The James Quandahl Show

James Quandahl

Listen to the world's experts and learn how to live your life to the fullest and build the life of your dreams. Each week James interviews successful business owners, investors, authors, and artists and uncovers what makes them tick, what disciplines have contributed to their success, and he gets answers to the listener submitted questions you’ve submitted. Listening to the show is like eavesdropping on two friends discussing the secrets of their success. Have you ever met someone and felt immediately that they were different? They have a magnetic energy and you can’t figure out why you want to spend more time with them… You just do. The James Quandahl Show helps demystify that unique energy and teaches how you too can stand out amongst the crowd. Become a regular listener to the show and learn to become who you were meant to be.

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How to Keep Choosing Yourself When Times are Tough with James Altucher
Yesterday
How to Keep Choosing Yourself When Times are Tough with James Altucher
This is a very special episode because I finally had a chance to record a conversation with someone who needs no introduction for the listeners of this show… my good friend and mentor James Altucher. During today’s episode we discussed why James believes hosting a podcast is like taking classes from the best professors ever. The negative effect social media has on our focus, careers, life, etc. Why we have the tendency to do what is bad for us… even when we know it is bad. And how James feels it may be good to be a little anxious. We dig into why he doesn’t consider his writing or podcast to be in the self-help category, and instead how his books are a story of how he helped himself. Finally, we spoke about the ramifications of James’s viral article, NYC is Dead Forever, Here’s Why, and if James writes to be controversial. We discussed all of this and so much more in today’s episode, so please give it a listen and send me a message with your thoughts @ JamesQuandahl on Instagram and Twitter… And if you’re enjoying the show please subscribe or follow and share this episode with a friend. Episode resources (James’s article on anxiety, I need a check for one million dollars) (James’s viral article, NYC is Dead Forever, Here’s Why) (NotePd.com): Where you can write 10 ideas per day, join challenges, use AI to create images and ideas, and much much more. My podcast episodes with Robyn Altucher… (Episode 1), (Episode 2) (My article on James’s book, Skip the Line) (Cal Newport, So Good They Can’t Ignore You) (Do The Work, by Stephen Pressfield) (James Altucher’s blog) (James Altucher’s Podcast, The James Altucher Show on Apple Podcasts) (James Altucher on Twitter) (James Altucher on Linkedin) (This episode's sponsor, Fortifeye and Fortifeye Focus)
How to Keep Choosing Yourself When Times are Tough with James Altucher
Yesterday
How to Keep Choosing Yourself When Times are Tough with James Altucher
This is a very special episode because I finally had a chance to record a conversation with someone who needs no introduction for the listeners of this show… my good friend and mentor James Altucher. During today’s episode we discussed why James believes hosting a podcast is like taking classes from the best professors ever. The negative effect social media has on our focus, careers, life, etc. Why we have the tendency to do what is bad for us… even when we know it is bad. And how James feels it may be good to be a little anxious. We dig into why he doesn’t consider his writing or podcast to be in the self-help category, and instead how his books are a story of how he helped himself. Finally, we spoke about the ramifications of James’s viral article, NYC is Dead Forever, Here’s Why, and if James writes to be controversial. We discussed all of this and so much more in today’s episode, so please give it a listen and send me a message with your thoughts @ JamesQuandahl on Instagram and Twitter… And if you’re enjoying the show please subscribe or follow and share this episode with a friend. Episode resources (James’s article on anxiety, I need a check for one million dollars) (James’s viral article, NYC is Dead Forever, Here’s Why) (NotePd.com): Where you can write 10 ideas per day, join challenges, use AI to create images and ideas, and much much more. My podcast episodes with Robyn Altucher… (Episode 1), (Episode 2) (My article on James’s book, Skip the Line) (Cal Newport, So Good They Can’t Ignore You) (Do The Work, by Stephen Pressfield) (James Altucher’s blog) (James Altucher’s Podcast, The James Altucher Show on Apple Podcasts) (James Altucher on Twitter) (James Altucher on Linkedin) (This episode's sponsor, Fortifeye and Fortifeye Focus)
