept him going... It was simple.  “Weirdly, I don’t think I ever said ‘I’m thinking about quitting…’ which I guess is pretty telling.”

Maybe that’s how you find your calling…

By not quitting what you don’t hate, you create skill. And skill becomes love.

 

Show Notes:

Read Todd's book, "Thank You for Coming to Hattiesburg: One Comedian's Tour of Not-Quite-the-Biggest Cities in the World"

Listen to Todd’s podcast interview with Judd Apatow 
This is one of my favorite jokes from Todd Barry
Watch Todd in “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” with Jerry Seinfeld 

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Jan 30, 2018
310 - Tim Larkin: Surviving the Unthinkable
01:18:33

We live in this society where there’s “rules of etiquette”... but there aren’t really “rules of etiquette” when someone’s trying to kill you. Sometimes violence is the answer. “This is a key mind shift people need to take for their own self protection,” Tim Larkin said. Tim’s an American self-defense expert, the founder of Target Focus Training, and author of the “New York Times” bestselling book “Surviving The Unthinkable.” And he’ll teach you how to save your own life.

Show Notes:

“When Violence Is the Answer: Learning How to Do What It Takes When Your Life Is at Stake” by Tim Larkin

“Survive the Unthinkable: A Total Guide to Women's Self-Protection” by Tim Larkin

“How to Survive the Most Critical 5 Seconds of Your Life” by Tim Larkin

“The Art of War” by Sun Tzu

“The 48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene

“Abnormal Psychology” By Ronald J. Comer

The 21-Foot Rule

Pancho Villa

Jason Bourne Movies

The Sopranos

A History of Violence

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Jan 29, 2018
309 - Loretta Breuning: The Science of Happiness: How to Hack Your Brain & Become A Happier Person
01:07:42

Happy chemicals = the key to happiness. So I interviewed Dr. Loretta Breuning, author of “Meet Your Happy Chemicals,” “The Science of Positivity,” “I, Mammal,” and “Habits of a Happy Brain.”

Show Notes: 
Meet Your Happy Chemicals” by Loretta Breuning
The Science of Positivity” by Loretta Breuning
I, Mammal: How to Make Peace With the Animal Urge for Social Power” by Loretta Breuning
Habits of a Happy Brain” by Loretta Breuning
Anxiety: What turns it on. What turns it off” by Loretta Breuning
Check out Loretta’s site, Inner Mammal Institute - designed to helps people build their power over their mammalian brain chemistry.
Also, if you like this interview, go back and listen to my first interview with Loretta Breuning

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Jan 25, 2018
308 - Erika Ender: Everybody Has Talent
33:19

Erika Ender was just nominated for “best song of the year.” She wrote "Despacito." (Which has 7billion+ views on YouTube.) I first interviewed her in October '17. And I wanted to re-release our conversation to celebrate her. She has so much wisdom and gave me so many powerful takeaways. But one of my favorites is “everybody has their own talent.” And when she says it, I believe her. 

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Jan 23, 2018
307 - Kareem Abdul Jabbar: Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court
36:36

NBA’s all-time leading scorer? Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

Six-time NBA champion? Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

50 years of athleticism. THAT’S peak performance. Then he combined his career with activism, philanthropy (President Obama awarded him with “The Presidential Medal of Freedom,” the nation’s

highest civilian honor.). He’s also collaborated with HBO documentaries to create the highest rated sports documentary in history.  

I don’t know anything about sports. But I’m grateful I got to learn from Kareem. (And now you do, too).

Show Notes: 

“Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court” by Kareem Abdul Jabbar

“Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court” by Kareem Abdul Jabbar

becomingkareem.com

Autobiography of Malcolm X

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Jan 22, 2018
306 - PJ O'Rourke: The Celebrity President
01:22:39

PJ told me some unconventional ways to vote for president. “Who would you road trip with?” A lot of people might think they’d say Trump, “but think again,” he said. I didn’t vote. But I still wanted to know how it happened… (Also, this episode is airing just days before the one year inauguration of President Donald J. Trump.)

