Neil is the author of nine books and journals including: The Book of Awesome, a spinning rolodex of simple pleasures based on his 100-million-hit, award-winning blog 1000 Awesome Things; The Happiness Equation, originally written as a 300-page love letter to his unborn son on how to live a happy life; Awesome Is Everywhere, an interactive introduction to guided meditation for children; Two-Minute Mornings, his simple daily morning practice, and You Are Awesome, a nine-step guide to building resilience told through stories and research. Neil’s books are New York Times and #1 international bestsellers, have spent over 200 weeks on bestseller lists, and have sold over two million copies across dozens of languages.
Neil hosts an Apple “Best of” award-winning podcast called 3 Books, where he is on an ‘epic 15- year-long quest to uncover the 1000 most formative books in the world.’ Each of the 333 chapters discusses the 3 most formative books of an inspiring person like Brené Brown, David Sedaris, Malcolm Gladwell, Roxane Gay, Cheryl Strayed, Vishwas the Uber Driver, Kevin the Bookseller, Seth Godin, David Mitchell, Mark Manson, or Judy Blume. 3 Books is recorded live and is 100% non-profit with no ads, no sponsors, no commercials, and no interruptions. 3 Books is published on the lunar calendar with each chapter dropping on the exact minute of every single new moon and every single full moon up to September 1, 2031 at 5:21 am.
Neil shares his current writing on this blog and in a series of newsletters read by over 100,000 people.
Neil’s pro bono work focuses on literacy, bibliophilia, and mental health. He has degrees from Queen’s University and Harvard Business School, and lives in Toronto with his wife Leslie and their four boys.
- You Are Awesome: How to Navigate Change, Wrestle with Failure, and Live an Intentional Life
We live in a world where we’re bombarded by expectations. So many of us are anxious, uncertain, unprepared for the future. We no longer have the tools to handle failure or even perceived failure. We lack resilience. We are turning into an army of porcelain dolls, about to break with just the slightest jolt. Social media tells us we’re never good enough, and we cower and crumble. The rates of depression, loneliness, and suicide? All rising!
You Are Awesome offers advice on how to become more resilient, how to bend instead of break, and how to get back up after failure and loss knocks you down. Mixed with stories of his own personal failures, Neil shares nine story-based, science-backed secrets to help you build up fortitude and live a happier, more intentional life. By taking this journey with Neil as your guide, you’ll learn how to positively reframe your own perceptions of failure, and ultimately, how to become your most unbreakable and awesome self.
- Building Trust in Distrustful Times: 3 Ways to Increase Trust With Customers
According to the Edelman Trust Barometer trust in media, business, and government are at an all-time low. We have never believed less, agreed less, or trusted less. Yet, building trust, and developing the community that surrounds it remains imperative for any organization, influencer, startup or brand. So what are the new ways to build trust and community in an era of mistrust? Highlighting current business examples, learn about what works, what doesn’t, and how to figure out who to really believe and rally behind. With his signature humor, New York Times bestselling author Neil Pasricha, shares three modern ways organizations can build more trust:
- Finite Over Infinite: In an era of infinite choice, the value of curation skyrockets
- Human Over Algorithm: In an era of bots, we trust brains
- Go All In, Show All In: The more chips you push into the middle, the more we buy your hand
- Be Happy First: Resilience and Breakthrough Performance In Times Of Change
After Neil’s wife left him and his best friend committed suicide, he found himself living alone and struggling to find happiness. Fast-forward only one year later and he was working directly for the CEO of Walmart, writing the International Academy of Digital Arts and Science’s “Best Blog in the world” every night which had over 50 million hits, and had just published The Book of Awesome which stormed to #1 on the International bestseller lists and sold well over a million copies. If there’s one thing Neil’s learned, it’s that we don’t succeed in spite of our losses, but because of them. And he learned before your life can change, you need to change, because happiness and leadership only stem from within. Neil illustrates five clear takeaways which help you take challenges and transform them into growth opportunities to lift performance and results to new heights.
- The Science of Positive Growth Mindset
Does great work lead to happiness? Or…does happiness lead to great work? Neil Pasricha shares counterintuitive research-based answers in this fun, fast-paced, research-grounded tour of the emerging neuroscience and positive psychology landscape. He challenges your audience by asking: “Would you press a button and have 31% higher productivity, 37% higher sales, and 300% greater creativity on Monday morning?” When heads start nodding, he shows how to get there. Based on fresh research Pasricha published in Harvard Business Review together with the latest in neuroscience and positive psychology, this speech is not true motivation – it’s application. Perfect for left-brained, analytical, or even skeptical audiences. Past clients include: Google (engineers), Kaiser Permanente (physicians), Citigroup (investment bankers).
- The Subtle Art of Happiness
Why can so few people at work genuinely say, “I love my job”? Gallup reports 87% of the global workforce is disengaged. But what if there were subtle, secret weapons that could turn employees into their most powerful, engaged, and productive selves? It’s not crazy talk. It’s actually happening. Using his unique blend of counterintuitive research and sidesplitting stories, Neil illuminates a clear path forward into workplaces where people show up inspired, do great work, and leave with full minds and full hearts. Raw, hilarious, and heartwarming, this is the perfect keynote to kick off or close your conference with the ultimate high. Past clients include: Audi (national dealer teams), AstraZeneca (sales agents), and TD Bank (top global leaders).
- Lead Yourself First, Before You Lead Others
Which company is #1 on the Fortune 500 today and has been for more than a decade? Walmart. The retail behemoth’s rise to half a trillion dollars in sales with over two million employees spread across the globe has been well-documented. But what hasn’t been documented is how they develop, nurture, and grow leaders up through those ranks. Neil Pasricha served as Director of Leadership Development inside Walmart for the past ten years – working directly for two CEOs and partnering with Harvard Business School to develop the first global executive program inside the retail giant. Join him as he shares a window into what his research and work reveal about what truly makes leaders tick and walk away with clear takeaways on how they can drive you and your teams. How do you lead a team of two, two hundred thousand, or even two million people? It starts with yourself.