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This weekend Dr. Wayne Dyer passed away.

James wants to recognize the influence Wayne Dyer has had on his life. We're very sad about his passing.

Here is one of the last interviews Wayne Dyer has done and it is with James... 

During that interview James asked Dr. Dyer what he saw as the arc of his career. "What has your message been and how have you seen it evolve?"

Without hesitating, Dr. Dyer responded...

"Well, it's really been always about self-reliance, in one form or another. I've often said that I really feel that I had a conversation with God just before I showed up here on this planet in 1940 and I was asked, 'What would you like to do on this trip?' And I said, 'Well, I think I'd like to teach self-reliance.' And God said, 'You want to do that for an entire lifetime? Just teach self-reliance?'

"I said, 'Yes, that would be a great lifetime.' And he said, 'Well, then, we'd better get your little ass into an orphanage and we'd better let you have all of these different experiences, so that once people start to question that, you will never be dissuaded because you'll have the experience of it.' So everything in my life has been directed towards teaching people how to have self-reliance. It has shifted from psychology and an emphasis on psychological principles, to spiritual principles, and that's something that I really had nothing to do with personally; that was just the direction that I was destined to go."

They concluded their conversation with the following exchange...

Dr. Wayne Dyer:Think about your body, the body that you're in. You're in a male body, I'm in a male body. And I'm in a body that's about 6'2", it has blue eyes, it has no hair on its head, it has certain characteristics and so on, and inessence, that's why, for this incarnation, I'm doomed.

I'm doomed to live – I'm not gonna be in a female, 4'10" body. I'm not gonna be in any other – this is the body that I get, okay? Now, what kind of choices do I have to make within that context? Well, I can decide how healthy it's gonna be. I can decide whether I'm gonna exercise it or not.

I can decide actually how long it's gonna live.

There's many, many choices that I make about this body within the context of being doomed to live in this body and not any other body. Now, if you take this metaphor and you extend it to not just the physical body but to the rest of your life and all that you are, you are, in essence – you are given a dharma. You showed up here with a purpose. You showed up here with an energy that propels – and there's something that excites you, and it's like whether you want to be a falconer or whether you want to be a musician or whether you want to be a writer or whether you want to raise horses in Montana.

Whatever it might be, there's something that excites you. Now, you have been doomed; in other words, this is your dharma. This is what you're here for. But you're making choices.

And the choices that you make all along, all the course corrections that you make, involve,

"Am I willing? Am I willing to do whatever it takes to make this come true?" I've always been willing.

"Are you determined?" That is, are you gonna not let anything interfere with it? Yes. You have to have that determination.

"Am I fearless?" In other words, am I gonna get the fear out of me and come from a place of love, from divine love?

"Am I using compassion?" Compassion for myself and compassion for others, and ultimately,

"Do I reach that state? " The highest rung on the ladder, if you will, when Rumi said, "When you are born, a ladder is placed before you to help you to escape from this world.' And so to understand that you're in this world but you're not of this world, and when you reach the top of the ladder, the top rung on that ladder of divine love, you realize that, yes, you are doomed. You have been. You're to be a writer, you're to do all these things, but you also make choices and course corrections along the way, just like the choice you make about how your body is going to be.

When you understand that, when you understand that you showed up here for a reason and a purpose and, "Now I'm gonna be willing, I'm gonna be fearless, I'm gonna be determined, I'm gonna be passionate," then you can live your life without regrets. I just read a book called The Five Regrets of the Dying, by a woman in Australia who is a hospice nurse, and she interviewed people every day who were dying, and asked them what were their regrets. 

She wrote a book about it, and the number one regret of people who were under her hospice care, the number one regret of the people dying was, "I wish I'd had the courage to live my life the way I knew I should, rather than listening to other people tell me what to do." That's the essence of it all.

James Altucher:   That's really important, because as you said, you're doomed to make your choices, but if you don't make your choices, you're even more doomed.

