#61: Why You Must Choose Yourself with James Altucher

Bestselling author, entrepreneur, and former hedge fund manager James Altucher joins us this week to talk about choosing yourself. He stresses the daily practice of maintaining your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health to succeed in the long term.

James also gives some advice to those who feel stuck in life, and are trying to break free to gain time, income, and mobility freedom.

Topics Discussed:

  • 06:00 – The premise of his book Choose Yourself
  • 07:30 – Why “going to school and getting a job” is not viable anymore
  • 10:00 – How this is the best time to be an entrepreneur
  • 13:00 – The process vs event of choosing yourself
  • 15:30 – Balancing your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health
  • 18:00 – Why you must surround yourself with the right people
  • 19:30 – Nature vs. nurture and the effect it has on us over time
  • 21:30 – Dealing with positive and negative feedback
  • 23:30 – The biggest challenge and overcoming it when choosing yourself

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Episode Length: 26:38


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  1. Awesome episode! I like how you went off on a tangent here. It’s still highly relevant to online entrepreneurs though.

  2. Great podcast and congrats on taking the leap, Terry. I quit my job a few months ago as well to look for social venture opportunities in Burma and other parts of SE Asia and have been learning a lot from all the episodes. Keep up the great work.

    1. Thanks man, I think the biggest benefit is the brainpower that is freed up. After working 12-hour days you only have so much concentration power left so we’ll see how this goes.

  3. Hey Terry, congratulations on taking the big step! Good luck with everything as you continue.

    This was one of my favorite podcasts of yours yet. The idea muscle concept is just pure gold. Ten ideas a day every morning and I can really understand how James’ life turns around every 6 months.

    1. Thanks! Certainly a simple concept, but like James said the discipline to keep exercising it is key.

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