Four or five years ago, a reader of some of my columns bought the domain name jamesaltucher.com and gave it to me as a birthday gift. It was a total surprise to me. I didn’t even know the reader. I hope one day we meet.

Two years ago a friend of mine, Tim Sykes, insisted I had to have a blog. He set it up for me. He even wrote the “About Me”. I didn’t want a blog. I had nothing to say. But about 6 or 7 months ago I decided I wanted to take this blog seriously.

I kept putting off changing the “About Me” which was no longer really about me and maybe never was.

A few weeks ago I did a chapter in one of the books in Seth Godin’s “The Domino Project”. Mohit Pawar organized it (here’s Mohit’s blog) and sent me a bunch of questions recently. It’s intended to be an interview on his blog but I hope Mohit forgives me because I want to use it as my new “About Me” also.

1. You are a trader, investor, writer, and entrepreneur? Which of these roles you enjoy the most and why?

When I first moved to New York City in 1994 I wanted to be everything to everyone. I had spent the six years prior to that writing a bunch of unpublished novels and unpublished short stories. I must’ve sent out 100s of stories to literary journals. I got form rejections from every publisher, journal, and agent I sent my novels and stories to.

Now, in 1994, everything was possible. The money was in NYC. Media was here. I lived in my 10×10 room and pulled suits out of a garbage bag every morning but it didn’t matter…the internet was revving up and I knew how to build a website. One of the few in the city. My sister warned me though: nobody here is your friend. Everybody wants something.

And I wanted something. I wanted the fleeting feelings of success, for the first time ever, in order to feel better about myself. I wanted a girl next to me. I wanted to build and sell companies and finally prove to everyone I was the smartest. I wanted to do a TV show. I wanted to write books.

But everything involved having a master. Clients. Employers. Investors. Publishers. The market (the deadliest master of all). Employees. I was a slave to everyone for so many years. And the more shackles I had on, the lonelier I got.

Much of the time, even when I had those moments of success, I didn’t know how to turn it into a better life. I felt ugly and then later, I felt stupid when I would let the success dribble away down the sink.

I love writing because every now and then that ugliness turns into honesty. When I write, I’m only a slave to myself. When I do all of those other things you ask about, I’m a slave to everyone else.

Some links:

33 Unusual Tips to Being a Better Writer

The Tooth” (one of my favorite posts on my blog)


2. What inspires you to get up and start working/writing every day?

The other day I had breakfast with a fascinating guy who had just sold a piece of his fund of funds. He told me what “fracking” was and how the US was going to be a major oil player again. We spoke for two hours about a wide range of topics, including what happens when we can finally implant a google chip in our brains.

After that I had to go onto NPR because I firmly believe that in one important respect we are degenerating as a country – we are graduating a generation of indentured servants who will spend 50 years or more paying down their student debt rather than starting companies and curing cancer.

So maybe I made a difference.

Then I had lunch with a guy I hadn’t seen in ten years. In those ten years he had gone to jail and now I was finally taking the time to forgive him for something he never did to me.

I felt bad I hadn’t helped him when he was at his low point. Then I came home and watched my kid play clarinet at her school. Then I read until I fell asleep. Today I did nothing but write. Both days inspired me.

It also inspires me that I’m being asked these questions. Whenever anyone asks me to do anything I’m infinitely grateful.

Why me? I feel lucky.

I like it when someone cares what I think. I’ll write and do things as long as anyone cares. I honestly probably wouldn’t write if nobody cared. I don’t have enough humility for that, I’m ashamed to admit.

3. What is your book “Choose Yourself” about?

The world is changing. Markets have crashed. Jobs have disappeared. Industries have been disrupted and are being remade before our eyes.

Everything we aspired to for “security,” everything we thought was “safe,” no longer is: College. Employment. Retirement. Government. It’s all crumbling down.

In every part of society, the middlemen are being pushed out of the picture. 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.

New tools and economic forces have emerged to make it possible for individuals to create art, make millions of dollars and change the world without “help.” More and more opportunities are rising out of the ashes of the broken system to generate real inward success (personal happiness and health) and outward success (fulfilling work and wealth).

This book will teach you to do just that. With dozens of case studies, interviews and examples–including the author, investor and entrepreneur James Altucher’s own heartbreaking and inspiring story–Choose Yourself illuminates your personal path to building a bright, new world out of the wreckage of the old.


