Category: Life in Perspective
37 Posts
POSTED ON June 17, 2014 BY James Altucher

My first night in my first apartment in NYC I woke up with cockroaches everywhere. I went to the bathroom and the entire floor was swarming with them. I panicked and screamed because I was a little baby and never saw this before. My only piece of furniture was a foam futon. I had a… Continue Reading

POSTED ON June 11, 2014 BY James Altucher

Time is not money. All the slick guys in their suits, peppering their lingo with “time is money!” Hurry! Money! It’s not true. I feel bad for them. Cheapening their time like that. I know this because I’m the master at losing money. I have very clever ways of making my money explode into dust.… Continue Reading

POSTED ON April 16, 2014 BY CEOEditor

The Economist is out with a first class post on Barrick Gold founder Peter Munk. Munk’s tale How a former refugee from the Nazis made and lost several fortunes Apr 19th 2014 | From the print edition YOU can’t be right all the time. In a 1995 profile of Peter Munk, the founder of Barrick Gold,… Continue Reading

POSTED ON March 04, 2014 BY Brent Hogarth

“Everyday we have an opportunity to create a living masterpiece.” – Michael Gervais “That’s what I’m f%&*ing talking about!” was not the typical conclusion of the presentations at San Francisco’s Wisdom 2.0 conference – where Zen teachers, such as Eckhart Tolle or Jon Kabat-Zinn, spoke on the role of mindfulness in the tech community —… Continue Reading

POSTED ON January 30, 2014 BY James Altucher

It’s really humiliating to ask for money from people. When I was a venture capitalist I hated everyone who asked me for money. And I hated my partners who pretended like they had the ability to make important life or death decisions over people. All we really wanted to do was make a lot of… Continue Reading

POSTED ON January 22, 2014 BY Tommy Humphreys

If you’re in the investment business in Canada, you may be just a little jealous of Deans Knight Capital: it’s a super successful small company with savvy entrepreneur clients and a fun, friendly corporate culture. And if you’re a Deans Knight client, you’re probably a happy camper — the company has produced better than 15%… Continue Reading

POSTED ON December 23, 2013 BY Tommy Humphreys

I came across a 2011 article about Canaccord Financial founder Peter Brown, and I particularly enjoyed the following excerpt: In 1968, Brown and partner Ted Turton bought 51 per cent of a struggling Vancouver brokerage for $23,000. They soon ran into problems with an “irresponsible” financial partner who bankrupted the company, he said. “We started… Continue Reading

POSTED ON October 31, 2013 BY James Altucher

I was a daytrader for many years and it almost killed me. I made money by making profits on my own money and also taking a percentage of the profits for the people I traded for. I traded up to $40 or $50 million a day at my peak. I did this from 2001 to… Continue Reading

POSTED ON October 24, 2013 BY James Altucher

When I was ten I loved to write down who liked who. “David liked Joanne”. “Lori liked Jimmy”. Then I would write down why. “David would laugh every time Joanne would make a joke in class.” I had a spiral notebook, about 8×11, and I pretty quickly would fill up all the pages and then… Continue Reading

POSTED ON October 16, 2013 BY James Altucher

Here are the rules: I’ve been at zero a few times, come back a few times, and done it over and over. I’ve started entire new careers. People who knew me then, don’t me now. And so on. I’ve had to change careers several times. Sometimes because my interests changed. Sometimes because all bridges have… Continue Reading