A list for life


James Altucher makes a rather incredible claim: All you need in life is 15 things.

What’s on his list? All that he can fit in a black shoulder bag, namely a laptop, a few pairs of khakis, some T-shirts, and cash stuffed in a plastic bag.

What’s not on his list? Dishes, books, a higher education degree, or a home to call your own. Home ownership, he claims, is a “total scam”.

Altucher shed all of those things (except the degree; he went to Cornell) when he gave up his apartment. He rents from Airbnb or crashes with friends.

He is a hugely popular author of 16 books whose podcast draws millions of listeners.