Everyone knows Neil Strauss as the controversial bestselling author of “The Game” and “Rules of the Game” where he provides an arsenal of tips on how to approach women. He’s been deified by droves of men across the globe and has a rabid fan base few authors can match. You’re probably thinking he’s a pretty unorthodox guest for Inside Quest. But if you’ve learned anything over these past few episodes of it’s the transformative potential of the mind, and that power is on full display with Neil Strauss. He came to fame through “The Game” but that’s not the part of the story that interests me. The second chapter of Neil’s life story is the part of his tale that leaves a lasting impression.
In “The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships,” Neil essentially deconstructs and devalues every single technique he advocated in “The Game.” The dichotomy of Neil’s struggle with what he thought was his path to happiness and his newfound need for deeper truth demonstrates an epic evolution of character. The stories in the book illustrate that we’re more than just the trauma of our childhood and that we can redefine ourselves without regret.
Neil was a delight to share the stage with and I left the interview with a renewed interest in taking an even deeper look at myself. He’s the embodiment of what happens when you admit you don’t have all the answers and that, my friends, is what leads to meaningful change and an amazing IQ guest.
Twenty years is a long time to work toward any goal, especially when you’re one of the very first athletes in the history of your school to do so. Bo Eason wanted to be a pro football player since he was a kid, to be the best in the world at his position, regardless of the fact that any high school player only has a 0.08% chance of getting into the league in the first place. By constantly reminding himself of those astronomically improbable odds, Bo did more than defy them: he owned them. But impenetrable mental fortitude can only hold so much weight in a game of professional athleticism. Bo didn’t stop after his first ACL tear, though, or even the sixth… it was the SEVENTH.
This may sound like we’re eulogizing him, but when your lifelong dream is cut short by the merely physiological limitations of your own damn body, the news feels nothing short of fatal… until it isn’t. Performance is an art form on any type of stage; Bo’s stage just happened to be a football field… at least for the first twenty years. But when one curtain closes, another opens… making it strangely appropriate that Bo’s next journey would take him to the theatre. And then another. And then 50 more, for 1,300+ performances of his critically acclaimed 1-Man-Show “Runt of the Litter.”
Bo Eason has reached a peak level of success on two polar opposites of the socio-entertainment spectrum. He’s hit a bullseye inside of a bullseye. He couldn’t have done it without adhering to a few keys principles that we’ll explore in the episode, but here’s number one: those odds aren’t really as bad as they sound.
When I found out I’d be getting the chance to sit down with Robert Sutton I was genuinely excited to dig around inside the mind of a kindred spirit. In Robert’s latest book he detailed the exact same struggles I’m dealing with at this point in my own growth and the growth of my company. Robert has seen it all– From his work with incredible hard-hitters like Microsoft, Facebook and Apple, Robert has witnessed the watershed moments when good leaders either fail or succeed based on the choices they make in those pivotal moments.
The deeper you dive into the world of Robert’s writing, the more difficult it is to stop. He possesses a dizzying array of anecdotes, real-case scenarios and a lifetime of firsthand experience in the entrepreneurial world. He’s a high-octane bundle of intellectual energy and the recipient of numerous awards including the Eugene L. Grand award for excellence in teaching, Business 2.0’s “leading management guru” award, and the Quill for his 2007’s New York Times bestseller, “The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t.”
Bob is currently a tenured professor of Management Science at the Stanford Engineering School. His most recent release (co-written with collaborator Huggy Rao), “Scaling up Excellence: Getting to More without Settling for Less” is a must-read for anyone willing to face the rigors and challenges of growth head-on.
Robert Sutton has spent the past seven years learning how to “scale up excellence” in organizations of all shapes, sizes, colors and qualities, so do yourself the service of watching this episode and light a fire you can give to someone else in an effort to inspire.
It’s not every day when I get the profile of a potential guest and know within 15 seconds that this is a person I would love to get in the interview chair. That’s exactly what happened with Tim Grover. This is a man who is behind not just some of the legends of basketball, but the man behind the icon that is Michael Jordan. To call him “just” (more on that in the episode) a trainer is to do the man and yourself a disservice. Tim goes beyond physically preparing the world’s best athletes – he hones in and imparts the wisdom of mental preparedness to create what he calls “cleaners.”
His book, “Relentless,” reveals psychological insights into the nature of elite performance and will empower you to bring your game to the next level by being the sole proprietor of what’s expected of you. Tim is also the owner and CEO of Attack Athletics – a training center where legends go to become icons.
This is one of the most inspiring, exciting and genuinely passionate talks I’ve had with anyone. Tim’s energy is tough, direct and no bullshit. You may not like everything he says to you, but you’d be hard-pressed to call him wrong in his assessments. A truly incredible man, with a captivating story, Tim has elevated himself and his tranees beyond all expectations. It was my unmeasurable pleasure to dissect his infinite wisdom for 45 minutes. Trust me, these are some of the most important minutes you’ll spend this year.
This week on Inside Quest I picked the brain of a man whose brilliance resides at the intersection of psychology, technology and business. He’s made great strides toward understanding why we’re so addicted to the little pieces of glass, plastic and metal we call smartphones – and more directly, the apps we cannot put down. Nir Eyal is the author of the bestselling “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products” as well as a regular contributor to Forbes, Tech Crunch and his own fascinating blog Nir and Far.
