Neil Strauss


The Best of the Crowd-Sourced Reading Project

Five years ago, a small group of Inner-Circle readers compiled the most important takeaways and lessons from 23 amazing self-growth books. And roughly every-other week for the entire year, I posted their analysis right here on the blog. By the end of the year, we took all the common themes and advice and put it into an exclusive PDF only ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
Sept. 19, 2017, 10:36 p.m.

PostSecret’s Frank Warren on Exposing Your Deepest Secrets and Desires

For 12 years, Frank Warren has been mailed over 1 million secrets on postcards from people on every continent. His website, PostSecret.com has led him to become the most trusted listener of secrets in the world. Frank joins Neil and Gabby in The Truth Barrel to share the lessons he has learned about the secrets that people keep, what they ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
Sept. 12, 2017, 9:05 p.m.

Back to School: Thank a Teacher Challenge

It’s early September. The northern hemisphere still has a month left of summer, but for many people, this week marks the end of summer—back to school season. While we are busy putting so much emphasis and excitement on ourselves and our children as students, the people who get overlooked most at this time of year are the teachers themselves. As ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
Sept. 7, 2017, 4:25 p.m.

How to Layer Your Time So You Can Accomplish More

Today’s blog post is going to help you blow through a common excuse people make… An excuse that sabotages your progress and your life–and it’s so common, even I’m guilty of making this excuse from time to time. The excuse is: “I don’t have enough time to work on that right now.” And by “that,” I mean a new skill, ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
Sept. 1, 2017, 6:19 p.m.

A Tour of My Personal Library

Everyone who comes to my house gets a book. I most often give away non-fiction books—most of them are readings that influenced The Game. Soon, I will update these library giveaways for books that influenced The Truth. For those and more, be sure to sign up for my email list here. My non-fiction shelf: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
Aug. 29, 2017, 6:03 p.m.

Taking Care of Yourself Is Not Being Selfish: A 3-Hour Challenge

“Can you spare 3 hours today?” If someone asked you for 3 hours of your time today, what would you say? Probably, “hell no,” or a well-worded excuse. But what would you say if you asked yourself for 3 hours of productivity today? We’d all say yes. But how many of us will actually give ourselves that time? Much of ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
Aug. 22, 2017, 5:17 p.m.

The Art of Being Human and How to Share Your Reality with Someone Else

Dive in deep in this extremely raw and personal episode of The Truth Barrel where Gabby and Neil go one-on-one about their respective life challenges and their powerful solutions to them. There is a focus on balance, relationships, and parenting. Listen as they deconstruct and share the inner-monologues that they wrestle with in their own lives. What you don’t want ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
Aug. 2, 2017, 1:46 a.m.

What is Enmeshment and How to Get Rid of It

One simple thing that changed my life was learning the word enmeshment. Everyone knows what abandonment is: This is when a caregiver abandons, is detached from, or doesn’t provide for the child. This can range from a parent who isn’t physically present, to a parent who is physically present but emotionally distant, to a parent who doesn’t ensure adequate care ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
July 28, 2017, 5:14 p.m.

What Do You Want to Create and Why Haven’t You Done It?

Humans have a deep desire to create and to build. We rose to the top of the food chain because of our ability to create. And I know from personal experience, the most satisfaction I feel comes after periods of creation. But today we are all dealing with a very serious problem… There is a major suppression and misdirection of ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
July 24, 2017, 10:20 p.m.

Life Balance and a Five-Year Plan

Having a more balanced life should be a goal on its own, and this blog post will show you a simple way of making progress on that front. While most goals are overly ambitious, unrealistic, and without a plan, the singular focus and obsession of reaching one goal can be detrimental. It can lead to imbalance in life, and living ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
July 17, 2017, 8:59 p.m.

Make Your Harshest Critic Work for You

It’s no secret that you are your harshest critic. That internal voice is constantly criticizing every move you do… You’re never good enough. And you can always do better. Does that sound familiar? It’s totally normal. As humans in today’s over-stimulated world, our brains are wired to be constantly dwelling, obsessing, and stressing about little things that don’t really matter ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
July 10, 2017, 10:02 p.m.

The Six Major Qualities of Great Leaders

We are all leaders: Leaders of our families, jobs, social circles, and destiny. It is our moral obligation to be the best leader possible. The world needs leadership more than ever today, especially since so many people have been conditioned by society to be lazy sheep. Comfort makes people unambitious, and technology automates people’s thinking and the way they lead ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
July 6, 2017, 4:58 p.m.

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Neil Strauss
July 4, 2017, 4:58 a.m.

Patience is a Virtue

You don’t need to have your life figured out, just yet… We all spend way too much time worrying about the future and what we are supposed to be doing. We are stuck in a trap that lets us believe we should be exactly where we think we should be—a place where we have everything figured out, we’re on the ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
June 28, 2017, 4:02 p.m.

The Ultimate Interview on What You Eat and Why You’ve Been Programmed to Eat It

If you ever needed the motivation to stop eating processed and junk food, Dr. Robert Lustig is happy to give you the facts that will scare the sugar out of your diet. Listen in as this renowned neuroendocrinologist reveals to Gabby and Neil just how much the food industry has made us addicts to food that is killing us. As ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
June 24, 2017, 4:36 p.m.

Don’t Talk About Your Goals, Be About Your Goals

Science shows that talking about your goals makes you less likely to reach them. Of course, like every scientific claim, there are studies that prove the opposite. Accountability certainly helps when setting big ass goals, but there is a catch: You should be accountable to a professional invested in your success – like a coach, mentor, or mastermind group like ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
June 20, 2017, 12:03 a.m.

Face Your Fears Before Breakfast

Cold therapy in the morning is one of the best ‘life-hacks’ I’ve ever adopted. Every morning, I get up, and automatically head to the shower. I put the temperature on “cold A.F.”, and let the water run for a minute or so… In this time, I can feel my brain trying so hard to “keep me in the comfort zone ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
June 12, 2017, 12:24 a.m.

‘Braveheart’ Screenwriter Randall Wallace on Living with Integrity

Randall Wallace is a writer’s writer. He has written films (Heaven is for Real, Man in the Iron Mask, Braveheart); books (Pearl Harbor, Living the Braveheart Life); and songs (including one played at President Ronald Reagan’s funeral). Yet at age 46, he was down-and-out with no success. In this podcast, find out how Wallace turned his writing career around; and ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
June 2, 2017, 4:20 a.m.

What Mike Learned After Surviving a Plane Crash

Today, I’m sharing a very personal story with you. It’s about death as a teacher of life wisdom. It’s also about how a simple compliment someone received years ago ended up saving his life last month. Specifically, it’s about a miraculous near-death experience that was recently in the news, and involved a friend and Society member, Mike. You may have ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
May 31, 2017, 6:44 p.m.

Episode 29: Rapper Mikey Mike on How He Scammed His Way into Getting a Grammy

“Have you seen this man? Owes 2.3 million dollars in child support” is the bold headline that invaded Los Angeles billboards and posters accompanied by the mugshot face of upcoming rapper Mikey Mike. This episode of The Truth Barrel is for everyone trying to get noticed. Mikey Mike is one of the best new musicians, rappers, and producers out there. ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
April 25, 2017, 5:18 p.m.