James Altucher


American Hedge Fund Manager, Entrepreneur, Author and Podcaster, Founder/Co-founder of more than 20 companies, including Reset Inc. and StockPickr

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I'm a big believer in minimalism. Not materialist minimalism, although that's part of it, but time and energy minimalism. The body is given only so much energy a day.

It?s not our parents? fault. Or our schools?. Or the government?s. Or our friends?. They all have their own issues?no need to blame them. But there?s no need to say yes to their stories either. Now is the time for us to build our own stories.

Luck is created by the prepared.

No longer is someone coming to hire you, to invest in your company, to sign you, to pick you. It's on you to make the most important decision in your life: Choose Yourself!

Out of silence comes the greatest creativity. Not when we are rushing and panicking.

Procrastination is your body telling you you need to back off a bit and think more about what you are doing.

Should I listen to venture capitalists? Yes, of course. They gave you money. But then don?t do anything they ask you to do.

Success comes from continually expanding your frontiers in every direction?creatively, financially, spiritually, and physically. Always ask yourself, what can I improve? Who else can I talk to? Where else can I look?

The big thing in life is to focus on providing more value to people than they expect. The rest comes then.

The only thing you have control over is your mindset, your habits, and the choices you make internally about how you?re going to deal with a situation.

The way you get good ideas is to do two things: 1) Read two hours a day. 2) Write ten ideas a day. By the end of a year, you will have read for almost one thousand hours and written down 3,600 ideas. One of these ideas will be a home run.

This is how we form a better society. First we become better as individuals. You can?t help others if you look in the mirror and hate what you see. And it?s very easy to hate what is there. We live most of our lives hating the mirror.

Ultimately, the best speakers are the ones who have put 10,000 hours into listening.

When I was at my worst, the first thing I had to do was convince myself that I could succeed again. Then, and only then, could I take the first step back?the tiniest step that would release me from my fears and anxieties and allow me to move forward, if not to mastery, then at least to success.

Why are you so angry? Corporate America has always sucked.

You decide whom you say NO to. You are entitled to choose your tribe, regardless of what society imposes on you. You decide who in your life drains you of energy, and then purge them so you can soar. This does not mean you become a hermit; it means you choose your family, your friends, your colleagues, your tribe, your life.

How do you get past this? Diversification is everything. You get past this by having lots of thats.

I ignore the headlines. Italy is a nice place to eat dinner and sight see but I?m not going to ever think again about their debt.

Ideas are the currency of life. Not money?because money can run out.

if you can?t find the humor in everything around you, then eventually you find out too late that the joke is on you.

In life, you will always have 30 percent of people who love you, 30 percent who hate you and 30 percent who couldn?t care less.

It?s one thing to know The Secret or take whatever life-affirming steps you?ve read about in order to bring positivity into your life, but it?s something else altogether to actually create opportunities for yourself. You?re definitely not going to find them reading a book.

Master the tools of keeping healthy and building the platform of self-sufficiency that is necessary to choose yourself.

No matter who you are, no matter what you do, no matter who your audience is: 30 percent will love it, 30 percent will hate it, and 30 percent won?t care. Stick with the people who love you and don?t spend a single second on the rest. Life will be better that way.

Panic freezes you. Nobody is going to go into your head and take the panic away. But action leaks the panic out of your head.

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American Hedge Fund Manager, Entrepreneur, Author and Podcaster, Founder/Co-founder of more than 20 companies, including Reset Inc. and StockPickr