UPDATE – January 2015: You recently published The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth. What is it about and what makes it different from Choose Yourself?

We are living in an epic period of change, danger and opportunity. The economy is crashing and booming every few years. People are getting fired and replaced by computers and Chinese workers. The stock market crashes with regularity.

Every “fix” from the government makes things worse. The Old World has been demolished… and people are desperate for answers.

The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth” contains those answers. This is the field guide to the “New World” we live in. You can play by the old rules and get left behind, or you can use these new ideas and become wealthy.

This is not a book for the faint of heart. Read at your own risk, because sometimes the truth is hard to take. But for those who are ready to hear, James provides an updated map of the new territory for generating wealth and freedom.

This book is the eye-opener of the century, it is the guide to building, keeping, and investing your money and breaking free from the chains of rusted, old thinking.

4. Is it possible to accelerate success? If yes, how?

Yes, and it’s the only way I know actually to achieve success. Its by following the Daily Practice I outline in this post:

It’s the only way I know to exercise every muscle from the inside of you to the outside of you. I firmly believe that happiness starts with that practice.

5. You say that discipline, persistence and psychology are important if one has to achieve success. How can one work on improving “psychology” part?

Success doesn’t really mean anything. People want to be happy in a harsh and unforgiving world. It’s very difficult. We’re so lucky most of us live in countries without major wars. Our kids aren’t getting killed by random gunfire. We all have cell phones. We all can communicate with each other on the Internet. We have Google to catalog every piece of information in history!  We are so amazingly lucky already.

How can it be I was so lucky to be born into such a body? In New York City of all places? Just by being born in such a way on this planet was an amazing success.

So what else is there? The fact is that most of us, including me, have a hard time being happy with such ready-made success. We quickly adapt and want so much more out of life. It’s not wars or disease that kill us. It’s the minor inconveniences that add up in life. It’s the times we feel slighted or betrayed. Or even slightly betrayed. Or overcharged. Or we miss a train. Or it’s raining today. Or the dishwasher doesn’t work. Or the supermarket doesn’t have the food we like. We forget how good the snow tasted when we were kids. Now we want gourmet food at every meal.

Taking a step back, doing the Daily Practice I outline in the question above. For me, the results of that bring me happiness. That’s success. Today. And hopefully tomorrow.

6. You advocate not sending kids to college. What if kids grow up and then blame their parents about not letting them get a college education?

I went to one of my kid’s music recitals yesterday. She was happy to see me. I hugged her afterwards. She played “the star wars theme” on the clarinet. I wish I could’ve played that for my parents.

My other daughter has a dance recital in a few weeks. I tried to give her tips but she laughed at me. I was quite the breakdancer in my youth. The nerdiest breakdancer on the planet. I want to be present for them. To love them. To let them always know that in their own dark moments, they know I will listen to them. I love them. Even when they cry and don’t always agree with me. Even when they laugh at me because sometimes I act like a clown.

Later, if they want to blame me for anything at all then I will still love them. That’s my “what if”.

Two posts:

I Want My Daughters To Be Lesbians

Advice I Want To Give My Daughters

7. Four of your favorite posts from The Altucher Confidential.

As soon as I publish a post I get scared to death. Is it good? Will people re-tweet? Will one part of the audience of this blog like it at the expense of another part of the audience. Will I get Facebook Likes? I have to stop clinging to these things but you also need to respect the audience. I don’t know. It’s a little bit confusing to me. I don’t have the confidence of a real writer yet.

Here are four of my favorites:

How I screwed Yasser Arafat out of $2mm (and lost another $100mm in the process)

It’s Your Fault:

I’m Guilty of Torturing Women

The Girl Whose Name Was a Curse

Although these four are favorites I really don’t post anything unless it’s my favorite of that moment.

8. 3 must-read books for aspiring entrepreneurs?

The key in an entrepreneur book: you want to learn business. You want to learn how to honestly communicate with your customers. You want to stand out.

The Essays of Warren Buffett by Lawrence Cunningham

The Thank you Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk

Purple cow by Seth Godin

9. I love your writing, so do so many others out there. Who are your favorite writers?

Jesus’s Son by Denis Johnson is the best collection of short stories ever written. I’m afraid I really don’t like his novels though.

Tangents” by M. Prado. A beautiful series of graphic stories about relationships.

