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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The best way I have ever found to fill that hole is not to seek external motivations to fill the emptiness, but to ignite the internal fire that will never go out. To light up my own inner sky.

The only retirement plan is to choose yourself?to start a business or a platform or a lifestyle that allows you to put big chunks of money away. Some people can say, Well, I?m just not an entrepreneur.

The value of your network goes up exponentially when you view your contacts and resources not as a list but as a network of nodes on a graph. Think of the number of connections that can connect two different nodes on that graph. It?s exponential compared to the number of items in a list that connect directly to you. The way you create the network effect is by encouraging people in your network to connect to each other and to help each other.

This is a new phase in history where art, science, business and spirit will join together in the pursuit of true wealth.

Ultimately we are the sum of our experiences and not the sum of our belongings.

What you need to do is build the house you will live in. You build that house by laying a solid foundation: by building physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health.

When you surrender and accept the beautiful stillness around you, when you give up all thoughts of the past, all worries and anxieties of the future, when you surround yourself with similarly positive people, when you tame the mind, when you keep healthy, there is zero chance of burnout.

You choose your family, your friends, your colleagues, your tribe, your life.

Your retirement plan is for shit.

Honesty is the fastest way to prevent a mistake from turning into a failure.

I have lots of ideas. How do I pick the right one? Execute on as many as possible. The right idea will pick you.

Idea! Maybe your dreams are nightmares. Make a list of the things you are doing where you can avoid your worst.

If we truly want to learn, we never learn when we are talking. We only learn when we are listening.

If you?re broke and close to death, you have to start coming up with ideas. If you destroy your life, you need to come up with ideas to rebuild it.

It?s not about yes or no. It?s about two people falling in love.

Luck equals (1) diversification plus (2) persistence.

Ninety-nine percent of the people on the street will lick the flavor right off your Life Saver if you let them.

Opinions are like money. No matter how much you know, there?s always someone who knows more.

Plan the leap, but don't rely on faith. Plan EVERYTHING.

Should I Daytrade? Only if you are also willing to take all of your money, rip it into tiny pieces, make cupcakes with one piece of money inside each cupcake and then eat all of the cupcakes. Then you will get sick, and eat all of your money, but it will taste thrilling along the way. Which is what day-trading is.

Study the history of the form you want to master.

The best, very best scammers will always ask for your advice. This is their favorite technique. It makes them vulnerable. It flatters your ego.

The only skills you need to be an entrepreneur are the ability to fail, to have ideas, to sell those ideas, to execute on them, and to be persistent so even as you fail you learn and move onto the next adventure.

The way to get easy money is to have the most noble character trait of all: being risk averse.

This is about a new phase in history where art, science, business, and spirit will join together, both externally and internally, in the pursuit of true wealth. It?s a phase where ideas are more important than people.

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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