The “Why” Behind Your Big Ideas

Richard ArthurAdvice

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

Tom Petty (1950-2017)

Neil StraussThe Loop

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

Rest in Peace, Hugh Hefner (1926-2017)

Neil StraussThe Loop

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

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

Brian FishbachPodcast

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 pile of advice, introspection and reflection about the tension between the … Read More

The Best of the Crowd-Sourced Reading Project

Neil StraussBooks1 Comment

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

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

Brian FishbachPodcast

For 12 years, Frank Warren has been mailed over 1 million secrets on postcards from people on every continent. His website, 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

Back to School: Thank a Teacher Challenge

Brian FishbachAdvice, Challenge1 Comment


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

How to Layer Your Time So You Can Accomplish More

Neil StraussAdvice

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

A Tour of My Personal Library

Neil StraussBooks

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

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

Brian FishbachAdvice, 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