ILAB 56 – James Altucher – $15 Million to Zero and Back, Investing, Passion, and Creativity

James Altucher - $15 Million to Zero and Back, Investing, Passion and Creativity

“We only live one life… you want to enjoy as much of your day as you possibly can”

James Altucher

James Altucher is an American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, bestselling author, venture capitalist, and podcaster. He has started and run more than 20 companies, some of which failed, several of which he sold for large exits. More important, James has been inspiring people by speaking on topics including stress, fear, anxiety, money, and relationships.

During the show, James will share how he quickly lost $15 million, overcame depression and how he rebuilt his financial wealth and happiness. You’ll learn about his strategies for investing in 30 companies and creative process for keeping the perfect work-life balance.

Listen to ILAB 56 on iTunes here or subscribe on your favorite podcast app.


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ILAB 56 Show Notes


Where are we:

Dublin, Ireland – Sam & Johnny FD
New York – James


ArtofFX – start with just a $10,000 account (reduced from $25,000)

Fundrise – start with only $1,000 into their REIT funds (non-accredited investors OK)

Wealthfront – get your first $15,000 managed free

Betterment – get up to 1 year managed free

RealtyShares – try it free with ILAB link



The Article Discussed: Facebook Shareholders What Do You Do After You Make a Zillion Dollars

Podcasts: The James Altucher Show & Ask Altucher

Here are a couple of our favorite episodes:
> Ep. 217 – Tony Robbins: Be Fulfilled: Just Start Asking Yourself These 2 Questions
> Ep. 6 – Dr. Wayne Dyer: A Test to See If You Are Ordinary

Also checkout James’s Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Investing All Your Money


The Power of Intention – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
Reinvent Yourself – James Altucher

Sam & Johnny in Ireland (Charity Walk)

>> Support our effort to build playgrounds for underprivileged kids in 2018

Time Stamps:

06:42 – The problem with business hustlers
08:55 – Getting lucky with SkyCig
10:14 – Being better than competitors
14:53 – Being vulnerable through writing
17:50 – Losing 15 million
21:16 – Building websites for companies
23:14 – Overcoming depression and suicide
26:42 – Angel investing in 30 companies
32:14 – Financial wealth and happiness
39:51 – Most intimidating moments
41:27 – Writing down 10 ideas per day
42:45 – Bring laughter into life
47:50 – A life predicated on success
51:10 – Walking across Ireland with a backpack
52:46 – Living a minimalistic life
54:08 – Taking care of yourself


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