Dr. Wayne Dyer:   Absolutely, absolutely.

James Altucher:   'Cause someone else is making the choices for you. And on that note, Wayne, I really appreciate you spending the time and on this interview. I really want recommend I Can See Clearly Now. It's a great book, it's inspirational. I also recommend all of the books that you referenced in the book and in this interview, because I think they're all transformational books, and again, once again, thank you for coming on this show and being interviewed.

Dr. Wayne Dyer:   It's my pleasure. God bless you. Good luck to you, my friend.

James Altucher:   Thanks, Wayne.

 

Dr. Wayne Dyer:   Namaste.

Direct download: ALR20EP20620DR.20WAYNE20DYER.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:39am EST

A few months ago Frank Curzio interviewed James on his Top 10 iTunes podcast Wall Street Unplugged.

We thought a lot of our new listeners might have never heard this interview and so I decided to publish it today.

I really think you’ll enjoy this interview

Regards,

David Newman

P.S. James is hard at work on his next new project. Stay tuned right here as we’ll be announcing it first on this podcast.

Direct download: AA20Ep2034520Frank20interview.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 7:36pm EST

Most small businesses fail. In fact, about 85% of them do.

Is it the business, or is it the people behind the business that fail?

 

Listen here today as James talks about how not to fail as a small startup business.

Direct download: AA20Ep2034420fianl2028229.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:39pm EST

Why do anything if you're going to die anyway?

It's an evolutionary thing. Our brains have been setup to reward us for those things that trigger well-being.

When the chemical dopamine is triggered in your brain,  it makes you feel great.

 

Listen here today and go do something.

Direct download: AA20Ep20343.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:31am EST

China is having problems...

The Fed may raise interest rates next month.

And the market is down about 10%.

But this is not 2009. The world is not falling apart.

Today James gives you some companies you may want to think about.

 

Listen here today and I hope you profit from it.

Direct download: AA20Ep20342.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 11:39am EST

Before you start your podcast, should you have a specific niche in mind?

James says no – you can do whatever you want, whenever you want. If it works, great. If not, then you can close it down and start another.

Just do it for fun.

Listen here today. I hope you enjoy it.

Regards,

David Newman

 

P.S. For a very limited time, I want to send you a brand-new, hardback copy of my new bookAll I ask is that you cover the shipping costs (just $5).

Direct download: AA20Ep20341.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 2:14pm EST

I've been saving this recording for the day when James' schedule became so crazy he just couldn't record your daily dose of Ask Altucher.

Today is that day...

This is a presentation that James gave recently at the NJ Tech Meetup.

WARNING: This recording does have a bit of explicit language, so listen at your own risk.

Listen here today and I hope you enjoy it.

Regards,

 

David Newman

Direct download: AA20Ep20340.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 5:37pm EST

Are you willing to disobey your parents?

Cassey Ho came from a typical Asian family. They gave her three choices for her career... doctor, lawyer or engineer.

She had to bring honor to her family.

But that wasn't Cassey's calling. She had the entrepreneurial spirit, and she just had to follow her dream.

Fast-forward to today, and Cassey has almost 2.5 million subscribers to her YouTube channel Blogilates TV, with one of her videos now approaching 7.5 million views.

And that was just the beginning. She has created a whole line of products that's growing quickly.

Listen here today as she shares with James how she advertises her "brand."

Regards

 

David Newman

Direct download: AA20Ep2033920Cassey20Ho.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 4:46pm EST

Do you fear the nothingness of death?

That last thought, that last breath...

James doesn't.

Pain scares him, but not death.

Listen here today as he and Claudia discuss the unknown.

Regards,

David Newman

 

P.S. This Thursday, August 20th, James will be the featured guest on Product Hunt LIVE, a place to chat with the world's most interesting authors, artists, founders, investors, game creators, entertainers, and makers. For more information click here.

Direct download: AA20Ep20338.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:04pm EST

What if the consequences of saying "no" are so strong, you feel like you just have to agree?

