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# Episode 133


In Episode #133 Ari speaks with [Neil Strauss]( ![](, author of Ari’s favorite book, _[Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life]( ![]( . During their extensive conversation, Ari and Neil talk about everything from fatherhood and survival to writing and productivity.

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**Time Stamped Show Notes:**

– 26:09 – Introduction of Neil Strauss

– 28:14 – The “system” is fragile; don’t rely upon it…Take your life into your own hands

– 28:50 – Crohn’s disease and how Neil’s book helped him

– 31:35 – On Point Tactical

– 31:45 – We don’t live in the wilderness anymore, urban survival is the future of survival skill

– 35:00 – Ari defines the source of _his _motivation

– 36:00 – Getting yourself out of your own way can actually be the _best _medicine for your life

– 37:43 – Neil asks Ari to explain what is wrong with being out of control

– 39:37 – Neil defines his writing style and process

– 42:20 – Researching and writing about two different things (like Emergency and The Game) can make both products stronger

– 45:27 – The moment of staring death in the face

– 46:05 – When people die, the two things they think about most are friends and family

-46:45 – A lot of people are so overwhelmed, they can’t even figure out what it is they want

– 47:35 – Work addition is a fascinating concept and frequently responsible for people feeling overwhelmed

– 51:00 – Learning how to be a father is a skill Neil doesn’t currently have that he would like to learn

– 51:45 – The learning of a father is never complete

– 52:45 – Neil’s deepest motivation these days is to rediscover how to shed some of the excess baggage from his lifetime

– 55:05 – Neil’s _Top 3 Tips for Being More Effective_:

– 55:26 – Download the program _Freedom_

– 57:52 – _The Weekly Dinner Party_

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