Top Quotes by James Altucher

Honesty is the fastest way to prevent a mistake from turning into a failure.

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Your competition is not other people but the time you kill, the ill will you create, the knowledge you neglect to learn, the connections you fail to build, the health you sacrifice along the path, your inability to generate ideas, the people around you who don’t support and love your efforts, and whatever god you curse for your bad luck.

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Everyone is an entrepreneur. The only skills you need to be an entrepreneur: an ability to fail, an ability to have ideas, to sell those ideas, to execute on those ideas, and to be persistent so even as you fail you learn and move onto the next adventure.

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If two people believe in the same story, they might be thousands of miles apart and total strangers, but they still have a sense they can trust each other.

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Honesty is about the scars. It’s about the blemishes. But it’s more than just bragging about failure, which could be a form of ego. It’s about truly helping people.

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Nobody wants to make me a rich man. In fact, most people want to make me a very poor man. I can guarantee some people fantasize at night about how poor they can make me.

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Every day, you reinvent yourself. You’re always in motion. But you decide every day: forward or backward.

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The people who know personal finance hide the money very carefully.

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Technology, outsourcing, a growing temp staffing industry, productivity efficiencies, have all replaced the middle class.

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Don’t stay at the job for safe salary increases over time. That will never get you where you want – freedom from financial worry. Only free time, imagination, creativity, and an ability to disappear will help you deliver value that nobody ever delivered before in the history of mankind.

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I can tell you this: Everything in my life that I am happy about it is the product of a huge mistake.

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I’m scammed almost every day. Or, if not scammed, at the very least someone tries to scam me. Usually more than once a day.

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Become a beacon of enhancement, and then, when the night is gray, all of the boats will move towards you, bringing their bountiful riches.

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When I was 22 years old, I thought girls would like me if I wrote a novel. I spent so much time writing that I was thrown out of graduate school.

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Don’t time travel into the past, roaming through the nuances as if they can change. Don’t bookmark pages you’ve already read.

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Read every book, blog, website, whatever, about what you want to be an expert in.

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Games are all about taking risks.

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Everyone is different. We all suffer from the disease of being human. There are a thousand cures but no antidotes.

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The only way to make real wealth is to get rid of your salary. In a salary, by definition, you are creating wealth for others, and you are creating a chain and handcuffs for yourself.

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The American Dream never really existed. It was a marketing scam.

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Don’t forget: when you start a website, it’s not yet a trusted site. So you have to bring people from a trusted site to your site to build up the trust in your site.

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Quantity and persistence will get you the outcomes you need.

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Don’t sweat it if you are stuck in the corporate job right now. But begin to plan ahead. I know from much personal experience that it takes 1-3 years to transition from total scratch to making a living from home in any career you want.

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Life is better when your sinuses are clean, when your arteries are clean, and when your digestive tract is clean.

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Don’t regret your mistakes. You’ll always make mistakes. The better you are, the less mistakes you make. The only way to get better is to thoroughly analyze your mistakes.

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Poker is a skill game pretending to be a chance game.

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Happiness is just a positive perception from our brain. Some days, you will be unhappy. Our brain is a tool we use. It’s not who we are.

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Life is cold. People stay warm through the intimacy of a story.

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Buying coffee on the street instead of in a Starbucks is the poor man’s way to get rich. In other words, you will never get rich by scratching out ten cents from your dollar.

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Poker is a charismatic game. People who are larger than life play poker and make their living from playing games and hustling.

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Most people are not good people. In business, in art, in almost every ‘world’ I’ve been in, most people I’ve meet are pretty gray to black. It takes practice to be the person who is a source of compassion and honesty.

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I’m a big believer in minimalism. Not materialist minimalism, although that’s part of it, but time and energy minimalism. The body is given only so much energy a day.

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Being a leader doesn’t mean you are the guy who runs things.

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I always imagine a good leader is surrounded by people who call their mothers at the end of the day and tell them, ‘Mom, you can’t believe what I did today. Let me tell you about it.’

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Do what you do with love, and success is a natural symptom.

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Whether you’re an entrepreneur, an employee, a student, a homemaker, a writer, it’s time to start forgetting about all the ways the world has promised you safety and comfort.

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I loved Internet businesses, having built and sold one. And I loved the financial business, despite the fact that it was almost all a scam.

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You can only make money doing what you love.

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How great is it to just rest and be happy and not move when you don’t have to.

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The first rule of personal finance is that it’s not personal and it’s not financial. It’s about your ability to make ten changes and not get too depressed over it.

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Being a leader doesn’t mean you created something or you did something great in the past or some other person has given you any kind of authority.

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The people who don’t know personal finance have TV shows about it.

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A lot of times, people send me emails, and then I forget about them, or I never respond to them, or I respond to them weeks later.

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I find that many entrepreneurs are trying to do everything when it would be cheaper and more time-efficient to delegate, even if there are monetary costs associated with that.

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You can say no to people who make you feel bad about yourself. To people who backstab you or make you feel anxious in any way.

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You can’t make money without selling something real. You can’t make something real without first imagination manifesting itself in your head. You can’t have imagination without surrendering yourself to an idea that you want to create something of value to other human beings.

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When I was 7 years old, I plagiarized, word for word, stories from science fiction magazines so my teachers would think I was smart.

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You’re the average of the five people you spend your time with.

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Whenever things are good, I always worry about what could go wrong.

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Your hands are not made to type out memos. Or put paper through fax machines. Or hold a phone up while you talk to people you dislike. One hundred years from now, your hands will rot like dust in your grave. You have to make wonderful use of those hands now. Kiss your hands so they can make magic.

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Products are valued higher than services.

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It’s hard to know which stars in the sky will turn into black holes. And which ones will open up worm holes into entire new universes.

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