How To Age Gracefully and Keep Your Eyes and Body Healthy with Dr Michael Lange and Karen Hecht
Sep 13 2022
How To Age Gracefully and Keep Your Eyes and Body Healthy with Dr Michael Lange and Karen Hecht
Today’s guests are Karen Hecht, past guest of the show and the Scientific Affairs Manager at AstaReal. Karen holds a PHD in molecular biology from the University of Pittsburgh and a honors bachelor of science in biochemistry from the University of Toronto. Also on the show today is Dr. Michael Lange whose a board certified optometric physician, certified nutrition specialist, CEO and chairman of Fortifeye Vitamins, Radio Talk Show Host, extreme sports enthusiast, and much, much more. During this episode we discussed how it’s common to see 45 and 50 year olds with the retinas of 85 year olds and how spending all day inside on our screens is accelerating this problem. And I’m taught the 20-20-20 rule which helps your eyes rest and recover. We discussed the importance of looking at the body as a whole instead of individual pieces and how you can’t take your vision or health for granted— don’t wait to have a problem, be proactive instead of reactive because prevention is the name of the game. If you make your body healthier your eyes will be healthier and visa versa, and this helps you to  age gracefully. Finally, we discussed the importance of starting with the basic principles first before layering on supplements, and we learn the importance of doing research on these supplements— where and how they are made and, if they are supported by clinical studies, and is there third party certifications?  There is so much in today’s episode, so please give it a listen and send me a message with your thoughts @ JamesQuandahl on Instagram or Twitter… And if you’re enjoying the show please subscribe or follow and share this episode with a friend. Episode Resources  (Canada’s licensed natural health product database) (My last podcast episode about AstaReal and astaxanthin with Karen Hecht) (AstaReal USA’s website) (Where to find Astaxanthin products) (Dr Lange’s nutritional supplement brand, Fortifeye Vitamins) (Dr Michael Langes’s website)
How to Reach Financial Independence and Create a Family Legacy with Scott Ford
Sep 6 2022
How to Reach Financial Independence and Create a Family Legacy with Scott Ford
Today’s guest is Scott Ford whose a Jiujitsu loving, woodworking, beekeeping entrepreneur who is also the managing director, partner, and wealth advisor at Carson Wealth.  Influenced by his father, Scott has always had a passion for small businesses and entrepreneurship. When his own father couldn’t find financial freedom, he knew what he needed to do with his life. Scott’s mission is to spread education about finances and finally give people the tools that they need to reach financial independence through financial wisdom. During this episode Scott and I discussed how to create a family constitution, family bank, and what it takes to build a 7-generation family legacy like the Rockefeller’s— one that will stand the tests of time. He shared what many billionaires don’t have, but what many people with only a small amount of money in the bank have, and explained the the difference is between hoarding and giving. Finally, Scott taught me what an infinite entrepreneur is and why is’s important to begin focusing on self healing first, then we, and then everyone else. There is so much value packed into this short episode, so please give it a listen and send me a message with your thoughts @ JamesQuandahl on Instagram or Twitter… And if you’re enjoying the show please subscribe or follow and share this episode with a friend. Episode Resources (My podcast episode with Rich Christiansen: Build a Seven-Generation Family by Reconnecting With Your Past, Present, and Future) (So Good They Can’t Ignore You, by Cal Newport) (Scott’s website and podcast) (Scott’s Linkedin) (Scott’s Twitter) If after listening to this episode you want to learn more about the Legado Family program head to (LegadoFamily.com) and use the code James to receive 20% off anything you purchase.
