The James Altucher Take Over: How I Live My Dreams


After inspiring everyone to “Choose Yourself” in episode #19, James Altucher returns to take over as the host on The School of Greatness.

With Altucher in charge, the microphones have been turned around and I’m the one who is answering the questions.  I share things I’ve never shared before about chasing my dreams of being a pro athlete to the rough transition of living on my sister’s couch.  Then I share the turning point that led to doing millions in sales over the last few years.

So strap yourselves in because James is taking over on this 21st episode of the School of Greatness podcast.

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James Altucher Takes Over The School of Greatness Podcast With Lewis Howes

“Cultivation of a growth mindset starts with an understanding that greatness is largely about work.” – Jonathan Fields from his book, Uncertainty.

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Lessons from athletics that I bring to business
  • How I came to the crushing realization that I wasn’t going to make my dream of playing in the NFL
  • Why passing up great opportunities that aren’t a good fit is part of the path to greatness
  • That despite being a “useless piece of crap,” I built a network that led to success
  • Strategies for getting high level executives to respond to your messages
  • How to craft a story to make your social media profiles more engaging to the high level business community
  • To define: Who you are, Who you help & How you help them
  • The three barriers to break through to get people interested in your message:
  1. The barrier of connections
  2. The barrier of location
  3. The barrier of similar hobbies, interests or communications
  • How asking top performers about their success and current day-to-day problems is the key to growing a great network
  • The details of how I developed a massive LinkedIn network
  • The secret origins of the Social Media Superhero
  • My strategies for building a profitable mini-LinkedIn in LinkedIn
  • All about the bumpy first Webinar and how it shifted my mindset forever
  • The path to 500 live Webinars that has led to over million in sales in the last 3 years
  • How I leverage my time now to create more value per hour
  • Plus much more…

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Hey Lewis 

I was just having another listen to your James Altucher episodes as I've been getting into his blog lately, (which is awesome.)

I have a question for you, I know this is a James Altucher take over but i was just wandering when's the next solo podcast from you? as it's been a while.

Thanks for the awesome podcast and being a mentor to all of us.

Lee Laughton


I have been following Lewis for the past 3 years and have seen him grow so much. He continually challenges and pushes himself to try new ventures. He simply builds on a strong base of loving to live and learn life. This episode is a very unique treat. It was nice to know how he managed to take his losses and successes step by step.  Seldom we hear about about the background processes that take place in order to create the great content that we love and like today. I believe that we should reward the process more than the results. Lewis inspires that in us all. I love the man. Thank you Lewis.


Just read your post and would like to thank you for maintaining such a cool blog.


Great quote - "...always viewing everything in your life as abundant."  Imagine how much better the world would be if we acknowledged the bad stuff but focused on the good stuff.  As always, great podcast Lewis.

Janet Elizabeth
Janet Elizabeth

Evacuated by the Alberta flood for the last 48 hours I am super stoked to have some normalcy in my life being able to listen to your awesome podcast! Thanks Lewis!

Sheryl Mehernosh
Sheryl Mehernosh

Can you please post your CreativeLive video with Derek Halpern? I missed it. Your #podcasts are so good!!


I heard your story once in a course of Scott Dinsmore but I still found interesting to hear it again with James Altucher taking over your podcast. More details were revealed. Thank you for an awesome episode!

Joshua Sprague
Joshua Sprague

Loved it! I thought the 3 ways you connected with new contacts was super helpful. Going to use that!


One more time, a very interesting podcast Lewis! It was a good idea to change the roles. The biggest challenge I had to face in my life was realising at what point I was the main actor of it and how i could impact on me and my environment. Thanks to guys like you I am still learning!

LewisHowes moderator

@leeroylaughton thanks so much for listening... yes I'm planning to do more solo rounds, thanks for asking and listening! 


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