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Become An Idea Machine With James Altucher: Create, Experiment & Adapt

By June 1, 2020October 20th, 2020No Comments
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Episode #523



Chaos, confusion, fear and anger. Horrific racism. Generations of pain fueling rioting and violence. Death and illness. Faltering systems and leadership failures. Market crashes and jobs lost.

Communities are divided. Home lives are disrupted. Meanwhile, cities all across America are literally on fire.

The dystopia is here.

How we can right the ship? Deal with these cataclysmic shifts? And move forward productively?

I wrote some thoughts. You can read them on the blog.

In summation, we can crash and burn. Or we can adapt — a remaking of society that begins with personal reinvention.

James Altucher is a virtuoso of this process.

A prodigious intellect and talented polymath, James is a comic, chess master, entrepreneur, investor and prolific writer with over twenty books to his name, including the Wall Street Journal bestseller Choose Yourself. He’s also a fellow podcaster and an unconventional thinker with an idiosyncratic lens on pretty much everything from creativity to finances.

James and his writing have appeared in major media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Observer, Techcrunch, and The Financial Times. His blog,, has attracted more than 20 million readers since its launch in 2010. And The James Altucher Show ⁠regularly appears in the top 100 podcasts on iTunes.

If you're not afraid of what you're creating there's a chance that everyone else has done it because they weren't afraid either. There has to be some kind of resistance that you're getting over.

James Altucher

On the subject of self-experimentation, James’ latest unconventional move was releasing his latest self-published book, Think Like a Billionaire, on Scribd.

Most compelling is James’ relentless devotion to constant reinvention. Making his fourth appearance on the podcast, today we explore the importance of this trait ⁠and the habits that enable you to adapt and thrive in rapidly changing times ⁠— more critical now than ever.

Recorded pre-pandemic in mid-February, this conversation is the last in my stash of episodes banked before quarantine. Therefore there is no discussion about coronavirus or the current social unrest erupting across the nation.

Nonetheless, I suspect you will find our discourse applicable to our current moment — packed with tactics and strategies you can deploy to better acclimate to the rapidly changing circumstances that face us all.

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


It’s about how to make better decisions. And ultimately, how to leverage challenging moments to grow and evolve.

The visually inclined can watch it all go down on YouTube. And as always, the audio version streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

James is one of my most favorite people. He’s a natural and gifted conversationalist, his ideas are easily deciphered, and packed with the perfect amount of humor and data-backed insight.

To some degree, we are all being called to reinvent ourselves right now. May this conversation help serve that process.

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Thanks to Jason Camiolo for production, audio engineering and show notes; Margo Lubin and Blake Curtis for video, editing and graphics; portraits by Ali Rogers; copywriting by Georgia Whaley; and theme music by Hari Mathis, Tyler Piatt & Trapper Piatt.

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