Neil Strauss


New Years 2018: The Year of Deep Inner Game

Happy New Year! I hope you’ve taken the time to set a vision, intention, resolution, or SMART goals for this coming year…. And as crucial, I hope you looked over your goals for 2017, and gave yourself a performance review: If you didn’t accomplish your previous resolutions, it’s worth asking yourself why? Especially if they were realistic goals. To make ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
Jan. 6, 2018, 7:51 p.m.

Books Written by Guests of The Truth Barrel Podcast

In each episode of The Truth Barrel podcast, there was at least one book recommendation from either Gabby, Neil, and their guests—several of which are authors themselves. …and some of the guests’ books became bestsellers. Your mission: pick two of these books and promise yourself that you will read them in the first six months of 2018. Read two of ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
Jan. 3, 2018, 6:39 p.m.

Top Ten Books: Reading List 2017 (Fiction & Literature)

In what’s becoming an annual tradition here, below is my top ten books reading list for 2017. It will be updated over the course of the year to reflect the fiction and literature books I’ve read over the course of the year. As I read each book, I will list it below, in order of preference from most to least favorite, ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
Jan. 1, 2018, 8:01 a.m.

Is Monogamy Natural?

Greetings Inner Circlers. You’ve arrived at my first video email. Let’s get into it: Is monogamy natural? Is non-monogamy natural? Have you had successful CNM (consensual non-monogamy) loving relationships? Where do you stand on sexual exclusivity vs sexual freedom? I’ve done and let me know your thoughts in the comments below. This is a complete reframe of the whole monogamy vs ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
Dec. 22, 2017, 4:40 a.m.

How to Take Control of Your Subconscious Mind

Today, you’re going to discover one of (if not the) most profound realizations I’ve had in my life—and almost all of it occurs on a subconscious level. To get the most out of this new insight, you need to first understand the “Pareto Principle.” The Pareto Principle: An Italian economist named Vilfredo Pareto stumbled onto this idea in the early ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
Nov. 27, 2017, 6:51 p.m.

I Hate Tim Ferriss

I hate Tim Ferriss. I am seriously upset at him. He used to be my brother in slow, agonizing book turn-around times. We’d sweat together for years on the research, writing, and editing of our books, vowing never to do it again when we were done. But now, all of a sudden, this guy has turned on me. He called ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
Nov. 26, 2017, 12:21 a.m.

24 Hours without Technology and Food

When was the last time you turned off your phone, computer, and TV for an entire day? And when was the last time you went 24 hours without eating? If the answer is “I don’t know” or “never,” you need to consider a day of discipline like this… Recently, I went on a 24-hour fast – abstaining from all technology, ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
Oct. 24, 2017, 3:57 p.m.

How to Break Away from Overeating and Emotional Eating

Two friends of Neil and Gabby enter The Truth Barrel to share the truth about being chronically overweight: Scott (The Truth Barrel sound engineer), and Patrick (Neil’s temporary right-hand person). Both Scott and Patrick are over six feet and north of 300 pounds. Neil and Gabby do their best to make a potentially life-saving game-plan for Scott and Patrick to ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
Oct. 19, 2017, 7:43 p.m.

How to Not Be Overwhelmed

The other day I was talking to someone who was completely overwhelmed with her email. She told me that she was constantly receiving emails ALL the time, and this took away her time from everything else in life. I asked her… Do you have any boundaries around your email? She wasn’t sure what I meant, so we drilled a bit ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
Oct. 9, 2017, 6:20 p.m.

The “Why” Behind Your Big Ideas

Let’s talk about your big idea… I’m assuming you have one (or many)… And the steps usually look like this: 1) You come up with the idea. 2) You set out to figure out how to do it, how everything would work… 3) But then you rationalized that you couldn’t do it, so you move on to the next big ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
Oct. 7, 2017, 4:09 p.m.

Tom Petty (1950-2017)

Tom Petty sat in his Malibu home on a warm summer afternoon, sipping from a mug of cold coffee and wearing a suede fringed jacket, brown moccasins, and black socks. From a distance he looked like he hadn’t changed in a quarter of a century, but up close his face was etched with deep lines of experience. Only his pale ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
Oct. 3, 2017, 3:43 p.m.

Rest in Peace, Hugh Hefner (1926-2017)

In the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, Hugh Hefner, age seventy-two, sat in the library in his second skin: a red smoking jacket and black silk pajamas. On the table in front of him were a bottle of Diet Pepsi and a plate of cookies, accessories that replaced his pipe after his 1985 stroke. He spent most of the interview ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
Sept. 28, 2017, 5:02 a.m.

Screenwriter/Director Max Landis on the Art of Writing & Selling Scripts

Listen ➙ The Truth Barrel, Episode 49: Max Landis, Part 1 Max Landis is one of the most sought-after screenwriters in Hollywood. From his first big film Chronicle to his upcoming Bright, with Will Smith to his classic YouTube video Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling, Landis is also one of Hollywood’s most prolific screenwriters. In this episode, Max shares an equally large ... Read More

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Neil Strauss
Sept. 27, 2017, 9:49 p.m.

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.