He sold his first company before graduating from Stanford Business School and has gone on to sell yet another company before switching gears to study the psychology of addictive technology and how understanding the patterns of addictive behavior is key to crafting positive change in the world.
Nir Eyal is one of those rare people who’s doing incredibly original, incredibly important work at the intersection of passion and skill. You can tell within seconds that he cares deeply about his work. He’s been dubbed a techno prophet by MIT Technology Review and I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with, challenging and absorbing Nir’s philosophies.
This week on Inside Quest I had the honor to sit down with one of LA Business Journal’s “Most admired CEOs”, Jason Nazar. His path to success is as storied as his accomplishments – a former stage hypnotist and avid Superhero lover, Jason accesses his passions and molds them into successful strategies to motivate and inspire his workers. As the founder and former CEO of docstoc—one of the most visited websites on the planet with over 50 million registered user—Jason doesn’t shy away of his own humble beginnings and takes pride in the fact that we all have the power to shape our unmolded futures.
I often try to consume as much information as possible about a guest before they come in, but to ingest the amount of published content that Jason has created could qualify as an MBA course unto itself. As a regular contributor to Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Business Insider, you can find Jason’s work all over the internet and it’s just as informative, insightful and interesting as the time we spent together.
It was Jason’s interest in Superheroes I found most fascinating – this is a guy who was already founding his first company before graduating from college, yet found the time to attain an encyclopedic knowledge of the world’s most memorable heroes and apply it to the success of his business and employees.
As a man unafraid to shape his own destiny, Jason Nazar teaches us that there are no half-measures and that if you have a dream the only limitation is your imagination. Tune in on Wednesday to see just how far Jason’s imagination has taken him.
Shabnam Mogharabi is building an “Empire of Joy,” and I for one have already put in my application for citizenship. I first met Shabnam when I was visiting the SoulPancake offices (they’re stunning by the way. Everything about the place conspires to put a smile on your face). I immediately felt comfortable around Shabnam. Her openness, her warmth, her ready smile, her infectious giggle… they all put you at ease. Perhaps most fascinating: This ebullience of hers isn’t innate personality, it’s an acquired skill. By her own admission she used to be “an Eeyore.” She had to work hard to become a Tigger. Shabnam makes you want to be real. She makes you want to play. She makes you want to be the best version of yourself just so you can keep pace with her.
I was surprised by how comfortable I felt in her presence. So comfortable, in fact, that I got pretty damn emotional when I was telling her about my mom and my sister and how I co-founded Quest to help them out, to help end the global slide toward obesity and ill health.
Don’t misunderstand me… Shabnam isn’t all cuddly puppies and unicorns. She’s an efficiency MACHINE. This woman gets shit DONE. But she does it with grace and elan. She inspires you to be better, she makes you feel like your ideas matter, like you’re worth something. But she measures success ruthlessly, and she can prove, with hard data, that what the things she’s doing with SoulPancake are making a tangible difference.
She’s built a company around inspiring the whole species to grow beyond its limitations. That’s an ambitious goal if I’ve ever heard one, and obviously SoulPancake is well on its way.
With hundreds of millions of YouTube views, and features from world leaders and celebrities alike (everyone from Beyonce to President Obama to Mindy Kaling), the channel is doing more than making videos go viral… it’s making JOY go viral too.
This episode is so much fun you might not even realize how much you’ve learned by the end. But don’t worry… we’ll remind you.
This week’s Inside Quest guest uses the 24 hours in his day more efficiently than anyone I know. And none of that is busy work. Dr. Peter Diamandis thinks on such a grand scale that I want to punch myself in the face for being small minded. The title of his NY Times Bestselling book isn’t just a nice idea, it’s the philosophy by which he lives his life: BOLD: How to go big, create wealth, and impact the world
Go Bold or Go Home.
Maybe it’s that Dr. Diamandis has a healthy disregard for the impossible, maybe it’s his dual degrees from MIT (in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering), maybe it’s that he’s never stopped being a nine-year-old kid dreaming of outer space.
All of these things have conspired to make this man the undisputed heavyweight champion of moonshot thinking. And more often than not, when Dr. Diamandis aims for the moon, he hits that target… and manages to gather all sorts of stardust along the way. It’s no accident that four of Peter’s most successful companies are the ones with the most ambitious missions:
Those are just four of his SEVENTEEN companies. Don’t be intimidated. Be inspired.
Dr. Diamandis is an unrelenting optimist, a brilliant mind with incredibly actionable insights to take the reigns of your life and leave a lasting mark on the world, and one of the people who challenges me to be bolder every day.
Get ready to be transformed.
The Jeff Hoffman Inside Quest episode is up! WATCH to discover how the co-founders of Priceline connects the dots across different disciplines to create billion dollar ideas.
This extra-special Inside Quest episode with the Quest Founders has arrived! Host Tom Bilyeu interviews his business partners Mike Osborn and Ron Penna. WATCH and learn the lessons that helped these guys escape the matrix and launch their passion to unprecedented success.