James Altucher Quotes

Who on Earth is James Altucher?

James Altucher is an American former hedge fund manager, serial entrepreneur and financial expert from New York City.

Altucher went broke and got rich several times in his life.

Right now James Altucher is a well known podcast host, blogger, stand-up comedian, and author of 'Choose Yourself' and many other best selling books.

Born January 22, 1968

Books by James Altucher


Best 314 Quotes by James Altucher

“40% of people who graduate college never read a book again. If you are in the remaining 60% you are 1000× ahead of everyone else.”

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The Rich Employee

“A good idea is always a by-product of 9 bad ideas.”

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“A year from now, what do you want to look back on and say, “I am most proud I did this.”

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“According the IRS, the average millionaire in the United States has at least five different sources of income.”

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“Action leaks the panic out of your head.”

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The Rich Employee

“All decisions are either growth decisions or fear decisions. Only growth decisions point in the same direction as your inner compass for success.”

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“All obstacles have opportunities.”

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“All of life is a game of high stakes poker.”

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“Always assume you are the least intelligent person in the room. Always. Do this in every room, at every dinner, in every situation.”

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The Rich Employee

“Always be working on an evil plan.”

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“Always go to the place least crowded. Success is found where nobody else is.”

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“Always go where it’s least crowded.”

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“Always take the job, pursue the life, and have the friends that allow you to have as much freedom as possible. I asked Nassim Taleb on my podcast what job should one have. He said, night watchman, because nobody is around to bother you and you can pursue all your dreams on the side.”

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The Rich Employee

“Always try to move in the direction that makes you happy.”

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“An addiction is a symptom. Find the real genetic roots of what is going on.”

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“Anger is just fear clothed.”

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“Ask for forgiveness, not permission.”

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“Assume everyone around you is secretly an alien that was sent down to Earth to teach you a lesson or send you on a mission.”

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“At any point in your career, you are either a thermostat or a thermometer. You either define the temperature of the people around you and help them achieve their goals and dreams, or you simply do as you’re told and be a follower and never inspire.”

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The Rich Employee

“Bad things will happen. Treat them like opportunities.”

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“Basic garden math: 1% of seeds turns into 50% of the flowers. Plant lots of seeds.”

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“Be around people who are kind to you and love you. Other people will make you unhappy, unkind, and unsuccessful.”

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“Be healthy: eat well, sleep well, move well. This creates energy so you have the physical ability to pursue dreams.”

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“Be honest. It’s hard enough to live one life, let alone a double life.”

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“Be the person everyone wants to be friends with.”

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“Be the person that everyone remembers.”

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“Be the stupidest person in the room.”

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“Being able to communicate is the only way that a vision in your head can be transplanted into someone else’s head.”

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“Being productive is not about sitting behind a desk so you get a promotion. Being productive is about using time to make a better you.”

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“Blaming is draining.”

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“Business is just a vehicle for transforming the ideas in your head into something real, something tangible, that actually improves the lives of others.”

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“Buy convenience. If you have to spend your last dollar to have an easier commute always do it. Convenience is worth more than physical items.”

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“By reading you download an entire person’s life into your head without having to live their life.”

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“Carelessness costs jobs, respect, businesses, money, time. And time can’t be replaced.”

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“Choose to be good, choose to be kind. If you choose to care about what you do, and be kind, you will going to succeed, a nothing else will matter.”

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“Clean your house before you save the world.”

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“Comedians are the best public speakers and are up against the most brutal audiences, so you must study them. Learn from them.”

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The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“Computers are considered smart if they think like humans and humans are considered smart if they think like computers.”

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“Corporations pay you just enough so you can live but not enough so that you can escape their leash.”

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“Creativity is a muscle. You can’t have good ideas if you don’t exercise that muscle.”

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“Decide every day what you believe in and don’t compromise on those beliefs. Every time you compromise, you become part of the machine. Much more happiness is found outside of the machine.”

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“Deep inside you there is a creative force that desperately wants you to succeed, wants you to make a lot of money, wants you to fall in love and be happy, wants you to do these things not so you can live in exotic mansions and travel the world fifty times over, but so that you are free from the constraints of a normal job and can pursue the real exploration of what and where is the happiness around you.”

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I Was Blind But Now I See

“Do 100 pushups a day instead of zero.”

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“Do not let the regrets of the past, or anxieties of the future, steal from the only moment which truly is real – right now.”

