One of my favorite podcasts to listen to when I am out for a walk or at the gym is The James Altucher Show. You can find it on iTunes and at his website where he has a very good blog as well. I must say that he has some really interesting guests on his show and he is a really good interviewer. What makes him such a good interviewer is that he has read these people’s books (along with lots of other books), knows what they are up to, wants to understand where they’re coming from, and ultimately treats them as somebody who has something valuable to contribute and communicate. All of which means that he doesn’t talk down to either his guests or his listeners. I really appreciate that and it is what makes me keep listening to his shows. Some of the people I have particularly enjoyed listening to recently include:
  • Arianna Huffington (Episode 169) about her book The Sleep Revolution which I have read (along with her previous books) and loved. She has had such an interesting life and career and she has learned how to be successful and to give back. Very inspiring!
  • Tony Hawk (Episode 168) is a skateboarding champion and successful entrepreneur who has written a book about his experiences. I didn’t think I would find it interesting but it turned out to be a riveting interview and I was sad when it was over because I wanted to hear more.
  • Ryan Holiday (Episode 171) whose latest book is Ego is the Enemy which is now on my list of books to buy. I have his book The Obstacle Is the Way but I had never heard him interviewed. He is 28 and has already been and done more than most people twice his – I know that sounds excessive but it’s true. He’s been in marketing (American Apparel), started and runs his own business, then decided what he wanted to be was a writer. Now he’s a successful writer and entrepreneur.
  • Derek Sivers (Episode 159) is a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur and his latest book is Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur which I bought right after listening to this podcast. The man is so open and articulate and the whole conversation made me realize that I have a lot to contribute and that I need to get out there and do it.
There are many other kinds of people on The James Altucher Show but these were the ones who really spoke to my heart and to my mind. Comment below and let me know if you are familiar with James and what you think of his podcast…

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