Neil Pasricha

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Neil Pasricha
Neil Pasricha San Diego.jpg
Photo by Ken West
Born September 17, 1979
Oshawa, Ontario
Occupation Author, Speaker
Education BComm from Queen's University, MBA from Harvard Business School
Notable works The Book of Awesome (2010)
The Book of (Even More) Awesome (2011)
The Book of (Holiday) Awesome (2011)

Neil Pasricha (born September 17, 1979) is an author and speaker characterized by his advocacy of positivity and simple pleasures. He is best known for his book, The Book of Awesome, which is a New York Times best seller[1] and been a best seller from 2010 to 2014.[2] He is also an established speaker and his TEDx talk, The 3 A's of Awesome, is ranked as the "9th Most Inspiring" TED talk with over 2 million views to date.[3]

The book and TED talk are based on Pasricha's popular blog, 1000 Awesome Things. The blog has won three Webby Awards and ranked in PC Magazine's list of top blogs and websites in 2009 and 2010.[4][5][6][7]

Pasricha is frequently sought out by media outlets as an expert on the topics of positivity and leadership.[8] [9][10]

Early life[edit]

Pasricha was born in Oshawa, Ontario. His mother is from Nairobi, Kenya, his father is from a small village outside of Amritsar, India, and he has one sister. Pasricha says much of his wonder for the world comes from his immigrant parents and their perspective on seeing everything for the first time in Canada.[11] In his TED Talk he explains how his father would 'stare in wonder at the little stickers on all the fruits and vegetables.'[12]

Pasricha was educated at Queen's University and Harvard University.[13][14]


Pasricha graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce at Queen's University in 2002. While there, he wrote for campus humor newspaper Golden Words which then took him to New York City to work for a humor syndicate with former Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons writers. He says "It was a cool rush but it became draining very quickly. I realized this could never be my full time thing."[15]

Pasricha returned to Toronto and worked in Marketing for Procter & Gamble before leaving to run a Quiznos Sub franchise and then selling his franchise to move to Boston to attend Harvard Business School.[16]

Upon graduating, Pasricha returned to Toronto to run Leadership Development at Walmart Canada where he works today.[17]