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“Do one thing every day you loved as a kid.”

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“Do the work first to make your life better. Laziness needs to be earned a little.”

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“Do what you do with love, and success is a natural symptom.”

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“Don't be in a rush. Every overnight success I’ve spoken to took 10-20 years to get there. But only if they celebrated small success along the way.”

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“Don't depend on others for your happiness.”

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“Don't read news. News is about shock. Not about knowledge.”

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“Don’t ask for anything. And don’t show them your solution in advance. Ask them their problems, brainstorm on a solution until they say, “Yes, that’s it!” and then show how you have the solution already.”

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Sales advice from his father

“Don’t be a sore loser. Learn from the losses. Lose frequently so you learn more.”

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“Don’t believe something just because everyone else believes it.”

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“Don’t do something just for the money. Money is a side effect of persistence. You persist in things you are interested in. Explore your interests. Then persist. Then enjoy all the side effects.”

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The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“Don’t ever say you “can’t” do something. If there’s something you passionately want, there’s always some way to get it or get close to it.”

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“Don’t outsource your self-esteem to a romantic partner.”

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“Don’t quit your day job is supposed to be a funny way of saying, “You shouldn’t get out of your comfort zone. You shouldn’t try to better yourself. You shouldn’t strive for more. Don’t try to be rich.”

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“Don’t read the news. Every second you read “news” you can be reading or doing something that can improve your life. People who write news are phonies.”

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“Don’t take a No from someone who can’t say Yes.”

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“Energy is more important than money. Energy is what makes you live a long, productive and happy life.”

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“Every day I ask: what else could I be doing. I wait for the answer. And then I do it.”

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“Every day, avoid death.”

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“Every good creation in history was the child of really ugly parents.”

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“Every master has his Elba. Banished to an island where the life you once knew no longer exists and it seems like there is no way to escape.”

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The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“Every primate ranks themselves in their tribe from alpha to omega.”

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“Every time you say yes to something you don’t want to do, this will happen: you will resent people, you will do a bad job, you will have less energy for the things you were doing a good job on, you will make less money, and yet another small percentage of your life will be used up, burned up, a smoke signal to the future saying, “I did it again.”

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Choose Yourself

“Everyone is an entrepreneur. The only skills you need to be an entrepreneur are the ability to fail, to have ideas, to sell those ideas, to execute on them, and to be persistent so even as you fail you learn and move onto the next adventure.”

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Choose Yourself

“Everyone is forgotten. Four generations from now, nobody will know your name.”

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“Everything in life is about having as many options as possible so you can maximize your freedom.”

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The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“Everything that happens in your future is a direct result of what you do today.”

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The Rich Employee

“Everything worthwhile requires skill. If you want to achieve something, you need more skill than all of the other people trying to achieve it. Break apart a skill into 20 micro-skills. Figure out how, each day, you can get better at each micro-skill. Don’t worry about the outcomes. outcomes happen naturally as you build the skills. Just every day focus on improving each micro-skill a tiny, tiny bit. This is the roadmap to success in anything you want to do.”

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“Everything you learn in school can be outsourced to someone who learned it more cheaply or learned it more recently.”

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The Rich Employee

“Excuses are easy lies we tell ourselves to cover up our failures.”

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“Excuses are leaks in a boat. When you cover one, another pops up, and it’s even bigger. It’s hard to keep the boat repaired and get safely to shore if you have an excuse mind-set.”

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The Power of No

“Explain it to me like I’m a three year old. This is the only way to learn. Only way to listen.”

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“Filtering the people we allow into our lives is probably the most important factor in determining whether we will live a happy life or not.”

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The Power of No

“Focus on how to make the people around you look good.”

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“Follow the one percent rule: improve one percent each day, in each of these areas of life.”

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The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“For every dollar you make, 40% goes to taxes. At least 16% of those taxes goes to support wars.”

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“Forget purpose. It’s okay to be happy without one. The quest for a single purpose has ruined many lives.”

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Choose Yourself

“Freedom is not depending on the decisions of others for your personal improvement in all areas of life.”

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“Get good at three, four, or five things. Then find the intersection. Then become the best in the world at the intersection. That’s how you can pretend to do your special purpose.”

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The Rich Employee

“Get really good at poker and you learn about people, probability, statistics, selling, arbitrage, decision making, money management, emotional control, entertainment, creativity.”