Full show notes and links here.

Show Notes:

The National Lampoon, PJ was the Editor in Chief in the 70’s (back in John Belushi days)


“Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government” by PJ O’Rourke


“Give War a Chance” by PJ O’Rourke


“On The Wealth of Nations” by PJ O’Rourke


Ezra Pound (poet)


East Village Other (a competitor to The National Lampoon)


The Village Voice (another popular magazine back in the 70’s)

NPR’s debrief on Brexit


My interview with Ron Paul - https://jamesaltucher.com/2016/05/ron-paul/


“The Art of The Deal” by Donald Trump


Eisenhower’s Farewell Address

 

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Jan 18, 2018
305 - Bill Beteet: The Pursuit… Sacrificing Everything You Know for What You Really Love
01:07:13

It’s weird. Normally, the people I interview on this podcast are at the end of their career. Bill is just starting. He spent years in law school. And then made up his mind (after a day of fasting) that he’s going to be a comedian. I wanted to know why… “I calculated it out,” he said. “I figured I can out work a lot of these guys. I cultivated this really huge love for stand-up and it imbued my life with meaning the more I sacrifice for it and the harder I pursued it.” I feel this podcast is filled with lessons on commitment and confidence, but mostly, on being true to your pursuit. And really choosing yourself...

Show Notes: 

“Choose Yourself” by me, James Altucher

Bill’s Quora page

Bill’s TED talk

Bill’s Show “If You Feel like Killing Yourself, Call Me”

WTF with Marc Maron Podcast

Nick Ogle

"The Hidden Tools of Comedy: The Serious Business of Being Funny" by Steve Kaplan

Ari Shafer youtube talk - 4 hours long

The Lazy Philosopher (Bill’s podcast)

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Jan 16, 2018
304 - Dov Davidoff: Vulnerability is Good. (It Can Set You Apart)
01:24:01

It’s easy to just be an entertainer, but it’s a lot harder to be an artist. Dov Davidoff is learning this. And he taught me how he’s figuring out how to use his vulnerabilities to his advantage. To set him apart. For him, humor is a way of telling the truth (in an odd sort of way). I’ll explain. The truth can be hard to hear. Even if it means trashing your wife on stage. This is Dov’s interpretation of comedy. And here’s how your vulnerabilities can be used to your advantage...

Show Notes:

“Road Dog: Life and Reflections from the Road as a Stand-up Comic” by Dov Davidoff

The HBO Series, Crashing

The NBC Series, Shades of Blue

  • Dov plays characters on both shows!

Also Mentioned

Gotham Comedy Club

Sanford and Son

Stockholm Syndrome

The 40 Year Old Virgin

Freaks and Geeks

The George Lopez Show

Roseanne

Cheers

Friends

The Comedy Cellar

The Village Underground

“Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging” by Sebastian Junger

 

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Jan 15, 2018
Ep. 303 - Jeff Goins: Real Artists Don't Starve
01:22:08

Jeff is the bestselling author of “Real Artists Don’t Starve.” I’ve wanted him to come on this podcast for over a year. Because he knows the secret to become a “thriving artist.”

“That’s somebody who makes money so they can make more art,” he said. The key is to combine your art with a business sense (even if it’s just the basics).

Start with your natural talents. Turn those talents into skill (through practice). Develop a business sense (more on this in the podcast) and figure out “what does ownership” look like in your space.

This is the guide to becoming a real artist. A wealthy artist. (You’ll even learn HOW to ask for money.)

Show Notes: 

“Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into your Comfortable Life” by Jeff Goins


“The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing” by Jeff Goins


“You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One)” by Jeff Goins


“The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do” by Jeff Goins


“Real Artists Don't Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age” by Jeff Goins


“The 48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene


"Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah" by Richard Bach


"Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The Complete Edition" by Richard Bach

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Jan 11, 2018
Ep. 302 - Aaron Carroll: It’s All Relative: Nutrition Myths Debunked
01:19:23

Aaron Carroll is a pediatrician and the author of “Bad Food Bible: How and Why to Eat Sinfully”. I threw every argument ever made about coffee, carbs, alcohol, MSG, BACON, antioxidants, the list goes on. He’s about to dismantle the rumors. And give you your control back.