Other writers: Miranda July, Ariel Leve, Mary Gaitskill, Charles Bukowski, Celine, Sam Lipsyte, William Vollmann, Raymond Carver. Arthur Nersesian, Stephen Dubner.

Many writers are only really good storytellers.

Most writers come out of a cardboard factory MFA system and lack a real voice. A real voice is where every word exposes ten levels of hypocrisy in the world and brings us all the way back to see reality.

The writers above have their own voices, their own pains, and their unique ways of expressing those pains. Some of them are funny. Some a little more dark. I wish I could write 1/10 as good as any of them.

10. You are a prolific writer. Do you have any hacks that help you write a lot in little time?

Coffee, plus everything else coffee does for you first thing in the morning.

Only write about things you either love or hate.

But if you hate something, try to find a tiny gem buried in the bag of dirt so you can reach in when nobody is looking and put that gem in your pocket. Stealing a diamond in all the shit around us and then giving it away for free via writing is a nice little hack…Being fearless precisely when you are most scared is the best hack.

11. I totally get and love your idea about bleeding as a writer, appreciate if you share more with the readers of this blog.

Most people worry about what other people think of them. Most people worry about their health. Most people are at a crossroads and don’t know how to take the next step and which road to take it on.

Everyone is in a perpetual state of “where do I put my foot next”. Nobody, including me, can avoid that.

You and I both need to wash our faces in the morning, brush our teeth, shower, shit, eat, fight the weather, fight the colds that want to attack us if we’re not ready. Fight loneliness or learn how to love and appreciate the people who want to love you back. And learn how to forgive and love the people who are even more stupid and cruel than we are.

We’re afraid to tell each other these things because they are all both disgusting and true.

You and I both have the same color blood. If I cut my wrist open you can see the color of my blood. You look at it and see that it’s the same color as yours. We have something in common. It doesn’t have to be shameful. It’s just red. Now we’re friends. No matter whom you are or where you are from. I didn’t have to lie to you to get you to be my friend.

Related Links:

How to be a Psychic in Ten Easy Lessons

My New Year’s Resolution in 1995

12. What is your advice for young entrepreneurs?

Only build something you really want to use yourself. There’s got to be one thing you are completely desperate for and no matter where you look you can’t find it. Nobody has invented it yet. So there you go – you invent it. If there’s other people like you, you have a business. Else. You fail. Then do it again. Until it works. One day it will.

Follow these 100 Rules:

The 100 Rules for Being a Good Entrepreneur

And, in particular this:

The Easiest Way to Succeed as an Entrepreneur

In my just released book I have more chapters on my experiences as an entrepreneur.

13. I advocate the concept of working at a job while building your business. You have of course lived it. Now as you look back, what is your take on this? Is it possible to make it work while sailing on two boats?

Your boss wants everything out of you. He wants you to work 80 hours a week. He wants to look good taking credit for your work. He wants your infinite loyalty. So you need something back.

Exploit your employer. It’s the best way to get good experience, clients, contacts. It’s a legal way to steal. It’s a fast way to be an entrepreneur because you see what large companies with infinite money are willing to pay for. If you can provide that, you make millions. It’s how many great businesses have started and will always start. It’s how every exit I’ve had started.

14. Who is a “person with true moral fiber”? In current times are there any role models who are people with true moral fiber.

I don’t really know the answer. I think I know a few people like that. I hope I’m someone like that. And I pray to god the people I’m invested in are like that and my family is like that.

I find most people to be largely mean and stupid, a vile combination. It’s not that I’m pessimistic or cynical. I’m very much an optimist. It’s just reality. Open the newspaper or turn on the TV and watch these people.

Moral fiber atrophies more quickly than any muscle on the body. An exercise I do every morning is to promise myself that “I’m going to save a life today” and then leave it in the hands of the Universe to direct me how I can best do that. Through that little exercise plus the Daily Practice described above I hope to keep regenerating that fiber.

15.   Your message to the readers of this blog?

Skip dinner. But follow me on Twitter.

  • jm

    It surprises me that nobody has commented on your about section. I would like to and, privately, share my story. Sometimes, I feel in a “positive ditch!” – I read your book and it was like reading part of my recent life.