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“Goals are a myth. Our ancestors for 200,000 years didn’t have goals. Every day started from scratch: hunt, forage, eat, sex, sleep, and wake up to a new day. Then we were told to find our 'goals'.”

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The Rich Employee

“Goals should change with more knowledge.”

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“Good ideas are a link between the real world and the world of myths and dreams.”

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The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“Google knows nothing. If I go to Google and want to learn about computer programming, Google will say, “I know nothing but here are the ten best places you can go based on my extensive research.”

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“Happiness is a bag of chemicals. Some serotonin, some endorphin, some dopamine, reduced cortisol, some oxytocin. You don’t need to be happy every second. That’s just the meat computer in your head. Don’t be a software program. Be the programmer.”

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“Happy people
1. Don't compare
2. Don't complain.
3. Avoid toxic people. Meet friends.
4. Laugh more
5. Create
6. Move more
7. Sleep more.
8. Do at least one challenge a day.
9. Rest throughout the day.
10. Probably don't post on social media about what happy people do.”

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“Have themes instead of goals.”

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The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“Here’s how I like to make a “YES” decision:

Will the “YES” improve my relationships with others?
Will the “YES” improve my mastery of something I love?
Will the “YES” increase my freedom – my ability to make more decisions for myself each day?”

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“Heroes talk about ideas, villains talk about other people.”

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“Hope is not a good strategy.”

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“How you communicatie is how people remember you.”

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“Humility is more important than self-esteem. Be humble enough to realize what you are not good at.”

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“I buy experiences and not things. I don’t like to buy my kids’ gifts. But I’ll take them places and won’t hold back. They will lose and forget the “things” in the long run. But they will never forget the experiences.”

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The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth

“I dive into a book and it breathes life into me. I’m a vampire who sucks the words out of the author until I have absorbed his or her life.”

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“I don’t believe a life has a purpose. Tomorrow I will know more than today. So how can I guess today what sort of purpose I will have tomorrow?”

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“I don’t know if money buys happiness. But it’s for sure that poverty doesn’t buy happiness. I’ve never seen a homeless guy skipping down the street with a smile.”

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“I have lots of ideas. How do I pick the right one? Execute on as many as possible. The right idea will pick you.”

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The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“I have never met a mentally strong person who wasn’t a voracious reader.”

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The Rich Employee

“I learned that people don’t read you because you’re smart. They read you because you’re passionate about a certain topic, and repackage ideas in the way that only you can.”

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“I made some very bad decisions. I gave up doing things I love in order to make money doing things I hate.”

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“I noticed I was impacting others when I followed good habits. A good habit is the pebble dropped in the ocean that ripples out to every shore.”

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“I think Bitcoin has about a 1 in 100 chance of being a survivor. So I have 1% of my portfolio in Bitcoin.”

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The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“I wish I had learned poker at 17 instead of at 30. Then I wouldn’t have lost all my money at 30. Much safer to lose all your money at 17 before you have two kids and a mortgage.”

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“Ideas are the currency of life. Not money—because money can run out.”

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The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“If a company is buying lots of smaller companies, they need a vision that explains why bigger is better.”

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The Rich Employee

“If anything, diversify not across stocks but across the smart people you follow.”

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The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“If coming up with ten ideas sounds too hard, then come up with twenty.”

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The Power of No

“If I’m not the best, I need to get beginner’s mind and learn from mentors.”

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“If someone doesn’t like you, then ignore them. This seems obvious but it isn’t. Sometimes when someone doesn’t like me, I waste time trying to get them to like me. This is how you win the loser’s trophy.”

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“If someone no longer has your best interest at heart, then in your own self-interest you need to back off. Now.”

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The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“If someone wrote Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony right now it would be laughed at.”

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The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“If the wants, needs, and prejudices of others, even those you love, take up too much mental real estate in your brain, then you have no room left over to actually be the person you were meant to be—the person who actually has the potential to help others.”

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Skip the Line

“If too many things have to happen in order to bring about the situation you want, then back out of it and try again later.”

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“If you are a threat, then you will be a target.”

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“If you are sick in bed, you can’t save the world.”

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“If you aren’t the master of your life, then you are the slave of someone else’s.”

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“If you can laugh about something, that’s certainly better than not laughing.”

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“If you can't walk away from a negotiation, then you aren't negotiating. You're just working out the terms of your slavery. ”

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The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth

“If you can’t explain what you do, you don’t know what you do.”

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“If you can’t find the humor in everything around you, then eventually you find out too late that the joke is on you.”