Show Notes:

Read Aaron’s book “The Bad Food Bible: How and Why to Eat Sinfully”

Aaron writes for the New York Times, read his articles here.

“Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!” by Tony Robbins

“Giant Steps: Small Changes to Make a Big Difference” by Tony Robbins

My podcast interview with Dr. Sanjiv Chopra - Ep. 174 - The Art of Wellbeing

“The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest” by Dan Buettner

The Mediterranean Diet

“A History of the World in 6 Glasses” by Tom Standage

Brazil’s Nutritional Guidelines

The Man Who Saved a Billion Lives - Norman Borlaug who won the Nobel Peace Prize for inventing Dwarf Wheat

“Don't Sweat the Small Stuff . . . and It's All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life” by Richard Carlson

 

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Jan 09, 2018
Ep. 301 - Dan Harris: How to Mentally Train the Mind - Ten Minutes a Day
01:28:27

He had a panic attack on air. Live.  A meltdown in front of 5 million people.  Dan was struggling with PTSD, which led to drug abuse and depression. Then he found meditation.

Show Notes: 

“10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story” By Dan Harris 

“Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book” By Dan Harris

Download Dan’s App (10% Percent Happier) to Start Meditating today!

Listen to Dan’s podcast (10% Happier with Dan Harris)

Watch the ABC World News Tonight story about the inspiration for Dan Harris’ first book!

Also Mentioned:

The Ben Shapiro Show

Pod Save America

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Jan 08, 2018
[Special Edition]: I'm Celebrating 300 Episodes!
03:53:45

I’m celebrating my 300th episode. With a GIANT episode. I took all the best clips from years and years of podcast. And recorded some new “behind the scenes” thoughts and ideas about each clip (what I learned and why I loved this guest, how they helped me and how they can help you, too). You’ll hear advice and EXCLUSIVE stories from Mark Cuban, Tony Robbins, Arianna Huffington, Sara Blakely, Tim Ferriss, Ryan Holiday and the list goes on. THIS is episode 300! And I can’t thank you enough for listening.I’m celebrating my 300th episode. With a GIANT episode. I took all the best clips from years and years of podcast. And recorded some new “behind the scenes” thoughts and ideas about each clip (what I learned and why I loved this guest, how they helped me and how they can help you, too). You’ll hear advice and EXCLUSIVE stories from Mark Cuban, Tony Robbins, Arianna Huffington, Sara Blakely, Tim Ferriss, Ryan Holiday and the list goes on. THIS is episode 300! And I can’t thank you enough for listening.

P.S. If want to go back to hear the full episodes with these guests, click below:

Ep. 62 – Tony Robbins: Money Is Just A Game

Ep. 217 – Tony Robbins: About The Time Tony Robbins Smashed The Podcast Table (and other things I learned)

Ep. 211 - Sara Blakely: What I Learned From Spanx Founder Sara Blakely

Ep. 204 - Mike Massimino: “I’m Not Good Enough” Probably Means You Will Get Good Enough

Ep. 63 - Tucker Max: Tucker’s Surprise Announcement

Ep. 133 - Tucker Max: Mate: Become the Man Women Want

Ep. 221 - Tucker Max: The Difference Between People Who Succeed and People Who Don’t

Ep. 226 - Jon Morrow: Do You Have A Gun To Your Head?

