Who the F*¢k is James Altucher?
[zephyr_dropcaps style="withbg" firstcolor="#333333" bgcolor=""]I quote James Altucher a lot. As in so much so that my friends are constantly giving me what I like to call the "Who the f*¢k is James Altucher?" look.[/zephyr_dropcaps] So instead of getting up on my soapbox every time I get this look, I will now send you to this blog post :D
James Altucher is a forward-thinking entrepreneur, writer, blogger, podcaster and all around badass. He has literally made millions, lost it all, earned it back, only to lose it all again. The thing I like the most about him though, is that he admits that he's a guy who has made plenty of mistakes and totally screwed up his life. He then discusses openly how he comes back from such setbacks step by step. To me, he is a true, modern day example of someone who has gone through the Hero's Journey.
I accidentally discovered Altucher when I came across his book, "Choose Yourself!". (Seriously, it's life-changing. Just buy it. Trust me.) After reading it, I was hooked on his writing. Then I discovered he has two podcasts: The James Altucher Show and The Ask Altucher Show. The latter is really unique in that James literally broadcasts his personal phone number so you can text him any question. Anything. He and his wife Claudia (who is also an all around badass) pick out ones to answer during every weekday.
A lot of what James writes and talks about comes directly from his own roller coaster of a ride: from stories of working at HBO to stories of being a hedge fund manager to the trials and tribulations to being a father of two teenage girls. The brutal bio of earning so much money only to lose it all, then make it back and lose it again, is oftentimes gut wrenching. He even discusses, without flinching it seems, his thought processes he went through when seriously considering suicide at a point in his life. His post about his friend's suicide is an amazing example of how he took such horrible news and wrote an inspiring stream of ideas from it to inspire other to keep living. Also, I just recently found this TEDx talk that is pretty much a primer on everything James Altucher.
This guy has made such an impact on my life in the past year. He's helped me get through some crappy times, even though I've never met him in person (I hope to someday though!). Hopefully this post finds the right person who needs a great influence in their life that James can fill, just like how I accidentally stumbled upon him.
This is only one of my favorite people that my friends ask me "Who the f*¢k are you talking about? He/she sounds awesome!". I can't wait to share more with you in upcoming posts!