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The Choose Yourself Stories

“If you could structure your day completely without any financial or emotional worries, what would you do?”

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“If you don’t choose yourself, someone else will and the result won’t be pleasant.”

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The Choose Yourself Stories

“If you don’t give yourself permission to create a new world, chances are nobody else will.”

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The Rich Employee

“If you don’t have integrity, then you live a double life. It’s hard enough to live one life.”

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“If you don’t live in the world of choosing, you live in the world of excusing.”

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The Choose Yourself Stories

“If you don’t make the choices in your own life then someone else will and the results won’t be as good for you.”

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“If you ever feel like you have to kiss someone’s ass to get what you want then you are making fear decisions.”

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“If you have to do something that you know will make your life better, stop with the excuses.”

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“If you outsource your self-esteem, you’ll never be happy.”

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“If you stick to anything for a year, you’ll become better than 99% of people in the world at it.”

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“If you want your life to change, do something different, something unexpected, take a wrong turn off a dirt road.”

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“If you’re forced to read things that are boring to you, you won’t be able to narrow in on the things that really excite you.”

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“In the 1890’s horses, carrying people to work, dropped 4.5 million tons of manure on the streets of Manhattan, every year. That was the big environmental problem of the day. "NYC will be buried in horse manure by 1950!" screamed the headlines. It doesn’t matter what your opinion about this was. None of the people living in NY solved the problem despite the 1000s of opinions. People with passion for mechanics in Detroit made something called a car. Problem solved.”

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The Rich Employee

“In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. When everyone spills their guts, they lose their sight. The one who holds on to this very precious resource becomes the one-eyed man, the king.”

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The Power of No

“It’s almost impossible to get rich on income.”

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“It’s good to let the brain wander. Creativity moves around a lot inside the brain. You have to let your brain wander in order to find out where creativity is today.”

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“It’s taken me a long time to learn to surround myself with the best possible people. The people that inspire me. The people that I love. The people that change me for the better.”

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“Just being an entrepreneur, without having multiple sources of income, without first taking care of the risks, is suicide. ”

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The Rich Employee

“Just make small incremental moves towards the life you want to live.”

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“Just own stocks in an industry that is growing faster than inflation.”

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“Leadership is not about achieving your dream. It’s about helping everyone else achieve their dreams.”

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The Rich Employee

“Learn to connect to people. Learn to be vulnerable with people. Vulnerability builds connections.”

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“Learn to discover other people’s agendas. They will never care about your agenda until you study theirs.”

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“Life does not promise you stability, it promises you a laboratory. In that laboratory you can experiment.”

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“Life is too long to reject the opportunities in front of you every day.”

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“Listen to the lyrics of early 70s rock songs. All of the wisdom of the world is there.”

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“Live life as if today might be your last day. ”

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“Live life like it’s the last day for everyone else.”

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The Rich Employee

“Luck is created by the prepared.”

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Choose Yourself

“Make decisions from core values:

Will this decision:
Improve my relationships with people?
Improve my mastery over things I love?
Improve my freedom? The number of decisions I make per day that are mine and nobody else’s.”

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“Many people think net worth leads to more self-worth. I know for me I was dead broke when I finally realized that self-worth leads to more net worth.”

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“Many people, and I was one of them, are on the treadmill of school, college, job, job, job, retirement, death.”

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“Mastering yourself is the only way to help be the pebble that drops in the ocean and ripples its effects to all shores.”

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“Mastery begins when formal education ends. Find the topic that sets your heart on fire. Then combust.”

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The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“Mistakes are the spell books of success. Study them hard.”

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“Money buys you more opportunities.”

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“Money doesn’t buy happiness but it certainly solves your money problems.”

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“Money is a byproduct of being a good, competent, creative, healthy person.”

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“Money is about arbitrage. Seeing value where other people don’t.”

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“Most people are not truly talented at anything. However, most people can be pretty good at something.”

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The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“Most people don’t read. Those people are losers. If you read one good thing a day then in a few years you’ll know thousands more things than anyone else.”

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“Never focus on outcome, just process. Process is pleasure. Process is today and in the moment. Outcome is always a fantasy in the future.”

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“Never have your happiness dependent on a yes or no decision from one person.”

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The Choose Yourself Stories

“Never read news. The news is written by bad writers who are just looking for page views and are willing to lie or defame to get them. Also the news is out of date one day later.”

