My Talk with the Serial Disruptor @jaysamit

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Today my guest is Jay Alan Samit. Jay is a dynamic entrepreneur who is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on disruption and innovation. He launches billion dollar businesses, transforms entire industries, revamps government institutions, and for over three decades continues to be at the forefront of global trends.

His bestselling book Disrupt You! is a go-to book for starting entrepreneurs. It will help you achieve success that you deserve!

Food for Thought

Failing is learning what doesn’t work. Failure is throwing in the towel and giving up.

If you think you can or you think you can’t you’re right.

If you want get something done give it to busy person.

You can have everything you want out of life – you just can’t get it all in once.

The writing is the small piece of the puzzle.

Too many people listen to everybody that gave up on their dreams to convince themselves to give up on theirs.

Motivation is like shower – you need it daily.

You don’t get to live forever but what you create can – so why not focus on making what you create matter?

Being a writer means that you believe that you have something that is worthy of other people’s time.

Building a global business has never been easier.

The harder I work the luckier I get.

There’s always a way to connect your thoughts with the world.

Jay has been throwing value bombs during the whole interview so I strongly encourage you to listen 🙂

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Talk About Audience with @petershankman

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Today I will be talking to Peter Shankman.

The New York Times has called him “a public relations all-star who knows everything about new media and then some,”, while Investor’s Business Daily has labeled him “crazy, but effective.” Peter Shankman is a spectacular example of what happens when you merge the power of pure creativity with  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and a dose of adventure, and make it work to your advantage. An author, entrepreneur, speaker, and worldwide connector, Peter is recognized worldwide for radically new ways of thinking about Customer Service, Social Media, PR, marketing and advertising.

Interview Highlights

Books are great to get speaking gigs.

As you start to create value people will notice it and if it’s good people tend to share it.

You have to figure out what your audience wants and that comes from knowing who they are.

You have to be willing to be open.

Failure is great because it teaches you how to improve.

Every day is a chance to create something better.

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Writing, Money and Book in a Box with @TuckerMax

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My today’s guest is Tucker Max.

His first book, I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, is a #1 New York Times Best Seller, spent five years on the list, and has over 2 million copies in print. His second book, Assholes Finish First, and his third book, Hilarity Ensues, are also NY Times Best Sellers. He co-wrote and produced the movie based on his life/book, also titled “I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell.” He has also been credited with being the originator and leader of a new literary genre, “fratire,” is only the third writer (after Malcolm Gladwell and Michael Lewis) to ever have three books on the NY Times Nonfiction Best Seller List at one time, and was nominated to the Time Magazine 100 Most Influential List in 2009. He currently lives in Austin, Texas.

Interview Highlights

There is 1 way to know if your writing us good and that’s if people who don’t know you and don’t care about you read it and recommend it to their friends.

Quality is not measured by how beautiful your sentence is. The quality of your writing is measured by how may people take value from it.

There is no such thing as a strategy that works all the time.

If you’re an author and you think that selling a lot of books will change your life and will solve all your problems and make everything better and complete you as a person – it won’t.

Useful links

Book in a Box

Book in a Box book (coming soon)

About Life, Idea Muscle & Failure Porn with @jaltucher

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Last Chance!

The Write 2B Read Master Class starts in a couple of days, so if you are interested to become part of it and publish your book in 8 weeks – hurry up!

The Interview

I wanted to interview James Altucher since many months already, but the self-doubt, insecurities and other nonsense was keeping me away from connecting with him. Finally, one day I got the courage and wrote him a Facebook message. And I’m glad I did.
The reason I wanted to have James on my show was not that he is a  famous. If you have followed my podcast you know that I don’t choose people who are famous, but people who are interesting to talk to and who are able to provide value to you – my listeners.

I knew that my interview with James would be packed with wisdom and that you’d enjoy it too.

For the very few of you, who don’t know who James Altucher is – I have included his short bio below for you.

James Altucher is a successful entrepreneur, investor, board member, and the writer of 11 books including the recent WSJ Bestseller, “Choose Yourself!”.

He has started and sold several companies for eight figure exits. He’s on the board of a billion revenue company, has written for The Financial Times, The New York Observer, and over a dozen popular websites for the past 15 years. He’s run several hedge funds, venture capital funds, and is a successful angel investor in technology, energy, and biotech.

He has also lost all his money, made it back, lost it, made it back several times and openly discusses how he did it in his columns and books.

Although I encourage you to listen to the interview, because there is no other way to feel the energy and the flavor of our conversation, I have included the important points James mentioned during our talk below for you.

About money and time

If I lost $20 I could always make $20 back. But if I lose 20 minutes of my life I will never ever be able to rewind the clock. I will never ever be able to make those 20 minutes back.

About the idea muscle

Every day I try to exercise my idea muscle so I write 10 ideas a day.

About  job

Job is a very small subset of ways to make a living. Make a living – make a life. Life is much bigger than just the job.

About failure

There is no such thing as absolute failure. There is too much “failure porn” on the Internet. Much better is to set yourself up in such a way that failure becomes strengthening to you.
 

About life

Life is like experiment where we add and subtract and merge ideas and come up with new ideas.

About Abundance

Persistence + Love = Abundance

About success

About publishers

Publisher’s don’t care about you. They care how much your book is gonna sell.
Traditional publisher blocks you from your audience and from communicating to your audience.

About being nervous

I am still nervous every time I hit publish.

About being a good writer

If you write a good book in popular genre you’ll be successful. But I think the key is really to focus on being a good writer. Improving your skills at writing. Because then the genre will find you.
 
Ultimately the goal of whether you’re a good writer or not is if people enjoy your writing.
 
The only way you can improve as a writer is by reading and writing every day.
 
Writing is about storytelling it’s not about lecturing.

Useful Links

James Altucher’s website
James Altucher’s Amazon author page
Ask Altucher podcast
The James Altucher Show

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