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I Didn’t Want Her To Be Born. And Then…

I didn’t want her. I thought to myself, how can I love anyone as much as I love Josie (her older sister)? And then Mollie was born. When a baby is born…

I didn’t want her. I thought to myself, how can I love anyone as much as I love Josie (her older sister)? And then Mollie was born. When a baby is born this is what happens: A new one foot tall US citizen moves into your house, can’t speak English, shits on the floor, cries […]

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Everyone Should Hear This Advice

When I was a kid, and often now, I felt ugly and different. Not just for my looks. But my thoughts, the things that I was interested in that other kids weren’t.…

When I was a kid, and often now, I felt ugly and different. Not just for my looks. But my thoughts, the things that I was interested in that other kids weren’t. My beliefs. And, of course, acne, braces, glasses, wild hair, unathletic, didn’t care about sports, was bullied. I loved TV for often giving […]

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The Real Cost of the College Admissions Scandal

News just broke that wealthy, famous parents, including actors, bribed colleges into accepting their children. What’s the real cost of the college admissions scandal? The death of the nation. I’m not a…

News just broke that wealthy, famous parents, including actors, bribed colleges into accepting their children. What’s the real cost of the college admissions scandal? The death of the nation. I’m not a doom and gloom guy. In fact, I’m so optimistic that because of “pessimism bias” many people think I’m stupid. I always think the […]

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I Am Always Scared

As I’m writing this, I’m about to interview Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The first time a Supreme Court Justice has ever been on a podcast. The first, first time. As usual, I am…

As I’m writing this, I’m about to interview Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The first time a Supreme Court Justice has ever been on a podcast. The first, first time. As usual, I am very nervous. I’m terrified. I’ve done 500 episodes of “The James Altucher Show” and maybe 1,000 other podcasts but I still get nervous […]

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The Worst Text I Got Since Posting My Number Online

Let me tell you about the worst text I got since publishing my phone number online (and eight other questions from this interview)… 1. With such a varied career, how do you…

Let me tell you about the worst text I got since publishing my phone number online (and eight other questions from this interview)… 1. With such a varied career, how do you primarily see yourself? As a writer, an entrepreneur, something else…? Entrepreneurship is too painful. I’ve started over 18 businesses, failed at 16 of […]

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4 Rules to Achieving Happiness

This morning I was very unhappy. I couldn’t get things done. My mind was bouncing like in a pinball machine. And I hated people in my head. Hated them! First, I was…

This morning I was very unhappy. I couldn’t get things done. My mind was bouncing like in a pinball machine. And I hated people in my head. Hated them! First, I was thinking of at least two people who had wronged me in the past few months. I kept thinking, “But I did X, Y, […]

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8 Things I Wish I Spent More Time Avoiding

When I was 17 I was daydreaming while driving a car. I had just had a chess lesson and beaten my instructor in a surprising way. He was surprised and quickly reset…

When I was 17 I was daydreaming while driving a car. I had just had a chess lesson and beaten my instructor in a surprising way. He was surprised and quickly reset the pieces so he could have revenge before the lesson was over. But it didn’t matter. I had beaten him! Crushed him. DESTRUCTION! […]

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