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“Nine to five is a myth. It doesn’t start at 9. It doesn’t end at 5.”

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“No excuses. Blaming is draining. Complaining is draining. Explaining is draining. We don’t have enough inner plumbing for all that draining.”

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“No matter who you are, no matter what you do, no matter who your audience is: 30 percent will love it, 30 percent will hate it, and 30 percent won’t care. Stick with the people who love you and don’t spend a single second on the rest. Life will be better that way.”

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Choose Yourself

“No progress = negative progress.”

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“Nobody can beat an obsessive person.”

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“Nobody can get rich from a job.”

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“Nobody can tell you what to do. No matter what they pay you. No matter what obligations you feel you owe them. Every second defines you. Be who you are, not who anyone else is, or who anyone else wants you to be.”

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Choose Yourself

“Nobody wakes up in the morning and says, “I can’t wait to clean out some shit today.”

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Choose Yourself

“Nothing ever works out when you are at the whims of others. It doesn’t matter if you are an entrepreneur or an employee. Once someone is bribing you to do something (a salary is a form of bribery if you are only doing the work for the money and not for the meaning) then you become a prisoner.”

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The Rich Employee

“Obsession is the best college. You can’t be the greatest without obsession.”

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“Once you make a decision, don’t challenge it. Stick with it.”

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“One candle can light a thousand other candles and still remain lit itself. Be that candle.”

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“One of the most expensive items in life is solitude. Time alone, space, quiet. Seems cheap but to have it when you want often costs a lifetime of work.”

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“Only free time, imagination, creativity, and an ability to disappear will help you deliver value that nobody ever delivered before in the history of humankind.”

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The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth

“Only think about the people you enjoy. Only read the books you enjoy, that make you happy to be human. Only go to the events that actually make you laugh or fall in love. Only deal with the people who love you back, who are winners and want you to win too.”

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Choose Yourself

“Only worry about your own happiness, which doesn’t have to be limited by anyone else’s stupidity unless you allow it to be.”

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Choose Yourself

“Out of silence comes the greatest creativity.”

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“Over promise and over deliver. When you over promise, you challenge yourself. You get out of your comfort zone. Challenging yourself is how you grow.”

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“Patience. If you improve your passion, your skill, your network, your opportunities just 1% a day, that’s 3700% a year. If you start the year off as Clark Kent and you improve one percent a day then at the end of the year you will be Superman.”

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“People do what they want until they are injured like a kid putting his fingers on the stove.”

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The Choose Yourself Stories

“People remember what is said immediately after they laugh.”

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“People remember when you give them credit.”

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“People say, “I don’t have regrets because then my life wouldn’t be where it is now.”

Bullshit. My life has mostly sucked.”

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“People will not remember what you said, they will remember how you made them feel, if you consciously cultivate humility and learn from everyone you meet, they will remember you.”

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The Rich Employee

“Perfectionism is the enemy of the idea muscle. Perfectionism is your brain trying to protect you from harm—from coming up with an idea that is embarrassing and stupid and could cause you to suffer pain.”

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The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth

“Perfectionism is where creativity goes to die.”

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“Persistence creates luck.”

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The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“Philosophy is found when you find the edges of the comfort zone of life and make your first attempts to step outside of it.”

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“Procrastination is your body telling you you need to back off a bit and think more about what you are doing.”

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“Prominent behavioral psychologist Dan Ariely has done research that tells us that the peak productivity period in a person’s day is 2-5 hours after they wake up. After that, he says, there are declining returns on the work you put in.”

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The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“Pursue your dreams. This is a lie told by people who wish they had pursued their dreams.”

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“Reading is a great way to connect the dots between history, your life now, and the future.”

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“Reading is the best return on investment. You have to live your entire life in order to know one life. But with reading you can know 1000s of people’s lives for almost no cost. What a great return!”

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The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“Regret makes you time travel to the past. Anxiety makes you time travel to the future.”

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“Regret of the past or anxiety of the future are the thieves of the present.”

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“Regret will waste time today worrying about yesterday. And anxiety will steal energy from the future. Focus on right now. ”

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“Relationships are key to success and well-being. 100% of every single dollar I have ever made is owed to my relationships.”

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“Remember this: all of school is useless. School teaches facts but you’re going to forget all the facts.”

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“Replace a complaint thought with one of gratitude or compassion.”

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The Power of No

“Self-esteem is great if you earn it. But if you have no gas in the car, faking your gas gauge won't make the car run longer.”

