Calvin "Cal" Fussman is an American journalist and New York time best selling author, he is a Writer at Large for Esquire magazine and known for the What I've Learned column.
People are losing their jobs. And schools have stopped functioning properly. The "normal" way of society is on pause. And we don't know for how long. So I'm posting this interview with Cal Fussman about reinvention. Because it's light-hearted. And helps you find your direction within. In this podcast, you'll hear creative ideas to learn and create and build success outside of the norm, which is exactly what we need to be doing right now. Also, I highly recommend Cal's podcast called "Big Questions." He's a world-renowned interviewer and has with guests who will repeatedly blow your mind like Bruce Lee, Kobe Bryant, Larry King, me! And more. This episode is actually an episode from "Big Questions." So go check it out https://www.calfussman.com/podcast I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify   Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook Linkedin
This week’s “Marketing Today,” is an untraditional episode, but it’s packed with insight, humor, compassion, and, yes, a marketing lesson or two. Alan sat down to talk with Cal Fussman, journalist, best-selling author, and writer at large for Esquire — where he has served as lead interviewer for the magazine’s notable “What I’ve Learned” series. During the course of his career, he has interviewed and written about famous people from Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Ted Kennedy to Jack Welch, Al Pacino, and Muhammad Ali, as well as countless others. His personal essay, “Cocktails Before the Collapse,” written about his time as a sommelier at Windows on the World, the restaurant that sat perched atop the World Trade Center, won a James Beard Foundation Award in 2012. During the course of their conversation, Fussman touches on many of the powerful experiences and pivotal moments that shaped his life and career. But, perhaps most notably, it was his decision as a second-grader to pick up a pencil, write a letter, lick a stamp, and toss an envelope in a mailbox during one of the darkest times in American history that revealed to him the power of a great question: “I knew, at that time, that a good question could get you to the most powerful person on Earth, and it has guided my life ever since.” Highlights from this week’s “Marketing Today” podcast include: A letter sent to a U.S. president in a time of national tragedy set the course for Fussman’s career. (1:37) Raise your hand: Fussman discusses how our childhood curiosity becomes tempered. (3:53) “I’m prepared to improvise.” — Fussman stores questions in his head like a jukebox; he just has to press play. (17:42) “There‘s a great marketing story.” Fussman talks about the time Jack Welch took him to lunch. (30:59) Breaking down the wall between journalism and marketing. (45:10) “Everything that I felt no good at, I’ve had to somehow master.” (52:24) “I’ve got a baby in the palm of my hand.” — Fussman describes his experience speaking at a hospital. (55:34) Fussman is still particular about the way he markets himself. (1:02:17) Eureka! Alan and Cal discover “Fussman’s gold.” (1:07:56) **Let Your Voice Be Heard** “Marketing Today” has a new Q&A feature! Ever wish you could ask a question on the show? Well, now you can. Just click this link and ask your question — it’s that easy. And if we can, we’ll answer it on the next podcast. We’re looking forward to your questions! Links to find Cal online: https://www.calfussman.com/ https://twitter.com/calfussman https://www.linkedin.com/in/calfussman/ Support the show.
Cal Fussman was the Editor at Large at Esquire for years where he got to interview Muhammad Ali, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Robert DeNiro and hundreds more. So he’s really known as an all star interviewer. He asks big questions. And now he’s interviewing me, which is also live on his podcast “Big Questions.” He named the episode “James Altucher on Reaching For Your Future and Letting Go of Your Past.” So, I guess that’s what this episode is about. He said, “I’d like to go to the start and see the arch of your life.” And I hope you let this episode be an invitation for you to explore your own story arch, too. Links and Resources Why Self-Help Guru James Altucher Only Owns 15 Things by Alex Williams The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo Esquire Amblin Partners - Steven Spielberg's Production Company  Seamless Melanie Whelan - CEO of SoulCycle Guiness Book of World Records My interview with Wolfgang Puck      I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast.   Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify   Follow me on Social Media: Twitter Facebook Linkedin Instagram
I’ve interviewed legendary storyteller Cal Fussman (@calfussman) on this show before (here and here), but this time, the roles are reversed, and he interviews me!If you are not yet familiar with him, Cal is a New York Times bestselling author and a writer-at-large for Esquire magazine, where he is best known for being a primary writer of the “What I Learned” feature. And this interview originally aired on Cal’s podcast, “Big Questions with Cal Fussman.”Cal has transformed oral history into an art form, conducting probing interviews with the icons who’ve shaped the last 50 years of world history: Mikhail Gorbachev, Jimmy Carter, Ted Kennedy, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Jack Welch, Robert DeNiro, Clint Eastwood, Bruce Springsteen, Dr. Dre, Quincy Jones, Woody Allen, Barbara Walters, Pelé, Yao Ming, Serena Williams, John Wooden, Muhammad Ali, and countless others.Enjoy!This podcast is brought to you by Four Sigmatic. While I often praise this company’s lion’s mane mushroom coffee for a minimal caffeine wakeup call that lasts, I asked the founders if they could help me—someone who’s struggled with insomnia for decades—sleep. Their answer: Reishi Mushroom Elixir. They made a special batch for me and my listeners that comes without sweetener; you can try it at bedtime with a little honey or nut milk, or you can just add hot water to your single-serving packet and embrace its bitterness like I do.Try it right now by going to foursigmatic.com/ferriss and using the code Ferriss to get 20 percent off this rare, limited run of Reishi Mushroom Elixir. If you are in the experimental mindset, I do not think you’ll be disappointed.This episode is also brought to you by “5-Bullet Friday,” my very own email newsletter, which every Friday features five bullet points of cool things I’ve found that week, including apps, books, documentaries, gadgets, albums, articles, TV shows, new hacks or tricks, and — of course — all sorts of weird stuff I’ve dug up from around the world. It’s free, it’s always going to be free, and you can subscribe now at tim.blog/friday.***If you enjoy the podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really makes a difference in helping to convince hard-to-get guests. I also love reading the reviews!For show notes and past guests, please visit tim.blog/podcast.Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (“5-Bullet Friday”) at tim.blog/friday.For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts.Interested in sponsoring the podcast? Please fill out the form at tim.blog/sponsor.Discover Tim’s books: tim.blog/books.Follow Tim:Twitter: twitter.com/tferriss Instagram: instagram.com/timferrissFacebook: facebook.com/timferriss YouTube: youtube.com/timferriss
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Location
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Episode Count
8
Podcast Count
6
Total Airtime
11 hours, 11 minutes