The Colossal Difference Between Quitting and Giving Up with Brad Ritter
Aug 30 2022
The Colossal Difference Between Quitting and Giving Up with Brad Ritter
Today’s guest is Brad Ritter, the author of the book School of Grit. After graduating from Kokoro camp in 2015, Brad wanted to find a way to serve others and help people take control of their lives and get unstuck. He accomplishes this through a proven system that focuses on your physical, mental, emotional, and warrior spirit. Brad’s job is to help you achieve a goal or produce a certain result. We discussed how your kids will remember when you’re around, so you’ve got to spend time with them. And after 17 years of marriage, why it is just as important as ever to date your spouse. And that your kids know what’s going on in the house, even at a young age… And if you don’t think so you’re telling yourself a lie. Brad had a revelation and shared the subtle difference between quitting and giving up which has been extremely helpful for me already! Are you a people pleaser? If yes, Brad shares that you need to stop saying yes to everything and teach yourself how to say no. Do you know how to ask for help or are you someone that doesn’t like asking for help? If you’re the later, like me, you’ll need to start working on it. Finally we discussed how to turn off the internal chatter and resistance by figuring out the real reason you’re working on a difficult task or project. There is so much value in this episode, so please give it a listen and send me a message with your thoughts @ JamesQuandahl on Instagram or Twitter… And if you’re enjoying the show please subscribe or follow and share this episode with a friend. Episode Resources (Brad’s Instagram) (Get your Grit score from Angela Duckworth) (The Long Walk information) (Brad’s book, School of Grit, on Amazon) (Stephen Kings, The Long Walk) (School of Grit website)
How to Unlock Your Unrivaled Momentum with Clint Hoopes
Aug 9 2022
How to Unlock Your Unrivaled Momentum with Clint Hoopes
Welcome to The James Quandahl Show the space where I interview the world’s experts and share how you can live your life to the fullest and build the life of your dreams. On today’s episode I sat down with Clint Hoopes. Clint is the proud father of 6 children as well as a Podcast Host and Executive Coach for Business Owners and Leaders who are husband, fathers, and family men. We discussed how as high achievers we can kill it at work AND kill it at home. We defined what DCA is, Desire, Clarity, and Action, and how to use it to level up our lives. Clint explained what being present at home means to him and shares a moving story of what happened that made his wife kick him out of the delivery room, right after his baby was born, and what Clint did to ensure this would never, ever happen again. Finally, we discussed goal setting, journaling, celebrating our victories, the resistance and comparison syndromes we’re all prone to, and much, much more. This episode is extra special because it is the one year celebratory episode of The James Quandahl Show.  If you’ve been enjoying the show, please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts, send me a note by email, Instagram or Twitter at JamesQuandahl, and please share your favorite podcast episodes with someone else.  This will help the podcast grow and help more people grow from all the wisdom that is shared on this show by my guests. Now… let’s get into this conversation with Clint! Episode resources: (Clint’s personal website) (Clint’s Instagram) (Clint’s Linkedin) (Unlock your unrivaled momentum training) (The Unrivaled Man Podcast episode with yours truly, James Quandahl) (Benjamin Hardy, The Gap and the Gain)
There’s Always a Silver Lining: Negativity is by Appointment Only with Tommy Newberry
Aug 2 2022
There’s Always a Silver Lining: Negativity is by Appointment Only with Tommy Newberry
Welcome to The James Quandahl Show the space where I interview the world’s experts and share how you can live your life to the fullest, be present and connect deeply with others, and build the life of your dreams. On today’s episode I sat down with Tommy Newberry the New York Times Bestselling author of The 4:8 Principle. For more than 30 years Tommy has coached greater than one thousand business leaders and their families to success not just at work, but also in their faith, family, wealth, health, marriage, and many other areas. Tommy challenges us to imagine our dream life 30-years from now, and then work on making that dream a reality.  He asks you to consider what would happen if you were unafraid of anything in your life. If that were true what would you do differently right now? And imagine a life where you only dwelled on the positive and negativity was by appointment only. Finally we discussed a lot about parenting and the importance of preparing your kids to deal with adversity. And to say, “This is great!” When they have a struggle they need to overcome. There is so much to uncover in this conversation, so please give it a listen, and enjoy! Episode resources: (Tommy’s Super Focus Program): A step-by-step system that helps ambitious Christian entrepreneurs reach their goals in a shorter period of time. (Tommy’s personal website) (Tommy’s Couples Planning Retreat at Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina) (Tommy’s Instagram)