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“Sleep rejuvenates brain cells, heals the body, reduces anxiety. And your brain is only active 2-5 hours a day. Sweet dreams.”

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“Somehow the government has become a big babysitter for our kids. And if the kids don’t 'test well' then the schools get less money and we get taxed more. And then once the kids turn 18 and they start going to college then now they become in debt to the government, limiting their choices later to, basically, government-approved jobs where they can pay their loans back.”

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“Someone who is reinventing always has spare time. Part of reinvention is collecting little bits and pieces of time and carving them the way you want them to be.”

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“Someone with sincere passion could always beat the person just trying to make money.”

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“Sometimes I forget that the key to life is to revolve your days and moments around meaning.”

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“Stand next to the smartest person in the room.”

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“Success comes from continually expanding your frontiers in every direction—creatively, financially, spiritually, and physically. Always ask yourself, what can I improve? Who else can I talk to? Where else can I look?”

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Choose Yourself

“Success means viewing problems as opportunities for solutions.”

James Altucher

“Success, in every case, comes from the alchemy of your health, your mind, your positive energy, and the real world situations you persistently improve for yourself.”

James Altucher

“Take out a pad. List everything you enjoyed doing from the ages of six to eighteen, before your life was ruled by college, relationships, crappy jobs, mortgages, kids, responsibilities, self-loathing, etc.”

James Altucher
The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“Take time to see the greater universe. Our problems are just the eyeblinks of a quantum god.”

James Altucher

“Take what everyone thinks and explore the opposite.”

James Altucher

“The 5 × 5 Rule

- You’re the average of the 5 people you spend time with.
- You’re the average of the 5 thoughts you most have.
- You’re the average of the 5 types of food you eat.
- You’re the average of the 5 things you are most grateful for.
- You are the average of the 5 things you are reading today.”

James Altucher
The Rich Employee

“The absolute best, surefire way to make a good living is to help someone else make a good living.”

James Altucher

“The average child laughs 300 times a day.
The average adult… 5 times a day.”

James Altucher

“The best entrepreneurs are not risk-takers. They spend every day reducing risk. They have an “evil plan." Every day they work a little on that evil plan. The evil plan compounds. Then they make the jump.”

James Altucher

“The best investment is in yourself... But diversify.”

James Altucher

“The best way I have ever found to fill that hole is not to seek external motivations to fill the emptiness, but to ignite the internal fire that will never go out. To light up my own inner sky.”

James Altucher

“The comfort zone is a real place. And it gets smaller every day. You have to push at its borders for it to get bigger.”

James Altucher

“The definition of success for me is: “Is today successful?”

James Altucher

“The families we are born into are often not the families we die with.”

James Altucher

“The idea that we need to ‘pay our dues’ is a lie told to us by people who wanted our efforts and labor on the cheap.”

James Altucher
Choose Yourself

“The more grateful you are, the more you attract things to be grateful for.”

James Altucher
The Rich Employee

“The need for approval is just a dopamine hit. Dopamine is the same neurochemical that spikes when you take cocaine. Need for validation is no better than a coke habit and I’ve seen it ruin careers and friendships.”

James Altucher

“The only thing you have control over is your mindset, your habits, and the choices you make internally about how you’re going to deal with a situation.”

James Altucher
The Rich Employee

“The only things that really matter in this world are the relationships you have with the people you love, and the meaningful things that you do.”

James Altucher

“The only things you ever learn in life are the things you are enthusiastic about.”

James Altucher

“The only truly safe thing you can do is to try over and over again. To go for it, to get rejected, to repeat, to strive, to wish. Without rejection there is no frontier, there is no passion, and there is no magic.”

James Altucher

“The only way to create value for yourself is to create value for others.”

James Altucher

“The only way to have success is to build the foundation for it.”

James Altucher
The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“The only way to learn new things is to ask questions and be curious. Find the people who inspire your curiosity because those are the ones you will most learn from.”

James Altucher
The Rich Employee

“The people who are enthusiastic will beat the people who don’t care.”

James Altucher

“The rise of corporatism (as opposed to capitalism) forced people into cubicles instead of out into the world, exploring and inventing and manifesting.”

James Altucher

“The subway is the underground animal kingdom. A shadow of what hell might be like. Filled with mysterious strangers all inches from dangerous intimacy.”

James Altucher

“There is nobody you need to impress. There is nobody who is judging you. And there will be nobody who can stop you.”

