The first time I received an email from James, it was in 2010 after I published this post— definitely the most radical thing I had written at the time, I think.
He wrote me an email that said: “I think you’re right. I care too much.”
The rest is pretty much history. Three and a half years later, Altucher is basically the biggest blogger out there. I have heard world-famous CEOs talk about James admiringly, like he’s the coolest guy they ever heard of.
It’s sort of weird actually. But it worked.
All of this happened, seemingly, out of nowhere. And that’s the magic of it– is that I know that it didn’t. You can see the transformation, gradually, if you look at his blog now.
My favourite quote from him recently is: “I don’t hit publish unless I am scared I’ve gone too far.”
James is one of the guys who went out there and did it. He didn’t just talk about it. He did it.
Just by itself, that’s the single difference between most people that make it, and those that don’t.
Although James’ story is still in progress (so who knows, heh), the reality is that he went out there and acted on it.
So few people do that. Putting one foot in front of the other, every day, forever, is under-appreciated.
Check out James’ book. I haven’t read it, but everybody else has, and it’s supposed to be great.
(He didn’t ask me to write this post, in case you’re wondering.)