The Daily Practice
FAQ ON HOW TO BECOME AN IDEA MACHINE
Posted by James Altucher on January 6th, 2015 at 10:01 am, Comments: 0
I was out of ideas when I googled “how to kill myself”.
I was sure that three things were going to happen: I’d go broke (and then my 3 year old would starve to death), nobody would kiss me ever again, and I would die because of course self worth = net worth (duh!).
I started coming up with 10 ideas a day and I’ve written about this several times before: it saved my life, my career, my friendships, made me better friendships, partners, opportunities, a wife, better relationships with my kids, and oooga-booga (lots of kisses).
The Ultimate Guide for Becoming an Idea Machine
Posted by James Altucher on May 14th, 2014 at 10:29 am, Comments: 0
The way to have good ideas is to get close to killing yourself. It’s like weightlifting. When you lift slightly more than you can handle, you get stronger.
In life, when the gun is to your head, you either figure it out, or you die.
When you cut yourself open, you bleed ideas. If you’re broke and close to death, you have to start coming up with ideas.
If you destroy your life, you need to come up with ideas to rebuild it.
THERE’S NO PAINLESS WAY TO KILL YOURSELF
Posted by James Altucher on May 24th, 2013 at 2:23 pm, Comments: 0
I gave my 11 year old daughter important advice the other day: there’s no painless way to kill yourself.
“What about with a gun?” she said.
I told her about a friend of mine who shot himself in the mouth. He put the gun in his mouth and pointed upwards towards the brain.
He shot off half his face, he went blind in one eye, and he is now in a wheelchair.
If you type in “I Want to Die” into google, my website is the first result.
Dear James in 2050
Posted by James Altucher on March 26th, 2013 at 8:53 am, Comments: 0
Dear James in 2050,
I kind of hope you are not alive in 2050 but I’m going to write to you anyway. If you read this I hope you have already done what I am going to suggest here.
I hope you forgive yourself for not always being there when your kids were growing up. You were working hard (I know, not an excuse, but still) and you weren’t always happy and didn’t know how to deal with it. And your kids are so far turning out great. I hope.
Three Stories About Billionaires
Posted by James Altucher on February 8th, 2013 at 11:59 am, Comments: 0
I’m a little nervous about hitting “publish” on this post because it’s definitely going to go viral in the massive very close-knit billionaire community. You know, the many people who post anonymously on Internet message boards.
Claudia and I led a retreat a few weekends ago about yoga and some of the other things I’ve written about this blog: specifically “the daily practice” that I talk so much about. There was a lot of Q&A and I got an opportunity to tell some stories. Here’s a few of them. First, a preview (if you are reading this via RSS, turn on “display images”):