Build a Seven-Generation Family by Reconnecting With Your Past, Present, and Future with Rich Christiansen
Jul 12 2022
Build a Seven-Generation Family by Reconnecting With Your Past, Present, and Future with Rich Christiansen
Welcome to The James Quandahl Show the space where I interview the world’s experts and share how you can live your life to the fullest, be present and connect deeply with others, and build the life of your dreams. On today’s episode I had a chance to chat with Rich Christiansen who has founded or co-founded 51 businesses and authored The ZigZag Principle a Wall Street Journal & USA today national best-selling book, and co-authored the book Bootstrap Business. He recently released a program on Building Family Legacies. Together with his family, Rich loves to explore and spelunk slot canyons and crest the summits of high mountain peaks. He has stared up the throat of Mt. Everest three times, summited Mt. Kilimanjaro with his wife and sons. He enjoys frisbee golf, long boarding, and zipping down the ski slopes like a teenager. He’s a passionate golfer and loves fast zippy cars that are technology loaded. Rich and I discussed on this episode how to build a dynastic family and the concept of seven generation families… Which is looking and planning three generations back and three generations forward. We mapped out how you can create core family values, a family logo, mascot, mission statement, constitution, and much much more. Rich also shared about the importance of celebrating milestones in our children lives such as at the ages of 8, 12, 14, 16, and 18. If after listening to this episode you want to learn more about the Legado Family program head to (LegadoFamily.com) and use the code James to receive 20% off anything you purchase. Please sit back and enjoy this inspiring conversation with Rich Christiansen. Episode resources: (Legado Family): Use code JAMES for 20% off (The Zigzag Principle) (Bootstrap Business) (Rich on the Ben Greenfield Life podcast)
If the Benefits From Cold Water Swimming Were From a Drug They’d Be Illegal with Dr Mark Harper
Jul 5 2022
If the Benefits From Cold Water Swimming Were From a Drug They’d Be Illegal with Dr Mark Harper
Welcome to The James Quandahl Show the space where I interview the world’s experts and share how you can live your life to the fullest, be present and connect deeply with others, and build the life of your dreams. On today’s episode I had a chance to chat with Dr. Mark Harper the author of the brand new book Chill: The Cold Water Swim Cure. Mark Harper is a consultant anesthetist at Sussex University Hospitals both in the UK and Norway. He’s a co-creator of Chill UK a nonprofit whose aim is to provide courses in cold water swimming in order to improve mental health. Mark and I discussed the countless physical and mental benefits of getting exposed to cold water. How you can create a cold water swimming plan, and if it is better to get into 68 degree water or 55 degree water. Mark taught me how to control my breath before getting into the water and also the signs to pay attention to in order to be aware that it’s time to get out of the water.  We also considered how to make cold water swimming or dipping fun by finding a community of like minded people and sharing in the adventure together. We covered all of this and much much more, so please enjoy our conversation.  Episode resources:Mark’s Twitter: Mark Harper’s book: No Such Thing as Bad Weather: Sure in Brighton: Health Swims: at Prairie Sky School in Regina: kindergarten kids take part in very cold looking ICE SHOWER:
The Coffee Company Where Every Decision is Made Based on Health: Andrew Salisbury the Founder and CEO of Purity Coffee
May 31 2022
The Coffee Company Where Every Decision is Made Based on Health: Andrew Salisbury the Founder and CEO of Purity Coffee
Welcome to The James Quandahl Show the space where I interview the world’s experts and share how you can live your life to the fullest, be present and connect deeply with others, and build the life of your dreams. On today’s episode I had a chat with Andrew Salisbury the founder and CEO of my favorite coffee company, (Purity Coffee). During this episode we discussed the major differences between clean coffee and the already ground coffee on the grocery store shelf.  The discovery that lead Andrew to build Purity Coffee.  And finally, we discussed the new Purity Coffee farm in Columbia and their plans to experiment on a soil level and cultivar level to take their products to another level. Not only is this my favorite tasting coffee, but they are also the cleanest. Their coffee is organic, contains zero contaminants such as heavy metals, mold and mycotoxins, and is roasted to have two times the antioxidants of other coffee brands. I also love that they ship coffee as soon as it is roasted. When I receive my monthly bag of Purity medium roast coffee it was roasted less than 48 hours earlier. As a special treat for the listeners of this show, Purity Coffee is offering 20% off your first coffee order at (PurityCoffee.com) with the special coupon code JamesQ Please have a listen and discover if the coffee you’re drinking is the best option.  Also, if you’d like to ask any questions for future guests or just say hello— send me a note on (Instagram) or (Twitter) AT JamesQuandahl.