Ep. 258 - Nancy Cartwright: Becoming Bart Simpson… How to Find the Artist Inside Yourself

Ep. 288 - Mike Van Cleave: A Conversation About Cancer & Learning How to Discard the Meaningless

Ep. 24 - Mark Cuban: Enough Said

Ep. 290 - Ray Dalio: Principles for Investing in a Meaningful Life (Tested Strategies from 1 of the World's Wealthiest Investors)

Ep. 263 - Naval Ravikant: The Largest Transfer of Wealth in Human History

Ep. 28 - Kamal Ravikant: How to Become an Angel Investor with Only $1000

Ep. 202 - Kamal Ravikant: Maybe a Pilgrimage Can Save Your Life

Ep. 227 - Garry Kasparov: Become The World’s Greatest at What You Love Most

Ep. 216 - Yuval Noah Harari: The Next Step in Our Evolution

Ep. 231 - Jim Norton: Dropout and Laugh (A Comedian’s Journey)

Ep. 180 - AJ Jacobs: Four Words That Will Give You Ultimate Freedom

Ep. 213 - AJ Jacobs: Podcasting, Then and NOW

Ep. 261 - AJ Jacobs: The Intersection Between Discomfort and Curiosity

Ep. 293 - AJ Jacobs: Why We Experiment (And Why You Should Also) 

Ep. 157 - Gary Vaynerchuk: How to Be Successful by Being Yourself

Ep. 2 - Gary Vaynerchuk: Millionaire by Age 35

Ep. 260 - Gary Vaynerchuk: Set a Flag on YOUR Thing

Ep. 22 - Tim Ferriss: Possibilities and Experimentation

Ep. 109 - Tim Ferriss: The Tim Ferriss Experiment Revealed 

Ep. 196 - Tim Ferriss: Becoming a Titan & Overcoming Your Worst Weakness

Ep. 281 - Tim Ferriss: Using a New Lens to Make Life Easier 

Ep. 150 - Daymond John: Do This When Success if Your Only Option

Ep. 210 - Daymond John: How to Create Your Own Point of View & Build a Following

Ep. 141 - Judy Blume: Stop Wondering “What is it all for?”

Ep. 13 - Arianna Huffington: The New Way To Thrive

Ep. 169 - Arianna Huffington: The Delusion We’re All Suffering From

Ep. 18 - Ryan Holiday: Turning Trials into Triumph

Ep. 108 - Ryan Holiday: Ryan Shares His Keys to Success

Ep. 171 - Ryan Holiday: The Powerful Enemy of Your Success

Ep. 222 - Ryan Holiday: The Essential Question: How To Live A Good Life

Ep. 238 - Ryan Holiday: The Art of Making and Marketing

Ep. 298 - Ryan Holiday: Competition is for Losers: Invent Your Own Category

Ep. 59 - Brian Koppelman: Brian Ruined My Life

Ep. 98 - Brian Koppelman: The Art of Super-Creativity

Ep. 193 - Brian Koppelman: How to Deliver Every Single Time

Ep. 139 - Cheryl Strayed: James’ Go-To Author

Ep. 6 - Dr. Wayne Dyer: A Test to See If You Are Ordinary

Ep. 129 - Dr. Wayne Dyer: Namaste

Ep. 273 - Sheila Nevins: The HBO Producer Who Dawned the Era of the Human Experience

Ep. 42 - Coolio: Entrepreneur’s Paradise

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

Ep. 159 – Derek Sivers: The Zen Master of Entrepreneurship

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

 

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Jan 04, 2018
Ep. 299 - Paul Reiser: Find What You’re Drawn To, Even if It’s Hard
01:07:06

Why would anyone want to pursue a career in comedy? There are no benchmarks, no paychecks and definitely no guarantees. It’s too risky. Unless you have that pull... the one that tells you, "this is the right thing. This is what you're meant for." Paul Reiser knew. And never looked back. That’s what I want for everyone listening to this podcast. That's what I hope for you.

 

Show Notes:
some of Paul's work:
"Stranger Things"
"My Two Dads"
"Mad About You" (Paul was in 160 episodes!)
"Diner"
Paul’s first appearance on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” in 1982!
"There’s...Johnny!" (Paul wrote the Hulu Original Series)
Paul also stars in the TV Series "Red Oaks," he describes it as Caddyshack meets "The Graduate"

Read Paul’s Books:
"Couplehood"
"Familyhood"
"Babyhood"

Also Mentioned:
"2000 Year Old Man Record"

 

Jan 02, 2018
Ep. 298 - Ryan Holiday: Competition is For Losers: Invent Your Own Category
01:29:54

