Breathwork with Ryan Willims

What if you were a writer who let it all hang-out.  What if you wrote about failure and not just success. And what if you approached topics such such as wishing that your daughter becomes a lesbian or listing your business failures for all to learn from.  That's what James Altucher does.  James is a writer, investor, start-up founder, podcast, father, and literally an open book when it comes to his creation.

I was excited to have him on the show to discuss all things Choosing Yourself and the art and science about how he professionally self-published his own best-selling book.

In this episode you'll learn:

  • How James embraces failure and success when living his life
  • How James asked former Twitter CEO Dick Costello to write the forward for his book Choose Yourself
  • Why it's important to choose yourself in the modern economy
  • The art of asking people for help and favors (and why it can be agonizing)
  • The importance of joining part of a "scene" where you have peers and partners when it comes to your creative and entrepreneurial endeavors
  • Why James writing sometimes invokes criticism from friends and non-friends

Our archives:

James on Twitter:

James' website:

James' book "Choose Yourself": 


Ideas and people mentioned:

  • James Hadfield on James' podcast:
  • AJ Jacobs Global Family Reunion:
  • Tucker Max's Book in a Box:
  • Jayson Gaignard MMT:
  • Adam Grant's Give and Take:



Direct download: James_Altucher_Ep55_.mp3
Category:management and marketing -- posted at: 11:17am PDT