Bring Play into the Workplace to Improve Communication and Teamwork with Scott Novis
Apr 19 2022
Bring Play into the Workplace to Improve Communication and Teamwork with Scott Novis
Today’s guest is Scott Novis. Scott is a serial entrepreneur. His first company GameTruck has entertained more than 10 million children, and his latest business aims to bring video game fun to adults. Bravous Esports works with colleges and businesses to help people make friends through play. In this episode we discussed how technology is quickly changing with the introduction of the block chain, NFTs, and the meta verse. How the era of always answering a ringing phone has ended, and how we need to adapt our communication and leadership styles to meet our current age. Scott and I went deep in discussion of how to run a business virtually and how to form meaningful relationships with co-workers. He shared why it’s important not to treat your peers and employees as vending machines or robots. Finally, we discussed the importance of play and how Scott is reinventing team building, and helping teams learn how to work together to solve big and complicated problems. In my conversation with Scott, you'll discover: -How computer coding has changed from the GenX generation to now...01:30 -Metaverse: there is more information about everything out there...04:50 -We are at the tip of the spear right now and everything will change again soon...06:30 -There is no need for referees in digital gaming; software takes care of it...08:20 -"If you want to change someone's behavior, give them a better tool"...11:00 -Manage outcomes, not people...14:05 -Asynchronous meetings to communicate progress...16:55 -Managing personnel remotely; how to hold employees accountable...18:55 -Validating an employee's point of view (whether you agree or not) creates trust and safety...24:10 -"Water-cooler" spontaneous moments in the virtual space...27:00 -Whenever the exchange between two humans becomes transactional, software replaces that relationship...30:30 -The flexibility virtual work provides allows for a more robust personal life...32:30 -How to introduce PLAY into the work space...34:55 -Make it safe for adults to learn something new in front of others...38:40 -Transfer the benefits learned during play into the work the team does...40:40 -"It's OK to make mistakes"; training this mindset through game play...42:50 Errors of effort vs. errors of indifference -How to screen for disengagement in the virtual workspace...45:50 -Video games teach us about clarity and feedback...48:20 -Where to find out more about Scott and bring more play to your workplace...50:10 -The games he designs help improve communication; when it's fun, it happens much faster...52:10 Resources mentioned: (Bravous Website) Scott's Website Guest's social media: (LinkedIn) (Facebook) Instagram
Make More, Save More, and Give More than Ever Before with Bob Lotich
Apr 12 2022
Make More, Save More, and Give More than Ever Before with Bob Lotich
In today’s episode with Bob Lotich we discuss how to make more, save more, and give more money than you can ever imagine. In his early 20’s Bob found himself at his breaking point… Overwhelmed by debt and stranded 1,000 miles from home with only $7 to his name. 
Fast forward to today, Bob’s reached a level of financial freedom he never dreamed possible: owning a paid off house by age 31 and even reaching his family’s personal goal of giving one million dollars by age 40. Listen to learn how to start giving money to others and how Bob’s family is currently giving away over 40% of their income. We also discussed how to evaluate risk, follow your passions, and how to start a business of your own. You’ll learn why you should to stop comparing yourself to others, and how you should be playing in a completely different ball game all together. Also, why it’s important to say no to the flesh, and discover how to be successful in taking a full day of rest each week. 