If I compete with you, I’m a loser. It means I’m not helping anyone in a new way. Ryan said, “Competition is for losers.” He was quoting Peter Thiel. Instead, you have to invent your own category… here’s how


Show Notes:
“Trust Me I’m Lying” by Ryan Holiday


"The Obstacle is The Way” by Ryan Holiday


“Ego is The Enemy” by Ryan Holiday


“The Perennial Seller” by Ryan Holiday


“The Daily Stoic” by Ryan Holiday


“The Daily Stoic Journal” by Ryan Holiday


A famous writing technique created and taught by Julia Cameron called “morning pages.” You can read about it in her book “The Artist’s Way”


“Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius


A phrase from Ryan’s mentor, Robert Greene and author of “The 48 Laws of Power” (Ryan mentions “tactical hell” when everyone’s just reacting all the time)


A quote from Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal and bestselling author of “Zero to One” (Ryan quotes him saying, “competition is for losers”)

Ryan’s article “Uncommon Advice To Any Young Man Wanting To Become Insanely Successful (Or Get Something From Someone Who Is Successful)”


“If You Have to Cry, Go Outside” by Kelly Cutrone

 

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Jan 01, 2018
Ep. 297 - Rich Roll: Surrendering Does Not Mean Failure
01:30:51

“If you were on the outside looking in you’d probably think, 'This guy's got a really good life.' And on paper I did, but on the inside I felt like I was dying. I was depressed. I was unenthusiastic about my life because I knew I was in a career that was ill suited to me. But I just couldn’t see my way out of it,” Rich Roll said.

He told be about the time he felt a tightness in his chest. He couldn’t walk up the stairs. He had to take a break halfway up the flight.

Rich was 39 and dying.

Rich and I talked about his story before... how he transformed himself from a depressed and overweight alcoholic to a plant based, vegan eating, mega athlete / bestselling author / podcaster / writer and total peak performer.

But THIS time we dove even deeper.

“I was trying to force this round peg into a square hole for most of my life," he said.

I wanted to understand the switch that led him to himself... He told me his secret. And I believe him.

"Surrender."

He went to rehab. And got help for a problem he couldn't handle on his own.

That's Rich's meaning of "surrender." Getting help when you need.

But it's hard to know when it's the right time to get help. I probably need help right now. It's the first time I've felt physically sick in five years. My body is tired. And I'm trying to rest. But sometimes, I can't pull myself away from what I love.

So I talked to Rich and then my friend Ryan Holiday. And then prepped for two more interviews.

I like this interview with Rich for a lot of reasons. I'll tell you one though... It's because when he says something, it feels just confessing. He's sharing what's true for him. And helping you heal in the process. (You'll know what I mean if you start listening)

Dec 28, 2017
Ep. 296 - Linda Papadopoulos: Validation: Why It’s Dangerous…
01:18:09

We all have vulnerabilities. And I exposed mine to Linda because it’s a free therapy session. She’s a well-known psychologist and bestselling author born in Canada, living in the UK.

I had to ask her about all her theories. And all her books. But mostly these 2:

1. “What Men Say, What Women Hear”
2. “Unfollow: Living Life on Your Own Terms”

Because I am still outsourcing my self-worth to new measures. First, it was money. So I gave up Wall Street (for many reasons). And then it became book sales and now podcast downloads or laughs when I’m on stage doing stand up.

And so I asked Linda “why?”

Why am I sacrificing my art for identity?

“We create because it’s in,” she said. “We’re social beings and our identity is bound up in what we create. That identity needs to be confirmed by others, right? It’s an interesting thing: identity. It’s simultaneously what makes us different but it’s also what binds us with a group”

Then she told me about the evolution of acceptance.

“Years ago you’d have a much smaller group validating that. Now, you have people out there, James, that don’t have a vested interest in you feeling good about yourself. Actually, there are people out there that would find it interesting if you didn’t. And you’ve got to ask yourself, ‘Is the source not important?’”

“What do you mean?”

