The Best of the Crowd-Sourced Reading Project

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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

A Tour of My Personal Library

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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

How Soon is Now? Exclusive Book Excerpt!

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I often find myself advising friends, family and fans that there is no better time than NOW to pursue what it is you are passionate about. But everyone is susceptible to the dreaded tendency to put off the pursuit of alluring life changes. And the reason runs deep: Beyond our upbringing, beliefs, and experiences, human history tell a story of just … Read More

How to Train Your Mind to Overcome Any Obstacle

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Learn the essential ingredients in the precision of Navy SEAL snipers, the focus of Tibetan monks, and the success of elite athletes. Train your mind to overcome even the most daunting obstacle.

I’m a big supporter of the writing of Steven Kotler (Abundance, West of Jesus), who did an incredible talk on flow at The Society Intensive. For the past year, I’ve been watching his latest book, written with Jamie Wheal, take shape: Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, The Navy SEALs and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work One of the many … Read More

Australian Tour Dates

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As I write this, I’m sitting in my hotel room in Sydney, looking at the Sydney Opera House, where I will be speaking tomorrow night. I remember visiting Australia for the first time with Mystery while working on The Game, and I never imagined as we gazed at that landmark for the first time, that I’d ever be speaking there. … Read More

The Lost Afterword from Jerzy Kosinski’s The Painted Bird

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When I first read The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski, I was struck not just by the power of the book but by the parallels in the author’s biography at the end of the book. It was learning that there was some element of truth in this savage book about the human condition that put it at the top of … Read More

The Year in Top Fiction Recommendations

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On New Year’s Day, 2016, I looked at my bookshelf and thought it was time to read the stack of books that was piling up, most of them top fiction recommendations from others. It was time to re-enter the world that had inspired me to write in the first place: The intersection of imagination, craft, and storytelling. So I committed to emptying … Read More

The Quick-Start Guide to Healing Trauma and Psychological Wounds

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A  Framework For Transformation Over the course of writing The Truth, I came to develop a very specific take on healing trauma, specifically developmental trauma, as I slowly but surely reduced my own. As an overall framework for psychological healing, think of the childhood pain and shame we store—and the dysfunctional behaviors and thoughts created by them—as cancerous tumors attached to the heart … Read More