James gives an example: Your boss demands that you change your plans at the last second and spend the weekend traveling for business, instead of doing what you had planned.

Can you say "no" to him?

Sure, but you'll probably lose your job, and that may not be an option. "No's" do have consequences.

So what else can you do?

Be prepared...

Listen here today as James gives us a few hacks so this doesn't happen to you again and again.

Hint... Choose yourself.

Regards,

David Newman

P.S. For a very limited time, I want to send you a brand-new, hardback copy of my new book for FREE! All I ask is that you cover the shipping costs (just $5).

 

P.P.S. This Thursday, August 20th James will be the featured guest on Product Hunt LIVE a place to chat with the world's most interesting authors, artists, founders, investors, game creators, entertainers, and makers. For more information click here.

Direct download: AA20Ep20337.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 5:02pm EST

What if someone told you that your behavior was controlled by a powerful, invisible force?

Nick Morgan, the author of Power Cues, joins James today to tell the fantastic story of how, after a serious concussion that left him in a coma for about 10 days, Nick lost the ability to read other people he knew.

He could no longer read their body language. He couldn't read the cues.

After a couple of months of agony, something switched back on.

That experience awakened in Nick a lifelong interest in body language, gesture, and voice, and a drive to understand how people really communicate with each other.

Listen here today as Nick relays some amazing stories about how you can take control of your communication.

Regards,

David Newman

 

P.S. For a very limited time, I want to send you a brand-new, hardback copy of my new book for FREE! All I ask is that you cover the shipping costs (just $5).

Direct download: AA20Ep2033620final.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 4:22pm EST

What's an effective way to deal with complainers? James says help the complainer focus on other things, and if they're a chronic complainer, then just remove yourself from the conversation. You'll notice the complaints will slow down.

Why doesn't James have any external advertising on his blog or podcasts? James gives his honest answer and breaks some new news.

How does James pick a book subject that he knows there is a demand for? He doesn't.

Listen here today as James explains.

Regards,

David Newman

 

P.S. For a very limited time, I want to send you a brand-new, hardback copy of my new book for FREE! All I ask is that you cover the shipping costs (just $5).

Direct download: AA20Ep20335.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 3:40pm EST

Are you writing a thousand words a day, every day? You better be if you want to write a great book.

Are you doing great research? Have you immersed yourself in the story? Are you writing everything down?

James says you should start off with a moment of fear. Ask yourself, what are the 10 questions everyone is going to have?

Good luck, and if you want James' guide to self-publishing, click here.

Regards,

 

David Newman

Direct download: AA20EP20334.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:22pm EST

We’re not talking about having enough money to take care of your human needs; we’re talking about getting rich.

Today’s question comes from a twenty-year-old who says that’s all he can think about.

The key to getting rich is to ask, who did I help today?

Regards,

 

David Newman

Direct download: AA20Ep2033320final.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 4:53pm EST

James delves into the mind of his 13-year-old daughter Mollie today.

We start off with James asking Mollie about her favorite music, movies, and TV shows.

They then talk about school. James has made Mollie an offer: She will never have to go to school again, if she'll just read one book a week and talk about it with him.

She says... No thanks.

Listen today to hear Mollie's answers.

Regards,

 

David Newman

Direct download: AA20Ep20332.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 4:51pm EST

Claudia "The Snake Killer" has today's question, which is, how does James retain the information from all the books he reads?

James usually reads about five books at the same time, making it through 20% of each book daily. If something interests him, he'll highlight it and write it down.

And then he'll try to teach it to someone else.

Listen here to hear James on the "mind palace" technique to memory recall.

Regards,

David Newman

P.S. We're looking for a few great affiliates to help us get James' message out.

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For more information on becoming an affiliate, click here.

Direct download: AA20Ep20331.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 3:40pm EST

I hate my boss. He's a real tyrant, but I can't quit because I need the money.

