Ep. 002: Fail More and Reinvent Yourself with James Altucher
James Altucher is a podcast host, serial entrepreneur and investor, and accomplished author with more than a dozen books under his belt. He's also the guest of this week's episode of the "Better Off" podcast.
This article originally appeared on Jill Schlesinger’s LinkedIn.
So here you are, listening to—or about to listen to—the second episode of the “Better Off” podcast. Like you, I love podcasts. I subscribe to many, probably too many. But that’s how I found our guest this week, the one and only James Altucher.
Last spring, I was walking on an isolated Long Island beach, picking up trash on Earth Day, listening to his podcast, “The James Altucher Show,” and was so blown away that I said out loud, “I need to interview this guy!” And that’s exactly what I did. After getting in touch via Twitter, James was a guest on my radio show and we’ve been pals ever since, hence his appearance on the podcast today.
In addition to hosting his own successful podcast, James is a serial entrepreneur and investor. How smart is this guy? As you’ll hear right off the bat, he’s smart enough to know that when it comes to investing, he’s not smarter than the market, which is why these days he prefers the robo-advisor model, which essentially prevents him (and the rest of us) from making stupid decisions. Makes sense because he’s a lover of technology. (One day we’ll get his thoughts on virtual reality and artificial intelligence.)
James is also an accomplished author with more than a dozen books under his belt. You can now add another one to the list with the soon-to-be-released “Reinvent Yourself.” More than anything else, that’s exactly what initially drew me to James: his ability to continually reinvent himself, as well as his authenticity and his willingness to talk about it. He really is an open book. And he’s not just talking about his successes, of which he’s had many, but also his failures, of which he’s probably had more. This guy has made millions and lost it all, more than once! More than twice! Yet he somehow continues to reinvent himself and come out on top.
As you hear this interview I suspect you may think, “How can I be more like this guy?” If so, you should definitely check out his book, “Choose Yourself.”
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