  • Hi James!
    Have you or Claudia ever taught live courses online? That’s what I do for a living. If you’d like to talk more, please reach out to me on this page: http://expertmindslive.com/partners (I couldn’t find an email address for you on your site.)
    Take care,

  • Richard Encarnacion

    HI James, Could you contact me. I am having a hard time, finding your contact information. I work with Dotstudiopro, and we are looking to talk to you about affiliating with our company, based on what you do. It could be a great additional revenue platform for your content. reach me at dotstudiopro @ gmail.com

  • Mario

    Hi James,
    Just wanted to say thank you to you and Claudia for giving a great talk in London.

  • Sumurai

    Hi James, I just got fired today and read your LinkedIn post about what to do when it happens. At the moment, I’m not terribly upset, but enjoyed what you had to say and will likely find it useful in the days ahead. I like your approach to your blog and hope that mine will resonate as strongly as yours. Thanks for sharing fearlessly. I admire and respect your style.

  • miraval

    Hi James! I’m a daily subscriber and I love what you teach. All your scams I figured out in the past 7 years after my divorce. I feel liberated and vindicated, as I knew it all along; but I wanted to be “normal”. Because of you I’m pursing one of my ideas and starting a blog and developing an app. I feel so much better and less stuck. Thank you!

  • Salomao Kawakami

    Hi James, I decided to leave a comment here and let you know that I’ve been reading your posts daily and all the time you have been surprised me with your creativity and sense of humor. Currently is a luxury item considering the Internet posts quality that have been all around. My complements from Brazil (Sao Paulo city)…

  • onlinetherapyandcoaching

    Hi James! I am working on a writing project with other bloggers, called the “Simplify the Season” calendar. Subscribers receive one post daily in their inbox from Black Friday until New Year’s Day, and the proceeds go toward providing a Kiva loan. I would like to include this post that you wrote, in my project: http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2010/12/my-new-years-resolution-in-1995/ . Would I be able to republish it? Thank you!

  • Gregory Egan

    I just read your answer on Quora and congratulate you on writing such an incisive, practical and inspiring message.

  • Everybody seems to looking for a guru to guide them through the swamp – people are reluctant to invest any confidence in themselves, and this is the only way you will make it through your particular part of this giant swamp. You can gain occasional insights from other ‘swamp questers’ who shout out their experiences and report on their ramblings, where the ‘true path’ is. But your own navigation is the only thing that will get you anywhere, we want to pour out acclaim and follow tribal leaders we think are smarter, or more invested with ‘magic’, follow alchemists who manage to transmute their experiences into gold. It is very ‘human’ to follow tribes, it is a part of our stupidity; it can also produce singular creations and generate conditions that can help us all. I am investigating some of these ‘swamp leaders’ – but I am also very aware they do not walk on my path.

    • Ijeoma Agbasi Anusim

      Dear Micheal, I agree with you on this. We all, me included are always seeking for the magic formula. The easiest way to achieve success. We want those who have achieved that which we desire to distill this knowledge in a get rich quick manner.
      Yes there is a place and need for mentors and more knowledgeable people to help move people along but you can never know till you follow your own path.
      As they say most advice is autobiographical. It’s from the author’s perspective. We need to stop seeking answers and start beating down our own paths.

  • Not so sure about your phrase about being lucky to live in a country where you don’t risk being killed by random gunfire. Might be time to rethink that one. I mean really James, we here in the US are the undisputed champs of random (and not so random) gunfire deaths.

    • Plutocratic white privilege is immune to everything.

      • Jack McGriff

        Except for the fact that blacks have more privilege than whites for the past 50 years. I guess you never heard of affirmative action, diversity quotas, and college admission preferences for blacks, that is, legal discrimination against more qualified whites, especially white men! Liberal fools almost destroyed this country! Thank God for President Trump! MAGA!!!

  • heatman

    Hello,im a semi fan. I own an HVAC company. After 47 years I have saved 3 million US. I could have had 12M or I could have ended with zero. But at 63 retiring with what I have. How did I do it. I work hard and I work smart. I pay my taxes and put the customer both first and in their place. I believe I was born to be a businessman. I treat employees good, but their problems are just that theirs not mine. I have changed and adapted. In time to save this business. 5 years ago I was doing 1.3M and made less than 60k. This year I did 875k and made 330k. I realized I could not be all things to every customer. I had to pick the work I wanted to do. Imagine a contractor turning down work. But thats exactly what I do every day.Well im off to a late dinner. Howard..

