361 - Jesse Itzler: The $160,000 Lesson


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Jesse doesn’t remember anything he learned from college except for ONE lesson. He calls it “the $160,000 lesson.” He almost breezed by it. I had to stop him. “What was the lesson?”

It’s a strong lesson. And if I try to write the whole story in this box, it’ll lose it’s power.

I wrote about it here. Or you can listen to the podcast now [it’s in the first 2 mins]. It’s worth it. Jesse is one of the most naturally motivating people I’ve ever met. And it’s contagious.

I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast.

Show Notes:

Living with the Monks: What Turning Off My Phone Taught Me about Happiness, Gratitude, and Focus by Jesse Itzler

Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet by Jesse Itzler

My first interview with Jesse Itzler: Ep.163: 6 Simple Steps to Becoming Self-Made

Vanilla Ice (rapper)

Marquis Jet (a company Jessie founded, which was then sold to NetJets)

Zico coconut water (Jesse’s a partner)

My interview with Shane Snow, author of Smartcuts [Ep. 355 - Make The Breakthrough You Need (With These “Smart Cuts”]

President Obama

Dwight Eisenhower

John F Kennedy

Lyndon B Johnson

Richard Nixon Spanx (invented by Sara Blakely who Jesse is married to and who I got to interview on this podcast: Episode 211: How To Get a Billion Dollar Idea)

Philip Roth who wrote “American Pastoral” a Pulitzer Prize winning book

Steve Jobs

Game of Thrones


Silent retreat

Thich Nhat Hahn and his monastery which is Buddhist

Jesse stayed with Orthodox Christian monks

Vipassana (silent retreat)

Fit for Life” by Harvey Diamond and Marilyn Diamond

Jesse turned some of the highlights from his book into an animated series. Check it out here

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