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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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20 Pieces of Advice for my Brand-New 20 Year Old 

I didn’t even want her. I loved not having kids. 20 years ago today, all of a sudden, I had this new roommate.  Today is my 20th anniversary as a father. Which…

I didn’t even want her. I loved not having kids. 20 years ago today, all of a sudden, I had this new roommate.  Today is my 20th anniversary as a father. Which also means it’s her 20th birthday. My daughter. When she first moved in as one of my roommates, she couldn’t even speak English. […]

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Life Advice: 10 Quick Tips

My dad had a stroke and never got better. He was in a sort of “awake” coma for two years. I would visit. He was staring at the ceiling but I don’t…

My dad had a stroke and never got better. He was in a sort of “awake” coma for two years. I would visit. He was staring at the ceiling but I don’t know what he saw. Someone had lost his glasses and I knew he was blind without them. When I first would visit, in […]

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