“It’s like a big bathroom door,” she said. All the comments on message boards or Facebook or Twitter…

Think about this. You go to a public bathroom. And the door is covered in ink. Is any of it positive? Or even worth reading?

That’s social media. (According to Linda.)

She said, “Look at who’s giving you that validation and explore if it’s quality or quantity. And, maybe that’s that’s what we’ve sold our souls for... quantity.”

Then she gave me tips. Really useful tips that I started practicing as soon as the podcast ended (like taking note of when I’m on social media, and how my mood is, and how much power someone else has). And then I asked her about women.

She broke down all the reasons people get divorced. And the most common misunderstandings. And how to get rid of them for good.

Because fighting hurts. It comes back to what Linda said about vulnerabilities. We all have them. And they’re impossible to forget. It’s like they put a mark on you. And follow you from place to place. Never letting you forget…

(Linda gave me advice for that too.) “The vulnerabilities are there,” she said, “but the assets are the people that tell you it’s okay to have them…”

Dec 26, 2017
Ep. 295 - Jon Alpert: Behind the Camera: How to Be the Catalyst for Social Change
01:06:31

“This guy tried to kill me. He had a gun to my head,” Jon said.  “We were leaving the country.  We got intercepted.”

Wait.

What?

I was interviewing Jon Alpert.  He was trying to smuggle controversial footage out of Iraq.

“I was basically a complete failure up until the moment that I started making films,” Jon said.

He was constantly trying to make his community a better place, but his attempts were always unsuccessful.

“I want to make this country better. And I’m not a good soldier. And I’m not a politician. So I can’t go represent in Congress, but I can be a good reporter,” he said.

He took two passions (camera and country) and combined the two to become creative in the intersection.

His documentaries show aspects of social change that I’ve never seen anywhere else. There’s this undercurrent of a larger problem... an issue or a cause that people are fighting for. I feel like, in talking to Jon, that I want to be fighting for something too. Jon had a core. A direction. And a destination. All in one.

“The camera is a license for me to go up to you and to invade every single part of your life,” he said. “The camera is a license to invade people’s personal space.”


“And I’m doing it because I love my country and that’s how I believe I can be the best patriot.”

He told me about his newest documentary, “Cuba and the Cameraman.” 45 years! It took him 45 years to make this.

It’s his life work.

He went through a thousand hours of footage. Editing took a year. And what resulted (what we finally get to see) is one of the greatest films about the Cuban Revolution. Ever.

And this podcast is the story behind those stories. We hear about the leaders. The criminals. And what was inside their refrigerator.

These are the war stories you don’t hear. This is the filmmaker's journey.

Dec 25, 2017
Ep. 294 - Jackie Martling: The Joke Man... I Talk with Howard Stern's Former Lead Writer
01:19:03

I started to get really itchy. Inside my head.

I didn’t know how to scratch it. So I avoided it. Until I broke out into hives and finally forced myself on stage.

I think it started when I interviewed Gary Gulman, one of the greatest comedians ever. It was over two years ago. And even though he was deeply depressed, I was jealous.

Because he was living my dreams. He was scratching my itch.

So I started to interview more comedians. And writers of comedy. I had so many questions. I interviewed Jim Norton, Nancy Cartwright (the voice of Bart Simpson!) Fred Stoller, Chris Smith (who worked with Jon Stewart), Paul Shaffer (the famous band leader on Jay Leno), Bonnie McFarlane. The list keeps growing.

And there are so many branches of comedy:

Stand up, voice overs, writers, monologue performers, sidekicks. And each branch has its own microskills.

That’s true for every skill. They all require you to learn hundreds of micro-skills.

So getting started can be scary. Very scary. Some people die with itches unscratched.

When I want to get better at something, I go underneath the skill. I imagine a small version of myself looking up at my dreams. If I can see how far away I am from greatness, I feel the desire to get there. That’s what this podcast is about. Picking apart greatness.

Jackie Martling came to the studio. He was the lead writer at “The Howard Stern Show” for 18 years and now he’s the author of “The Joke Man Bow to Stern.”