James Altucher
The Power of No

“There's no right way to do the wrong thing and there's no wrong way to do the right thing.”

James Altucher

“There’s always something to learn when I say, "It’s my fault.”

James Altucher

“There’s no way to know in advance if a business idea is a good one. Google started around 1996 but didn’t make a dime of money until around 2001.”

James Altucher
The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“There’s seven billion people on the planet. Why should people listen to you?”

James Altucher

“There’s the story of the two men who visit a Zen master. The first man says: “I’m thinking of moving to this town. What’s it like?” The Zen master says: “What was your old town like?” The first man says: “It was dreadful. Everyone was hateful. I hated it.” The Zen master says: “This town is very much the same. I don’t think you should move here.” The first man left and a second man came in.

The second man said: “I’m thinking of moving to this town. What’s it like?” The Zen master said: “What was your old town like?” The second man said: “It was wonderful. Everyone was friendly and I was happy. Just interested in a change now.” The Zen master said: “This town is very much the same. I think you will like it here.”

James Altucher
The Rich Employee

“This is what a job really is: You are being paid money in exchange for your unhappiness.”

James Altucher

“Three generations from now nobody will even remember me.”

James Altucher

“Time can’t be replaced.”

James Altucher

“To make money, to achieve success, to impact others, you have to have a vision of the world that is uniquely yours. Your voice.”

James Altucher

“Tomorrow is 100 percent based on the negotiations you do today.”

James Altucher
The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“Traveling to the past or the future will not help you now.”

James Altucher
The Power of No

“Treat everyone the way you would treat a daughter. Love their faults and flaws. Don’t try and change them. Be sensitive to their sadness. Listen to them. Hold them if they need it. Don’t control them. They want to be happy. Just like you.”

James Altucher

“Trust one eye more than two ears.”

James Altucher

“Two out of three have to apply to say “Yes”:

- Intellectually satisfying
- Fun

- Financially worthwhile
Else, always say “No”. Zero exceptions.”

James Altucher

“Ultimately we are the sum of our experiences and not the sum of our belongings.”

James Altucher
The Rich Employee

“Ultimately, mastery is about connecting the dots of many fields.”

James Altucher
The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“View every failure as an experiment.”

James Altucher

“Vision is the mother of invention.”

James Altucher

“Warren buffet’s 5/25 rule:
Make a list of the 25 things you want to do in life. Now foo the top 5. And never think about the other 20 ever again. Else they will take time away from the 5 that are most important to you.”

James Altucher

“We beat ourselves up in ways in which we would never beat up someone we loved.”

James Altucher
The Power of No

“We love our excuses. They are just as much our babies as our ideas are.”

James Altucher
The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“We never learn when we are talking. We only learn when we are listening.”

James Altucher
Choose Yourself

“We wear this bag of skin for only so long.”

James Altucher

“What are your excuses today for not doing what you want?”

James Altucher

“What can I do right now to move forward, in this second?”

James Altucher

“What change did I create by arguing?”

James Altucher

“What happens when you stop gossiping? You have more time (gossiping consumes a lot of time). You have more friends. You have no risk of insulting the people who you otherwise would have insulted. And you gradually move ahead in the ranks of everyone who succumbed the shortcomings of gossip.”

James Altucher
The Rich Employee

“What if I stopped waiting to begin my life and started pursuing the things I love?”

James Altucher

“What is enough? It’s not a number.”

James Altucher
The Choose Yourself Stories

“What you need to do is build the house you will live in. You build that house by laying a solid foundation: by building physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health.”

James Altucher
Choose Yourself

“Whatever gives you awe, improve 1% per day at. 1% per day, compounded, equals 3800% per year. 3800% per year will make you the best in the world at everything you are interested in.”

James Altucher

“Whatever you want to get better at: do 1% more each day. 1% a day, compound, is 3800% a year. You win.”

James Altucher

“When everyone else is partying, practice your craft.”

James Altucher

“When I do something I don’t want to do, I feel resentment, I don’t do a good job, people get upset, and I lose track of who I am.”

James Altucher

“When I was at my worst, the first thing I had to do was convince myself that I could succeed again.”

James Altucher
The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“When I was going to shoot myself in the head I started to figure out what was important to me. And ever since then I’ve had success.”

James Altucher

“When you don’t choose, you excuse.”

