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In pursuit of your why

Tony and James Altucher on purpose, hunger and how to create a compelling future

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What is an extraordinary quality of life?

The answer to that question is going to be different for every single person – because we all have different perspectives and different values. But regardless of what your answer is – if you want to create that magnificent life, then you must master two skills: the science of achievement and the art of fulfillment.

In this special episode, we’re bringing you to the James Altucher Show. James is an entrepreneur, investor and author of 11 books including the WSJ best-seller “Choose Yourself!”. He has started and sold several companies for eight figure exits, and has also run venture capital funds, hedge funds, and angel funds.

Tony stopped by The James Altucher show to talk about what it really means to take what you envision and make it real. They discuss the science of building wealth and the tactical investment strategies you can implement to create financial abundance. They uncover the most efficient ways to achieve professional success. And they discuss why it’s so critical to “find your why” when you make any decision in life – especially when it comes to how you’re going to live. Because there’s no worse fate than to achieve everything but not be happy.

So what does fulfillment look like to you? How can you start living life on your terms? That’s exactly what this episode will get you focused on.

James Altucher Podcast

James Altucher Podcast Show Notes

[01:10] Introduction
[02:45] James welcomes Tony to the podcast
[03:35] Tony’s leap year birthday
[04:15] Unshakeable delivers the specific facts you need to know
[04:45] What James learned from Unshakeable
[05:25] Most people panic when the stock market drops
[05:45] Getting rid of your fear of investing
[06:15] Last January was the worst opening, but it was a correction
[06:45] You are losing money when you sell on corrections
[06:55] Bear markets come every 5 years on average
[07:10] The greatest opportunity for a millennial
[07:40] Waiting for corrections to invest
[08:05] Warren Buffet’s advice for investors
[08:55] If you miss the top 10 trading days a year…
[09:25] Three different investor scenarios over a 20 year period
[10:40] The best trading days come after the worst
[11:45] Investing in the current world
[12:05] What Clinton and Bush think of the current situation
[12:45] The office is far bigger than the occupant
[13:35] Information helps reduce fear
[14:25] James’s story of the billionaire upset over another’s wealth
[14:45] What money really is
[15:05] The story of Adolphe Merkle
[16:05] The story of Chuck Feeney
[16:55] The importance of the right mindset
[17:15] What fuels Tony
[19:15] Find something you care about more than yourself
[20:25] Make your mission to surround yourself with the right people
[21:25] Suffering made Tony hungry for more
[23:25] By feeding his mind, Tony found strength
[24:15] Great ideas don’t interrupt you, you have to pursue them
[25:05] Never-ending hunger is what matters
[25:25] Richard Branson is the epitome of hunger and drive
[25:40] Hunger is the common denominator
[26:30] What you can do starting right now
[26:55] Success leaves clues
[28:10] What it means to take massive action
[28:30] Taking action commits you to following through
[29:40] If you do nothing you’ll learn nothing
[30:20] There must be an emotional purpose behind what you’re doing
[30:40] How does Tony ignite creativity in his own life
[32:00] “How is not as important as “why”
[32:40] What and why unleash the psyche
[33:25] Breaking the habit of focusing on “how”
[35:50] Deep Practice
[35:10] Your desired outcome will determine your action
[36:00] The difference between “what” and “why”
[37:00] Learning how to chunk and group
[37:40] Don’t mistake movement for achievement
[38:30] Tony doesn’t negotiate with his mind
[39:30] Change your thoughts and change your biochemistry
[40:00] The bad habit of being stressed
[40:40] Beautiful and suffering states
[41:50] The most important decision is to live in a beautiful state no matter what
[42:40] Consciously decide to take yourself out of suffering
[43:40] Focus on appreciation, joy and love
[44:30] Step out of suffering and find the solution
[45:00] Dealing with mercury poisoning
[45:40] Tony’s process for stepping out of suffering
[46:10] Stop identifying with thoughts – they aren’t yours
[47:40] Trade your expectations for appreciation
[50:00] The key to life – gratitude
[51:40] What is freedom for you?
[53:40] Taking the time to feel a sense of fulfillment
[54:10] Money doesn’t change people – it magnifies your true nature
[55:10] Why Bill Clinton called Tony
[57:40] Creating a compelling future


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