“I know you’ve made tens of millions of dollars in various areas of life,” I said. “Tell me how you did it.”
He scanned his memory for money.
And landed in 1969. “I put all my possessions in the back of my Mustang and drove to Washington, D.C. I figured if I got $5,000, I could hitchhike my way through South America… but more importantly, Africa.”
There are about 220 countries on the planet. Doug Casey has been to 160.
“I believe in the Latin phrase, ‘Mens sana in corpore sano.’”
“Sound mind, sound body…”
“It means you actually have to go out and do this crap. You have to do it.”
“Because maybe you’ll find out the meaning of life.”
Doug Casey is a renaissance man. He’s a legendary investor, the founder and chairman of Casey Research, and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. His newest book,, is volume one of the High Ground series. This book is about gold mining. It’s a wealth of information.
The hero starts out with nothing. And makes $200 million dollars, “which is possible,” Doug says, “and I tell you how.”
Here’s 5 lessons from the most interesting human guest on The James Altucher Show:
A) Don’t be a plant
“Unfortunately, most people are born in one place and then live in or near that place for the rest of their lives acting like plants, but I don’t think acting like a plant is a good survival strategy for a human.”
B) Create your own currency
Everybody says theprinted money. And devalued the dollar.
I asked Doug, “What do people mean when they say theprinted money? I think there’s a common misconception around this.”
His answer: they buy assets and credit back the banks. They don’t physically print money. And they don’t create value.
Doug goes places, meets people, asks them to do things either with him or for him.
He values the people he’s met, the money he’s made/lost and the lessons he’s learned.
Honor your experiences.
Money isn’t the currency of life. Living is the currency of life.
C) Where do good ideas come from?
They say you need to see/hear something at least seven times to remember it. I don’t know who said that. I wish I could say it was Ogilvy.
I’ve talked about idea sex 100 times. Here’s 101.
Good ideas are like babies. Each one is new to the world. (Unless we’re living in “The Matrix”. Evenhas thought about the likelihood of “reality” actually being “base reality.” The chances are “one in billions,” he said.)
But for now, human babies come from human sex. Sex = creation.
And it’s the same for ideas.
Take two ideas. Combine them. Now you have a new idea. Repeat. This is idea sex.
“I wanted to be a paleontologist,” Doug said. “Why? Dinosaurs! Every kid likes dinosaurs, but I took it seriously.”
“So, geology background… Then I got interested in money. Put geology and money together and you’ve got the mining business (which is actually a better way to lose money than to make money) but the good news about the mining business is that they’re the most volatile stocks in the world.”
“And still are…”
D) Read science fiction
“It’s a much better predictor of the future than any of the think tanks.”
E) Try new things
I’m writing a children’s book. Doug’s hobby is nothing I’ve ever heard of before. He tried taking over a country.
“Oh yeah,” he said… as if he forgot. “How did I get started in that? Oh yeah, I know what it was.”
Doug has had 50 lives. He’s dined with presidents, made millions, gone broke, wrote books, traveled to war zones, scuba-dived, practiced martial arts, he owns his own research company. And more.
But the strange part is he seems to string them all along.
Instead of switching from experience to experience, he piles them together. It’s not clean. It’s not organized.
Listen to the full interview with Doug Casey:
James Altucher is the author of the bestselling book Choose Yourself, editor at The Altucher Report and host of the popular podcast, The James Altucher Show, which takes you beyond business and entrepreneurship by exploring what it means to be human and achieve well-being in a world that is increasingly complicated.