James Altucher
The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“When you expose yourself there are many ways for people to attack you. People will stab you and hurt you. But you can’t create art unless you show how unique you are while being inclusive with others who share your problems.”

James Altucher
The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“When you first make a lot of money:

A) Never invest more than 2% of your net worth in any one investment.

B) Always invest with co-investors smarter than you.

C) Always invest in a CEO who has done it before.

D) Never break these rules.”

James Altucher

“When you get in the door, do not sell your product. People make a decision on your product in five seconds. Sell the dream. Build up images of the dream. Give a taste of what the dream is like. Let it linger.”

James Altucher
The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“When you get in the mud with a pig, you get dirty and the pig gets happy.”

James Altucher

“When you give up searching for frontiers, inevitably you end up stuck in a swamp, sinking deeper into the mud the more you struggle to get out.”

James Altucher
Choose Yourself

“When you have a tiny, tiny piece of crap in your soup, it doesn’t matter how much more water you pour in and how many more spices you put on top. There’s crap in your soup.”

James Altucher
The Power of No

“When you read a book, you absorb some of the 10,000 hours of expertise the author poured into the creation of that book.”

James Altucher

“When you read a book, you’re a vampire. You suck the entire life out of the author.”

James Altucher

“When you rush to get to a mythical there, one day you will arrive and realize you missed all of the pleasures and mysteries along the way.”

James Altucher
The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“When you say 'no' you have more time to read, learn, sleep, ask questions, contact friends, love life. Say 'no' more.”

James Altucher

“When you say yes to something you don’t want to do, here is the result: you hate what you are doing, you resent the person who asked you, and you hurt yourself.”

James Altucher
The Power of No

“When you stick out like a nail, you will get hammered.”

James Altucher

“Who you are with is who you are. Don’t spend time with people who are toxic to your daily life.”

James Altucher

“Winners focus on winning, losers focus on winners.”

James Altucher

“Write 10 ideas a day. Your brain get’s rewired when you do that. You become an idea machine. You will always have ideas.”

James Altucher

“You are entitled to say no to wearing a mask in order to get people to like you.”

James Altucher
The Power of No

“You are the alchemist of your life.”

James Altucher
The Rich Employee

“You are the average of the 5 things you are reading today.”

James Altucher
The Rich Employee

“You are the average of the five people in your head.”

James Altucher

“You can’t be creative, be social, be proactive, if you are sick in bed.”

James Altucher

“You can’t get rich from a hospital bed. Or a grave. Move every day, sleep well, eat well.”

James Altucher

“You can’t outsource your ability to build and deepen relationships. You can’t outsource 'you'.”

James Altucher
The Rich Employee

“You can’t save 7 billion people if you aren’t working every day on your inner world.”

James Altucher

“You decide whom you say NO to. You are entitled to choose your tribe, regardless of what society imposes on you. You decide who in your life drains you of energy, and then purge them so you can soar. This does not mean you become a hermit; it means you choose your family, your friends, your colleagues, your tribe, your life.”

James Altucher
The Power of No

“You don’t have to worry about “finding” your passion. You’re naturally going to get passionate about what you are good at.”

James Altucher
The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth

“You either make a choice or someone makes it for you.”

James Altucher

“You get to succeed because if you do enough bad things in a row with the intention of doing a good thing, then eventually you get lucky and a good thing happens.”

James Altucher

“You have a public persona and an inner persona. The two should match. When they don’t match, it’s like you are a sociopath.”

James Altucher

“You’re only going to grow when you rest. Working is when you do things. Resting is when the brain grows and rewires itself.”

James Altucher

“You’re the average of the 5 people around you, the 5 things you think about the most, the 5 things you are reading, the 5 ideas you have, the 5 foods you eat.”

James Altucher

“Your best new clients are your old clients. If you always underpromise and overdeliver, you never lose your old clients.”

James Altucher

“Your brain is a tool you use. It’s not who you are.”

James Altucher
The Power of No

“Your hands are not made to type out memos. Or put paper through fax machines. Or hold a phone up while you talk to people you dislike. One hundred years from now your hands will rot like dust in your grave.”

James Altucher
The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“Your hands are not made to type out memos. Or put paper through fax machines. Or hold a phone up while you talk to people you dislike. One hundred years from now your hands will rot like dust in your grave.”

James Altucher
The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“Your honesty—saying no to the lying—is what will bring the lost ships home. It’s what will bring health, love, and money to you.”

James Altucher
The Power of No