I don’t know anyone who’s looked at their crappy job and said “I’m going to do this for 18 years.”

So I wanted to hear him talk about what it’s like to love what you’re doing with your life. To feel good and dedicated.

That’s where I hope to find us help. (I say “us” because I’m still itchy). I still want to be a standup comedian. Not just “do” standup. Doing and loving leads to being.

I’m still at “doing.” Because love comes from having a deep relationship with the skill.

Jackie loves what he does.

So I’ll keep scratching.

Dec 21, 2017
Ep. 293 - AJ Jacobs: Why We Experiment (And Why You Should Also)
40:04

I like the idea of experimenting for two reasons. A) widen comfort zone B) become a better person.


I’ll tell you about A first then B.


But first, let me reintroduce my good friend AJ. If you listen to this podcast then you already know who AJ is. But just in case, AJ Jacob’s is a professional at experimenting. All his books are experiments. Four are bestsellers.


He told me about one he did with the comedian Jim Gaffigan. They looked up the oldest jokes in the world. From hundreds of years ago. And told them to live audiences today. Sometimes Jim bombed, some jokes he skipped (because a lot of jokes were about lettuce… lettuce used to be thought as an aphrodisiac), but others worked.


And he didn’t know what to expect.  


That’s A) widening your comfort zone.


So for this podcast, AJ and I came up with ideas to experiment with. And we want you to join us. You’ll hear what we’re testing right now. And what’s next. 


I found that if I do a new experiment a day or week, it becomes a micro step to creating a healthy life. For example, I told AJ that I try very heard not to say anything bad about anybody. And it’s hard because things come up throughout the day. But ultimately it makes me feel happier to not gossip. And I’ve been doing this now for about seven years. AJ tried it too. “It was fascinating,” he said, “because I realized 70% of my speech was trash talking and it made such a difference in my life when I cut that out because it made me more positive and happier.”


And it’s true. Because we all know that eating trash makes you feel like trash. And it’s true for your brain too. 


These are the nuances hidden in experimenting. You have a secret with yourself. A promise to uphold. And you live up to some unknown potential sometimes.

That’s B.

Dec 19, 2017
Ep. 292 - Tiffany Haddish: Stop Telling Yourself You're Not Good Enough
48:38

Got to interview one of my favorite comedians for the podcast, Tiffany Haddish, star of “Girls Trip,” her recent comedy special. "She Ready", and 20 years a stand up.

I asked her what was the biggest change in her first few years of doing standup. (She's been doing it over 20 years).

She said, "I learned to change the fear into fun".

I think all of the above is great advice to achieve success in everything worth doing.

I had a gift for Tiffany.

It was a suitcase. I gave her a suitcase for the kids.

Let me explain. Because a suitcase is an odd kind of gift.

Tiffany was placed in foster care when she was 12 years old and stayed in the system until she was a legal adult. When she moved from home to home she didn’t have a suitcase or any kind of bag to put her clothes. They make the kids put all their belongings in trash bags. And it made her feel like garbage.

“You’re garbage,” she said. “Garbage moved around from house to house.”

“When I was 13, I said to myself if I ever get any sort of power, any sort of influence at all, I’m gonna figure out a way to make sure no kid feels like a piece of trash.”

And she’s succeeding (and you can help).

So she’s been collecting suitcases for kids through the Felix Organization. If you’re reading this and want to donate a suitcase, look up the Felix Organization.

I wanted to know how she rose up from foster kid to superstar comedian. And the first black female to host Saturday Night Live.

“I try to manifest what it is I want to be,” she said. And she told me her self talk…

“You got divine order all over you,” she said. “Everything is happening in the order and the way it’s supposed to happen.You got this girl. Pull that energy from your uterus. You got it that’s where your soul at. Pull it up from your soul. You got this girl.”

I couldn’t stop laughing.

She said she tried to find the joy and the fun in everything she’s ever gone through.