  • JustConcerned

    Hi James, thanks for all the new perspectives on seeing life – much appreciated. Just reading “The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth”, expect to have a happy life rather than wealth – so be it! :-) Happy is happy…, fyi – reading you comments on “options” I have lived by the philosophies:

    1. “Whoever has the most options always wins” – choose your options, be happy with all of them and whatever the outcome you will always be happy and subsequently always win every time you work out of the room :-)
    2. “There are no pockets in shrouds” (my wife’s grandmother, bless her soul) – at end of day no matter how much you accumulate there is no taking it with you

    I might make millions…, but if it means trading off quality of life I already have my list of quality options.

    thankyou for your existence and the quality you bring to my life and the options you generate :-) Stephen.

  • Gregory Cheek

    Another awesome post!

  • Richard Anderson

    I still wanna die I’m in.so much pain I can’t walk eat nothing no since of begin here

  • James, very interesting about page. Stumbled upon here when I was looking for some advice. Reading your post helps in my own writing. Your posts are truly inspiring and strongly motivating. Keep writing.

  • Lightning Armour

    Hi, there’s no contact information on your website so I guess I’ll put it here, I’m getting charges on my credit card from “Choose Yourself Media” and I honestly don’t remember what the hell it is that I signed up for but it must have been back when I actually had money but right now I can’t afford these charges so I’d like to cancel whatever subscription it is I’m paying for, thanks.

    • Vancesca Dinh

      I am having trouble finding where to end my subscription as well. Have you figured out how to do it? Thank you.

  • Johan

    Hey James, do you ever offer 1-1 vide chats?

  • The star

    James, read your How to treat crappy people post ages ago and your advice is to IGNORE the idiots..Have a question. If the idiot is a boss who made you look bad because a) coworkers spread bad rumors about you which werent true b) nobody liked the idiot boss only the coworkers who reported directly to him/her c) the idiot boss just played politics with you because you are a star performer and ignored him/her. How do you deal with such an idiot? If he went behind your back and create false rumors about you to the same industry, do you stand up and fight or just plain ignore? Will karma eventually come true? Will be glad to hear ideas and lessons from anyone.

    • Chad Y


      ‘Karma’, at least in the way most people imagine it…is not real.

      In Hinduism Karma (which is bad) is acrued during the course of a lifetine- and then the balance of that Karmic debt is pushed over to your FOLLOWING incarnation. So…say if you abuse your children- you may be reincarnated as a female spider that gets devoured from the inside by her unborn spider children.

      The idea of karma as being some kind of flippant, pay-as-you-play spirit currency is…incorrect.

      That being said..and as I’m sure you’re now aware (since it appears an entire year has passed since your post) people who play power games in the food service industry- are not typically powerful people.
      My suggestion is to shug off workplace conflict altogether.
      Save your passions for yourself or for those you love. Waste not want not.

      Hope this helps.

      -Chad Y

  • david peer

    hi james. i have a litle q: what you did to scale your website when they became a hit sudenly? servers and so on? because you build them in india and saved money on that but to scale you need money?

  • kdr409

    HEY, I DID NOT BUY ANYTHING FROM http://www.jamesaltucher.com re: $79 on or upon 6/20/16. It was auto-debited from my checking account: Activity #5192-062016-4792131242029913; FIX-IT! PUT IT BACK. And don’t start the Op-in; or Op-out routine… I trust you James…

  • praveen nadaraju

    You are scaring me….I am all about cognitive science now and I notice you are as well. There is no way possible you could know about MIRROR in the brain talk unless you knew how it worked. GOOD STUFF…i’m on the verge of breakthroughs as a result of cognitive science. I was very entertained by your article…cheers, P.

  • Ken Ndubisi

    You are one hell of a writer James!
    I’m not wrong if i say i want to be like you when i grow up. Thanks for the gift of your brain to the world

  • Cheeska Denice Mahusay


    I came across your site and I’d like to find out about the possibility of purchasing some advertising space.

    Please let me know if this is something you’re interested in and we can discuss things a little further.

    Thanks for your time.


