8 More TV Shows That Ripped Off The Game

Neil StraussNeil

It seems that one of the most popular post on this blog is the 11 Rip-Offs piece, in which we put together eleven TV clips that blatantly ripped off The Game and its various spin-offs. Thanks to your comments, here are 8 more good examples. Enjoy. 1. How I Met Your Mother – Barney’s Playbook – I’m not entirely convinced … Read More

The Secret To A Great Interview

Neil StraussNeil

Since writing Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead, I’ve received hundreds of emails and Tweets and Facebook messages from writers, journalists, and students asking for interview tips. And in a future blog post, I may try to codify some of the techniques I use. For today, though, I’m solely going to share the most important one—and make this a fun … Read More

The Top Game Books

Neil StraussNeil, The Game

Still out on the road doing research for the next book, but I took some time off to prepare an important list for those of you on your own Game-related self-improvement journey. Many people who’ve read The Game want to know what books influenced me as I was learning. And I’ve often recommended some of the following books. For those … Read More

How To Hack Your Electronic Devices

Neil StraussNeil

Last week, I received an email forwarded by Cliff of Cliff’s List from The Game. Some of you may have received a version of the email at some point over the past few years. In it are a number of secret emergency codes for mobile phones, ATM machines, and elevators that are supposed to make life easier and safer. I’d received similar emails in … Read More

11 Quick Time Management Tips

Neil StraussNeil

I recently tried an experiment. I decided to see if I was a morning person. Instead of staying up all night writing, I decided to do one of my thirty-day experiments: I spent a month going to bed at 9:30 p.m. every night and waking up at 5:30 a.m. Though it meant dashing out of dinners early, turning down all … Read More

16 Things You Can Do In One Day To Improve Your Life

Neil StraussNeil, New Years

Happy New Year! Today, I’m going to do something I’ve never done before, by popular demand: update a previous post. Yes, I’m trying to finish the next book, which is due this month. (And, yes, you will all be the first to know what it’s about!) But I’m taking a break today to share this because I think it’s important. … Read More

10 Most Common Survival Myths

Neil StraussNeil, Survival

I’ve been wanting to write this email “rant” for about a month.  But I keep starting it, then stopping it. It’s hard to get the tone right without showing too much frustration: If I thought doing the media circus for The Game was tough, discussing Emergency has unexpectedly been even more of a challenge. In about half the radio interviews … Read More

The Secure Way Is Really the Insecure Way

Neil StraussNeil

What do you do? This is the first time I’ve started getting emails in my inbox not just asking for advice about women and writing, but about problems with work and anxieties about money. Maybe this is because of the pending release of Emergency in two weeks. Or maybe this is because every single person I know has been affected … Read More

The Meaning Of Life And The Secret To Happiness

Neil StraussNeil

In the spirit of the times, I wanted to share with you all the most pretentiously titled post I’ve ever written. A few of you may have seen a draft of it on my website-in-progress. What I enjoy about this list is that it’s a way for me to speak directly to you. It’s something I’ve never gotten to do … Read More

Life Lessons From Bozo the Clown

Neil StraussNeil

Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2008 I’m writing because, today, I lost a good friend, Larry Harmon. Larry passed away this morning at the age of 83. Larry was best known for having portrayed Bozo the Clown for 50 years, while franchising the character across the globe. We had planned to publish a book on his life, The World According to … Read More