James says, in order to become the rich employee, you need to tie your success to the success of the company.

Encourage the people around you, as hard as that may seem. It will make you feel better.

And, as intimidating as it may seem to leave your job, you need to start to take action. Start working today on finding another job. You could take courses online and learn new skills.

Invest in yourself, starting today.

Listen here to hear James' ideas on becoming the rich employee.

Regards,

David Newman

P.S. We're looking for a few great affiliates to help us get James' message out.

The idea is simple. You sign up with us to become an official, sanctioned distributor of Choose Yourself Media products. You begin promoting them immediately. You use sales copy and other advertising materials that we've tested ourselves – materials that have already been proven to work (banner ads, text ads, e-mails, newsletter ads – you name it!), and you offer your members the bonuses and privileges that we offer.

 

For more information on becoming an affiliate, click here.

Direct download: AA20Ep20330.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:10pm EST

What's the best way to get your dream job?

A listener wrote in to say that he has been sending his "out-of-the-box ideas" to his company, but he hasn't heard back.

Suddenly, the company has posted a job opening for something similar that he can do.

He's wondering if he should just go through the normal routine and apply for the opening through the normal channels, or if he should get very creative, like Claudia did when she "applied" for the CEO position at Twitter.

James says he should do both.

Listen here to hear James give the listener the tips and tricks to getting his dream job.

Regards,

David Newman

P.S. We're looking for a few great affiliates to help us get James' message out.

The idea is simple. You sign up with us to become an official, sanctioned distributor of Choose Yourself Media products. You begin promoting them immediately. You use sales copy and other advertising materials that we've tested ourselves – materials that have already been proven to work (banner ads, text ads, e-mails, newsletter ads – you name it!), and you offer your members the bonuses and privileges that we offer.

 

For more information on becoming an affiliate, click here

Direct download: AA20Ep20329.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 2:01pm EST

Today, James, Claudia, Mollie, and Josie are podcasters in cars going to Whole Foods.

Often, the biggest gatekeeper you'll run up against is in your own mind. You believe you have to use gatekeepers to become successful.

What if you want to be a star in Hollywood? Do you need an agent (i.e., a gatekeeper)?

The short answer is: no.

Listen here to hear James and Claudia offer proof that you can do this yourself.

Regards,

David Newman

P.S. NOT SURE WHAT TO DO WITH THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?

 

A great new resource shows a clever way to start a business, get a new job, find a retirement career, publish a book, make extra money in your spare time, and more.

Direct download: AA20Ep20328.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 4:38pm EST

Good television tells great stories... In fact, James believes television is the best art form out there right now. It's better than the best movies and even better than most books.

But they both do love to watch funny movies

Here's a list of the 11 funniest movies ever, according to James and Claudia:

 1. Superbab

 2. This Is the End

 3. The Hangover (James), Liar Liar (Claudia)

 4. Groundhog Day (James), Trainwreck (Claudia)

 5. Ben Stiller movies – Meet the Fockers, There's Something About Mary, Zoolander

 6. Funny People (James) (Claudia isn’t crazy about this one)

 7. Top Five

  8. We're the Millers

  9. The Wedding Ringer

 10.The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up

 11. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Listen here to hear James and Claudia talk about these and a few more of their favorites.

Regards,

David Newman

P.S. NOT SURE WHAT TO DO WITH THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?

 

A great new resource shows a clever way to start a business, get a new job, find a retirement career, publish a book, make extra money in your spare time, and more.

Direct download: AA20Ep20327.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:27pm EST

First, what is good character? 

A person who takes responsibility has good character.

Listen to hear James and Claudia talk about whether society is dying because of a lack of character.

Be impeccable in your word…

Regards,

David Newman

P.S. NOT SURE WHAT TO DO WITH THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?

 

A great new resource shows a clever way to start a business, get a new job, find a retirement career, publish a book, make extra money in your spare time, and more.

Direct download: AA20Ep20326.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:54am EST

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