Here’s a quote from her new book, "The Last Black Unicorn":

"In stand-up, you do need to be having fun up there like Richard Pryor said, but you have to know yourself well, too...You start learning and it's like playing a piano. You know exactly what keys to stroke, 'cause really with comedy, you're like fiddling with people's souls. You resonate on the same frequency as them, trying to greet them to relate…”

“To do that, you gotta put yourself out there. And in order to put yourself out there, you've gotta have an idea who you are.”

Make sure to read the full show notes here:

https://jamesaltucher.com/2017/12/tiffany-haddish/

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Dec 18, 2017
Ep. 291 - Stephen Tobolowsky: Write Your Own Story Because We're All Living On Borrowed Time
01:47:47

If you’re reading this, you probably don’t know the name Stephen Tobolowsky.

But I’ll give you some hints.

Ned Ryerson. (From “Groundhog Day”)

Jack Barker. (From “Silicon Valley”)

Sound familiar? Stephen Tobolowsky is one of the main characters and actors in one of my favorite TV Shows, Silicon Valley. He also plays the MOST annoying character in Groundhog Day. He’s been in 200 movies and a thousand other things including Seinfeld, Thelma & Louise, Heroes and the list goes on.

But he did something weird.

He wrote a book.

And when I read it I thought, “who the hell is this guy?”

There are only two ways someone could write this book…” My Adventures with God”.

ONE: If they were incredibly broken as a human being somewhere in their lives and then they climbed back out of that hole by thinking all these intense and philosophical thoughts.

TWO: They were just born this way...

I still haven’t figured out which one.

I have to admit I didn’t understand parts of Stephen’s book. And not because it was bad, (I loved it), but because I had to stop and think. His thoughts are so valuable and I really wanted to know what they meant. I was pretty happy he was able to come on my podcast.


He taught me that we’re all writing and choosing our narratives to some extent...

“Well I think on a personal level, we all end up developing narratives,” Stephen said, “Either it's instinct or sometimes it’s choice. I think we live in the dark so much of the time that we need metaphors to find our way. And I believe having a philosophy is only useful if it helps you see in the dark.”

So I asked him how do we begin to take control of our own narratives?

Because we to some extent, I can’t just surrender to the narratives that has  been  given to me.

That takes away my freedom and ability to reinvent.

Stephen told me this, “We’re all living on borrowed time.”

This podcast shows you a window into a man’s desire to connect with the deeper meaning on time and what it means to be alive.

Thanks for reading! Make sure to check out the show notes here:

https://jamesaltucher.com/2017/12/stephen-tobolowsky/

And don't forget to subscribe to "The James Altucher Show" on Apple Podcast or wherever you get your podcasts!

Dec 14, 2017
Ep. 290 - Ray Dalio: Principles for Investing in a Meaningful Life (Tested Strategies from 1 of The World's Wealthiest Investors)
01:24:59

I wish I could take everything Ray Dalio said and turn it into a book. But he already did that. It’s called, “Principles: Life and Work.”

And I’m going to be re-reading it for the rest of my life.

He defines principles as “ways of successfully dealing with reality to get what you want out of life.”

And he’s revealing how he used these principles to build BridgeWater Associates, (which manages $150 BILLION in assets. Globally.)

He told me story after story. How he went broke. How he started over. How he built a community within the walls of business. How he wrote his book. Love his family, teaches his students, learns from life…

“I think you're faced with choices. Those are the times that test your values…”

“Being successful is hard,” he said. “But it’s a lot harder to live a life you don’t want.”

Then he said, “habit is the main controller of all of us.”

And (for me) it all came down to one formula:

He said, “Dreams + reality + determination = a successful life.”

 

Show Notes:


Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio


Ray founded Bridgewater Associates, LP, a hedge fund that manages $150 billion in global investments.


Listen to Ray’s TED Talk

 

“The Hero with a Thousand Faces” by Joseph Campbell


“The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” by Charles Duhigg
(And you can listen to my interview with Charles - Ep. 161 – Charles Duhigg: Be Smarter, Faster, Better… And Most of All Be Free 


Also check out this video from Ray if you want to learn more about economics.

 

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