The Tim Ferriss Show, Episode 18: James Altucher on How to Say “No”, Fail Better, and Build Businesses

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James Altucher

James Altucher

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Now, on to our guest…

James Altucher is an American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, and bestselling author. He has founded or co-founded more than 20 companies, including Reset Inc. and StockPickr. 17 have failed, and 3 have made him tens of millions. He has published 11 books, the newest of which is The Power of No.

Join us in a conversation about just about everything, including: how to say “no” to requests, how to learn from failure, and how to build businesses.  More in the show notes below.

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Show Notes and Select Links from Episode 17…

  • Why James almost ended up homeless after making millions
  • How a daily routine can mitigate risk
  • The “1% goal” that changes his life drastically every 6 months
  • Why he considers news media to be “junk food,” and what he reads instead
  • Why and how his writing exploded in popularity
  • How “being vulnerable” on his blog almost permanently damaged James’s relationship with his daughter
  • The myth of “job security,” and how to chart your own path
  • And much more…

LINKS FROM EPISODE 17

Books Mentioned in the Episode

Other Authors Mentioned in the Episode

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Posted on: July 11, 2014.

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29 comments on “The Tim Ferriss Show, Episode 18: James Altucher on How to Say “No”, Fail Better, and Build Businesses

  1. I just started to listen what looks like a very interesting and fun episode.

    What surprises me already is the good sound of the communication from Thailand. Were you on Skype?

    Also, what equipment did you finally choose for recording Tim? I remember the suggestions in Facebook: mics, soft.

    Thanks.

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  2. Awesome stuff – I love James’ candor.

    Appreciate the thoughts on writing also!

    I’m trying to get away from blogs and delve into more books because of the reasons James mentioned (but damn are blogs addicting)…

    Thanks for the awesome guests, as usual, Tim!

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  3. So I was up in the City last weekend, I live in Orange County, and I went to see the Skull exhibit and decided that the planetarium show would be worth watching, it was AWESOME, and lo and behold I was sitting through the credit’s and WAS that you? If so, way cool, you are awesome.

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  4. Am I doing something wrong? Download (right click “save as”), points to episode 16… (Joe D Sena)

    Could you fix that? like em in mp3 format. :)

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  5. This episode has been inspiring to me on a number of levels, but I didn’t expect to get such useful information at just the right time.

    As a result of embracing the 4HWW principles in the office, albeit without taking the necessary precautions and insurance policies that Tim emphasizes (I’m realizing this now when carefully re-reading the 4HWW after years), I’ve escaped the office one too many times and got fired. But I see that as a good thing. Seriously, it’s an opportunity to focus on my strengths now and experiment more with what excites me. What’s the worst that can happen?

    I agree that the ability to generate sustainable income for oneself – without being employed by a corporation – is not just good for personal fulfillment, but also becoming increasingly necessary from a financial perspective. Now we’ve heard it from some top entrepreneurs: It’s not just a dream, it’s a requirement!

    I’m also glad to hear the confirmation that focusing on health, creativity, and relationships today is the best ingredient for a happy, abundant, and successful (I know that some of these words are over-used) tomorrow.

    It’s true: Money should be looked at as a long-term side effect of being in the flow state and multiplying your strengths (and saying No to the things that prohibit or don’t support that). The same is true for health and good looks, for instance. Focus on the former, and the latter will follow.

    Cheers to all you lifestyle designers reading this blog – never give up, you’ll get to where you want to be if you continue to put the information here into practice and continue to look for or focus on things that fire you up. Remember: Baby steps, and do what works best for you, according to your strengths. I might sound like I’m preaching, but none of these things are a waste of time.

    And Tim, if you’re reading this… I know you don’t want to be put on a pedestal, but you’re an awesome dude who’s constantly outdoing himself and inspiring others. Thanks for bringing on guests like James Altucher, someone I would’ve likely never heard about otherwise (the same goes for Josh Waitzkin and numerous others). Honestly, your blog is pretty much the only one I read because there are more invaluable resources than I could possibly keep up with.

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  6. I’m not trolling, and I’m not trying to be rude, but I do not think James should be looked up to or emulated in any way. Don’t outsource you personal correspondence to India. Don’t pat yourself on the back for not helping others. Don’t cut close friends out of your life if they ask you to do something you don’t want to. Act like a human, not like a hermit.

    He actually had to explicitly state that his Indian email contractors had been instructed to forward emails from his own daughters. I’m glad they made the cut.

    I love the podcast, but this episode left me feeling cold.

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  7. Which equipment does Tim use to record podcasts? I imagine that the devices are different for the inbetween-isode and the real show.

    For example, in Episode 19, the sound is pretty clear, although Tim is outside.

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  8. This was a great podcast. I am totally addicted to Tim’s podcast. The information that is shared in the 60 minutes or so is so valuable. I just wanted to say this one inspired me to do more at work and try to grow my company. Thanks Time and James!

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  9. This is my favorite episode of all. I have probably listened to this podcast alteast 3 times over the last month. Everyone talks about their success, but not the failures that also allowed them to get there. Kudos to James Altucher and to the main man Tim!

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