  • mannley collins

    Hi James,
    Your a bit late.
    I been there there done that–didn’t bother with the T shirt.
    Landed up in Goa in January 1979.Wife–3 beautiful children.
    We fell apart
    Playing a Cmelody Tenor Saxophone that was pre owned by Lester Young.
    Solid Silver with a IVORY Mouthpiece.
    Joined the Gray White Band.
    Played at the News Years party on Anjuna beach.
    8000 people tripping Lsd.
    1000 metre tall Jesus standing tall out to sea.
    Played my arse off.
    Lived naked on Harambol beach.
    Ran a chai shop with Fiji Baba.
    Went to Puna to check out Rajneesh.
    Very disappointed that he was just a bread head with a Good rap.
    Like you there!.
    Spent the winter of 1981 in Rishi Bhavan in McCloud Ganj.
    Fell devastatingly in love with a millionaire dude called John–Rajneeshi trash.
    Sweet Voice–we sang harmony together at the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.
    Gave it all away.
    Went on the road as the Vedas told me to.
    A long haired Wanderer clad in clothes of yellow hue.
    Just owned–.
    All in yellow pink and orange.
    All shirt thing
    2 tshirts.
    2 Kurtas
    2 longhis.
    2 pr pajamas.
    1 waistcoat.
    1 Bedroll.
    2 cooking pots.
    1 Chipatti Plate.
    Became a beggar for 5 years.
    lived in caves and cheap houses and riverbanks(Rishikesh and Benares).
    Wandering north south east and west and central.
    Begging is honourable in India.
    Buys time to study Dharma.
    Ate the psychedelic fruit of the Bhodi Tree in Bodh Gaya.
    The very same tree that Gautama sat under when he had his moment of doubt and pain.
    The very same psychedelic fruit that Sujata stewed for him–sweetened with Gur.
    Heres what I learned.

  • mintyh

    I too, like other commenters below, have suddenly found a transaction on my credit card for US$79 which I did not opt it for. There are no contact details on your site, so please reply James, to save having to do all the boring hounding on twitter/facebook/wherever else I can get action to get this unrequested transaction reversed. Unimpressed.

  • disqus_sA76rKqWa9

    It took a bit to track you down, but I wanted to say Thank you. For about six years, I’ve been working on a project that I hope will be of help to elderly folks (I’m nearly one myself! Haha!) and got absolutely slammed when I finally took a step into the wicked world of grantsandfoundations. Two faith-based foundations took the trouble to personally insult me and disparage my work rather than just politely saying No.

    It had been a lonely, expensive development process and these two reactions were devastating. For a while, I was deeply depressed. In a sense, I had gotten fired.

    Your article–How Can One Recover from Being Fired?–saved my ass. It was the beginning of my walk back to daylight and productivity.

    So, thanks!

    Pam Hurt
    Woodbury, CT

  • Liman A.

    This ‘About,’ is incomplete….Without your picture!

  • Janice Thompson

    Hi James! Love your work. My fiancee Jeremy and I attended one of the workshops you and Claudia gave at Kripalu (2-3 years ago? more?) and it was a watershed moment. You gave Jeremy the name of your accountants and since then they have helped him get out of a huge financial hole (due to divorce). And this year I finally got the courage to quit my job to devote all my efforts to a labor of love that I initiated over 10 years ago: saving the house that was built by one of the hundreds of accused “witches” in Salem in 1692. I’d so much appreciate it if you could share our GoFundMe campaign with your network! https://www.gofundme.com/2rjbksck

  • Uriel Navarro

    Hello James.
    Thank you to wrote and share about your life experience. I whould like to contact to you and ask you if you would like to translate at spanish your work? I can do that!! Let me know…

  • Chad Y

    I just happened to stumble across this blog and I am so happy that I did.
    My favorite site of all time is Damninteresting.com- but after three straight hours of reading your insightful and stand-apart content..I may soon reconsider.
    Also, thank you for taking a leadership role in reversing what has become an apocalyotic degradation of the self.

    Your new reader
    -C. Young

  • Violet Schiolet

    Hi James, I love reading your blog and I just had one important question to ask you: Is the CreateSpace program you wrote about in your entry “How to Publish a Bestseller” one hundred percent free? If anyone else knows, can someone please tell me? Anyone who knows what they’re talking about can answer if they want to. I am interested in using this program, but don’t want any unexpected fees, and I haven’t been able to find any information about this.

    • 100% free.

