Tom Bilyeu on Why to Take the Red Pill Not the Blue Pill

This episode is sponsored by altMBA.

In the blockbuster hit The Matrix, a sedentary employee learns that his whole life is a simulation, a mirage. Tom Bilyeu, co-founder of Quest Nutrition and host of Impact Theory, says mental and physical struggles are pervasive in society, and it’s time to wake up. In this fascinating interview with’s Shelby Skrhak, Bilyeu offers examples of his own struggles as motivation for those looking to “take the red pill” and grasp ownership of their futures.

This interview appears on the SUCCESS Talks Collection, available in the September 2017 edition of SUCCESS magazine.

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  • Listen to hear Bilyeu’s inspiration to launch Quest after a chilhood fraught with mental and physical struggles that he later learned were universal.
  • A curiosity about the brain and how it functions and grows led Bilyeu on a path to discover how we can rewire our brains for positive thinking and productivity.
  • Learn why the same inherent human functions that helped us survive are the same functions that hold us back from becoming our greatest self.

Favorite quote from this episode:

“There’s one fundamental question that everybody needs to ask: Does this belief move me towards my goals?”

—Tom Bilyeu

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Journalist, podcaster and southpaw Shelby Skrhak is the director of digital content and social media for She's co-host of the SUCCESS Insider and SUCCESS Talks podcasts. Before joining SUCCESS magazine, Shelby launched the weekly suburban newspaper Plano Insider, and covered topics ranging from cops and courts to transportation and fashion. Her handwriting should be a font.

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