We discussed all of this and much, much more in this episode, so please enjoy! In this episode with Bob Lotich, you will discover: -Fear: shine a light right on the worst case scenario and you will likely see it isn't that bad...02:30 -How Bob went from corporate ladder climbing to self-employment...05:45 -Who to surround yourself with when you are charting your own unique path...08:30 -It's good to work, even with passive income...11:25 -The courageous story behind Bob's blog...13:00 -Turning down great financial offers to follow God's calling...16:40 -Qualities of a great wife; what to search for while courting...19:00 -Understand each others strengths and learn to yield to your partner's strengths...22:00 -Take advantage of NOW; use money during opportune seasons of life...24:00 - (Die With Zero) When you know if you have saved enough for retirement and can stop contributing...25:55 -Link to book Moving Mountains by Archie Laturo in a bullet to this note Use your age as your giving percentage (Bob gives 41% of his earnings currently)...28:20 -Net worth and money given metrics prove that giving increases earning...30:50 -Don't wait to be debt free before starting to give; lead with giving...34:30 -The 1% principle of giving; you won't even feel it...36:10 -When you track 'net given' rather than 'net worth' you step out of the rat race and enter a completely different race...39:10 -Saying "no" to the flesh; the greatest antidote to greed is giving...42:30 -How to include your children in developing healthy financial mindsets...44:55 -Estimates of time for financial goals are often grossly overestimated because of unforeseen factors...49:20 -People and resources that shaped Bob's financial mindset...51:40 -Sabbath is sacred; give yourself rest...55:20 -Your Sabbath rest should reflect the opposite of what you do during the week...1:01:45 -Advice for the young blogger or podcaster...1:03:15 -Hobby to profession: when to make the switch...1:07:45 - (3 Day Money Challenge)...1:10:45 Resources mentioned: (Seed Time website) (Seed Time Featured YouTube) Instagram Twitter (Facebook) (Preorder Bob’s book on Amazon) SimpleMoneyBook.com ThreeDayMoneyChallenge.com (Die With Zero, by Bill Perkins) (Mover of Men and Mountains, by R.G. LeTourneau)
Robyn Altucher on Quality Friendship, the Dangers of Gossip, and Intuitive and Intentional Child Rearing (Part 2 of 2)
Mar 22 2022
Robyn Altucher on Quality Friendship, the Dangers of Gossip, and Intuitive and Intentional Child Rearing (Part 2 of 2)
On this two part episode of The James Quandahl show I had the opportunity to go deep in conversation with Robyn Altucher on the subjects of friendship and parenting.  This episode is part two and in it Robyn shared how to teach your children morals and values at a young age, and that we don’t need to hide our emotions from our children… It’s healthy to be sad, unhappy, and grieve in front of them. Robyn shared how to keep going forward and instill a positive mindset in kids, even during extreme heartbreaks that no kids should ever be exposed to. And she shared how raising her children in countries outside of the US impacted them. If you missed part one, please go give that one a listen too.  You’ll learn all about friendship and how to make friends and be a good one. Please sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode with Robyn Altucher. In this episode, you'll discover: -Teaching kids right from wrong; it must start very young...01:30 -Cultural differences around child rearing practices; ultimately follow your instinct...77:45 -When I meet my children's friends, I feel like I see who their parents are in their actions...11:15 -Robyn's thoughts on the trend for parents to be 'friends' with their kids...16:05 -Mothers are the first role models for daughters and fathers are the role models for sons...19:35 -James encourages Robyn to create content about intentional parenting and friendship...23:00 -It's healthy to let your kids see your full emotional spectrum; Robyn had to do this through extremely difficult circumstances...26:10 -Robyn's wisdom comes from a lifetime of practicing resilience through challenging trials...32:30 -The sad reality of assisted living for elders in the US vs. Robyn's experiences in other countries...36:20 -It is so important to follow your instincts over fads and trends in parenting...45:10 -And much more... Follow Robyn on social media: (Twitter) (LinkedIn)