    • Phoenixladyrising

      Yes, it is! I’ve used it to publish 20 novels. What isn’t free is Amazon’s pay-per-click advertising, but you don’t have to take advantage of it till you’re ready. I love the CreateSpace platform and will use it to publish the rest of my completed novels. The neat thing is you can always go back and redo everything from the covers to the interiors to the blurbs that go on the Amazon page for your books. And if you need to revise the interior and resubmit it, you can do so and it goes live in no more than 48 hours.

  • Michael Nqanqase Booysen

    Mr Altucher
    How i wish i can meet you one day and really discuss about my innovation program but also appreciate your sharing experience in your successful business. Particular your web-designing expertise that lead you to create Reset Inc company.

  • Lynne Robbins

    Giving advice on nutrition should include reading “The Case Against Sugar” by Gary Taubes. I would love to hear him on a podcast with James. Robert Lustig (University of California, San Francisco) and Richard Johnson (University of Colorado) are also men of principle taking a stand against sugar. Very, very important information for all of us.

  • Wade Stewart

    Hi James, I’m considering the Altucher Income Advantage, but I wonder if I have enough to take advantage of the advice you’re giving. I only have a few thousand to invest and for a good ROI on the AIA how much should my fund my investments with?

    • Rusty

      If you have anything at all you have enough for mr. altuchar. Not so much you taking advantage of his advice, but he will gladly take advantage of you.

  • Joey Kasz

    Will Choose Yourself be translated to French? Can I do it? I live in Quebec and we are in dire need of Choosing ourselves. Would love to start a Choose Yourself meetup with my friends and colleagues and share knowledge from the book. Can I translate for you?

    You are an inspiration of perspiration BTW. Love your books dude. Finishing up The Rich Employee now after The two Choose Yourself guides. Rock On James !!!

  • Vico Biscotti

    Unusual “About”, but deeper. Full of inspiring hints.

  • Phoenixladyrising

    Just finished reading Reinvent Yourself. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    I’ve been a subscriber to The Altucher Report for a year and a half, and I’ve read Choose Yourself and The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth. But not until my husband passed in March was I able to get serious about moving on to the next step–acting on the process of building the House of Tomorrow (the reason I exist). Much as I loved my husband, he served as an anchor, mostly to keep me grounded and force me to focus on building the foundations of what I call the House of Tomorrow Project, Enabling the Revelation of the Heavenly City. I’ve learned a lot through reinventing myself over and over again throughout my life, and while I can’t say I’ve suffered the extreme ups and downs James has, I have had to grow through and around a large number of obstacles.

    Thank you, James, for being a virtual mentor, and for reminding me I now have permission to concentrate on doing what I truly love, which is to help the billion people problem solvers like Larry Page, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and so on, learn to do an even better job of helping the human race to grow up.

    If you, James, or any of your readers, want to know more about me and the House of Tomorrow Project, check out my blog at LivingTheDelphianWay.com (sorry, I haven’t updated it recently, but will soon), or my Author Page at Amazon, particularly the Starfield Valley Tales.

    I’ll keep you all posted as time permits about progress on the House of Tomorrow Project.

    When I read the section about Larry Page and you mentioned Elon Musk wanted to go to Mars (but not crash), that gave me the key I need to create a unique selling proposition for the Village of Tomorrow Project (a major part of the House of Tomorrow Project). “So you want to live on Mars? What do you plan to live in, tin cans? I have a better idea!”

    Even if I’m not one of your heroes yet, James, because I’ve been digging and pouring foundations out of sight, I’d love to have you come out to Colorado Springs some time and interview me for one of your podcasts. Or I’ll arrange to meet you somewhere at your convenience.

    Again, thanks so much for being a virtual mentor and introducing me to so many other virtual mentors!

  • Roland Hagendorff

    For the majority of people seeking self illumination it is occasionally blocked by the fear based ego, which prevents any form of gratitude or humility. One of the most highly regarded people presently walking on earth is the Dalai Lama, and It is interesting to notice that this seemingly wise person frequently answers questions with: “I don’t know”. And who really does? No matter what anyone thinks, they are right. It’s what they believe is reality. Someone who spoke a lot about these matters was Alan Watts, in the now available podcasts on YouTube from his time on earth. As a Zen Master he introduced eastern philosophy to the West. When people attending his lectures looking for guidance from Gurus he would tell them: “You’re It!” (stop looking). https://youtu.be/VCxRSiaFciI?list=PL71wOWE85UuxnBpkUbfcpXxLrrxohU0m4