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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Products are valued higher than services.

So here?s the solution and it works and can be applied at any age: get good at three, four, or five things. Then find the intersection. Then become the best in the world at the intersection. That?s how you can pretend to do your special purpose.

Success, in every case, comes from the alchemy of your health, your mind, your positive energy, and the real world situations you persistently improve for yourself.

The day and age of the massive corporations that take care of us from beginning to end are over. But that is exciting news. It means we can choose the life we want for ourselves.

The only things that really matter in this world are the relationships you have with the people you love, and the meaningful things that you do. Haters don?t fit anywhere into that. Don?t devote any mental space to them.

The world right now is filled with fog. Honesty is a beacon. Your honesty?saying no to the lying?is what will bring the lost ships home. It?s what will bring health, love, and money to you.

This is not to say you should eat chocolate all the time. You?ll get obese. It?s much better to just simply fall in love.

We all have faith in something: usually a mixture of some personal beliefs with modern science. I am not like that. Mostly I just believe in what personally has worked for me.

When people give you their stated reason for doing something always assume they are giving you a reason that sounds good, but not the real reason.

Why buy a home with your own hard-earned money when you can use somebody else?s?

You don?t have to come up with the new, new thing. Just do the old, old thing slightly better than everyone else.

Humans are great storytellers. That?s what separates us from every other species.

I like to browse my Facebook time line and occasionally ?Like? a photograph posted by a random friend from thirty years ago. I would never in a million years call that friend and say, ?That was a real cute photo of your baby that you posted.? But liking the photo is my way of connecting with someone that I felt close to at some point in my life, even if it was only because her locker was next to mine in junior high school. Guess what? Turns out, using social media in this way releases oxytocin. You know you feel good when you do it. Do it more.

Ideas are the dark matter of the universe. We know it?s there, but only those in the know can see them.

If you can?t walk away from a negotiation, then you aren?t negotiating. You?re just working out the terms of your slavery.

In one column is the list of ideas. In the other column is the list of First Steps?only the first step, because you have no idea where that first step will take you.

It's easy to get anonymous people to hate you. Have an opinion. Be creative. Be yourself.

Mastery begins when formal education ends. Find the topic that sets your heart on fire. Then combust.

Nobody can tell you what to do. No matter what they pay you. No matter what obligations you feel you owe them. Every second defines you. Be who you are, not who anyone else is, or who anyone else wants you to be.

People are very, very busy walking around you, paying with the currency of unhappiness now in order to reach their glorious futures someday?maybe.

Prominent behavioral psychologist Dan Ariely has done research that tells us that the peak productivity period in a person?s day is 2-5 hours after they wake up. ?After that?, he says, ?there are declining returns on the work you put in.?

So how can one make money in the market? I told you about: #1. Pick some stocks and hold them forever.

Supply and demand. If you reduce the supply of you by saying no, then the demand for you goes up and you make more money?and have more fun.

The definition of success for me is: Is today successful?

The only truly safe thing you can do is to try over and over again. To go for it, to get rejected, to repeat, to strive, to wish. Without rejection there is no frontier, there is no passion, and there is no magic.

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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